Tag: Washington

EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that September’s ethanol production fell to a six-month low of 1.16 billion gallons. That’s 39.22 million gallons, or 3.27%, less than in August. Despite low corn prices, low ethanol prices squeezed margins, leading to lower production.  

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CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Congressional Budget Office has released a report saying it could become increasingly difficult to comply with the RFS because of the conflicting goals of keeping reducing the burden of RFS compliance while encouraging the development of advanced biofuels. The CBO has outlined three options for compliance with the RFS in a case […]

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Urban Air Initiative analysis says EPA calculation on fuels flawed

Urban Air Initiative analysis says EPA calculation on fuels flawed

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, a computer model used by states to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative (UAI). The model’s inaccurate results could block access to the market for higher ethanol blends, denying states what could be a valuable tool in protecting public health. The Urban Air Initiative […]

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US Circuit Court throws out API’s E15 case again

US Circuit Court throws out API’s E15 case again

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia again denied the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Engine Products Group (EPG) in their attempt to keep E15 from reaching the consumer marketplace. The court found that API and EPG did not have standing because, “they cannot show that their members […]

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WSU and PNNL develop new biofuel catalyst

WSU and PNNL develop new biofuel catalyst

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University (WSU) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) decided to combine iron and palladium into a new catalyst that is expected to significantly increase the economic viability of biofuel production. They added just a pinch of palladium to iron, a recipe that efficiently removes […]

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. Last May, following a Reuters article describing how the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines had lobbied members of Congress and the administration […]

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Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

October 20, 2014 |

In Washington, the Institute for Energy Research has released a new analysis regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to change the definition of cellulosic biofuels to include liquefied and compressed natural gas produced from biogas and landfills, and the impact it will have on the RFS, saying it is more proof that the policy is […]

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EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

October 15, 2014 |

In Washington, the EPA says that infrastructure constraints at gas stations, better known as the blend wall, is one of the reasons keeping the agency from announcing the 2014 RFS. Falling gasoline demand has meant less ethanol was required to hit that blend wall of 10%. It also says it is conscious of the period […]

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Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

Growth Energy says recent USDA data disproves food vs fuel myth

October 14, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report and confirmed what many private analysts had already reported – the U.S. corn crop is going to break last year’s record production by a substantial amount. Total production is now projected at 14.475 billion bushels, 550 million […]

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DOE announces $13.4 million in awards

DOE announces $13.4 million in awards

October 13, 2014 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy announced $13.4 million for five advanced biofuels and bioproducts projects focused on integration last week. The University of Wisconsin of Madison, Wisconsin will receive up to $3.3 million to develop a process to produce high value chemicals from biomass, which can be used as plasticizers (an additive in certain […]

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