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19 States Target EPA Waiver for California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule

by John Kingston (Freight Waves) Overwhelmingly red states challenge waiver on rule governing what OEMs must sell into the state by 2042  —  Nineteen states have sought appellate court review in a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency waiver granted to California’s Advanced Clean Trucks Rule. The petition was filed Monday

June 8, 2023 Read Full Article

Mining Critical to Renewable Energy Tied to Hundreds of Alleged Human Rights Abuses

by Katie Surma (Inside Climate News) A report released Wednesday faults the U.S. and other nations for providing incentives for the mining of rare metals like lithium and cobalt without enacting adequate labor and environmental safeguards. Over the past dozen years, hundreds of alleged human rights abuses have been committed by

June 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Doug Sombke: Carbon Sequestration Remains a Pipe Dream. Ethanol Fuel Already Has Value

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Farm Forum) … The recent study by South Dakota ethanol producers estimating a value to the state of nearly $6 billion needs to be carefully examined. Argus Leader’s recent article delving into the study does a good job of explaining it and pointing out both the

June 7, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Spurns Trump-Era Effort to Drop Clean-Air Protections For Plastic Waste Recycling

by James Bruggers (Inside Climate News) Affirming long-standing incineration regulations, the Biden administration has withdrawn a plan to help ease the way for unchecked pyrolysis and gasification of plastic. Reversing its own Trump-era proposal, the Environmental Protection Agency has spurned a lobbying effort by the chemical industry to relax clean-air regulations

June 5, 2023 Read Full Article

MN BioFuels Testifies at EPA Hearing on Proposed Tailpipe Emissions Rule

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association’s (MN Bio-Fuels) executive director, Brian Werner, testified today at the EPA’s virtual hearing for the latter’s proposed tailpipe emissions rule. In his testimony, Werner said the EPA’s proposed tailpipe emissions rule “undervalue and overlook the future contributions that American-made biofuels can make in achieving

June 5, 2023 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to SAF in a Season of Change

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Check out this illuminating slide guide to SAF from Mike McCurdy, Managing Director of Fuels & Power at ICF on how sustainable aviation fuels are taking off in the near term with the latest projected figures for 2023 through 2025, expected openings of additional refinery

June 5, 2023 Read Full Article

The Path to Biointermediates

by Katie Schroeder (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spoke with an auditor and an industry expert about what biointermediates are, potential opportunities and hurdles to participation.  —  The U.S. EPA released biointermediate provisions in July 2022 with the goal of expanding the feedstock pool available to renewable fuel producers. The provisions

June 2, 2023 Read Full Article

A Boost for B100

by Susanne Retka Schill (Biodiesel Magazine) The quest for carbon reduction is driving interest in higher biodiesel blends, and Optimus Technologies’ Vector System is enabling diesel engines to transition. —  …  “What we’re seeing now is that customers want to have maximum carbon reductions, and B20 simply is not enough,”

June 2, 2023 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this presentation, Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee took the ABLC 2023 stage in Washington DC to outline the company’s milestones, technology, financial estimates, policy asks, its portfolio of Carbon Zero One projects, and the company’s expansion in RNG, advanced fuels and more. McAfee also picked

June 2, 2023 Read Full Article

The EPA Faces Questions About Its Approval of a Plastic-Based Fuel With an Astronomical Cancer Risk

by Sharon Lerner (ProPublica) The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a lawsuit filed by a community group and questions from a U.S. senator over the agency’s approval of fuels made from discarded plastic under a program it touted as “climate-friendly.” The new scrutiny is in response to an earlier investigation by ProPublica

June 2, 2023 Read Full Article

Blue Biofuels Signs MOU with World Energy Sustainable Products for Offtake of Ethanol and SAF

(Blue Biofuels) Blue Biofuels announces that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with World Energy Sustainable Products, LLC (World Energy) that World Energy will purchase the finished products produced by Blue Biofuels and all their applicable environmental and tax attributes, including ethanol and sustainable aviation fuel. Blue Biofuels will register

June 1, 2023 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Biofuels and the Electrification Gap

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With action on climate change necessary for the future of our planet and the global economy, U.S. policy makers are encouraging a transition to an electrified transportation fleet. However, millions of personal vehicles are unlikely to be electrified for decades, and aviation, long-distance trucking and

June 1, 2023 Read Full Article

Is the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard in Danger of Going Over a RIN Cliff?

by Maria Gerveni and Scott Irwin (University of Illinois) and Todd Hubbs (U.S. Department of Agriculture) (farmdocdaily) … What has received far less attention is what happens when the supply of biofuel exceeds the mandate.  Given the scale of the renewable diesel boom in recent years (farmdoc daily, April 12, 2023), this is

June 1, 2023 Read Full Article

Guest Column: Carbon Capture Pipelines Crucial to Ag Economy

by Waylon Brown (Iowa State Senator/The Courier)  … While I recognize that Iowans have differing opinions on policies aimed at improving environmental outcomes, the economic opportunity associated with carbon capture projects is undeniable. These investments will capture carbon dioxide from ethanol plants before it’s emitted into the atmosphere, creating a

May 31, 2023 Read Full Article

As Summer Travel Season Kicks Off, UNL88 Offers Drivers a Way to Reduce Costs, Emissions

(Growth Energy)  With drivers expected to hit the roads in near pre-pandemic numbers this Memorial Day weekend, Growth Energy—the nation’s largest biofuels trade association—urged travelers to fill up with Unleaded 88 (UNL88), a fuel blend with 15 percent ethanol, to save money at the pump and reduce their emissions over the

May 30, 2023 Read Full Article

Interview: Update on RFA and Key Ethanol Policy

(Renewable Fuels Association) In an interview on the syndicated AgriTalk radio program, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper talked about new RFA staff and our role in safety and rail programs, the upcoming renewable volume obligations to be announced by EPA, the importance of E15, and legislation to allow

May 30, 2023 Read Full Article

2023 Innovation Issue: Fields of Fortune

by John Russell (Indiana Business Journal) … The top use for both crops is animal feed. But nearly half of Indiana’s corn is turned into ethanol as a fuel blend for cars, and nearly one-quarter of the soybean crop is turned into biodiesel for heavy-duty trucks. … And it’s likely

May 30, 2023 Read Full Article

Burning Trash for the Planet? Climate Cash Sets off Branding Frenzy.

by Evan Halper (Washington Post)  Incinerators, plastics companies and big agriculture among polluters racing to position as green as billions in federal subsidies flow —  …  (The waste-to energy) Industry officials claim the technology is more sustainable than landfills, which create a huge climate problem as rotting trash releases potent greenhouse gas

