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White House Gathers Senate Dems on RFS Proposal
July 25, 2014 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  In what could be seen as a sign that an unpopular decision is about to be rendered by the Obama Administration on ethanol and biodiesel, a select group of Senate Democrats …

Biodiesel Statement on Senate RFS Meeting
July 24, 2014 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel Thursday after White House adviser John Podesta briefed a group of Senate Democrats on the pending …

Legislation Would Require Country-of-Origin Labeling for Fuels
July 22, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation that would require fuel suppliers to disclose country-of-origin information for transportation fuels. The bill, titled the “Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels …

Corn Growers Keep Ethanol in Focus
July 21, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) were big topics this week as members of the National Corn Growers Association met in Washington DC.

During the Ethanol Committee meeting, staff from the …

Advanced Biofuels: Suspended in Bureaucratic Animation
July 21, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biofuels Digest)  … But, beyond the RVO numbers, not much has been said about this Administration’s inability to execute on its mandated task to review and approve new pathways under the …

Reassessment of Inter-related Biofuel, GHG and FFV Policies Needed
July 18, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Reports out of Washington this week that the Obama administration’s lengthy delay in releasing a final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending rule due to a White House desire to re-evaluate …

Oil Lobby Turns Focus to EPA in Ethanol Fight
July 18, 2014 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) The American Petroleum Institute (API) is focusing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its fight to reduce the ethanol blending mandate, conceding that there’s little short-term hope in congressional action.
Bob …

Congressional Officials Support Speedier Pathway Approvals for Advanced Renewable Fuels
July 18, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(BIOtechNOW) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its rule to identify additional cellulosic biofuel production pathways and pathway components that could be used in producing qualifying renewable fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This final …

EcoEngineers Publishes Fact Sheet on the Final QAP Rules
July 17, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(EcoEngineers)  On July 2nd, 2014, the EPA released the final rules regarding the QAP program requirements for the RFS2. These rules will go into effect as of January 1st, 2015 and have a number of important …

EPA Supporting Small Businesses by Advancing Sustainable and Innovative Products and Research/Twenty-one Businesses Receiving Funding to Strengthen the Economy and the Environment
July 14, 2014 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 21 small businesses in 15 states are receiving funding from the EPA to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies to address current …

U.S. Senators Press for Probe of Report that Oil Companies Blocked Ethanol
July 10, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters) Two U.S. farm-state Senators on Wednesday urged federal regulators to investigate allegations raised by a biofuel trade group that the oil industry uses “strong arm tactics” to prevent widespread use of higher …

Optimus Technologies First to Receive EPA Approval on Advanced Biofuel Conversion Solution for Commercial Trucks
July 10, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Optimus Technologies/MarketWatch)  As an alternative to CNG, creates new opportunities for advanced biofuel providers.
Optimus Technologies today (July 8, 2014) announced two significant milestones that are changing the U.S. commercial truck industry. First, it is the …

Aemetis Announces U.S. EPA Approval and E.U. ISCC Certification for Distilled Biodiesel
July 10, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Aemetis) Company produces high-quality distilled biodiesel at India plant
Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced that the company has received EPA approval for the issuance of D4 RINs upon the importation into the U.S. of biodiesel produced from …

Pain at the Pump: Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron & Shell Earn “F” in Consumer Choice Report Card
July 9, 2014 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new “Consumer Choice Report Card” released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) grades some of the largest, most well-known retail gasoline chains based on whether they are providing consumers with alternatives to …

New TV Ad on Iraq Turmoil, Rising Gas Prices: No Better Reason Why the EPA Must Preserve the RFS
July 9, 2014 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(Americans United for Change)  With oil prices on the rise in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, Americans United for Change announced a major new ad campaign encouraging the EPA not to turn its …

In New Twist, RFS Could Boost Electric Vehicles
July 9, 2014 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka (E&E Publishing/Greenwire)  The federal policy used to build up the nation’s ethanol and advanced biofuel capacity could soon be harnessed to spur the development of electric vehicle infrastructure.
In a final rule issued last …

