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How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy
July 16, 2018 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Craig (CJ) Evans (American Diversified Energy Consulting Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in …

On Tap This Week: The Rules Committee (Carbon Tax)
July 16, 2018 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Rules Committee will meet Tuesday to consider a resolution, H. Con. Res. 119 (115), that calls a carbon tax “detrimental” to the U.S. economy and “not in the …

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 …

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Sweeping Farm Bill, Setting up Fight with House
June 29, 2018 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Caitlin Dewey and Erica Werner (Washington Post)  The Senate passed its version of the $428 billion farm bill Thursday, setting up a bitter fight against the House over food stamps, farm subsidies and conservation funding.
The …

West Fargo Farm Rally Will Try to Capture Part of Trump’s Spotlight
June 27, 2018 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by  Patrick Springer (West Fargo Pioneer)  … “It’s not a protest against President Trump,” said Pam Musland, marketing and communication supervisor for the North Dakota Farmers Union. “Our hope is to grab some media attention with …

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 …

Advanced Biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects
June 22, 2018 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment)  … A number of exogenous policies have greatly impacted advanced biofuels markets and RFS (Renewable Fuel Standards) compliance. These include trade restrictions and duties …

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 …

Oxy Considering Carbon Capture Project
June 20, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  The Houston oil company Occidental Petroleum is studying a carbon capture project to deliver carbon dioxide to its oil fields in West Texas, the company announced Tuesday.
Engineers are expected to spend …

New Conservative Group Lobbies for Carbon Tax
June 20, 2018 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A new group with a conservative backing has formed to push for a carbon tax. The Americans for Carbon Dividends is co-chaired by two former senators: John Breaux and …

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 …

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 …

Not into Octane
June 13, 2018 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ON THE HILL: GOP Sen. John Cornyn says finding common ground on an overhaul of the RFS is “like trying to come up with peace in the Middle East.” Cornyn …

Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions
June 8, 2018 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, …

Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding
June 8, 2018 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. In contrast to the GOP-only bill that has advanced in the House, the bipartisan Senate …

Mired in Misère: Re-Launching Political Capital and Public Trust for Biofuels; Seven Strategies to Reinstate Our Industry’s Power in Washington, D.C. through Mainstreet, USA
June 8, 2018 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Bloxom (Colorado State University/Biofuels Digest)  … Now is the critical juncture for a unified bioeconomy to re-assert biofuels as a political powerhouse and compelling policy agenda that defies partisan, geographical, and generational divisions.

(T)his industry must …

Sen. Tina Smith Tells Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders that Farm Bill Energy Programs Are Key to Reviving Lagging Farm Economy
June 7, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tina Smith (D-MN))  Senator Leads Bipartisan Push for Strong Funding and Focus on Energy As Senate Begins Work on Farm Bill in Coming Days  —  As the Senate prepares to begin work on the …

Bill Aims to Increase E15 Labeling Requirements
June 6, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In mid-May, Reps. Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced legislation that aims to introduce more stringent labeling requirements for E15.
The bill, titled the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency …

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 …

U.S. Biodiesel Lobby Drops Effort to Adjust $1-Per-Gallon Tax Credit
May 29, 2018 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Tom Polansek and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The biggest U.S. biodiesel lobbying group has dropped its nine-year push to covert a $1-per-gallon tax credit available to blenders of the biofuel into one for producers, the vice president …

Senate Appropriations Committee Rejects Trump Cuts for Energy Funding
May 25, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  The Senate Appropriations Committee easily advanced its Energy-Water fiscal 2019 spending bill on Thursday, rejecting Trump administration efforts to reduce funding for energy and science research.
The $43.8 billion bill, approved by …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Have Earned Bipartisan Support
May 24, 2018 – 9:46 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (The Hill/Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  Since 2002, the farm bill has contained an energy title, with cost-effective programs that support private investment in renewable energy, biobased manufacturing and energy efficiency. The programs are extremely …

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 …

Farm Bill to Get Second Vote in US House in June: Roll Call
May 23, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(CNBC/Reuters) The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, according to a report. The vote on the $867 billion bill …

