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Biomass Provision in Bipartisan Energy Bill Touches Environmental Flash Point
April 29, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  …  In the sweeping measure that was overall non-controversial, one provision in particular has some environmental groups in apoplexy – the categorization of biomass as carbon neutral.

Passed by voice vote …

Indiana’s Family Express Awarded Blender Grant
April 27, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Indiana fuel retailer Family Express has been awarded more than $789,000 through an Indiana blender pump program. The retailer will be using the monies to install 45 dispensers at 37 stations. …

EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
April 25, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since …

Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future
April 21, 2016 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Addressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. — Once again, we enter spring awaiting the U.S. EPA’s proposal …

EPA Submits 2017 RFS Rule to White House OMB for Review
April 19, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 15. OMB review marks …

New EPA Stats Confirm: Oil & Gas Methane Emissions Far Exceed Prior Estimates
April 18, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Higher Baseline Plus Year-on-Year Increase Make Sector the Top Emitter over Ag  —  The oil and natural gas industry has moved into first place as the highest sources of U.S. methane emissions, …

The Most Important Mystery about U.S. Climate Change Policy
April 18, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  … Environmentalists have charged for some time that the fracking boom — the rise in unconventional natural gas that is the key driver of all of this — has a …

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit over Pollution from U.S. Aircraft
April 18, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (PlanetArk)  Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to press for faster action in setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. aircraft.  Earthjustice, the Center for …

Barbecues, Beaches and E15? You Bet
April 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Nearly 30 years ago, the U.S. EPA provided a 1-pound-per-square-inch (psi) waiver of the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility requirements for certain ethanol blends. It did so in recognition …

Implement RFS As Congress Intended
April 12, 2016 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Tom Buis (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The renewable fuel standard (RFS) is the most successful energy policy our nation has seen in the last 40 years.  It has created almost 400,000 jobs and contributed nearly …

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions
April 11, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize an overwhelming body of new evidence showing …

Could Renewable Diesel’s Boom Be Cut Short by Feedstock Access and Availability?
April 11, 2016 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Renewable diesel demand is booming, booming, booming. We’ve tipped it repeatedly in The Digest, not least with our March Madness webinar last week on “Renewable Diesel’s Boom”. Any doubts may …

Interagency Effort Provides Links to Biofuel Data on One Web Page
April 8, 2016 – 9:43 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Biofuel number crunchers in the know are finding their jobs easier because of a website hosted by the USDA Economic Research Service where the Interagency Council on Agricultural & …

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success
April 8, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016 that are accelerating the commercialization …

Ethanol Completes the Puzzle
April 7, 2016 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  We have a tremendous opportunity to make the case in the Midterm Review in what EPA says will be a “data driven and transparent process.” We can show …

Fact Sheet: A Brief History of Octane in Gasoline: From Lead to Ethanol
April 7, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A cornerstone of U.S. environmental policy has been the reduction of harmful tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. Thanks to EPA regulations of mobile sources, air pollutants …

Carbon Intensity Creates Opportunities
April 6, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bernie Hoffman (K-Coe Isom/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The more proactive roles producers take in reducing carbon intensity, the more they will benefit as energy use reduction moves from an incentive to a requirement.  —  … Carbon intensity …

BRAG Petition Succeeds: EPA Expands Chemical Data Reporting Exemptions To Biodiesel Products
April 5, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell/BRAG)  On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule amends …

Election Impacts on the US Biofuels Markets
April 4, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Stratas Advisors)  The 2016 elections have raised clouds of questions for many involved in the US biofuels markets. The conflicting and inflated rhetoric surrounding biofuels and climate policy gives the impression that drastic change is …

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry
March 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill McKibben (The Nation) Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.   …   Meet methane, otherwise known as CH4.  In February, Harvard researchers published an explosive paper in Geophysical …

B&C Professionals Help Tell the Story of EPA’s “Half Century of Progress”
March 23, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  Many Americans today, including many legislators at the federal and state levels, were not yet born when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created by President Nixon in 1970, or …

Grassley, Klobuchar, 17 Other Senators Urge EPA to Set a High Blending Target Under the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 23, 2016 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and 17 other senators today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set high blending targets under the Renewable …

