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Ethanol and Biofuel Policies
February 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but rather policies that mandate and subsidize biofuels. …

Congress should end its intervention in the biofuels …

Syngenta Announces $340,000 Donation to Prime the Pump Fund
February 3, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Syngenta)  Prime the Pump dedicated to making higher ethanol blends available at retail outlets; E15 approved for more than 87 percent of all vehicles on the road; Increased availability for E15 at retail seen as key to …

What Blend Wall? Why Facts Trump Rhetoric Every Time
January 25, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  Half of U.S. states blended more than 10 percent ethanol, RFA’s president and CEO points out in his View from the Hill column —  Reps. Bill Flores, R-Texas, and …

Northey Recognizes Efforts by Fuel Marketers to Offer and Promote Renewable Fuels
January 13, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Department of Agriculture)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that Charlie Good from Good & Quick in Nevada and Richard Weiner from Cartersville Elevator, Inc. in Nora Springs are the 2017 winners of …

DOE: Twenty-five States Crack E10 Blend Wall
December 14, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Though the national average percentage of ethanol in gasoline came in at 9.91% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration, half of all states now see ethanol in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

My Turn: EPA Effort to Increase Amount of Ethanol in Gas Misguided
November 6, 2016 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

by Lee Lajoie (Concord Monitor)  Monday’s Monitor included a very interesting article on the cost of upgrading gasoline pumps to accept microchip-enabled credit cards. The article placed the average price of a new pump at …

Don’t Let Foreign Interests Prevent US Biofuels Future
October 21, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Retired Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton (The Hill/VoteVets.org)  Ninety-seven percent America’s motor fuel is blended with homegrown ethanol. From an energy security perspective, this is major progress that should be celebrated and encouraged.

Energy is not …

#Ethanol Breaking Through Blend Wall
October 21, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The average amount of ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply hit a new record last week of 10.4 percent, just breaking through the 10% blend wall for the second time in …

Lies and Big Oil Fiction
October 21, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuel critics will continue to distort the truth to fit their own narrative, but you can bet the ethanol industry will hit back with the truth each …

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. …

RFA: Data Show the So-Called “Blend Wall” Is Crumbling
October 20, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Gasoline supplied to the U.S. market last week contained an average of 10.4 percent ethanol, according to data released this morning by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). It was the second time …

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 …

“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 …

Ethanol Share in US Fuel Market Rises to Record 10.2%
September 29, 2016 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The share of ethanol in the US petrol market rose to 10.2% last week, according to a report published by the US Energy Information Association (EIA) on Wednesday.  The increase in market share …

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, …

Another Brick in the Blend Wall
September 20, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol producers trade group, is taking out ads in POLITICO, The Hill and Morning Consult opposing a bill that would cap the amount of renewable …

#Ethanol Plant to Gas Station Lowers Pump Prices
August 30, 2016 – 10:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com) Ethanol provides consumers savings at the pump – especially when the retailer passes along the RIN (Renewable Identification Number) savings to their customers. No one knows this better than Dave Sovereign, Chairman …

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels
August 19, 2016 – 7:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at least a 50% reduction in fossil fuels compared to 2005 baseline gasoline. Overall, to qualify …

Ned Bowman: Common Sense Renewable Fuel Legislation Is at the Forefront
August 16, 2016 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Ned Bowman (Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association/Florida Politics) …  The RFS was originally intended to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but over time the National Association of Clean Air Agencies discovered that it …

Oil Group to Advertise for Reforms to EPA’s Biofuel Mandate
August 10, 2016 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Feldscher (The Washington Examiner)  The oil industry is planning to make a major advertising push in a wide swath of states against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard in the coming weeks.  Frank …

Blend Wall Crumbles in Retailers’ Eyes
August 5, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  There is no such thing as a 10 percent blend wall unless petroleum marketers don’t allow a choice. Independent retailers are demonstrating the blend wall can be breached. — …

Nearly 42,500 Comments Filed on 2017 RFS Proposal
July 18, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, has …

RFA to EPA: Raise the Conventional Renewable Fuel 2017 RFS RVO to Statutory Requirement
July 15, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to EPA on its proposed 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVO), urging the agency to raise the requirement for conventional renewable fuel …

