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February 7, 2013
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  • Live from NEC: Dinneen discusses policy with food, oil groups
    Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, discussed ethanol policy with executives from the American Petroleum Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association at the National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday. He defended the Renewable Fuel Standard against criticism that the program doesn't work, and rebutted claims that ethanol was responsible for an increase in food prices. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Majority of Americans support RFS, poll indicates
    Nearly two thirds of people in a recent poll said they supported the Renewable Fuel Standard, while a quarter said they opposed it. When asked whether they favored giving tax incentives to oil companies, 63% of the respondents said no while 25% said yes. The poll was commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association and conducted by the research firm American Viewpoint. (2/6), Brownfield (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Calif. is state with most advanced-biofuel companies
    California leads all states in the number of advanced-biofuel companies, accounting for nearly 30 of the more than 80 firms operating in 27 states, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs. Illinois is second with eight companies, followed by Colorado, Texas and Iowa, the study showed. By 2015, 25 new advanced-biofuel plants are expected to enter service, creating more than 18,000 jobs. American City Business Journals/Sacramento, Calif. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Innovations are needed to boost biomass availability
    Improvements in feedstock development and production are needed to keep up with the growing demand for biomass supplies, according to a report by Lux Research. "[M]eeting the growing challenge will require feedstock innovations such as crop modification, new value chain configurations, and agronomic technology improvements like irrigation and biosensors," said Lux Research analyst Kalib Kersh in a statement. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Live from NEC: Different takes on ethanol's future
    Panelists on Wednesday at the Renewable Fuels Association's National Ethanol Conference in Las Vegas mostly agreed that the Renewable Fuel Standard is working. However, John Reese, Shell Oil Products' manager of downstream policy and advocacy, said the program is flawed and that changes should be made to avoid future problems. Advanced Ethanol Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman said the U.S. tax code should be amended to put biofuels projects on equal footing with fossil fuels in investors' eyes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Campaign is launched to repel Big Oil's assault on advanced biofuels
    Environmental Entrepreneurs, a Natural Resources Defense Council affiliate, rolled out a new initiative to support advanced-biofuel production. The campaign will initially focus on California, where the oil industry and its allies are escalating efforts to undo the state low-carbon fuels standard, said E2 spokesman Bob Keefe. "As the fossil fuel industry and its supporters in Congress and elsewhere try to make biofuel the next clean energy bogeyman, we and other groups are pushing back," Keefe said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill seeks to extend Ore.'s low-carbon fuels standard
    A bill in the Oregon Senate would extend the state's Clean Fuels Program beyond 2015. The program received a boost in December when the state's Environmental Quality Commission agreed to start its data-gathering phase, but its scheduled expiration in 2015 is causing concern among participating businesses. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  RFA & Member News 
  • Study: Ethanol industry helped employ 380,000 workers last year
    Domestic ethanol production helped employ 383,260 Americans last year, as the industry produced 13.3 billion gallons of ethanol, according to an analysis by Cardno Entrix and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association. The industry helped generate $30.2 billion in household income and added $43.4 billion to the nation's gross domestic product, the study found. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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