Ethanol Groups Attack API Report

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol organizations responded Wednesday to what they say is a “flawed study” released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that concludes “statutory biofuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are infeasible to achieve in 2015 and beyond and could cause severe harm to consumers and the U.S. economy.” Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen says the …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Fuels America, Growth Energy, Oil, RFA, RFS

EIA: Outage Increased Midwest Gas Prices

Cindy Zimmerman

New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirms that the unplanned outage earlier this month of a 240,000-barrels-per-day unit at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, caused gas prices to spike throughout the Midwest. The outage occurred on August 8 and EIA notes that regular gasoline prices in the Midwest increased by 32 cents a gallon within the following week, …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, Oil, RFA

RFA to EPA: Provide Consumers Relief at Pump

Joanna Schroeder

In light of a refinery shutdown of the BP plant in Whiting, Indiana that produces 240,000-barrels-per-day, the Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen is asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide consumers relief at the pump. Late last week, gas prices jumped an average of 80 cents per gallon overnight in several states including Illinois, Michigan Indiana, …

biofuels, E15, EPA, Ethanol, Oil, RFA

Renewables “Rock” U.S. Energy Growth

Joanna Schroeder

The SUN Day Campaign’s Ken Bossong, has noted once again that renewable energy sources are dominating the new energy landscape according to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. The reports shows wind and solar accounted for all new generating capacity placed in-service in April. For the month, two “units” …

biomass, Electricity, Geothermal, Hydro, Natural Gas, Nuclear Energy, Oil, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

TV Ad Marks 5th BP Spill Anniversary

Cindy Zimmerman

Marking the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill, Americans United for Change is running a television ad in Des Moines and Chicago calling it “no rare incident.” While BP airs their own ads congratulating themselves for their cleanup efforts despite the lingering economic and environmental fallout in the Gulf region, AUFC is kicking off Earth Day week with a …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, RFS

Book Review: Fractured Land

Joanna Schroeder

When is the last time you filled up your tank with a gallon of gas that was less than $2? For me, today. As oil prices have plummeted with gas prices falling suit, many people are attributing all the extra oil to fracking. But what is the cost, financially and environmentally speaking, of oil drilled in this manner? A new …

book reviews, Ethanol, Oil

NY Gov Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking

Joanna Schroeder

There is big news coming out of New York today with the announcement that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has banned hydraulic fracking in the state. The news came on the heels of a study that was released concluding that fracking could pose, “significant public health risks.” “The Sierra Club applauds Governor Cuomo for recognizing what the science has made …

Oil, Renewable Energy, Solar

Deck Stacked Against Ag and Biofuels in Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) appears to be a bit partisan in a new report released this week on “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.” The report was produced after several meetings during the year with an advisory group that consisted of 23 members, seven of which were oil companies representatives. Only five members of the group represented agriculture …

advance biofuels, Ag group, Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NFU, Oil, RFS

Ethanol Coalition: Auto Engineers Expose EPA’s Oil Bias

John Davis

A new paper from automotive engineers shows how the federal government has a bias toward Big Oil. Officials from the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) praised a new Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) paper authored by experts from Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, and AVL Powertrain Engineering Inc. that concludes that emissions from higher ethanol blends are cleaner than …

ACE, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil

API: Extend Domestic Fuel Supply To Lower Gas Prices

Joanna Schroeder

In a recent blog post authored by Geoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the American Petroleum Institute (API) recently released a study that argues that the fracking boom has led to dramatically lower prices for crude oil and refined products between 2008-2013. Cooper wrote that the study suggests that increased domestic production of crude oil, …

biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, RFA