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Summary: Clean Fuels Alliance Foundation 2022 Congressional Tours

(Clean Fuels Alliance Foundation)  In 2022 Clean Fuels Foundation hosted or supported three Congressional Tours. The first was in New York City, second in Iowa, and the third in California. Between the three tours the Foundation was able to show almost 60 Congressional staffers the complete biodiesel/renewable diesel value chain.

October 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Guidance on Qualifying an Analytical Method for Determining the Cellulosic Converted Fraction of Corn Kernel Fiber Co-Processed with Starch

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This document provides updated guidance on qualifying an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch in order to demonstrate compliance with the regulatory requirements in 40 CFR 80.1450(b)(1)(xiii)(B)(3). 1 Public confidence in the volumes of cellulosic ethanol produced under the Renewable

September 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Report: Design of RFS Limits Incentives for E85

(Agricultural & Applied Economics Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The nested design of the Renewable Fuel Standard is limiting incentives for blenders to sell higher blends of ethanol (E85) and has instead resulted in increasing blending of biodiesel to comply with the RFS. The nested structure of the RFS allows a more advanced

September 29, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Delivers Final Rule on Canola Oil RFS Fuel Pathways to OMB

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA on Sept. 19 delivered a final rule to create canola oil fuel pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard for renewable diesel, jet fuel naphtha, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and heating oil to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review

September 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Environmental Group Asks Court to Vacate EPA Biofuels Rule

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico Pro) The Center for Biological Diversity called on a federal appeals court Tuesday to vacate EPA’s final rule setting renewable fuel volumes for 2020, 2021 and 2022, arguing the agency failed to comply with the Endangered Species Act. “The EPA is blatantly ignoring how the renewable fuel

September 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Report 9-27-22 What the Set Means for Ethanol Producers and Farmers

(Renewable Fuels Association)  When Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) that authorized the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), annual volume requirements were specified through the year 2022 for renewable fuels. But that does not mean this year is the end of the RFS. After this year, the

September 27, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap — Comments Invited on Draft

(American Economic Association) Executive Summary:  This is an unprecedented time in history for hydrogen with interest being amplified worldwide due to its potential to address the climate crisis as well as energy security and resiliency. Though there are significant challenges, zero and low-carbon hydrogen can be a key part of

September 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Thompson: Farmers Can Help Solve Nation’s Fuel Crisis | Opinion

by Bob Thompson (Michigan Farmers Union/Detroit News) …  Fortunately, President Joe Biden and our members of Congress have taken decisive steps to lower gas prices and limit our dependence on foreign oil. They have done that by supporting biofuels — fuel grown by America’s farmers. Not only does this lower gas prices and

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Special Report: Advisory – Story Has Been Withdrawn – How U.S. Ethanol Plants Are Allowed to Pollute More than Oil Refineries

Reuters is withdrawing a Sept. 8 article that compared carbon emissions from U.S. ethanol plants and oil refineries because of its flawed interpretation of data on ethanol-plant pollution and fuel-production capacity. That led to inaccurate estimates of carbon emissions for individual ethanol plants named in the story. STORY_NUMBER: L8N30E5AE STORY_DATE:

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuels Leaders Set Priorities for 2023 and Beyond: The Industry Is Calling for Strong RFS Volumes

by Cassidy Walter (Successful Farming) Today (September 22, 2022) a coalition of leaders from America’s biofuels industry sent a united call to EPA for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2023 and beyond, to advance biofuels’ efforts toward net-zero emissions. “We think EPA has an enormous opportunity with this rulemaking

September 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Journey to Net Zero Carbon Global Transport Requires Many Routes

(American Journal of Transportation) Advanced Diesel Technology and Renewable Biofuels Deliver Important Near-term Carbon Reductions Now   — As leaders come together in New York during Climate Week NYC all decarbonization options for transport must be considered, given the magnitude of the challenge and the great diversity of global economies, energy systems,

September 21, 2022 Read Full Article

UPDATE 2-GM Backs Setting Tough U.S. Emissions Targets for 2030

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  General Motors Co said on Tuesday it backed establishing tougher federal emissions standards to help ensure at least 50% of new vehicles sold by 2030 are zero-emission. The largest U.S. automaker and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) released a series of joint recommendations to boost electric vehicles

September 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Design of the Renewable Fuel Standard Implicated in Leading to the Ethanol Blend Wall

(Agricultural and Applied Economics Association/CISION) The nested design of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is limiting incentives for blenders to sell higher blends of ethanol (E85) and has instead resulted in increasing blending of biodiesel to comply with the RFS. The nested structure of the RFS allows a more advanced biofuel

