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2017-’18 RVOs Assumed Intact as Regulatory Freeze Deadline Passes
March 22, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  March 21 represents the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. Among the regulations on hold during the …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

National Farmers Union Passes Resolution to Support E30 Use
March 20, 2017 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union called for the U.S. EPA to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the group’s annual meeting held last …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Icahn Bets Against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And All of You Enviros, too! Trump Thumps, Dumps in New Budget
March 20, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine.  In Washington, the White House released …

Groups Hail Recall of EPA’s Federal Fuel Economy and Emissions Rules
March 20, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the High Octane Alliance called the Trump Administration’s recall the fuel economy rule “an important first step in achieving realistic reductions in fuel consumption.”

Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said …

National Academies Report Finds Future Biotechnology Products May Overwhelm Agencies
March 14, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On March 9, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) published a report entitled Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, prepared by the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products …

Pruitt Allies Lobby on EPA’s Ethanol Mandate
March 13, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) … Glenn Coffee and Crystal Coon, through their firm, Coffee Group, filed paperwork this week with Congress to represent Oklahoma-based gasoline station and convenience store owner QuikTrip Corp. on issues related to …

Cars Seen Missing U.S. Mileage Targets for First Time Since 2004
March 13, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  Regulator report shows U.S. fleet to fall below mileage target; Results may feed debate over Obama auto-efficiency standards  —  Cars and light trucks from the 2016 model year will be the first …

Public Citizen Files Complaint Alleging Trump Adviser’s Activities May Have Violated Federal Lobbying Laws
March 13, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Public Citizen)  Carl Icahn and His Businesses Haven’t Registered As Lobbyists Yet Continue to Influence Government Policy  —  Icahn Enterprises, CVR Energy and their related affiliates appear to be in violation of the Lobbying Disclosure …

Do Scott Pruitt’s Statements on CO2 and Global Warming Misrepresent Scientific Consensus?
March 13, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Alex Kasprak (Snopes)  EPA administrator Pruitt told CNBC that he does not agree that carbon dioxide is “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” arguing that scientists are still debating the …

‘Purest Definition of a Conflict’: Icahn’s $126 Million Gain on Biofuel Deal Draws Criticism
March 8, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ari Natter, and Bill Allison (Bloomberg)  Investor Carl Icahn is also unpaid adviser to White House; Value of Icahn CVR Energy stake grew after biofuel deal  —  Carl Icahn’s stake in a …

Battle Brewing over Ethanol Program Post 2022
March 7, 2017 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H. Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  Ethanol already supplies over 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline market and the fuel’s share is growing. Yet Congressman Bill Flores, who wants to see ethanol capped at 9.7 percent of the …

RNG, Cellulosic Fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 7, 2017 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Olson (BioCycle Magazine)  Because of an all-time high waiver credit value paired with strong advanced RIN prices, renewable natural gas could fetch $35/MMBtu in 2017. Since 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mandated …

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming
March 7, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Coral Davenport (New York Times) The Trump administration is expected to begin rolling back stringent federal regulations on vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming, essentially marking a U-turn to efforts to force the American …

Smith and Loebsack Introduce Bill to Broaden Fuel Choices for Retailers and Consumers
March 7, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Adrian Smith) Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation today to broaden fuel choices for retailers and consumers by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

Governors Press Trump: Coalition Asks for Ethanol Policy Changes
March 7, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition on Monday asked President Donald Trump to support a number of changes to federal law to support biofuels production.
In a letter signed by Nebraska …

Senate Bill Introduced to Give E15 Year-Round Market Presence
March 6, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan trio of Senators introduced a bill today that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, a move that would give E15 year-round market …

Letter: Need Clear Picture of Fuel Standards
March 6, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Wichita Eagle)  Kansans deserve a clear picture of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s future, and a recent letter did the RFS a disservice (“Winners, losers in U.S. fuel policy,” Feb. …

Growth Energy Releases New Analysis on Reasons Why Not to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard PO
March 3, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy has released economic analysis that it says “identifies numerous problems” associated with changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation.