Big Corn Finds Unlikely Allies in U.S. Biofuel Push: Carmakers and Drivers
March 23, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … Reuters’ analysis of vehicle sales and government data shows that almost a fifth of the vehicles on U.S. roads can safely handle E-15 fuel, a gasoline with 15 percent ethanol content, …

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt
March 23, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business) … Back in 2007, when crude oil was headed toward a record $147.27 a barrel, ethanol was being touted as a cheap alternative from abundant domestic resources. The U.S. is the …

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

Are Low Diesel Prices Hurting Biofuels Companies?
March 21, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by John O’Dell (Forbes/Trucks.com)  With diesel fuel prices hovering at lows not seen in a decade, the smart money might bet against businesses developing products to replace the diesel engines and technology that keep the nation’s …

Major Impacts on U.S. Carbon Emissions Since the Great Recession
March 21, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by John Miller (The Energy Collective)  U.S. total carbon emissions increased to a historic high in 2007.  During the 2007-09 Great Recession U.S. total carbon emissions declined rapidly due to a combination effective Government energy and …

Thorntons to Begin Selling E15 at Chicago Locations
March 21, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Fueling retailer Thorntons announced today that it will offer its branded E15 option, Unleaded15, at all 43 Chicago-area locations beginning this month. In response, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen …

Jerke: Despite Big Oil’s Efforts, Biofuels Are Moving U.S. Forward
March 18, 2016 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by  Mike Jerke (Dickinson Press/Guardian Energy LLC) American-made ethanol is a clean-burning, environmentally friendly biofuel that represents an exciting step forward from dirty, foreign-sourced oil, yet an op-ed (“Renewable Fuel Standard continues to devastate”, March …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

House Hearing Attacks #RFS
March 18, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The House Oversight Subcommittees on Interior and Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Rules held a joint hearing Wednesday to ostensibly examine the Renewable Fuel Standard but was basically an attack on the law.
EPA …

US EPA ‘Analyzing’ Potential Shift in RFS Obligation from Refiners to Blenders
March 18, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is considering a request by several independent refiners to shift the responsibility for complying with the federal biofuels mandate to blenders, a top agency official said Wednesday.
But …

EPA Teams with CFTC on Monitoring RIN Trade
March 18, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission enter into this Memorandum of Understanding to address the sharing of information, including proprietary business information “PBI,” in …

Smith Featured at Briefing Focused on E15
March 16, 2016 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Rep. Adrian Smith’s office/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., presented at a briefing March 1 to educate congressional staff on the impacts of a U.S. EPA regulation that currently prevents the sale of E15 …

ROGER WICKER: Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 16, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Roger Wicker (Daily Journal)  America’s energy landscape has changed dramatically since the creation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) a decade ago. What began as a federal program to incorporate more biofuels – such …

Endless Assault on the RFS
March 15, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (The Hill/ Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  With regard to the recent opinion expressed by Rob Green of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, all I can say is gosh, what a better …

Blog: Who Killed the Only EPA Certified E85 Conversion Kit?
March 15, 2016 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) …  To write this, I talked to Chris Disher and Max Kinast.  As Disher said, it’s a story full of controversy, intrigue and lies. And, even though that conversion kit was …

Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Independent Science News) … The disastrous experience with Fischer-Tropsch biofuels is just one part of a much larger failure of cellulosic and algal biofuels, on which billions of dollars of public subsidies have been …

Kum & Go Becomes First in Missouri to Offer E15
March 14, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Kum & Go LC became the first retailer to offer E15 in Missouri. The blend of 15-percent ethanol and 85-percent gasoline is now available at two Springfield, Mo., locations: 5384 S. Campbell …

How to Make Sure the US and Canada Get It Right on Methane
March 14, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by David Babson (Union of Concerned Scientists) … But recent science suggests that we don’t have a great handle on how large methane emissions really are, so we are going to need strong science to back …

US, Canada Pledge Cooperation on Paris Climate Accord, Clean Energy, Methane Leaks
March 14, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)  … A key part of the climate mitigation strategy will be reducing emissions of methane — a greenhouse gas over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide — from oil and gas operations. …

