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2015 Ethanol RINs Prices Rise to Three-Month High after EPA Announcement
April 17, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jordan Godwin and Wes Swift (Platts)  Corn-based (D6) ethanol RINs for 2015 firmed up to their highest level in more than three months Tuesday as the market continued to show a revival of aggressive bid …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: A Path Forward
April 17, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by James H. Stock* (Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)  America’s renewable fuels policy is at a crossroads. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is derided by some as an inefficient program that is driving up …

TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels
April 16, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group/The Oil Price Information Network)  (The Oil Price Information Network (OPIS) spoke with BRAG’s Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor with B&C, regarding the application of the Toxic …

Setting The Table For The Big Score
April 13, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  The RFS is important and worthy of support, writes David VanderGriend. However, it should not be viewed as what defines the value of biofuels, a …

EPA to Finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS Rules by November
April 10, 2015 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume …

54.5-mpg Rules Expected to Stick
April 8, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Detroit News)  A growing number of foreign automakers believes U.S. regulators won’t soften the planned 54.5-mpg fleet-wide average by 2025, and that could make it tougher for truck-heavy U.S. automakers to challenge the …

Ethanol Industry Continues to Evolve as Usage Levels off
April 7, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Midwest Producer)  … Kansas Corn CEO Greg Krissek said there is some slowing of ethanol production on the eastern and western edges of the cornbelt. But ethanol industry leaders are responding to market …

EPA Opens Comment Period on Cellulosic Waiver Credit Rules
April 7, 2015 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 3, the U.S. EPA published its direct final rule and parallel proposed rule on cellulosic waiver credits (CWCs) in the Federal Register, officially opening a 30-day comment …

Biodiesel Industry Seeks to Reverse Argentina Import Decision
April 7, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the EPA to stay its recent decision to streamline Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pending public review …

Industry Provides Input to SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
April 6, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late March, the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel held a public face-to-face meeting to review the agency’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from …

EPA Approves Efficient Producer Pathways for 5 Ethanol Plants
April 6, 2015 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In March, the U.S. EPA approved five new corn ethanol pathways under the agency’s Efficient Producer petition process (EP3), including Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, Heron Lake, Minnesota; United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC, …

Study Shows: Big Oil Is Chicken Little over Ethanol
April 6, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Koopmans (Des Moines Register) … For the last decade, Big Oil has been running nervously through the halls of the U.S. Capitol and the EPA, screaming — to anyone who will listen — that …

Rand Paul Finds Way to Champion Iowa Ethanol
April 6, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Jacobs (Des Moines Register)  It looks like presidential hopeful Rand Paul has found a clever way to champion ethanol, with an issue that’s in harmony with his keep-government-out-of-the-marketplace mentality.  Paul, a Republican U.S. …

The Urban Air Initiative’s Comments On EPA’s Proposal to Update the Air Quality Standards for Ground-Level Ozone Docket ID#: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0699
April 2, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(The Urban Air Initiative)   UAI appreciates this opportunity to comment on EPA’s proposal to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone, as set forth on November 25, 2014.  As summarized …

EPA Awards Student Fellowships in 25 States and Puerto Rico to Support the Next Generation of Environmental Scientists
March 31, 2015 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 34 fellowships for undergraduate students in 25 states and Puerto Rico to pursue environmental science and related fields of study at universities and …

API, AFPM Sue EPA over RFS Delays
March 30, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On March 18, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. …

EPA Call for Comments Raises Questions over Biofuel Standards Delay
March 27, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request on Tuesday for comments from cellulosic biofuels makers raised speculation among industry analysts of further delays in the release of government-mandated renewable fuels volumes.
The …

Carmakers Beat U.S. Gas Mileage Target for Second Year
March 27, 2015 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis and Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Automakers exceeded U.S. government targets for improving gas mileage by “a wide margin” for the second year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
Vehicles sold in the …

Do Biofuel Policies Seek to Cut Emissions by Cutting Food?
March 27, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Timothy Searchinger, R. Edwards, D. Mulligan, R. Heimlich, R. Plevin (Science Magazine)  Ethanol emits fossil carbon and trace gases through production (A) and biogenic carbon from the crops during fermentation (B) and ethanol combustion (C). …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Pennycress (Thlaspi Arvense) Oil for Use in Biofuel Production
March 26, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  In this Notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Thlaspi arvense (“pennycress”) oil feedstock …

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)
March 26, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Recordkeeping and Reporting Related to E15 (Renewal)’’ (EPA ICR No. 2408.03, OMB Control No. 2060–0675) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review …

