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DuPont And P&G Announce Plans To Use Cellulosic Ethanol In Tide® Detergent

On October 6, 2014, DuPont and Proctor & Gamble announced their joint plan to replace currently used corn-based ethanol with cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide® laundry detergent. According to DuPont's press release on...more

Secretary Vilsack Confirms Administration Support For Biofuel Production Level

Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at a biofuel industry conference and addressed concerns raised over the likelihood that the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule would...more

Second DOE-Funded Cellulosic Ethanol Biorefinery Opened

On September 3, 2014, POET-DSM's Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa, celebrated its grand opening. This will be the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock, using biochemical...more

Rules for Rail Transport of Crude Oil and Ethanol Still a Work in Progress

In response to rail accidents over the past several years involving crude oil and ethanol, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) has been working with industry stakeholders and the National Transportation Safety Board...more

Current Ethanol Blending Mandate Generates Interesting Opponents and Forces Delay

An increasingly pitched battle between business and agricultural interests over the blending of ethanol in gasoline has turned its focus to EPA’s rulemaking mandate which sets the minimum volume of renewable fuel sold...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

DOT PUBLISHES NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING FOR NEW RAIL SAFETY STANDARDS - On Wednesday, July 23, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released a proposed rule designed to enhance the transportation safety of oil...more

USDOT Proposes New Rules for Rail Transport of Fossil Fuels

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“Administration”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”), issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NOPR”) for...more

Environmental Working Group Report On Corn Ethanol

The report concludes that "[t]he Environmental Protection Agency's pending proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol that must be blended into gasoline in 2014 by 1.39 billion gallons would lower U.S. greenhouse gas...more

Sixth Circuit Greenlights Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held this week that the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in providing funding for a cellulosic ethanol...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

HOUSE-PASSED BUDGET AGREEMENT INCLUDES ENERGY POLICY PROVISIONS - Last Thursday, December 12, members of the U.S. House voted 332-94 to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, a budget resolution offered as an amendment...more

Renewable Energy Update -- October 18, 2013.

Renewable Energy Focus -- 3 models that could help utilities make money from solar power - Green Tech Solar News - Sep 30: Much like tech companies of the 1990s, utilities face an “unavoidable shift” and don’t have any...more

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey: Ninth Circuit Holds that "California's Regulatory Experiment" Does Not Discriminate Against...

On September 18, 2013, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling that may have significant consequences for oil and ethanol producers all across the globe. In Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Corey, No. 12-15131 (9th Cir. Sep. 18,...more

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Loses Partner

Mascoma Corporation has lost a major funding source in its efforts to build a 20 million gallon ethanol plant in Kinross. Valero Energy Corp has pulled its $50 million investment in the project. An IPO for Mascoma that would...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - August 2013

In This Issue: - Natural Gas Power Plant Approval Case Gets Started - Deep Water Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Showcased - Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Loses Partner - Anaerobic Digester Opens at MSU -...more

CEQA Review Of Regulatory Program Must be Completed Before Approval Of Regulations

A state agency’s board approved new environmental regulations on fuels contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time delegated completion of environmental review and response to public comments to the agency’s...more

Legal Alert: Renewable Fuel Standard Costs Reach Record Levels: Corn-Ethanol RINs at $1.18 per RIN

The federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires gasoline and diesel refiners, blenders and importers to purchase and use an ever increasing number of renewable fuel credits (known as RINs) generated by renewable fuel...more

Five Michigan Ethanol Plants Level Off Production As Ethanol Industry Looks To Recover

Michigan has five corn ethanol refineries. Ethanol is an alcohol based fuel made from corn, and production of ethanol is largely dependent on the weather....more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 28, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of State; Department Of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory...more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - May 2013

In This Issue: - New DTE Electric PPAs for Wind Energy - Five Ethanol Plants in Michigan - Offshore Team Sails to Cleveland - Energy Forum Update - Nuclear Plant Off-Line Again - 43 Degrees North @ Muskegon -...more

Growing Controversy Over EPA Proposal Relying On E15 Ethanol/Gasoline Blend

On June 15, 2012, EPA approved the first applications for the use of E15 Ethanol/Gasoline blend. Since that time, a dispute has emerged regarding the potential benefits and problems associated with a transition from the...more

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