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Exxon’s New Chief Endorses Carbon Tax to Combat Climate Change
February 24, 2017 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Joe Carroll (Bloomberg)  Darren Woods makes first blog post since succeeding Tillerson; Comment mirror’s former CEO’s long-standing position on levy  —  In his first blog post since succeeding Rex Tillerson, the new head of Exxon …

Singapore Budget 2017: 6 Things to Know about the New Carbon Tax, Tweaked Vehicle Emissions Schemes
February 21, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Lydia Lam (Straits Times)  Singapore plans to implement a carbon tax from 2019, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament on Monday (Feb 20) as part of his Budget 2017 speech. Mr Heng also …

Lawmakers Aim to Boost Central Illinois Agricultural Economy
February 13, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Chris Lusvardi (Herald & Review)  Legislation introduced in Springfield could boost efforts to attract bio-based businesses to Decatur and Central Illinois. The legislation introduced by state Sens. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Andy Manar, D-Bunker …

A Taxing Issue for Ethanol Producers?
February 7, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Brian Kuehl and Donna Funk (K·Coe Isom) Will a possible US tax reform and border adjustability affect ethanol producers in the US? —  … There is a high likelihood that comprehensive tax reform legislation will become …

Finland’s Neste Mulls U.S. Biofuels Investment Amid Trump Uncertainty
February 7, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish oil refiner Neste is considering investing in U.S. production of biofuels in a move seen as a response to possible policy changes by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

Neste, which derived 48 …

Swedish Airline BRA Operates First ATR Biofuels Flight
February 3, 2017 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) Swedish regional carrier BRA has operated a flight from Stockholm Bromma Airport to Umeå in northern Sweden with an ATR-72-600 using a fuel blend comprised 45% of used cooking oil.

Turboprop manufacturer ATR said it was …

Thailand Announces $11.3 Billion 10-Year Plan to Build Sugarcane and Cassava Bioeconomy
January 26, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we reported from Thailand:  “The government launched its 10-year plan to build a bioeconomy hub for the region with private and public sector investment expected to reach $11.3 billion …

Any Tax on Biodiesel Discourages Users, Killing This Sunrise Industry
January 25, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Sandeep Chaturvedi  (Biodiesel Association of India/Business Standard)  Biodiesel is being promoted world over as a green fuels to mitigate harmful exhaust emissions from diesel vehicles. Biodiesel besides helping in reducing the air pollution, improves lubricity …

A 20-Year-Old Startup
January 23, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens.

2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and …

REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement
January 23, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Hulen (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S.’s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single plant, single feedstock origins to a multifeedstock, multinational business.  —  …  “For the petroleum and …

Trump Era Biodiesel? What’s Going to Happen?
January 23, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Triangle Biofuels Industries, Inc.) For most, it’s hard to guess what is going to happen for biodiesel under the Trump administration.   On the one hand, President Trump appears to be in favor of conventional petroleum …

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 …

Biodiesel: The Great Crash of Australia’s ‘Fish and Chip Cooking Oil’ Renewable Fuel Industry
December 28, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Emilia Terzon (ABC News)  Former chef-cum-Darwin’s “biodiesel warrior” Greg Henderson was elbow-deep in an industry of second-hand grease when the global price of crude oil started to tumble in 2014.  Within weeks the humble …

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 …

Norway to Boost Biofuels Blend Levels to 20 Percent
December 12, 2016 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Norway, the national government increased the biofuels content in fuets to 20% from 2020. Also, in their new budget, the government increased taxes on petrol to NOK 0,12 pr/l …

#Biofuels Could Benefit Under Trump
December 8, 2016 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  At the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) CSS & Seed Expo this week, noted agricultural economist Dan Basse with Ag Resource Company once again provided his global outlook for agriculture, which …

Biodiesel Leaders Take Jobs, Energy Security Message to D.C.
December 1, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Nearly three dozen biodiesel leaders from Kansas to Rhode Island took to the halls of Congress this week to champion America’s Advanced Biofuel.