May 29, 2023 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Applauds Governors’ Letter on RFS BBD Volumes

(Clean Fuels Alliance America)  Letter calls proposed RVOs “exactly the wrong signal to send right now”  —  Today, Clean Fuels Alliance America welcomed a letter sent by Govs. Kim Reynolds (R-IA), Mike Parson (R-MO), and Jim Pillen (R-NE) to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, asking the agency to substantially increase the biomass-based

May 25, 2023 Read Full Article

Overview of the RIN Compliance System and Pricing of RINs for the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard

Maria Gerveni and Scott Irwin (University of Illinois) and Todd Hubbs (U.S. Department of Agriculture)    … A RIN represents biofuel that has been produced and blended into transportation fuel.  RINs are tradeable, and the market price of RINs plays a central role in the functioning of the RFS.  In

May 25, 2023 Read Full Article

Exclusive: California Seeks EPA Approval to Ban Sales of New Gasoline-Only Vehicles by 2035

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  California has asked the Biden administration to approve its plan to require all new vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be either electric or plug-in electric hybrids, a landmark move that could speed the end of gasoline-powered vehicles, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

May 24, 2023 Read Full Article

US EPA Recommends Delaying Electric Vehicles Biofuel Program -Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and  Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended delaying a scheme that would give electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers tradable credits under a federal biofuel program, in a final rule that the White House will now review, two sources familiar with the matter said. The plan

May 24, 2023 Read Full Article

The Midwest has the Key to Affordable Gas and Energy Independence

by Reps. Randy Feenstra (R-IOWA-4th) and Michelle Fischbach (R-MINN.-7th) (The Hill)  Blessed with an abundant supply of domestic energy sources, American families should always have access to affordable gasoline 365 days a year. In the United States — where we used to produce more energy than we could consume —

May 22, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden Delays Bid to Grant Electric Carmakers Renewable Fuel Credits

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg/Detroit News) The Biden administration has dropped, for now, a plan that would have awarded automakers such as Tesla Inc. credits for using renewable natural gas to power electric vehicles. That proposal was excluded from drafted regulation setting biofuel-blending quotas for the next three years that is

May 21, 2023 Read Full Article

Aemetis RNG Production Facility Receives EPA Approval for D3 RIN Generation; LCFS Data Collection Completed and Pathway Review In Process at CARB; Six Dairy Digesters Fully Operational

(Aemetis) Operating 40-mile Biogas Pipeline, Central RNG Facility and Utility Interconnect Processes Waste Methane from California Dairy Farms into Renewable Natural Gas for Use as Carbon Negative Transportation Fuel Aemetis/Yahoo!)Aemetis, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, announced today that the

May 19, 2023 Read Full Article

Bill Would Block EVs from Renewable Fuel Standard

by Marc Heller (Politico Pro/E&E News) Two Republican senators said the RFS was intended for liquid fuels, not to be an incentive for electrification. — An oil industry advocate and an ethanol champion in the Senate are joining forces to try to block the inclusion of electric vehicles in the renewable

May 19, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Delivers Final RFS ‘Set’ Rule to White House OMB

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA has delivered its final rule to set 2023, 2024 and 2025 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final stage before promulgation of a rulemaking. According to information published to

May 18, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA and Peace Corps Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Environmental Protection Around the World

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) Yesterday (May 15, 2023), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan and Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn convened for a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies to broaden and strengthen institutional ties and create opportunities for cooperation related to

May 17, 2023 Read Full Article

US House Republicans Blast EPA Refusal to Appear at EV Hearing

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  The Republican majority on a U.S. House of Representatives panel criticized two Environmental Protection Agency officials who declined to appear at a hearing Wednesday on a proposal by President Joe Biden’s administration’s to cut vehicle emissions and boost sales of electric vehicles. A spokesperson for the House

May 17, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Declines to Set Specific Values for Biofuels’ Lifecycle GHG Emissions

(Inside EPA) After years of studying the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of various biofuels, and soliciting input from many stakeholders, EPA has decided not to select definitive, specific emissions values for various biofuel types, a senior agency air official says, potentially leaving ambiguity over the contested topic. Speaking at a

May 16, 2023 Read Full Article

Republicans Prepare to Pummel EPA over Tailpipe Rule: A House Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee Is Also Focusing on the Administration’s Electric Vehicle Push.

by Emma Dumain (Politico Pro/E&E Daily) The House Oversight and Accountability Committee, under Republican leadership, will continue to challenge the Biden administration’s environmental agenda this week. On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Driving Bad Policy: Examining EPA’s Tailpipe Emissions Rules and

May 16, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA to Hold Three-Day Hearing This Week on Clean Car Rules

by Mike Lee (E&E News Climatewire)  Environmentalists have argued that EPA should adopt stricter standards that would lead to more electrification.  —   Public health concerns are expected to take center stage this week at public hearings EPA has scheduled for its proposed greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks.

May 9, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $4 Billion Through the Investing in America Agenda for Clean Port Upgrades and Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles to Improve Air Quality and Protect Public Health

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA announces initial steps to invest new Inflation Reduction Act resources for zero-emission trucks and port upgrades to reduce pollution and advance environmental justice  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the initial steps in the development of programs that will invest $4 billion

May 5, 2023 Read Full Article

E15 Rewards for White Bear Lake Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  For the second straight week, the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up at a station in the Twin Cities metro area to promote E15.  Today’s joint-promotion was held at a Holiday station in White Bear Lake from 12 pm to 1 pm.  Drivers who fueled

May 4, 2023 Read Full Article

Primacy for Louisiana: Bury the Carbon Dioxide Not the Lede

by Jack Andreasen  (Carbon Miners Club) Huge news last week in the carbon management world as Louisiana was granted primacy over their Class VI wells, joining North Dakota and Wyoming in that distinction. This comes after two years since the formal submission of the application in 2021. As a reminder, most

May 3, 2023 Read Full Article

What to Make of California’s Advanced Clean Fleet Rule

by Allen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum)  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted another far-reaching regulation that dictates what kind of trucks and fuels can be used in California in the future. Last week’s move comes on the heels of the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule which was adopted in 2021 and

May 2, 2023 Read Full Article

The Battle of the Ethanol Bulge

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association summed it up thus: “The EPA’s action means that E10 and E15 will have the same volatility limit for the summer driving season that runs from June 1 to September 30. With the same volatility limit, the same gasoline

May 1, 2023 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Biden Administration Could Delay Electric Vehicles Biofuel Program Decision

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The Biden administration could delay deciding whether to give electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers tradable credits for using electricity generated from renewable fuels, potentially putting the effort to boost EV automakers like Tesla (TSLA.O) in political limbo, two sources familiar with the matter said. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last