September 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Delta Air Lines Readies Refinery to Process Biofuels

by Laura Sanicola and Laila Kearney (Reuters)  Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) plans to start receiving shipments of renewable fuel feedstocks at its Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery as part of a strategy that could reduce its environmental liabilities by hundreds of millions of dollars, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The move

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Measuring Up Corn Fiber Ethanol

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol made from corn fiber has a low carbon intensity and the potential to generate D3 RINs, but navigating the regulatory landscape to capture its fullest value can be complex.  —  Producing corn fiber ethanol alongside standard, D6 RIN-generating corn starch ethanol gives producers

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article
Fuels Biointermediate Compliance Workshop   —   September 29, 2022   —   ONLINE

Fuels Biointermediate Compliance Workshop — September 29, 2022 — ONLINE

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a virtual public workshop on the new biointermediates provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. EPA is hosting a virtual public workshop to discuss the implementation of the new biointermediate provisions promulgated as a part of Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) final rule for

September 16, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA: 1 New SRE Petition Filed, 4 SRE Petitions Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on Sept. 15 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that one new SRE petition was filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the past month. According to the agency, four SRE petitions are currently pending. The newly filed SRE petition

September 16, 2022 Read Full Article

US Biofuel Industry Hopes Their Voices Are Heard as EPA Eyes Final Rules on E15, RFS

by Jasmin Melvin (S&P Global) E15 solution for Midwest states coming: Regan; Biofuel group pushes for nationwide action; Lays out industry priorities for next RFS rulemaking — A promise by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to lift a summertime ban on sales of a gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol in certain

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels, EPA Agree to Pause Litigation on Separated Food Waste Recordkeeping

(Clean Fuels Alliance America) Following discussions with Clean Fuels members, EPA hopes to resolve dispute without litigation  — Today (September 8, 2022), Clean Fuels Alliance America and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a joint motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit concerning Clean Fuels Alliance America

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Rural Incentives in Missouri Tax Cut Proposal Target Biofuels, Small Producers for Help

by Rudi Keller (News from the States) When lawmakers return this week for a special session, most of the attention will be on Gov. Mike Parson’s proposal to cut income taxes by $700 million a year. But Parson also wants the bill to include several tax credits intended to benefit rural Missouri

September 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Clean Octane Key to EPA Particulate Rule

by Doug Duarante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) Coalition Urges Administrator to Address Mobile Sources — In a detailed letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) called on the agency to use its existing authority to reduce toxic aromatics in gasoline as required by

September 13, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA, Growth Energy Slam Inaccurate Reuters Report on Ethanol GHGs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are slamming a Reuters article published on Sept. 8 that recycles highly misleading claims about the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of U.S. ethanol plants. The Reuters article, in part, cites the widely discredited study by Tyler Lark and others, which

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

THIS REPORT HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN BY REUTERS Special Report: How U.S. Ethanol Plants Are Allowed to Pollute More than Oil Refineries

Sept 23 (Reuters) – Reuters is withdrawing a Sept. 8 article that compared carbon emissions from U.S. ethanol plants and oil refineries because of its flawed interpretation of data on ethanol-plant pollution and fuel-production capacity. That led to inaccurate estimates of carbon emissions for individual ethanol plants named in the

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Inflation Reduction Act Charts a New Course for US Biofuels Industry

by Corey Lavinsky (S&P Global) … Though ethanol is mentioned only thrice in the lengthy law, ethanol producers will benefit from its carbon capture, utilization and storage provisions, clean fuel production credits, and incentives for ethanol-based sustainable aviation fuel. In addition, cellulosic ethanol manufacturers celebrated the revival of a previously-expired $1.01/gal second

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

US Farmers Can Supply Long-Term Energy and Climate Solutions

by Jon Doggett  (Fox Business/National Corn Growers Association) We must expand fuel choices and make ethanol more accessible across the US — … The Agriculture Department estimates that the cost of fuel, lube and electricity combined for American farmers is projected to increase 34% in 2022. We must remain focused on

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol and EVs Pt 1

by Bob Larson (Ag Information Network/Washington State Farm Bureau Report)  … The same week California announced it will end the sale of new liquid-fueled vehicles in 2035, a heat wave forced a power emergency and a request that consumers reduce demand, including charging EVs. That underscored the corn ethanol industry’s

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Alder Fuels and Enviva Partner to Further Scale and Commercialize Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chains

(Alder Fuels/Enviva/Business Wire)  Partnership aims to accelerate the decarbonization of aviation and to scale access to renewable fuels to power the clean energy transition — Enviva Inc. (NYSE: EVA), the world’s leading producer of sustainably sourced woody biomass, and Alder Fuels, a clean tech developer and greencrude producer, have signed a

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Algae and Seaweed in the Inflation Reduction Act

