Tag: Washington

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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USGC secures permanent Malaysia exemption for DDGS imports

USGC secures permanent Malaysia exemption for DDGS imports

August 20, 2014 |

In Washington, Malaysian officials recently agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM) from that nation’s new, more stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities. The decision makes permanent a temporary exemption, granted in May, for the period from July 31 […]

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USDA releases new switchgrass for bioenergy

USDA releases new switchgrass for bioenergy

August 18, 2014 |

In Washington, the release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. Agricultural Research Service scientists have spent decades working on different projects that contributed to the development of the cultivar “Liberty,” which can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre.  

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GSK settles with EPA over waste ethanol storage violations

GSK settles with EPA over waste ethanol storage violations

August 13, 2014 |

In Washington, in a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (GSK) has agreed to properly manage the hazardous waste at its research and development facility in King of Prussia, Pa. GSK, located at 709 Swedeland Rd., has also agreed to pay a $317,550 penalty to settle the alleged violations of hazardous waste […]

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USDA report shows GHG impacts from agriculture

USDA report shows GHG impacts from agriculture

August 11, 2014 |

In Washington, the USDA has released a report that lays out methods for estimating changes in GHG emissions and carbon storage at a local scale for farm, ranch and forest managers. The methods in the report will be used to develop user-friendly tools for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and other USDA stakeholders to help them […]

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