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NEWS UPDATE April 9, 2015

Can Rand Paul Pass the RFS Test?

By Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted April 9, 2015

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul officially threw his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, just a week after co-sponsoring the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015 with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. The legislation would allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year round by requiring EPA to grant a Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver for E15 in the summer months. [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry pressures Cruz to back federal mandate

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 9, 2015

The ethanol industry is pressuring presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to support the federal ethanol blending mandate. America’s Renewable Future, an Iowa-based ad-hoc group formed to push ethanol in the 2016 election, wrote a letter to Cruz Wednesday saying that he has his facts wrong on federal subsidies for oil, which hurt ethanol. [ read more … ]

Texas, a robust job producer, starts to feel sting from falling oil prices

Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 9, 2015

Texas’ economic vibrancy is beginning to lose some of its luster in the wake of the collapse in global crude oil prices. The Lone Star State has been the top job generator in the United States for a string of years, coming in second last year behind another booming oil producer, North Dakota. Texas also survived and bounced back from the 2008 economic crisis far stronger than many of its neighbors. But evidence is mounting that the state’s economy will have a much rougher year ahead as layoffs mount, company spending pulls back and the broader economy feels the impact of the 50 percent plunge in oil prices. [ read more … ]

Renewables jobs surpass coal job losses, but it’s not ‘a one-for-one replacement’ — study 

Pamela King, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 9, 2015

Employment gains in the natural gas, wind and solar sectors are more than offsetting job losses in coal — but not necessarily at the local level, researchers from Duke University have found. In the four years following the 2008 recession, the coal industry lost 49,534 laborers, or about 12 percent of its workforce, driven by higher costs associated with subsurface mining and regulatory compliance, according to a paper published yesterday in the journal Energy Policy. Over the same time period, the natural gas, solar and wind businesses added nearly 220,000 jobs, a 21 percent increase. [ read more … ]

Legislature ponders raising state’s share of renewable energy to 50%, cutting oil use 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 9, 2015

A major legislative push to raise California’s share of renewable energy to 50 percent by 2030 had its first hearing before a panel of largely receptive lawmakers yesterday. The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee took up Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León’s (D) S.B. 350, which would implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) inaugural January pledge to boost renewables, lower petroleum use by half and double energy efficiency in buildings. [ read more … ]

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