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1. Opinion: E15 Clean Air Ordinance must be passed

RFA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Chicago's City Council and the mayor's office should free consumers and fuel station owners from Big Oil and help the city's air quality by passing the E15 Clean Air Ordinance, writes Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill. Big Oil has lied about E15 being expensive and bad for cars, Davis writes. He is also hopeful that Congress will protect the Renewable Fuel Standard. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (04/30)


2. Survey work begins in S.C. for new pipeline to tank farm

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Right-of-way surveys for a proposed 360-mile pipeline that could carry up to 167,000 barrels of ethanol, gasoline or diesel fuel per day have begun in South Carolina. The project was proposed by Kinder Morgan, whose officials say pipeline construction should start next spring. The pipeline would take fuel from Florida through five counties in South Carolina on the way to a tank farm in Belton, S.C. Greenville News (S.C.) (tiered subscription model), The (04/29)


3. Alternative fuels company considers Mont. plant

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Bioenergy Fuels is considering Libby, Mont., as the site for a $46 million biofuels plant that would turn forest debris into liquid fuel. However, federal regulations currently exclude national forest lands as a qualifying raw material source for companies hoping to receive tax credits. If the regulations can be overcome, the plant could generate up to 5 million gallons of liquid fuel annually. Western News (Libby, Mont.), The (04/24)


4. Neb. biodiesel plant readies for production

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

The Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Neb., is on schedule to begin production later this year when its current retrofitting is complete. Originally constructed in 2007, the plant has never been in service and is being retrofitted to use ENSEL technology aimed at streamlining production, eliminating waste and providing it with more versatility in its biodiesel production options. Beatrice Daily Sun (Neb.) (04/27)


5. Report: E15 could help Ill. cut carbon pollution by 663,000 tons annually

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Providing Illinois drivers with better access to E15 could reduce carbon pollution in the state by up to 663,646 tons per year, according to Steffen Mueller, a principal research economist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The estimated reduction would be equivalent to removing 139,715 vehicles from Illinois roads each year. BiofuelsDigest.com (04/26)


6. Editorial: Neb. ethanol industry has available opportunities

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Opportunities for the ethanol industry in Nebraska and the rest of the U.S. include carbon dioxide for food and beverage production, corn oil and exports to Canada, Brazil and other countries, writes the Omaha World-Herald editorial board. Ethanol represents 1,300 direct and 3,300 indirect jobs in the state, the board writes. Nebraska ranks behind Iowa as the second-largest ethanol producer in the U.S. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (04/29)


7. S.D. ethanol plant's fate may depend on zoning vote

RFA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

A proposed ethanol plant in Sully County, S.D., hangs in the balance as voters prepare to weigh in on a rezoning issue in June. A local property owner wants to sell land to an ethanol company for a new plant, but the property must be rezoned and a conditional use permit issued to allow the plant to be constructed. The zoning change was approved by the County Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the County Commission earlier this year, but enough signatures were collected by opponents to put the action to a public vote. Capital Journal (Pierre, S.D.) (04/30)


8. Croda International holds groundbreaking ceremony for Del. bioethanol plant

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held today for a bioethanol plant in Delaware being built by British chemical manufacturer Croda International. The $180 million project will be established at Croda's Atlas Point facility, which has already received $150 million worth of upgrades since being acquired in 2006. The new plant will allow Croda to convert corn-based ethanol into ethylene oxide, which is used in many of its surfactants and other products. News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) (tiered subscription model), The (04/27)


9. U.S. corn planting reaches 19%, USDA says

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

The Department of Agriculture's latest crop progress report indicated that corn planting has reached 19%, with Iowa and Illinois reaching 14% and 31%, respectively. Meanwhile, Nebraska has reached 16%. The five-year average for this point of the year is 25%. Farm Futures (04/27)


10. Fuel marketer to start offering E15

RFA SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Kum & Go has announced plans to sell E15 at over 65 locations spread across seven states, with the Windsor Heights, Iowa, store leading the way on Thursday. Locations in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and South Dakota will include E15 over the next two years. The Renewable Fuels Association noted Kum & Go's continued support of ethanol over the years. "They have been offering E85 to consumers for years, and this addition of E15 in these seven states just makes sense," said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. "These continued E15 announcements demonstrate that the business case is solid for higher blends, and should lead other retailers to explore their options." EthanolProducer.com (04/27)




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