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February 18, 2013
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  • RFA, others criticize anti-E15 Senate bill
    The Renewable Fuels Association and other groups are criticizing a bill by Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and David Vitter, R-La., that would undo the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of E15 for model year 2001 and newer vehicles. The oil industry and its allies are "fighting to preserve their monopoly, their unfair and outrageously expensive tax credits, and most of all, their record breaking profits," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. The RFA is willing to sit down with the two senators "to explain the benefits of E15 and dispel myths and any lingering doubts," he added. (2/15), (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • Ore. ethanol plant will have a market if it reopens, official says
    If the former Cascade Grain Products 110-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant in Clatskanie, Ore., reopens this year, it will have a ready market for its output, officials said. Thanks to federal and state renewable fuel standards, Oregon's ethanol consumption reached about 210 million gallons last year, but just 40 million gallons of that originated in the state, said Rick Wallace, a senior policy analyst for the state Department of Energy. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Calif. agency gives $17.2M to transportation projects
    The California Energy Commission awarded $17.2 million to companies developing cleaner transportation technologies, including biofuels, under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The program is expected to give about $90 million this fiscal year. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exec hopes Ind. ethanol plant will reopen under new owners
    The sale of the New Energy ethanol plant in South Bend, Ind., for just $2.5 million is not an encouraging sign that the idled facility will resume production, said Wallace Tyner, a Purdue University professor of agricultural economics. Although the sale looks like a scrap deal "on the surface," there is "a good chance the plant will return to operation," said New Energy President Russ Abarr. South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Vilsack calls for passage of new farm bill
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stressed the need for a new farm bill during a weekend visit to Minnesota. A new bill is needed because the current extension of the 2008 farm bill contains several weaknesses, including a lack of funding to continue its energy programs, Vilsack said. "So all of the things we were talking about in terms of rebuilding this rural economy, that in turn helps to create jobs here in cities, isn't adequately supported with an extension of the existing bill as it was structured," Vilsack said. Minnesota Public Radio (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Peruvian ethanol firm to ramp up output for European market
    Peru's Maple Energy expects to generate more than half its revenue this year from ethanol, as the company's 35-million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant enters its first full year of operation. In 2011, Maple Energy got more than 99% of its revenue from petroleum, but it is switching to ethanol production because it can sell the biofuel in Europe for double its production cost, said CEO Rex Canon. "This will be a transformational year for us," he said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canadian agency allots $600,000 to beet-to-fuel initiative
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is investing $600,000 to help Alberta Sugar Growers look into using sugar beets and energy beets to make biobutanol and other bio-based products. "This project will help pioneer cutting-edge technologies that will enable our beet growers to diversify their customer base, increase their acreage, and ultimately boost their bottom lines," said LaVar Payne, a member of Canada's Parliament. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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