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 …

Farm Bill Rejection Sinks In: House Ag Leaders Look for New Path Forward After Farm Bill Defeated
May 21, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom and Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The cheers and jeers were all over the spectrum Friday after the House of Representatives failed to pass its version of the farm bill following a raucous …

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 …

Biofuel Policy Adds to Agricultural Market Uncertainty
May 18, 2018 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Pat Westhoff (Columbia Tribune)  … Biofuel policy decisions also have the potential to have large impacts on commodity markets and farm income.
Most cars in this country run on a blend of 90 percent gasoline and 10 …

Reps. Scott, Frankel Introduce Legislation that Calls for Clearly-Labeled Ethanol-Blended Gasoline at the Pump
May 18, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(Yamaha Marine Group/Business Wire)  Legislation would require more detailed labeling of gas pumps that dispense E15 fuel, which causes corrosion and mechanical problems in equipment with small engines  —  Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel …

Breaking News: Attack on Farm Bill Clean Energy Programs
May 18, 2018 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes: 

Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee …

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 — …

US Appropriations Committee Approves $243M Cut for Renewable Programs, $58M Increase to Fossil Fuels Research
May 18, 2018 – 11:05 am | No Comment

(Renewable Energy World)  The U.S. House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an energy and water funding bill that, as compared to fiscal year 2018, cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) programs by $243 million, and increases …

RNG Stakeholders Talk Renewable Fuels With Lawmakers
May 17, 2018 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  Stakeholders from across the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry descended on Capitol Hill today (May 15, 2018) for more than 65 meetings with federal lawmakers to communicate the importance …

Congressman Veasey Introduces Bipartisan Energy Research Legislation
May 15, 2018 – 9:07 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Marc Veasey)  The Fossil Energy Research and Development Act would set the course for the next generation of climate change mitigation  —  Today, Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Science Committee’s Energy …

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 …

Biogas as a Waste Management Solution: Turning “Waste” into Resources — May 23, 2018 — Washington, DC
May 14, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
Biogas as a Waste Management Solution: Turning “Waste” into Resources    —   May 23, 2018   —   Washington, DC

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the American Biogas Council (ABC) invite you to a briefing about the numerous challenges posed by organic wastes—to human health, water and air quality, and to businesses that must manage these …

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 …

Pelosi Visits Central Iowa Farm, Warns RFS under Attack
May 10, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi — the top-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives — toured a central Iowa farm early this morning.
Pelosi’s visit follows her speech last (Sunday) night …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Marathon Petroleum to Acquire Andeavor for $23B
May 1, 2018 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The deal creates the largest US oil refiner (and a top-five refiner globally) at 3.1 million barrels per day of capacity — Valero is around the same size, but that …

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 …

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 …

Ag Policy Blog — NFU Opposes House Version of Farm Bil
April 26, 2018 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In another blow to support for the House version of the farm bill, the National Farmers Union’s board of directors early Wednesday passed a unanimous resolution to oppose the …

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 …

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 …

Carbon Capture Could Be a Financial Opportunity for US Biofuels
April 24, 2018 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(Stanford University/Phys.Org)  Although considered critical to avoiding catastrophic global warming, the feasibility of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground – known as negative emissions – has been in question.
But researchers at Stanford …

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 …

House Committee Passes 2018 Farm Bill
April 20, 2018 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  In a statement, House Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., criticized the legislation, calling it “a flawed bill that is the result of a bad nontransparent process.” Cuts to …

McConnell Introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018
April 18, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and …

Carbon Taxes Can Be Both Fair and Effective, Study Shows
April 18, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!)  Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report  —  Putting a price on carbon, in the form of a fee or tax on the …

Draft 2018 Farm Bill Reauthorizes Energy Title Programs
April 13, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, officially titled the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The legislation …

RFS Wrangling Continues: GOP Senators Ask for Small-Refiner Waiver Suspension
April 10, 2018 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Details have yet to emerge from a planned meeting at the White House on Monday between President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet regarding possible changes to the …

Rural Issues Growing Jobs and Rural Economies: The Farm Bill’s Energy Title
April 6, 2018 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Since their inception in the 2002 Farm Bill, Energy Title (Title IX) programs have helped farmers, ranchers, small businesses, and rural communities generate thousands of jobs and millions in economic …