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Cellulosic Production Volume Projections and Efficient Producer Reporting
March 26, 2015 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  : The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to submit an information collection request (ICR), ‘‘Cellulosic Production Volume Projections and Efficient Producer Reporting’’ (EPA ICR No. 2517.01, OMB Control No. 2060–NEW) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …

Innovation Unleashed: Sportscar Racing Takes Next Step toward Driving Technology and Renewable Fuel Development
March 26, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by Natalie Committee (U.S. Department of Energy) As motorsports enthusiasts know, racing innovation once meant turbine-powered Indy cars and six-wheeled formula cars, but those days are mostly over. Today, Green Racing encourages the use of innovative …

EPA Issues 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices
March 26, 2015 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the EPA announced 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices, and “a Clarification of the Data Sources Used in the Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Calculation”.

The good news here? …

EPA Report: Automakers Surpassing Light-Duty Greenhouse Gas Standards
March 26, 2015 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  For the second consecutive model year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards by a wide margin. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 grams/mile …

Diversifying Products Creates New Opportunities
March 20, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The “Waste to Biogas and Clean Fuels Finance and Investment” summit provided a myriad of opportunities to get the latest intelligence on biogas and the clean fuel industry as …

Advanced Biofuels Community Leaders Meet: Persistent and Dogged in the Throes of a Tough Slog
March 16, 2015 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Every year, the annual Washington, DC gathering of leaders in the advanced biofuels world at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference sports a different “vibe.” In the early days of …

How Obama’s EPA Is Making Life Difficult for Clinton
March 13, 2015 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom (National Journal) The biggest takeaways from the GOP-dominated Iowa Ag Summit here this weekend may be the opportunity that the Renewable Fuel Standard offers Hillary Clinton to address income inequality and the danger …

RFS Roundup: Advanced Cellulosic Industry Group Breaks with Industry on RFS
March 13, 2015 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On March 11, at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams broke with the “Don’t Mess with the RFS” mantra that has been …

Good Policy Should Float All Bio-Boats
March 9, 2015 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine/Great Plains Institute)  Exciting biobased industry developments are occurring across the U.S. Although there are challenges, there are also opportunities at the state and local level. Minnesota is one state with …

Say It Ain’t So, Joe
March 9, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)   … As an industry, we simply cannot afford for the administration to stall for another year to announce the RVO for 2014, 2015 and 2016. However, as I …

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Split over Federal Biofuels Mandate
March 9, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Seth McLaughlin (The Washington Times)  Free market conservatism collided with farm-state jockeying this weekend in Iowa, where several GOP presidential hopefuls said they support the federal fuel mandate that has boosted Iowa’s all-important corn market …

Iowa Agriculture Summit Splits GOP 2016 Field on Subsidies, Immigration
March 9, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Philip Rucker and Dan Balz (The Washington Post)  A day-long forum on agriculture here, where likely Republican presidential candidates courted Iowa’s farming industry, revealed sharp policy differences among the contenders, from immigration to energy …

The Unsung, Reviled Hero Of Modern High-Performance Cars Is The EPA
March 5, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Jason Torchinsky (Jalopnik)  … The more I think about it, though, the more I realize just how backwards we have it. Cars today are by far more powerful, more efficient, and better performing in nearly every …

Renewable Fuels Critical to Energy Security | Commentary
March 5, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Hank Naughton (Roll Call) … However, the one downside of cheap fuel at the pump is that it lulls people into forgetting our over-reliance on oil creates a serious national security concern for America and our …

White House Reviews EPA Airplane Emissions Plan
March 4, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill) The White House is reviewing the first step the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to take toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. … The White House’s review is the final step …

Some Ethanol Supporters Push for E30
March 3, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)   While the mainstream ethanol advocates are pushing toward E15, some want much more. Orrie Swayze, a Wilmot, S.D., semi-farmer and former South Dakota Corn Growers Association president, says the Environmental Protection Agency …

USDA Increases Ethanol Support
March 1, 2015 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Looker (Agriculture.com)  Speaking to the ethanol lobbying group, Growth Energy, Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday announced more USDA support for bioenergy research and farmer production of biomass but also praised efforts …

ADM Cuts Biodiesel Output as Industry Hit by Weak Margins
February 26, 2015 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Rod Nickel and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland , one of the world’s top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

