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July 19, 2013
McCarthy Nomination Confirmed
On Thursday, July 18, 2013, the Senate voted to confirm Gina McCarthy as head of EPA. Senators voted 59-40 to confirm the new EPA ... read more >
July 19, 2013
Next Steps For Farm Bill Legislation
As we reported, last week the House of Representatives passed its version of a five-year Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, which includes funding for farm programs only and excludes funding for nutrition programs (food stamps). The current five-year Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30, 2013. That leaves about six weeks, or 23 legislative working days, for Congress to conference the House and Senate passed bills and pass a final version for the President's signature. Senate Committee on Agriculture Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is urging the House to send H.R. 2642 over to the Senate so ... read more >
July 19, 2013
Latest Action On RFS
Activity on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is in full swing on Capitol Hill. Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power issued its fifth and final white paper on the RFS seeking input from stakeholders on "implementation issues" with the policy. The white paper is available online. The white paper follows the Subcommittee's hearing last month at which government witnesses testified on the effectiveness and implementation of the RFS. Specifically in this latest white paper, the Subcommittee is requesting, among ... read more >
July 19, 2013
EPA Expected To Approve Barley As Feedstock Under RFS
EPA has announced that it will soon publish in the Federal Register a notice for comment on EPA's conclusion that the use of barley as a feedstock can meet the lifecycle emissions reductions requirements for both conventional and advanced biofuels under the RFS. These findings help ensure the likelihood that EPA will approve barley as a biofuels feedstock to help meet the volumetric requirements under the RFS. Specifically, EPA has found that: "barley, when used to make ethanol at facilities that use natural gas for all process energy, grid electricity, and drying 100% distillers ... read more >
July 19, 2013
Boxer To Hold Senate EPW Hearings On Climate Change
On Thursday, July 18, 2013, Senate EPW Committee Chair Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is scheduled to hold a hearing called "Climate Change: It's Happening Now." Information regarding the hearing is available online. The witness list has been published and includes scientists to discuss the existence of climate change as an issue. Chair Boxer and several of her Democratic colleagues have introduced bills designed to curb the harmful effects of climate change. In addition, she has stated publically that her Committee would focus on the issue of climate change this ... read more >
July 19, 2013
Elevance Renewable Sciences And Wilmar International Begin Commercial Shipment Of Specialty Chemicals From New World-Scale Biochemical Refinery
On July 18, 2013, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. announced it has safely and successfully completed the construction, commissioning, start up and initial commercial shipments from its first commercial-scale biorefinery in Gresik, Indonesia, in a joint venture with Wilmar International Limited. According to Elevance, "[t]his is an important milestone in our strategy to become a global supplier of renewable specialty chemicals using our proprietary technology." The joint announcement is available ... read more >
July 19, 2013
European Parliament Committee Votes To Limit Crop-based Biofuels And Count ILUC In Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculations
Last week, the European Parliament's (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted to include indirect land use change in calculations to measure greenhouse gas emissions. It also voted to limit biofuels made from crops and create a minimum level of advanced biofuels within the European Union's (EU) fuel supply. Under the measure, crop-based biofuels would be capped at 5.5 percent of the EU's fuel supply by 2020. Some supporters of the proposal believe that the use of land to grow energy crops reduces the availability of land for food crops. The full EP ... read more >
July 11, 2013
European Commission Proposes €3.8 Billion Plan For Biobased Fuels, Chemicals, And Products
On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the European Commission (EC) announced its legislative proposal for a public private partnership (PPP) to help support the biobased economy by promoting the development and commercialization of fuel, chemicals, and products made from sustainable European biomass and waste. The proposal is expected to be approved by the European Parliament and Council later this year or early next. The PPP is expected to start its activities sometime next year. Under the PPP, from 2014-2020, the EC will contribute €1 billion and industry €2.8 billion to help ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Novozymes, BASF, And Cargill Announce Breakthrough
In August 2012, Novozymes, BASF, and Cargill entered into an agreement to develop a process to convert renewable materials into a 100 percent renewable acrylic acid. This month, the three companies announced that they have successfully demonstrated at pilot scale the production of renewable 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP). This announcement is an important step in the companies' efforts since 3-HP is a raw material that can be used to produce renewable acrylic acid for the production of superabsorbent polymers. These superabsorbent polymers can be used for diapers and other ... read more >
July 11, 2013
MASBI Issues Report On Opportunity For Aviation Biofuels
The Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) has issued a report demonstrating the opportunity for a Midwest aviation biofuels industry and making recommendations to help its success. The report is available online. MASBI is a coalition managed by Oliver Wyman and led by a Steering Committee that includes United Airlines, Boeing, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Clean Energy Trust, and Honeywell's UOP. The report resulted from a year-long study and concluded that the use of more advanced biofuels developed in the Midwest can lead to significant energy and ... read more >
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