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NEWS UPDATE March 17, 2015

EPA urged to withdraw new transportation emissions model 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

Two states and two pro-ethanol organizations have petitioned U.S. EPA over what they call a “defective” model for determining ethanol’s air pollution contribution. In their petition, Kansas, Nebraska, the Energy Future Coalition and the Urban Air Initiative say that the MOVES2014 model released in October incorrectly attributes harmful air emissions to ethanol in petroleum gasoline. They are asking EPA to withdraw both the model and an underlying study.”The key fact obscured by the MOVES model is that blending ethanol into ordinary gasoline is good, not bad, for emissions,” said Dave Vander Griend, president of the Urban Air Initiative, in a statement today. “Ethanol does this by diluting the most harmful components of gasoline with its own clean octane.” [ read more … ]

Urban Air Initiative Files Petition Challenging EPA Emissions Data

By Urban Air Initiative  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) filed a new petition against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the next step in what UAI officials describe as their ongoing effort to challenge EPA’s defective models and policies relating to ethanol. As in a previous legal challenge to EPA, UAI teamed with the Energy Future Coalition and the states of Kansas and Nebraska. The petition charges that EPA’s Motor Fuel Emission Simulator (MOVES) model wrongly blames ethanol for creating harmful tailpipe emissions, based on poorly designed test fuels. The petition calls upon EPA to undertake a new emissions study using real world fuels with the simple addition of ethanol. [ read more … ]

National Ag Week: Ricketts blasts ‘big government’ in ethanol push

By Russell Hubbard, Omaha World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

Gov. Pete Ricketts Monday lambasted the Environmental Protection Agency for delaying regulations that would benefit Nebraska’s ethanol industry, which he called a key to the state’s agribusiness economy. “It is a typical example of big government that doesn’t get it,” Ricketts said during a meeting at Omaha’s Green Plains Inc., the nation’s fourth-largest ethanol producer and one of the first stops as he toured the state to kick off National Ag Week. “The EPA has to understand how important that standard is,” Ricketts said.
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The Iowa Renaissance

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

We’ve seen a diversity of products as well — not only fuels, but chemiclas, nutraceuticals, and the investion of new agricultural processing technologies than can be exported around the globe. And, we’ve seen a diversity of processing technologies — including traditional corn fermentation, but extending to biodiesel transesterification, enzymatic hydrolysis used to make cellulsoc fuels, algae fermentation, algae grown in semi-open ponds, yeast fermentation used to make isobutanol, clostridia fermentation to make n-butanol, and even a technology to grow enzymes used to process corn inside the corn kernel itself, using the sun’s free solar energy in the process. [ read more … ]

Industry fears growing pains as producers begin to scale up

Niina Heikkinen, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

“The first eight years of the RFS was meant to get most of the growth of the RFS volumes from conventional biofuel. And thanks to the success of the ethanol industry, it has done that,” Jobe said. “After 2015, all of the growth of the program was by design, and indeed was decreed by Congress, to come from the folks in this room, to come from the advanced biofuel industry.” [ read more … ]

USA Today: Renewable fuels benefit consumers: Opposing view

By Bob Dinneen, USA Today  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

The RFS has been an unmitigated success. Except for one thing: The oil industry has lost market share and doesn’t like it. Big food companies also bristle at having to pay more for commodities; it eats into their profitability. But consumers have benefited as ethanol is less expensive than gasoline today. If we are to ever realize the promise of the RFS, we must allow it to continue. New fuels and technologies are being commercialized. Markets for higher level blends are materializing. Now is not the time to pull the rug out from under investors and consumers who share the bipartisan vision of a more economic and environmentally secure energy future. [ read more … ]

How Some Media Outlets Are Helping A Trade Group Misleadingly Imply That The Advanced Biofuel Industry Opposes Renewable Fuel Standards

By JEREMY HOLDEN, Media Matters  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

The Houston Chronicle and Reuters are helping the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) overstate its membership and downplay its connections to the oil industry, facilitating its advocacy to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In fact, major developers of advanced biofuels continue to support the standards and are not members of the association – which is largely run by executives with deep roots in the oil industry. [ read more … ]

IEA says energy emissions held steady last year as the global economy grew — a first in 40 years 

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted March 17, 2015

The world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stopped rising in 2014, even as the economy grew, according to early data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Researchers said the early numbers showing that CO2 emissions remained steady at 32.3 billion metric tons in 2014 — marking the first time in 40 years that a dip in energy-sector emissions has not been linked to an economic downturn — were encouraging. Others, though, cautioned that it remains unclear if the figures represent a trend or a one-off situation. [ read more … ]

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