May 1, 2023 Read Full Article

California Approves Rule Phasing out Big Diesel Trucks

by Sophie Austin  (AP/Washington Post)  New big rigs and buses that run on diesel would not be sold in California starting in 2036, according to new rules approved by state regulators Friday to wean the state off fossil fuels and combat climate change. The rule would tackle pollution from heavy

April 30, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden EPA to Allow Summer Sales of High-Ethanol E15 Gasoline

Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg/Yahoo!) Biden administration officials have decided to issue an emergency waiver that will allow widespread sales of higher-ethanol E15 gasoline this summer, following a strategy used last year to help tamp down high pump prices. … To justify the emergency move, the EPA is set to cite

April 28, 2023 Read Full Article

Tesoro to Pay $27.5 Million for Violating Previous Court Order Requiring It to Reduce Air Pollution at Its Martinez, Calif. Refinery

(U.S. Department of Justice) Settlement Will Result in Cleaner Air Due to Tesoro’s Forfeiture of Air Emission Credits — The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company will pay a $27.5 million penalty for violating a 2016 consent decree ordering

April 27, 2023 Read Full Article

Sens. Marshall, Moran Join Colleagues in Urging Biden Administration to Strengthen Renewable Fuel Standard

(Office of Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.))  U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.) Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The senators are calling on EPA to maintain the blending requirements for 2023, eliminate

April 27, 2023 Read Full Article

Bill Creates LCFS for Aviation, Expands SAF Tax Credits, Funding

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Reps. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., and Brad Schneider, D-Ill., on April 20 introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, which aims to support the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) via tax credits, new funding, and the establishment of an aviation-only Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Following its

April 27, 2023 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Doubt Legality of eRINs Idea: House Republicans Tell EPA Head Regan eRINs Proposal May Not Follow Law

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) A group of federal lawmakers is raising questions about the legality of EPA’s proposal to create a so-called electricity renewable identification numbers, or eRINs, program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. As part of a multiyear RFS set proposal due for finalization in June, the EPA

April 27, 2023 Read Full Article

Fuel Retailers Respond to Biden Administration’s Proposed Vehicle-Emissions Standards

(NATSO/Biobased Diesel Daily)  NATSO, representing America’s travel centers and truck stops, and SIGMA: America’s Leading Fuel Marketers, encouraged the Biden administration to work with the nation’s fuel retailers to implement policies that will encourage private-sector investment in alternative fuels. The organizations represent 80 percent of fuel sold at retail, including

April 25, 2023 Read Full Article

Trucking into the Uncertain Future

byAllen Schaeffer (Diesel Technology Forum) … Beyond the advanced internal combustion engines, renewable biodiesel fuels and renewable natural gas have been gaining in popularity with fleets as readily available and affordable means to immediately reduce carbon and other emissions. The fuels are renewable, plentiful, growing in production, and widely accepted by truckers.

April 25, 2023 Read Full Article

Capitol Corridor Scores Big Win in the Race to Combat Climate Change

(Capitol Corridor) A more sustainable fuel made from renewable raw materials will soon run rail fleets in California  —   Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins intercity passenger rail services will achieve their goal to run their entire fleets on renewable diesel by end of May 2023. The transition will begin on May

April 25, 2023 Read Full Article

Rio Tinto Is Making Its Mining Operations More Sustainable by Switching to Renewable Diesel

(Neste)  Diesel, a common fuel in the mining industry, is utilized because diesel engines are powerful enough to move trucks that can be the size of a two-story house on wheels, more than 7 meters tall, and carry hundreds of tonnes in every load. However,  engines running on fossil diesel

April 24, 2023 Read Full Article

Refiners Urge Court to Scrap EPA’s Compressed RFS Compliance Schedule

(Inside EPA) Refiners say that EPA’s compressed schedule for compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS) violated their constitutional rights and must be overturned, in the latest challenge to deadline changes ostensibly designed to soften impacts from the agency’s delay in setting RFS blending targets, but which industry claims instead

April 24, 2023 Read Full Article

Rising to the Challenge for SAF

by Paul Winters (SAF Magazine/Clean Fuels Alliance America) The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge is a coordinated effort among multiple federal agencies to scale up production of SAF by midcentury. Renewable fuels like SAF are critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in sectors where alternative low-carbon options won’t be available

April 21, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA: 2 New SRE Petitions Filed, 27 SRE Petitions Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA on April 20 released new data on small refinery exemptions (SREs) that indicates two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the past month. A total of 27 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 25 that were

April 21, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Releases Framework for the Implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda Public Comment DEADLINE: May 12, 2023

(U.. Environmental Protection Agency) EPA will hold three complementary grant competitions to invest $27 billion, putting public and private capital to work in communities combatting climate change Today (April 19, 2023), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new details about the design of the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction

April 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Chevron, Exxon Pursue Cleaner Gasoline as Alternative to EVs

by Sabrina Valle (Reuters) The two largest U.S. oil companies are road testing renewable gasoline blends that they say could bring down emissions from conventional autos to levels competitive with electric vehicles (EVs). The fuels being promoted by Chevron Corp (CVX.N) and Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N), if made commercially available, potentially would extend the

April 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Trucking Industry Worries US EPA Put ‘Cart before the Horse’ with Emissions Proposal

by Jasmin Melvin (S&P Global)  EPA, California rules look to phase out diesel trucks; Will require more trucks to haul same amount of freight; Range, charging and power needs still present challenges  —  While onboard with ambitions to transition the US car fleet to electric vehicles, the heavy-duty trucking industry called out the

April 20, 2023 Read Full Article

As Summer Travel Approaches, Davids Takes Several Actions to Lower Gas Prices in Kansas

(Office of Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS3rd)) … Today (April 19, 2023), Representative Sharice Davids took official actions to lower the cost of gas for Kansans, advocating for immediate and long-term solutions through the year-round sale of fuel blended with higher volumes of ethanol. First, she requested an emergency waiver from Environmental

April 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden Administration Sees Year-Round Sales of Higher Ethanol Fuel by 2024

by Leah Douglas and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) A U.S. plan for year-round sales of a fuel blend with more ethanol known as E15 in eight Midwestern states will likely go into effect in summer 2024, a year later than the states sought, the top U.S. environment regulator told lawmakers on Wednesday.