A CORN-acopia of Energy Options Coming
February 25, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Jason Spiess (Fargo Business Examiner)  Recently I sat down with Tom Lilja, executive director, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, to chew the fat on a variety of corn-themed energy and agriculture topics. … “I think …

U.S. EPA to Propose Biofuels Standards This Spring -official
February 23, 2015 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to offer a proposal for Renewable Fuels Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 this spring, and will use actual production levels to determine last year’s mandated …

‘Unrealistic’ Goals for Cellulosic Fuels Render US RFS Road Map ‘Obsolete’
February 20, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Tim Worledge (Platts)  “Unrealistic” expectations around the contribution of cellulosic biofuels to the energy mix are rendering the existing US Renewable Fuel Standard road map “obsolete,” Jeremy Martin of the Union of Concerned Scientists told …

Renewable Fuels Association Chief Lays out Plans for Ethanol’s Future
February 20, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  RFA President Bob Dinneen lists supporting better rail service and creating a level playing field for cellulosic biofuels in 10-point agenda to expand renewables industry
Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen discussed …

US EPA to Base 2014 RFS on Actual Output; Blend Wall to Factor in 2015/2016 Rule
February 20, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency plans to base its 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard on actual biofuels production, an agency official said Thursday at an ethanol conference, reiterating its pledge to issue the …

Dear EPA, Please Fix Biofuels in 2015
February 17, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (Motley Fool)  Say what you want about renewable fuels, but the policies jointly enacted by Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2005 and 2008 were wildly successful in creating globally competitive …

E15’s Big Dance
February 17, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The future is bright as hundreds of E15 stations are in the works with many expected to open, writes Bob Dinneen of RFA. It’s still early in …

E15 Would Reduce 358,000 Tons of CO2 Emissions Annually in Minnesota
February 16, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Making E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol) the new regular unleaded fuel in Minnesota would eliminate 358,000 tons of CO2 annually, according to a technical analysis by the University of Illinois at …

The Outlook for Renewable Fuels: The Top 10 issues for 2015
February 13, 2015 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Here’s our most recent update, focusing on 10 key issues (though not ranked in order of importance):
1. Oil price volatility — will it stabilize?
2. RIN price volatility — will the …

EPA Names 10 More Efficient Corn Ethanol Producers
February 12, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ten more corn ethanol plants were approved through the U.S. EPA’s efficient producer petition process (EP3) at the end of January, bringing the total to 19. The first round of …

Algenol Racks up $65M in New Algae-to-Fuels Investment, from Mexico’s BioFields
February 11, 2015 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Mexico’s BioFields pours in $65 million to commercialize next-gen algae-to-fuels venture — In Florida, Algenol, a pioneer in turning CO2 emissions into fuels, announced that it has closed on a new $25 …

Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Strong Biodiesel RFS
February 10, 2015 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. senators wrote to the EPA Monday calling for the agency to quickly approve strong biodiesel volumes under the RFS for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Highlighting biodiesel’s track …

CARB Issues First-Of-Its-Kind LCFS Pathway for Sustainable Oils’ Patented Camelina
February 9, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Sustainable Oils, Inc.)  Sustainable Oils Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB:GCEH), has been issued a first-of-its-kind feedstock-only pathway by the California Air Resources Board for the production of …

The Big Move: The Leap from First-Gen to Next-Gen Biofuels Companies, How Does It Happen?
February 9, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does the biofuels industry move from its roots in first-gen corn starch or cane sugar fermentation towards diversified products, more capacity and distribution, and new inputs like cellulosics?
How are …

EPA Ruling Regarding Biodiesel Imports Batters Oil Values
February 8, 2015 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Mark Conlon (Farm & Ranch Guide)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent ruling to allow U.S. imports of Argentine biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standards had a bearish effect on oil values.
“Oil values took a …

“Wrong-Way Obama” Scores One for the Oilcos with Renewable Fuels Policy
February 6, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Eight years after then-Senator Obama co-sponsored a bill in Congress calling for a 60 billion gallon biofuels target, President Obama’s EPA slashes the Renewable Fuel Standard targets to wimpy levels, …

U.S. Industry Blasts EPA Decision on Biodiesel Imports
January 27, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA to Fast-Track Argentinian Biodiesel by Easing Sustainability Requirements
The National Biodiesel Board on Tuesday sharply criticized a decision by the EPA to allow streamlined Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the …

Time For a Reality Check On Computer Models
January 20, 2015 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Predictive computer models have their place, writes Bob Dinneen of the RFA, but where concrete real-world data and observations exist, they should take precedence. Sound policymaking and …

