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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 …

Letter: Fuel Choice: A Right of All Auto Owners
December 15, 2017 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swazye (Argus Leader)  This is America: Contrary to EPA statements, all auto owners have the self-evident, unalienable constitutional right to save typically several dollars/tank by choosing splash blended 94 octane thus premium half E85/ …

EPA Seeks Comment On ICR On RFS Program COMMENTS DUE February 6, 2018
December 14, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Update)  On December 8, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice in the Federal Register regarding its plans to submit an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget …

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s …

EPA Sets 2018 Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price at $1.96
December 13, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, …

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now
December 13, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on the stage and on the floor.
Jet fuel deployment – how much, how soon, by whom? …

Attacks on RFS Intensify
December 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Oil interests are intensifying efforts to force changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  …  “Texas is already blending more than 9.7 percent!  Nationally, we’re blending more than 10 percent.  There’s …

Agri-Pulse Open Mic Interview–U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
December 11, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  This week’s guest on Open Mic is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. While countless farm groups and members of the agriculture industry have expressed concern with the Trump Administration’s threats to pull out of …

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, …

Barrasso Calls on EPA to Study the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Impact on the Environment
December 8, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)  Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt …

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 …

Mail Call! Don’t Turn the Car (Standards) Around
December 6, 2017 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) At least 22 Democratic senators, led by Ed Markey, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kamala Harris , are sending Pruitt a letter this morning urging him not to weaken emissions standards …

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 …

Letter to the Editor: Ethanol Important to Consumers
December 5, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Tulsa World)  The staggering number of misstatements about ethanol contained in Tulsa World Editorial Pages Editor Wayne Greene’s column would fill a barrel (“Refiners over a barrel … and the …

EPA to Issue Report on RFS Impacts Next Spring
December 5, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Marc Heller (E&E Publishing/Greenwire) U.S. EPA will report on the environmental effects of biofuel mandates next spring, four years later than required by Congress, the agency said in documents accompanying its announcement of renewable fuel …

Pruitt Takes a Bow in Iowa: EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules and Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump
December 5, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … In a large farm shop with ethanol and biodiesel posters adorning the walls, Pruitt touted his two biofuels announcements in recent weeks. He noted EPA had struggled under …

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver
December 5, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for …

Lo-Carb at Ay Speed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
December 5, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are two approaches to encouraging low-carbon fuels  — volumetric mandates and carbon reduction incentives. What is different about a Low Carbon Fuel Standard — as compared to a Renewable Fuel Standard?
There …

Take a Pass?
December 4, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally asked for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from …

Pruitt Reverses Course on Biofuels in 2018 RFS Determination
December 1, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On November 30, the EPA released its final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVOs) proposal, the amount of biofuels it will require to be blended into the U.S. fuel …

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 …

Fuel Economy Is Going up. Vehicle Prices Are Holding Steady.
November 30, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Eric Junga (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) In responding to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action on vehicle standards, ACEEE found that average vehicle prices have remained essentially flat over the past 15 years, even as average …

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 …

As 2018 Renewable Fuel Numbers Disappoint, It’s ‘Advanced Biofuels Industry to EPA: More Please, Sir!’
November 30, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations for 2018. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.29 billion gallons , of …

2018 RVOs Keep Conventional Biofuels on Track
November 30, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor today released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018. The total renewable fuel volume is 19.29 billion …

Biodiesel Industry Disappointed by Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes
November 30, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB: EPA Missed an Opportunity to Grown American-Made Energy and Jobs  —  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the required volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and failed …

EPA Finalizes RFS Volumes for 2018 and Biomass Based Diesel Volumes for 2019
November 30, 2017 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program for 2018, and biomass-based diesel for 2019.
“Maintaining the renewable …

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 …

Drivers May Bear the Brunt of U.S. Biofuel Quotas
November 28, 2017 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt (Bloomberg)  With higher blend credit prices come stronger gasoline margins; Refiners likely to pass higher costs at the pump: Wells Fargo  —  … Despite the petroleum lobby’s efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency last week rejected a petition …

Is E25 Legal in the Mini Cooper?
November 27, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  … In an over-simplified explanation, the EPA has claimed the legal authority to regulate ethanol blends under section 211(f) of the Clean Air Act, known as the “sub-sim” …

Biofuels Score Victory: EPA Rejects Petitions to Change Point of Obligation in RFS
November 27, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected several petitions to change the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard in a notice released on Wednesday ahead of a posting …