“We have a great message to share with our elected …

DC: The Road Ahead for Renewable Chemicals & Materials
November 30, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (re:chem Alliance/Biofuels Digest)  … From our vantage point, it is – and has always been – about innovation, performance and the chance to grow advanced manufacturing in the US, so that …

Swedish Tax Cuts Increase Biodiesel Use, Ethanol Fails to Keep up
November 7, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila  (Biofuels International)  The Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) estimates that the August tax cuts given to biofuels in Sweden had a large effect on commercial transport, but the impact on E85 in private transport …

Can Biofuels Take Flight? Alternative Fuels for Jetliners Face Political and Economic Headwinds
November 7, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by John Stang (Geek Wire)  Two major steps in Washington’s infant jet biofuel industry are expected to take place in the next couple months.

In November, a study group is expected to provide the Port of …

NBB Urges Congress to Act on Biodiesel Tax Incentive
November 2, 2016 – 10:50 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to House and Senate tax committee leaders urging extension of the biodiesel tax incentive before it expires Dec. 31. The letter was sent on behalf …

Con: Wind an Even Bigger Boondoggle than Ethanol
October 24, 2016 – 8:59 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Perry  (South Coast Today/American Enterprise Institute)  … No question, there is a lot of hype about wind power being a huge potential source of energy. Its advocates like to point out that 80 million …

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. …

BIO Asks Congress to Extend Critical Bioenergy Tax Credits During Lame-Duck
October 19, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  BIO today (October 18, 2016) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits …

Biofuels Developments in Australia
September 30, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk and Stephen Schuck (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 and Bioenergy Australia)  …  While Australia has large energy resources, it is a net importer of crude oil and refined petroleum products. In
2013, net product imports were …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Positioning Intensifies as Expiration Nears
September 29, 2016 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … The U.S. biodiesel industry, through its trade association the National Biodiesel Board, joined a broad coalition of 50-plus industry groups calling for action on tax extenders this year by sending …

BIO Releases Report on Renewable Chemical Progress, Opportunities
September 26, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry.

The report, titled …

Rep Black Intros Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bill
September 22, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Another federal bill has been introduced to extend the biodiesel tax credit. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) has introduced the “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016” (H.R. 5994). The …

Ethanol Industry Advocates for Tax Credit Extensions
September 22, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and Advanced Biofuels Business Council are among 52 organizations that signed a Sept. 20 letter addressed to congressional leadership advocating for a seamless, …

Vietnam Fuel Giant Asks for Tax Support to Keep Unpopular Biofuel in Business
September 22, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(VN Express International)  The government continues to miss its targets for the cleaner, cassava-based fuel. State-owned fuel giant PetroVietnam has asked the government for tax support to save its new biofuel business from going bankrupt due …

Russia Ethanol Production Set to Grow
September 19, 2016 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

by Eugene Gerden (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Impending tax abolishment to provide the impetus for the development of Russian ethanol industry.  —  Plans to lift a hefty excise tax on fuel ethanol by the Russian government are …

Biofuels Developments in Australia
September 12, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk and Stephen Schuck (IEA Bioenergy Task 39/Bioenergy Australia)  Australia’s primary energy consumption is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, with renewables contributing
about 7% (including hydroelectricity, wind, solar and biomass) (Figure 1) (US EIA).

While Australia has …

Advanced Biofuels at End of Obama Administration
September 11, 2016 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  For advanced biofuels under the Obama administration, what started out with a boom in 2008 ended with a whimper in 2016. … As the nascent industry began to develop, …

The Companies of the Biobased Economy: The Multi-Slide Guide
September 9, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released its new report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

Biodiesel Association Seeks VAT Relaxation on Blending of Biodiesel
August 12, 2016 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(Economic Times)  Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) has sought Value Added Tax (VAT) relaxation on blending of biodiesel from States for promoting green fuel Blending and energy security in the country. —  Currently VAT on …

To Lead Abroad on Climate, Repeal Oil and Gas Tax Breaks at Home
August 11, 2016 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Gilbert E. Metcalf (The Hill/Tufts University)  … Proponents of reform argue that eliminating tax preferences for producers of oil and gas would save $4 billion taxpayer dollars each year and strengthen American leadership on climate change.

