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Request for Nominations of Candidates to the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and SAB Standing Committees DEADLINE: August 8, 2018
July 17, 2018 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four SAB …

Trump Admin Moves to Throw out RFS Waivers Suit
July 17, 2018 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Reilly (E&E News)  The Trump administration on Friday asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit over EPA’s decision to exempt refiners from annual renewable fuel requirements.   Government lawyers raised procedural arguments against …

A Plan to Reallocate Waived Biofuels
July 16, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Red River Farm Network)  The ethanol industry will continue to pursue a fix for the damages brought on from EPA’s issuing of small refinery waivers. Ahead of a public hearing Wednesday, Renewable Fuels Association Executive …

Grassley Not Happy with EPA RFS Reply
July 16, 2018 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(The Hagstrom Report/The Fence Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency finally replied to a letter that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators sent in April inquiring about waivers to the Renewable …

EPA Scraps Detailed Plan to Force U.S. Refiners to Blend More Biofuels
July 12, 2018 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be …

California Regulator Sees ‘Window’ for Deal on Fuel Economy Rules
July 10, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California is ready to work with major automakers on revisions to greenhouse gas emission vehicle rules through 2025 and sees a “window” for a deal in the coming months, the state’s top …

Brett Kavanaugh Could Be Good for Ethanol
July 10, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could be good news for the ethanol industry and clean energy programs where adherence to the law is often challenged.
Trump said Kavanaugh, …

The ‘Octane Olive Branch’ Is Full of Thorns
July 9, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (The Hill/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  With a final rule on fuel economy likely to come out in the near future, a considerable amount of attention has centered on higher octane fuels as a …

Pruitt Departure Allows for ‘Reset’ between Trump and Ethanol
July 9, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  … The EPA also jettisoned a plan to incorporate an additional 1.5 billion gallons of biofuel requirements in last week’s proposal to make up for the potential waivers granted to small refineries. …

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance
July 9, 2018 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, Wheeler Showed He Differs from Pruitt
July 9, 2018 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  In a Q&A with The Washington Post on Friday, (EPA Acting Administrator Scott) Wheeler showed he differs from Pruitt in at least one major way. He said he considers an endangerment …

Scott Pruitt Steps down as EPA Head after Ethics, Management Scandals
July 5, 2018 – 10:19 pm | No Comment

by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)  Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of deregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday after controversies over his lavish spending, ethical …

EPA Schedules Hearing on Proposed RFS Rule for July 18 COMMENT DEADLINE August 17, 2018
July 3, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations …

Letter from Byzantium: Answers to Your Questions about Byzantine Biofuels Budgets and Policy Moves
July 3, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Yes, Virginia, there is cant, pettifoggery, self-dealing, obfuscation, and downright dirty pool when it comes to the deployment of biofuels, chemicals and advanced biomaterials — but there are also some …

AAPCA Releases 2018 Edition of The Greatest Story Seldom Told
July 3, 2018 – 10:40 am | No Comment

(Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies)  Today, the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) released the 2018 edition of The Greatest Story Seldom Told: Profiles and Success Stories in Air Pollution Control. State and local air …

Biofuels and the Environment: Second Triennial Report to Congress
July 2, 2018 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This report is the second of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) triennial reports to Congress required under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). EISA Section 204 calls for EPA to report …

Lawmakers Ask EPA to Approve RFS Pathway for Biomass Power
June 29, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers are urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other …

Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Could Reshape the Environment
June 29, 2018 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Robinson Meyer (The Atlantic)  A new justice will likely weaken the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.  —  … With Kennedy gone, a more conservative Supreme Court could overhaul key aspects of …

RFA Chief Knocks EPA Over Failure to Address Illegal Cut in 2016 RVO
June 28, 2018 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (Opisnet)  PA’s failure to include in its proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) an estimated 500 million gal of renewable fuels that a federal appeals court last year said the agency illegally excluded …

Grassley Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2019 RFS Biofuels Levels
June 28, 2018 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) … “As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I also have concerns that EPA may be ignoring or abusing the Administrative Procedure Act as they continue to grant waivers in …

Octane Overconfidence
June 27, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (W)hy oil refiners wouldn’t use ethanol as a source of octane, under a high-octane fuel standard, without an RFS or RINs.  — …  Ethanol is …