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol
November 22, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years.
Most technologies have fallen …

Does Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC Reform
November 20, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards.
Why, since ILUC is a required …

For First Time, Biodiesel Leadership Weighs In With President Trump on RFS, Calls out Contradictions in Refiners’ Arguments
November 16, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB’s Governing Board Members Emphasize That Growth in RFS Volumes is Needed  —  Today the executive leadership of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) sent a letter to President Trump regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard …

RFA Refutes PMAA’s ‘Grossly Overstated’ Claims in Letter to Senate EPW Chairman
November 16, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA)’s recent claims that underground storage tanks at fueling stations cannot legally store gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) are “grossly overstated” and the group’s conclusion that Renewable …

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 …

Struggling Philadelphia Refiner Sells Biofuel Credits, Raises Cash: Sources
November 15, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) has raised tens of millions of dollars in cash by selling U.S. biofuels credits in recent weeks, according to sources familiar with the transactions, an …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
November 15, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

Renewable Fuels Association’s Bob Dinneen explained the implications of RFA’s latest review of vehicle warranties: “The oil company explanation for their failure to invest in infrastructure allowing E15 has been there isn’t sufficient demand for …

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly 90% of New 2018 Vehicles
November 15, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association) Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to the results of an annual analysis of …

Cruz to Iowa: Come to the Table or Northey Gets It
November 15, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Ted Cruz, having seemingly failed to secure a meeting with Midwestern senators brokered by the White House, has turned to newly fledged Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to try and …

Presentations Posted for Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
November 14, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining how high-octane, low-carbon fuel can enable CAFE compliance. Research suggests that high-octane, low-carbon fuel is the lowest-cost compliance option for both consumers …

Delaware, Regional Leaders Take on Trump’s EPA
November 14, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  Delaware City Refinery rally to call on President Trump to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and protect well-paying jobs for East Coast refiners and manufacturing workers. 
Area oil refineries, union …

Growth Energy Driving Ethanol Podcast from National Association of Farm Broadcasting
November 13, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Energy.AgWired.com)  CEO Emily Skor attends National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention
The Growth Energy Driving Ethanol podcast this week comes from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting 74th annual convention in Kansas City last week.
Growth Energy …

Risk Has Arrived for RFS Advanced Pool
November 13, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine/Advanced Biofuels Association)  On Oct. 4, the U.S. EPA published a Notice of Data Availability soliciting input on lowering the renewable volume obligation (RVO) mandates even further than the proposed 2018 volumes …

Rally with Governor John Carney on the Renewable Fuel Standard
November 10, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(CGCN GROUP) Please join Governor John Carney (D-DE), Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ), other elected officials, union leaders, and employees of PBF Energy, Monroe Energy, and Philadelphia Energy Solutions on Monday, November 13th to call on President …

Can California Eliminate Gas Cars?
November 10, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Anne C. Mulkern, ClimateWire  (Scientific American)  State leaders are discussing banning the sale of cars that run on gasoline or diesel  —  … Switching to all clean cars would require a herculean transformation in the Golden State. …

Mail Call! Thanks, Mr. President!
November 9, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) A group of advanced biofuel producers, including ethanol giants Archer Daniels Midland and POET, sent a letter to Trump thanking him for past support of the ethanol industry and …

U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser
November 9, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Miles Weiss, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  U.S. Attorney for Southern District of N.Y. seeks information; Icahn Enterprises discloses request in securities filing  —  Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for information on Carl Icahn’s efforts …

USDA to Re-Engage Stakeholders on Revisions to Biotechnology Regulations
November 8, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the Agency’s biotechnology regulations and will re-engage with …

Carper Leads Letter Requesting FTC Investigate and End RIN Market Manipulation
November 8, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Carper) Bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers assert market volatility hurts East Coast refineries like PBF in Delaware City  —  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with …

Diamond Green Diesel Initiates Engineering Review for Proposed Expansion to 550 Million Gallons Annually
November 8, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Darling Ingredients Inc./PR Newswire)  Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) (“Valero”) announced today that in anticipation of growing demand for renewable diesel due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and global …

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before — Kathleen Hartnett White’s Nomination
November 7, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Two corn-state Republican EPW senators – Deb Fischer and Joni Ernst – are publicly undecided about Kathleen Hartnett White’s nomination to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality after …