In …

Taxing Virtue as Sin: US Tax Rate on E85 Renewable Fuel Soars Past 100%
July 28, 2016 – 10:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US passed a dubious and historic milestone this week. The tax rate on E85 renewable fuels now exceeds 100% in some formulations. By comparison, the tax rate on E10 …

Bill Intro’d in Senate to Reform, Extend Tax Credit through 2019
July 15, 2016 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and restructure the incentive from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. …

Can Brexit Open the Way for Talks with the European Commission on CO2 Tax?
July 1, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Svebio (Google Translation))  One of the consequences of the outcome of the British referendum and upcoming Brexit can be a rethink of the EU’s way of working, not least to meet similar EU-hostile public opinion …

LaHood: Raise the Gas Tax or America’s ‘One Big Pothole’
June 30, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  Lawmakers must raise the gas tax and index it to inflation, or “America’s going to continue to be one big pothole,” former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today, using one …

Proposed Bill Expands Tax Credit to Biogas-Based RNG
June 27, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A bill (H.R. 5489) recently introduced to the House Ways and Means Committee on Space, Science and Technology would add more biogas applications to the list of technologies that qualify for …

A Disappearing Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee
June 23, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA/BiofuelNet Canada)  If we are serious about reducing Climate Change caused by Greenhouse Gases (GHG), then we need serious action. First, include the price of Greenhouse Gas effects in the …

Industry CEO Asks Senate to Extend Tax Credits for Biogas
June 22, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Cole Rosengren (Waste Dive)  Steve Miller, CEO of Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems, testified in favor of more tax credits for biogas at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing last week.  Miller advised a five-year energy …

A Smart Tax: Pricing Oil for a Safe Climate
June 22, 2016 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Deborah Gordon, Jessica Tuchman Mathews (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)  Because of the growing chemical and geological diversity of the new oils, the lack of alternative liquid fuels for transportation, and the size and …

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients
June 20, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility …

A Tax on Rising Sea Levels Is Making Waves in the San Francisco Bay
June 13, 2016 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Leber (FastCoExist)  The regional tax would help all the communities around the Bay lower their risk of flooding by restoring wetlands. Can everyone work together to make it happen?  —  Many cities are …

GOP to Rule Out Carbon Tax
June 8, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) House Republicans this week will vote to condemn taxes on carbon dioxide emissions, slamming the door on an idea that some members of their party have flirted with in the past.

The …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

National Biodiesel Board Commends Proposed Legislation to Extend Biodiesel Tax Incentive Through 2019
May 13, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal/National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel after Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., introduced legislation to extend the biodiesel tax …

RFA Questions Fairness of Big Oil Tax Subsidies
May 11, 2016 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … While hardworking Americans will receive an average of more than $2,800 in refunds, did you know that oil producers and refiners receive $4 billion–6 billion in federal tax incentives and …

Governor Says Interest Is Already There for Biochemical Tax Credit
May 6, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (RadioIowa)  Governor Terry Branstad says companies already are expressing interest in the state’s new tax credit for firms that come up with new products made from the starches, sugars and oils left-over …

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

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

Big Oil Wins Big on Taxes
April 18, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Today is Tax Day. While many Americans will receive a modest refund, oil producers are raking in the big bucks, $4 billion to $6 billion, through tax incentives dating back more …

Advanced Biofuels Association Heads Unusual Team against Biodiesel Producers Tax Credit
April 15, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Advanced Biofuel Association has teamed with an unexpected group of lobbying partners in favor of keeping the biodiesel tax credit as a blenders credit. Partners include the National …

Senate Hearing on Ethanol Tax Breaks Stirs Small-Engine Debate
April 15, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Tim Landis (State Journal-Register)  ….  At issue is a proposal to eliminate a 20 percent per-gallon sales tax break on sales of E10 fuels and create a 10 percent break for E15, which currently …

Branstad Signs Chemical Tax Credit Bill in Ames
April 7, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Austin Harrington (Ames Tribune)  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds came to Iowa State University Wednesday to sign a bill into law that will create a $10 million tax credit for companies …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