White House Plans to Hold RFS Meeting Monday
April 6, 2018 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The White House plans to hold a Monday meeting to discuss possible changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Minnesota Corn Growers president Kirby Hettver says it appears EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt …

Exclusive: Biofuels Battle – Senator Moves to Expand Small Refiner Exemption
April 6, 2018 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Chris Prentice  (Reuters)  Lawmakers spearheading efforts to reform U.S. biofuels regulations are considering a blanket waiver for all small refineries, according to four sources familiar with their draft legislation. The move would save some …

Rep. Collin Peterson Voices Support For Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry
April 3, 2018 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Rep. Collin Peterson visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to reiterate his support for Minnesota’s ethanol industry.
“Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company is doing some exciting work and …

2018 ACE Fly-in
April 2, 2018 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(AgNewsWire) American Coalition for Ethanol celebrates 10 years of taking the message of grassroots ethanol producers, retailers, farmers and consumers to Capitol Hill. This year’s theme is Ignite a Movement.
This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos …

Exclusive: Trump Weighs Dropping Personal Efforts on Biofuel Reform – Sources
March 30, 2018 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   President Donald Trump is seriously considering abandoning efforts to remake the nation’s biofuel laws after wading deep into an issue that divides some of his core constituencies, according to three sources …

High Tech Algae Farming Industry Gets Boost with Introduction of Bipartisan Algae Agriculture Act of 2018
March 23, 2018 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization/Globe Newswire)  The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today applauded the introduction of the Algae Agriculture Act of 2018, a bill that would give algae cultivators and harvesters many of …

NBB Again Disappointed by Failure to Renew Biodiesel Tax Credit
March 22, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Congress Reaches Another Deal to Fund the Government That Fails to Reinstate the Biodiesel Tax Credit   —  Today, the U.S. Congress is expected to pass an omnibus spending bill to fund the government that …

Ag Policy Blog: Senators Detail Farm Bill Goals
March 22, 2018 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are getting ready to move ahead on drafting a farm bill, ideally in April, and will seek to avoid the rancor over food …

RFA Leader: EPA Eroding RFS — Assistant to President Says Search Continues for a Win-Win Proposal
March 22, 2018 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A special assistant to President Donald Trump on agriculture said Wednesday, “the search for a win-win continues” in the debate over how to relieve oil refiners of their obligations …

It’s Here! … The (Spending) Level Playing Field
March 22, 2018 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA grants rise: The agency’s operational budget would remain pretty much the same, but grant programs get a boost, Alex Guillén and Annie Snider report. That means the Clean Water and …

What Would a Bill Look Like?
March 21, 2018 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. John Shimkus have some ideas. The two have been working on a bill for well over a year to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, a likely …

New Federal Budget Puts Price on Carbon
March 19, 2018 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Joshua D. Rhodes (University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute)  Expanded Carbon Credit Could Spur New Coal Power Investment  —  The Furthering carbon capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions (FUTURE) Act, part of the recently …

RFS Roundup: Potential Impacts of the GREENER Fuels Act on Cellulosic Fuels Development
March 18, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Riding the recent wave of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) reform talks, Representative Welch (D-VT) and Senator Udall (D-NM) introduced the Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible …

DOE Official: Clean Energy Funding Should Be Cut for ‘Exceeding Goals’
March 18, 2018 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Lacey Johnson (Greentech Media)  The Under Secretary of Energy defends a Trump administration proposal to cut $1.3 billion in funding from the DOE’s renewable energy office.  —  The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and …

Environmental Groups Back Ted Cruz, Republicans on Overhaul of Renewable Fuel Standard
March 16, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (Washington Times)  Green organizations back ending corn ethanol mandate  —  … The intense opposition to the RFS from environmental and conservation groups comes as the White House and congressional leaders work to craft the …

Advanced Biofuels Interest in Post Tax Bill Hearing
March 15, 2018 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 member organizations are urging Congressional leaders to extend the biodiesel tax credit as soon as possible for at least 2018.
In a letter to House and Senate …

So-Called ‘Dem’ Ethanol Bill Has It All Wrong
March 15, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (The Hill/South Dakota Farmers Union)  As a card carrying Democrat, I resent the broad brush generalization of the Hill’s March 8 headline, “Dem Bill Would Overhaul Ethanol Mandate.”
To imply to readers that the …