(Algae Biomass Organization) The Inflation Reduction Act that was passed by Congress and Signed by President Biden last month has been hailed as a milestone in climate progress for the United States, especially for the aid that the new legislation will provide for technology development. Several provisions should be of

September 6, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA and Ethanol at the Farm Progress Show

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  Ethanol was in the spotlight at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa this week and the Renewable Fuels Association was there to promote the high octane benefits of the fuel and the role of biofuels and farming in combating climate change. RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper, Director of Government Affairs

September 6, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA’s Fine PM Rule: A Pitch Ethanol Should Hit Out of the Park

by Doug Durante (Biofuels Digest/Clean Fuels Development Coalition) … EPA was finalizing their proposed rule to reduce fine particulates. To their credit, they had announced early on that they intended to complete their NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) by August and it is at the Office of Management and Budget for

September 5, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Expected to Announce 3 Years of Biofuel Blending Mandates in Nov -Sources

by Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Biden administration is expected to announce a rule this year that would detail annual biofuel blending mandates for the refining industry for a three-year period instead of just for one, three sources familiar with the discussions said. The switch to a multi-year target

September 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Court Approves Decree on Treated Seed Court Requires EPA to Act on Pesticide-Treated Seed Petition Filed by Environmental Groups

by Todd Neeley (DTN ProgressiveFarmer) EPA has 29 days to decide whether to grant or deny a petition calling for the regulation of pesticide-treated seeds, after a federal court on Wednesday approved a consent decree between the agency and the Center for Food Safety and the Pesticide Action Network North America.

September 2, 2022 Read Full Article

‘Cow Power’ Goes Dark as Manure-to-Electricity Fizzles

by Marc Heller (E&E News/Climatewire) After almost two decades making power from manure, Jon Patterson is done. The electric generator he installed on his dairy farm in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region in the late 2000s sits idle while he contemplates more promising ways to make money from the back

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Sets Alternative RIN Retirement Schedule for Small Refineries

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on Aug. 29 issued a final rule creating an optional alternative renewable identification number (RIN) retirement schedule for small refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2020. The agency action finalizes a proposed rule issued in June.   The alternative RIN retirement

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Siouxland Ethanol Plant Part of Record-Breaking Settlement for Toxic Releases

by Ariel Pokett (Siouxland Proud/KCAU)  An ethanol manufacturer agreed to pay a $1.7 million settlement with the EPA for allegedly releasing toxins at four plants, including one facility in Siouxland. Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC agreed to pay the settlement after a total of 131 violations were reported at four facilities in Indiana, Michigan,

August 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Speaking Up for Biofuels

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Year-round E15 and the RFS ‘set’ are top priorities for Growth Energy heading into it its annual D.C. fly-in this September. 2023 is the first year required volumes of renewable fuel are not specified by Congress and must be set by the EPA.

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Drink the Best and Sell the Rest!

by Jessica Buckley (RTP Environmental Associates Inc/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Some facilities that were originally designed and operated as fuel-grade ethanol plants are diversifying to produce higher-grade alcohol. There are permitting and compliance hurdles that may be encountered when making these changes to a biorefinery. … Given the current political climate

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Adding Up CCS Revenue Streams

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The dual financial motive behind ethanol’s move into CCS helps explain how and why producers intend to monetize their vital new role in the carbon sequestration movement. … The affiliate of Summit Agricultural Group is working towards building a multi-state, multi-ethanol plant pipeline system

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Rhythms of Reinvention: FEW General Session Highlights

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At the 2022 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the world’s largest biofuels conference, producers, industry stakeholders and vendors gathered to connect and learn in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  —  The 38th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo welcomed producers, suppliers, innovators and policy experts

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Poised to Overtake Biodiesel

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) Renewable diesel production is expected to overtake biodiesel production in the United States in October, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “We’re seeing continued growth on the renewable diesel side and stagnation to slight shrinkage on the biodiesel side,” Mindi Farber-DeAnda, team lead of petroleum

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Toyota Finally Supports California’s Long-Standing Authority to Set Vehicle Emissions Standards

(Sierra Club) Yesterday, Toyota announced its support for the state of California’s authority to set vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act. During the Trump administration, Toyota and other automakers attacked this authority and sided with Trump’s rollback of key climate and clean air protections. This week, the California Air Resources Board

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

“Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer. Here’s How.”