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

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

France Adopts Watered-Down Palm Oil Tax
March 22, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Cécile Barbière (EurActiv)  French MPs have approved an additional tax on palm oil. But sustainably-produced oil and imports for biofuels will be exempt from the tax.  —  France has increased the tax on palm oil …

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

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

Life As We Might Have Known It: What If Ethanol Was Our Primary Engine Fuel
March 16, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Our exchange began with his comments that government should not decide which fuel is the winner; that fossil fuels dominance over alternative fuels was due to consumer choice; …

DATA CHECK: For Innovation, No Magic in 3% Rule
March 1, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Jeffrey Mervis (Science Magazine)  Science policy wonks use the ratio of research spending to overall economic activity to judge whether a country is investing enough in innovation. For decades 3% has been the magic number, …

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

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

Obama to Seek New Tax on Oil in Budget Proposal
February 8, 2016 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ayesha Rascoe and Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  U.S. President Barack Obama will launch a long-shot bid next week to impose a $10-a-barrel tax on crude oil that would fund the overhaul of the nation’s aging …

Olden Days, Golden Days, and Golden Gripes
January 28, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, how fast did petroleum expand production, in comparison to low-carbon renewable fuels? … One thing is clear, renewable fuels are moving fast, by comparison. From 1866 through 1899 (a year …

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

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

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

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

Push to Change Biodiesel Tax from Blender’s to Producer’s Credit
January 26, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The Minnesota Soybean Growers would like to see the Biodiesel Tax Credit changed from a blender’s to a producer’s credit. Under current law, blenders of biodiesel can claim a one …

Biodiesel Production Rises in 2015 as Consumers Seek Cleaner Fuels
January 25, 2016 – 10:25 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   US consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, reducing America’s carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to new EPA data released …

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 …

Aemetis Shares Jump 52% in One Day
January 4, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, investors were pleasantly shocked when shares in Aemetis traded up 52% last Thursday. What exactly is happening? In a release, Aemetis credited five factors for the jump:

January 1, 2016:  …

Obama Signs Spending Bill, Tax Extenders Legislation
December 30, 2015 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  On Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that …

Omnibus Funding and Tax Extenders Legislation Includes Important Extensions for Renewable Energy Projects
December 23, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Mark J. Riedy and Heather L. Preston (Kilpatrick Townsend)  On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed into law the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” and the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act …

Decarbonising Transport Must Take Centre Stage in Europe’s Efforts to Meet Historic COP21 Ambitions
December 21, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  On 12 December, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strengthen global action to fight climate change. The Paris Agreement includes an objective …

The Crushing Burden of Hidden Taxes on E85 Renewable Fuel
December 18, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s historic news out now — that E85 fuel is available on a wholesale basis for less than 85 cents per gallon. The Anderson’s in Denison, Iowa are wholesaling E85 …

Australian Biofuel Use to Plummet Despite Queensland Ethanol Mandate
December 17, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by  Christine Forster (Platts)  A decision by the Queensland government to mandate the use of ethanol in regular unleaded gasoline sold in the state may provide a small uptick in demand for the blendstock. But …

Consumers Go ‘Green.’ Are We Leveraging This Trend Enough?
December 17, 2015 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Sebastian Søderberg (Novozymes/Biofuels Digest)  … I believe consumers are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about the damage their consumption can cause to the planet. With this awareness, comes a growing focus on products that reduce GHG …

Meet the New Climate Villain: Cheap Oil
December 16, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Charles Komanoff (Carbon Tax Center)  … The average price of gas sold in the U.S. over the past ten months is 25 percent below last year’s price — the steepest drop in at least 70 …

2015: A Missed Opportunity for Biofuels
November 30, 2015 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  To say that 2015 was an overall disappointment for the biofuels industry would be an understatement. With the price of oil hovering from the high $30s to the …

Rubio Commits to Supporting RFS through 2022
November 30, 2015 – 9:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, Sen. Marco Rubio speaking about the Renewable Fuel Standard in Council Bluffs Iowa, said “Whether you like it or not, it isn’t fair to yank away something in …

