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Motorcycle Group, Association Spar on Ethanol
July 31, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Jay Huber (Kentucky Motorcycle Association/Courier-Journal) and Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Courier-Journal)  Huber:  In his June 28 op-ed, Charles Drevna correctly labeled the federal ethanol mandate, “all pain and no gain.”
This mandate not only causes environmental damage …

Bioenergy 2015 Posts Presentations
July 31, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  … We know many of you are interested in some of the presentations from our great lineup of speakers. We have posted select presentations from the conference to our Bioenergy 2015 presentations website.
They …

Industry’s Withering Critique of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Proposals for 2014, 2015, 2016: The Digested Version
July 31, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Heard dire comments like “POET expects to stop all future U.S. cellulosic investments if EPA’s proposed base renewable fuel requirements are not strengthened.”  Want to understand the substantive concerns on …

Refiners, Former White House Official Ask EPA to Tweak Biofuels Program
July 29, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Independent oil refiners and a former White House official have urged U.S. regulators to tweak the U.S. biofuels program to shift responsibility for complying from refiners to fuel blenders, according to …

Critics Pound RFS in House Hearing– Growth Energy Slams Decision to Exclude Ethanol Industry Groups From Hearing
July 28, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Tom Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  Though odds are slim Congress will take up legislation to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard anytime soon, a combined hearing of the House subcommittees on energy and oversight Thursday …

NM Lawmakers Call on Administration to Curb Natural Gas Waste Causing Methane Hot Spot Over San Juan Basin
July 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM))  In a letter this week to Office of Management and Budget (OPM) Director Shaun Donovan, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and …

Study Gets a Handle on Gas Leaks: 80 Billion Cubic Feet
July 28, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Bagley (InsideClimate News)   Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million — About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane …

Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Utilization Language in Senate Energy Legislation
July 28, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Latest bill to encourage using carbon dioxide as a feedstock for valuable products — The Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package …

200,000 Comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard Delivered to EPA: “Stand by Me” Says Rural US to Washington
July 28, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, representatives from Fuels America and other advocates for “clean, secure, American energy” delivered over 200,000 comments to the EPA in support of a strong final rule under the …

ACORE Submits Comments on Renewable Fuel Standard
July 28, 2015 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(American Council On Renewable Energy) Calls for EPA to revise 2014-2016 renewable volume obligations to more accurately reflect the production capabilities of the biofuels industry. — Today (July 27, 2015), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) …

Big Oil and Big Corn Blitz EPA on Biofuels Plan
July 28, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. farmers, biofuel makers, and oil companies have mounted last-ditch efforts to push regulators to overhaul a controversial plan for biofuel use, homing in on the price Americans pay for gasoline …

National Biodiesel Board Submits RFS Comments
July 28, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Calls for Additional Growth in Biodiesel Sector — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Monday called on the EPA to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
In extensive …

Ricketts, Reynolds Rally against Feds’ Plan for Ethanol Cut
July 28, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by  Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  In a seldom-seen cross-border stand in support of ethanol, the governors of Nebraska and Iowa on Friday urged an embrace of the corn-derived motor fuel as a crucial local industry …

Scientist: The Ethanol Mandate Harms Air Quality, ‘Leads To Increased Mortality’
July 27, 2015 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Michael Bastasch (Daily Caller)  A University of Minnesota scientist told lawmakers Thursday that mandating ethanol be blended into fuel supplies is leading to more deaths from poor air quality in the Midwest and along …

RFS Deadline Nears / Move to Expand Biodiesel Questioned
July 27, 2015 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Todd Nealey (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  … Both biofuels and oil industry officials offered hints as to the direction potential lawsuits could take once EPA finalizes the rule that would provide a bump to biomass-based diesel …

Veterans: Renewable Fuel Law a National Security Issue
July 27, 2015 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Carol Hunter (Des Moines Register)  Three retired military officers made the case Wednesday that development and use of renewable fuels is a key component of national security.  Specifically, the officers argued that Congress should …

