Please add the Governors' Biofuels Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE May 28, 2015

Nebraska senators urge EPA to back biofuels industry

By Nebraska Ethanol Board, Ethanol Producer  •    •  Posted May 28, 2015

Nebraska lawmakers are pushing the U.S. EPA to continue its support for renewable fuels when drafting rules that could limit amounts of ethanol blended with gasoline for fuel. Forty-two of Nebraska’s 49 senators signed a letter recently sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging her to consider the impact of modifying the market for the ethanol industry that contributes $5 billion annually to the state’s economy. Congress created a renewable fuel standard (RFS) in 2005, to grow ethanol and biodiesel markets in the U.S. The policy requires specific volumes of renewable fuel to be blended into gasoline. The EPA is expected to release oil industry draft rules for 2016 on June 1.
[ read more … ]

NREL: Most fueling equipment is compatible with E15

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 28, 2015

“Over the last decade, a tremendous amount of work by refueling equipment manufacturers, industry groups, and federal agencies has resulted in a long list of equipment that can be used with E15,” said NREL in the report, noting that its technical document includes a literature review, a summary of applicable codes and standards, a review of equipment manufacturer products, and verification with manufacturers regarding which ethanol blend work with their products. “Over time, the refueling equipment manufacturers have improved their sealing materials for compatibility with a wide range of fuels. Upgrading materials in equipment improves consumer safety and reduces the risk of releases to the environment,” NREL continued in the report [ read more … ]

Oil prices fall as U.S. dollar grows stronger 

By Friedman/Kantchev, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted May 28, 2015

Oil prices sunk early yesterday as the U.S. dollar strengthened with market participants questioning the sustainability of the recent price rebound. Light crude for July delivery recently fell 2.1 percent to $58.45 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent, the global benchmark, fell 1.7 percent to $64.40 per barrel on ICE Futures Europe. [ read more … ]

U.S. needs to strengthen federal, state policies to meet 2025 emissions target—report

Lisa Friedman, E&E  •    •  Posted May 28, 2015

The United States can fulfill its Paris climate change pledge to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, but only by expanding existing federal regulations and imposing new state-level measures, a new study by an environmental think tank finds. The report by the World Resources Institute argues that the United States can even exceed its target of cutting emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Doing so, it says, would require an ambitious combination of measures that includes boosting the current proposed limits on coal-fired power plants while also “pushing the envelope” on energy efficiency and the regulation of emissions from natural gas. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.