Chicken Council Targets Renewable Fuel Standard
July 9, 2014 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(Capital Press) As the federal government is set to lower the Renewable Fuels Standard for this year, the National Chicken Council asserts that diverting the corn supply to ethanol has resulted in more than $44 billion …

Biofuel Advancement Threatened: How Can We Save the Renewable Fuel Standard?
July 9, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Renewable Energy World)    Advanced biofuels are no longer a futuristic hope — they are here. This year, three companies including DuPont will turn on commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries, the result …

EPA Establishes Quality Assurance for RINS
July 3, 2014 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  In addition to the final rule approving crop residue as a cellulosic feedstock, the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday established a “voluntary quality assurance program” for renewable identification numbers, or RINs.
The program is designed …

Joule’s Quest for Fuels from CO2, Sunlight and Water
July 3, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … From Massachusetts, word arrived from Joule this week that the EPA has favorably reviewed the company’s Microbial Commercial Activity Notice for Joule’s first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst. This clears the catalyst …

RFA Pleased with EPA Approval of Corn Fiber as Cellulosic Feedstock
July 2, 2014 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule approving additional Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways.
Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), commented, “We are very …

Freedom from High Gas Prices
July 2, 2014 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Sadly, drivers are expected to see skyrocketing gas prices this Independence Day as analysts at GasBuddy predict that Fourth of July prices will reach their highest level in six years. Tom Kloza, GasBuddy’s chief …

The Greensome Foursome: POET, Novozymes, Abengoa, NexSteppe on the Industry Outlook for 2014
July 2, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As several major cellulosic biofuels ventures head for scale in 2014, we look at the companies, the major barriers (as they see them) for further capacity-building, sources for future investment, …

Ethanol Report on Advanced Ethanol Concerns
July 1, 2014 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … You may recall that EPA officials said earlier this year that they expected to have a final rule by the end of spring, or at least the end of June, but …

CBO Releases RFS Forecast but Ignores Mid-Level Blends
June 27, 2014 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report, “The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond.”   In the analysis, CBO looks at the possible impacts on emissions, …

Supreme Court Issues Its Decision on EPA’s GHG Tailoring Rule
June 27, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA’s Tailoring Rule. While the court invalidated a portion of the rule, it essentially held up EPA’s …

Anticipation Bubbles Up for ADM Carbon Capture Project
June 27, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Chris Luvardi (herald-review.com) Archer Daniels Midland Co. passed through a public hearing process Wednesday with limited concern voiced about its proposal to drill a second injection well in Decatur to store carbon dioxide deep underground.
The …

Biodiesel Producers, Advocates Hit Capitol Hill
June 17, 2014 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Nearly 100 biodiesel producers, feedstock suppliers and other advocates are traveling to Washington this week to voice concerns about the Obama Administration’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for biodiesel.
The biodiesel supporters, who …

The Myth and Reality of Biodiesel Feedstock Availability
June 17, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Since its commercial inception in the 1990s, the biodiesel industry has faced obstacles from all sides. The technical merits of the fuel have been challenged time and time again. Manufacturing costs …

Accounting for Bioenergy Emissions, Benefits Must be Done Right
June 13, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  With the White House shining a very bright spotlight on its plans for addressing climate change – in particular, the long-awaited proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants under Clean Air Act …

EPA Should Recognize Roles of Biomass, Biotechnology in Mitigating Global Warming, BIO Says
June 9, 2014 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Environmental Protection Agency should recognize that carbon emissions from renewable biomass are fundamentally different from those of fossil fuels and that biotechnology can and must play a key role in mitigating …

Summer Means No E15
June 9, 2014 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Domestic Fuel) …“The Environmental Protection Agency’s outdated interpretation of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations is preventing the sale of E15 in most of the country during the busy summer driving season, adding …

Ultrafine Particles from Vehicles: A Missing Piece in Emissions Regulations
June 9, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On Monday June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the single largest step to control stationary sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful emissions in the nation’s history. …

