Tagged with Ethanol

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Reconsideration: CA-GREET Model Update

California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/082214handout.pdf [InsideEPA.com, sub. req’d]  California regulators are planning to increase the carbon intensity scores for numerous liquid fuels under the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), including natural gas, biodiesel and sugarcane ethanol, alarming industry officials who are scrambling to determine the implications of the state’s newly unveiled plan. … Continue reading

Ethanol and Oil Firms: the Beginning of a New Role for Alternative Fuels?

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies / by Nelson Mojarro http://bit.ly/1ndOpvo Firms are facing increasingly stringent environmental quality specifications for their products, including an increase of biofuel mandates, as a means of reducing emissions of CO2 and air pollutants. These environmentally related ‘new conditions’ affect oil firms’ fuel production, prompting them, in particular, to integrate biofuels … Continue reading

Carbon Intensity of Marginal Petroleum and Corn Ethanol Fuels

Life Cycle Associates, LLC for the Renewable Fuels Association / by Susan Boland and Stefan Unnasch http://ethanolrfa.3cdn.net/8f1f5d7e868d849da0_gam6b4eab.pdf [Green Car Congress]  The carbon intensity (CI) of corn ethanol—i.e., the greenhouse gas emissions produced via the production of a volume of the fuel—is declining, while the average CI of gasoline produced from petroleum sources is gradually increasing, according to a recent report … Continue reading

Impacts of Ethanol Policy on Corn Prices: A Review and Meta-Analysis of Recent Evidence

US EPA National Center for Environmental Economics / by Nicole Condon, Heather Klemick, and Ann Wolverton http://yosemite.epa.gov/EE/epa/eed.nsf/WPNumber/2013-05 The literature on the impacts of biofuels on food prices is characterized by contradictory findings and a wide range of estimates. To bring more clarity to this issue, we review studies on U.S. corn ethanol production released between … Continue reading

Retail Gasoline Price Impact of Compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard

Informa Economics for the Renewable Fuels Association http://www.ethanolrfa.org/news/entry/new-study-rin-credits-not-a-factor-in-higher-gas-prices/ [From Press Release] Contrary to the recent wave of hyperbole coming from the oil industry, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its associated “RIN credits” have not been a factor in this spring’s higher retail gasoline prices, according to new analysis conducted by Informa Economics, Inc. In … Continue reading

API-funded Study Shows Fuel with 15% Ethanol May Harm Fuel Systems

aka “Durability of Fuel Pumps and Fuel Level Senders in Neat and Aggressive E15” Coordinating Research Council http://bit.ly/127a2Cb [From Press Release] Use of the ethanol gasoline blend E15 may endanger fuel systems in millions of 2001 and newer vehicles, API Group Director of Downstream and Industry Operations Bob Greco told reporters this morning, citing newly completed research by … Continue reading