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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 …

It’s Not a Sprint: Achieving Biofuel Goals Requires the Effort of a Marathon
March 7, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)   EPA’s release this week of the latest rule governing vehicle emissions and fuel standards is a reminder that while regulations can raise the profile of biofuels, there are no “silver” policy bullets that absolutely …

Biodiesel Finds Allies at Commodity Classic
March 6, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  …Joe (Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board) is really perplexed at the cut to the share of biodiesel in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) considering how biodiesel is able to make …

The 10 Hottest Trends in Algae
March 4, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been touted as the ultimate platform for fuels, chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins — even cancer therapies.
There’s been a rate of progress that would impress any devotee of Moore’s Law …

Will the EPA Reverse Itself on the Write Down of the Renewable Mandate for 2014? The Message from the RINs Market
March 4, 2014 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  … The purpose of today’s post is to show that the recent behavior of prices in the RINs market suggests the odds of the EPA reversing the proposed write down …

POET-DSM Says Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Running by June
March 4, 2014 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  An Iowa ethanol plant that will be one of the first producers of biofuels made from crop waste will be operating by June, a general manager of the plant said in …

EPA Tier 3 Rule Sets E10 as New Test Fuel
March 4, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA final rule for emission standards for cars and gasoline made E10 the new federal emissions test fuel, finalized specifications for E85 test fuel for flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) and left …

Advanced Biofuels USA Sees Conditional Victory for Ethanol in Tier 3 Final Ruling
March 3, 2014 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “It’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread; but at least there’s dough in the machine,” said Advanced Biofuels USA’s vehicle emissions expert, Robert Kozak upon reviewing the Environmental …

EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Health Benefits to Thousands
March 3, 2014 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission …

CEO Todd Becker Has Faith in the Future of Ethanol Producer Green Plains
March 3, 2014 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by John Lppert and Mario Parker (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  … Political challenges are piling up, too. Big Oil lists minimum ethanol requirements as its top policy concern for 2014 and wants to eliminate them. Government officials …

Traditional Fuels to Remain Viable, But Chain Will “Not Ignore” Diesel, E85, Especially CNG
February 27, 2014 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Samantha Oller (CSPnet.com)  As one of the highest-volume fuel retailers in the United States, it would be easy to assume that Speedway LLC, the retail arm of Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC), has little to no …

Square Pump, Round Fuel
February 24, 2014 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Flash-forward to today: the American Petroleum Institute rallies the Panzers to repel the landing of renewable fuels — bringing alternative choices for consumers at affordable prices, via a counter-assault on …

Mark Dayton and Terry Branstad: Don’t Mess with the RFS
February 24, 2014 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dayton and Terry Branstad (Winona Daily News)  We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don’t agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs …

US EPA to Finalize 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by June 20: Official
February 20, 2014 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency will finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard in about four months, a top official said Wednesday.
“Our goal was to finalize [the rule] by spring,” said Chris …

Big Oil to Ethanol: Build Your Own Dang Distribution, If You Think E85 Has Blend-Wall Busting Potential
February 20, 2014 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reform, repeal or compete: the options laid out for ethanol by Big Oil by Marathon’s Product Supply & Optimization Director in a frank keynote at the National Ethanol Conference.   The …

EPA’s New Ethanol Proposal Could Affect Local Farmers
February 18, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Samantha Jeffreys (WREX)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the amounts of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline could have a big effect on local farmers.

“Locally, it will affect a number of …

RFA Chief Calls on Washington, “Keep Your Word”
February 18, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, addressed more than 1,000 people at the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, Fla. In his annual “State of the Industry” speech entitled “Falling Walls, …

American Ingenuity Will Help Meet Climate Goals
February 18, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (Novozymes/The Hill) …In our view, the fuels of the future are biofuels and they are already here.  There’s only one problem: The very institution that set the wheels in motion to create …

Levels of Global-Warming Gas Methane Exceed Government Estimates, New Study Contends
February 14, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  The amount of the heat-trapping gas methane in the atmosphere is considerably great­er than government estimates, a problem significantly fueled by leaks from the U.S. natural gas system, according to a study …

Corn Growers Worry about Price Decline if RFS Is Reduced
February 14, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) Crop farmers in the northern corn belt who have benefited from ethanol targets are putting on a push to save the current renewable fuel standard (RFS) from proposed cuts by the Environmental Protection …