DF Cast: Senators, Industry Push EPA on Biofuels
June 6, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Time is ticking down for the Environmental Protection Agency to make a decision on how much renewable fuel will be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply, and ethanol and biodiesel groups …

New White Paper Warns of Gasoline’s Growing Health Risks
June 4, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Gasoline exhaust is a much greater source of toxic emissions than previously reported, and lethal, ultra-fine particulates are not being adequately regulated and controlled. according to a new White …

White House Biofuels Proposal Is Baffling
June 4, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Ronnie Shows (The Hill/Congress Blog)  … For example: when I first heard several months ago that the administration proposed making across the board cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) – the federal policy that requires …

EPA Outlines 30% Cut in Power-Gen CO2 by 2030: What’s the Role for Carbon Capture and Use, Algae?
June 3, 2014 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  EPA comes down hard on CO2, with proposed rule calling for deep emission cuts, but opts for highly-flexible, state-by-state approach.   Carbon Capture and Use not deemed a key strategy, but …

Biodiesel Producers, Farmers Take to The Hill
June 2, 2014 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (domesticfuel.com) Biodiesel producers and farmers who raise the feedstocks for the biodiesel industry took to Capitol Hill this week, joining a group of U.S. Senate Democrats in their calls to end policy uncertainty that …

Biodiesel Producer Certain Uncertainty Will End
June 2, 2014 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (domesticfuel.com) The manager of a biodiesel refinery from the Nation’s largest biodiesel producer believes the uncertainty in the green fuel’s future will disappear. I caught up with Bryan Christjansen, a general manager for …

Companies Quietly Apply Biofuel Tools to Household Products
June 2, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Storm (The New York Times)  Consumer products containing ingredients made using an advanced form of engineering known as synthetic biology are beginning to show up more often on grocery and department store shelves.
A …

EPA Funds Cook Stoves Research to Ameliorate Air Quality and Mitigate Climate Change
May 30, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) If the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) systematic analysis study of 2010 is anything to go by, then by the time you are done reading this article about 35 …

Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 29, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Working Group)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s pending proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol that must be blended into gasoline in 2014 by 1.39 billion gallons would lower U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by …

EPA Funds University Research on Cleaner Fuel Burning to Improve Air Quality/The World Health Organization Estimates that Cookstove Smoke Accounts for over 4 Million Premature Deaths Annually
May 28, 2014 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new funding for six universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting, and heating homes that will help improve air quality …

Defusing the Cellulosic Bomb inside the Renewable Fuel Standard
May 27, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuel Digest)  Thought the 2014 volume debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard was tough enough?What about the ticking bomb inside the RFS — that could completely flat-line the value of cellulosic RINs …

Fortunately, Unfortunately: Pathways and Barriers to Algae Biofuels at Scale
May 27, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think algae biofuels are real and near? Or, think it’s a promotional scheme for attracting finance for nutraceuticals and academic bridges-to-nowhere?  The barriers might be more, or less, daunting than …

When Refiners Cry Wolf, Who Will Be Fooled?
May 27, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)   EPA’s proposed rule went too far in correcting a problem largely of the refiners’ own making.  It’s in the nation’s interest to put the final RFS rule back …

Biofuels Forum Underscores Increased Emission Benefits from Ethanol
May 23, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Ethanol’s role in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was underscored this week in a forum of biofuel value chain partners, conservation and greenhouse gas experts organized by the 25x’25 Alliance …

A Strong Voice in Indiana
May 19, 2014 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Dukart (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol plants in Indiana account for some 600 jobs, with an additional 4.9 jobs created for every job at an ethanol plant. The industry has pumped $1.5 billion in …

Advanced Biofuel Producers Anticipate the Greatest Impact from Proposed Changes to the RFS
May 19, 2014 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today (May 15, 2014), 33 advanced biofuel companies, led by the Advanced Ethanol Council and Biotechnology Industry Organization, sent a letter to President Barack Obama to express the industry’s concern about the proposed rule for …

