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NEWS UPDATE June 4, 2015

EPA’s take on ‘blend wall’ a horror story for all in biofuel fight 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted June 4, 2015

U.S. EPA’s handling of the ethanol “blend wall” in its proposed renewable fuel targets nods to both the ethanol and oil industries but does little to please either.”It reads a little bit like ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,'” said Geoff Cooper, senior vice president for the Renewable Fuels Association. Just as Henry Jekyll bounces between civilized doctor and monster in the Robert Louis Stevenson classic tale, says Cooper and others in the biofuel fight, EPA’s proposal careens from one extreme to another on the blend wall — the outer limit of ethanol that can be blended into the nation’s motor fuels — in the proposed multi-year targets for the renewable fuel standard (RFS). [ read more … ]

Why ADM can shrug off the EPA’s latest retreat on ethanol use—and corn farmers can’t

By Joe Cahill, Crain Business News  •    •  Posted June 4, 2015

While the EPA had previously suggested even lower minimums, the new levels still caught many in the industry off-guard. “It was surprising that they set the 2015 level so low,” says Jerrod Kitt, a research analyst who studies biofuels for Linn Group. Yet the EPA’s move is consistent with a recent shift in sentiment toward corn-based ethanol in Washington, which has propped up the industry since its inception. For years a powerful combination of environmental and agricultural interests, along with ethanol producers like Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland, kept the government subsidies coming. [ read more … ]

CHS buys ethanol plant, in long-term biofuels bet

By Chris Prentice), Reuters  •    •  Posted June 4, 2015

Grains and biofuels marketer CHS Inc has bought Patriot Renewable Fuels’ Illinois ethanol plant, its second such purchase in a year, to boost its footprint in ethanol at a time of high inventories and low margins. The purchase of the medium-sized, 125 million-gallon-a-year plant in Annawan, Illinois, is intended to boost margins for value-added products and is a long-term bet on ethanol, said Gary Anderson, CHS senior vice president of grain marketing and renewable fuels in North America.
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California lawmakers boost climate change bills

BY ALEXEI KOSEFF AND JEREMY B. WHITE, Sacramento Bee  •    •  Posted June 4, 2015

Continuing the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, California lawmakers approved expansive legislation Wednesday that will require ambitious new renewable energy and pollution standards over the coming decades. In the Senate, the effort was led by President Pro Tem Kevin de León and fellow Democrats, who touted the economic benefits of building a green economy. [ read more … ]

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