Iowa Corn Growers Says Informa Study Backs Higher RFS Volumes
February 14, 2014 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(WNAX) A new study by Informa Economics shows the original intended RFS level for 2014 blending of 14.4 billion gallons can be reached through increased consumption of E 85 and E 15.   Iowa Corn Growers …

Don’t Go Backward on Biofuels
February 13, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (The Hill)  … Now is not the time to slam the brakes on 21st century alternative, domestic energy breakthroughs that would increase U.S. productivity, opportunity and …

Powerful, Personal, Pro-RFS Comments to EPA
February 13, 2014 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  As of today, approximately 40,000 Americans from all walks of life have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voicing their opposition to the Agency’s proposed cut to the 2014 Renewable …

Iogen Announces New Drop-In Cellulosic Biofuel
February 12, 2014 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Iogen)  Iogen Corporation today announced it has developed and patented a new method to make drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using existing refinery assets and production operations.
The company estimates there is refining capacity in place to incorporate …

The Oil Industry’s Fight to Kill Renewable Fuels—and Why It May Win
February 11, 2014 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Douglass (InsideClimate News)  The American oil industry could be on the verge of winning its war on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), as the Obama administration weighs changes that could severely undermine …

Vets Group Says EPA Should Stand up to Big Oil, Stand up for US Military
February 11, 2014 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Jon LeSage   (AutoBlogGreen)  Hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for the US Environmental Protection Agency to issue its final ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Over 110,000 signatures were collected by …

Attorney General Says EPA Action on Ethanol Not Legal
February 5, 2014 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Matt Kelley  (RadioIowa)  Legions of people lately have pleaded in public hearings for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to maintain the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline, but Iowa’s top lawyer …

Answers to Your Questions about the Renewable Fuel Standard: Your Guide to the Comments Received by EPA
February 5, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … More than 15,000 comments were received by EPA.  What is the problem that led to a waiver petition? Why does EPA propose to act and how, and when, and in …

Ethanol RIN Prices Near Four-Month High Amid 2014 Uncertainty
February 4, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin (Platts) Current-year corn-based ethanol (D6) RINs were assessed at their highest level in nearly four months Monday on firming buying interest and continued uncertainty regarding the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, sources said.

RIN prices skyrocketed …

The Truth Behind E15 and Vehicle Warranties
February 4, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Kristy Moore (Renewable Fuels Association)  … To start with, E15 is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for vehicles 2001 and newer. But, this higher level fuel blend wasn’t approved by EPA when many …

Green Racing Challenge Is Back
January 25, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

By Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Green Racing 2.0 was announced today just before the start of the Rolex 24 Hour Race at Daytona International Speedway. Scott Atherton, President and COO of the race’s sanctioning …

Future of Green Racing Looks Bright
January 25, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When the organizers of the American Le Mans Series announced the merger with NASCAR’s GRAND-AM series, we noted that the future of green racing was uncertain.  GRAND-AM vehicles never …

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on EPA’s RFS RVO Proposed Rule
January 20, 2014 – 10:38 pm | One Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In regard to the determination of the Applicable Volume of ethanol and other biofuels allowed for Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits in 2014, Advanced Biofuels USA finds that EPA …

Evaluating EPA’s Arguments for RFS Waiver Authority
January 20, 2014 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (FarmDocDaily)  …The heart of the matter is whether the waiver authority Congress provided to the EPA allows it to waive the specific RFS requirements on the basis of the infrastructural challenges posed by …

Low-Cost Biodiesel Production
January 15, 2014 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  As federal biodiesel policy uncertainty rises, low-cost biodiesel production with new technologies to allow processing of cheaper, lower quality feedstocks, is paramount. Biodiesel Magazine provides a cross-section of new technologies …

The Time Is Now for Farmers to Comment
January 14, 2014 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Grebner (Browfield Ag News)  There’s just a few weeks left for farmers to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuels Standard.
The Indiana Corn Growers Association and the …

New University Analysis: No Changes Needed to 2014 and 2015 Renewable Fuel Requirements
January 6, 2014 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(KTIC Blogs)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending requirements is unwarranted and economically irrational, according to a new analysis released today by Iowa State University’s Center for …