The US ethanol trade body strongly supports EPA’s proposed denial to move …

RVO Clarity by June Top Priority for Biofuels Industry Leaders
March 2, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Amid an animated discussion of policy issues, one item gained the support of all five panelists: publication of the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 and 2018 …

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles
February 28, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing …

Ethanol Battle Escalates Amid Rumors of RFA-Icahn Deal
February 28, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  (R)umors of a deal surfaced between the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, shifting renewable fuel obligations away from oil refiners, in return for Icahn’s support for a Reid Vapor Pressure …

Ethanol Advocates Critical of EPA Proposed RFS Revisions in REGS
February 27, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The comment period for the U.S. EPA’s rule revisions to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) have closed, with 254 comments posted to regulations.gov regarding the Renewables Enhancements and Growth …

Interview: AFPM President Calls for Biofuels Regulation Reform, End of RFS
February 27, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  The US ethanol market is ready to stand without support from government regulations and the Renewable Fuel Standard should be repealed, Chet Thompson, president of the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers organization, …

Sierra Club Threatens to Sue EPA Over Clean Air Act Violations
February 24, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The Sierra Club has filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to conduct the required environmental impact analysis on the Renewable …

Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook
February 24, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to better understand the outlook for the US ethanol industry, but lack the time to wade through the entire 40-page Ethanol Outlook 2017 from RFA (which is right here, …

Shifting the Burden of Proof on High-Ethanol Blends
February 24, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Also appearing this week from the The Urban Air Initiative and several partners were filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that disrupts the agency’s current rationale for …

Trump at the Renewable Pump: Will He Bump, Thump or Dump?
February 24, 2017 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the letter behind the headlines.

“Rest assured that your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy and to our energy independence. As …

UNICA Says that Unintended Consequences from EPA Proposal Could Limit US Access to Advanced Biofuel
February 23, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  UNICA, Brazil’s Sugarcane Industry Association, has noted with potential concern that a current EPA proposal that would allow, among other things, biofuel producers to partially process renewable feedstocks at one facility and …

Dinneen: ‘Ethanol Lifts Ag’
February 22, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Though there is angst in rural America about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard and agriculture trade in particular, the leader of the nation’s largest ethanol interest …

RFA Statement on Senators’ Letter to EPA on E15 Volatility Regulation
February 22, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renwable Fuels Association) Today (February 17, 2017), five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more …

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements
February 22, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(NATSO/PR Newswire)  Truck Drivers, Railroads, Highway Users, Renewable Fuel Groups and Fuel Retailers Unified in Opposition to Fuel Program Changes  —  As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public comment period on the Renewable Fuel Standard …

No Waiver? No Sense.
February 20, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about why E15 does not get a one-pound waiver? That’s a sign you clearly understand the …

Passing the Test with Flying Colors
February 20, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Glacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings. …

RFA Suggests Retool for REGS
February 17, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  In comments submitted this week on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said the proposal fails to address key regulatory …

Iowa to Pruitt: Don’t Change RFS Point of Obligation
February 17, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “We have a slogan in the renewable fuels family that says ‘Don’t mess with the RFS,’” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “Let me make this perfectly clear: changing …

Scott Pruitt, Longtime Adversary of EPA, Confirmed to Lead the Agency
February 17, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s …

My Voice: Renewable Fuel Standard Problems after 2022?
February 16, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Merle Pochop (Argus Leader)  …  Currently, stakeholders have a say in how the current RFS is operated through their congressional delegates since the program is overseen by federal lawmakers. However, in 2022, the RFS will be …

EPA Answers Renewable Fuel Standard Lawsuit – DTN
February 16, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer/AgFax) In a point-by-point answer to a number of plaintiffs who filed suit challenging how the Renewable Fuel Standard is implemented, attorneys for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contend in …

EPA Staff Told to Prepare for Trump Executive Orders: Sources
February 16, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis  (Reuters)  Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been told that President Donald Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders to reshape the agency, to be …

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant
February 16, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, …

Health Effects Institute Takes Hard Look at Ethanol vs Aromatics
February 14, 2017 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by David Hallberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  Candid discussions at the Health Effects Institute offer hope ethanol’s positive emissions profile will be taken seriously, writes a UAI advisor and Siouxland Ethanol board member in …

Biodiesel Volumes Challenged
February 14, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  A biofuels group and two petroleum interest groups have asked a federal appeals court to review the final 2017-2018 biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuels Standard published in …

Dems Probe Trump Adviser Icahn’s Role in Ethanol Policy
February 14, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Senate Democrats are investigating the role that President Trump’s adviser Carl Icahn is playing in setting the administration’s ethanol policy.

