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NEWS UPDATE April 16, 2015

In Iowa, Clinton meets with ethanol representatives

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 16, 2015

Judge is also a co-chairwoman of America’s Renewable Future, an ad-hoc group advocating for 2016 presidential contenders to endorse the federal ethanol blending mandate.“We had the opportunity to talk about issues facing Iowa — renewable fuels being one of them,” Judge said in a statement after the meeting in Marshalltown, Iowa. “Secretary Clinton was extremely receptive and I feel encouraged by her comments about the Renewable Fuel Standard,” she said. [ read more … ]

Group says Clinton signals support for RFS 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 16, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton yesterday signaled support for the renewable fuel standard, the federal policy that requires refiners to use corn ethanol and advanced biofuels, said a pro-RFS group based in Iowa. According to America’s Renewable Future, the former secretary of State made comments in support of the RFS at a private meeting in Marshalltown, Iowa. Clinton is in the Hawkeye State after officially announcing her campaign for the presidency Sunday [ read more … ]

Hillary Clinton Talks with Ethanol Supporters in Iowa

 by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted April 16, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been meeting with supporters around Iowa this week since declaring her candidacy on Sunday and Wednesday had private meeting with ethanol supporters to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. Mrs. Clinton met with farmer leaders and America’s Renewable Future co-chair Patty Judge, former lieutenant governor and agriculture secretary for Iowa. “We had about an hour with her and had a very good discussion with her,” said Judge in an interview after the meeting. “I felt very good after our conversation.” [ read more … ]

Senate Republicans offer bill targeting cellulosic mandates 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 16, 2015

A pair of Senate Republicans yesterday reintroduced legislation aimed at U.S. EPA’s requirements for refiners to blend cellulosic biofuel into petroleum fuel. The legislation, by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), would compel EPA to base its annual mandate for cellulosic biofuel on actual production. The lawmakers introduced a version of the bill last Congress and have argued that it’s necessary to reflect realities in the market. [ read more … ]

My Voice: Ethanol debate should focus on fairness

By Bart McLeay, Sioux Falls Argus Leader  •    •  Posted April 16, 2015

The federal government turned to rural America for help. South Dakotans, Nebraskans and other Midwesterners together invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build or expand corn ethanol plants in response. Only harm to the economy or environment or an inadequate domestic supply could alter RFS for 15 years, they were assured. None of these conditions exist. Corn farmers and investors believed the strict volume purchase requirements in RFS would keep them safe. [ read more … ]

Former Obama Economic Adviser Calls for Shift in Biofuels Mandate 

By AMY HARDER, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted April 16, 2015

“The renewable fuel standard has a bad name, and in some ways it’s a deserved bad name because of the very large costs associated with it,” Mr. Stock said in an interview Wednesday. “But I think it’s incredibly important we not lose sight of the big challenge we have in the transportation sector.” Among his recommendations, Mr. Stock says the Environmental Protection Agency should be required to issue new blending standards every four years instead of annually. This change, which would require congressional action, “would provide investors with more guidance on which to make their decisions,” his report says.
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From oil to renewable diesel — one company finds a ‘business opportunity’ in climate change 

Niina Heikkinen, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 16, 2015

A Nordic oil company is making a big bet on biofuels’ future role in the global economy. Since 2007, Finland’s Neste Oil Corp. has transitioned away from fossil fuels and is focusing a rapidly increasing part of its business on producing biodiesel from waste fats, plant oils and residues. In just under a decade, the company has gone from a traditional fossil fuel-based oil company to become the world’s biggest producer of renewable diesel, with 62 percent of its raw inputs coming from feedstocks other than fossil fuels, said Simo Honkanen, senior vice president of sustainability and public affairs at the company. [ read more … ]

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