(Society of Environmental Journalists) “In a first, the measure legally defines greenhouse gases as pollution. That’ll make new regulations much tougher to challenge in court.” “When the Supreme Court restricted the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to fight climate change this year, the reason it gave was that Congress had

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Small Refiners Seek to Scrap EPA’s ‘Compressed’ RFS Compliance Rule

(Inside EPA)  Small refiners suing EPA over its modified compliance regime for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) say the agency has unlawfully and “extremely” compressed the timetable for them to supply EPA with compliance credits under the guise of a compliance deadline “extension” rule, asking a federal court to scrap

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Waiver Credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program

(Environmental Protection Agency) For any calendar year for which the projected volume of cellulosic biofuel production is less than the applicable volume of cellulosic biofuel set forth in Clean Air Act (CAA) section 211(o)(2)(B)(III), EPA must reduce the required volume of cellulosic biofuel for that year to the projected volume, and

August 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Less than $3/G, No Subsidy, No Kidding: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to T2C Energy Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Perhaps the most startling and under-appreciated story of the year. A heavy-duty transport fuel, made using abundant, fungible and affordable biomethane, validated at $2.91 per gallon by the DOE’s top due diligence team, and that’s no carbon price, no subsidy, no tax credit, no kidding.

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Data Show Drivers Flocking to E15, E85 Amidst Record Gas Prices

by Ken Colombini (Renewable Fuels Association)  As gasoline prices hit record levels earlier this summer, we heard plenty of anecdotal stories about a surge in the number of drivers seeking out lower-cost alternatives like E15 and E85. Now, we have fresh data to prove that more and more drivers did indeed

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Comstock Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Ready for Commercial Deployment

(Comstock Mining/Globe Newswire)  Targets First Generation Corn Ethanol Facilities For Commercialization —  Comstock Inc. (NYSE: LODE) (“Comstock” and the “Company”) today announced that it is marketing its cellulosic ethanol production technology for construction of commercial scale facilities, with a focus on upgrading pre-existing first generation corn ethanol facilities to convert forestry

August 19, 2022 Read Full Article

20 Refiners Appeal RFS Waiver Denials

by Todd Neeley (DNT Progressive Farmer) Refining Companies Line Up to Challenge Biden Administration on Denial of RFS Exemptions  —  Though the ethanol industry has celebrated the Biden administration’s rejection of all pending small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard, legal challenges to that action are beginning to pile up after

August 17, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Ag Advisor Updates ACE Conference

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Rod Snyder, Senior Advisor for Agriculture at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was a keynote speaker for the 35th American Coalition for Ethanol annual conference Friday in Omaha to provide an update on the role of biofuels in forthcoming EPA actions. Regarding year-round sales of E15 (15% ethanol), Snyder

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuel Retailer Says Ethanol Industry Can Support an E15 National Standard

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News) … Randy Gard is the Chief Operating Officer with Nebraska-based Bosselman Enterprises. “It just really takes some legislative law that gives guidance to EPA that says it’s ok to sell E15 year round.  It’s really that simple.” He tells Brownfield there’s sufficient infrastructure to expand

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Refiners File Wave of Fresh Suits over RFS Waiver Denials

(Inside EPA) Refiners have filed a fresh wave of lawsuits against EPA over its denial en masse of their requests for economic hardship waivers from compliance with renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandates, following an earlier series of suits filed by many of the same firms over EPA’s April retroactive denial

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Sets Expectations for Landmark EPA Proposal

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growth Energy celebrated the 17th anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard, signed into law on Aug. 8, 2005, by outlining the biofuel sector’s top priorities for the U.S. EPA’s fast-approaching update to the program. Under a consent decree agreement reached with Growth Energy, EPA will be required to formally propose the

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

U-S House Candidates Clash over Biofuels at Farmfest Forum

by Ashley Hanley (KTOE) The biofuels issue sparked brisk debate between U-S House candidates during a Tuesday forum on Farmfest’s first day.  Second District Democratic Congresswoman Angie Craig: “I’m the first member of Congress to ever, in the history of this Congress, pass a bill that would allow for year-round sales

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Group Urges CARB to Limit Biobased Diesel from Lipids under California LCFS

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  The International Council on Clean Transportation suggests setting a cap on lipids “would prevent California’s [biobased diesel] market shifting from one that is primarily waste oil-based to one increasingly reliant on food-based fuels with the highest sustainability risks.” The International Council on Clean Transportation

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Testifies on Ozone Implementation Plans for Denver Metro Area

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley testified before the Denver Regional Air Quality Council on the role higher blends of biofuels can play in reducing emissions of cars on the road today and improving air quality compared to regular gasoline. “We understand that the Denver Metro/North Front

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Re-N-Vision Awarded Department of Energy Grant to Test and Develop Blue Biofuels’ CTS Technology in Equitable Energy Transition

(Blue BiofuelsGlobe Newswire)  Blue Biofuels, Inc. announces that Re-N-Vision, LLC, based out of St. Louis, MO, has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Department of Energy grant for $199,902 with the title “Disadvantaged Community Bioenergy Feedstock Consortium in Urban Areas”. The grant was awarded under the Energy

