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NEWS UPDATE April 1, 2015

Firing back, industry group touts fuel’s economic benefits 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

The Renewable Fuels Association is sparring with petroleum retailers over the economic impacts of ethanol. The ethanol trade group today sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders responding to what it characterized as “misleading and erroneous statements about the economic competitiveness of ethanol” made earlier this month by petroleum marketers.
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Rand Paul finds way to champion Iowa ethanol

By Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

It looks like presidential hopeful Rand Paul has found a clever way to champion ethanol, with an issue that’s in harmony with his keep-government-out-of-the-marketplace mentality. Paul, a Republican U.S. senator from Kentucky, has teamed up with Iowa’s popular U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, to introduce the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act. Ethanol industry backers say the bill would grant relief from a regulatory quirk that’s thwarting free market sales of E15, fuel that’s 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. [ read more … ]

Ethanol isn’t the only renewable fuel source Iowans love

BY KEVIN BOYD, R Street  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

But ethanol isn’t the only renewable fuel that Iowa farmers and state officials love. They also have an ongoing love affair with wind power. Iowa is third in the country in the total amount of electricity generated by wind, placing it behind only Texas and California. According to a report earlier this year from Radio Iowa, the state generates 5,688 megawatts of electricity from wind power, with another estimated 550 megawatts of wind-production capacity under construction. [ read more … ]

U.S. pledges to try for 28% GHG cut by 2025 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

The Obama administration formally promised the world today that the United States would use laws already on the books to cut greenhouse gases across the economy by at least 26 percent by 2025, and “to make best efforts to reduce its emissions by 28 percent.” Today’s submission tracks with the U.S.-China bilateral agreement President Obama announced last November in Beijing and uses a 2005 base line. China pledged at the time to peak its emissions by 2030 and to draw 20 percent of its power from non-fossil-fuel sources by that year. [ read more … ]

NFU Concerned by Omission of RFS from President’s Plan to Cut GHG Emissions

By Gary Truitt, Hoosier Ag Today  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today expressed concern over the exclusion of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in President Obama’s formal submission of a plan to the United Nations to cut United States greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. “The RFS offers America a cleaner, more environmentally friendly fuel sector with its support for biofuels,” said Johnson. “The president is ignoring agriculture’s great potential to help the country cut GHG emissions and mitigate climate change by excluding the RFS from his plan.” [ read more … ]

Industry group asks EPA to suspend Argentinian import program 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

“We have serious questions about how Argentinian producers will certify that their product meets the sustainability requirements under this new approach and whether U.S. producers will be operating under more strict regulations,” NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel said in a statement today. “As a result, we have asked the EPA to hold and reconsider its approval to allow a more open process with public comment and discussion.” [ read more … ]

Biofuels gain traction at Minnesota Legislature

By Jon Collins, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

A bill to create a $5 million tax credit to advance the development of the biofuel industry in Minnesota is gaining traction at the state Legislature. Newer technologies allow the use of plants like native prairie grasses or alfalfa for conversion ethanol. The so-called advanced biofuel tax credit was initially opposed by environmentalists because the most common ingredient, corn, can be very polluting. [ read more … ]

Moonshine, Hogs and Drought Fuel Sorghum Boom Across U.S. Plains

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

Exports of sorghum from the U.S., the world’s top grain shipper, are headed for the most in 35 years with most of it going to China, government data show. The Asian nation began tapping foreign suppliers in recent years to meet growing consumption by the world’s largest hog herd. The U.S. Grains Council estimates 10 percent of China’s imports are used to make baijiu, a 100-proof grain alcohol that is the most-consumed booze in the world. [ read more … ]

Global renewable investments surged 17% last year to near record — U.N. report 

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

A solar boom in Asia and record spending on offshore wind projects in Europe helped propel renewable energy investment to $270 billion last year, a 17 percent increase over 2013, according to figures released this morning by the United Nations. The 2014 spending resulted in 103 gigawatts of new generation capacity, reversed a two-year slump in renewable energy investment and came amid declining oil prices that some experts predicted would further undermine renewables’ growth prospects. [ read more … ]

DuPont’s Biofuels Opportunity And Plans

By Trefis  •    •  Posted April 1, 2015

DuPont has had its eyes on the biofuels market for a long time. Being an indirect participant in the market so far, acting as a supplier of seeds to farmers that sell corn crop to ethanol producers, the company has experienced the strong growth seen in the renewable fuels market over the past several years. As the company inches closer to commercializing its cellulosic ethanol and biobutanol products, we take a closer look at the market opportunity and strategic importance of the industry for DuPont and its plans to tap this opportunity. [ read more … ]

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