April 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Ethanol: The Perfect Fuel for Earth Day

by Mikayla McKenna (Renewable Fuels Association) On Saturday we celebrate Earth Day, which is the perfect time to highlight the many benefits ethanol offers the environment and spotlight RFA’s vision: to help the world breathe easier with the power of renewable fuels. Most people already know ethanol has a track record of

April 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Biofuels Timeline Reveals ‘Incredible Accomplishment’

by Noah Fish (Echo Press) The biofuels industry has made incredible strides since Michael McAdams joined the sector in 1978. McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), manages the voice in the U.S. capital for the advanced biofuels industry. … In an interview with Agweek, McAdams recalled a lunch he had

April 19, 2023 Read Full Article

New Analysis Shows Consumers Save at Least 25 Cents per Gallon With E15

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association indicates that since the beginning of 2022 American drivers saved an average of more than 25 cents per gallon when using the E15 fuel blend, which contains 15 percent low-carbon ethanol, compared to regular E10 unleaded. RFA analyzed more than 3,000 actual

April 19, 2023 Read Full Article

US EPA Spotlights Veriflux’s Feedstock-Traceability Platform

(Veriflux/Biobased Diesel Daily) Veriflux, an end-to-end platform for renewable fuel feedstock traceability, was spotlighted recently by the U.S. EPA as part of its success story on the funding of technologies that improve recycling, reduce emissions, and improve the circular economy. Veriflux was one of six U.S. businesses highlighted in the article,

April 18, 2023 Read Full Article

LETTER: Hinson, Craig Lead Bipartisan Lawmakers in Urging EPA to Increase Advanced Biofuels Blending Targets

(Office of Congresswomen Ashley Hinson (R-IA-02)) Congresswomen Ashley Hinson (R-IA-02) and Angie Craig (D-MN-02) led 35 of their colleagues in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Regan expressing concern over the EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for advanced biofuels, and urging him to increase blending targets for advanced

April 18, 2023 Read Full Article

Why Injecting CO2 Underground Is a Legal Morass

by Shelby Webb (E&E News Energywire) … As oil and gas companies rush to build carbon sequestration projects — in hopes of taking advantage of increased tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act — states are scrambling to answer questions about how to regulate the new industry. The climate law’s incentives

April 18, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA, CBD Reach Proposed Settlement over RFS ESA Review Public Comment DEADLINE May 17, 2023

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on April 17 announced plans to comply with the consultation requirements of the Endangered Species Act as part of its upcoming Renewable Fuel Standard “set” rule under a proposed settlement agreement related to a legal challenge filed by the Center for Biological

April 18, 2023 Read Full Article

Big Week for Ag: Hearings Set on EPA Rules, Farm Bill

by Marc Heller (E&E News) The House Agriculture Committee will question EPA Administrator Michael Regan on agency actions affecting farmers and ranchers as other panels keep crafting the new farm bill. EPA Administrator Michael Regan will make his first visit to the House Agriculture Committee since Republicans took the majority

April 17, 2023 Read Full Article

Statewide Use of E15 Would Contribute over $1 Billion to MN’S Economy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Transitioning to E15 from E10 in Minnesota would contribute $1.06 billion to Minnesota’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to a new study by ABF Economics. The study said statewide use of E15 in Minnesota will increase ethanol demand, benefit consumers and the state economy and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

April 14, 2023 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Applauds Senate Letter Urging Stronger RFS Volumes

(Clean Fuels Alliance America/Biobased Diesel Daily) Clean Fuels Alliance America applauded a bipartisan letter from 16 U.S. senators April 14 that calls on U.S. EPA to increase volumes for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel as it finalizes Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2023, 2024 and 2025 by June. The letter outlines

April 14, 2023 Read Full Article

The ‘E’ Is Silent

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol)  When EPA examined concerns about removing the 1-pound RVP waiver during the high-ozone season to facilitate year-round blending of E15, it gave zero consideration to the negative economic impact a “gap year” would have on retailers of the blend. … Over the years,

April 14, 2023 Read Full Article

Couser Provides Grassroots Input to EPA

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan recently appointed members for the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC), including Iowa livestock producer and ethanol investor Bill Couser. Established in 2007, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA administrator on a range of

April 14, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Publishes 30th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 30th annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2021. Net U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were 5,586 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent

April 13, 2023 Read Full Article

SAF in the Big Sky State

by Susanne Retka Schill (SAF Magazine)  Calumet’s Montana Renewables has set sights on optimizing renewable jet output to be North America’s largest producer. — As of late February, Montana Renewables LLC claims the distinction of being the largest sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer on the continent, and expects to maintain

April 12, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Publishes New Data on Food Waste AD Facilities

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA in early April released the fourth report produced as part of its anaerobic digestion (AD) data collection project. The report is based on a survey completed in 2021 of AD facilities that accept food waste. According to the agency, survey participants reported processing

April 12, 2023 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Aims to Ensure RFS Compliance in Latest Case against EPA

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy, the nation’s largest biofuels trade association, filed its opening brief today in its challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to enforce compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In Growth Energy v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Growth Energy argues against EPA’s decisions to allow refiners

April 12, 2023 Read Full Article
Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Strongest-Ever Pollution Standards for Cars and Trucks to Accelerate Transition to a Clean-Transportation Future       Hearing May 2-3, 2023; Public Comment DEADLINE  TBD

Biden-Harris Administration Proposes Strongest-Ever Pollution Standards for Cars and Trucks to Accelerate Transition to a Clean-Transportation Future Hearing May 2-3, 2023; Public Comment DEADLINE TBD

(Environmental Protection Agency) Building on rapid advancements and investments in clean vehicle manufacturing, including investments in domestic manufacturing in the Inflation Reduction Act, EPA’s proposed standards would deliver on President Biden’s agenda to tackle the climate crisis Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new proposed federal vehicle emissions

April 12, 2023 Read Full Article

L.A. Gas Tycoon, Mormon Polygamists Face Sentencing for $1 Billion Biofuel Scam

by Michele McPhee (Los Angeles Times) The main bad actors in a sprawling scam who formed a very unlikely alliance to defraud the government face a judge, five years after their dramatic arrests — … This week, the reckonings in the case have arrived. The fraud’s main players are set

April 7, 2023 Read Full Article

ACE Fly-in Gives Lawmakers Ethanol Education

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is possibly the biggest supporter of ethanol in Congress, but he can always use more information to share with his colleagues who may disagree. During the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Fly-in this week, Golden Grains Energy chairman Dave Sovereign, who is also

April 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Pollution Prevention Grants: Environmental Justice Through Safer and More Sustainable Products DEADLINE June 20, 2023

(Environmental Protection Agency) This grant opportunity is announced under the authority of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 and is funded by IIJA. EPA is announcing a two-year competitive funding opportunity for awards to eligible entities, including: the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of