Zero to 10 Million in 5 years
June 27, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth.  —  Cellulosic ethanol production has been gaining momentum …

EPA Confirms 33 Small Refinery Waiver Applications
June 27, 2018 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering applications to waive 2017 federal fuel blending requirements from 33 refiners this month, up from the 29 it confirmed in April, the agency said today (June 26, …

Ethanol, Not Oil, Should Be Focus of EPA
June 26, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Argus Leader)  The new EPA Director, E. Scott Pruitt is reworking the EPA. It appears their new mission is to rewrite all the rules to benefit the Oil Industry! The old rule of order …

EPA Releases Proposed 2019 RFS RVOs, Fails to Address Waivers COMMENT DEADLINE: August 17, 2018
June 26, 2018 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 26, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule that aims to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2019, up …

Ethanol Provides Value to Everyone in the Chain
June 26, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by John Duff (Delta Farm Press)  …  Regardless of policy, ethanol presents a value proposition to all involved. Ethanol gives farmers access to more markets and greater global market liquidity. In a world where 74% of …

EXCLUSIVE-Trump’s EPA Ignored Energy Department Calls to Limit Biofuel Waivers
June 26, 2018 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ignored recommendations from the Department of Energy to reject or limit waivers to oil refiners seeking exemptions from nation’s biofuels law, according …

Producers, Marketers Unify in Support of Biodiesel Tax Credit
June 26, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Today (June 25, 2018), a diverse group of trade associations delivered a letter to Congressional leaders announcing a unified position to maintain and extend the current biodiesel blenders tax credit. In a letter to House …

Barrasso Statement on Forthcoming Biofuel Mandate for 2019
June 26, 2018 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY))  U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), issued the following statement on the forthcoming biofuel mandate for 2019.
“I will carefully examine EPA’s …

Drain the Swamp: Fire Pruitt at EPA
June 25, 2018 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(The Courier) … Yet (Iowa Senator Joni) Ernst’s recent attack against Pruitt at a Washington energy forum was triggered over Pruitt’s “lies” about the Renewable Fuel Standard: not expanding year-round sales for the 15 percent …

The White House Continues to Drive The Outlook for Biofuels Producers
June 22, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by  Tristan R. Brown (Seeking Alpha)  Three major policy developments by the White House have had a large impact on U.S. biofuel producers over the past week.
The EPA was initially reported to be on the verge …

House Members Demand Answers from EPA on RFS, Waivers
June 22, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 20, 12 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Committee on Agriculture asked the U.S. EPA to provide additional information regarding its failed implementation …

EPA to Propose 19.88 bln Gallon Biofuels Mandate, up 3 pct – Sources
June 22, 2018 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose setting a 19.88-billion-gallon biofuels blending mandate in 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up about 3 percent from 2018, according to two sources briefed on …

New Study Finds U.S. Oil and Gas Methane Emissions Are 60 Percent Higher Than EPA Reports
June 22, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  A study available today in the journal Science finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year—nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by …

EPA Considers Delaying Friday Biofuel Announcement: Sources
June 22, 2018 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering delaying its widely anticipated announcement on Friday on 2019 renewable fuel volumes as it re-examines plans to force larger refineries to …

Colorado Business Owners Indicted For $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme
June 21, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A federal grand jury for the District of Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging two Colorado business owners with conspiring to defraud the United States and to commit …

UPDATE 2-EPA to Propose Reallocating Waived Biofuels Volumes to Other Refiners-Sources
June 21, 2018 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Successful Farming)   The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small refinery exemption program to other refiners, in an announcement that could come as early as Friday, according to …

EPA Decision on Isobutanol Blasts Gevo Stock into Stratosphere Monday
June 19, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Ben Miller (Denver Business Journal)  Gevo applauded an EPA decision on isobutanol, a fuel that’s made from renewable resources like corn. Gevo shares soared 262 percent in Monday trading.  READ MORE
EPA decision on isobutanol buoys …

US EPA Close to Releasing 2019-20 Biofuel Mandate Volumes
June 19, 2018 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing its proposal for how much biofuel refiners must blend into the US transportation fuel supply next year, a spokeswoman said Friday.
The policy will include 2019 blending …

