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NEWS UPDATE March 4, 2015

Numbers aren’t there’ for ending ethanol mandate — Inhofe 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 4, 2015

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe yesterday said that it is unlikely his committee will take up new legislation to strip corn ethanol from the federal renewable fuel standard. “The problem with that is the numbers aren’t there,” the Oklahoma Republican told reporters today in the Capitol. [ read more … ]

Draft letter blasts ‘harmful’ EPA plan to scale back RFS 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 4, 2015

A draft letter being circulated among Senate offices urges U.S. EPA to get the nation’s biofuel policy “back on track.” EPA’s proposal to scale back the renewable fuel standard in 2014 based on concerns about the blend wall was “harmful” and discouraged investment in the advanced biofuels sector, according to the letter obtained by Greenwire. [ read more … ]

South Dakota setting aside $300,000 to expand its ethanol program

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted March 4, 2015

South Dakota is setting aside $300,000 to help the state’s retailers install ethanol storage tank units at gas stations. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced this week that it earmarked the funds for its Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Program.
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Ethanol industry and farmers should work together, Poet exec says

By Mikkel Pates, Grand Forks Herald  •    •  Posted March 4, 2015

Jeff Broin says if farmers want corn prices back at a profitable level, they need to get involved in politics and get engaged to keep the ethanol industry strong. “If it weren’t for ethanol, corn would be $1 per bushel to $1.50 per bushel,” Broin says. “Farmers need to let their senators and representatives know that we need more ethanol production in this country to save the American farm, or we’ll see a long, long period of depressed grain prices and dropping land prices that could go on for decades.” [ read more … ]

Washington State Senate OKs gas tax hike, keeping fuel standard ‘poison pill’ intact 

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 4, 2015

At issue for many Democrats was a provision within one of the bills, S.B. 5987, which would raise revenue for the rest of the package’s actions through an incremental three-year, 11.7-cent tax increase and other fees. Added as an amendment by Republicans earlier this year, the so-called “poison pill” provision stipulates that, should Gov. Jay Inslee (D) adopt or implement a clean fuel standard during the 16 years the package is in effect, all funding for multimodal transit would be stripped away and repurposed for work on roads and highways. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas Sector Presses CARB To Further Ease GHG Scores Under LCFS

By Curt Barry, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted March 4, 2015

Natural gas industry representatives will be pressing California Air Resources Board (CARB) officials over the coming months to further reduce carbon intensity levels for various forms of the fuel under pending amendments to the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), arguing CARB is using flawed modeling in its calculations and that even the smallest change in the levels can negatively impact potential market share.
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