April 7, 2023 Read Full Article

OPEC+ Production Cut Expected To Drive Up Gasoline Prices, but Higher Ethanol Blends Can Help

by Scott Richman (Renewable Fuels Association)  … To determine how these oil price forecasts would translate to U.S. retail prices of gasoline, RFA conducted a straightforward regression analysis. … Two approaches were used for the analysis. First, retail gasoline prices were regressed against Brent crude oil spot prices using monthly data

April 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden Is Set to Propose Toughest-Ever Rules on Car Pollution to Spur EVs

by Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Proposal will not mandate EVs or ban gas-powered models; EPA will outline standards for cars, light trucks in Detroit —  … The proposed standards on cars and light trucks, set to be announced Wednesday in Detroit, are expected to govern tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, smog-forming

April 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Environmental Justice Government-to-Government Program (EJG2G) DEADLIINE April 14, 2023

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is issuing this solicitation requesting applications for projects that support and/or create model state, tribal, local, and territorial government activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health results in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks. These projects will help transform disadvantaged and underserved

April 6, 2023 Read Full Article

Ethanol: In Case We’ve Forgotten Why Ethanol is a Really Good Fuel for Internal Combustion Engines

by Bob Kozak (Atlantic Biomass/Advanced Biofuels USA)  Formula 1, Indianappolis 500, and International Sports Car Championships use high volume renewable ethanol fuels. Do they know something we should know? Does ethanol “work” better as as a fuel?  Does it help an engine perform?   Is ethanol really a good fuel for

April 5, 2023 Read Full Article

To Combat Climate Change, the Right Mix Needed for Vehicles

by Jeff Wilson (Frederick News Post) …  We need to promote (but not require) wider use of EVs, but we must not rely on just one approach to address emissions caused by transportation. Just as we are encouraged to diversify our financial investments, we must do the same with our

April 3, 2023 Read Full Article

Countdown: Lower-Cost E15 Fuel Under Threat — Washington Must Act Now to Save Summertime E15

(Renewable Fuels Association) Gas prices remain elevated and hard-working families are feeling pain at the pump. Fortunately, American-made ethanol provides some relief. Today, gas with 15 percent ethanol is the lowest-priced fuel available. But this blend, E15, will disappear on Thursday, June 1, unless Washington acts NOW. A March 2023 poll

April 3, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden-Backed California Rule Pushes Clean Trucks

by Camille Von Kenel and Alex Guillen (Politico) Truck manufacturers will have to sell an increasing share of zero emissions vehicles now that the EPA has approved California’s regulations. California will require more zero emission trucks on the roads after a key Biden administration approval, a move that is bound

March 31, 2023 Read Full Article
Green Recovery Alliance: Accessing Federal Funding for Climate Action in US States and Localities    —   April 4, 2023   —   ONLINE    DEADLINE April 28, 2023

Green Recovery Alliance: Accessing Federal Funding for Climate Action in US States and Localities — April 4, 2023 — ONLINE DEADLINE April 28, 2023

On April 4, 2023, 2-3:30 pm Eastern, as part of the Green Recovery Alliance, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) and the Climate Group (CG) will host a webinar for states, tribes, localities, and interested stakeholders on opportunities and needs regarding applications for the upcoming US EPA Climate Pollution Reduction

March 31, 2023 Read Full Article

Fiery Train Derailment in Minnesota Prompts Evacuations

(Associated Press) A train hauling ethanol and corn syrup derailed and caught fire in Minnesota early Thursday and nearby residents were ordered to evacuate their homes, authorities said. The BNSF train derailed in the town of Raymond, roughly 100 miles (161 kilometers) west of Minneapolis, about 1 a.m., according to a statement

March 30, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Fights Push to Revive RFS Waivers, Raising Chance of Circuit Split

(Inside EPA) EPA is fighting a legal push by Wyoming oil refiners for a stay of the agency’s denial of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance waivers, a move the refiners say would require issuance of the waivers but which EPA says could only result in a remand and no waiver

March 28, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Holds Virtual Hearing on Proposed E15 Waiver

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Environmental Protection Agency held a virtual hearing Tuesday on the recently proposed rule for a permanent waiver to allow eight states to sell E15 year round. For ethanol stakeholders, comments boiled down to one message: EPA took too long to respond to the governors’ request and must do

March 22, 2023 Read Full Article

Gov. Noem and Colleagues Request E15 Emergency Waiver

(South Dakota Government) Today (March 21, 2023), Governor Kristi Noem and three of her fellow governors sent a letter to EPA Administrator Regan requesting an emergency waiver to allow for E15 this summer during driving season. Governor Kristi Noem and three of her fellow governors sent a letter to EPA Administrator

March 22, 2023 Read Full Article

RFA Calls on EPA to Move Up Year-Round E15 Sales to Summer 2023, Despite Agency Delays

(Renewable Fuels Association) Months of regulatory delays by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have put Midwest drivers at risk of losing access to lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 this summer, the Renewable Fuels Association said at an EPA hearing today. RFA urged the agency to allow sales of the E15 fuel blend this summer, rather

March 21, 2023 Read Full Article

A Team Built for Near-Site CCS

by Luke Geiver  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With carbon capture and sequestration taking ethanol towards net-zero, a rising CCS developer is focused on working with producers that are uniquely positioned to sequester near their plant. Vault 44.01 is a company named for the industry it serves—more specifically, the greenhouse gas molecule

March 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden Will Let California Lead on Electric Trucks, Despite Industry Protest

by Anna Phillips (Washington Post) The EPA plans to grant California a waiver that will allow the state to phase out diesel-powered trucks, helping communities burdened by truck pollution — The Biden administration will approve new California rules to cut tailpipe pollution and phase out sales of diesel-burning trucks, according

March 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Strategic Biofuels Completes Application for Class VI Injection Well Permit with EPA & LDNR for the Louisiana Green Fuels Project

(Strategic Biofuels/Business Wire) —Strategic Biofuels, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, announced today that it has completed the filing of its Class VI Carbon Sequestration Well Permit Application with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR). The Class VI application

March 17, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Close to Finalizing Review of La. CO2 Storage Request

by Carlos Anchondo (Politico Pro Energywire) EPA Administrator Michael Regan wrote to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) about the state’s application to secure primary enforcement authority. —  EPA expects to finish its review in May of Louisiana’s application to gain regulatory oversight of carbon dioxide injection wells, according to an

March 17, 2023 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Says It Will Die if It Cannot Take Farmers’ Lands for a CO2 Pipeline. Will Trump Support Them?

by Timothy P. Carney (Washington Examiner) Iowa’s ethanol industry, which exists only because of federal and state subsidies and mandates, reportedly may collapse if it cannot build massive statewide networks of pipelines for distributing and burying the carbon dioxide emitted by its ethanol plants. These infrastructure projects would require taking farmers’ land through

