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NEWS UPDATE February 19, 2015

Urban Air Initiative and Energy Future Coalition urge recognition of ethanol as a way to reduce carbon

By Urban Air Initiative  •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

“Simply replacing gasoline, which is increasingly carbon intensive, with ethanol provides substantial carbon reductions. Using that ethanol to replace toxic compounds used for octane provides a dual benefit of protecting public health,” said David VanderGriend, President of UAI. “Our research has shown that there is a clear linkage to gasoline and a range of negative health effects. So reducing carbon isn’t just a matter of greenhouse gas and potential climate change but also saving lives by reducing toxic emissions. [ read more … ]

RFA Wants Calif. to Use Real-World Ethanol Data

By John Davis, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

RFA points to the central role that grain-based ethanol has played in LCFS compliance over the past four years, noting that nearly 60 percent of all LCFS credits were generated by ethanol. Yet, despite the vital importance of grain ethanol to the program, the proposed ILUC penalty assessed against corn ethanol “will make the use of most grain ethanol infeasible for compliance as early as 2016.” [ read more … ]

Growth Energy comments on CARB’s LCFS re-adoption proposal 

By Growth Energy, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

David Bearden, general counsel of Growth Energy noted, “If adopted, the current LCFS proposal will have a devastating impact on Growth Energy’s members, who will be forced to exit from the California alternative fuels market. Such an outcome will likely trigger the cost-containment caps in the proposed regulation, and any claimed benefits of the LCFS program will be compromised or lost.” [ read more … ]

California’s Revised LCFS Challenged

By Todd Neeley, DTN   •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

Though real-world data suggest biofuel production has not led to so-called indirect land-use change, the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, continues to see ILUC as a vital part of its low-carbon fuel standard. The state’s standard largely shuns Midwest-produced corn ethanol as a carbon-friendly fuel and has led to several unsuccessful legal challenges to the law. The board recently released an initial statement of reasons for the re-adoption of an updated standard, making what the industry believes were only minor adjustments to the ILUC portion. [ read more … ]

Comment: Low fossil fuel prices embody their inherently risky volatility

By Elena M. Krieger, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

Plunging oil and natural gas prices are creating elation at the pump, winter gas bill relief, and unpredictable swings in the stock market. They also serve as a sharp reminder of one of fossil fuels’ inherent characteristics — price volatility. Instead of basking in the temporary glow of cheap fuel, America should remember this volatility and direct current savings towards increasing efficiency and developing renewable energy resources with reliable and secure input costs. [ read more … ]

Exclusive Use of E15 in Minnesota Would Eliminate Tons of CO2: Analysis

By Michael Schneider, OPIS   •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

An analysis by the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that making E15 the new regular unleaded fuel in Minnesota would eliminate 358,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association said this week. The organization said Monday that in response to a query it initiated, Steffen Mueller, the school’s principal research economist, reported that a gallon of E15 saves 1.26 grams of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per megajoule over regular E10. CO2e includes carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane. [ read more … ]

Oil Sector Splits Over EPA Plan To Approve Sorghum As Low-Carbon Fuel

By John Siciliano, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

While biofuel producers have not met EPA production targets in the past, recent agency data shows a sizable increase in the volume of cellulosic and other low-carbon biofuels being produced, making it more likely that the agency will decide to increase the RFS blending requirements for those fuels to their highest levels since the program began when it issues new targets later this year. Despite the increase in cellulosic production, oil industry groups continue to criticize EPA’s GHG analysis for new feedstocks, as well as other aspects of the program. [ read more … ]

In Ore., opponents of climate policy seek to block former governor’s agenda, raising questions of misconduct 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 19, 2015

That sentiment was echoed again yesterday as the Oregon Senate convened to vote on S.B. 324, a measure extending the state’s clean fuels standard. In a session that lasted nearly four hours — and grew so rancorous toward the end that Senate President Peter Courtney (D) was forced to make a personal appeal for decorum — Republicans repeatedly returned to the investigations. [ read more … ]

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