Tag: Washington

EPA approves CCS at ADM ethanol plant

EPA approves CCS at ADM ethanol plant

September 30, 2014 |

In Washington, the EPA has approved a CCS process at an ADM ethanol plant where drilling is expected to begin in November. The project will inject and store 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the ethanol plant into the ground every year.  

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API says EPA can’t boost biodiesel RFS targets

API says EPA can’t boost biodiesel RFS targets

September 29, 2014 |

In Washington, the Clean Air Act explicitly prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from increasing the biomass-based diesel mandate for the 2014 compliance year, wrote American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Group Director Bob Greco in a letter sent Friday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The Clean Air Act expressly compels EPA to provide a […]

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PNNL identifies proteins capable of converting CO2 into other molecules

PNNL identifies proteins capable of converting CO2 into other molecules

September 22, 2014 |

In Washington state, using a chemical biology approach, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) identified more than 300 proteins in a bacterium adept at converting carbon dioxide into other molecules of interest to energy researchers. These proteins are involved in generating macromolecule synthesis and carbon flux through central metabolic pathways and may also be […]

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Comment period open for new rail safety rules that will impact ethanol freight

Comment period open for new rail safety rules that will impact ethanol freight

September 22, 2014 |

In Washington, new proposed rules from the National Rail Administration regarding brake system safety standards for certain non-passenger trains have been released and the NRA is seeking comments regarding them. Rail cars that transport ethanol, due to its classification as Class 3 flammable liquid, are subject to the new proposed rules.  

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US ethanol stocks hit five-week high as production soars

US ethanol stocks hit five-week high as production soars

September 18, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that ethanol stocks reached 18.81 million barrels during the week ending Sept. 12, up 4.3% and the highest in 18 months. Ethanol production reached 931,000 barrels during the week, the third week in a row where production increased. Cheap corn thanks to a bumper harvest as most production […]

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Senate finance committee chair wants level playing field for alternative fuels

Senate finance committee chair wants level playing field for alternative fuels

September 18, 2014 |

In Washington, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. told a Senate finance committee hearing on energy tax reform that energy efficiency, affordability, pollution and sustainability should be taken into account when deciding how to tax various forms of energy. He insisted that a level playing field must be set for renewables and fossil fuels, rather than the […]

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USDA chief says Obama administration still behind 15 billion gallon ethanol goal

USDA chief says Obama administration still behind 15 billion gallon ethanol goal

September 16, 2014 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Obama administration is set on getting ethanol production to the 15 billion gallon mark laid out by Congress, which could only be done with more gas stations offering higher blends. He figures the final RFS for 2014 will be higher than the 13 billion gallons the EPA […]

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USDA predicts corn harvest at 14.4 billion bushels with yield of 171 bushels per acre

USDA predicts corn harvest at 14.4 billion bushels with yield of 171 bushels per acre

September 15, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Department of Agriculture predicts a corn harvest this fall of 14.4 billion bushels, a record crop with the highest yield per acre in US history at 171 bushels per acre. Corn ending stocks for the 2014/15 marketing year are projected at 2 billion bushels — the highest since 2004/05. Meanwhile, prices […]

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What do we know about the 2014 US biofuels mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard?

What do we know about the 2014 US biofuels mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard?

September 5, 2014 |

In Washington, it’s getting to be like waiting for a Pope to be elected, trying to figure out the EPA’s timing andintentions on the 2014 RVO (renewable volume obligation). If industry figures are sounding diplomatic and hopeful notes in public, that could be generally ascribed to their “don’t upset the applecart” policy. Privately, they’re changing […]

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EPA’s delay on RFS hitting biodiesel producers hard

EPA’s delay on RFS hitting biodiesel producers hard

August 22, 2014 |

In Washington, with the EPA expected to announce RFS blending mandates for 2014 in September at the earliest, the biodiesel industry is suffering from sinking prices as buyers wait on the sidelines until the mandate is announced. The preliminary rule announced in November saw the 2014 mandate mimic the 2013 mandate of 1.28 billion gallons […]

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