Senators and Industry Speak Out In Favor of Biodiesel
May 18, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark  (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  With a final decision in the Renewable Volume Obligates (RVOs) expected in June, the biodiesel industry is getting increasingly vocal about the damage that regulatory uncertainty has …

Biodiesel Producers Hit Hard by Policy Uncertainty: Survey Finds Nearly Six in Ten Have Idled Production
May 14, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Policy setbacks in Washington are taking a major toll on the most successful advanced biofuel in the U.S., according to a nationwide survey of biodiesel producers released Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by the National …

Fuels America to Prez: Your RFS Proposal at Odds with National Climate Assessment
May 14, 2014 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In a letter to President Obama, leaders of America’s renewable fuel industry urge the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard – a proposal that …

How ‘Big Corn’ Lost the Ethanol Battle to Philadelphia Refiners
May 13, 2014 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Cesary Podkul and Jeff Mason  (Reuters)  Six months ago the U.S. oil industry scored a surprise win against farm groups when the Obama administration proposed slashing the amount of ethanol refiners must blend into …

Focus on Biofuels Is Key to Renewable Energy Success | Commentary
May 13, 2014 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Byron Dorgan (Roll Call) … But today, I’m concerned about the administration’s recent proposal that would put an end to the growth of this emerging American energy industry. The EPA proposal, if left unchanged, would …

Carmakers’ Greenhouse Gas Reductions Greater Than Required for 2012, EPA Says
May 12, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Childers (Bloomberg BNA)  Light-duty vehicle manufacturers achieved more greenhouse gas emissions reductions in model year 2012 vehicles than was required by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to an annual EPA report.
On average, 2012 vehicles …

Will Obama Help George W. Bush Achieve His 10-Year Goal for Gasoline Consumption?
May 12, 2014 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  … President Bush believed America could reduce gasoline consumption from 142 billion gallons in 2007 to just 114 billion gallons in 2017. The biggest reduction would come from a projected annual …

RFS at Odds with National Climate Assessment
May 9, 2014 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  In a letter to President Obama sent today, leaders of America’s renewable fuel industry are urging the Administration to rethink its proposal to weaken the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard – a proposal that is …

25x’25 Responds to Third National Climate Assessment
May 9, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance commends the U.S. Global Change Research Program for its candid appraisal of changing climate conditions that are currently effecting agricultural production and could have a broad negative impact on the nation’s …

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard
May 8, 2014 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe and Cezary Podkul  (Reuters)   A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out an oil industry challenge to the Obama administration’s 2013 biofuel mandate, ruling that the government has “wide latitude” to decide …

New TV Ad Exposes Saudi Oil Money Bankrolling RFS Smear Campaign
May 7, 2014 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(Americans United for Change/Biodiesel Magazine)  Pro-renewable fuel standard, pro-American jobs groups Americans United for Change and VoteVets.org held a press call April 30 to reveal damaging IRS documents showing that Saudi oil money is clearly helping …

Ag Secretary Blames Oil Industry for RFS Attacks
May 7, 2014 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … “The oil industry has made a concerted, organized, well-financed attack on the Renewable Fuel Standard,” said (Agriculture Secretary Tom ) Vilsack when asked about the EPA’s proposal to lower volume requirements for …

EPA Chief Explains RFS Proposal
May 7, 2014 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency explained her agency’s proposal to lower the volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting …

Ag Subcommittee Hears Pros and Cons of RFS
May 6, 2014 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The food versus fuel debate arose once again in front of Congress. At last week’s U.S. House Ag Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., opponents and proponents of the Renewable Fuels Standard presented …

Biodiesel Industry Welcomes Renewable Fuels Court Ruling: Court Upholds 2013 RFS Requirements
May 6, 2014 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) issued the following statement Tuesday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petroleum industry challenge to the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard …

The Uncertain Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard
April 30, 2014 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(Bloomberg Government)  The final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements remain in limbo. The EPA is now reviewing public comments on the agency’s proposal to cut the nation’s biofuel target by close to 16 percent.
What do …