Midwest Trump Voters Losing Faith in His Commitment to Biofuels
June 18, 2018 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  New polling shows that voters across three Midwestern states are disappointed with Trump administration decisions they view as broken promises of support for local agriculture and renewable fuels industries.
In a survey of …

U.S. EPA Won’t Reallocate Exempt Biofuel Obligations without Congress
June 18, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw   (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it will not reallocate exempt biofuel obligations under the small refinery waiver program without an act of Congress, setting the stage for a new clash …

GAO to Look into Trump’s Reduction of Carbon Social Costs
June 18, 2018 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  A government watchdog has agreed to review the Trump administration’s method for calculating the social cost of carbon, including examining the decision to drop the rate as first determined during the …

Everyone’s Favorite Acronym: The Renewable Fuel Standard
June 18, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Renewable Fuel Standard will be the subject of a subcommittee hearing this week in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. On Friday the Environment subcommittee will have a hearing …

White House to Meet Automakers, California on Fuel Efficiency Rule
June 15, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  White House officials will have a new round of meetings with an automakers trade group and California’s “clean air” agency next week before unveiling a proposal to reverse rules aimed at increasing …

NMMA Provides Update on EPA Bio-Isobutanol Approval
June 15, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(National Marine Manufacturers Association)  Earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approved the registration of bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association has been a leading voice in the effort to secure …

EPA Chief Hints He Could Order More Ethanol in Fuel
June 14, 2018 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A week after the White House suspended its bid to reform the nation’s biofuels policy to aid oil refiners, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday dangled a tantalizing prospect …

Senate Ag Committee Restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title Funding
June 14, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 13, the Senate ag committee approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that …

Senators Hope to Reap Farm Bill Amendments
June 13, 2018 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up amendments to the farm bill today, but negotiations were still ongoing as to just which of 186 submitted would get a vote. Here …

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit
June 12, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop by East Kansas Agri-Energy’s ethanol plant in Garnett. The trip comes a week after the …

Ted Cruz Says Biofuel Policy Overhaul May Be Revived
June 12, 2018 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the …

EPA to Change How It Considers Costs, Benefits of Regulations COMMENTS DEADLINE: July 13, 2018
June 8, 2018 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 7, the U.S. EPA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, announcing the agency is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers …

Why Nebraska’s Governor Is a Champion of Biofuels
June 7, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently declared May as Renewable Fuels Month to draw attention to clean burning biofuel options. He’s focused on grassroot efforts to educate and expand access of  mid-level blends for …

RFS Changes on Hold
June 6, 2018 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ASSUME DEAL DEAD: Sen. Joni Ernst’s decision to lay into embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over his alleged about-face on ethanol appears to have paid off. Ernst spoke to President Donald Trump …

EPA’s New Super Fuel Could Spell Trouble for Ethanol
June 5, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is about to allow a new renewable fuel to be sold at the pump, which could revolutionize the fuel business while eliminating the use of corn ethanol …

Trump’s Support Wavering in Farm Country Over Ethanol, Trade Moves
June 5, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA chief seen as betraying Trump’s promises on biofuels; Trade tensions put demand for agricultural goods at risk — Even as Donald Trump tweets his support for U.S. agriculture, farmer loyalty for the …

RFS Deal Coming Soon
June 5, 2018 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The White House is expected to release its final proposal on revisions to the Renewable Fuel Standard today. Pro’s Eric Wolff is hearing from two industry sources that the proposal will …

On The Front Lines: The Old Battle between Ethanol and Oil Takes Center Stage with the RFS.
June 4, 2018 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine recaps the many recent attempts to hinder the policy, and looks beyond 2022.  —  … But leaders in the ethanol industry are quick to point out this fight …

A Blueprint for Keeping Midwest Dollars in the Midwest
June 4, 2018 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend says increasing the availability of ethanol blender pumps and higher blends will keep ethanol in the Midwest, pumping millions of dollars into …

Commentary: A Success Story Worth Repeating
June 4, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … The ethanol industry could provide a home-grown, energy source that lessened our dependence on foreign imports, replaced a cancer-causing chemical as the octane portion of gasoline, and reduced tail …

Growth Energy: RVP Period to Begin at Highest Fuel Cost to Consumers in Years
June 4, 2018 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Tomorrow (June 1, 2018) marks the beginning of the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restriction on E15 sales across most of the country during the summer driving season – June 1 to September 15. The …