March 17, 2023 Read Full Article

When Regan Says Hydrogen, Greens Hear Carbon Capture

by Jean Chemnick (Politico Pro Climate Wire) The EPA administrator hinted at how draft climate rules could promote the use of hydrogen at power plants. But environmentalists contend that carbon capture is the better technology. When EPA issues draft carbon rules for power plants next month, the proposals may require

March 16, 2023 Read Full Article

Maryland Governor Unveils Plan to Phase out New Gas-Powered Cars

by Zack Budryk  (The Hill)  Maryland will become the latest state to adopt the clean-car rules that originated in California, phasing out new gas-powered car sales by 2035, Gov. Wes Moore (D) announced Monday. The Advanced Clean Cars II rule, first implemented in California in 2022 under a provision of the

March 15, 2023 Read Full Article

Republicans Aim to Block California’s ‘Heavy-Handed’ EV Mandates

by Thomas Catenacci , Houston Keene (Fox News)  A group of House Republicans introduced legislation Wednesday that would restrict California’s ability to ban traditional gas-powered cars as part of the state’s electric vehicle push. The four Republicans, led by Rep. John Joyce of Pennsylvania, said the bill — the Preserving Choice in Vehicle

March 15, 2023 Read Full Article

Farmers Sue Minnesota on Zero Emissions

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Minnesota Ag Interests Sue State on Adoption of California Zero-Emission Mandate —  Agriculture, biofuels and convenience store groups allege the state of Minnesota violated the Constitution and federal law in adopting California’s zero-emissions vehicles mandate, in a new lawsuit filed in federal court Monday. California

March 15, 2023 Read Full Article

US Senators Seek to Expand Sales of Ethanol-Gas Blend with Support from Big Oil

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  U.S. senators reintroduced a bipartisan bill on Tuesday that would allow nationwide sales of gasoline with a higher blend of ethanol year-round, as a second heavy-weight oil trade group appeared ready to back the idea. Republican Senator Deb Fischer from Nebraska and Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar from

March 15, 2023 Read Full Article

This “Climate-Friendly” Fuel Comes with an Astronomical Cancer Risk

by Sharon Lerner (Pro Publica)  The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave a Chevron refinery the green light to create fuel from discarded plastics as part of a “climate-friendly” initiative to boost alternatives to petroleum. But, according to agency records obtained by ProPublica and The Guardian, the production of one of

March 13, 2023 Read Full Article

Off the Ground

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Several alcohol-to-jet projects, partnerships and technologies have been announced in the past 18 months. Ethanol Producer Magazine checks in on each, looking at where they stand and what they might ultimately achieve. … Multiple airlines forged ethanol connections—some inking formal commitments—last year as interest

March 10, 2023 Read Full Article

Why EPA’s Huge Social Cost of Carbon Might Fail to Halt CO2

by Jean Chemnick (E&E Climatewire) EPA is about to finalize a sky-high value for carbon that could be used whenever the federal government leases land to oil drillers or buys new mail trucks. But its effect on actual policymaking may be limited. The agency’s stratospheric social cost of carbon — at

March 9, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of $16 Million for Pollution Prevention in Environmental Justice Communities DEADLINES June 6 and June 20, 2023

(Environmental Protection Agency) EPA grants made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will support businesses in developing and adopting pollution prevention practices that advance environmental justice and protect underserved communities Today (March 8, 2023), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $16 million for two new

March 9, 2023 Read Full Article

Wyoming Senators Ask Department of Energy to Clarify Small Refinery Exemptions

by Mary Stroka (County 17) Wyoming’s U.S. Senators, Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, joined eight Senate Republican colleagues in asking Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to explain the department’s process for vetting and approving Wyoming’s small refinery exemptions to the renewable fuel standard. According to a news release from

March 9, 2023 Read Full Article

ASA CEO: Renewable Diesel Could Drive a New Era for Soybean Demand, but EPA Needs to Rethink the RFS

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb) … The policy priorities for ASA differ year to year, but the excitement around biomass-based diesel and renewable diesel kicked into high gear during Commodity Classic last year. A year later, Censky (Steve Censky, American Soybean Association CEO) says soybean farmers are concerned with what EPA’s recent RFS proposal could

March 8, 2023 Read Full Article

RFA Calls for Changes in EPA’s Draft Triennial Report on RFS

(Renewable Fuels Association) In formal written comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association called for changes to the draft version of the Third Triennial Report to Congress on the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard. “Overall, a considerable amount of research is reflected in the external

March 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Virtual Public Hearing: Request from States for Removal of Gasoline Volatility Waiver — March 21, 2023 — ONLINE Public Comment DEADLINE April 20, 2023

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register) Pursuant to provisions specified by the Clean Air Act (CAA), governors of eight states submitted petitions requesting that EPA remove the 1-pound per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver for summer gasoline-ethanol blended fuels containing 10 percent ethanol (E10). This action acts on those requests

March 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog — Iowa, Nebraska Attorneys General to Sue EPA on Delay on E15 Rule Unless Effective Date Moved Up

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The attorneys general of Nebraska and Iowa announced their intent to sue the EPA on its proposed E15 rule for eight states, in a certified letter delivered to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Monday. The states asked the agency to change the effective date of

March 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Land Conversion Due to the Renewable Fuel Standard May Harm Endangered Species, Study Says

by Katie Peikes (Iowa Public Radio)  … But the federal policy may affect endangered species and their necessary habitat when farmers convert land into cropland to grow more corn, which is processed into ethanol, according to a new analysis in the journal Biological Conservation. “When you plow up a grassland to plant additional

March 6, 2023 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Arizona to Allow E15 Sales in Phoenix Area, Final Rule Takes Effect March 5

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Starting on March 5 the state of Arizona will allow E15 sales in the Phoenix area as part of a final rule issued by the state. The Arizona Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures Services Division will allow E15 to be sold there as part of

March 6, 2023 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Oil Groups Find Common Ground: High-Octane Fuels Legislation Still Alive in 118th Congress; Passage Still in Question

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) If there’s a piece of legislation oil, automakers and renewable fuels companies can get behind as the wave of the future for fuels, it may have been the Next Generation Fuels Act pushed to the forefront by former Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., in 2021. The

March 3, 2023 Read Full Article

Gov. Reynolds Receives Renewable Fuels Association All-Industry Award and Addresses National Ethanol Conference

(Office of Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA))  Today (March 2, 2023), Gov. Reynolds received the Renewable Fuels Association’s All-Industry Award and addressed the National Ethanol Conference. Below are excerpts from her remarks:  “Receiving the All-Industry Award is a personal honor and a humbling validation of our many years spent fighting for renewable