The Public Pulse: Investing in Biofuels Pays off
November 7, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Sullivan, Kyle J. Nixon (World-Herald)  Novozymes was honored to have Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts join us earlier this year to announce a $36 million expansion in Blair, Nebraska, where we’re pioneering technologies that will …

US EPA Sends Final RFS Volumes to White House for Review
November 6, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency has sent for review the final renewable fuel volume standards for 2018 and biomass based diesel volume for 2019, making it likely that the agency will release …

Team Ethanol Fires Back
November 6, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) If Trump watches the ads on Fox & Friends, then he’s getting an earful on the Renewable Fuels Standard these days. Starting today and through the Nov. 20, Fuels …

RFA Statement on Pennsylvania Governor RFS Waiver Request
November 6, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the …

Our Editorial: End the Ethanol Mandate
October 30, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(Detroit News)  …  His (Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) defense of the mandates was as a jobs program.
That’s a poor basis for energy policy, and the president was wrong to cave..
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had proposed only …

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape
October 30, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice …

Trump Is Fulfilling His Promises on Ethanol
October 30, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Wall Street Journal)  President Trump is faithfully sticking to his campaign promise to “do all that is in my power as president” to achieve the goals of the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

Pruitt Wants RIN Fraud Crackdown
October 30, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called for “some reforms” to the program under the Renewable Fuel Standard through which companies buy credits to comply with biofuels mandates during a Sunday radio …

EPA Won’t Back Down From Ethanol Requirements. What Do Automakers Say?
October 28, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Environmental Leader)  … Some automakers like Toyota and Lexus have warned drivers that if they fill up with E85 that their warranties may not cover engine damage, a Fox story had said.
To be clear, there are …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Stuck between Two GOP Sides on Ethanol
October 27, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency, in its ambitious effort to roll back the previous administration’s energy and environmental policies, has had a significant stumble with Republicans lawmakers. On both sides of the ethanol …

Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae: Does Ethanol Mandate Make it Worse?
October 26, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kuhlman (Public News Service)  The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won’t go away without changes in federal policies. 
One measure raising concerns is the …

US Ethanol Is Modern-Day Farm Policy; Future Profitable: Green Plains CEO
October 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US ethanol industry represents a modern-day farm policy as the primary means of creating demand for ever-growing corn supplies, and the industry maintains a profitable outlook, Green Plains CEO Todd Becker said Tuesday.
“This is …

Letter from Washington: The Grand Alliance Flashes V for Victory in Renewable Fuels Fight
October 25, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a very busy week in Washington DC, the high point being a letter to seven senators sent late Thursday by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who took significant (and as …

Lawmakers Urge Consistent Approach to Federal Regulation of Biotechnology
October 25, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a letter to three federal agency heads on Tuesday, a group of 79 bipartisan members of the United States House of Representatives expressed concern about the direction being …

Putting Major RFS Concessions into Writing
October 20, 2017 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Joni Ernst released a letter late Thursday from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlining a number steps the agency intends to take on the Renewable Fuel Standard that will …

New York City Submits Strong Comments to EPA Supporting Biodiesel
October 20, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services/Biodiesel Magazine)  New York City submitted comments to the U.S. EPA Oct. 19, protesting any rollback of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which calls for minimal use levels for renewable fuels like …

NBB Holds Firm In Its Request for 2.5 Billion Gallons of Biomass-Based Diesel, 4.75 Billion Gallons of Advanced Biofuels
October 20, 2017 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA Letter Does Not Include a Commitment to Raise Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes  —  Yesterday the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of Data Availability (NODA), focusing on …

Trump Tells EPA to Boost Biofuels After Iowa Uproar
October 19, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy , Jennifer Jacobs, Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Market for biofuel credits rebounds after lawmakers weigh in; Iowa governor says Trump affirms commitment to biofuel program
President Donald Trump intervened personally with the Environmental Protection Agency amid pressure from Republicans in …

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Blocks Key EPA Nominees, Cites Ethanol Stance and Ties to Koch Industries
October 19, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Citing one nominee’s stance on the federal ethanol mandate and another’s supposed ties to Koch Industries, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, on Wednesday placed holds on two key nominations for top-level jobs …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC
October 19, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated …

A Vote for Bill Wehrum Is a Vote against the RFS
October 18, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  There is a reason that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), our nation’s policy governing the production and sale of biofuels, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. This policy is …

Grassley Says Midwestern Senators Who Are Upset over EPA’s New Renewable-Fuel Proposals Could Hold up Agency’s Nominees
October 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Morton (Omaha World-Herald) The head of the Environmental Protection Agency sought Tuesday to calm Midwestern senators who could block his nominees if the agency sets renewable fuel mandates too low.