The Democrats are concerned that Icahn, a prolific investor whose holding …

Montclair State University Professor Receives PECASE Award
February 13, 2017 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

(Montclair State University/Biomass Magazine) Pankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, is among 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career …

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels
February 13, 2017 – 9:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy (EERE), released its updated strategic plan in January. Revised every five years, …

Comment Periods on 2 EPA RFS Proposals to Close in Mid-February
February 13, 2017 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month. Members of the public have until Feb. 16 to weigh …

It’s Buffett vs. Icahn as Lobbying Heats Up Over U.S. Ethanol
February 8, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Association of American Railroads argues against Icahn efforts; Renewable fuel paper credits trading at one-week high — U.S. railroads, including Warren Buffett’s BNSF, are joining a corporate brawl over ethanol mandates that pits …

Biofuels Groups Pleased Oral Arguments Set In Court Case Against The EPA
February 7, 2017 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  Oral arguments have been set for April 24 in a Washington D.C. appeals court where biofuel groups claim the EPA has mismanaged the renewable fuel standard. Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper …

Florida Congressman Drafts Bill To ‘Completely Abolish’ The EPA
February 6, 2017 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  And here you thought Donald Trump’s plans would devastate the agency.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has drafted a bill to “completely abolish” the Environmental Protection Agency, according to …

Trump Team May Emphasize Climate Science Uncertainty
February 5, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Scott Waldman (E&E News/Climatewire)  … The Trump administration landing team at NOAA may focus on data used by the agency to formulate its climate research, calling into question the accuracy of temperature measurements that inform …

Senate Republicans Suspend Committee Rules to Approve Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA Nominee
February 3, 2017 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Senate Republicans on Thursday again used their majority to suspend committee rules and push through another Trump administration nominee, Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, bypassing …

Informing Policy with Science
February 3, 2017 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Barbara Schaal (Science Magazine)   … President Trump should include credible scientists in the administration—at all levels and in all federal agencies—not individuals who reject proven science on issues of critical public importance such …

Urban Air Initiative Calls on EPA to Withdraw Erroneous Vehicle Emissions Model
February 2, 2017 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Stakeholders including the states of Kansas and Nebraska joined the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition as they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct the agency’s flawed …

Trumping Obama on Biofuels
January 27, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol industry advocates believe the Trump administration will be friendlier to ethanol than the previous one. —  Last fall, a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Renewable Fuels …

RINs Plunge to 14-Month Low Following EPA Regulation Freeze
January 27, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Platts)  Renewable Identification Numbers traded at 14-month lows Wednesday following news that the Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of 30 regulations until March 21, despite industry groups saying 2017 blending mandates are unlikely to …

Trump Administration Backs off Plan to Scrub Climate Pages from EPA Website
January 26, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin  (The Washington Post)  The Trump administration on Wednesday backed away from plans to take down some climate-change information from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, which employees said had been planned …

EPA Science under Scrutiny by Trump Political Staff
January 25, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)  The Trump administration is scrutinizing studies or data published by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, and new work is under a “temporary hold” before it can be …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 25, 2017 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News) … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)): “I would rather burn American made, American grown corn and soybeans in my gas tank than I would oil from the Middle East,” Duckworth …

Duckworth Afraid Ethanol Subsidies Could End
January 25, 2017 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Bill Cameron (WLS-AM News)  … Duckworth (U.S .Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL))  thinks (nominee to be EPA Administrator Scott) Pruitt is too cozy with Big Oil and so she pressed him hard on protecting the ethanol industry …

Trump Administration Tells EPA to Cut Climate Page from Website: Sources
January 25, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted …

Renewable Fuels Group Sees No Big Change to Blending Rules under Trump
January 25, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Renewable Fuels Association said on Tuesday it does not expect a procedural delay to the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuels Standard to lead to any significant change …

Ethanol Industry Could Use a Friend in Washington Right Now
January 24, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Environmental, Energy nominees have criticized ethanol law; President expressed support for $24 billion industry  —  … (Carl) Icahn, who owns a majority stake in independent refiner CVR …

Trump Team Plans Big Cuts at EPA
January 24, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Trump administration’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning major budget cuts, as well as regulatory and scientific overhauls at the agency, according to a new …

EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say
January 24, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Kate Sheppard (Huffington Post)  It’s unclear whether the freeze is temporary or indefinite.  —  EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment …

Far-Reaching Impacts of Biointermediate Feedstocks on the Biodiesel Industry
January 23, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Karyn Jones (EcoEngineers/Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule, published in the federal register Nov. 16, proposes a wide-range of regulatory and compliance changes that affect the renewable fuel standard …

