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March 30, 2012
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  • Bill is introduced to cut red tape on biofuel storage tanks
    Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, introduced a bill that would cut some of the red tape that keeps biofuels from being sold by marketers. The Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 would require the Environmental Protection Agency to develop streamlined criteria for underground tanks at fueling stations that can dispense gasoline, diesel, ethanol or a combination of fuels. "The bill would avoid unnecessary infrastructure investments by providing gasoline marketers with a commonsense certification pathway for existing equipment that assures safety while accelerating consumer access to these new fuels," said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen. Read Hoeven's news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Navy opens first E85 fueling station in Hawaii
    The U.S. Navy has opened the first of three planned E85 fueling stations in Hawaii. The fueling stations are being built as part of the Navy's efforts to reduce carbon emissions. "We have over one thousand E85-capable vehicles at [Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam] that will be able to take full advantage of this station and the two others to be installed," said Capt. John Coronado, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii. Read the Navy's news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analyst: Cellulosic ethanol is a good investment
    Cellulosic ethanol may be the next big thing in biofuels, and several factors make it a good bet, according to investment analyst Aaron Levitt. The low cost and diversity in types of feedstocks, as well as reduced shipping costs, give cellulosic ethanol an advantage. "Given the potential promise of finally unlocking the 'holy grail' of biofuels, investors might want to give some of the companies involved a go," he writes. (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minnesota to host major ethanol industry workshop
    The 2012 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo will be held in Minneapolis from June 4 to 7. The event is the largest in the ethanol industry and is expected to have more than 2,000 attendees. "With Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, as one of our keynote speakers, in addition to our more than 140 session speakers, we believe this conference will provide attendees with exciting, current and relevant industry content," said Tom Bryan, vice president of BBI International. (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Growmark is focusing on biofuels-related issues, official says
    Growmark is focused on biofuels-related issues in Illinois as well as on the national level, said Chuck Spencer, the group's government affairs director. "We're looking at how we can adjust our state programs to match up with the increased levels of renewable fuels, 15% or even higher for ethanol in the gasoline supply," Spencer said, referring to tax incentives in Illinois. The cooperative is also concerned about maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard and is hopeful that the country will continue to understand its benefits. (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Study: Land near airports is good for renewable-energy production
    The Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service found in a study that some airport grasslands are viable, even ideal, for alternative-energy production. "Converting airport grasslands to biofuel, solar or wind production not only provides more environmentally sound alternative energy sources for our country, but may also increase revenue for airports and reduce the local abundance of potentially hazardous wildlife to aircraft," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pacific Ethanol strikes deal for Mascoma Grain Technology
    Pacific Ethanol Columbia made an agreement with Mascoma and Lallemand Ethanol Technology that covers purchasing terms and pricing for the Mascoma Grain Technology product, to be used at Pacific Ethanol's production plant in Boardman, Ore. The commercial pact also extends a similar agreement involving three other Pacific Ethanol facilities. Mass High Tech (Boston) (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists identify new framework for algae GHG emissions analysis
    A new and more efficient method of analyzing greenhouse-gas emissions in algae was outlined by Argonne National Laboratory scientists. With the use of the GREET model, a tool that evaluates the energy use and emissions in transportation systems, the research group was able to set a framework comparing algae scenarios with other transportation fuels, and distinguish the parameters that highly affect the life cycle analysis. (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Oil, gas tax-repeal legislation fails in the Senate
    Legislation introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., that would have eliminated billions in tax incentives for major oil and natural gas companies came up short of the needed votes for it to advance in the Senate. The failure comes after President Barack Obama urged senators to repeal the tax incentives. "They can either vote to spend billions of dollars on oil subsidies that keep us trapped in the past, or they can vote to end these taxpayer subsidies that aren't needed for oil production so that we can invest in the future," Obama said. (3/29), The Hill/E2 Wire blog (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Novozymes seeks to expand biofuel partnerships
    Danish enzymes maker Novozymes is looking to expand its cellulosic ethanol partnerships to promote its enzymes technology, which is used in brewing and the manufacture of detergents and biofuels, amid tightening competition in the industry. The company is negotiating with potential partners, and it could get involved in pilot facilities if there was an "appealing reason," said Peder Holk Nielsen, who supervises Novozymes' enzyme business. Bloomberg (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  RFA & Member News 
  • BYO Campaign Hosting a Webinar April 5, E15: The New Ethanol Blend
    The BYO Ethanol Campaign, a joint venture between the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Coalition for Ethanol, will host a webinar on Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m. Central time to discuss E15 implementation, detailing each step of the process. Topics to be covered will be the RFA's Misfueling Mitigation Plan, what retailers have to do to offer E15 to consumers, available incentives at the federal, state and local levels to help defer the costs of adding equipment, and the least expensive path to offering E15. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E15 Retailer Handbook Available
    The RFA has developed the E15 Retailer Handbook to provide fuel retailers with regulatory and technical guidance in order to legally store and sell E15 ethanol blends. The Handbook provides sample checklists and questions that all potential E15 retailers should contemplate before moving forward with offerings of E15. Specifically, the Handbook offers guidance regarding: federal regulatory requirements including blender registration, octane posting, proper pump labeling, compliance with an EPA-approved fuel survey, and OSHA regulations; state and local fuel safety regulations; E15 conversion guidelines for fueling infrastructure; retail conversion procedures; E15 fuel specifications and properties; transportation and storage requirements; safety and firefighting procedures. The handbook is available online, or for a hard copy, contact Jen Kracher. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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