All four GOP senators from …

Farmers Push for Support of Renewable Fuels
October 18, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Public News Service)  Farmers in North Dakota and across the country are pushing policymakers in Washington to support renewable fuels.
The National Farmers Union, in conjunction with the North Dakota Farmers Union and counterparts in other states, …

Iowa Plant Receives EPA Approval for Cellulosic Production
October 18, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Edeniq Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa, ethanol …

Pruitt’s Charm Offensive Has Few Actual Promises
October 18, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Seven corn-state Republican senators emerged smiling from what they deemed a “good” meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday but they got no concrete policy promises on the Renewable …

5 Years in, Fuel Economy Standards Put Savings in Drivers’ Pockets
October 17, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by David Friedman (The Hill/Consumers Union)  What if our government rolled back a program that saved consumers over $45 billion on fuel since 2010? What if they did this despite the fact that the industry involved …

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.
October 17, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.
But …

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS
October 17, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to …

ABFA Sends Letter to President Trump Opposing Proposed Decreases to 2018 RVOs
October 17, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  On October 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to the proposals in the EPA’s October 4th  Notice of Data Availability (NODA), which requests …

Heitkamp Leads Bipartisan Effort to Protect Biofuel Production & Support Rural Jobs
October 16, 2017 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Heidi Heitkamp)  Senators: EPA Proposal to Cut Renewable Fuel Standard Would Cost Jobs in Rural America  —  U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today led a bipartisan letter with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Patty Murray …

New Statistical Analysis: No Relationship Between RIN Credits and Retail Gasoline Prices
October 16, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association) Despite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), prices of the Renewable Identification Number (RINs) credits used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline …

The Other General Waiver: RFS and Severe Economic Harm
October 13, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess and Scott Irwin (Farms.com/University of Illinois/farmdocdaily)  As discussed last week, the Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting data and feedback on the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels components of the Renewable Fuels Standard, including the …

US EPA Gives Green Light for Flint Hills Resources’ Edeniq Technology-Based Ethanol Plant
October 13, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa-based ethanol plant. The plant will use Edeniq’s technology.
Flint Hills Resources’ Iowa Falls plant …

Rep. Upton Files Bill to ‘Harmonize’ MPG Rrules
October 13, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Keith Laing (Detroit News)  U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has introduced legislation that would allow automakers to apply credits for gas mileage improvements from model years as far back as 2009 to help comply …

The Top Legislative Threats Facing Convenience Stores Today
October 12, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Tammy Mastroberte (Convenience Store News)  …  One of the top issues right now is the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which provides for the inclusion of increasing volumes of renewable fuel into the marketplace each year.
With the …

Randy Krehbiel: Did Scott Pruitt Just Declare War on Renewables?
October 12, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Randy Krehbiel (Tulsa World)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may have declared an end to the “war on coal” earlier this week, but what some consider Pruitt’s own war on alternative energy seems to …

If We Want Electric Autonomous Cars They’ll Need A Hell Of A Lot More Juice
October 11, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Alanis King (Jalopnik)  1st Gear: Surprise, Self-Driving Cars Need A Lot Of ‘Brain’ Power  —  Oh, you want an electric car that can also shuttle you around without you having to move a muscle? What do you …

Energy Conference Focuses on Profitable Energy Independence
October 10, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(Huggins Consulting Group LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Competitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened in the heart of …

ACE Helps Retailers Ask EPA to Level the Playing Field for FFVs
October 10, 2017 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   In response to fuel marketers asking how they can help support their flex fuel infrastructure and customers, the American Coalition for Ethanol organized a joint letter signed by fuel …

Asume E15 Bill Dead (for Now)
October 10, 2017 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Both Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso and bill sponsor Deb Fischer now say a measure S. 517 (115) that would allow year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol won’t even …

Trump Tramples GOP Loyalty with Anti-Iowa Positions on Health Care, Energy
October 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Kathie Obradovich (Des Moines Register)  …  Trump, while campaigning in Iowa, pledged to protect the RFS, which sets the minimum volume of renewable energy that must be part of the transportation fuels sold in the United …

