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Sep 17, 2013

Action by EPA on biofuels could head off legislation: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the United States gets closer to being unable to meet federal biofuel targets, a regulatory adjustment would lessen the need for legislation to change the nation’s renewable fuel policy, said a lawmaker who is examining the future of the ethanol program.

Representative John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois and head of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, said the timing and substance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 biofuel proposal could make legislative reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard moot.

Sep 11, 2013

U.S. picks up steam on natural gas export projects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday authorized natural gas exports from a fourth U.S. facility, unexpectedly accelerating a review process that would-be gas exporters and their allies in Congress had criticized as too slow.

This speed at which the latest approval was reached – just five weeks after the previous project – puts the Department of Energy on a potential pace to rule on several more projects before year’s end.

Sep 11, 2013

U.S. DOE approves LNG exports from Dominion’s Cove Point

WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Wednesday authorized natural gas exports from a fourth U.S.
facility, speeding up a review process that would-be gas
exporters and their allies in Congress had criticized as too

Dominion Resource Inc’s conditional permit for
liquefied natural gas exports from its Cove Point terminal on
Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay came just over a month after the
Energy Department approved exports from a terminal in Lake
Charles, Louisiana.

Sep 5, 2013

White House reviewing U.S. 2014 biofuel targets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for U.S. biofuel use targets for 2014 to the White House for review, as the agency races to avoid the delays that plagued the renewable fuel program this year.

Next year’s targets are due to be proposed this month and finalized in December. That timeline could slip, however, depending on the how long the White House’s Office of Management and Budget takes to review the proposal it received late last week.

Sep 3, 2013

Plan to expand US auto loan program faces bumpy road

WASHINGTON/DETROIT, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Democratic proposals
to widen the scope of the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan
program for advanced cars could falter in the face of Republican
opposition in Congress.

Last week, the DOE said it was planning “an active outreach
campaign” for its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan
program, created in 2007 to spur the development of plug-in
hybrid and electric vehicles.

Aug 13, 2013

U.S. oil and gas group wants lower 2014 biofuel mandate

WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – A major U.S. oil and gas
trade group asked the Obama administration on Tuesday to ease
the federal biofuel mandate in 2014, citing the potential for
serious economic harm if ethanol targets exceed 10 percent of
gasoline demand.

The American Petroleum Institute’s waiver request calls on
the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the overall ethanol
targets next year to prevent a collision with the so-called
blend wall.

Aug 7, 2013

U.S. approves natural gas exports from third terminal

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Wednesday approved natural gas exports from a third U.S.
facility as the government works through a long backlog of
projects seeking permission to send gas abroad.

The export terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana, secured a
conditional license from the Department of Energy to ship
liquefied natural gas to all countries. The terminal is backed
by BG Group Plc and Energy Transfer Partners LP’s
Southern Union Co.

Aug 3, 2013

Obama administration overturns ban on some iPad, iPhones

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has overturned a U.S. trade panel’s ban on the sale of some older iPhones and iPads, reversing a ruling that had favored Samsung Electronics Co Ltd over Apple Inc in their long-running patent battles.

The U.S. International Trade Commission in June banned the import or sale of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G distributed by AT&T Inc, saying the devices infringed a patent owned by the South Korean electronics giant.

Aug 2, 2013

US lawmakers press Energy Dept on power to revoke LNG permits

WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The top lawmakers on the
Senate energy committee asked the U.S. Department of Energy on
Friday to clarify its authority to revoke permits for U.S.
natural gas exports.

The Energy Department – which is balancing calls to speed up
export approvals with other concerns that unlimited exports
could raise U.S. energy costs – has said federal law would allow
it to withdraw or modify, under certain conditions, any permits
to export liquefied natural gas.

Jul 23, 2013

Leading Republican says U.S. biofuel policy needs overhaul

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. biofuel system
“cannot stand” in its current form, the Republican head of the
House Energy and Commerce committee said on Tuesday as lawmakers
- largely divided between oil states and rural states – seek
common ground on the renewable fuel program.

The committee has published a series of papers on the
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) since March, part of a bipartisan
review of a mandate that requires increasing amounts of biofuels
- chiefly, corn-derived ethanol – to be blended into U.S.
gasoline and diesel supplies.

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