Biodiesel Leaders Press Congress on Reformed Tax Credit
November 17, 2015 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Critical Incentive Has Remained Expired All Year  —  Nearly 100 biodiesel leaders from across the country will press lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic …

BIO Applauds Renewable Chemicals Act Bill
November 13, 2015 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Coon (D-DE) and Al Franken have introduced a new bill, S. 2271 the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015. If passed, the legislation would amend the Internal …

No Rich White Guy Left Behind: The Selling of Electric Cars as Zero Emission Vehicles
October 26, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electric cars and their $1600 cost per ton for CO2 reduction. And, yep, you’re paying for it.  Electric cars have environmental benefits, no doubt about it, and anyone who drives one …

Feedstock Tax Barrier Removed by India Government Allowing Rapid Expansion of Biodiesel
October 26, 2015 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, announced that the Government of India Revenue Department removed an important tax barrier to expanding biodiesel production in India, issuing an exemption on …

Support, Opposition Grow Over Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit
October 23, 2015 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 21, the Advanced Biofuels Association, along with the Petroleum Marketers Association and other retail fuel groups, expressed opposition to changing the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders’ tax credit. …

Advanced Biofuels Producers Oppose Grassley Tax Credit Change: Amendment Could Hurt Consumers
October 23, 2015 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  During the Senate Finance Committee’s July markup, Senator Charles Grassley offered an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, which would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for two years. However, …

White Paper: The Rise of Biodiesel: New Alternative Fuel, New Taxation Challenges
August 26, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Avalara)  … The fuel industry is subject to one of the most complex tax structures in the U.S. and there’s little chance of that changing in the foreseeable future. Federal excise taxes are relatively straightforward. But …

Grassley Defends Extending Tax Credits for Renewable Energy
August 3, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by James Q. Lynch (Iowa Farmer Today)  It’s been a big week for renewable fuels, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley after the Senate Finance Committee voted 23-3 to approve extending tax credits for wind energy, …

“The Time Is Ripe” for a Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit
July 27, 2015 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (Biofuels Digest/Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem))  … Buoyed in wake of our successful Farm Bill expansion of USDA 9003 loan guarantees to renewable chemicals/bioproduct manufacturing and progress toward …

Jobs at Barnawartha Biofuel Plant Saved
July 6, 2015 – 7:33 pm | No Comment

by Nigel McNay (The Border Mail)  Several dozen jobs have been saved at Barnawartha’s biofuel plant.  That follows the amendment of federal legislation last week to change the excise rules for biodiesel.  ARfuels managing director Andrew …

Brazil Changes Tax Policy for Imported Ethanol
July 6, 2015 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced the country has made changes to its tax policy on imported ethanol. According to a statement issued by Elizabeth Farina, president of …

Rand Paul: Farmers Need Less EPA, Lower Taxes
July 6, 2015 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by William Petroski (Des Moines Register)  … (Rand) Paul said the federal government is needed to provide national defense, build some roads, and do some other things. But many other matters can be handled at the state …

Washington Should Help Capitalize Green Banks
July 6, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Mark Muro and Reed Hundt (The Brookings Institution)  … While the federal government has not been able to lead on the design of modern clean energy and infrastructure finance entities, it now has the opportunity, …

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Plans to Veto Ethanol Tax Credit Bill
June 30, 2015 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa  (Pacific Business News)  Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that he intends to veto a bill passed by the State Legislature that would repeal the ethanol facility tax credit and establish a renewable …

Washington Update: Carbon And Tax Policy
May 5, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

By Bob Cleaves (Biomass Magazine)  Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves discusses ongoing policy and regulatory discussions affecting the industry. …  In late March, we testified at the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board meeting to review the …

VietNam Considers Raising Export Tariff on Cassava, Ethanol to Support E5 Production
May 5, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge) The Ministry of Finance (MOF) is planning to raise the tariff on cassava and ethanol exports in an effort to retain materials for domestic biofuel production. Cassava and ethanol bear an export tariff …