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

National Energy Solution: Pt 1: Methane, Methanogens, Methanotrophs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week we reported that T2C Energy in partnership with the US Department of Energy had developed at pilot-scale a technology that makes drop-in transportation fuel for $2.91 a gallon, excluding any help from carbon prices and markets. (The techno-economics were validated by ICF, which is

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Notice of Public Comment Period on Additional Candidates Added to the Peer Reviewer Pool for the Biofuels and the Environment: Third Triennial Report to Congress DEADLINE: August 16, 2022

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 15-day public comment period on two (2) additional peer review candidates for the external peer review of the Biofuels and the Environment: Third Triennial Report to Congress (RtC3). EPA previously invited public comment on an initial pool of

August 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy to EPA: Alternative RIN Retirement Schedule Backtracks Effort to Strengthen RFS

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to EPA’s proposed alternative RIN retirement schedule for small refineries. In its proposal, EPA gives all small refineries, whether they submitted a small refinery exemption (SRE) or not, until February 1, 2024, to demonstrate 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation

August 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol-Basher Scores 100%…in Idiocy — Anti-Ethanol Writers Must Go!

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) …  The focus of my presentations was to talk about the urgent need to educate consumers and consumer influencers about the benefits of ethanol fuel. Almost simultaneous with my plane touching down in my home city, I learned about a new ethanol-bashing editorial that

August 2, 2022 Read Full Article

7th Circuit Transfers RFS Waiver Case to D.C.

(Inside EPA)  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has granted EPA’s request to transfer a refiner’s lawsuit challenging the agency’s denial of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance waiver to the D.C. Circuit, in what may be one of many such actions by regional courts as EPA

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Biointermediates: Production Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

by Sara M. Herman (Biodiesel Magazine/Christianson) While biointermediates present opportunities for biofuel producers, close attention should be paid to regulatory requirements. —  … Within the proposed rules, EPA included a section on biointermediates—feedstocks that are partially processed at one location and further refined at another—and outlined a number of requirements

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy and EPA Reach Agreement on Delayed 2023 Biofuel Requirements

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a consent decree agreement to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that requires EPA to propose the 2023 renewable fuel volume requirements no later than November 16, 2022, and to finalize those requirements no later than

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

In Pursuit of Pure: The Quest to Make E85 a Totally Biobased Fuel

by Melissa Anderson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) San Diego-based Pearson Fuels is showing its wholesale customers that E85 can be made almost entirely from biobased inputs using ethanol and renewable naphtha. The demand is there, but will the latter ingredient become available at scale? Gas prices are high in California. Very

July 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Let’s Give the Next Generation a Better Fuel

by Douglas A. Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Ethanol Producer Magazine) With a time-to-market advantage over EVs, ethanol benefits the 270 million cars on the road today while replacing benzene-based carcinogens in gas. With its low-carbon, high-octane requirement, the Next Generation Fuels Act takes ethanol higher. Depending on when you came

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Damaging Renewable Fuels Standard

(Center for Biological Diversity) The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s fuel volume requirements for corn ethanol and other biofuels for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Earlier this month the EPA set the 2022 required minimum volume for

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

AD Biogas To RNG Update

(BioCycle Magazine) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2020, 2021 and 2022 in early June. … Biogas generated by anaerobic digestion qualifies as either a cellulosic biofuel (D3) or a non-cellulosic advanced biofuel (D5), depending on the digester

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Walk and Chew Gum – Keeping Biofuels at the Table

by John Eichberger (Fuels Institute/Biofuels Digest) …  (I)t seems we have lost sight of something very important – the 1.4 billion vehicles in operation throughout the world (approximately 300 million of which are in the United States) that will never benefit from this new technology and will continue to release

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Approves Carinata Fuel Pathway for REG’s Geismar Facility

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA on June 30 approved a Renewable Fuel Standard fuel pathway filed by Renewable Energy Group Inc. that will allow the company’s biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana, to generate D4 biomass-based diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs) and D5 RINs for certain biofuels produced using carinata

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Are Urging EPA to Get RFS Back on Track

by Currey McCullough (RFD TV) Just this morning (July 19, 2022) on a call with ag reporters, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar are sending a letter urging the EPA to increase volumes of biodiesel and renewable diesel. “Adding more homegrown fuels to the nation’s

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Red Trail Energy Begins Carbon Capture and Storage

(Red Trail Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The first carbon capture and storage project allowed under state primacy in the U.S. has commenced operations. Red Trail Energy LLC announces it officially began carbon capture and storage (CCS) at its ethanol facility located near Richardton, North Dakota, on June 16. “After six years of

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Forget Saudi Arabia — Biden Should Have Gone to South Dakota: Letters to the Editor for July 17

