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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 …

Back on Track: EPA Issues On-Time, Robust Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes for 2017-18
November 23, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Environmental Protection Agency released the 2017 renewable fuel volume obligations (and the 2018 volume obligations for biomass-based diesel), with a strong push beyond what has been …

Biointermediates and U: A Potential Step Change in Advanced Biofuel Economics
November 22, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Antoine C. Schellinger (Biofuels Digest/ International Alliance Group)  … The EPA has performed lifecycle analysis on certain pathways and published them in the CFR as approved pathways. They are labeled with sequential alphabetical characters and …

2016: Looking Back on a Busy Year
November 21, 2016 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Dave Vandergriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM) … At the Urban Air Initiative, we have been relentless in our efforts to open the market for higher ethanol blends.  …   During 2016, we have worked hard to …

Emails Show Collusion against Ethanol
November 18, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … This one’s about the U.S. EPA and a Freedom of Information Act request that uncovered emails providing evidence of collusion between EPA and the oil industry to …

Biofuel Mandate Opponents Build Overhaul Momentum
November 18, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg BNA)  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 …

Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Proposed REGS Regulations in Federal Register
November 17, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register)  In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations to reflect changes in the marketplace and to promote the growing use of both ethanol fuels (conventional and advanced) and …

Trump Won. What Does It Mean for Low Carbon Fuels & Vehicles?
November 17, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Tammy Klein (Biofuels Digest/Future Fuel Strategies)  … With Trump’s outspoken refusal to accept the reality of climate change and promise to reinvigorate the fracking and coal industries, are LCFV initiatives stone dead? What can we expect …

EPA Biotech Review Staff Prepares To Handle Engineered Microorganism TSCA Submissions
November 16, 2016 – 6:54 am | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group)  On November 9, 2016, Inside EPA published “New TSCA Requirements Raise Challenges To EPA Biotech Review Staff” (subscription required), outlining what EPA has done to adapt to revised Toxic …

What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?
November 15, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  As for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list.

In early October, the U.S. …

Renewable Fuels Advocate Calls EPA’s Actions Regarding Biofuels a Slap in the Face to Farmers
November 14, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma Farm Report)  As farmers across the country harvest more corn than ever before this year, paving the way for a future of opportunity in the ethanol business, RON’s Associate Farm Director Carson Horn took …

EPA Rejects Plea to Tweak Ethanol Mandate’s Rules
November 14, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making plans to reject a plea by some fuel refiners to shift responsibility for ethanol mandate compliance away from them.

A handful of refining companies …

Reject Backward Thinking on Carbon
November 7, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Carol Werner (Environmental and Energy Study Institute/Morning Consult)  … H.R. 5180, a proposal introduced by U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas), would place a 9.7 percent cap on consumption of homegrown biofuels, rolling back 11 years …

Time to Rein in the EPA
November 6, 2016 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by  Dale Christensen (Glacial Lakes Corn Processors/The Hill)  … EPA has either through ignorance at best or malice at worst failed to make our continued transition to cleaner, renewable fuels an easier path.   Recall the nearly …

Biodiesel Board to Argue against Argentine Imports
November 6, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem & Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Early last year the EPA sent a letter to the Argentine biodiesel board that set out how its members could qualify their fuel as having been produced from “qualified …

EPA’s Final RVO for Conventional Renewable Fuel Simply Has to be 15 Billion Gallons—Here’s Why…
November 4, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … EPA’s proposed renewable volume obligation (RVO) is below the statutory 15-bg level established by Congress in 2007, and the Agency suggested the reduction was necessary because the marketplace …

With Canada and Mexico on Board, Carbon Pricing Could Become a Reality Across North America with Expanded U.S. Action
November 4, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Center for American Progress)  Carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, once considered political moonshots in the battle to combat carbon emissions, have found purchase in Canada, Mexico, and parts of the United States, raising the …

Automakers Outperform Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for 4th Consecutive Year
November 2, 2016 – 10:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Average fuel economy reaches record 24.8 miles per gallon  —  Passenger vehicles achieved record-high fuel economy while outperforming greenhouse gas emission standards in model year 2015, according to two reports released today …