March 3, 2023 Read Full Article

Iowa Governor Says She’ll Use Courts, Waiver Request to Get E15 This Summer

by Steve Davies (Agri-Pulse)  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will do whatever she can, working with other Midwestern governors, to get E15 approved for use this summer. She also describes carbon sequestration as critical to the ethanol industry’s future, despite the controversy over pipelines in her state.   READ MORE

March 3, 2023 Read Full Article

Study: RFS Slashed GHG Emissions by 1.2 Billion Metric Tons Since 2008

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new analysis from a renowned carbon accounting firm finds that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions achieved under the Renewable Fuel Standard far exceed the GHG savings originally projected by EPA. In the 15 years since the RFS was expanded, the use of biofuels under the program has

March 2, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Announces over $250 Million to Fund Innovative Projects that Tackle Climate Pollution DEADLINES March 31, 2023, April 28 and June 15

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)   Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is making $250 million available to develop innovative strategies to cut climate pollution and build clean energy economies. These planning grants, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are the first tranche of funding going to states, local governments, Tribes, and territories from

March 1, 2023 Read Full Article

RFA Releases 2023 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide: “Ready. Set. Go!”

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2023 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide today during the 28th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando. The annual publications serve as the go-to source of ethanol industry information, facts, and statistics. In 2022, the U.S. ethanol industry regained the same momentum that fueled its remarkable

March 1, 2023 Read Full Article

Thune, Durbin Urge Biden to Prioritize E15 Fuel, Utilize American Agriculture

(Office of Senator John Thune (R-SD))  Senators’ bipartisan letter urges President Biden to continue the year-round sale of E15 fuel to help restore American energy security.  U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today led a bipartisan group

March 1, 2023 Read Full Article

Biden to Set in Motion Gasoline Policy Shift to Bolster Ethanol

by Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg) … The administration is set to outline its plans to formally propose the change soon, setting the change in motion in time for next year’s summer driving season, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified before a public announcement. 

March 1, 2023 Read Full Article

The U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization: Joint Strategy to Transform Transportation

(U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency) This Blueprint offers a whole-of-government approach to transform the transportation sector and sets forth an interagency call to action to coordinate and work effectively together. Achieving our goals will require close cooperation with industry, local, regional,

February 28, 2023 Read Full Article

Michigan Plant Rebirth Keeps Biodiesel Flowing

by Karen Potratz (Michigan Advanced Biofuels Coalition/Biobased Diesel Daily)  Biodiesel producer W2Fuel joined the newly formed Michigan Advanced Biofuels Coalition to help advocate for blending incentives and encourage in-state use of its clean-burning fuel. … Previous owners built the Adrian facility in 2007, during an era Strom (Roy Strom, the

February 28, 2023 Read Full Article

The Old One-Two

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) … The biobased diesel industry took that punch Dec. 1 when U.S. EPA finally released its “set” proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard.  … Heading into the RFS set process, hopes were high. Many U.S. renewable diesel projects came online in 2022, proving the

February 28, 2023 Read Full Article

Americans Still Aren’t Sold on Electric Cars

by Alexa St. John (Business Insider) – Automakers say they are all in on electric, and spending billions to get there. – But EV adoption is still a challenge; less than one-third of US car buyers said they want to go EV. – Car buyers are weighing a lot of

February 28, 2023 Read Full Article

RFA: EPA’s Triennial Report on RFS Takes Some Constructive Steps but Needs Work

(Renewable Fuels Association) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Third Triennial Report to Congress on the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard is still a work in progress that needs to be vetted carefully and refined, the Renewable Fuels Association noted in comments during a peer review meeting this morning. “Overall, a considerable amount of

February 28, 2023 Read Full Article

8 State Requests for Year-Round E15 Reviewed by US Budget Office

by Jim Wiesemeyer (AgWeb) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday completed its review of eight states requests to remove the volatility waiver provided under law for ethanol blends—the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver of 1 pound per square inch (PSI). Removing the waiver would allow sales of E15 fuel

February 28, 2023 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Mandates Can Cut Both Ways to Ensure Adequate Diesel Supply

by John Kingston (Freight Waves) … With renewable diesel and biodiesel becoming ever more important parts of the supply chain, government policies on incentivizing those fuels’ production or mandating their use become significant. David Fialkov, the executive vice president of government affairs for both the National Association of Truck Stop

February 24, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Accepts Christianson PLLP Quality Assurance Program Protocol

(Christianson PLLP/Biomass Magazine)  Christianson PLLP is proud to announce that the U.S. EPA has approved their Quality Assurance Program (QAP) protocol for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers participating in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Christianson PLLP is now one of only three approved QAP providers in the world and the first QAP

February 22, 2023 Read Full Article

RFA: Minnesota E15 Volume Hits Record

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sales of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol, hit a record 171 million gallons in Minnesota in 2022, according to a new Renewable Fuels Association analysis of data from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. This represented a 31 percent increase over the prior year

February 22, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA: 2 New SRE Petitions Filed, 24 SRE Petitions Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on Feb. 16 released data showing that two small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard over the past month. A total of 24 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 22 that were pending as of mid-January. 

February 21, 2023 Read Full Article

Ernst Leaving ‘No Stone Unturned’ in Year-Round E15 Advocacy

by Lydia Johnson (Agri-Pulse)  Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is pressing for legislation allowing use of E15 throughout the year in the face of delayed action from the Environmental Protection Agency.  Speaking on this week’s Agri-Pulse Newsmakers, Ernst discussed her work pressuring the Biden Administration to take action against Mexico in response to

February 21, 2023 Read Full Article

White House Posts Open and Upcoming Infrastructure Funding Opportunities List

(White House) Since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, his Administration has hit the ground running to deliver investments that change people’s lives for the better and get America moving again. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to making funding opportunities accessible and transparent, so communities across America know what

February 21, 2023 Read Full Article

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Kathy Bergren, Brian Jennings, and Kurt Kovarik on Biofuels Policy and the Upcoming Farm Bill

(Agri-Pulse Newsmakers)  New figures from the Congressional Budget Office added new layers to the farm bill discussion this week Senate Ag Committee member and Iowa Republican Joni Ernst joins Newsmakers to offer her thoughts on the upcoming legislation as well as her thoughts on the prospects for legislative or regulatory changes

February 20, 2023 Read Full Article

Accelerating Domestic Ethanol Use in 2023

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol)  With its D.C. fly-in happening at the end of March, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s CEO is optimistic about the industry’s ability to make progress on higher ethanol blends, both E15 and E85, and laser focused on making it happen. … For example,