Advocating for Ethanol: Walz Visits Janesville Plant
July 20, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Philip Weyhe (Janesville Argus)  First District Congressman Tim Walz, D-Mankato, stopped by Guardian Energy in Janesville Friday morning with his sights set on highlighting ethanol production as an “all-American” and efficient energy solutions service.
After …

Thirty-Six Senators Call for Biodiesel Growth
July 20, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Republicans and Democrats Urge EPA to Strengthen RFS Proposal — Thirty-six U.S. senators from across the country urged the Obama administration Monday to strengthen biodiesel volumes in a pending Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

Renewable Fuel Standards Continue to Work
July 20, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Dave Eckhardt (Colorado Corn Growers Association/Pueblo Chieftan) … Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working.  It’s helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Last year, ethanol lowered CO2-equivalent GHG emissions from transportation by 39.6 million …

Ethanol Working to Benefit Brazil, America, the World
July 20, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Brazil and the U.S. have a responsibility to collaboratively build a global biofuels market, writes Leticia Phillips of UNICA, following a visit between Brazilian President and President Obama.
In …

Court Dismisses E30 Test Fuel Case, But Decision Could Help Open Door for Mid-Level Blends
July 17, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by  Laura Small (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition from the Energy Future Coalition and other biofuel interests to review an Environmental Protection Agency …

EPA Chief Defends RFS Proposal to Corn Growers
July 17, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  Speaking to members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) meeting in Washington DC this week, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy defended her agency’s proposed volume obligations under the Renewable …

EPA Begins Publishing Annual Data on RIN Sales, RIN Holdings
July 17, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In early July, the U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) sales data aggregated by renewable fuel standard (RFS) party type for the first time. The newly released data …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Cotton (Gossypium spp.) Seed Oil for Use in Biofuel Production
July 16, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Gossypium spp. seed oil (“cottonseed oil”) feedstock for …

Corn Growers Rally for RFS in DC
July 16, 2015 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Hundreds of corn farmers from across America were in Washington D.C. today (July 15, 2015) to rally for the cuts to corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFs) to be …

Federal Court Slams Ethanol and EPA in One Ruling
July 16, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano  (Washington Examiner)  A federal appeals court slammed the ethanol industry on Tuesday for suing the Environmental Protection Agency, and then slammed the EPA’s defense even though the agency won the case.
The D.C. …

Renewable Fuel Efforts Forge Ahead
July 15, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Janelle Atyeo (Tri-State Neighbor)  South Dakota groups are pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to set higher standards for renewable fuels, highlighting what ethanol has done for the rural economy and for the environment.
Rural development …

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues
July 13, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring …

US EPA Unveils New Data for RIN Sales
July 10, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released, for the first time, data aggregated by the type of organization selling or holding the credits used to demonstrate compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard.
EPA said …

Why Is EPA Proposing to Continue Delaying the Arrival of Advanced Biofuels?
July 8, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … Stakeholders are all well aware of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) waiver provision that allows EPA to rewrite the statutory volumes after 2016, if it is required to …

Renewable Fuel Policy Lagging
July 7, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Ken McCauley (Garden City Telegram)  … American farmers stepped up when called upon, increasing production levels of corn ethanol to meet the growing standards. We restructured our production plants and ways of life to help …

EPA Officials Observe Innovation, Ingenuity at EKAE Plant
July 6, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Renewable Fuels Association member company East Kansas Agri-Energy recently hosted key officials from the U.S. EPA at its facility in Garnett, Kansas, 70 miles southwest of Kansas City.
EPA personnel toured …

Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
July 6, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), …

ACE: Fuel Retailers Counter EPA’s Blend Wall Assumptions
July 6, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Station owners who offer ethanol blends above 10 percent are gaining increased sales and higher customer counts, contrary to assumptions made by the U.S. EPA in its recent proposal …