Ethanol Groups Comment on CAFE-GHG Standards
October 10, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and American Coalition for Ethanol have all submitted public comments to U.S. EPA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stressing the benefits of high-octane …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection
October 9, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Lane and Mindy Collier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) However, while business matters are important when determining a location to build and operate a production facility, it’s important to pay close attention to regulatory and community …

Senators Object to Lower 2018 U.S. Renewable Fuel Requirements
October 6, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  A group of 38 U.S. senators asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to abandon plans to lower biofuel requirements for oil refiners in 2018, according to a letter made public by the office …

EESI Comments on Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards
October 6, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On October 5, EESI submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on their midterm evaluation of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for …

Renewable Natural Gas Increasingly Used to Meet Part of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Requirements
October 6, 2017 – 9:48 am | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Agency)  Renewable natural gas (RNG), which is derived from biogas collected at landfills and other facilities, is increasingly used to meet government targets for renewable fuel production. In 2016, about 189 million gallons …

Advanced Biofuels USA Files Comments on CAFE Midterm Evaluation
October 5, 2017 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Regarding the Midterm Evaluation Draft Technical Assessment Report for Model Year 2022–2025 Light Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions and CAFE Standards, Advanced Biofuels USA offered the following comments and recommendations.

Current EPA CAFE Fuel Mileage Regulations …

Biodiesel Industry Helps Drive American Manufacturing
October 5, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Manufacturing Day 2017 Highlights Biodiesel’s Job Creation  —  Biodiesel is a driving force in America’s manufacturing sector, supporting more than 64,000 good paying, clean energy jobs across the country. These jobs are contributing to …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019; Availability of Supplemental Information and Request for Further Comment (Deadline October 19, 2017)
October 4, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  This document provides additional data and an opportunity to comment on that data and potential options for reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or …

Refiners Make America-First Pitch to Cut Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US independent refiners seized on protectionist themes and two key biofuel industry victories this year to argue regulators must reduce federally mandated blending of renewable fuels.
Refiners framed a US-first pitch to slash more than …

A Blustery Day in the Bioeconomy’s Billion Acre Wood: The Latest from EPA, POET, Fuels America, Calyxt, Eligo Bioscience, Queensland, Gevo, Virgin, and Unilever
October 4, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Headwinds — US road transport biofuels producers are up in arms this week. There are reports of  oil industry led-efforts within the EPA to create an export-subsidy RIN, cut biofuel targets with new “data,” and bypass EPA …

Judge Rules EPA to Release More Documents on Ethanol Test Fuels
October 3, 2017 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A judge rules that the Urban Air Initiative should have access to more EPA documents discussing test fuels. The D.C Federal Judge made the ruling in regards to a Freedom of Information Request …

Grassley Floor Speech Criticizes EPA Proposal to Reduce RFS RVOs
October 3, 2017 – 9:48 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in recent action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 …

BFC Keynote Addresses Policy, Technology, Economy
October 3, 2017 – 9:34 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Geoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association, told attendees at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis that it’s tough to predict the future. “Predicting the …

ACE Partners on EPA Smart Sectors Program
October 3, 2017 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) announces its participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Sectors program launched today to provide a platform for collaboration with regulated sectors to help the agency …

Biofuel Advocates: President Trump Should Keep Commitment to the RFS
October 3, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Sara Wyant (Agri-Pulse) … In July, EPA proposed to reduce the total 2018 RFS renewable fuel blending requirements below the levels required in 2017. In late September, the agency said it was considering further reductions …

‘No Rationale for Further Reducing’ 2018 RFS RVO, RFA Says in Response to EPA Notice
September 26, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Today, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA), seeking comment on potential options for reductions in the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes beyond those …

The Message Is Clear: We Must Create Demand
September 26, 2017 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth above 15 billion gallons will require new markets and widespread understanding of ethanol’s carbon-reduction value.  —  … The guaranteed market for 15 billion gallons has been achieved and anything we …

U-Turn on Climate Rule
September 26, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Reversing course, DOT told a federal judge in New York in a letter it will publish a regulation requiring states to track emissions from highways and craft reduction goals, Pro’s Alex Guillén reports. Once …

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: Blended Fuels Are the Way to Go
September 26, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Glenn Badenhop (The Blade)  Oil refineries in Ohio and across the country are misleading the public about the Renewable Fuel Standards, and this deception was most recently on display in The Blade’s Sept. 18 article on …