Are You Ready for the E30 Challenge?
March 10, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Watertown is challenging conventional wisdom in order for biofuels like ethanol to finally realize their true potential.
Conventional wisdom says our nonflex autos can only operate on 10 percent …

Fly the Eco-Friendly Skies: United to Launch 50% Jet Biofuels on LAX-SFO Route
March 10, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, United Airlines will be using jet biofuels produced by AltAir using Honeywell UOP technology on up to 150 flights a day out of Los Angeles, the Digest has …

Despite Record Production, Ethanol Mandate Continues to Cost Public
March 10, 2016 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Institute for Energy Research)  2015 was a good year for the ethanol industry for both production and blending. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. ethanol producers increased their production 3.4 percent to 14.81 …

Houston Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
March 8, 2016 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Philip Joseph Rivkin, aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga, was sentenced today in Houston, Texas, to 121 months in prison, three years of supervised release and to pay more than $87 million in …

Stakeholder Workshop: Fostering Constructive Dialogue on the Role of Biomass in Achieving Clean Power Plan Goals — April 7, 2016 — Washington, DC
March 4, 2016 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
Stakeholder Workshop: Fostering Constructive Dialogue on the Role of Biomass in Achieving Clean Power Plan Goals  —  April 7, 2016  —  Washington, DC

States and stakeholders have shown strong interest in the role biomass can play in state strategies to address carbon pollution. Many states have extensive expertise in the area of sound carbon- and GHG-beneficial forestry and …

EPA: Chartered SAB to Review Biogenic Framework
March 4, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has scheduled a public meeting of the chartered Science Advisory Board March 31-April 1. During the meeting, the SAB is expected to conduct a quality review of …

EPA Funds Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies
February 29, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency) Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.
“The green technologies that …

Ethanol Keeps Gasoline Prices Down
February 29, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Fred Yoder (The Columbus Dispatch/Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association) When the original renewable fuel standard was passed in 2005, gasoline manufacturers were under heavy pressure to do something about the contamination of thousands of …

Gary W. Johnson, Board of Contributors: Clearing up Facts about Ethanol and Your Vehicle
February 27, 2016 – 8:09 pm | No Comment

by Gary W. Johnson (WacoTrib.com)  … In this instance, the numbers quoted for bad-gasoline engine emissions with ethanol blends is a prediction based on ethanol harming and even shutting down catalytic converters. It was a prominent …

Fact Checking the 10th GOP Debate
February 26, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee (The Washington Post)  “What I said is that ethanol [mandate] will phase out; it is phasing out now. By 2022, that program expires by virtue of the existing …

EPA ‘Committed’ to Releasing RFS on Time
February 25, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

By Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse) After failing in recent years to meet mandated timelines for the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency is vowing to get the program back on schedule.
“We don’t like missing deadlines at …

Valero Asks EPA to Redefine RFS Definition of Obligated Party
February 23, 2016 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Valero Energy Corp. has filed with a petition for reconsideration with the U.S. EPA, asking it to revise its definition of “obligated party” under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). …

The Highway to High Octane: Ethanol’s Attempts to Gain Ground in US Gasoline
February 23, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang and Jeff Bair (Platts)  Capitol Crude:  The US Oil Policy Podcast  —  The US is likely to raise its gasoline octane standard over the next decade or so, which has the ethanol …

Ethanol and the Race to Higher Octane Standards in the US: Fuel for Thought
February 22, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  With the US likely to raise the gasoline octane standard in the next decade or so to achieve greenhouse-gas emissions regulations and fuel efficiency targets, the domestic ethanol industry is promoting its …

Despite Lawsuits, EPA Investigation, Renewable Fuel Standard ‘Not Doomed’
February 22, 2016 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Lyons Hardcastle  (Enviromental Leader)  In the latest efforts to repeal the US biofuel mandate, last week the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers both filed lawsuits challenging the Renewable Fuel …

New Study Released, FFV Campaign Launched at Ethanol Conference
February 22, 2016 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … A new campaign, called “Flex My Choice,” gives consumers a voice to support FFVs. The effort is aimed at automakers, auto dealers and the U.S. EPA. As the CAFE …