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Argus Leader/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil seems unnecessary to us — he could have saved himself a long trip by coming to see what is being done right here in South Dakota. Sky high gas prices

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

The Cure for High Prices

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … At gas stations across the country, the cure for high prices isn’t more high prices—it’s ethanol. Refiners and blenders can lower gas prices for consumers simply by adding more ethanol, which has been $1–$1.50 per gallon cheaper than gasoline for much

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Virtual Public Meeting August 3-4, 2022 Public Comments DEADLINE August 18, 2022

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register) … Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hereby provides notice that the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) will meet on the dates and times described below. The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Enhanced Disclosures by Certain Investment Advisers and Investment Companies about Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment Practices Public Comment DEADLINE: August 16, 2022

(Securities and Exchange Commission/Federal Register) The Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) is proposing to amend rules and forms under both the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) and the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“Investment Company Act”) to require registered investment advisers, certain advisers that are exempt from registration, registered

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Biobased Diesel by the Numbers

by John Campbell (Biobased Diesel Daily/Ocean Park)  Renewable diesel and biodiesel production capacity may soon exceed domestic feedstock availability and demand, but this doesn’t mean a crisis is looming. While electric vehicles (EVs) make headlines, the renewable fuels industry offers a more immediate and impactful disruption to the energy industry,

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

OMB’s Spring Regulatory Agenda Includes Timelines for RFS Rules

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA has indicated it will release proposed rules related to the 2023 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligation (RVO) and state requests to allow summer E15 sales within the next several months. The agency will also soon finalize pending canola oil fuel pathways

July 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden-Harris Administration Takes Step Forward to Combat Climate Change, Announces Proposed Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Framework

(Federal Highway Administration)  Today, to advance President Biden’s commitment to combat climate change and bring down costs for families, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for states and municipalities to track and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure

July 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Whatever Happened to Cellulosic Ethanol?

by David Kramer (Physics Today) Technological immaturity, falling oil prices, overoptimistic investors, and regulatory uncertainty are blamed for the failure of a promising biofuel technology to perform as hoped. — Despite a decade and a half of big US federal investments in R&D and in pilot and demonstration plants, ethanol from

July 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Final Volume Standards for 2020, 2021, and 2022

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  On June 3, 2022, EPA finalized a package of actions setting biofuel volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for years 2020, 2021, and 2022, and introducing regulatory changes intended to enhance the program’s objectives. Final Volume Requirements for 2020-2022 (billion gallons)   2020 2021 2022

July 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling Could Put Other Regs in Danger

by Rachel Frazen (The Hill) The Supreme Court’s Thursday decision curtailing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority could hamper regulations far beyond climate. The conservative majority in the 6-3 ruling found that an Obama-era power plant rule was not permissible since it didn’t have “clear congressional authorization.” But legal experts say this principle could

July 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Challenges EPA’s Decision to Excuse Refineries from Biofuel Obligations

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy filed petitions for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to excuse certain refineries from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a decision announced this April, EPA reversed 31 small refinery exemptions

June 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods Calls for a Higher Price on Carbon

by Lindsey Jacobson (CNBC) Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods would like the U.S. government to help incentivize some of the clean energy innovations his company is developing, like biofuels and direct air capture of carbon dioxide. … Proposing a carbon tax has been a point of controversy for Exxon Mobil. Keith McCoy,

June 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuel, Ag Groups Comment on SEC Climate Disclosures Rulemaking

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) …  Growth Energy’s comments focused on the calculation of biofuel GHG emissions. “The proposed rule would require many public companies to calculate and disclose GHG emissions from throughout their entire supply chain and production cycle,” Growth Energy said in its comments. “How obligated parties calculate the GHG

June 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Writes to President Biden and Outlines Industry’s Beneficial Impact on Fuel Prices

(Clean Fuels Alliance America)  Clean fuel industry has maintained production and extended fuel supplies, lowering diesel prices by 4% — Today (June 22, 2022), Clean Fuels Alliance America wrote to President Joe Biden, administration officials, and congressional leaders to say that U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel producers are working to extend

June 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Administration Leans on Tesla for Guidance in Renewable Fuel Policy Reform

by Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) … The administration’s early and extensive outreach reflects that expanding the scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to make it a tool for electrifying the nation’s automobile fleet is one of Biden’s priorities in the fight against climate change. The RFS, which

June 23, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Regulators to Propose New Tougher Vehicle Emissions Rules by March

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to propose new, more stringent vehicle emissions rules through at least the 2030 model year by March, according to a regulatory update released on Tuesday. In December, the EPA finalized new light-duty tailpipe emissions requirements through the 2026 model year that reversed then-President

June 22, 2022 Read Full Article

OMB’s Spring Regulatory Agenda Includes Timelines for RFS Rules

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA has indicated it will release proposed rules related to the 2023 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligation (RVO) and state requests to allow summer E15 sales within the next several months. The agency will also soon finalize pending canola oil fuel pathways

June 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Fabricating a Future for Biodiesel

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) With prices for cleaner feedstocks through the roof, Tactical Fabrication and Smisson-Mathis Energy have forged an all-inclusive, turnkey model for biodiesel production based on the least desirable and lowest-cost materials. After years of development, they are now ready to roll it out to the world.