Capturing the Full and Unrealized Value of Biofuels — Market Mechanisms are Needed
May 5, 2015 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Ghasideh Pourhashem (Forbes)  During the past decade, production of biofuels has gained momentum largely due to policies and mandates aimed at addressing energy security and climate change. … But if the right kinds of policies are …

Ending International Aviation’s $65 Billion Fuel Tax Exemption an Essential Step towards Decarbonisation
April 24, 2015 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Murphy (Transport & Environment (T&E)/GreenAirOnline)  … The airline industry predicts a massive increase in the use of alternative fuels, although most experts predict an uptake of only a few percentage points in the coming years. …

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Ups Biofuels Presence at Policy Forum
April 24, 2015 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) increased its work with the biofuels sector of renewable energy, upped its presence and activity at biofuels-related conferences …

The Unrecognized Value of Bio-Energy
April 3, 2015 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Chad Smith (Midwest Producer) “We threw a whole bunch of stuff up on the wall to see if anything sticks.” Dave VanderGriend quoted a Kansas state legislator describing House Bill (HB) 2401, a proposal to …

Export Incentive Viable Option For Producers
January 15, 2015 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Donna Funk   (Ethanol Producer Magazine/K-Coe Isom)  Ethanol producers exporting product may want to look into the Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corp. export incentive, which could qualify them for a 20 percent lower tax …

The Chamber of Commerce Conveniently Forgets Its Attacks on Obama
January 15, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post)  Tom Donohue, the longtime president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sounded ebullient as he gave his annual report on the health of American business Wednesday.

“It seems to be …

With Oil Prices Low, Now’s the Perfect Time for Congress to Raise the Gas Tax
January 7, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Editorial Board (The Washington Post)  THE PRICE of crude oil dipped below $50 a barrel on Monday. National gasoline prices average a little over $2 a gallon. On principle and on politics, now is …

Five Myths about Gas Taxes
December 22, 2014 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Paul Bledsoe (The Washington Post) A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion aboutraising the long-static federal gasoline tax and has many states considering gas tax hikes as well. …

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Temporarily Renewing Tax Breaks
December 17, 2014 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters)  Dozens of temporary tax breaks, including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits, were renewed by the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday, putting to rest worries that further …

Government Gives Tax Relief for Biodiesel Production
November 25, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

(Correio do Brasil) The  Official Gazette  published on Friday normative instruction suspending the incidence of PIS / Pasep and Contribution to Social Security Financing (COFINS) in the acquisition of raw materials for the production of biodiesel. …

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Energy Tax Incentives
September 18, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled “Reforming America’s Outdated Energy Tax Code,” to …

House Tax Proposal Would Alter Biofuel, Bioenergy Tax Credits
February 28, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 26, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” …

Sen. Baucus Launches Major Senate Energy Tax Reform
December 20, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new, technology-neutral tax credit for the domestic production of clean transportation fuel? Read on.

In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled the latest package in a series …

Stakeholders Urge Congress to Extend Biofuel Tax Policies
December 10, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Tax provisions critical to the biofuel and biopower industries are set to expire at the end of the month—including the federal renewable energy production tax credit and cellulosic biofuel producer …

Time to Reconsider a Carbon Tax?
November 21, 2013 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Wallace E. Tyner (PennEnergy/Purdue University) … First, with the new IPCC report it is abundantly clear that global warming and climate change represent a clear and present danger not only to the US but for …

Fossil Fuel Subsidies ‘Reckless Use of Public Funds
November 8, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Matt McGrath (BBC News) The world is spending half a trillion dollars on fossil fuel subsidies every year, according to a new report.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) says rich countries are spending seven times more …

Biodiesel Producer Brands Tax Idea Short-Sighted
October 16, 2013 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Tamara Timothy (Guernsey News)  …Treasury and Resources announced in their Budget that they are going to investigate putting excise duty on biodiesel.

…Peter Mac Gill said: “It does produce a useful service for the island …

Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources: Senate Finance Committee Staff Tax Reform Options for Discussion
April 26, 2013 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(US Senate Finance Committee)  This document is the fourth in a series of papers compiling tax reform options that Finance Committee members may wish to consider as they work towards reforming our nation’s tax system.  This …