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NEWS UPDATE February 13, 2015

Transportation Department Pushes Tough Oil Train Standards: Sources

By Reuters  •    •  Posted February 13, 2015

The U.S. Transportation Department has recommended crude oil trains be reinforced and have advanced braking systems installed to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, according to sources familiar with the plan. [ read more … ]

Goodlatte, Vilsack Spar on RFS Impacts on Agriculture

By Rachel Gantz, OPIS  •    •  Posted February 13, 2015

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who last week introduced two bills that would reform and repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), sparred with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack about the biofuel provision during a House Agriculture Committee hearing. [ read more … ]

Lower gas prices = more driving = more ethanol needed

 By Dave Hinton, The News-Gazette    •    •  Posted February 13, 2015

Good news at the gas pump is good news to farmers as well. Darrel Good told those attending the Dewey Bank Annual Farm Seminar Wednesday that government projections forecast an increase of 2 percent to 3 percent in fuel use among U.S. drivers this year. That would mean more corn-based ethanol consumption. [ read more … ]

Spotlight on Illinois

By Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 13, 2015

Illinois, the No. 3 ethanol producing state, has a unique history that goes back to some of the earliest days of the ethanol industry. Before the farmer-cooperative model developed, companies like Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Pekin Energy Co. worked hard to secure federal tax credits and find a market for ethanol as transportation fuel. [ read more … ]

Mass. groups blast biomass use to meet state Clean Power Plan goals 

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 13, 2015

Six Massachusetts environmental group sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy yesterday, expressing concern that the agency may treat biomass power as carbon-neutral under the Clean Power Plan.
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