Declaring “The Truth Matters”, Biodiesel Leaders Say Policy Makers Need to Consider the Facts to Get the Renewable Fuels Standard Back on Track
January 20, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo opens with a fiery speech by the industry’s chief spokesperson.   Arguing that federal policy makers must see through the false attacks by renewable fuels opponents and provide …

EPA: 2014 Cellulosic RIN Generation Tops 33 Million
January 16, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting that more than 8.53 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month. EIA data currently …

Biodiesel Industry Says RFS Uncertainty a Reason for Lower 2014 Production
January 16, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Janell Thomas  (Farm Futures)  2014 biodiesel production drops from record levels noted in 2013; National Biodiesel Board says Renewable Fuel Standard has impact
Sluggish Renewable Fuel Volume announcements from Washington, D.C. are to blame in …

RFA: Ethanol Producers Meet Statutory 2014 RFS without Final Rule
January 16, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renewable identification number (RIN) generation data released by the U.S. EPA shows that the statutory 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) requirements established by Congress in 2007 could have easily been …

4 Minutes with… Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director, Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group
January 16, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BRAG tackles regulatory hindrances related to commercialization of biobased products and works to improve public awareness of the benefits of these products.

… BRAG will engage with the U.S. Environmental Protection …

5 Things to Know about Obama’s Next Climate Move: Methane
January 16, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Washington Post)  The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.
The plan relies …

Algae Biomass Organization Applauds Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for Supporting Carbon Utilization Technology
January 15, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Senators urge Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to support carbon utilization throughout their programs.
The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse …

Senator Vows to Bring the ‘Iowa Way’ to D.C.
January 14, 2015 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Daily)  Joni Ernst’s new office is about 1,100 miles from her hometown in rural southwest Iowa, but she’s determined to keep her “Iowa way” in the halls of Congress. …
When it …

EPA Approves Algenol Fuels for Renewable Fuel Standard
January 14, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Algenol)  Algenol announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Fuels produced from Algenol …

Rep. Jared Huffman Introduces New Bill to Replace Gas Tax, Ensure Solvency of Highway Trust Fund, Fight Climate Change
January 14, 2015 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA 2nd)) New bill would ensure solvency of Highway Trust Fund, fully-fund public transportation — Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced the Gas Tax Replacement Act of 2015, new legislation to stabilize …

The 5 Most Maddening Myths about Corn and Ethanol
January 12, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, emissions, cost competitiveness, and RINsanity. Some of the most unfair bricks hurled at corn starch-based ethanol — and here’s why. …
In the field of renewable fuels, there’s …

Will New Congress Take on Ethanol?
January 9, 2015 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Rob Nikolewski (Watchdog.org)  It’s possibly the most controversial mandate on the books — a  requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard that billions of gallons of ethanol be mixed into the gasoline American consumers put into their …

The 4 Smarter Things Congress Could Be Doing than Voting on Keystone Again
January 8, 2015 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  …  For environmentalists, it symbolizes the increasingly urgent need to keep fossil fuels in the ground. For Republicans, it symbolizes everything they hate about how environmentalists seek to block …

EPA Seeks Nominations for Technical Subcommittee
January 8, 2015 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is requesting nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which provides the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee with independent advice, council and recommendations on the …

Sensenbrenner Introduces Legislation Requesting Redundant E15 Study
January 8, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truit  (Hoosier Ag Today)  On Tuesday, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) once again introduced legislation – H.R. 21 – that would hinder the growth and expansion of E15. The legislation would revoke current approval …

The Year That Wasn’t
January 7, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ethanol production and blending broke records.  Exports picked up.  E15 and E85 sales increased.  And the first cellulosic ethanol gallons were produced.  So here, in satiric tribute …

EPA Seeks Nominations for New Agricultural Science Committee
January 7, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science …

E2 Report: North America’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Produced 800 Million Gallons in 2014
January 7, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

( Environmental Entrepreneurs) Smart clean fuel policies in OR, WA, CA and at federal level could drive additional
job growth, improve air quality, generate more homegrown energy
North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than …

EPA Accepting Comments on Preliminary Biomass Sorghum Analysis
January 6, 2015 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is accepting public comments on its preliminary analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the growth and transport of biomass sorghum for use …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of …

Hope vs Change
January 5, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  … Sen. McConnell has promised a return to regular order.  That means lots of votes on lots of potentially contentious issues.  It will be interesting to see if he follows …