ACE Submits Comments to EPA on 2017 RFS
July 15, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Marketer News)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed blending volumes for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE’s full comments can be …

EPA: E15 Keeps Growing in the US, but Not Fast Enough to Raise Mandates
June 16, 2016 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Government and industry investment in new equipment will dramatically increase access to higher-ethanol blends but not fast enough to raise mandates to use the fuel next year, according to the US Environmental Protection …

Realities of the Market
June 15, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  EPA’s proposed rule reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the RFS’s purpose, which was designed to change the realities of the market and the way oil companies do …

Power Plants Are No Longer America’s Biggest Climate Problem. Transportation Is.
June 15, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Brad Plumer (Vox)  A new energy era is upon us: For the first time since 1979, America’s cars, trucks, and airplanes emit more carbon dioxide than its power plants do. … The story here is that …

ADM, Biofuel Supporters Say EPA Underestimates Use of Higher-Ethanol Fuels
June 10, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Archer Daniels Midland Co and other supporters of biofuels on Thursday said U.S. regulators grossly underestimated the amount of higher-ethanol fuel blends at pumps when requirements for next year’s use of …

Ethanol Industry Blasts EPA ‘Hogwash’
June 9, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The ethanol industry will lay into the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for proposing a 2017 renewable fuel standard that it says is based on oil industry “hogwash.”

The industry also …

What Kevin Cramer Is Telling Trump about Making American Energy Great Again
May 20, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Say what you will about the EPA, but it doesn’t take the easy way out.  EPA issued its proposal for the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard yesterday, surprisingly early given that it has been …

Lawmakers Seek Ethanol Cap: House Bill Would Codify Ethanol Blend Wall
May 11, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The ethanol industry has hit the blend wall where total production exceeds the available E10 market, and a small group of federal lawmakers wants to keep it that …

Energy Secretary: U.S. Must Be Energy Independent
May 9, 2016 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  Energy security remains a top concern, even with growing U.S. supplies of oil, natural gas and renewable energy, said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, kicking off a public forum on energy policies, electric markets …

ACE, Ethanol Retailers Counter Ethanol Myths during Briefing
April 18, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Drivers want this fuel, and it doesn’t cost an interested retailer an arm and a leg to get the right fueling equipment to sell higher blends of ethanol. That …

Grease Is the Word
April 7, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In short, renewable fuels has reached a crisis of growth in the United States — years of expansion have halted, and everyone is entitled to ask why.  … Let’s look …

Push Poll Push Back
April 6, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The American Petroleum Institute has unveiled yet another anti-biofuel poll. The latest released during a media call today was conducted by Harris Poll. According to the poll, 77 percent of registered …

CA Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Questioned: Study Raises Doubts About Long-Term Viability of Rule
April 6, 2016 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/The Progressive Farmer)  California’s controversial low-carbon fuel standard may not be able to survive long term unless more biodiesel and corn-based ethanol are allowed into the state’s market quickly, according to a …

Big Oil Could Lose $10 Billion if E15 is the New Regular
March 31, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A new report by Reuters indicates that the oil industry could lose $10 billion annually if E15 replaces E10 and becomes the new regular in gas stations across the country.

The report, which …

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, …

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 …

OPIS Publishes Renewable Fuels Supply Supplement
March 3, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(OPIS)  The Renewable Fuels Supply Supplement is the first publication in the OPIS Market Trends series and is now available! This supplement is designed to analyze, educate and inform the global downstream industry of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

‘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),” …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Will Congressional Opposition to RFS Rule Lead to Reform?
December 1, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Tiffany Stecker (E&E/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The ink on U.S. EPA’s final rule for the renewable fuel standard is barely dry, but long-standing foes in Congress are already aiming to block the biofuels program.

Yesterday, Rep. …

Obama Dials Back Ethanol Fuel Standard
December 1, 2015 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Tim Devaney (The Hill)  The Obama administration set new standards Monday for ethanol levels in fuel, enraging competing industries that had battled for months to influence the contentious regulations.