Farm and Biofuel Coalition Demands that EPA Account for Lost Volumes Due to Secretive, Retroactive Small Refinery Exemptions
June 4, 2018 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Coalition Petitions EPA to Revise the Way It Calculates Annual Renewable Fuel Obligations; EPA Is Failing to Comply with Statutory Mandate  —  Today a coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Sustain RFS as Important Tool in GHG-Reduction Strategy
May 31, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Solutions from the Land)  One of the three pillars of climate-smart agriculture is actions that farmers can take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and simultaneously improve profitability. A principal means by which the agriculture …

Pruitt’s SAB Story
May 31, 2018 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA’s independent Science Advisory Board will meet today and Friday for the first time since Administrator Scott Pruitt barred scientists on the committee from receiving EPA grants and boosted its …

Ethanol, Farm Groups Sue EPA over Refineries’ Biofuels Exemptions
May 30, 2018 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A coalition of ethanol and farm groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, challenging its decision to free three refineries, including one owned by billionaire investor Carl …

Down to the Details: Kernel Fiber Now
May 25, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … EcoEngineers’ Director of Engineering Jim Ramm details Kernel Fiber Now, a service that helps producers navigate their options with corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol technologies, RINs and more.
With intense interest …

EPA Can’t Keep Prior Fuel Economy Data in Its Blind Spot: Critics
May 24, 2018 – 8:11 pm | No Comment

by Abby Smith (Bloomberg)  Lawsuits seek to force consideration of prior data in fuel economy proposal; Automakers expect fuller analysis, data to back up agencies’ proposed options  —  Lawsuits over the EPA’s April fuel economy determination are more …

Trump Administration Officials to Meet on Biofuel Policy Changes – Sources
May 24, 2018 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Energy and Agriculture plan to meet on Thursday to hammer out details of President Donald Trump’s planned changes to the …

E15 Year-Round: Mixed Messages from RFS, RINs Meeting
May 23, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  It was good news and bad news for corn growers and ethanol proponents after President Donald Trump met with legislators to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard.
A White House meeting with Sens. …

TSITRIAN: Trump No Friend of Family Farmers
May 23, 2018 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

by John Tsitrian (Rapid City Journal)  … And forgetting about soybeans for a minute, there’s the matter of Trump administration policy on the ethanol mandate, aka the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a major matter for …

NFU Asks Pruitt to Allow Summertime E15 Sales
May 23, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union/Wallaces Farmer)   NFU President Roger Johnson says year-round use of E15 would have significant benefits for farmers and the economy.  —  NFU President Roger Johnson wrote to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 22, …

Ethanol Blog: Grassley Points to Need to Change RFS Waivers Language
May 23, 2018 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would like to see administrative changes made to how EPA hands out Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to small refiners, estimated by one ethanol industry study …

Large U.S. Refiner Marathon Seeks Biofuel Hardship Waiver – Sources
May 23, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters/Daily Mail)  Marathon Petroleum Corp, the second-biggest refining company in the United States, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a hardship waiver exempting one of its facilities from …

By the Gallon and Trade Groups: What about EVs?
May 23, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  While the numbers are still making their way through the regulatory process, sources tell Pro’s Eric Wolff, refiners can expect to blend 500 million more gallons of advanced biofuels …

Donnelly Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Lower Gas Prices
May 22, 2018 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(WBIW)  Following reports that gas prices are on the rise, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today urged President Trump to take an important step towards addressing the price surge by reducing regulatory burdens around the blending of …

‘Climate Change Is Real,’ Automakers Declare To Trump
May 22, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Ryan Felton (Jalopnik)  Major automakers are still reeling from the sudden realization they’ve collectively succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome, after they buddied up with President Donald Trump to alter fuel economy standards set by his predecessor. Since Trump …

Waiver Wire: Why Is the Biofuels Industry up in Arms about Oil Refinery Waivers?
May 22, 2018 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But they’re part of the Washington dialogue this month, waivers and easy outs, since reports surfaced in media that the US Environmental Protection Agency granted a Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waiver …

The Interaction of the Clean Air Act, California’s CAA Waiver, Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, Renewable Fuel Standards and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
May 21, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Trump Administration is taking a new look at Obama Administration era Co2 regulations.  On the transportation side, these include reviewing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards; threatening to take …

Ethanol Industry Hits Back at Proposed E15 Labelling
May 21, 2018 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Following the introduction of a bill to warn consumers about the perceived dangers of E15 in small engines, representatives from the ethanol industry have questioned the rationale for the legislation. The biofuel proponents say that the …

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties
May 21, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn’t exist 30 years ago.