McCarthy Addresses RFS, Role of Biomass in CPP during Hearing
February 22, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 11, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. EPA policies that impact the rural economy. The renewable fuel standard (RFS) and Clean Power Plan …

Ethanol Mandate Triggers `Constant Litigation,’ USDA Chief Says
February 22, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA reduced ethanol volumes below statutory levels in November; Valero Energy files suit against U.S. government over target — The conflict between agriculture and petroleum interests over the government’s ethanol mandate shows no …

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects
February 16, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency/ForConstructionPros.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team …

Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Spent Big on Utah Politicians even as Frauds Were Found
February 15, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Nate Carlisle and Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)  Federal agents raided offices of Washakie and Kingstons amid claims the company hasn’t actually manufactured its own biofuels.  —  The storage tanks Washakie Renewable Energy …

Valero Energy Sues U.S. EPA over Biofuels Plan
February 15, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Valero Energy Corp filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to push the regulator to alter a U.S. policy designed to boost use of renewables in transportation fuels.
The …

Issue Brief: Obama FY2017 Budget Proposal: Sustainable Energy, Buildings, Transportation and Climate
February 12, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On February 9, 2016, President Obama released his $4.15 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2017 federal budget proposal, a 5 percent increase over 2016. In his final budget request, President Obama …

Con: As Climate Change Disasters Loom, It’s No Time to Discard Obama’s Environmental Legacy
February 12, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Wayne Madsen (GazetteXtra)  EDITOR’S NOTE: The writer is addressing the question, “Should the U.S. scrap ethanol mandates and use its energy surplus to spur the economy?”
Critics, particularly big businesses and right-wing conservatives, keep carping …

Following-up on RFS Questions
February 11, 2016 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (Farm Doc Daily)  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been a hot topic of late given the release of the final rule and its rather prominent feature leading up to the recent Iowa …

US Files Civil Complaint against VW for Clean Air Act Violations
February 9, 2016 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. EPA, filed a civil complaint Jan. 4 in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group …

EPA’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal Increases Support for Communities to Deliver Core Environmental and Health Protections
February 9, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The Obama Administration Fiscal Year 2016 budget announced today for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lays out a strategy to ensure that all Americans benefit from the economic recovery we are …

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?
February 9, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story
February 9, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live …

EPA Rulemaking Aims to Update GHG Reporting Requirements
February 8, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a proposed rule that aims to amend specific provisions in the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule, including some provisions related to biogas and ethanol.

Regarding ethanol, …

Renewable Accounts: Solid Biofuels, Part One
February 3, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by David Ripplinger (NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics)  When I returned to the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University in 2010, I expected my research to focus on the …

Ethanol Backers Say Higher Blends Would Reduce Air Toxics
February 2, 2016 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Renee Schoof (Bloomberg BNA)  A group of farm-state governors and some advocates for clean energy are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to get tougher on toxic air pollution from motor vehicles in a way that …

2016 Time to Double-down on Renewable Chemicals
February 2, 2016 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/re:chem Alliance)  For all of 2015’s turbulence in the renewable chemical sector, in one area – US government policy – the industry saw marked progress.
For the last two …

In the Ethanol Wars, Both Sides Are Wrong
February 1, 2016 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

by C. Boyden Gray (Des Moines Register)  The Iowa primary has put into play one of the more obscure issues in the political life of the nation — ethanol, of all things. Donald Trump led …

Ted Cruz: I Support an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy; Remove the Ethanol Blend Wall
February 1, 2016 – 8:43 pm | No Comment

(NBC News Meet the Press)  … CHUCK TODD: Let’s talk about two issues here that seem to be potentially tripping you up here in Iowa. One is ethanol. You have come out against these subsidies, you called …

Where Is Sports Car Green Racing in 2016?
January 28, 2016 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This weekend the 49th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona kicks off the American sports car racing season. It promises to be one of the best with the brand …

Failed Biodiesel Facility Casting Doubt on Longview Oil Refinery
January 28, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Marissa Luck  (The Daily News Online)  Environmental groups are raising more concerns about the background of people proposing a $1.25 billion oil refinery and a propane terminal at the Port of Longview.
Columbia Riverkeeper recently released …