The final renewable fuel standard (RFS) unveiled …

EPA Bumps up US Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes for 2015-2016, in Final Ruling
December 1, 2015 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program today for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for …

EPA Improves Final RVOs
November 30, 2015 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Final rule breaks through so-called blend wall — Growth Energy and its members are pleased to see that the President and the Environmental Protection Agency have recognized the need to move the renewable fuel …

RFA: EPA’s Final RFS Rule Puts Future of Biofuels & Climate Policy in Hands of Oil Industry
November 30, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 that refiners have to meet in blending biofuels with gasoline. …

EPA Review Raises Alarm in Maine over Potential Increase of Ethanol in Gasoline
November 23, 2015 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

by Whit Richardson (Portland Press Herald)  Critics say the change would cost drivers, farmers, fuel sellers and small-engine equipment owners. …  But that report is clearly politically motivated to sway the EPA’s decision and its …

RFS in the Limelight
November 18, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  Bob Dinneen presents his annual in and out list…    In January, the EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data showing that ethanol producers met 2014 …

EPA’s Final RVO Rule and the Myth of Falling Gasoline Demand
November 17, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  One of the oil industry’s favorite talking points in its campaign to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the argument that “gasoline demand is falling,” and thus refiners …

Is Obama Doing Inhofe’s Dirty Work on Biofuels?
November 12, 2015 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … “That’s the biggest risk we face — not acting,” Obama said. “Today, we’re continuing to lead by example. Because ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this earth from …

Oil Lobby Had Hand in House Lawmakers’ Anti-Ethanol Note to EPA
November 9, 2015 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg) An odd-bedfellows group of lawmakers — led by an oil-industry ally from Texas and a progressive Vermonter — raised a familiar-sounding concern about ethanol in a letter this week to EPA chief Gina …

Groups Pressure EPA On Biofuels Mandate
November 9, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner  (Chemical & Engineering News)  Supporters and opponents of biofuel mandates are ramping up pressure on EPA in hopes of influencing a rule, due on Nov. 30, on how much corn ethanol and …

Will the Renewable Fuel Standard Impact the 2016 Elections?
November 9, 2015 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  The escalating battle over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) added another front Thursday. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson warned President Obama that lowering the RFS volume requirements could result in …

ORNL Team Discovers Mechanism behind Direct Ethanol-to-Hydrocarbon Conversion; Implications for Energy Efficiency and Cost of Upgrading
November 6, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered that the reactions underlying the transformation of ethanol into higher-grade hydrocarbons unfolds in a different manner than previously thought.

The research, supported by DOE’s …

USDA Chief Economist Office Examines Ethanol’s Complex Impact
October 30, 2015 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist just released a comprehensive report on ethanol. The 87-page report, “U.S. Ethanol: An Examination of Policy, Production, Use, Distribution, and Market Interactions,” …

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

Ex-Sen. Talent Launches Advocacy Group to Boost RFS
October 1, 2015 – 12:00 am | No Comment

by Amanda Reilly (E&E/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) today will launch a new group to boost the nation’s biofuel policy.  The group, Americans for Energy Security and Innovation, will seek to mobilize elected officials …

E85 Makes Original RFS Target Feasible
September 28, 2015 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Sebastien Pouliot and Bruce A. Babcock (Iowa Farmer Today)  … Estimation of the demand for E85 requires data matching various E85 price levels with the corresponding amount of E85 sales.

A rich source of data was …

API Study Claims RFS Damage: Biofuel Producers Pan Oil Industry Study Attacking Ethanol
September 10, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Biofuels interest groups denounced the study as a rehash of a similar effort in 2012 that made predictions that were provably false. … Biofuels interest groups countered that the …

Gabe Corey: EPA Wants to Roll back Biofuel Progress
August 26, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Gabe Corey (Battle Creek Enquirer)  Michigan agriculture is driving our economy forward — and ethanol is a major factor in this success.  Ethanol supports more than 22,000 jobs in Michigan, while pumping more than …

EPA Cannot Quit on RFS
August 25, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol)    I’d like to introduce you to some of the people who are proof that good things come when the U.S. EPA and other policymakers in …

7 Blendwall Busters
August 19, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the infrastructure hold-ups with renewable fuels? What are 7 Blend Wall Busters that can get renewable fuels back into high gear? … Between 13.5 billion gallons and the 36 …

EESI Asks EPA to Focus on Steps to Increase Volumes of Advanced and Cellulosic Fuels
August 3, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  … In comments to EPA, EESI points out that when Congress was debating the Renewable Fuel Standard, the meaning of “adequate domestic supply” was defined as qualifying fuel – not infrastructure …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Increasing U.S. Energy Security and Reducing Greenhouse Gases in the Transportation Sector: Electricity vs. Biofuels
July 15, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(OurEnergyPolicy.org)  The question is: How can U.S. policymakers best support energy security and GHG emission reduction, considering the need for both biofuels and low-carbon electric vehicles? What fraction of transport energy can be supplied by each …

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

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

U.S. Ethanol Makers Race to Expand even with Policy Uncertainty
July 6, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) … Betting on exports and robust domestic fuel demand, four companies are finalizing expansions and projects that will add 375 million gallons of corn-based ethanol capacity this year.

