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NEWS UPDATE March 5, 2015

Oregon House sends low-carbon fuels bill to governor

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted March 5, 2015

The program requires fuel producers to measure the carbon emissions associated with products over their entire life cycle, including those from extracting, refining, transporting and burning them. Producers must reduce their life cycle emissions by 10 percent over 10 years. To meet the target, they can blend biofuels or purchase credits generated by producers of cleaner-burning fuels. Because of the limitations of modern engines — and because biofuels have their own carbon emissions associated with growing them and converting them to ethanol — fuel producers can’t meet the entire standard by blending biofuels. They’ll likely have to purchase credits from alternative fuel companies. [ read more … ]

FOIA Documents Show Close EPA, White House, Congressional Contact on RFS

By Rachel Gantz, OPIS  •    •  Posted March 5, 2015

U.S. EPA officials were in close touch with both White House and congressional representatives as it formulated the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), ccording to the second batch of documents EPA has turned over to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and reviewed by OPIS. [ read more … ]

Iowa Ag Summit: Candidates need more than a checklist

By Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted March 5, 2015

Presidential candidates need to do more than just wear a seed-corn cap and get their eggs in the right baskets on farm issues to impress Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and other Iowa voters. “I wouldn’t want somebody to just walk in and say, ‘I’m against California on eggs, I’m for RFS,’ and just check the boxes trying to get the positions right,” Northey, a Republican, said. “They better explain why … and they should be able to fit that into their overall philosophy of government, if they’ve thought through those things.” [ read more … ]

Comment: The RFS and the EPA — making a mess of success

By former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), The Hill  •    •  Posted March 5, 2015

But the provision of which I am most proud is the creation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which called for phasing clean alternative, renewable fuels into the nation’s energy mix. The RFS has been an unbelievably successful transportation energy policy. Ten years after its enactment, the U.S. now gets more than 10 percent of its fuel supply from renewable fuels. That’s more than 15 billion of gallons of fuel made from clean, renewable resources that displaces imported gasoline and diesel and strengthens our energy security and our national security by reducing foreign oil imports. But this is just a start. We can do even more! [ read more … ]

Pacific Ethanol reports record profit in 2014

BY MARK GLOVER, Sacramento Bee  •    •  Posted March 5, 2015

Continuing a comeback after a bankruptcy filing six years ago, Pacific Ethanol Inc. said Wednesday that it rang up a record profits in 2014. PEI reported record net income available to common shareholders of $20 million, or 88 cents a share, for all of 2014. The income represented a major improvement compared with a loss of $2 million, or 17 cents a share, in 2013. In 2012, PEI reported a loss of $19 million. [ read more … ]

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