Biodiesel and 2nd Gen Biofuels Need Stable Tax Policy
March 15, 2018 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AdWired.com)  The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy heard from representatives of the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries Wednesday on the need for “Post Tax Reform of Recently Expired Tax Provisions” that are …

Refiners Try to Hold Trump’s Attention
March 14, 2018 – 11:20 am | No Comment

 (Politico’s Morning Energy)  With a settlement between refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions and EPA in hand and voting in the Pennsylvania special election over, some biofuels observers think the issue may fall off Trump’s radar. A biofuels …

ACE Talks Opportunities, Challenges for Ethanol Demand in 2018
March 13, 2018 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a webinar Feb. 20 titled “Opportunities and Challenges to Increasing Ethanol Demand in 2018.” The webinar focused on ACE initiatives designed to ensure ethanol …

The Pentagon Is Quietly Moving forward on Biofuel Deals. Republicans Want to Stop It
March 13, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Travis J. Tritten (Washington Examiner)  … (Former Navy Secretary Ray) Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in …

Ahead of Hearing, Dozens of Biodiesel Stakeholders Urge Passage of Tax Extenders
March 13, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel Tax Credit Requires Reinstatement, Will Be Discussed Tomorrow in Ways and Means Committee  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 of its member organizations sent a letter to Congressional …

Ethanol Plant Operators Say No to RIN Price Cap — Comments from Renewable Fuels Association Member Companies
March 9, 2018 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Another White House meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 12, to continue discussions between oil refinery and biofuels interests over the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, which were created under …

Long Road for Biofuels Industry
March 9, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  This year is setting up to be a long year for the biofuels industry. First on the agenda is the fate of the biofuels tax extenders, including the biodiesel blenders, renewable diesel …

Tax Act May Spur More Investment in RNG, Biogas Projects
March 9, 2018 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Doug Lamb and Durham McCormick (Biomass Magazine/Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas)   …  While the tax code is clearly not responsible for a bulk of the current boom in RNG, the recent tax reform signed into law …

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending
March 9, 2018 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, …

200 Companies, Trade Groups Urge Congress forward on Farm Bill Energy Title Programs
March 9, 2018 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, more than 200 companies and trade associations today wrote House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders, urging them “to reauthorize and maintain stable mandatory funding for energy title programs in the …

Letter: Don’t Be Misinformed about Renewable Fuel Standard by ‘Big Oil’
March 7, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Anngie Steinbarger (The Republic)  I was dismayed to read the Feb. 16 letter from Mark Brown and Travis DeFries, managers at Valero, who want U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., to help oil companies gut the market …

Hearing Watch
March 2, 2018 – 1:27 am | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Rep. John Shimkus’ E&C energy subcommittee will hold a “future of transportation fuels” hearing next week. “Because of the evolving nature of the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

Budget Deal Reinstates Fuel Cell Investment Tax Credit
February 28, 2018 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(FuelCellsWorks)  The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) applauds the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 today, which included a reinstatement of the federal fuel cell investment tax credit (ITC).
“On behalf of America’s …

ABO Scores Historic Victory for Carbon Utilization
February 27, 2018 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a historic victory for algae and other microbial technologies, Congress late last night approved a two-year budget agreement that establishes a $35 per ton tax incentive for carbon captured and recycled from …

Carbon Capture Coalition Expands & Rebrands
February 27, 2018 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) … The effort, called the Carbon Capture Coalition, is a rebranded and broadened version of an earlier group, called the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, which had a narrower focus. That coalition …

The Biobased Economy Is Reaching a Tipping Point
February 27, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …   BIO is the only trade association that advocates for the diverse policies that support the entire biobased economy – the full value chain of technologies and infrastructure …

Exclusive: Trump Calls Meeting on Biofuels Policy after Refiner Bankruptcy
February 26, 2018 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a …

Can Updated Tax Credits Bring Carbon Capture Into the Mainstream?
February 26, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Emma Foehringer Merchant  (GreenTechMedia)  Expanded credits in the budget bill could “absolutely make the difference” for the economic viability of carbon capture and sequestration.  —  Among the energy credits tucked inside the budget deal eked out in early February lies a …