National Biodiesel Board Taps Donnell Rehagen as New CEO
November 2, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board has named Donnell Rehagen as the trade group’s chief executive. Rehagen was named interim CEO in June after serving 12 years as NBB’s chief …

EPA Schedules Public Hearing on Proposed Rule to Update RFS
November 2, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing on Dec. 6 in Chicago for its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. Those who wish to testify …

VW Billions to Foster Natural Gas Vehicles?
October 26, 2016 – 10:54 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch  (Fleets & Fuels)  NGVAmerica Urges States to Take Advantage of Settlement  —  States should take advantage of the big diesel emissions settlement with Volkswagen to promote natural gas vehicles to reduce pollution, …

Biofuels Finance Conference Meets in Minneapolis
October 24, 2016 – 9:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … The lame duck Congress offers the next best chance for some movement on one issue important to the ethanol industry, said Brian Jennings, executive vice president of the American …

Ethanol in U.S. Gas Tanks Is Backfiring for Climate Change
October 24, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by John Upton (Climate Central)  It may have seemed apparent to members of Congress a decade ago that if a motorist pumped a gallon of fuel made from corn into their gas tank, a gallon …

White House OMB Reviews 2017 RFS Rule
October 21, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Oct. 19, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume standards for 2017 and biobased diesel standards for 2018 to the White …

Judge and Grassley Face off in Iowa U.S. Senate Debate
October 21, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by  Shelby Shepherd  (KWQC)  An hour before Trump and Clinton battled it out in Las Vegas, Iowa’s U.S. senate candidates battled it out in the western part the state they are fighting for.  Republican Sen. …

UAI: EPA Emails Show Oil Industry Helped Design Test Fuels
October 20, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative has discovered that the U.S. EPA relied heavily on the oil industry to help design test fuels used for the EPAct Study. This is a critical …

EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program
October 20, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  More than 4,400 environmental educators will gain training and leadership opportunities in 2017 through a new cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North American Association for Environmental …

EPA Calls for Nominations for 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
October 19, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product …

Once More into the Blendwall Breach
October 19, 2016 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The American Petroleum Institute is hoping that when the EPA sets final biofuel volumes later this year, it will reduce the percentage of ethanol required for blending with gasoline to something …

EPA’s Plan for Electric Vehicles Could Upend RFS Politics
October 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The Obama administration’s newest plan to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against …

Value of E30 Proven in Real Time
October 14, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Seurer (Glacial Lakes Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Our good friend and colleague Dave VanderGriend wrote in this column in April that a little place called Watertown, South Dakota, could be the beginning of a revolution …

Letter to the Editor: Fixing the RFS Pothole
October 13, 2016 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by David Uible (Clermont County Commissioner/Clermont County GOP/The Clermont Sun)  … On principle, I believe in free markets, and in keeping the government small and control as local as possible. The EPA, an unelected federal agency, shouldn’t …

USGC Hosts Southeast Asian Industry Representatives on an Ethanol Tour
October 13, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Grains Council (USGC) recently hosted a team of car, fuel, and ethanol industry representatives from Southeast Asia to engage in a fact finding mission about higher blends of ethanol in the …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 13, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

Fed Approval Paves Way for Low-Cost Cellulosic Ethanol Production
October 12, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal)  In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Pacific Ethanol’s registration of its Stockton ethanol plant to generate valuable credits by producing cellulosic ethanol with …

Biogenic CO2 Coalition Launches Grassroots Outreach: Urges EPA to Remove its Regulatory Roadblock to Development of the Bioeconomy
October 12, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Biogenic CO2 Coalition)  Today (October 6, 2016), a coalition of major agricultural groups launched a grassroots campaign to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to remove its regulatory roadblock to development of the emerging bioeconomy.