Top Five Energy Stories for 2013
January 2, 2014 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Barron-Lopez (The Hill E2Wire) … 5. Retreat on Ethanol   —  The debate over the country’s renewable fuel mandate, which determines how much ethanol and biofuels refiners must blend into the nation’s fuel supply, raged …

Ethanol’s Story
January 2, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)   The Missouri Corn Growers Association has produced a video that tells “the greatest story never told” – Quiet Revolution: The Ethanol Story. READ MORE    WATCH VIDEO

Cellulosic Biofuel, Cellulosic Diesel RINs Generated in November
December 27, 2013 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month.
According …

EPA Agrees to ‘Take Another Look’ at Biofuel Blending Rules – Harkin
December 26, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  * 16 farm-state Senators urge agency not to cut biofuel blending quotas; * Despite EPA administrator’s assurances, major changes unlikely – expert; * EPA seeks to put biofuel blending program on “manageable trajectory”
The U.S. …

KiOR Provides Operational Update on Columbus Facility
December 26, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/KiOR)  KiOR, Inc., provided today (December 23, 2013) an update on the operations at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility.
KiOR expects that, given current and anticipated operations through the remainder of the year, the Columbus facility will …

Renewable Fuels Association Reflects on Success of the RFS
December 20, 2013 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuel Association showcased the trends and successes of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) on the sixth anniversary of the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act …

U.S. Invalidates 33.5 Million Renewable Credits After Fraud (1)
December 20, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem   (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated 33.5 million renewable-fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce, the fourth time the agency has alleged …

A Concern with the EPA
December 18, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (Marshall Democrat News) … I am very concerned with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirement for next year. It would be lowered by almost …

54 U.S. Representatives Call for Continued Biodiesel Growth
December 18, 2013 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Bipartisan Group Signs Letter Calling for Strong RFS
Fifty-four members of Congress representing 24 states called on the Obama Administration Wednesday to boost its proposal for biodiesel production under the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Iowa Officials Seek Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard Changes
December 16, 2013 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by James Q. Lynch (Quad City Times)  Citing national security as well as benefits for clean air, the economy and consumers, Iowa political leaders are urging the Obama administration to travel to Iowa to learn more …

RFS Proposals to Increase GHG Emissions?
December 13, 2013 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(EnergyGlobal)  In light of the proposed rule for the 2014 RFS, BIO have utilised the GREET 1.2013 model to estimate the changes in petroleum demand and the associated CO2 equivalent emissions from both 2013 and the …

Turning Weeds Into Ethanol – Why Not?
December 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Lauren D. Quinn, Elise C. Scott, A. Bryan Endres, Tom Voigt,  Jody M. Endres (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)
Media coverage of the controversy surrounding the use of certain non-native feedstocks for bioenergy is as pervasive as invasiveness itself.   …

EPA Seeks Environmental Education Grant Applications
December 11, 2013 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting applications for environmental education projects under the agency’s Environmental Education Grant Program. The program works to engage communities across the country through a …

Ad Campaign Aims to Recruit Speakers against RFS Proposal
December 10, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Americans United for Change launched an advertising campaign to urge farmers, ethanol industry workers, related industries and American consumers to voice their concerns on the U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel …

Sapphire Energy And Phillips 66 To Advance Commercialization Of Algae Crude Oil
December 10, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Sapphire Energy/PR NewsWire)  Agreement to Co-Process Algae Crude Oil with Conventional Crude Oil and Complete Fuel Certifications
 Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), an …

RFS Needs to Be Protected
December 9, 2013 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Bill Northey (The Gazette)  …The renewable fuels industry has the capacity to produce well beyond the levels set by the EPA. What they need now is fair access to the fuel distribution system, which …

EPA Caves to the Petroleum Industry, Could Cost Taxpayers
December 9, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Laura Sesana  (The Washington Times) The petroleum industry’s renewed campaign against Congressionally mandated increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline appears to be working. The result, however—EPA’s proposal to reduce ethanol requirements for 2014—could cost taxpayers …

This Is No Time to Cut Back on Ethanol Targets
December 6, 2013 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Boston Globe) letter to editor:  … But oil companies, as the Globe’s editorial acknowledges, “never wanted the hassle” of renewable fuels. Indeed, that’s exactly why the RFS was necessary in …