Why The Ethanol Industry Should Fear President Trump
January 23, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  …  Trump’s pick to head the EPA — Scott Pruitt — has repeatedly fought against the RFS. As EPA Administrator, Pruitt would have the authority to invoke a waiver to lower …

A Double Whammy for Corn and Ethanol Industries
January 23, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Michigan Farmer)  China imposes additional tariffs on DDGS and ethanol.  —  … Inevitably, changes in trade could bludgeon an already wounded ag economy. A tug of war with punitive tariffs has already started with the world’s …

Trump’s EPA Pick Says He Would Honor Timelines, Intent of Biofuels Program
January 23, 2017 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici, Timothy Gardner and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Wednesday he would honor the intent of the U.S. …

Successful Biofuels Industry Awaits Trump
January 23, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(Forum News Service/The Daily Journal)  Minnesota’s plant-based fuel industries of ethanol and biodiesel are success stories, but their future depends on the new Trump administration.  “We are a little nervous,” Assistant Commissioner Andrea Vaubel of …

Soup-to-Nuts Review Finds CA Clean Cars Program Working
January 20, 2017 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Simon Mui (National Resources Defense Council)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a soup-to-nuts review of its Advanced Clean Car (ACC) program today. The 658-page report confirms that the popular program, which establishes smog-forming …

Trump Releases “An America First Energy Plan”
January 20, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(White House)  Energy is an essential part of American life and a staple of the world economy. The Trump Administration is committed to energy policies that lower costs for hardworking Americans and maximize the use …

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-Elect?
January 20, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This Administration is a team, so long as you generally understand that there’s one guy with the ball, he’s calling all the plays, and members of the Cabinet can block …

Notice of Analysis of the GHG Emissions Attributable to the Production and Transport of Sugar Beets for Use in Biofuel Production
January 19, 2017 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On January 18, 2017, EPA issued a notice of opportunity to comment on the Agency’s analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use …

BRAG® Biofuels Industry Outlook For 2017
January 19, 2017 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  … Throughout his campaign for President, Trump repeatedly pledged his support for biofuels and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Indeed, it is this support that helped Trump win in …

EPA Denies Petition to Waive Advanced Biofuels Requirements
January 19, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. environmental regulators have denied a request from oil refiners to waive some of their advanced biofuels use requirements from 2016, in what is likely to be one of the Obama …

More Pruitt Highlights
January 19, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  During the second half of more than six hours of questioning for Scott Pruitt, the EPA pick said he saw no reason to review the agency’s 2009 endangerment finding, …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

By Their Powers Combined, They Hope to Stop Change to RFS
January 18, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Railroads and truckers are joining the fight to leave refiners as the obligated party under the Renewable Fuel Standard. As ME readers are keenly aware, a few independent refiners, …

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator
January 18, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Chris Kahn (Reuters/Ipsos)  More than 60 percent of Americans would like to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s powers preserved or strengthened under incoming President Donald Trump, and the drilling of oil on public lands …

High Octane Group Vindicated by EPA Ethanol Assessment
January 17, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A USDA report this week showing corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline, came with a silver lining for a Washington, D.C., group that has …

Automakers Fuel the U.S. Market With More Biodiesel Capable Diesel Vehicle Models
January 17, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  U.S. auto manufacturers have introduced a record number of new biodiesel capable diesel vehicle options for consumers as the push for increased fuel efficiency, performance, and sustainability in America’s transportation sector grows. …

CARB Supports EPA’s Final Determination on Emissions Standards
January 17, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (Next-Gen Transportation News)  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced its support for the EPA administrator’s determination that the adopted light-duty vehicle greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission standards for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate.

In …

How Fiat Chrysler’s Diesel Woes Differ from Massive VW Scandal
January 13, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Brent Snavely and Nathan Bomey (Detroit Free Press)  The U.S. EPA said Thursday it notified Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of Clean Air Act violations for the diesel emissions of 104,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and Ram 1500 …

EPA Administrator Signs Final Determination for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Standards
January 13, 2017 – 10:39 am | No Comment

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has signed a final determination, finding that the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for Model Years 2022-2025, adopted in 2012, are feasible and appropriate under section 202(a) of the …

AFPM Petitions EPA to Waive Portion of 2016 Cellulosic RVO
January 9, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume …

White House Announces Release of Final Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology
January 9, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On January 4, 2017, the White House announced the release of the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology.  The 2017 Update provides a comprehensive summary of the …

