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NEWS UPDATE May 7, 2015

Democratic senators go to bat for biodiesel 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 7, 2015

Seven Democratic senators today plan to call on U.S. EPA to swiftly set robust targets for biodiesel through the renewable fuel standard program. Led by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), the coalition plans to highlight what it calls “extensive and undue burdens” on biodiesel producers and farmers brought on by EPA delays in setting annual targets under the program, according to a news release from Heitkamp’s office. At the event in the U.S. Capitol, they also will likely criticize EPA for a rule the agency proposed in late 2013 but never finalized that would have scaled back refiners’ requirements for using ethanol and advanced biofuels such as biodiesel. [ read more … ]

Ethanol refinery emissions far exceed estimates — fed study 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 7, 2015

Ethanol refineries may emit more air pollution than commonly thought, according to a new study led by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NOAA team, which also included scientists from NASA and academic institutions, measured the air downwind from an ethanol plant in Illinois and found emissions of total volatile organic compounds (VOC) to be five times higher than 2011 federal data. [ read more … ]

Hawaii enters national debate over future of ethanol in gas

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted May 7, 2015

Hawaii lawmakers have put the state at the front of a national discussion over the future of ethanol in gasoline by passing a bill that puts an end to a requirement that the corn-based additive be mixed into fuel sold in the state. The move comes as Congress faces pressure to review a federal mandate that calls for ethanol and other renewables in the nation’s fuel supply. Hawaii has required a 10 percent ethanol blend in its gas since 2006. The order was intended to support alternative energy and boost local agriculture. [ read more … ]

EPA sends RFS proposal to White House — sources 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 7, 2015

U.S. EPA has sent its proposed renewable fuel mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to the White House for review. The agency’s proposal is at the White House Office of Management and Budget, though the office has not yet listed it on its website, according to multiple industry sources. EPA did not confirm. [ read more … ]

UN Climate Chief Says Technology Has Changed Carbon Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted May 7, 2015

Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions crashed in Copenhagen, the United Nations climate chief said Thursday. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said countries were ahead of schedule in negotiating a landmark global agreement on curbing greenhouse gases that can be adopted at a Paris summit in December. [ read more … ]

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