Dinneen: RFS Not for Big Oil’s Convenience
December 6, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The case for keeping the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as-is is being made today at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing in Arlington, Va. Our friends from the Renewable Fuels Association …

Groups Call for Federal Regulations to Curb Methane Leaks
December 6, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)  Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States …

Another Battle Looms in the Endless Ethanol War
December 5, 2013 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Clare Foran (National Journal)  The debate over the renewable-fuel standard flared up again this week ahead of a hearing the Environmental Protection Agency will hold on Thursday to solicit feedback on a proposal to …

Nightmare Scenario: Renewable Fuels’ Defenders Pull out the Stops to Persuade EPA to Continue the War on Imported Oil
December 5, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, the EPA has scheduled a day of testimony on its proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel volume targets — and a proposed 40 percent slash in the advanced biofuels category to …

It Isn’t Only Corn: Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol Worries about Changes in RFS
November 25, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  Much of the rhetoric surrounding the US Renewable Fuel Standard centers around the notion of home-grown fuels enhancing American energy security and independence.
That puts Leticia Phillips in a bit of a …

Big Oil Reaps $23 Billion Windfall – In One Day
November 25, 2013 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Americans United for Change)  What a difference a day makes for Big Oil.  The oil industry scored a big victory on Friday, November 15 as the U.S. EPA released a draft rule that – if …

Lewinsky’s Dress Syndrome and the EPA Biofuels Debacle
November 25, 2013 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So, the EPA hands down cruel cutbacks in renewable fuel targets as the Administration reels under Obamacare pressure.   What happened to biofuels, why is “everyone’s friend” biodiesel getting the shaft, …

Colorado Governor Proposes Strict Limits on Greenhouse Gas Leaks From Drilling
November 25, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the …

Public Hearing for the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program December 5, 2013 Arlington, VA
November 22, 2013 – 5:47 pm | No Comment
Public Hearing for the 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program   December 5, 2013  Arlington, VA

(Federal Register) The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held for the proposed rule 2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program, which EPA will publish separately in the Federal Register. The hearing will be …

Many Have Stake in Maintaining RFS Certainty
November 22, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Disappointment, outrage, confusion, “betrayal,” “punch to the gut,” “pulls the rug out,” “huge step backwards” – all are characterizations of the reactions from the renewable energy sector over the administration’s proposal announced …

CARD Report: Altering RFS Would Have Modest Effect on Corn Prices
November 21, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new paper from the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University indicates that if the U.S. EPA does significantly reduce the renewable fuel standard (RFS) renewable volume …

32 US Senators Urge Administration to Support Biodiesel Growth
November 21, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. senators from across the country sent a letter Nov. 14 asking the Obama administration to support reasonable growth in the biodiesel industry next year under …

The Biofuels Renewable Fuel Standard at a Crossroads
November 21, 2013 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Wallace E. Tyner (PennEnergy/Purdue University)  … So what is behind the differences in both my suggested values and the EPA proposal?  The biggest difference in my original post and EPA is in the level of …

Continued Biodiesel Growth Jeopardized by EPA’s 2014 RFS Proposal
November 20, 2013 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The U.S. biodiesel industry has grown significantly this year, but if the U.S. EPA’s final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligation for biomass-based diesel looks anything like its proposal released …

Veterans Enter Fight for RFS
November 20, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Two new organizations have entered the fight for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) today as concerns about the future of the RFS deepen with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)proposed 2014 renewable …

EPA Ethanol Decision Pushes Farm Bill toward Finish Line
November 20, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Erik Wasson (The Hill) The Environmental Protection Agency’s preliminary decision to reduce renewable fuels blending requirements has increased momentum to get a farm bill done this year, the top House negotiator on the measure said …

Grassley: Assault on Ethanol Misses Its Mark
November 20, 2013 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (The Daily Nonpareil) … The predictable efforts to smear ethanol’s reputation ignore the renewable fuel’s valuable contributions to clean energy, rural development, job creation and U.S. energy independence. The latest round …

Branstad Launches a New Website to Support Ethanol, Biodiesel Use in Fuel Supply
November 20, 2013 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today launched a new website to oppose the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to roll back the amount of renewable fuels …