EPA Denies Petition Filed by Biogenic CO2 Coalition
January 6, 2017 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has denied a petition for reconsideration of its finding that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aircraft cause or contribute to air pollution that may be reasonably anticipated …

Republicans Can Cancel Some Obama Environment Rules. But They’ll Have to Choose Carefully.
January 6, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  … Two bills under consideration in Congress, each expected to go to a swift vote, could help expedite the process of undoing recent regulations — or even make it more difficult …

Trump EPA Nominee Won’t Gut Ethanol Law, Grassley, Ernst Say
January 6, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Midwest Republican senators got reassurances from EPA chief nominee Scott Pruitt that he will “follow the law” that requires ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, …

American Drivers Surpass 500 Million Miles on E15
January 6, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy announced today that the most tested fuel in history, E15, has reached a remarkable milestone. Based on sales and consumption data reported over the past 12 months by major gasoline retailers, …

No Playbook on Renewable Fuels in Trump Huddle
January 5, 2017 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Midwest Producer)  … No issue  has received more early scrutiny than the Renewable Fuel Standard as pundits speculate how Mr. Trump can honor campaign promises to fully support ethanol while some …

EPA Seeks to Ban Genscape from Verifying Renewable Fuel Credits
January 5, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revoke Genscape’s ability to verify biofuels compliance credits after regulators say it failed to detect a massive fraud perpetrated by companies …

RFA Optimistic about Ethanol in 2017 (and other opinions)
January 4, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “One that comes readily to mind is the disparate treatment of E10 and E15 and other high level blends with respect to evaporative vapor control, RVP. Right now E10 …

Branstad Says Trump Assures EPA Chief Will Be Pro-Ethanol
January 4, 2017 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Iowa’s governor says President-elect Donald Trump has reassured him the Trump Administration will be pro-ethanol. Governor Terry Branstad was concerned initially when he heard Trump asked the attorney general from …

The Rockefeller Foundation, USDA, and EPA to Lead Creation of National Resource Center for Action Against Food Waste
January 4, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire)  Coalition of 12 organizations set to launch FurtherWithFood.org, an online hub for information and solutions to cut food waste  —  Today, The Rockefeller Foundation announced its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture …

AFPM Sends US EPA Petition to Request Waiver of 2016 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirements
January 4, 2017 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Biofuels International)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has sent a petition to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that it waives its 2016 cellulosic biofuels volumes “due to an …

Biofuel Producers Back Renewable Credit Trading Transparency
January 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg)  Recent criticism of secrecy and alleged manipulation in biofuel credit trading, delivered by a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, is striking a chord among ethanol and other renewable fuel producers.

Those producers …

Biofuels Industry May Have the Juice to Endure to Trump’s EPA Chief Pick
December 23, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chuck McCutcheon (Scientific American)  Despite concerns over Scott Pruitt’s record of opposing ethanol, experts say the renewable-fuel program is on safe ground  —  … Ethanol advocates, however, do not seem to worry that Pruitt will …

I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In: Anellotech, Edeniq, Novvi
December 23, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For Anellotech, a new technology to extend catalyst life by reducing catalyst poisons that cause catalyst and product cost to soar. For Novvi, a signature investment from Chevron. From Edeniq, …

A Few Reasonable RIN Ideas
December 22, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by  John Campbell (Ocean Park Advisors) The RINs market would be improved with timely blend targets and compliance reporting, increased transparency and trading limits.  —  …  Although it might reduce undesirable trading practices, moving the …

Icahn Named Special Trump Adviser to Roll Back Regulations
December 22, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Mike Dorning and Beth Jinks (BloombergPolitics)  $20 billion net worth makes him one of richest men in America; Trump says Icahn will advise on ‘strangling regulations’  —  Trump often spoke admiringly of (Carl) Icahn during …

Extension of Comment Periods for: The Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and the Proposed Denial to Change the Point of Obligation
December 22, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On December 20, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued extensions of the comment periods for two actions: the Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and the Proposed …

US Biodiesel Producers Lose Court Challenge over Argentinian Imports
December 22, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  A US appeals court Tuesday dismissed a challenge by American biodiesel producers to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision allowing Argentinian biodiesel to qualify for US renewable fuel credits.