Former Trump Energy Adviser Sees No Easy Fix on Renewable Fuel Standard Reform
February 22, 2018 – 8:43 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon and Brian Scheid (Platts)  Reforming the US biofuel mandate will be tricky and will likely have to be done by Congress, not by the Trump administration, according to a recent top energy adviser …

Carmakers’ ‘Harmonization’ Push Could Soften Fuel Efficiency Gains (1)
February 22, 2018 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Abby Smith (Bloomberg Environment) Automakers seek consistency in EPA, NHTSA programs as agencies weigh standards’ future;  Environmentalists say push is meant to soften vehicle limits  —  Automakers may already get what they want this spring as …

U.S. Senator’s Biofuel Overhaul Faces Resistance
February 17, 2018 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, reducing chances of a reboot to the controversial regulations, sources familiar with the matter said.
The …

Energy Programs Should Be Fully Funded and Enhanced in the 2018 Farm Bill
February 13, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Gilpin, Jordan Blanchard, and Cindy Thyfault (National Rural Lenders Association/Biofuels Digest)  There has been a keen focus the last few weeks for President Trump and the USDA with the release of the Task Force on Agriculture …

Trump Seeks to Cut Energy Department Loan, Research Programs
February 12, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Trump administration Monday proposed significantly slashing a handful of controversial loan and research programs at the Department of Energy (DOE).
The cuts to programs meant to help develop innovative energy technologies, …

ABO Scores HIstoric Victory for Carbon Utilization
February 10, 2018 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  In a historic victory for algae and other microbial technologies, Congress late last night approved a two-year budget agreement that establishes a $35 per ton tax incentive for carbon captured and recycled from power plants …

Alternative Fuel Tax Credits Extended
February 10, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump today, included provisions to extend a host of Alternative Fuel Tax Credits. The incentives originally expired on December 31, 2016, …

Biodiesel Tax Credit Back in US Budget Deal
February 9, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the US Congress passed its budget deal, and among the items in the deal was a retroactive restoration of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit for 2017. The …

U.S. House Republicans to Scrutinize Narrow, ‘Extender’ Tax Breaks
February 7, 2018 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by David Morgan (Reuters)  … Just weeks after approving a sweeping tax code overhaul, the Republicans said they would examine as many as 35 “tax extender” measures to see if they should remain on the books.

“The …

Senate Ag Committee Chairman Expects Farm Bill Vote in March
February 2, 2018 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by P.J. Griekspoor (American Agriculturalist)  Sen. Roberts urged farmers to be ready to ‘sound off’ in support of farmer-friendly legislation.  —  March will be the month the 2018 Farm Bill comes to the Senate floor. At least that’s …

Marathon Looks for Spring Fuel Mandate Change
February 2, 2018 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Marathon Petroleum said it expects US legislators to propose changes to federal fuel mandates this spring.
Senators and US Representatives would soon propose changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), chief executive Gary Heminger said …

What’s the Real Story behind Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ Bankruptcy, Crude Oil, and the Renewable Fuel Standard?
February 2, 2018 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Simonpietri (Biofuels Digest)  On Jan 21st 2018, Carlyle-backed Philadelphia Energy Solutions(PES), the largest refinery complex on the U.S. east coast at 335,000 barrels per day, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance costs. In the week …

Refiner Bankruptcy Adds to Pressure to Overhaul Biofuel Program
February 1, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biofuel mandate overhaul mulled by Congress after bankruptcy; Unions and Pennsylvania politicians seek immediate action  —  The bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the biggest refiner on the U.S. East Coast, has invigorated efforts …

A Quiet Year for Biofuels M&A: 2017 Review and Outlook
February 1, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park Advisors/Biofuels Digest)  More industry players chose to develop and build new capacity rather than buy plants  —  The North American biofuels industry experienced the fewest merger and acquisition transactions in recent history …

Congress Urged to Pass Biodiesel Tax Credit in Budget Negotiation
January 24, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … (B)iodiesel companies are pressing Congress to pass the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, which expired more than a year ago for the fifth time in its existence. On …