OMB Weighs in on Biomass Language Included in Appropriations Bill
July 6, 2015 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement of administration policy that details its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in …

Missionary Zeal for Ethanol in Roots of NASCAR Sponsor
July 6, 2015 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Seattle Times)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the ethanol program, has proposed a sharp cutback in ethanol mandates that were expanded by Congress in 2007. — Jeff Broin’s silhouette shines in the …

Nearly Half of Senate Writes Urging for Streamlined Support for Forest Bioenergy
July 2, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, nearly half of the US Senate has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy and the EPA administrator strongly urging the agencies to streamline support of …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Where Are the Gallons? Answers for Your Questions.
July 2, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol being produced?  Wondered why? Here are answers to your questions.
As Jack Webb used to say …

As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say ‘Blend Wall’ a Fiction Created by Big Oil
July 1, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … For the first time since it was conceived a decade ago, the Obama Administration has proposed weakening the RFS — a blow to the green movement, the biofuels business, and …

A Look at EPA’s RVO Proposal
June 30, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  … For the next-generation biofuels industry, this proposed rule represents a solid improvement, especially for those in the advanced and biomass-based diesel pool, as well as those in the cellulosic pool …

Oregon Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral
June 30, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  After a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws.
The bill defines biomass …

Big Oil’s Mouthpiece Distorts the Facts
June 29, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill)  Sofie E. Miller may have left the Charles Koch Institute in 2012, but she clearly continues to do the bidding of her former employer and the rest of …

Renewable-Fuel Advocates Turn out at KCK Hearing, Give the EPA an Earful on Reducing Ethanol Targets
June 29, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Greg Hack and Kasia Kovacs   (Kansas City Star)  When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed lowering the country’s ethanol-use mandates for this year and next, it set up a public hearing to let people …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Statement by DuPont
June 26, 2015 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  “DuPont believes the proposed 2014 to 2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) rule is misguided and is a major step backward. Since the RFS was first enacted, the United States has quickly risen to …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Brian Jennings, EVP, American Coalition for Ethanol
June 26, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Thank you, my name is Brian Jennings, and I’m the Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol. I’m pleased to report that more than 100 people representing ACE member companies will …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President at the Renewable Fuels Association
June 26, 2015 – 10:13 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Good morning, my name is Geoff Cooper and I am representing the Renewable Fuels Association.  By any measure, the RFS has been a tremendous success. It has stimulated growth in biofuel production, revitalized …

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Steve Murphy, GM, POET Biorefining-Laddonia & POET Biorefining – Macon
June 26, 2015 – 10:03 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  Good afternoon, My name is Steve Murphy and I am the General Manager for two POET Biorefining plants. … I am here to make one and only one point today. What this proposed rule …

The Need For A New Fuel Paradigm: Transitioning From Legacy Fuels to Modern Efficient Fuels
June 25, 2015 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  … This two-part White Paper presents the proposition that we need to transition away from the legacy fuels we use today to modern liquid and gas fuels[1] that: 1) reduce …

Up with Octane and Down with Aromatics: Continuing Health Risks with Petroleum Fuels and the Need for Engine Efficiency
June 25, 2015 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Leaders in Energy)  Our country has seen many transitions in travel technologies and fuels. In the first installment I reviewed our transition from 1) barley and oats for our horses and mules …

Taurus Energy Poised to Bring 2nd Generation Yeast to U.S. Market
June 22, 2015 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A company based in Lund, Sweden, recently received a welcome notification from the U.S. EPA, indicating the company’s 90-day Microbial Commercial Activity Notice review has been completed without objections. …

Advanced Diesel Technologies Featured During Sustainable Transportation Day In Washington D.C.
June 22, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum/PR Newswire)   … Advanced Biofuel Capabilities Enhance Diesel as a Sustainable Transportation Option — Diesel engines found in vehicles ranging from passenger vehicles all the way to large tractors are capable of operating on …