Efficient Producers Approved for Expanded Ethanol Production
January 5, 2015 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Nine ethanol producers received approval recently under the U.S. EPA’s efficient producer petition process. It allows those producers to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) above the registered volume that …

In Face of Uncertainty, Industry Must Fight On
December 31, 2014 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Joe Jobe (Biodiesel Magazine)  As we put another year in the books, I am extremely proud of how the biodiesel industry came together to respond to the adversity faced in 2014. We have certainly …

Emission Factor for Tropical Peatlands Drained for Oil Palm Cultivation
December 29, 2014 – 7:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  In January 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an analysis of the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with palm oil–based biodiesel and renewable diesel. The results of the analysis …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (Americas)
December 23, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  POET-DSM, Abengoa, Enerkem, GranBio, Raizen plant openings lead the list; REG’s M&A campaign, EPA’s RFS debacle, are other key trends.
They said that cellulosic fuels were “five years away, and always …

EPA: Nearly 6 Million Cellulosic RINs Generated in November
December 22, 2014 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic …

E15 Ethanol Blend Arrives in Sioux City
December 22, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Dave Dreeszen (Sioux City Journal)  Motorists in Sioux City now have another choice of ethanol-blended gasoline.  The Murphy USA station next to the Walmart Supercenter at 3400 Singing Hills Blvd. recently became the first …

Ethanol Report on RFS Anniversary
December 22, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  December 19, marks the seventh anniversary of the signing into law of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In this Ethanol Report, Renewable …

Bipartisan Policy Center and It’s “Fix the RFS” Recipe, or Lack thereof
December 19, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After a year-long talk fest, the BPC emerges with a report on RFS reform, and lays an egg.  Was the process doomed from the start by an insistence of “RFS …

University of Minnesota Report Contains Inaccurate and Misleading Information on Ethanol
December 19, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The recent report released by the University of Minnesota, “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts Of Conventional And Alternative Light-Duty Transportation In the United States,” contains several inaccuracies and misleading information.

In particular, its conclusion …

Biofuel Facts for the Road: The Energy Department and Your Gasoline Pump
December 18, 2014 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (US Department of Energy)  Going “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” this holiday season could require a significant amount of gasoline if you’re traveling by car. Before you hit …

The Year That Wasn’t
December 17, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bob Dinneeen writes the Renewable Fuels Association annual in and out list after a year in which the EPA announced it was delaying the publication of the …

Think Tank Proposes 40 Options to Change Ethanol Mandate
December 17, 2014 – 10:45 am | One Comment

by Timothy Cama  (The Hill)  The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) published a report outlining 40 different options that it said could improve the country’s ethanol mandate.
The BPC said it set out to find a “middle …

Small Number of Wells Responsible for Methane Emissions
December 15, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Max B. Baker (Star-Telegram)  A small number of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of the methane gas being released into the atmosphere during production, but at higher levels than previously estimated …

Lawmakers Frustrated at EPA over Ethanol Mandate Delay
December 12, 2014 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Lawmakers vented their frustration at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday over its repeated delays of the annual ethanol mandate.  The Wednesday hearing in the House Oversight Committee’s subpanel on …

Algae Biomass Organization Calls for Robust Renewable Fuel Standard
December 11, 2014 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization) The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) submitted comments to the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy yesterday calling on Congress to ensure that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) includes timely approval …

EPA Improves Pathway Petition Process for the RFS
December 11, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). In March, the agency said it would take approximately six months to improve …

Biomass Producers Today, Carbon Kings Tomorrow
December 11, 2014 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Matt Carr (Biomass Magazine/Algae Biomass Organization)  … To control carbon dioxide (CO2), the agency (Environmental Protection Agency) places a significant emphasis on burying emissions underground (carbon capture and sequestration or CCS), but I believe …

Not Broken, Don’t Fix It: Why Congress Should Refrain from RFS Reform
December 10, 2014 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by James C. Greenwood (The Hill/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other missteps are being misinterpreted or misconstrued as a …

AG Schmidt Challenges EPA Ethanol Emissions Model
December 10, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt)  Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked a federal appeals court to block new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that discourage the use of ethanol by requiring states …

Plant Expansions Fueled by Shale Gas Boom to Boost Greenhouse Gas, Toxic Air Emissions
December 10, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Talla Buford (The Center for Public Integrity)  … By 2018, the land (Stacey) Ryan and other holdouts have fought to keep will be consumed by an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids …

Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken
December 9, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The underlying legal constructs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) remain in working order, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule and its …