Erick Lutt, director of industrial …

EPA Set To Give Oil Another Victory At Ethanol’s Expense
May 21, 2018 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  A proposed rule to make ethanol blends above 15% illegal in anything other than flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) is a potential death blow to the ethanol industry according to the Urban Air Initiative. …

Utilities Join with Tesla to Sue EPA over Fuel Standard Rollback
May 21, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Gavin Blade (Utility Dive)  o  A coalition of utilities and electric transportation companies sued the Enviornmental Protection Agency earlier this month over its efforts to roll back automotive fuel efficiency standards set by the Obama administration. 

The …

Will Battle Between ‘Big Corn’ And ‘Big Oil’ Stall Next Generation Biofuels?
May 18, 2018 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Aaron Smith and Vincent Smith (Investor’s Business Daily)  … The most immediate impact of the RFS wars is to focus attention on corn ethanol and petroleum gasoline at the detriment of second-generation biofuels. These fuels — …

EPA, California Officials Meet on Fuel-Efficiency Rules
May 17, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency is meeting with California officials this week in Washington to negotiate the creation of a national fuel efficiency standard after the state sued the Trump administration over …

Looking Back on Platts 7th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference
May 17, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Struggles and triumphs of the biofuels industry were brought into sharp focus at the Platts 7th Annual Biofuels Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
With speakers from across the biofuels sector, the event at the Grand Hotel Kempinski …

EPA Slapped With Another Suit Over Vehicle Emissions Standards
May 17, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Several environmental and public interest groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency’s April 2 announcement to roll back vehicle emissions standards.
The …

Rising Fuel Prices Bring into Question EPA Efforts to Reduce Fuel Economy Standards
May 17, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Tsvetana Paraskova (Oilprice.com/USA Today)  Crude oil and gasoline prices are on the rise after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Now, many consumers are seeing their extra money go to rising gas …

U.S. Agencies Moving forward with Proposing Fuel Economy Revisions
May 16, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson  (Reuters)  The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to submit a series of options for softening fuel efficiency standards to the White House for approval in the coming week, two officials briefed on …

Trump Said to Mull Ways to Boost Biofuel Market Transparency
May 16, 2018 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

Mario Parker and Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ask for advice on whether — and how — to boost the transparency of an opaque $9 billion market in biofuel compliance credits …

Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels Prevail?
May 16, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Trump in a pickle: support his beleaguered EPA Administrator over oil refinery bailouts, or rally his Midwestern farm-state base?  —  In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted:
“I’ve supported Pruitt but if …

A Higher Market for Ethanol Former Author of RFS Legislation Sees Octane Levels as Advancement for Ethanol
May 15, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle keeps close tabs on what’s happening with biofuels even though he’s been out of the U.S. Senate more than a decade now.
Daschle, …

EPA Sends 2019-20 US Biofuel Mandate Proposal to White House
May 15, 2018 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for the federal biofuel mandate’s 2019 ethanol volumes and 2020 biodiesel volumes to the White House, according to Office of Management and Budget …

API: Administrative Changes to RFS Probably Illegal, Definitely a Bad Idea
May 15, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The American Petroleum Institute is no fan of Trump’s effort to make administrative changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Trump administration is working on a memo laying out a …

UPDATE 2-Trump Biofuel Policy Overhaul to Include Fewer Refinery Waivers – Source
May 14, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration will scale back the use of biofuels waivers for small refineries and count ethanol exports toward federal biofuels usage quotas as part of a broad overhaul of …

Demand Destruction Part 2? Allowing Exports to Count Toward RFS Compliance
May 14, 2018 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) … Simply put, allowing exported ethanol to count toward compliance with an oil company’s RFS obligation would lead to further demand destruction for U.S. ethanol producers and corn growers who …