The Biogenic …

Recharge Wrap-up: VW Beetle EV? EPA Could Allow Higher Ethanol Blends
October 11, 2016 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by John Beltz Snyder (AutoBlog)  Neste will sell its 100-percent renewable diesel at certain stations in Finland.Produced from renewable ingredients (including waste products), the company’s NEXBTL fuel has a lower carbon footprint and fewer emissions than …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 11, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

EPA Proposes Poplar, Willow Trees for Ethanol in U.S. Biofuel Rule Tweak
October 10, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed tweaks to its Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow biofuels to be processed at more than one location and would allow cellulosic ethanol to …

Jolt of Electricity for RFS
October 10, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The Obama administration’s latest effort to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against the …

Ethanol Industry Says Ethanol Can Help Meet CAFE, GHG Standards
October 6, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol industry leaders have weighed in on a draft technical assessment report for the midterm assessment on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and CAFE standards for model year 2022-2025 light-duty …

EPA’s Proposed Enhancements to RFS Program Not a Surprise: RFA
October 6, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Oil Price Information Service)  EPA’s move Monday proposing enhancements to its Renewable Fuel Standards program was “not at all unexpected,” according to a Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) official.

“EPA has been very transparent about this particular …

The Road to High Octane Fuels
October 6, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  … 9 things you need to know about high octane fuel, and my perspective on a path forward.

High octane fuel enables more powerful or more efficient engines

… But in the context …

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel
October 5, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced the filing of a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics, LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC and a settlement …

What a Donald Trump EPA Will Look Like with Climate Change Skeptic Myron Ebell at the Helm
October 4, 2016 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Raeburn (Newsweek)  … (Myron) Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent climate-change skeptic, was chosen at the end of September to head the …

BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium Presentations Posted
October 4, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium)  A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of Government Agency Directors and Sr. Advisors were joined by outstanding leaders in the bio-industry to …

EPA Proposes Major Updates to RFS Regulations
October 4, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Within the proposed rule, the EPA explains that the RFS registration, reporting, recordkeeping and product transfer document (PTD) requirements were designed with the general expectation that renewable biomass would be …

EPA Releases Ethanol Flex Fuel Rule/(REGS) Rule
October 4, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Fuel Marketer News)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their proposed rule for Ethanol Flex Fuel and Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule. This proposal intends to provide regulatory clarification for ethanol blends …

Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule
October 4, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is proposing enhancements to its Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program and other related fuel regulations to support market growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. These proposed changes …

“The Myth of High RIN Prices As Proof of the Blend Wall”: New Report
October 4, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released the new white paper, “The Myth of High RIN Prices As Proof of the Blend Wall,” analyzing data recently released by EPA on …

It’s Time to End the Myth That High RIN Prices Prove Existence of the Blend Wall
October 4, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  Data recently released by EPA refutes the widely held assumption that reaching and exceeding the blend wall caused the 2013 rise in RIN prices. This newly available …

Americans Deserve Fuel Choices at the Pump
October 3, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Liz Mathis (Marion Times)  Here in Iowa, we encourage gas stations to install flex fuel pumps and other equipment to offer homegrown, renewable ethanol and biodiesel. The Legislature’s investment of $3 million this year …

Letter: Will Renewable Fuel Standard Hurt Economy?
October 3, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Dirk Lohry, McCook Lake (Argus Leader)  … Sen. Mike Rounds is questioning corn ethanol’s future under the RFS. I know that seems counterintuitive, but in 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency will take control of the ethanol …

Understanding Biofuel Standards
October 3, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment

By Angela Fivga and Zsuzsa A. Mayer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  The analysis and standardization of biofuels are in constant development, therefore in many studies they follow a historic view or borrow unsuitable methods …

Letter: A Big Vision Business Plan
October 1, 2016 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jason Frerichs (Argus Leader)  …  As a state senator, I am hopeful we can generate bi-partisan support for putting S.D. state-owned undesignated flex fuel autos on E30. Then, adjoining state leaders will be encouraged to …

API Says Biodiesel Groups Can’t Weigh In On EPA Fuel Row
September 30, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Adam Lidgett  (Law360)  The American Petroleum Institute said Wednesday a swath of biodiesel industry groups shouldn’t be able to chime in on a set of consolidated appeals in the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. …