Back On Solid Ground
January 27, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After an extended period of policy uncertainty, the final renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule and a two-year retroactive reinstatement of the $1-per-gallon blenders tax credit are expected to bring stability …

Biodiesel Production Rises in 2015 as Consumers Seek Cleaner Fuels
January 26, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal)  U.S. consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, reducing America’s carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to new EPA data released …

Fortune Smiles on Industry, Better Late Than Never
January 26, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … Second, we have both retroactive and forward-facing tax credits. For the first time in years, Congress injected some certainty into the market by extending expired tax provision for …

Betting on Biogas Growth in 2016
January 26, 2016 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine/Great Plains Institute) …   In the summer of 2014, the USDA released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap. The release of this roadmap marked the first time that federal agencies made a public commitment …

Trestle Energy Wins Approval for Innovative, Low Carbon Biofuel Pathway from California Air Resources Board
January 26, 2016 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

(Trestle Energy/PR Newswire)  Trestle Energy LLC – a California company working with ethanol and power producers across the Midwest – announced that California’s Air Resources Board officially approved its groundbreaking ethanol production process under the …

Iowa Congressional Delegation Unanimously Calls for Strong Up-Tick in 2017 Renewable Fuel Volumes
January 25, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Iowa, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the entire Iowa Congressional delegation urged the agency to set the next round of Renewable Fuel Standard volume levels in …

Ethanol: Does EPA’s RFS Ruling Meet Congress’s Intent?
January 25, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (University of Illinois/AgFax) Today’s article completes the discussion of EPA’s final rule for the RFS. The previous articles in this series provided background on the RFS, a general review of the final rule and …

EPA Vehicle Emission Models Unreliable
January 20, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

(WNAX Radio)  A new study commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that the vehicle emissions model used by the EPA is unreliable.  RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper says the motor vehicle emissions simulator …

California Gas Leak Exposes Growing Natural-Gas Risks
January 20, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Richard Martin (MIT Technology Review)  As America shifts toward natural gas for energy, decaying pipelines and storage facilities are at risk of leaks and explosions.  —  Since it was first detected on October 23, …

Cellulosic Biofuels Outlook: Abengoa Doubts May Not Affect Biofuels Industry
January 19, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Although the cellulosic ethanol industry has had some challenges, there is hope for the year ahead.  For some Midwest farmers, cellulosic ethanol’s launch in the past two years has allowed …

National Biodiesel Board Challenge to Rules on Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Continues
January 19, 2016 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(American Soybean Association)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week filed a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding their petition for review of EPA rules on Argentinian biodiesel …

This Couple Is Driving Cross-Country To Return Their Polluting Jetta To VW Headquarters
January 18, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by David Tracy (Jalopnik) Upset that Volkswagen deceived them into buying a not-so-clean diesel, Marcus Moench and Elisabeth Caspari are driving from Colorado to VW’s headquarters in Virginia to return their Jetta SportWagen TDI and drop …

New White Paper Identifies Opportunities for Increased Ethanol Demand: Growing Beyond the RFS Keys on Regulatory Relief
January 18, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Across America)  Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy …

Greens: Gas Developers Aren’t Telling Investors of Methane Leaks
January 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Natural gas developers are providing very restricted information about their methane emissions to investors, according to a report released Monday by a green group.
According to an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analysis, …

Ethanol, RFS Are Points of Contention in Ag States
January 15, 2016 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  A pair of volunteers holds up a sign near a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. It says “I’m caucusing for ethanol in 2016.”
The message is clear. Ethanol supporters …

Questioning The Final RFS Rule, Part 2: The Meaning Of The Word ‘Supply’
January 15, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (Farms.com/Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois)  This article looks specifically at EPA’s interpretation of the word ‘supply’ in the waiver provision ‘inadequate domestic supply’ and what Congress intended it to …

The Candidates and Media Are Getting the Iowa Ethanol Debate All Wrong
January 15, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Ye Hee Lee (Washington Post Fact Checker)  … The Fact Checker will explore an important distinction in the rhetoric over the ethanol mandate that has been mischaracterized by politicians, including Cruz, and even members of …