Majority Supports Renewable Fuel Standard, Poll Shows
April 25, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

By Timothy Cama (The Hill E2Wire) Sixty-five percent of people in the United States support the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that mandates production and blending of a certain amount of fuel from renewable sources, according to …

EPA Report: Data Show Automakers on Track in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Standards
April 25, 2014 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Manufacturers Performance Report that assesses the automobile industry’s progress toward meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks in the …

EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Competition at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
April 24, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

Tomorrow (April 25, 2014), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe will open the USA Science and Engineering Festival, which hosts student teams from colleges and universities across the country who exhibit sustainable …

U.S. EPA Cuts 2013 Target for Cellulosic Biofuel
April 24, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe  (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday slashed its target for 2013 use of cellulosic biofuel to less than a million gallons, after the industry failed to meet goals for production of …

OilRigged Campaign Launches on Earth Day to Defend Biofuels
April 24, 2014 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Fuels America coalition launched a new campaign dubbed “Oil Rigged” on Earth Day to counter what biofuels industry leaders called Big Oil’s deliberate campaign to distort the …

Panelists Predict EPA Will Revise Proposed RFS Targets Higher in Final Rule
April 24, 2014 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin (Platts)  The proposed blending targets in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard will likely be revised higher, advocates for multiple industries said Monday.
Proponents of the ethanol, biodiesel, advanced biofuels, petrochemicals and biotechnology industries, who …

Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference Rumblings of Discontent
April 21, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the meetings, hallways and conference sessions at Biofuels Digest’s Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference near Washington, DC, the following issues, rumblings, lessons and congratulations abounded.
Criticism of the Obama administration …

Why Renewable Fuel Standard Matters
April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jess Oestmann (The Hays Daily News) When it comes to developing alternatives to fossil fuels and foreign oil, should the United States move forward or backward?
That’s the issue before the federal Environmental Protection Administration as …

Leading Biofuel Groups Oppose Delay Requested by Petroleum Industry in 2013 RFS Case
April 18, 2014 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Growth Energy yesterday filed a joint response in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in opposition to …

RIN Stocks Part I – Valuation
April 17, 2014 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Rob Johansson and Seth Meyer (USDA/FarmDocDaily)  … It is clear that the bankable (and borrowable) nature of RINs allow obligated parties to optimize their compliance costs over time.  In the past, pre-blendwall, it was relatively inexpensive to generate …

U.S. Port Officials, Environmentalists, Industry & Top EPA Officials Meet In Baltimore to Advance More Sustainable Ports Agenda
April 16, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Proven and potential solutions to improve the air quality and the environmental profile of major U.S. ports is the focus today of a port stakeholder summit organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection …

Dual Turning Point for Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Clifford Krauss (The New York Times)  … But even as Abengoa and other companies prepare to produce significant amounts of cellulosic ethanol, using corn stalks and wheat straw as opposed to corn itself, the appetite …

Study Raises New Concerns about Emissions from Shale Gas Wells
April 15, 2014 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (FuelFix)  Researchers found higher-than-expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.
The study, conducted …

Court Hears Oral Arguments in Challenge to 2013 RFS Standard
April 14, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard …

ND Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Finds Identity as a Top Democratic Critic of Obama’s Energy Policy
April 14, 2014 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Henry C. Jackson (Associated Press/The Republic)  … Heitkamp came directly to the Senate from the energy industry, where she worked for 12 years, including as a director of Dakota Gasification Company, a coal and natural …

Value of Biofuels Goes Beyond Those With Direct Investment
April 11, 2014 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Feedstock, Equipment, Conservation, Farm and Energy Groups Tell EPA Not to Compromise Full Potential of Biofuels
Concerns over the future of biofuels in a future national energy strategy were aired before some pretty …

McCarthy Addresses RFS, Biogenic Emissions during Hearing
April 9, 2014 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s policies with regard to bioenergy were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. During the event, …

Testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations
April 9, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified today (April 9, 2014) before the Senate Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations at a hearing …

Vilsack: Fuel Trend Should Guide EPA Ethanol Ruling
April 4, 2014 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday a recent uptick in gasoline consumption should be considered by the Environmental Protection Agency when it determines how much renewable fuel should be …

Veteran Farmer Says EPA RFS Proposal Will Likely Undermine Conservation Efforts
April 4, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Jeffries (25 x ’25)  …  Lower demand for renewable fuels means lower prices for corn, soybeans and other crops. Generally, producers account for lower prices by shifting to more profitable crops and by cutting …

Obama Administration Proposal for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Industry Organization) If left unchanged, the Obama administration’s proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014 would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from the …

DSM to Make Biofuel by July as EPA Considers Cutting Requirement
April 3, 2014 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Ehren Goossens  (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Royal DSM NV (DSM), the world’s largest vitamin manufacturer, expects to begin producing cellulosic ethanol in the U.S. by July as the government considers reducing the amount of renewable fuel …

U.S. EPA Head Defends Proposed Cuts in Biofuel Target for 2014
April 2, 2014 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  U.S. energy markets cannot absorb the levels of biofuels required by law to be blended into the fuel supply in 2014, Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy said on Thursday, defending a controversial …

BIO Responds to US EPA Halting Fuel Pathway Petitions for RFS
April 2, 2014 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  In March, U.S. EPA announced it is making changes to the fuel pathway petition process under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), in order to “enable more timely and efficient decision-making.” …

EPA Seeks Small Entity Participation on Upcoming Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
April 2, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This panel …

Reps Ask EPA about Renewable Fuel Challenges
April 2, 2014 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill E2Wire)  Four members of the House who want the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to be lowered wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ask what problems the agency has …

Vilsack Outlines 3-Pronged RFS, U.S. Ethanol Strategy
April 2, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jeannine Otto (AgriNews)  Defend, expand, export. …
“We need to make sure that people understand this entire standard is under attack. Folks in Congress, some folks in Congress, would like to do away totally with the …

World-Herald Editorial: Wait Is Ending for Cellulosic
April 1, 2014 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Omaha World-Herald)  … The first commercial production of cellulosic ethanol began in 2013, and this year biomass plants in Iowa will be taking the lead in expanding capacity. The facilities will take crop waste and non-edible …

FTC Proposes Changes to Fuel Rating Rule
March 28, 2014 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Federal Trade Commission)  The Federal Trade Commission is proposing changes to its Fuel Rating Rule, which determines the fuel rating that appears on fuel pump labels, how octane levels are calculated, and helps to inform …

Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Proposed Changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard Through 2022
March 26, 2014 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson, Matt Carr, and Paul Winters (Industrial Biotechnology)  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a significant change to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 and beyond, which will have an …

EPA Announces Plan to Improve RFS Pathway Petition Process
March 19, 2014 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing that it is taking action to improve the petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the renewable fuel …

Moving Toward a Clean and Renewable Future
March 18, 2014 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  The success of cellulosic ethanol is critical to the success of all renewables. We will continue fighting to keep the renewable fuel standard at the levels Congress …

National Biodiesel Day Celebrates Growth in America’s Advanced Biofuel
March 18, 2014 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel Offers Renewable Alternative to Fuel Economy
You wouldn’t be reading this if it weren’t for diesel power. Diesel engines are responsible for moving the majority of goods, including electronics, from manufacturer to …

EPA Calls for 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominations / New Green Chemistry Technologies Promote New Products and Markets
March 18, 2014 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking companies or institutions to nominate their innovative technologies for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. EPA is looking for nominations from companies …

Developers of Project to Convert Sugar Beets into Ethanol Looking for Commitment from Growers
March 12, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Dave Kolpack (Associated Press/Star Tribune)  Backers of a proposed project in North Dakota that would turn a variety of sugar beets into ethanol have preached patience for the last five years. Now they’re looking …