The National Biodiesel Board trade …

Trump’s Nixonian Pivot
December 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News of high-level appointments have been streaming out of Trump Tower all this week and last, and two trends are already clear: it’s a group mostly out of the business …

Tough Path to Reach US Ethanol Max in 2017
December 20, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US ethanol producers may never hit the 15bn USG target federal regulators included in biofuel blending mandates next year as they run into infrastructure, demand and regulatory hurdles.

Stores can only sell higher-ethanol blends …

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources for Cellulosic Ethanol from Edeniq’s Pathway Technology
December 20, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)   Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 120 MGPY Shell Rock, Iowa ethanol plant …

Volkswagen to Recall 83,000 3.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles and Fund Mitigation Projects to Settle Allegations of Cheating Emissions Tests on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche Vehicles
December 20, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Settlement requires Volkswagen to offer to buy back older vehicles, and spend $225 million to mitigate NOx pollution. Volkswagen will also repair newer vehicles to comply with the standards to which they …

Response to Petitions for Reconsideration of RFS2 Rule to Change the Point of Obligation
December 19, 2016 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA proposed to deny requests from petitioners to initiate a rulemaking to change the point of obligation for compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Due to the importance, complexity, and broad …

Donald Trump Sends Mixed Signals on Ethanol Mandate
December 19, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder and Jacob Bunge (The Wall Street Journal)  President-elect backed the federal biofuels rules as a candidate, but his EPA pick opposes them  —  … Mr. Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, …

EPA Amends Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule
December 19, 2016 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a final rule amending specific provisions of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with the goal of streamlining and improving implementation of the rule and …

ACE to Grassroots: Urge Senators to Get Ethanol Support from EPA Nominee Pruitt in Nomination Process
December 15, 2016 – 9:44 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) issued a call-to-action to its grassroots membership today, urging ethanol supporters to contact their U.S. Senators about the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt …

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water
December 14, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA’s report concludes that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances and identifies factors that influence these impacts  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its …

The RFS and Domestic Consumption of Conventional Ethanol and Biomass-Based Diesel to 2022
December 14, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDoc Daily/University of Illinois)  In the farmdoc daily article of November 30, 2016, we examined the magnitude of the “push” in production and consumption of biofuels implied by the …

Icahn Cheers Trump EPA Pick Amid Calls for Fuel-Rule Revamp
December 13, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Icahn refiner wants $15 billion renewable-fuels market changed; Cost of credits surged as U.S. mandates on biofuels at record — Six weeks before he becomes U.S. president, Donald Trump is already disrupting an …

Nebraska Congressman to Continue Push for More E-15 Sales
December 13, 2016 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Brent Martin (Nebraska Radio Network)  … Congressman Adrian Smith says the move helps the ethanol industry, but he adds more can be done. “I’m continuing to work on a bill that I introduced some time ago …

EPA Seeks Comments on Flex Fuel Provisions of REGS Rule
December 12, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 2, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of data availability (NODA) that will make additional data available for comment on the ethanol flex fuel (EFF) provisions of …

Economists Examine RVO Impact on Conventional, Advanced Biofuels
December 12, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two central questions arise when considering biofuels consumption through 2022, write University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good: “When will domestic consumption of ethanol reach …

Governors Press Trump on RFS Following Pruitt EPA Nomination
December 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Just two days after President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was the nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Governors’ Biofuels …

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels?: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen and the Cellulosic Sector
December 12, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined …

RINs, Refiners and Rational Energy Policies
December 8, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(The Wall Street Journal) Letters to the Editor  —  Rewriting the RFS could undermine years of progress toward U.S. energy security.   by Jeff Broin (POET) Carl Icahn’s proposal to rewrite the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) (“If …

EPA Holds RFS Rule Hearing in Chicago
December 8, 2016 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing in Chicago yesterday to hear testimony the agency’s proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule. The rule includes several actions that would …

Nebraska Drivers Save $17 Million Using Ethanol-blended Fuel
December 7, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Nebraska Ethanol Board/KOOL Radio)  In 2016, Nebraska drivers will save approximately $17 million by using ethanol-blended gasoline. The savings is based on lower prices for ethanol compared to wholesale gasoline and the state’s projected spark-ignition …

Improving Infrastructure Influences RFS
December 7, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) A Midwestern senator says advancements in infrastructure helped convince the Environmental Protection Agency to raise Renewable Volume Obligations for 2017 to statutory levels.

