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NEWS UPDATE May 29, 2015

RFS FUNDAY FRIDAYS

By Politico  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

EPA is expected to release a trifecta of proposed annual volume mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard this morning, according to sources closely following the issue. The release of the proposed annual RFS mandates covering 2014, 2015 and 2016 would come ahead of the June 1 deadline that EPA promised for the release the proposals under a settlement after the agency was sued by oil producers and refiners for missing earlier statutory deadlines. [ read more … ]

USDA plans to inject $100 million on ethanol infrastructure: sources

By Chris Prentice, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to inject $100 million in funding to get more ethanol at the gas pump, according to two industry sources, the latest push to get beyond a “blend wall” that has capped demand for the biofuel. That would mark a big push for an overhaul of fuel-blending pumps and related infrastructure to generate higher demand for the biofuel. The USDA is expected to announce the funding on Friday, the sources said. A USDA spokesman declined to comment on the plans. [ read more … ]

Clinton: Support and improve ethanol mandate 

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her support for the federal ethanol mandate in an Iowa newspaper op-ed on Thursday and said the government needs to provide more stability for the renewable fuel industry in the future. “The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) can continue to be a powerful tool to spur the development of advanced biofuels and expand the overall contribution that renewable fuels make to our national fuel supply,” Clinton wrote in The Gazette, an eastern Iowa newspaper. “We have to get the RFS back on track in a way that provides investors with the certainty they need, protects consumers, improves access to E15, E85, and biodiesel blends, and effectively drives the development of cellulosic and other advanced biofuels.” [ read more … ]

Comment: Clinton: Invest in rural clean energy

By Hillary Clinton, guest columnist, Iowa Gazette  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

“The Renewable Fuel Standard can continue to be a powerful tool to spur the development of advanced biofuels and expand the overall contribution that renewable fuels make to our national fuel supply. But we also can’t ignore significant changes to the energy landscape since the RFS was expanded in 2007. We have to get the RFS back on track in a way that provides investors with the certainty they need, protects consumers, improves access to E15, E85, and biodiesel blends, and effectively drives the development of cellulosic and other advanced biofuels. Smart investments in rural America aren’t rocket science — it’s just good sense that delivers for all Americans. Providing investment certainty, removing barriers, and investing in the infrastructure to deliver reliable and affordable energy to rural households and deliver rural clean energy to the rest of the country is a good start. ” [ read more … ]

Clash over corn-based fuel intensifies as release of mandate looms 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

With the release of U.S. EPA’s proposal setting renewable fuel mandates expected, a key question has continued to separate the ethanol and oil industries: How much more ethanol can the country handle?

The ethanol industry has argued that billions more gallons could be added to the fueling system in the form of E15 and E85, or gasoline that contains up to 15 percent and 85 percent ethanol, respectively. But the oil industry has doubled down on its stance that there is a “blend wall” preventing more ethanol from entering the fuel market — and that there just isn’t much public demand for more of the corn-based fuel. [ read more … ]

EPA Grapples With Competing Rationales for Setting Renewable Fuel Requirements

By Andrew Childers, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency is grappling with how much ethanol the market can absorb as petroleum refiners and renewable fuels producers offer competing rationales for how renewable fuel blending requirements should be set in an upcoming proposed rule. The EPA will address the ethanol “blend wall” as part of the proposed rule expected by June 1 that would set renewable fuel blending requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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Forget ‘peak oil.’ Is the world’s economy heading toward ‘peak demand’? 

Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

Peak oil, meet peak demand. The hypothesis that oil production is about to peak is being swiftly replaced by the idea that the world’s thirst for crude oil is about to hit a ceiling, posing challenges for firms that face investor pressure to grow. One idea has it that even crude demand in emerging markets is on track to peak and then steadily decline, as is occurring in much of the developed world today. [ read more … ]

Barriers to E15 sales falling

By Argus Media  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

“The hurdles have gotten smaller,” National Association of Convenience Stores vice president of government relations John Eichberger said. “The caveat is, ‘but is the law going to allow you to use it?'” Major retailers have begun to feature gasoline blends that include ethanol content of 15pc, or E15, higher than the current standard but still well below the volume requiring vehicles with special fuel systems. Retailers Sheetz and Kum & Go have this year reported plans to offer the fuel at more than 120 stores.
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Calif. gives money to swap clunkers for electric vehicles and other clean cars 

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 29, 2015

California is giving money to residents who get rid of polluting cars and buy ones that use less gasoline or no gasoline at all. The Golden State yesterday launched a pilot program advancing the effort. It’s funded by $4.8 million in proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions. By state law, that money must be used on endeavors that further the goals of climate law A.B. 32. Under the new program, a low-income family could receive as much as $12,000 toward the purchase of an electric car. Residents in areas considered disadvantaged also qualify. [ read more … ]

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