June 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Why is E85 Almost $2 Cheaper Than Other Blends of Gasoline?

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb) … E85 is priced significantly less than other blends of fuel across the country, even $2 below at some locations. “We’re talking about a 30% to 40% discount in many cases,” says Geoff Cooper of Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “The reason for that is because the main

June 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Miller-Meeks, Hinson, Ernst Support New Industry Producing Carbon-Negative Cellulosic Biofuels

(Ripon Advance News Service) U.S. Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) joined U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and their Iowa Republican colleagues in urging the Biden administration to address two ongoing rulemaking processes that could end production of bio-oil, cellulosic sugar and biochar. Iowa State University has developed an

June 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuels Institute Explores Carbon Benefits of Biofuels

(NACS) The white paper will help spark conversation on finding an answer to reducing emissions from all vehicles. — The Fuels Institute has published a new white paper that explores the carbon benefits of using biofuels, according to a news release. The paper, “Assessment of Biofuels Policy: Effectiveness of Emissions Reductions,”

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Offer Simultaneous Economic, Environmental and National Security Benefits

by Reid Detchon and Bart Ruth (United Nations Foundation and Solutions from the Land, respectively) Why are drivers in Watertown, S.D., paying 60 cents a gallon less to fill up their gas tanks than we are? Because 30 percent of their fuel is ethanol. When Russian President Vladimir Putin sent tanks into Ukraine, President Biden acknowledged that

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Senators Ask GAO if SRE Denials Require Congressional Review

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Sens. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.; Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office to determine whether the U.S. EPA’s June 3 denial of 69 small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard must be submitted to Congress for review under

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Inside Biden’s Frustration with Soaring Prices

by Tyler Pager (Washington Post) Biden vented to aides after an ethanol announcement designed to ease gas prices, questioning the policy’s effectiveness — President Biden seemed upbeat when he visited an Iowa biofuels plant in April to talk about bringing down gas prices, standing before a large tractor as he declared

June 13, 2022 Read Full Article

NAFA Partners With ESG Integrity to Assist Its Members With SEC Requirements on Environmental And Social Governance Regulations

(Fuels Institute)  ESG Integrity, a Fuels Institute program, and the National Association of Fleet Managers (NAFA) announced a partnership to assist the fuels and transportation industries with meeting the growing demand for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) planning and reporting.  ESG planning and reporting is becoming a necessary tool in

June 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Big Oil Built the Blend Wall

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … In case you’ve forgotten, refiners use the term “blend wall” to refer to what they view as the upper limit of feasible ethanol use in the United States, which they peg at 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply. This purported blend wall is

June 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: E15 Will Provide a More Affordable Domestic Fuel Option All Summer Long

by Cindy Axne (D-IA 3rd)(Agri-Pulse) As families continue to feel the crushing weight of rising gas prices – a problem without a one-size-fits-all solution – I am grateful that an environmentally friendly, homegrown fuel that’s produced in my home state of Iowa will provide a more affordable fuel option this summer. 

June 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Inside Charm Industrial’s Big Bet on Corn Stalks for Carbon Removal

by James Temple (MIT Technology Review) The startup used plant matter and bio-oil to sequester thousands of tons of carbon. The question now is how reliable, scalable, and economical this approach will prove. In recent weeks, a crew of staffers from a company called Charm Industrial have been working on

June 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Rule Change Lets Nevada Company Turn Trash into Airplane Fuel

by Gary Martin (Las Vegas Review-Journal)  A Nevada plant can begin turning tons of garbage into a synthetic oil that can be refined into fuel for airplanes after an Environmental Protection Agency rule change. After five years, the EPA finalized the rule sought by Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Sierra BioFuels Plant in Storey County. A

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Five Automakers Back California Authority to Set Stricter Vehicle Emissions Standards

by Rachel Frazin (The Hill) A group of five automakers is backing California’s authority to set its own standards for climate-warming emissions for vehicles amid a legal challenge from several Republican-led states.  Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, Honda and Volvo on Tuesday backed the Biden administration’s decision to restore this authority to California after the Trump administration revoked

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Clearing the Air on E15 and Smog