Al Franken of Minnesota tells Brownfield the normal pushback …

Biofuels Groups Make Case for Change on E15
December 7, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A number of biofuels groups testified before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago Tuesday at a hearing on an agency proposal to make some tweaks to the Renewable …

Automakers Look to Put EPA Rules on Ice in Spending Bill
December 7, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Major automakers have embarked on an eleventh-hour push to undercut the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to boost climate and fuel efficiency standards for cars over the next decade.

The Auto Alliance …

Senate Committee Hearing Focuses on GAO’s RFS Reports
December 7, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Dec. 1, the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to discuss the U.S. EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and two Government …

The RFS: A Ticking Time Bomb for Corn Ethanol
December 6, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jarrod Johnson (Farm Forum)  … However, while the program was created by Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tasked with setting annual blending requirements for conventional and advanced biofuels. Over the past few years, …

EPA Sets Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price for 2017 at $2.00
December 6, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA recently published a notice to its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2017 at $2.00. The CWC price for 2016 was set in …

Growth Energy Testifies to EPA Regarding Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support Rule
December 6, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Today, at a hearing in Chicago, Chris Bliley, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Growth Energy testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule.

During his testimony, …

McCarthy Confident EPA’s Mission Will Survive
December 6, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Stephen Davies (Agri-Pulse)  …  The administrator touted the new Renewable Fuel Standard requirements, released Nov. 23. The final biofuel usage mandate includes 15 billion gallons of conventional corn ethanol, the same level as the …

When Price Is Right FFV Drivers Choose #Ethanol
December 6, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  When fuel prices are competitive, drivers of flex fuel vehicles (FFV) will fill up with high-ethanol blends such as E85 according to a new article published in Energy Policy. Authors Sébastien …

EPA Announces $1.3 Million to Small Businesses to Support the Nation’s Green Economy
December 6, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This year’s projects focus on cookstoves, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, and building materials  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.3 million to 13 small businesses nationwide to develop and …

Trump Administration Could Be a Bend in the Road for Biofuels Blending
December 5, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon and Brian Scheid (Platts)  Total renewable fuel is slated to be more than 10% of the US fuel supply in 2017, breaking through the so-called blendwall. But how will a new presidential administration …

RFA Statement on Senate Hearing Focused on GAO RFS Reports
December 2, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management is holding a hearing examining two reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Renewable Fuel …

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?
December 2, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is …

EPA Rushes to Finish MPG Regs before Trump Takes Office
December 1, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to quickly finalize stringent gas mileage rules that require automakers to produce car and truck fleets averaging more than 50 miles per …

GAO RFS Reports Paint Incomplete Picture of Advanced Biofuels
December 1, 2016 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding …

Oil and Biofuels Trade Bodies Make Unprecedented Move to Link Together to Call on EPA Not to Change RFS Point of Obligation
December 1, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Biofuels and oil trade bodies have written a letter to the US’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  urging the organisation not to redefine the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard …

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in More than 80% of New 2017 Vehicles
December 1, 2016 – 11:13 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  More than 80 percent of new 2017 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to an analysis of warranty statements and …

Forecast Dreary for Farmers
November 28, 2016 – 9:56 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Abbott (The Mercury)  … EPA will take full authority over the RFS after 2022 with the power to remove corn ethanol from the mandate completely.

This news is alarming considering that the EPA has already begun …

A Bipartisan Opportunity to Move Forward on Biofuels Policy
November 25, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by James H. Stock (The Hill)  … In establishing the 2017 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the EPA finally passed a major RFS milestone that will allow moving beyond the fruitless and acrimonious debate …

Biofuel Mandate Opponents Build Overhaul Momentum
November 25, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg)  A Trump administration and new leadership of the Senate’s environment committee may breathe new life into efforts to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel standard, lawmakers and advocates say.

House …

AM Markets: US Biofuel Boost Sends Palm Oil to 4-Year High
November 25, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(AgriMoney) …  “That larger-than-expected lift [to the EPA target] fuelled ideas that already tight vegetable oil supply would become even tighter in 2017,” said Tobin Gorey at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

At Chicago broker Futures International, …

Comment Period Opens on EPA Rule to Update RFS, Fuel Regulations
November 23, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are …

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking To Change the RFS Point of Obligation
November 23, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register/Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change its regulations that identify refiners and importers of gasoline …

Argentina Biodiesel Producers Fear Losing Access to U.S. Market
November 23, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters)  Argentina’s biodiesel producers fear losing access to the United States, the destination of nearly all their exports, after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in presidential elections earlier this month, representatives of the sector …