Trump’s Bait-And-Switch On The Renewable Fuel Standard
September 26, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Paul Alexander (Huffington Post)  … “Now it is time for action,” Monte Shaw, IRFA executive director, said following Trump’s Iowa appearance. “President Trump’s EPA needs to release the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2018. That proposal …

Icahn’s Oil Refiner CVR Starts Unwinding Biofuels Bet
September 20, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Carl Icahn’s refining company CVR Energy (CVI.N) has begun buying biofuel credits for the first time in months, a sign the firm is starting to unwind a massive …

EPA Stops Work on Airline Emissions Standards
September 20, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Summit County Citizens Voice)  Agency’s move could violate federal environmental laws  —  A little more than a year after determining that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are a threat to public health, the EPA has …

Letter: Is the EPA Scamming Auto Owners?
September 18, 2017 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (Glacial Lakes Energy/Argus Leader)  How long can the Environmental Protection Agency ignore clean air and soaking auto owners with high priced inferior gas?
It seem to me those EPA (‘dirty rotten scoundrels’) as described …

Ethanol Industry Urges EPA to Take New Look at Midlevel Blends
September 18, 2017 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (Oil Price Information Service)  he U.S. ethanol industry is hoping it can obtain from the Trump administration something it could not get from the Obama White House: an acknowledgement that higher levels …

Biodiesel’s Impact on Soybean Oil Prices Lower than Previously Thought
September 18, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

by Tom Steever (Brownfield Ag News)  An agriculture economist says biodiesel production has had less impact on soybean oil prices than previously thought.  The impression was that the U.S. biodiesel production boom following the establishment …

Oil and Ethanol Groups Debate Future of Fuel
September 15, 2017 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Ben Nuelle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  … Members of the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Petroleum Institute discussed the Renewable Fuels Standard on a four-member panel Tuesday.
“We would like to see the RFS significantly …

Ethanol Report on E15 Hurricane Help
September 15, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Fuel disruptions due to Hurricane Harvey were mitigated somewhat, thanks to an early end to the summer restriction on sales of E15 (15% ethanol fuel) that helped offset gasoline supply shortfalls and limit …

Are High Ethanol Blends Going to Be Essential, and Mandatory, for Super High Fuel-Efficient Engines?
September 14, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, war is surely about to break out over E25-E30 blending, now that RFA CEO Bob Dinneen testified in DC in his courtly but adamant manner that a high-octane, low-carbon ethanol …

U.S. EPA Chief Denies Icahn Influence in Biofuel Regulation
September 13, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters) Investor Carl Icahn never wielded excessive influence on U.S. biofuels policy while acting as President Donald Trump’s adviser on regulation, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to a …

Over 150 Biofuels Champions in D.C. Today to Kick Off Industry’s Largest Advocacy Summit
September 13, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy is holding its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C., this week, bringing together over 150 leaders in the ethanol industry from across the country to champion the association’s policy priorities on …

EPA: Thumbs-up to ‘Energy Beet’ Idea
September 12, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The Environmental Protection Agency predicted it might take six months to do an initial evaluation of “energy beets” for their environmental footprint as a feedstock for biofuels.
Six years — not months …

Ethanol Groups Testify at EPA Hearing on CAFE-GHG Standards
September 12, 2017 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Association are among the groups that testified at the U.S. EPA’s public hearing for the reconsideration of the …

Risk on the Horizon for RFS Advanced Pool?
September 11, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  The time is now to make sure policymakers in Washington, D.C., understand the importance of staying the course on fuels of the future. —  On July 28, the …

Donald Trump Ignores Biodiesel and the Loyal Voters behind It
September 11, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Lindsey Rae Gjording (DW) The Midwest vote helped elect Trump, but his campaign promises to defend ethanol have fallen short. Farmers struggle to get by with declining crop sales and outpricing from larger oil firms and …

RFS Comment Period Closes, More than 44,000 Comments Submitted
September 6, 2017 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume standards (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closed …

RFA Says Ethanol Can Fill Fuel Need With Refining Capacity Down
September 1, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(WNAX Radio)  Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has negatively impacted the nation’s oil refining capacity. Renewable Fuel Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says the ethanol industry has the fuel to fill that supply need …

Biofuels Voices Comment on RFS Rule
September 1, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The comment period for the EPA’s proposed volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has officially ended and stakeholders in both the biodiesel and ethanol industries made their …