The Fundamentals of Fly-Ins
January 24, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Washington, D.C., events provide opportunities for constituents to meet with lawmakers and help influence biofuels policy.  — Getting the ear of members of Congress, state legislators or regulatory bodies is …

Ag Secretary to Roll out Farm Bill & Legislative Principles in Pennsylvania
January 24, 2018 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Farmer)  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be in Pennsylvania Wednesday, Jan. 24 to roll out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and legislative principles for 2018.  READ MORE
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue pulls …

RFA’s 2018 Biofuel Priorities to Help ‘Make America Great Again’
January 23, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … This new era of getting our country back on track has and will continue to extend into the biofuels industry, making sure we are providing the cleanest, lowest-cost and …

Is There Life yet for an Energy Bill in Congress?
January 22, 2018 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle) Longstanding efforts to rewrite U.S. energy policy to keep pace with market and technological changes are being revived in Congress once again.
In an interview with Politico, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman …

Trump and the Military Are at Odds on Climate Change
January 22, 2018 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Sean Mowbray (Pacific Standard)  While the Trump administration has largely rejected climate change as an issue, the Department of Defense and Congress have identified it as a major potential threat to national security.  —  … On …

Cornyn’s Biofuels Bid
January 19, 2018 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Texas Republican John Cornyn is drawing up ideas for new legislation to overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard, in a bid to end the stalemate between corn-state lawmakers and oily ones. “Cornyn’s office …

Letter: Reform Ethanol
January 17, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Pete Kolbenschlag (Post Independent/Citizen Telegram)   …  Rep. Welch from Vermont is leading an effort to rethink ethanol, and to lead Congress to fix this broken policy. Colorado’s congressional delegation should join in this effort before more …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Push Trump, Congress to Raise the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
January 17, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by John Wagner (Washington Post)  With President Trump and Congress turning their attention to infrastructure in the coming weeks, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is preparing for an uphill battle: a push to raise the federal …

2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo
January 5, 2018 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Last year was among the most active and interesting years we’ve seen in the biofuels space. The industry has confronted multiple challenges over the past 12 months, culminating in …

Congress Needs to Restore Tax Breaks for ‘Orphan’ Renewables
January 4, 2018 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25 REsource)  As Congress ratchets up its ongoing budget battles – the continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires Jan. 19 – clean energy advocates of all stripes must hold lawmakers to …

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017
January 4, 2018 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(North Iowa Today)  Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa marked a series of policy and oversight accomplishments in 2017.  …  Grassley introduced the Food Security is National Security Act of 2017, which would give top U.S. agriculture and food officials …

A New Years Resolution for EPA: Do Your Job!
January 3, 2018 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Biofuels Digest)  …  I am referring to the mandatory requirements in the Clean Air Act that EPA enforce section 202 (l), the “clean octane” provision designed to reduce the use of …

Farmers Urge Congress to Extend Lapsed Tax Credits for Biodiesel, Renewable Energy
December 28, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Farm Bureau News)  A recently introduced bill would continue several expired tax provisions important to farmers and ranchers.  Offered by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Tax Extenders Act of 2017 (S. 2256) would …

Schneiderman Backs Carbon Tax
December 27, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman became the first New York statewide elected official to back a carbon tax this week, POLITICO New York’s Danielle Muoio reports. “That includes passing legislation to dramatically reduce greenhouse …

The Tax Bill’s Gift to Big Coal
December 27, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Emily Atkin (The New Republic)  The legislation is a boon to fossil fuel companies not only because of what it includes, but what it doesn’t. — By now, it’s no secret that the sweeping tax …

U.S. Renewable Fuel Credits Pressured by Biodiesel Tax Credit Optimism
December 26, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  U.S. renewable fuel credits remained under pressure on Thursday as expectations mounted that lawmakers may soon renew a $1-per-gallon rebate for biodiesel blenders that could curb worries over tight supplies in the thinly-traded …

Renewable Fuels Groups Celebrate 10 Years of RFS
December 26, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Hagstrom Report (The Fence Post) Renewable fuels groups this week issued statements celebrating the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which established the Renewable Fuel Standard and called …

The Biofuels Industry Reacts to White House RFS Meetings
December 22, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Trump has hosted two meetings in recent weeks with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable identification numbers (RINs). Those representing the …