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Files Motion to Intervene in Ethanol Industry Lawsuit
January 15, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Chet Thompson announces the association’s decision to intervene in the lawsuit brought by the ethanol industry against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) use …

Invisible Disaster of Aliso Canyon Leak May Give Methane Rules Momentum
January 15, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  The massive methane spill at the Aliso Canyon storage field has pumped out at least 77,500 metric tons of gas since Oct. 23, and it will be months before …

Anti-Cruz Campaign Could Backfire on Ethanol, Backer Says
January 14, 2016 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Agri-Pulse)  The ethanol industry risks losing its long-standing political clout in presidential elections if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wins the Iowa caucuses despite the industry’s attacks on him, says Iowa Rep. Steve …

CORRECTED: Cruz Still Favors Slashing Ethanol Mandate Every Year for Five Years
January 14, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy P. Carney (Washington Examiner)  With some hasty blogging — and exacerbated by an Iowan’s mistaken assertion about the ethanol mandate, Ted Cruz’s shrewd answering, and the ethanol lobby’s odd response — I contributed …

Biodiesel Opportunities Abroad
January 13, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Several U.S. producers, including Genuine Bio-Fuel, Hero BX and the now-defunct Promethean Biofuels, in addition to Miami-based biodiesel exporter and hopeful technology provider Lagosur, sketch out overviews of international developments.

“Taxation, …

New Biofuels Could Cut Emissions and Preserve Land Used to Grow Food
January 13, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Nathan Collins (Pacific Standard)  Researchers combine ecological and economic models to examine the benefits of growing grass as fuel.  —  … Fortunately, corn isn’t the only source of ethanol—in particular, there are perennial grasses like …

Economist: Blend Wall Debate Might Help Sluggish Crop Prices
January 12, 2016 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Nat Williams (The Southern News Services)  …The reasons include the Great Recession and falling gasoline prices, among a few other things.
At issue is the federal mandate for ethanol inclusion as a component of motor …

Pushmi-Pullyu: How Do Carbon Prices and Fuel Mandates Work Together in Breaking through a Fossil Fuel Monopoly? Or, Do They?
January 12, 2016 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, the set-up of the transition from fossil fuels is as pretty and impractical as Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu. The Digest investigates.  —  … For example, a renewable fuel does not qualify …

Study: Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions
January 11, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers …

Facing U.S. Storm, VW Set for Easier Ride in Europe on Emissions Scandal
January 11, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis and Kirstin Ridley (Reuters) Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany’s determination to protect its …

UPDATE 1-Groups Kick off Legal Challenge to U.S. Biofuels Standard
January 11, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Jan 8 Seven biofuel and agriculture groups have asked a U.S. court to a review the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016, according to a court filing on …

‘When Ethanol Attacks,’ Starring Ted Cruz
January 8, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by David Weigel (The Washington Post) (Wednesday, January 6, 2016) 11:45 a.m. … “Because of this EPA wall, the market is currently dominated by low-level ethanol blends, such as ‘E10’ (10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline),” …

USDA Highlights 2015 Bioeconomy Achievements
January 4, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Several of the achievements listed by the USDA benefited the bioenergy and biofuels sectors. Under the category of climate change achievements, the department highlighted its work with the U.S. …

United States Files Complaint Against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for Alleged Clean Air Act Violations
January 4, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of …

IFES 2015: The Outlook for Conventional Biofuels Is Brighter than You Think
January 4, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily)  This is a presentation summary from the 2015 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 14-18, 2015. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries (PDF) …

Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2016
January 4, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2015? Not the good ship Digest!  Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland.
As the …

Biofuels as Seen by OPEC: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biofuels in the World Oil Outlook
December 30, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this year’s World Oil Outlook, OPEC writes:  The prospects for first generation biofuels are constrained by factors such as land use changes, excessive water usage, and the impact on …

Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers File Biomass Litigation on CPP
December 30, 2015 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council/Biomass Magazine)  American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski have issued the following statements after filing a joint …

Record Production Propels Industry in Face of EPA Rule
December 28, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  EPA needs to stop micromanaging the RFS—allow the program to work as intended—and the record-setting ethanol industry will continue to perform for American consumers, writes Bob Dinneeen. …