Duckworth Asks FBI to Investigate Trump Ally Carl Icahn
September 1, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is calling on the FBI to investigate whether Carl Icahn, a former external adviser to President Trump, violated conflict of interest laws.
Duckworth’s request, outlined in a …

The People’s Fuel
September 1, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biodiesel is the people’s advanced biofuel, but it is not always the Establishment’s darling.  Whether it is cleaner air, more lubricity, more advanced domestic manufacturing and jobs, higher property values …

Pruitt’s EPA Undermines Cellulosic Biofuels and Transparency in Government
August 31, 2017 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  As the New York Times recently reported, the EPA Administrator Pruitt has been conducting much of his work to undermine the EPA’s mission in secret.  The recent proposed rule …

Icahn Sees Biofuels Fight Deepening as Refinery Losses Mount
August 30, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Billionaire Carl Icahn says an oil industry push for structural changes to the U.S. biofuels mandate will persist, even if the Environmental Protection Agency rebuffs requests from refiners to …

Growth Energy Files NHTSA Comments in Support of Ethanol Blends
August 30, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy recently filed comments with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as it prepares an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) …

More Is Less
August 30, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Institute) … We need more ethanol in gasoline, and in so doing, we will get less drain on our wallets, less toxic aromatics, less carbon, less sulfur, less particulates …

Cellerate + Enogen Could Meet Cellulosic Ethanol Goal
August 29, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  If every corn ethanol plant in the country were to convert to Cellerate bolt-on technology combined with Enogen® corn enzyme technology from Syngenta, the country could more than meet the goals …

New Biofuel Exemption Prospects Spur Oil Giant Concern
August 29, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs  (Bloomberg BNA)  An era of relaxed biofuel blending requirements may be dawning for small oil refineries nationwide following a watershed court decision and new congressional direction for regulators.
That prospect is cheered on …

Letter – EPA Scams Drivers
August 29, 2017 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Dale Christensen (The Public Opinion)  How long can the Environmental Protection Agency ignore clean air and soak auto owners with higher-priced,  inferior gas?

 It seems to me the EPA, those  “dirty rotten scoundrels” as described by …

Comment Period on EPA’s 2018 RFS Proposal Closes Aug. 31
August 29, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Those who wish to file written comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard have until midnight on Aug. 31 …

Ethanol Industry Wants EPA to Ease Fuel Restrictions to Reduce Price Spikes in Harvey’s Wake
August 29, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The ethanol industry pressed the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to relax fuel restrictions nationwide to blend more of the corn-based fuel in the gasoline supply to reduce the threat …

Failure to Set Cost of Carbon Hampers Trump’s Effort to Expand Use of Fossil Fuels
August 28, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Revkin (ProPublica) The Trump administration plans to sharply reduce the government’s estimate of how much each ton of carbon emissions harms the planet. It hasn’t done so yet, and that delay is slowing Trump’s …

EPA Changed Course on Cellulosic RFS Documents: EPA Originally Sought Increase in Cellulosic Volumes
August 25, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency originally proposed a much higher cellulosic ethanol number in its Renewable Fuel Standard proposal sent to the Office of Management and Budget in …

How Much Ethanol Do You Want in Your Gas in 2018?
August 24, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(BoatUS/PowerBoatWorld.com)  The battle to protect your boat’s engine is not over. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public comments on the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation’s fuel …

Biofuels and Biogas Unite in Call for Cellulosic Targets
August 24, 2017 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Leading US advocates for advanced liquid and gasified biofuels have united to urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand behind President Trump’s commitment to driving investment in the next generation of ‘homegrown’ …

Letter: The Economic Consequences of a Post-2022 RFS
August 23, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Lon Carrier (Argus Leader)  …  The ethanol volume requirements will likely remain at this level until the EPA takes over the program entirely in 2023. At that point, the agency could cut corn ethanol out …

Congressional Research Service Publishes The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): An Overview
August 23, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelsi Bracmort (Congressional Research Service; posted by OurEnergyPolicy.org)  Congress has expressed ongoing interest in the RFS, particularly the challenges associated with implementing the RFS and with compliance for entities required to use renewable fuels. Some …

Farmers Union to Power the Transition to a Homegrown, Renewable Energy Future for the U.S.
August 23, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union)   The transition to a homegrown, renewable energy future for America is underway. Biofuels, higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, and advanced, bio-based technologies are reaping tremendous benefits for our environment and providing …