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NEWS UPDATE May 19, 2015

Moving Away from Petroleum

By Justin Worland, Time  •    •  Posted May 19, 2015

The transportation sector is moving away from oil slowly but surely. Driven by growth in the use of biofuels and natural gas, non-petroleum energy now makes up the highest percentage of total fuel consumption for transport since 1954, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In total, 8.5% of fuel used by the transportation sector came from non-petroleum sources in 2014. Biomass from corn-based ethanol—still supported by generous government subsidies—represented the largest non-petroleum energy source and was used primarily to fuel cars and other light vehicles. Use of natural gas to operate pipelines followed close behind. The report also shows smaller but still significant increases in the use of electricity, biodiesel and natural gas in vehicles. [ read more … ]

Kum & Go now offering gasoline with 15 percent ethanol

By Russell Hubbard, Omaha World herald  •    •  Posted May 19, 2015

Convenience store chain Kum & Go has again expanded availability of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says. West Des Moines-based Kum & Go has added two more Iowa stations offering E15, one in Des Moines and one in Ankeny, the association said. The additions follow an April announcement that E15 will be offered at 65 Kum & Go stations in seven states. E15 is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in all 2001 and newer passenger vehicles, the association said. [ read more … ]

25% of vehicles cause 90% of emissions — study 

By Justine Hofherr, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted May 19, 2015

Just a small percentage of cars produce most of the traffic-related air pollution, according to a new study. The study by researchers at the University of Toronto found 25 percent of vehicles were responsible for about 90 percent of vehicle-related air pollution. [ read more … ]

Commentary: Biofuels Decision May Signal Big Oil’s Influence in White House

By Anne Weismann, Special to Roll Call  •    •  Posted May 19, 2015

On June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to release its new plan for implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS is a federal mandate dictating how many gallons of biofuel should be blended into our transportation fuel supply. It was intended to encourage production of gasoline alternatives, thereby reducing American dependence on foreign oil, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The RFS has been held up for months as a result of political wrangling. When the number finally comes out, the American people might find out just how much influence the oil industry has on the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

Producers launch ad campaign 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 19, 2015

Biodiesel producers yesterday launched a national advertising campaign to promote the fuel as an “alternative energy success story.” The campaign led by the National Biodiesel Board will feature a 30-second television spot on national networks, certain local broadcasts and cable news programs. Running over the summer, the campaign will also include digital, print and radio advertising. [ read more … ]

Fuels America launches pro-RFS ad blitz in DC market

By  Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted May 19, 2015

In Washington, Fuels America has launched a six-figure television campaign in DC, which will include the morning news, Sunday morning talk shows, and cable television in DC. Both the television ads and the digital ads frame the choice before the EPA: Follow the intent and spirit of the RFS, and choose American innovation and rural economies? Or thwart Congress’s intent, and choose oil industry profits? [ read more … ]

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