Ethanol Report from Washington DC
June 19, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Regarding the June 25 public hearing on EPA’s proposed volume obligations under the RFS, Dinneen says the agency has already received about 250 requests to testify and he is encouraging everyone …

Public Hearing for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program
June 19, 2015 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a public hearing to be held in Kansas City, Kansas on June 25, 2015 for the proposed rule ‘‘Renewable Fuel Standard Program: …

Implementing the RFS with a “Push” Strategy: What Happens after 2016?
June 19, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily) .. In our first farmdoc daily article (June 3, 2015) after the release of the (RVO) proposal, we analyzed whether the renewable (ethanol) mandates proposed by the EPA, while lower …

Farmers, Biofuel Industry Calls on Congress to Leave RFS Alone
June 19, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 17, Fuels America hosted a press call during which American farmers and representatives of the biofuel industry discussed how legislative changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) would …

EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Management Scrutinized at Hearing
June 19, 2015 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 hearing held to discuss the agency’s management of the federal renewable …

U.S. Researchers See Auto Fuel Standards Driving Technology
June 19, 2015 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by David Morgan (Planet Ark)  U.S. cars and light trucks will become more fuel efficient and safer — but also more expensive — by the end of the next decade, as a result of increasingly stringent …

NASCAR Fans Support Ethanol, Reach Out to EPA
June 18, 2015 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  NASCAR fans are serving as an important source for support of ethanol and letting the Obama Administration know their displeasure over the government’s proposal on how much of the green fuel …

Biodiesel Fuel Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Clean Air Act Crimes Connected to Renewable Fuels Scheme
June 17, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Philip J. Rivkin faces more than 10 years imprisonment and $51 million in restitution — Philip Joseph Rivkin, a.k.a. Felipe Poitan Arriaga, 50, today pleaded guilty to a Clean Air Act false statement …

Iowa Delegation Asks EPA to Hold Ethanol Hearing in State
June 16, 2015 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  Iowa’s congressional delegation asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to hold a hearing in the state about the agency’s recent proposal lowering how much ethanol must be blended …

In Blow to Big Oil, EPA Says Oil Refiners Recover RINs Costs
June 16, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil companies ultimately recover their costs of complying with the U.S. biofuels program, according to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis that marks the regulator’s clearest challenge yet to a key …

Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel Schedules 3 Teleconferences
June 15, 2015 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board has announced the SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel will hold three teleconferences over the next several months to review the EPA’s biogenic carbon …

Fuels America Holds Call to Discuss New EPA Memo on RIN Prices
June 15, 2015 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to discuss a memo from the U.S. EPA that demonstrates the renewable fuel standard (RFS) does not increase—and, in fact, …

Proposed RVO Raises Multiple Questions for Illinois Economists
June 15, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) is under scrutiny by University of Illinois economists in recent FarmDocDaily posts.
Jonathan Coppess examines the argument that EPA …

Future Fuels: Can Biofuels Make Gasoline Cleaner, Cheaper?
June 12, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition held a briefing examining the current state and potential future of the transportation fuel supply. While combustion engines …

EPA Finding on Aircraft Emissions Can’t Be Counted on to Motivate Biofuels Development and Deployment
June 12, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the world of renewable jet fuel, hopes that the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases from aircraft pose a risk to human health might lead to incentives for …

Sustainable, Available, Reliable Affordable Bioeconomy Feedstocks: The Hottest Slides from ABFC 2015
June 11, 2015 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the advanced bioeconomy, the question for some time has been “how do you fund it?” or “how do you make it?”. But now, feedstock is becoming the key variable, …

U.S. EPA Moves toward Regulating Aircraft Emissions
June 11, 2015 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Planet Ark)  Agency announces an Aug. 11 hearing, a 60-day window for the public to weigh in — The Obama administration on Wednesday released a scientific finding that greenhouse gases from aircraft pose …