RISC Notice Includes Projected 2017 RFS Rulemaking Timeline
December 28, 2015 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A notice published in the Federal Register by the Regulatory Information Service Center includes a projected timeline for the U.S. EPA’s rulemaking for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) …

Biofuels Move From Lab to Frying Pan
December 23, 2015 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Wall Street Journal/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Solazyme Inc., a company founded 12 years ago to make car and truck fuel from algae, is vigorously pushing a new product. But this time, it is fuel for …

E15 Acceptance Hits 70% Mark for 2016 Model Year Vehicles in US: Report
December 23, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an analysis of 2016 model year  warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association shows that auto manufacturers explicitly approve E15 (15 percent ethanol 85 percent gasoline) …

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel
December 23, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west …

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity
December 23, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable fuels, the subsidy myth, the emissions myth, the “people won’t buy the fuels” myth, and …

Lehigh Valley Biofuel Entrepreneurs Charged in $50M Federal Scam
December 22, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Kurt Bresswein (Lehigh Valley Live)  The owners of a Lehigh Valley company are accused of scamming taxpayers out of about $50 million in payments, subsidies and other benefits paid out for purportedly turning cooking …

EPA Stands by Biofuels’ Greenhouse Gas Benefits
December 18, 2015 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(OntarioFarmer.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 shows the agency is convinced that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil …

Cheap Gas Spurs SUV Sales and Puts U.S. Climate Goals at Risk
December 17, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson and Paul Lienert (Reuters)  Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on …

Federal Agencies Release Update on National Biogas Activities
December 17, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  In support of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly released the Biogas …

Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Begins Production of Cellulosic Ethanol at Stockton Facility
December 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) announced it is now producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, CA facility using Edeniq, Inc.’s Pathway Technology.
Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated, “We are now commercially …

Tyner: Decision on RFS Is Statement on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
December 16, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Farmers’ Advance)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules on the volume of biofuels that must be produced from 2014 to 2016 continues the current policy thrust that biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with …

Grassley Expects Challenges to EPA’s RFS Ruling
December 14, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Mike Peterson (KMALand)  The Environmental Protection Agency faces congressional and legal action following its recent decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2016.  That’s according to Iowa Senator Charles Grassley, who is among those …

New Study Finds Oil & Gas Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Almost Twice What Official Estimates Suggest
December 14, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Steven Hamburg  (Environmental Defense Fund)   A new scientific study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, coordinated by EDF, reports findings from the most comprehensive examination of regional methane emissions …

Obama’s Climate Change Hypocrisy
December 11, 2015 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  Some commentators have argued President Barack Obama suffers from a failure of leadership. That was evidenced once again last week when he traveled to Paris to demand the world cut …

Corn, Soybean Leaders Differ on RFS Perspectives
December 11, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by  Megan Johnson (Nebraska TV) Lots of agriculture groups are meeting during the time between harvest and planting to talk about things impacting their crops and industries. A topic coming up often: the renewable fuel requirement …

How Much Corn for Ethanol? USDA Takes Cautious Approach to Corn Use in New Ethanol Mandate
December 11, 2015 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Alan Brugler (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  USDA on Wednesday increased projected 2015-16 corn use for ethanol by 25 million bushels from its November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Was this enough to reflect …

SDFU Delegates Vote to Take Pro-E30 Challenge
December 11, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The South Dakota Farmers Union celebrated its 100th annual meeting by taking another step forward in history by unanimously passing a resolution that dedicates its members to use a 30 percent …

VW Staff Began Working on Cheat in 2005 to Break into U.S. Market
December 11, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by David Rising and Kerstin Sopke (The Washington Post/Associated Press)  A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early as 2005 on emissions cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution …

EPA’s Contradictory Rule Is a Gut Punch to Advanced Biofuels
December 10, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization) After a painful and damaging two-year delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week published Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, the agency finalized a …

EPA Won’t Compel Biofuel Market Changes: Update
December 9, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Environmental Protection Agency expects sales of high-ethanol gasoline blends to climb next year but will not use federal mandates to compel retailers to offer the fuels.
The distinction, laid out in a lengthy …