Oil refiners have …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Finds Unlikely Ally in OPEC as Biofuels Debate Rages
June 19, 2015 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The lowest oil prices in over six years have fueled a resurgence in U.S. gasoline use in recent months as more Americans take to the road.

Demand is expected to climb 1.5 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Here’s our most recent update, focusing on 10 key issues (though not ranked in order of importance):

1. Oil price volatility — will it stabilize?

2. RIN price volatility — will the …

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

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

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

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

Elsevier Science Publishes “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by Anju Dahiya (Editor)
December 4, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Elsevier)  Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels examines all current and emerging feedstocks and the advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of their end products, ranging from solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass) to …

Vertimass Receives Up to $2 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Energy to Convert Ethanol Into Jet Fuel, Diesel Fuel, and Gasoline
December 3, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Vertimass)  “Green” Catalyst Technology Will be Commercialized Into Stocks Compatible With Current Transportation Fuel Infrastructure

Vertimass LLC announced today the company has received a grant of up to $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. …

E15 Now Approved for Use in Two-Thirds of New Cars – Chicago Looks at E15 Again
November 19, 2014 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  According to an analysis of vehicle owners manuals for model year 2014 and 2015 cars, conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), two-thirds of new car owners’ manuals approve the use of E15 …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?

Part I of II

There’s a …

EPA Should Uphold Law on Ethanol
October 1, 2014 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Bartholomew L. Mcleay (Kansas City Star) … Congress led rural America to believe strict volume purchase requirements in RFS for corn ethanol, for example, would keep them safe. The law is clear. RFS is not …

Power by People: ACE Discusses the Next Chapter for Ethanol
August 11, 2014 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Power by people; a simple slogan with the hopes of executing the complex task of changing the way people fundamentally think about the ethanol industry. Brian Jennings, executive vice …

Retailer Roundtable: Giving People the Choice of Higher Blends
August 8, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Much discussion of the E10 blend wall was to be found at the 2014 American Coalition of Ethanol conference. The last day of events began with retailers who were …

Biofuel Groups Press White House on More than Just 2014 Targets
August 1, 2014 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe  (Reuters)  The U.S. biofuel industry is urging the Obama administration to go beyond simply raising proposed targets for use of the fuels, making the case instead for fundamental changes to the government’s …

Lankford Introduces Bill to Repeal RFS Ethanol Mandates
June 17, 2014 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Representative James Lankford (R-Okla.))  Provides common-sense solution for American-made energy

Representative James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, today introduced H.R. 4849, the Phantom Fuels Elimination …

ACE: Blend Wall Cost Reporting Wrong
May 13, 2014 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Domestic Fuels) Several recent media reports have reported that the “blend wall” cost refiners nearly $1.35 billion last year. The blend wall is the amount of ethanol that can be blended into the fuel …

E85 Might Succeed if Properly Priced
May 12, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Josh Flint (Farm Futures)  E85 should be about 23% cheaper than E10 based on lower mpg.

…Iowa State University economist Bruce Babcock notes that consumer demand will increase if E85 is priced at or below …

A Different Perspective on Getting Through the Ethanol Blendwall
May 9, 2014 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by John Kingston (Platts: The Barrel) Anna Temple of WoodMac tried at the annual AFPM meeting to put one aspect of the ethanol issue into a highly consumable number: eight.

The Houston-based downstream consultant, in one part of …

Ethanol Use In Gasoline Can Reduce Foreign Oil Imports
April 25, 2014 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

By Ellen Chang(MainStreet)The use of corn-produced ethanol in gasoline is an outdated method to lower greenhouse emissions while ethanol generated with natural gas yields a cleaner and cheaper fuel, experts said.