Ethanol and Butanol: Symbiotic Partners for a Modern Fuel
June 11, 2015 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon and  Richard Ezike (Biofuels Digest)  The debate touting butanol over ethanol as a ‘better’ fuel component has gone on for quite some time in biofuel circles. Those who support butanol point to …

EPA Seeks Input on RIN Quality Assurance Plan ICR
June 8, 2015 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA recently published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comments on a proposed information collection request (ICR) related to the voluntary renewable identification number (RIN) …

Corn Growers Concerned with Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes
June 4, 2015 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  National Corn Grower Association members are concerned with the recent volume proposal put out by the Environmental Protection Agency for the Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA leaders say with their proposal, the EPA has cut …

Determination of the R Factor for Fuel Economy Calculations Using Ethanol-Blended Fuels over Two Test Cycles
June 4, 2015 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by C. Scott Sluder, C., Brian West, Aron  Butler, Arvon L. Mitcham, et al. (SAE)   During the 1980s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) incorporated the R factor into fuel economy calculations in order to address …

High Octane Ethanol Blends for Improved Vehicle Efficiency
June 4, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Brian West (Oak Ridge National Laboratory/AmazonAWS.com) Presentation for Hudson Institute Conference, “Fueling American Growth”  May 7, 2015  READ MORE  and MORE (SAE)

EWG Makes Untrue Claims about Ethanol
June 3, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Des Moines Register) Letter to Editor: The Environmental Working Group’s claim that ethanol is worse for the climate than the Keystone pipeline is like saying apple juice is worse for the human body …

Biofuels under Attack: Same Old Story
June 3, 2015 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Chuck Grassley (The Iowa Republican)  … Consumers like biofuels.  The idea of a homegrown product that reduces emissions harmful to the environment and brings the United States freedom from volatile oil-producing countries is appealing.
The EPA …

U.S. May Take First Step to Curb Airline Emissions This Week: Sources
June 3, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Planet Ark/Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans as soon as Friday to determine whether carbon dioxide from aircraft endangers public health, a first step to regulating emissions from the aviation sector, …

Why Is Obama Allowing Big Oil To Kill Biofuels?
June 2, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Ronnie Shows (The Daily Caller)  As the first legislator to introduce a biofuels bill in the Mississippi State House, I am deeply concerned that the Obama administration is making a huge mistake when it …

Expansion in U.S. Ethanol on Hold after Blending Targets Slashed
June 2, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Expansion in the U.S. ethanol industry, stuck in neutral for more than a year as the government debated biofuel blending requirements, is now likely to come to a screeching halt.
With the …

Biofuel RIN Prices React Wildly to US EPA’s RFS Proposals
June 2, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

(Platts) …  In immediate reaction, market participants viewed the proposed obligations as bearish for corn-based ethanol (D6) RINs and bullish for biomass-based diesel (D4) RINs. Advanced biofuel (D5) RINs were expected to also track biomass-based …

EPA Slashes Biofuels Targets for 2014, 2015, 2016 under Renewable Fuel Standard
May 29, 2015 – 11:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “EPA continues to assert authority under the general waiver provision to reduce biofuel volumes based on available infrastructure,” says BIO. “This is a point that will have to be litigated. …

EPA Adherence to “Blend Wall” Damages Advanced Fuels
May 29, 2015 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) regrets that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in releasing renewable fuel volumes for 2014, 2015 and 2016, artificially caps renewable fuels at under …

Renewable Fuel Makers Say EPA Waivers Siphon Away Their Buyers
May 29, 2015 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg Business) Companies that make fuel from corn stalks or landfill gas say a federal program designed to help them has a loophole that is discouraging buyers.

