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NEWS UPDATE February 11, 2015

Top Dem urges EPA to set biodiesel targets 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 11, 2015

The top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday called on U.S. EPA to get back on track in issuing annual requirements for biodiesel production. In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Sen. Barbara Boxer (Calif.) said the agency’s delay in issuing the standards is hurting the domestic biodiesel industry. EPA last year failed to set any annual biofuel targets under the renewable fuel standard. [ read more … ]

EPA names 10 more efficient corn ethanol producers

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 11, 2015

Under the current renewable fuels standard program(RFS), the production volume of existing corn ethanol plants was grandfathered in, and any new production above the gallons registered with the EPA are required, by law, to meet the 20 percent GHG reduction threshold when compared to the baseline gasoline. The average GHG reduction value for corn ethanol plants in the original 2010 modeling done by EPA was about 17 percent, including controversial indirect land use change emissions. Energy efficiency improvements and ethanol yield gains mean 19 ethanol producers can demonstrate GHG reductions better than 20 percent. [ read more … ]

A Biofuel Debate: Will Cutting Trees Cut Carbon? 

By Eduardo Porter, New York Times  •    •  Posted February 11, 2015

While biofuels account for only about 2.5 percent today, the European Union expects renewable energy — mostly biofuels — to account for 10 percent of its transportation fuel by 2020. In the United States, the biofuel goal is about 12 percent by early in the next decade. The International Energy Agency envisions using biofuels to supply as much of 27 percent of the world’s transportation needs by midcentury. [ read more … ]

California Senators Unveil Bills To Create Post-2020 Climate Program

By Curt Barry, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 11, 2015

Top California state senators Feb. 10 unveiled a package of bills intended to extend the state’s current climate and clean energy program beyond their current 2020 expiration, including measures that seek to set greenhouse gas (GHG) targets through 2050 and others that would codify Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans for increases in renewable energy and reductions in oil use. [ read more … ]

Mexican firm invests $25M in Fla. algae company 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 11, 2015

Florida-based algae company Algenol Inc. today announced that it has secured an investment of $25 million from BioFields, a Mexican industrial group focused on renewable energy. The new investment from BioFields comes on top of an initial $40 million it provided to Algenol last year. The Mexican business group, which was formed in 2006, also licenses the algae company’s technology for use in Mexico. [ read more … ]

Democratic strategist John Podesta leaving White House to help guide Clinton 2016 campaign

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press   •    •  Posted February 11, 2015

While Obama is known to be aggressive in seeking to retain staffers contemplating departures, sometimes even making in-person appeals to their spouses, White House officials say Podesta has been spared that hard-sell. The only message for Podesta, McDonough said, was that he wanted to “get him as long as I could.” [ read more … ]

WRI’s Searchinger says land and crops should not be used for bioenergy production, biofuels not curbing climate change 

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted February 11, 2015

As Congress debates the future of the renewable fuel standard and biofuels continue to face political hurdles, the World Resources Institute’s latest report on bioenergy production makes the case against using land and crops for bioenergy and contends biofuels are not helping to curb climate change. During today’s OnPoint, Timothy Searchinger, a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute and lead author of the report, discusses the research and the impact he believes it should have on policy discussions. [ read more … ]

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