Corn-based ethanol is “definitely a failed …

Why Renewable Fuel Standard Matters
April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jess Oestmann (The Hays Daily News) When it comes to developing alternatives to fossil fuels and foreign oil, should the United States move forward or backward?

That’s the issue before the federal Environmental Protection Administration as …

Corn Growers Worry about Price Decline if RFS Is Reduced
February 14, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek) Crop farmers in the northern corn belt who have benefited from ethanol targets are putting on a push to save the current renewable fuel standard (RFS) from proposed cuts by the Environmental Protection …

Brazil’s Ethanol Sector, Once Thriving, Is Being Buffeted by Forces Both Man-Made, Natural
January 2, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Juan Forero (The Washington Post) … The allure for these giants is Brazil itself, where most cars are built to run on the biofuel. An even bigger, largely untapped market awaits in the United States, where …

EPA’s Christmas Gift to the Oil Refiners
December 30, 2013 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The Obama administration appears ready to give the oil refining industry the perfect gift this Christmas. If left unchanged, EPA’s proposed RFS rule for 2014 could result in …

CoBank Report Considers Implications of 2014 RFS Proposal
December 23, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving rural American industries, has published a report predicting that the U.S. EPA’s proposed 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements will have little …

Analyst Offers Sobering Ethanol Outlook
December 17, 2013 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  AgResource Company president Dan Basse looked at the year in review for grain markets and gave his outlook for the future at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS 2013 and …

Dinneen: RFS Not for Big Oil’s Convenience
December 6, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The case for keeping the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as-is is being made today at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing in Arlington, Va. Our friends from the Renewable Fuels Association …

Nightmare Scenario: Renewable Fuels’ Defenders Pull out the Stops to Persuade EPA to Continue the War on Imported Oil
December 5, 2013 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, the EPA has scheduled a day of testimony on its proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel volume targets — and a proposed 40 percent slash in the advanced biofuels category to …

Examining EPA’s Authority to Reduce RFS Volume Requirements
November 22, 2013 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association held a media teleconference Nov. 21, to address the issue of whether the U.S. EPA has the statutory authority to lower the total renewable fuel …

Ethanol Industry Examines Implications of Record Corn Crop
November 21, 2013 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The record corn supply has multiple implications for the ethanol industry. The USDA’s Nov. 8 supply/demand report pegged the 2013 corn crop at 13.989 billion bushels, a new …

Ethanol Industry Refutes AAA Claims
October 29, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The American Automobile Association (AAA) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to “lower the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline for 2014″ in order to “protect drivers by preventing …

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Releases E15 Sales Data, Declares E10 Blend Wall Dead
October 28, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On the heels of surging E15 and E85 sales, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has declared the so-called E10 blend wall dead. Recent calls to gut the federal renewable …

Bipartisan Group of Legislators Introduce RFS Reform Act
October 22, 2013 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Office of Representative Jim Costa (D-CA 16th))  Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement today regarding the introduction of the RFS Reform Act in …

EPA Considers U.S. Ethanol Mandate Cut Amid Complaints
October 14, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem & Lucia Kassai (Bloomberg)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend …

Burning Down the Rumor Mill on 2014 RFS Requirements: RVOs Must Reflect Statutory Authority
October 10, 2013 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  EPA’s proposed rule establishing 2014 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is expected to be published soon. Many believe the 2014 RVO will, for the …

Biofuel Blending Rules Won’t Raise Gas Prices | Commentary
October 2, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Roll Call/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … What’s really behind this year’s rapid rise in the price of RINs? And will their cost be passed to consumers at the pump?

A simple exercise in following the …

Renewable Fuels Make a Difference: Opposing View
September 26, 2013 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (USA Today)  Big Oil is pushing back to preserve its market share.