Sensenbrenner Extends RFS Debate to Number of Hoses at Gas Stations
September 30, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jack Fitzpatrick (Morning Consult)  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is concerned that drivers who want to avoid a 15 percent ethanol blend of gasoline won’t be able to, he said in a letter to Environmental …

Chemoil Must Pay Largest Settlement in History of EPA’s Fuel Programs
September 30, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  EPA and DOJ allege Chemoil exported biodiesel, but failed to retire RINs.  —  Chemoil Corporation is required to retire 65 million renewable fuel credits to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Advanced Biofuels USA Submits Comments on CAFE Standards Midterm Review
September 30, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA fully supports meeting the 2022 CAFE standards.  It is our understanding that the key to vehicle manufacturers meeting these standards rests on the ability to use high levels of …

#Ethanol Groups Submit CAFE Comments
September 30, 2016 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Comments regarding the goals of the CAFE-GHG standards were due yesterday  (September 26, 2016) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ethanol organizations made their voices heard.

Comments submitted by the …

ACE’s New E15, Flex Fuel Retailer Roadmap
September 29, 2016 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With high-profile convenience store chains announcing the addition of E15 and flex fuels to their traditional fuel slates, other chains and individual station owners increasingly are …

Comments on the Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Years 2022 – 2025 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Standards Submitted by Minnesota and Illinois Growers
September 29, 2016 – 8:22 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Illinois Corn Growers Association)   Early this year, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council approved a research grant to Defour Group LLC (D4) …

Letter: Energy Relies on Free Market
September 29, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Smith (The Telegraph)  … With the EPA set to exercise complete control over the RFS program in 2023, traditional corn ethanol may be at risk. Congressman John Shimkus is among those questioning whether the …

Will Changing the Point of Obligation Improve the RFS?
September 29, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by John Campbell (Biodiesel Magazine/Ocean Park Advisors)  The U.S. EPA has set off a debate within the petroleum industry by suggesting that the point of obligation for compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS) be moved …

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium Holds Candid Discussion of Current Bioeconomy Happenings from a Forest Resources Perspective
September 28, 2016 – 8:34 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  An intimate group that shares some background or interest in forest resources meets twice each year under the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium banner for candid discussions of developments in advanced …

The Car-Emissions Sleuth Who’s Costing Chrysler $5 Billion
September 26, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by John Lippert and Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  … As head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air-quality and transportation office, (Chris) Grundler holds as much sway as any single human over how global automakers allocate more than …

Letter to the Editor: Time to Give Ethanol Credit
September 26, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by  Bill Bushong (Northern Virginia Daily)  I have been following coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to alter the renewable fuel standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation on corn-based ethanol, …

RFA President Says There’s No Ethanol Fraud In RINS Program
September 26, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  A report out by a former EPA official says that the RINS market or renewable identification numbers may be ripe for fraud or abuse. In order to comply with the RFS, refiners are required …

Summer Is Over: Bring on the Pumpkin Spice and the E15
September 23, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  September 22 marks the autumnal equinox and the official end of summer. But for approximately 330 gas retailers, the season ended last week, on September 16—a day …

Trump Backs off Plan to Eliminate EPA
September 23, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Feldscher (The Washington Examiner)  Donald Trump appeared to back off his proposal to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency as president, instead promising to “refocus” the agency on a less regulatory-heavy mission.

He promised to …

Answers to Your Questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 22, 2016 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane and Ron Cascone (Biofuels Digest/NEXANT)  Recently, we held a popular webinar on Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, for which you can see the slides here.

During the webinar, we received …

Like Consumer Choice at the Pump? Don’t Back Blend Wall Bill
September 21, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz  (Renewable Fuels Association) If legislation was introduced that would prevent the latest iPhone from being sold and instead require users to return to the days of big brick phones and other technology relics, …

jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston
September 20, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   jetBlue has announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, …

Murky Biofuel Market Vulnerable to Fraud, Former EPA Cop Warns
September 20, 2016 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Earth & Water Group/Bloomberg) — A program to boost the use of biofuels in the U.S. has become vulnerable to scams that have bilked victims out of nearly $1 billion so …