Ethanol mandate is too large, says oil industry

NERA Economic Consulting, in a study commissioned by the oil industry, concluded that the ethanol mandate set by law is too large to be absorbed at current fuel usage by cars and light trucks.

Buis moves from CEO to co-chair of pro-ethanol group

The pro-ethanol trade group Growth Energy said Tom Buis, its chief executive officer since its early days, has been named co-chairman of its board of directors.

Senators ask EPA for much larger biodiesel mandate

Three dozen senators sent a letter to the EPA asking for a much higher mandate for biodiesel than the agency proposed for 2016 and 2017. They say the agency failed to "adequately recognize the domestic biodiesel industry's production capacity and its ability to increase production."

USDA puts cash into higher-blend biofuel projects

The USDA said it will provide up to $100 million in matching funds for "state-led efforts to test and evaluate innovative and comprehensive approaches to market higher blends of renewable fuel, such as E15 and E85."

Ethanol foes target USDA aid for blender pumps

A group of 18 U.S. representatives, including the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Rules committees, is trying to block USDA grants for installation of blender pumps that sell gasoline with a higher ethanol content than the traditional 10 percent.

Senate vote unlikely on amendment against ethanol mandate

A co-sponsor of a Senate amendment to eliminate annual targets for ethanol consumption says the amendment will not be called for a vote as part of debate on the Keystone pipeline.

Gas station chain to put E15 in 60 stations in North Carolina

A convenience store chain in six mid-Atlantic states, Sheetz Convenience Stores, said it will offer E15 at 60 of its fuel stations in North Carolina by spring 2016.

Chicago considers requirement to sell E15

It's now up to the Chicago City Council to decide if service stations in the city will be required to sell E15, a 15 percent blend of ethanol and gasoline. The traditional blend is 10 percent. The idea was approved by the finance subcommittee on Monday.