… The RFS is one of the most successful energy policies ever. Since it was enacted in 2005, U.S. dependence on …

Big News: No More Requirement to Use Ethanol in Gasoline!
September 24, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Durante (The Hill Congress Blog)  … the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 included a prescribed formula for reformulated gasoline that included an oxygen content, which ethanol provides. Oxygenated fuels promote more complete combustion …

ISU study: Investment in E85 Could Be Cheaper than Purchasing Ethanol Credits
September 24, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Doering  (Des Moines Register)  A study from Iowa State University said the cost of installing tanks to handle fuel with 85 percent ethanol could be cheaper than purchasing energy credits to avoid blending …

Ethanol Blend Wall? What Blend Wall?
September 20, 2013 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The oil industry has formally petitioned the EPA to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2014, arguing that the ethanol market is saturated. But …

‘Blend Wall’ Closes in, and Lobbies Spar over Impact
September 16, 2013 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Javier E. David (CNBC)   …”They act as if they didn’t see this coming,” said Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes North America, a biotechnoloy company that makes enzymes used in biofuel production. Given the …

Ethanol-Free Fuel Will Cost More, May Be Scarce
August 27, 2013 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Richard Piersol   (Lincoln Journal-Star)  Demand for renewable credits helps change market

Prices of premium and regular grades of gasoline without ethanol are likely to rise in Nebraska and Iowa, and those fuels may become harder …

Refiners, Ethanol, and You. Time to Worry?
August 27, 2013 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Maxxwell A.R. Chatsko  (Motley Fool)  To blend or not to blend? That is the question refiners will need to answer in 2014 as they cope with falling gasoline demand and strict ethanol blending mandates …

Rising RINs Price Is Driving Some Companies to Boost Their Ethanol Activities
August 23, 2013 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty (Platts)  …This month PBF Energy and Alon USA both told analysts they had new plans to blend renewables like ethanol and biodiesel with gasoline and petroleum-based diesel as a way to fend off high prices …

FTC Examines Allegations That Oil Industry Blocks Greater Ethanol Use
August 22, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Tennille Tracy (The Wall Street Journal)  The Federal Trade Commission said it was looking into assertions by some members of Congress that oil companies are using their influence over retail gas stations to block …

Biofuels’ 10 Scariest Challenges: Part 2 of 2
August 21, 2013 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Upstream, downstream, processing, policy, finance – opportunities and challenges abound in the bioeconomy – but which challenges are the most intractable and daunting of them all?   In today’s part 2, …

Biofuels At A Crossroads
August 19, 2013 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Mike DeVito (PlanetForward)  Can biofuels play a significant part in the fuel market by 2030?

In partnership with National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge, we ask some of the experts in the biofuels arena what it will take …

How E85 Can Break the Blend Wall
August 8, 2013 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The “ethanol blend wall” can be overcome and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements can be met in 2014 and beyond through increased use of attractively-priced E85, according to a new …

EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards to Help Promote American Energy Independence, Reduce Carbon Pollution
August 6, 2013 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA also announces steps to address concerns about the E10 blend wall

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Renewable Fuels Debate: Cutting Through the Hype–Conflict on Capitol Hill over the Renewable Fuel Standard
July 26, 2013 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Jared Anderson (Breaking Energy/GreenTechMedia)   Congressional hearings this week focusing on the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard brought together impassioned speakers representing the U.S. biofuel constituency, traditional fossil fuel interests, major food companies and other stakeholders. With so …

What’s Really Happening with the So-called ‘Blend Wall’? A Fuels America Briefing
July 25, 2013 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Dik (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  The public dialog surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard is robust- and filled with misinformation. On July 11, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Bruce Braley held the third of a …

COLUMN-Biodiesel Could Ease U.S. “Blend Wall”: Wynn
July 8, 2013 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  Biodiesel could in future ease so-called ethanol “blend wall” concerns facing the U.S. transportation fuel industry, whose capacity to blend corn ethanol in gasoline is nearing its physical limit.

The biodiesel industry …

EPA Says Refiners May Exceed Ethanol Blend Limits in 2014
June 27, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Refiners may be forced to exceed 10 percent ethanol in their fuels next year in order to meet congressionally mandated renewable-fuel standards, according the Environmental Protection Agency.

In his testimony today, …

EPA to Issue Ethanol Use Targets This Summer
June 6, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe (Reuters)  The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce targets for U.S. ethanol use in 2013 and 2014 this summer, an EPA official told lawmakers on Wednesday, even as critics of the program …

The Energy Information Administration Publishes Data on E85-Capable Vehicles
May 8, 2013 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published updated data on alternative fuels and vehicles through 2011. The analysis addresses several alternative transportation fuels, including E85, hydrogen, electricity, natural gas …