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January 30, 2013
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  • RFA, others slam anti-E15 study for using outdated formulation
    An oil industry report portraying E15 as harmful to fuel-system components is misleading and flawed, according to the Renewable Fuels Association and other industry groups. The study used an "aggressive E15" blend that has no real-world significance because such a formulation no longer represents the kinds of fuels in the market today, said Kristy Moore, RFA's vice president for technical services. The researchers "cooked the books by using an aggressive fuel mix to try and force engine damage. This isn't real testing and this certainly isn't real life," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, NYMEX oil, ethanol futures advance
    March corn settled at $7.295 per bushel on Tuesday, up 0.25 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. March light sweet crude tacked on $1.13 to finish at $97.57 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. February denatured ethanol gained 0.2 cents to close at $2.405 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/29), MarketWatch (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RFA's White: Big Oil using scare tactics to keep public from using E15
    The oil industry and its allies are using scare tactics to keep consumers from using E15, writes Robert White, director of market development for the Renewable Fuels Association. White has logged more than 10,000 miles using the blend without encountering any fuel-related problems. "Not once has my 'check engine' light lit up. Not once have I noticed any drivability or performance issues," White states. The oil industry's claim that E15 will void a vehicle's warranty is false, White adds, as federal law requires carmakers to prove the fuel caused the damage before denying a warranty claim. E-Xchange blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CRC's E15 study is deeply flawed, RFA's Moore says
    The Environmental Protection Agency's decision to clear the use of E15 for vehicle model years 2001 and later was based on "multiple-year, multiple-aspect testing of more than 88 vehicles," making E15 the most studied fuel additive in history, writes Kristy Moore, director of technical services for the Renewable Fuels Association, in reaction to the release of an oil-industry-backed study linking E15 to fuel-system damage. Not only did the Coordinating Research Council use an outdated, "aggressive E15" formula for the study, it also ignored its own findings in 2009 that linked sulfur content in fuels to fuel-system damage, Moore notes. E-Xchange blog (1/29), (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. ethanol use rose in first 10 months of 2012; output fell
    U.S. ethanol use in the first 10 months of 2012 totaled 10.84 billion gallons, an increase over the same periods in 2011 and 2010, according to the Energy Information Administration's latest Monthly Energy Review. The U.S. produced 11.151 billion gallons of the fuel from January through October 2012, down from the first 10 months of 2011 but up from the same period in 2010, the report showed. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grains Council releases 2012 annual report
    The U.S. Grains Council released its annual report for 2012. Cited among the year's highlights were Algeria and Morocco agreeing to cut taxes on all feed imports, China's decision to end its anti-dumping probe on distillers dried grains with solubles and Canada's postponement of rules that would tighten requirements on grain imports. The top destinations for DDGS exports in 2012 were China, Mexico and Canada, the report said. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Dinneen: WSJ editorial distorts meaning of court ruling on RFS
    The Wall Street Journal's latest anti-ethanol editorial exaggerates the impact of a federal appeals court ruling vacating the cellulosic biofuel requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard, writes Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. "In spite of the Journal's victory dance, the D.C. Circuit Court's decision was narrow and mixed," states Dinneen, pointing out that the court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to consider data from cellulosic biofuel developers in setting its goals and gave the EPA leeway to set targets in the future. "I suspect that the Journal and its allies in Big Oil are really alarmed by advanced biofuels' progress, not its supposed problems," Dinneen states. E-Xchange blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: States consider altering RPS in different ways
    The District of Columbia and 29 states have Renewable Portfolio Standards, but some are being strengthened and others weakened, according to an analysis. In North Carolina, a state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would freeze the ramping up of the state's RPS. In Minnesota, the Legislature is being targeted by renewables advocates to expand the state's RPS, the analysis finds. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Agenda for the National Ethanol Conference is Now Available
    The agenda for the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference is available online. This year's program highlights how the ethanol industry continues to evolve to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing marketplace. With the RFS under fire and recent natural environment setbacks, the global market-driven atmosphere in which the industry must compete comes with new challenges. Industry leaders and experts will address how we are meeting these new demands by accelerating innovation in technology, marketing, logistics and feedstocks for the production of advanced ethanol. Conference session highlights include: perspectives on the future of the RFS, expanding renewable fuels globally, co-product considerations, tax policies critical to the future of the industry, future fuels and higher octane, and a panel discussion on E15. This year's keynote speaker will be Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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