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  • Ethanol Industry Objects to Rail Safety Rules that Lump Ethanol in with Crude Oil

    Jul 29, 2014
    Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed sweeping new safety requirements for oil trains. They would that mean that tens of thousands of railroad tank cars would have to be upgraded or replaced in the next few years. These new regulations treat ethanol differently from crude oil, but not that differently. They categorize crude oil and ethanol as the two most hazardous flammable liquids that are transported heavily by rail...
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  • German Parliament Reforms Renewable Energy Law

    Jul 11, 2014
    Germany’s changes to its renewable energy law passed in the upper house of parliament and is expected to go into effect in August. The law will cut back on renewable energy subsidies, and will change the way the remaining subsidies are funded. Germany has had some of the strongest support for renewable energy of any country, but with this reform, they are rolling that back. The Wall Street Journal explains the rationale...
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  • Washington State Funds Giant Batteries for Renewable Energy

    Jul 09, 2014
    With a 3.2 million grant from the State of Washington, Avista Corp will be testing out utility scale batteries. They received the grant last week. It comes from a $14 million pool of grant money to integrate renewable energy into Washington’s energy grid...
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  • Some Renewable Energy Companies Fail, but That Doesn’t Mean Much

    Jul 08, 2014
    Following the Obama administration’s latest round of loan guarantees for renewable energy projects, Michael Grunwald has an essay in Time analyzing the loan guarantee program, and what it means after the Solyndra collapse...
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  • Ethanol Industry Wants Government Intervention to Fix Railroad Issues

    Jul 08, 2014
    The beleaguered ethanol industry is being squeezed by all sides. The EPA has been talking about cutting back the federal mandate that keeps them afloat. Their recent distribution troubles meant that they couldn’t provide enough ethanol to fulfill that mandate in the first place. And with no clear decision on the future of the federal mandate, despite being well into 2014, it’s very hard to plan for the future. Now, the ethanol industry group Growth Energy is asking for government relief for ethanol shippers...
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  • Commercial Production of Cellulosic Ethanol Comes to Iowa

    Jul 02, 2014
    In Iowa, the state’s first commercial cellulosic ethanol operation is up and running. In a state rich in corn, Quad County Corn Processors are converting fiber from corn kernels into cellulosic ethanol. This new production of cellulosic ethanol is taking place at a facility that already produces traditional corn ethanol. With a $9 million investment at the existing plant, they added what they needed to produce 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year...
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