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

Deal or No Deal– Either Way We Need to Keep Moving
May 11, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … First of all the export RIN issue does raise trade questions but if RINS go back to pennies then it would be hard for anyone to consider …

Trump Tells World’s Top Automakers to Build More Cars in U.S
May 11, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Tom Krisher and Ken Thomas  (Associated Press/Chicago Tribune)  President Donald Trump told leaders of the world’s top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans …

Trump, Top Car Executives Meet Amid Struggle over Climate Rules for Automobiles
May 11, 2018 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Executives from top car companies arrived at the White House on Friday amid a looming legal conflict between the Trump administration and primarily Democratic-led states over climate rules for automobiles.
“We’ve made …

RNG Helping Trucking Companies Improve Air Quality for California Ports
May 10, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Six trucking firms operating in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., are deploying trucks powered by Cummins Westport (CWI) near-zero ISX12N engines and fueled with Clean Energy Fuels …

Repeating History with Octane Biofuel Standards Is a Huge Mistake
May 9, 2018 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Mike Carr (New Energy America/The Hill)  Recently, Chet Thompson of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) testified before Congress and proposed a “fuel neutral” octane standard as a “potential replacement” for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Octane is a …

Groups Ask EPA to Prioritize Cellulosic Pathway Approvals
May 9, 2018 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today (May 3, 2018) five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions …

Growth Energy’s Retail Partners Call on Trump for RVP Relief
May 9, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  E15 retailers from across the country are urging President Trump to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency follows through on his commitment to allow fuel containing 15 percent ethanol to be sold …

US EPA Climate Changing on RFS?
May 9, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  At ABFA, we’ve been keeping our eyes on the U.S. EPA during the first quarter of 2018. The EPA’s actions over the next several months will have ripple effects …

Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Nominations Open DEADLINE July 2, 2018
May 9, 2018 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  The Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (GCCA) promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. These prestigious annual awards recognize chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry …

If at First You Don’t Succeed: The Looming Fight between the Trump Administration and the State of California over Climate Change Rules for Cars
May 9, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The looming fight between the Trump administration and the state of California over climate change rules for cars will cover some familiar terrain – where the liberal state and …

EPA Lacks Power to Administratively Expand Ethanol Waiver
May 9, 2018 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Institute for Energy Research)  The Trump administration is considering expanding the ethanol fuel waiver in the Clean Air Act (CAA) to allow E15 fuel (gasoline containing up to 15% ethanol) to be sold year round. The …

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refiners Reap Big Rewards from EPA Biofuel Waivers
May 9, 2018 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s expanded use of waivers to free small refineries from the nation’s biofuels law has saved the industry as a whole hundreds of millions of dollars, according to …

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed
May 9, 2018 – 8:44 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed for quotas  —  A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round …

Urban Air Uncovers More Fishy Fuel Testing
May 8, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative uncovered what looks to be more fishy fuel testing. Last year, we called out the Coordinated Research Council (CRC) for using flawed fuel blending practices when evaluating ethanol emissions. These CRC studies …

Pruitt’s Renewable Fuel Attacks Cost Him GOP Support in Congress
May 7, 2018 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Mike Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  As the drip, drip of Pruitt scandals becomes a deluge, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s supporters continue to claim that he should be protected because he’s “advancing the president’s agenda.” But because …

Carl Icahn’s Refinery Investment Has Rebounded by $1.4 Billion, Boosted by Trump Energy Policy
May 7, 2018 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher  (CNBC)  -Shares of CVR Energy have more than doubled since August, resulting in a $1.4 billion paper gain for Carl Icahn, who holds an 82-percent stake in the company.
-CVR Energy’s stock price …

Debate over the RFS Is Playing out on the Political Stage: The Public Discussion Rarely Considers American Consumers.
May 7, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuels industry found itself in an unusual position for much of the past 12 months. Typically confined to debates in the trade press, biofuels-related headlines are now splashed across …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 4, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

In their letter to the EPA, a group of midwestern biofuels groups noted, “Both the volume and expeditious manner in which your EPA has granted demand-destroying RFS exemptions is unparalleled in the history of the EPA …

Mail Call! Biofuels Write to EPA on Strategy
May 4, 2018 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A coalition of Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter Thursday to EPA asking it to move administrative time and staff away from Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and instead toward …

