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NEWS UPDATE February 27, 2015

Bipartisan Senate bill would eliminate corn ethanol mandate 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2015

The bill by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) would strip corn ethanol from the renewable fuel standard. The legislation is similar to an amendment that the duo introduced during the Keystone XL debate earlier this year. The federal mandate for corn ethanol is both unwise and unworkable,” Feinstein said in a statement. “Our bill addresses that with a simple, smart modification to the Renewable Fuel Standard program.” [ read more … ]

Lawmakers push to repeal part of ethanol mandate

By Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted February 27, 2015

A bipartisan bill in the Senate would repeal a key part of the country’s ethanol mandate requiring that a specific amount of the fuel be made from corn. The bill, introduced Thursday by Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is the latest attempt to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard — a law that requires refiners to buy alternative fuels made from corn, soybeans and other products to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign energy. A similar measure to strip out corn was proposed earlier this year as part of the Keystone XL pipeline debate but it never came up for a vote [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Senate duo pushes for repeal of ethanol mandate

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill  •    •  Posted February 27, 2015

A bipartisan Senate duo is pushing to repeal a a piece of the renewable fuel mandate that requires refiners to blend a certain amount of ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. The bill, introduced by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) would repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) set by the Environmental Protection Agency every year. [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry speaks out against Senate RFS bill 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted February 27, 2015

The letter urges Obama to direct EPA to craft a new biofuels rule to “support growth for existing and new biofuels technology and lives up to the original intent” of the RFS. Brooke Coleman of the Advanced Ethanol Council explained that the coalition wrote to Obama and not the senators to emphasize that though there might be problems with the RFS as it stands, “the tonic for our issues is over at the White House and the EPA.” “There is really no problem on the congressional side, and we want to make it clear,” he added. [ read more … ]

Biofuel industry criticizes Toomey, Feinstein RFS bill 

By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine  •    •  Posted February 27, 2015

According to Lautt, the U.S. must stop sending signals to investors that our country is not committed to the promise of biofuels. Investors don’t trust policy when these see these kinds of attacks year after year, he said. If policy change stifle the market for cellulosic ethanol in the U.S, he said, Poet would be forced to look abroad for better opportunities to develop cellulosic technology. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.