Is Cellulosic Ethanol Dead?  Despite Setbacks, Signs of Progress

With DowDuPont’s recent announcement that it will be selling its commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa the United States is left with only two commercial-scale projects in the United States. Just two years after the grand opening of the DuPont (now DowDuPont) facility in Nevada, IA, Quad County Corn Processors and POET’s Project Liberty are all that remain after the initial four that were greatly celebrated in 2014.

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Headlines:

1. Bill Aims to Extend MLP Benefits to Renewables, Clean Energy
2. Mid-Atlantic Lawmakers Ask FTC to Investigate Biofuels Credit Market Manipulation
3. U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser
4. Ethanol-Based Fuel Becomes Top-Selling Petrol in France
5. Can California Eliminate Gas Cars?
 

 

Upcoming Briefing: 

Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively?
The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels

Monday, November 13
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Room 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE

Please RSVP to expedite check-in

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing examining how high-octane, low-carbon fuel can enable CAFE compliance. Research suggests that high-octane, low-carbon fuel is the lowest-cost compliance option for both consumers and the automotive industry. To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards—jointly administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and EPA. However, the automotive marketplace has changed significantly since the standards were written in 2009. Sustained low gas prices and the growing popularity of trucks and SUVs have led the auto industry to claim that it will be impossible to meet both 2025 and long-term efficiency standards without significant changes to the programs. Fortunately, there is another low-cost pathway available to regulators to preserve strong fuel efficiency standards and improve fuel quality.

 

 

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