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NEWS UPDATE March 11, 2015

Biofuels Group to Ask Congress for Revamped Renewable Fuel Standards

By AMY HARDER, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted March 11, 2015

The Advanced Biofuels Association, a Washington-based trade group representing about 30 companies developing biofuels from non-corn products, on Wednesday will begin a campaign asking Congress to revamp renewable-fuel-standard policies. The move could trigger disagreement in a biofuels industry dominated by ethanol producers, and represents the latest salvo in an escalating lobbying fight entangling oil refineries, corn farmers and food producers. [ read more … ]

Fossil fuel prices don’t reflect true cost of carbon, report says 

Manon Verchot, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 11, 2015

Prices at the pump don’t reflect the true cost of fossil fuels, according to a new study. When you add together the environmental, health and social costs of continuing business as usual with fossil fuel extraction and use, all of society gets billed, not just the consumer, it finds. [ read more … ]

Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil

By Erica Goode, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 11, 2015

“It’s a massive paradigm shift,” said Ray Archuleta, an agronomist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, part of the federal Agriculture Department, which endorses the soil-conservation approach. Government surveys suggest that the use of no-tillage farming has grown sharply over the last decade, accounting for about 35 percent of cropland in the United States. For some crops, no-tillage acreage has nearly doubled in the last 15 years. For soybeans, for example, it rose to 30 million acres in 2012 from 16.5 million acres in 1996. The planting of cover crops — legumes and other species that are rotated with cash crops to blanket the soil year-round and act as green manure — has also risen in acreage about 30 percent a year, according to surveys, though the total remains small. [ read more … ]

Managing the Conundrum of the Cellulosic Biofuel RVO

By Brian Foody, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted March 11, 2015

After a long period of limited production, cellulosic biofuels are finally starting to flow into the market. Renewable natural gas and cellulosic ethanol production facilities are operating and some are approaching commercial production volumes. These fuels generate D3 (cellulosic) RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers), which are used by obligated parties for managing their compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The emergence of commercial cellulosic biofuel production is a signal of the success of the RFS. [ read more … ]

Comment: End the Ethanol Rip-Off

By ROBERT BRYCE, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 11, 2015

WITH the collapse in global oil prices, members of Congress are once again pushing to raise the federal gasoline tax, with the proceeds going to new roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. While some in Congress might be averse to a tax increase of any kind, they might find it more palatable if it came packaged with a tax cut. Fortunately, there is a perfect option, a hidden levy that has benefited a small group of farmers and manufacturers in a handful of states: the corn ethanol tax. [ read more … ]

Comment: Obama backs biofuels talk with dollars

By LISA MENSAH, Undersecretray, USDA Rural Development, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted March 11, 2015

In his rush to make the case for domestic biofuels, the writer of “The good news on ethanol: U.S. a ‘biofuels superpower’” [March 1] fails to note the administration’s strong support for biofuels and aggressive pursuit of investments in renewable energy. To quote President Barack Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address, “converting sunlight into liquid fuel” is a key part of the administration’s strategy to create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. [ read more … ]

Shares soar as Green Plains forms subsidiary, seeks approval for IPO

By Russell Hubbard, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted March 11, 2015

Shares of Green Plains Inc. soared Monday after the Omaha-based ethanol producer said it is forming a new publicly traded partnership that will seek investors for the larger company’s storage and transportation businesses. The company said Monday it has formed a subsidiary called Green Plains Partners that is seeking Securities and Exchange Commission approval for an initial public offering that would raise as much as $250 million. [ read more … ]

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