February 20, 2023 Read Full Article

GOP Senators Seek to Overturn EPA’s New Truck Emissions Standards

by Josh Fisher (Fleet Owner)  The resolution, backed by 34 Senate Republicans, challenges the Environmental Protection Agency’s more stringent regulations on heavy-duty vehicle emissions. The bill’s lead sponsor says the EPA’s rules will just keep older equipment on the road longer. A group of Republican senators is trying to overturn

February 16, 2023 Read Full Article

Gazing Higher: The Quest for E30

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine) E30 could be the future of ethanol. The blend has so much going for it, even if it’s not yet in widespread use. For starters, E30 provides an engine with more octane per gallon when compared to regular unleaded, E10 or even E15, which

February 15, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Initial Program Design of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Inflation Reduction Act program puts public and private capital to work in communities combatting climate change, creating economic prosperity for all —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced initial guidance on the design of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) program, created by President Biden’s Inflation

February 14, 2023 Read Full Article

Louisiana Slams EPA over Lack of Urgency on Carbon-Project Approvals

by Liz Hampton (Reuters)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving too slowly to allow states to permit and oversee carbon-reduction projects, according to Louisiana’s governor, slowing millions of dollars in investments designed to tackle greenhouse gas reduction. Louisiana and other top oil-producing states say they can speed up permitting

February 13, 2023 Read Full Article

Biofuels M&A: 2022 Review & Outlook 2023

by Bruce Comer, Frank Kim, and Zak Putlak (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest)  The market for buying and selling biofuels plants followed a historic 2021 with a transformational year in 2022, driven by one pivotal biomass-based diesel (BBD) transaction. Overall, seven mergers and acquisitions transactions took place, with 889 million gallons per year

February 13, 2023 Read Full Article

Trade Groups Want More Incentives for Clean Energy

by Ann Meyer (CSP Daily)  NACS among that that see cost of EV chargers as obstacle to Biden administration’s goals  —  While the Biden Administration aims to take giant steps toward clean energy, three industry trade associations representing convenience stores and fueling centers said Friday more incentives for private investment are

February 13, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA’s Refinery Exemptions Denial Not Subject to Congressional Review Act, GAO Says

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico Pro)  EPA’s denial of exemptions for small refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard last year does not constitute a rule and therefore is not subject to the Congressional Review Act, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Thursday. The determination closes the door on potential efforts by lawmakers

February 10, 2023 Read Full Article

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Seeks Immediate Action on Year-Round E15

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association today applauded a bipartisan group of 31 U.S. Senators and House Representatives for urging the Biden administration to quickly approve a petition from Midwest governors to allow the year-round sale of E15 in their states. “We thank this group of proactive biofuel supporters for seeking swift

February 10, 2023 Read Full Article

EPA’s RFS Proposal Attempts to Limit Biodiesel Blends in Heating Oil to 20% Pubic Comment DEADLINE February 10, 2023

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) The Biden administration is attempting to limit biodiesel blends in heating oil and diesel fuel to no more than 20 percent (B20), according to an action alert issued by the National Energy & Fuels Institute Feb. 3. “Your help is needed to defeat this arbitrary and

February 9, 2023 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Details Policy Needs Biofuels Industry Champions Carbon Pipelines under State Legislative Challenges

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)   Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, isn’t holding out much hope for new legislation for biofuels in the new Congress. “If the last few weeks are any indication, we’re in for a rocky ride the next two years,” Cooper said,

February 9, 2023 Read Full Article

Greasezilla on Pace to Double Industry Presence in 2023

(Greasezilla)  Propelled by increasing sales and favorable market conditions, Downey Ridge Environmental Company is already on track for a record 2023 with new installations, joint ventures and a booming biofuels industry.  — Downey Ridge Environmental Company, developer of Greasezilla fats, oils and grease (FOG) separation and processing systems, forecasts another year

February 7, 2023 Read Full Article

How a Plan to Boost Ethanol Would Reverberate Across the US

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg/Washington Post)  … There is no ethanol in raw gasoline, known as blendstock; oxygen additives are incorporated later, right before retail sale. To ensure E10 sold in those Midwest states has a lower volatility and can meet the summertime limits, the blendstock itself would have to

February 7, 2023 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol Makes It Easy to Submit Public Comments to EPA Regarding the Renewable Fuels Standard

(American Coalition for Ethanol) Join the 60+ advocates providing their feedback to EPA on its RFS proposal via ACE’s Action Center. The comment period closes this Friday, Feb. 10.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking comments on proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2023, 2024, and 2025 Renewable Fuel Standard

February 7, 2023 Read Full Article

Crop-Based Biofuels Still Play a Role in Clean and Affordable Energy

by Dawson Schmitt (The Heartland Report)  … Ukraine, a major producer of corn and wheat, could not ship grain from its ports in the Black Sea, a major transportation outlet for food exports. Since agriculture is global, U.S. prices reacted, increasing inflationary pressures on food prices. Historically high prices of grain

February 3, 2023 Read Full Article

Cardinal Ethanol and Vault 44.01 Form Joint Venture to Implement a Carbon Capture and Sequestration Project in Indiana

(Cardinal Ethanol/Business Wire) -Cardinal Ethanol, LLC (Cardinal) and Vault 44.01 Ltd. (Vault) announced today that, through their affiliate companies, they have formed a joint venture to design, implement, and operate a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration (CCS) project at Cardinal’s ethanol production facility near Union City, Indiana. The joint venture

February 2, 2023 Read Full Article

Biogas Poised to Seize RFS Potential — While Environmentalists Push to Kill RFS e-RINS Proposal, Biogas Industry Ready to Grow

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  …  During a recent public hearing, environmentalists expressed concern the new program would lead to a proliferation of new confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, as more farmers try to capture the potential value of methane from increased manure production. Adrian Busby, senior food and

February 2, 2023 Read Full Article

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to Receive RFA’s 2023 Industry Award

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will visit the upcoming National Ethanol Conference to receive the RFA’s annual Industry Award, the ethanol industry’s highest honor. Each year, the award is presented to an individual or entity who has made a significant contribution to

February 1, 2023 Read Full Article

Bacon Demands Administration ‘Defend the Midwest’

by Lydia Johnson (Agri-Pulse)  Speaking on this week’s Agri-Pulse Newsmakers, Nebraska Republican Rep. Don Bacon said biofuels, trade, crop insurance and research are among his top issues for the farm bill and discussed his role in finding common ground in the House with a slim GOP majority.   “You have to find consensus areas

January 30, 2023 Read Full Article
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