Why Algae Could Be the Greatest—and Trickiest—Fuel Source of All
December 9, 2015 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Lufkin (Gizmodo)  From powering airplanes to replacing nuclear energy, algae has been touted as a green energy miracle. So if our waterways are already filled with the stuff, why isn’t it filling the …

RFA to EPA: New Gasoline Volatility Regulations Needed
December 9, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a letter submitted Dec. 8 to the U.S. EPA, the Renewable Fuels Association urged the agency to take immediate administrative action to eliminate an arcane regulatory barrier that is …

Key United States Cities’ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies Rely on New Diesel Technology & Renewable Fuels
December 9, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  New York City Joins San Francisco and Oakland In Embracing New Blends
Of Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Fuels —  In light of the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced …

RINs Behavior after EPA Rule Shows Ethanol-Biodiesel Relationship
December 9, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The release of the U.S. EPA’s final rulemaking for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) was a shock to the RINs market—the renewable identification numbers used by obligated parties …

Does This Really Make Us More Secure?
December 8, 2015 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (1010WCSI)  … Yet, the biggest indication that the President’s comments were flimflam came from within his own administration. Within hours of Mr. Obama’s remarks in Paris, the EPA announced the final rule on …

Keeping America Fueled by South Dakota
December 8, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Rep. Krisit Noem (Argus Leader)  …  Today, about one-third of the petroleum used in the United States is imported from foreign countries, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Most of this petroleum is refined …

Michigan Corn Growers Disappointed with New Ethanol Limits
December 7, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Andy Balaskovitz (MiBiz)  … “Any reduction in the statutory amount is a roadblock to biofuels like ethanol,” said Jim Zook, executive director of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. “By failing to set (blend) levels at the …

The Petrified Forest, or Who Moved my $80 Oil?
December 7, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are high prices good for renewable fuels? The hard data actually goes the other way. The Digest investigates. …  What we can see from the following chart is confirmation that …

RINs Gone Wild? (round 2)
December 7, 2015 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  The EPA released the final rulemaking for 2014-2016 RFS standards on Monday, November 30. This release follows preliminary rulemaking released on May 29 of this year. Figures 1 …

EPA Challenge Aims to Recycle Nutrients from Manure
December 4, 2015 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has opened a competition for technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock manure on Challenge.gov. The competition is being held in partnership with the USDA. The American Biogas …

Abengoa Shuts Down Hugoton, Colwich, St Louis HQ
December 4, 2015 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, Abengoa has decided to suspend production at its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton as well as its corn-based ethanol plant in Colwich as part of the recent …

EPA Rule Recognizes Biogas’s Leading Role in the Advanced Biofuel Industry
December 3, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(American Biogas Council)  Rule falls short of recognizing biogas industry’s full potential.  —  The EPA released its long anticipated final rule for the renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the years …

EPA’s Final Renewable Fuel Standard Concerns Iowa Lawmakers
December 3, 2015 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Peter Zampa (KFYR TV)  … The RFS program comes up billions of gallons short of the ethanol consumption requirements laid out under the original RFS plan.
“With corn prices being down as they are, with the ag …

RFS Rule Undercuts U.S. Commitment to Reducing GHGs
December 3, 2015 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  It was with some ironic bemusement that biofuel advocates read the headlines from the mainstream media that said the Obama administration “raised’ the biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

The 2016 US Outlook for Ethanol and Biodiesel
December 3, 2015 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “In the old days, ethanol was a political commodity,” Informa Economics Senior VP Scott Richman told the crowd assembled at the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference in Vancouver this week, organized by the …

Misleading about Ethanol
December 2, 2015 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Advanced Biofuels Business Council/Times Argus)  In “Ethanol is a bad deal for Vt.” (online Nov. 21), a group called the American Council for Capital Formation argues that ethanol is a bad deal for …

Diverse Parties Say Federal Biotech Rules Confusing
December 2, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Pat Rizzuto (BNA)  The federal approach to regulating bioengineered products is a confusing labyrinth, according to companies, trade associations, advocacy groups and scientists.
Companies must follow a maze to identify which agencies may have jurisdiction …