Growth Energy Ad Campaign Rallies Midwest Behind E15 Fix
May 4, 2018 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  A new radio ad launched today by Growth Energy reminds listeners across the heartland that it’s “make or break time” for the rural economy. Slated to air alongside a digital ad campaign in Midwestern states, the radio spot …

Former Volkswagen CEO Indicted Over Emission Testing Scandal
May 4, 2018 – 8:50 am | No Comment

by Sonari Glinton (National Public Radio)  Martin Winterkorn, the former head of Volkswagen, was indicted on Thursday along with five other former VW executives on charges of conspiracy and fraud in connection with a years-long scheme …

UPDATE 1-Trump to Meet with Automakers to Discuss U.S. Fuel Rules -Sources
May 3, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  The White House is planning a meeting next week between President Donald Trump and senior leaders of major U.S. and foreign automakers to discuss planned fuel efficiency rule changes through 2026, automakers …

Ethanol Blog: Is Budget Report Language Cause of RFS Waivers?
May 3, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, mentioned on Tuesday he wants to change language in recent appropriations bills approved by Congress in the past three years.
Grassley told agricultural journalists the language …

Update 2-White House Sets Meeting with Senators on Biofuels Next Week -Sources
May 3, 2018 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/Successful Farming)  The Trump administration has invited a
group of U.S. senators to the White House early next week to discuss biofuels policy, the latest in a series of such meetings aimed at helping refiners cope …

Trucking Executive Panel Objects to EPA Fuel Economy Rollback Plan
May 2, 2018 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by John O’Dell (Trucks.com)  “Stay the course” is the message a panel of leading clean vehicle developers, users and regulators delivered Tuesday in the wake of the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back tough fuel economy …

RFA: Ethanol Saves Consumers at the Pump
May 2, 2018 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) … Energy Information Administration is already warning drivers that they are likely to see the highest gasoline prices in four years. The good news is that ethanol is helping to offset …

UPDATE 1-Biofuel Group Asks U.S. Court to Review EPA’s Refinery Waivers
May 2, 2018 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   A biofuels trade group asked a federal court on Tuesday to rule whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law in granting a growing number of small refineries exemptions from renewable …

Rounds, Thune Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Pushing EPA Administrator Pruitt for Year-Round E15 Waiver
May 2, 2018 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Office of Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.))  U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt highlighting the benefits of year-round …

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards
May 1, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it …

Stay Vigilant: The Importance of Paying Attention and Remaining Active in Ethanol Advocacy.
April 30, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol ) … The timing of this year’s fly-in was fortuitous, amid talk of “win-win” deals for refiners and biofuel producers and a snowstorm that put the citizens …

Isobutanol: Now on the Radar for USA COMMENTS DUE April 30, 2018
April 30, 2018 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by  Jess Hewitt  (Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises Consulting)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a comment period for the registration of the use of Isobutanol in gasoline.  Why is this important?  Because since the states banning …

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Grants Biofuels Waiver to Billionaire Icahn’s Oil Refinery – Sources
April 30, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, exempting the …

How Trump Will Go after California’s Auto GHG Authority
April 30, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration plans to argue that California does not have the authority to enforce stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars, despite the Obama administration’s 2009 waiver, according to a …

Washington Insider: Biofuels Mandates Under Pressure
April 26, 2018 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Oil state partisans, including certain refiners, have raged about a credit-trading market within the program that they say causes undue economic pain. The biofuels industry counters that those compliance credits, known as …

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels
April 26, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC.
This time, the response has been to dither on biofuels and to point to reasonably dismal sales of EVs as evidence that …

EPA Data Shows Small Refiner Waivers Have Lowered 2016, 2017 RFS Blending Obligations by 1.6 Billion Gallons
April 25, 2018 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion …

ABO Insider Briefing: Algae’s Big Winning Streak in DC – How to Take Advantage — May 1, 2018
April 25, 2018 – 7:46 pm | No Comment
ABO Insider Briefing: Algae’s Big Winning Streak in DC – How to Take Advantage   —   May 1, 2018

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Algae is on a roll in Congress. Despite a challenging fiscal environment, the latest federal spending bill passed by Congress includes new funding for algae R&D that will be available in FY2018 and, …

Refinery Workers Return to Capitol Hill to Rally for Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
April 25, 2018 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