ACE Sends Letter Urging Extension of Cellulosic Biofuel, Biodiesel Tax Credits
December 16, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/KTIC)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings sent a letter today (December 15, 2017) to Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means Kevin Brady and Chairman of the Committee …

Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
December 15, 2017 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards—jointly …

Can Lawmakers Find a Middle Way on Fuel Efficiency? House Lawmakers Debate Harmonizing EPA, NHTSA Standards
December 15, 2017 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  On December 12, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing, “Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor …

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy
December 11, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Richard Valdmanis and Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  President Donald Trump’s administration called two lawmakers from the U.S. corn belt to convince them to join talks about potential changes to biofuels policy to ease the burden on oil refineries, …

The Washington Swamp Is Filled with Ethanol
December 8, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Peter Z. Grossman (Washington Examiner)  … People forget how we wound up with an ethanol mandate worth over $20 billion per year (and that doesn’t include various subsidies). EISA was passed because Americans besieged members of Congress, …

Trump Open to Biofuel Policy Reform, Senators Say after Meeting
December 8, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Cornwell (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country’s biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on …

Take a Glance! Lessons from the RFS
December 7, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) The American Enterprise Institute is out with a report looking at policymaking lessons from the RFS. It argues the biofuels mandate would be better as a rate standard than a …

Renewable Fuel Standards Have Some ‘Leaks’ We Need to Fill
December 5, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Andrew F. Quinlan ( Center for Freedom and Prosperity/The Hill)  … A refiner must earn RIN credits to meet its annual obligation by selling enough gallons of biofuel or by purchasing them — the credits, not the …

Tax Reform Losers from Biofuels to Coal to Get Second Chance
December 5, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Billions in breaks for energy sought in ‘tax extenders’ bill; Lobbyists are seeking new credits for coal, nuclear plants  — Energy lobbyists, who failed to get a range of expired breaks for biofuels to …

Commentary: From Grain Bin to Fuel Tank
December 5, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Gary Truitt (Hoosier Ag Today)  … Another aspect of U.S. agricultural exports that is changing is ethanol and its byproduct DDGs. In the past 3 years, U.S. exports of ethanol have grown significantly. Cary Sifferath, …

Trump Plans to Meet Oil Industry Reps on U.S. Biofuel Policy: Sources
December 1, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Richard Valdmanis (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with representatives of the oil refining industry and their legislative backers to discuss the nation’s biofuels program, according to two sources briefed on …

Ron Paul: Why Trump Must Tackle the Renewable Fuel Standard
November 30, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Ron Paul (Campaign for Liberty/Fox News)  … While I am sure many Republicans would love to see the RFS repealed entirely – myself included – some have proposed a simple compromise that would seemingly benefit …

Four Big Problems with a Carbon Tax
November 29, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (Axios) … That’s how I see things with a carbon tax, despite many economists insisting it’s the best, simplest way to combat climate change. There’s four big problems, as I explained at the Brookings InstitutionTuesday:

 

Most Republicans …

NBB Members Head to the Hill to Urge Reinstatement of the Biodiesel Tax Incentive
November 28, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Starting today, nearly 100 members of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) are in Washington, D.C., to participate in their biannual fly-in to the Nation’s Capital. NBB members plan to storm the Hill to …

Senate Bill Would Cut EPA Funding by $150M
November 21, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday introduced an Interior Department and environment spending bill that would cut nearly $150 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) next year.
The legislation …

Congress and Tax Legislation: It Is Not Just about Biofuels.
November 21, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  … BIO has led the effort to prompt Congress to recognize the important and emerging biobased sector. Congress’ current effort to reform taxes can revitalize U.S. manufacturing and grow the …

Ethanol Industry Focuses on RVP Waiver for E15
November 15, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Giving consumers year-round access to E15 fuel is a major focus of the ethanol industry.  Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, says getting the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver extended to …

A Carbon Tax by Any Other Name Would Smell “Tax”
November 13, 2017 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Richard Gilmore (Biofuels Digest/GIC Group)  … The carbon tax alliance is led by prominent Republicans along with some fence sitting Dems and their respective linesmen from public policy think tanks. While seemingly counter-intuitive in light of …