In addition, producers have been pushing the …

Peterson: RFS Announcement a Setback for Rural America; Grassley: EPA, Administration Fail Consumers on Biofuels
May 29, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Collin Peterson)  House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today said the Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) released today by the EPA will set back production of domestic renewable fuels and hurts the …

EPA Proposes Increases in Renewable Fuel Levels
May 29, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today the EPA announced proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and also proposed volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2017. The …

25x’25 Expresses Disappointment with RFS Blending Proposals; Calls on the President to Ensure Standard Maintained to ‘Letter of the Law’
May 29, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  EPA’s proposed biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, which were issued today, are, for the most, part a major disappointment and could, …

EPA Relents on Ethanol Mandate With Overdue Renewables Quota
May 29, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed cutting quotas for the use of renewable fuels, lowering the mandate for corn ethanol this year and next from the …

From Small Cars to Pickup Trucks, Automakers Aren’t Just Meeting Efficiency Standards, They’re Exceeding Them
May 29, 2015 – 9:13 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  The emissions and efficiency standards for vehicles have been a big success, according to a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Ten percent of new passenger cars and …

Methes to Devote Part of Biodiesel Capacity to Other Bioproducts
May 29, 2015 – 8:53 am | No Comment

(Menthes Energies/Biodiesel Magazine)  Methes Energies International Ltd. announced May 19 that it will start offering epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) and natural polyol from its Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel facility. Both of these biobased products help address …

New Statistical Analysis: Retail Gas Prices Unaffected by Renewable Fuel Standard RIN Credits
May 26, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Retail gasoline prices from 2013 through the first quarter of 2015 were unaffected by prices for “RIN credits” (Renewable Identification Numbers) that are used to demonstrate compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Renewable Fuels Association Urges EPA to Get ”Back on Track” with Renewable Fuel Standard
May 26, 2015 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing support for a proposed legal agreement that sets specific deadlines for establishing …

Follow the Money
May 19, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After a period of incredible profitability, leaders in the ethanol industry are better positioned for thinner margins.
In an industry ruled by volatility, it’s important for producers to position themselves …

King Bill Establishes Biomass Emissions as Carbon Neutral
May 19, 2015 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, has introduced legislation that aims to ensure emissions generated from sustainably harvested biomass would be considered carbon neutral under the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. …

Biofuels Decision May Signal Big Oil’s Influence in White House | Commentary
May 19, 2015 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Anne Weismann (Roll Call/ Campaign for Accountability)  On June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to release its new plan for implementing the Renewable Fuel Standard. …  When the number finally comes out, the …

Op-ed: Tell EPA to Support Biofuels
May 19, 2015 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by B. Gunner Greene (Lafayette Journal & Courier)  … You might call biofuels in Indiana a growing industry.  Of course, as many farmers and business owners already know, the EPA has a tendency to insert itself …

ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules which Impede Advanced Biofuels Development
May 18, 2015 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(American Council on Renewable Energy)  ACORE Brings Together Biofuel Industry to Publish Comments Addressing RFS Rules — Industry leaders and ACORE members take up issues with co-location requirements under the RFS which impede advanced biofuels development.
Today, …

Odd Couple Asks EPA for Carbon Tax
May 18, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (Washington Examiner) A riddle: A left-wing environmental organization and a free-market policy group enter the Environmental Protection Agency. What do they want?  A national carbon tax.
That’s what environmental group Friends of the Earth …

Massachusetts Senators Ask Administration to Put Moratorium on Bioenergy Until 2020
May 15, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In a May 8 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Senators Markey and Warren, both Democrats from Massachusetts, question the value of bioenergy, energy sourced from cellulosic and woody material, …

Senators Show Support for Biodiesel Industry
May 14, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  … Joining Sen. Heitkamp were Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Al Franken (D-MN), as well as biodiesel producers, who also stressed how the …

Biofuel Trade Groups Discuss RFS Rulemaking, Announce Ad Campaign
May 13, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 12, representatives of two biofuel trade organizations discussed the choice the White House and U.S. EPA face in proposing upcoming renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the …

Cellulosic Refiners Hamstrung by Chaos in RFS-Credit Market
May 12, 2015 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing)  … Refiners aren’t buying cellulosic fuel credits through the renewable fuel standard program for what the company produces. And so Quad County has received as much as $600,000 less than expected for …