(United Steelworkers/PR Newswire)  The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on Thursday, April 26, about 100 workers from independent merchant oil refineries owned by Monroe Energy, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and PBF Energy will rally for …

EPA Seeks Nominations for MSTRS
April 25, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which is designed to provide the Clean Air Advisory Committee with independent advice, counsel and recommendations on the …

Pruitt Unveils Controversial ‘Transparency’ Rule Limiting What Research EPA Can Use COMMENT DEADLINE extended to August 16, 2018
April 25, 2018 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis (The Washington Post)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt moved Tuesday to limit what science can be used in writing agency regulations, a change long sought by conservatives.
The proposed rule would …

Woodland Meadows Landfill Gas-to-RNG Facility Now Open
April 24, 2018 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Ameresco Inc. says its gas-to-energy facility at Waste Management’s Woodland Meadows Landfill in Michigan has achieved Environmental Protection Agency approval and is now in operation.
Ameresco designed and built and now owns …

EPA Announces Biomass from Managed Forests Will Be Considered Carbon Neutral
April 24, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, in a meeting with members of the forestry community, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Agency issued a statement of policy making clear, that future regulatory actions on …

The New War Over Ethanol, And How It Might Affect You
April 23, 2018 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by F. Todd Davidson (Forbes)  A seemingly small action from the Environmental Protection Agency could spark a new war between Big Oil and Big Ag that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. agricultural, energy, and transportation …

Farm Bill Delays, Ethanol Waivers Worry SD Sen. Rounds
April 23, 2018 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by Barry Amundson (Grand Forks Herald)  U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D, is concerned about two major issues that can affect farmers and ranchers this year.
One is the farm bill that faces an uncertain future as it’s set …

Where Do Biofuels Stand? You Can’t Always Get What You Want
April 23, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Despite efforts by President Donald Trump to settle a long-running dispute between ethanol backers and the refining industry, progress on a biofuels deal has stalled. Instead, the administration has taken …

Ethanol Industry Expected to Meet Growing E15 Demand
April 20, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Terry Anderson (Midwest Messenger News) … One day after President Trump told a group of governors and lawmakers invited to the White House that he supports sales of E15 — 15 percent ethanol and 85 …

Big Bailout Number Two
April 20, 2018 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner Daily on Energy)  …The other big bailout concern is the Environmental Protection Agency’s waivers to big refining companies to let them off the hook from meeting the national …

Trump’s EPA Argues More People Will Die in Car Accidents unless California Fuel Rules Are Weakened
April 20, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  The Trump administration is embracing a curious — and some would say dated — argument as it builds its case to weaken federal rules championed by California that require …

Anti-Ethanol Pundits Show Iowa Uses Less of Its Own Produce
April 20, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)   A study showing that U.S. ethanol leader Iowa doesn’t use a lot of its own corn-based fuel is exciting some in the anti-ethanol crowd in Washington.
“Iowa — the number …

Farm State Senators Tell EPA to Stop Giving Big Oil Refiners a Pass on Biofuels Rules
April 20, 2018 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) Bipartisan senators on Tuesday asked the EPA to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to avoid obligations to blend biofuels into gasoline. –EPA has reportedly issued 25 of the “hardship” …

ZERO NOW: Clean Energy’s Stations Offer Biomethane at $1 a Gallon
April 19, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp./ NGV Journal)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. introduced ZERO NOW, a fueling solution that combines the world’s cleanest engine technology with the cleanest fuel at a price of $1 per gallon. Heavy …

Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG
April 17, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A coalition of companies and trade associations committed to enhancing the legal and …

Exclusive: Chevron, Exxon Seek ‘Small Refinery’ Waivers from U.S. Biofuels Law
April 13, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Global energy giants Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil have asked U.S. regulators for exemptions to the nation’s biofuels policy that have historically been reserved for small companies in financial …

Biodiesel Industry Calls on EPA to Eliminate Secrecy
April 13, 2018 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Submits FOIA Request to Ensure RFS Transparency  —  The National Biodiesel Board submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request aimed at shedding light on small refiner exemptions requested and issued under the Renewable …

In Boost for Farmers, Trump Says He May Allow E15 Gasoline Sales All Year
April 13, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Mason (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration may allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round, which could help farmers by firing up corn demand but faces opposition …