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … In 2017 congressional testimony, Dr. Janet Yanowitz of EcoEngineering Inc., an environmental consulting firm, reviewed the existing scientific literature on E15’s emissions, concluding that “the available emissions test data indicates that replacing E10 with an E15 of the same vapor pressure will

June 7, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Opens Comment Period on Proposed Consent Decree for 2023 RVOs DEADLINE: June 22, 2022

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA on May 23 opened a 30-day public comment period on a proposed consent decree related to a legal challenge filed against the agency by Growth Energy that would require the EPA to issue proposed 2023 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) by

June 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Meeting 2030 SAF Targets in the US and Europe Needs Rapid Action on Capacity and Feedstocks, Says Report

by Tony Harrington (GreenAir Online) A new market report by SkyNRG, the Amsterdam-based global provider of sustainable aviation fuels, predicts that both the US and Europe will fall short of their 2030 SAF targets unless production capacity is increased and fuel feedstock sources are expanded, and estimates the need for more than

June 7, 2022 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Jim Lane

“The annual RVO announce is becoming a brake on the decarbonization of US transportation instead of the accelerator it was intended by Congress to be.” — Jim Lane, publisher of Biofuels Digest, regarding the setting of renewable fuel volumes that must be put into the marketplace per federal regulations.  READ

June 7, 2022 Read Full Article

June 2022 Denial of Petitions for RFS Small Refinery Exemptions

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On June 3, 2022, EPA announced the denial of 69 petitions from small refineries seeking small refinery exemptions (SREs) from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for one or more of the compliance years between 2016 and 2021. Consistent with the April 2022 Denial of Petitions for RFS

June 3, 2022 Read Full Article

June 2022 Alternative RFS Compliance Demonstration Approach for Certain Small Refineries

(Environmental Protection Agency) On June 3, 2022, EPA announced the denial of 69 petitions for small refinery exemptions (SRE) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This denial action included a subset of three SRE petitions for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years that EPA had previously granted, but that were

June 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Final Volume Standards for 2020, 2021, and 2022

(Environmental Protection Agency) On June 3, 2022, EPA finalized a package of actions setting biofuel volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for years 2020, 2021, and 2022, and introducing regulatory changes intended to enhance the program’s objectives. Final Volume Requirements for 2020-2022 (billion gallons)   2020 2021 2022 Cellulosic

June 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Climate Policy Office Gets Heat

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) The White House Climate Policy Office is facing frustration over how it’s pushing President Joe Biden’s climate agenda — and its coming from its own camp, POLITICO’s Zack Colman reports. Several Democrats both in and out of the administration laid out their discontent with the

June 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Undoing Trump, EPA to Empower States and Tribes to Oppose Pipelines

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post) Under the Biden administration’s proposed rule, energy infrastructure will get more scrutiny from local regulators — The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday it would seek to return authority to states to oppose gas pipelines, coal terminals and other projects that pose a threat to

June 2, 2022 Read Full Article

A Closer Look at the Carbon Credit Markets

(EcoEngineers) Experts from EcoEngineers presented to Stifel, a multinational independent investment bank and financial services company, and its stakeholders on April 25, 2022. EcoEngineers President Brad Pleima, P.E., and Senior Carbon Consultant Paul Niznik gave overviews of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), and other carbon markets where those

June 2, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Must Provide Certainty for Low-Carbon Fuels In 2023 and Beyond

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/The Hill) When the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Joseph Goffman to be the EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), lawmakers met one of the most experienced people in Washington on issues

June 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Senate Committee Members Question Goffman on RFS, SREs

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Joseph Goffman expressed support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and the use of biofuels during a May 25 hearing held by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to consider his nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Exclusive-Biden Administration Likely to Retroactively Raise Ethanol Blending Volumes for 2021, Sources Say

by Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  The Biden administration is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above the figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels, according to two sources briefed on the decision. In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed that refiners

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Anti-Ethanol Activist Amazingly Ignorant on Ethanol, RFS

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  On May 20, the Washington Times published a guest column by Jerry Jung, founder of the group “ReThink Ethanol,” in which he demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of the very federal policy he seeks to “rethink.”  We responded with the following letter, which the newspaper has not

May 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Supreme Court Rejects Red States’ Plea to Block Biden Climate Metric

by Alex Guillen (Politico)  -The decision means the White House can move forward with its plans to overhaul and likely significantly increase the number known as the social cost of carbon. -The Supreme Court’s refusal to get involved in the Louisiana suit likely is a bad sign for a similar

May 27, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA Calls on EPA to Remove Controversial Studies from Peer Reviewed Congressional Process

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, a recent, highly publicized report led by Tyler Lark of the University of Wisconsin attacking the Renewable Fuel Standard is “more problematic than what we initially evaluated to be the case,” according to a new review of the work by researchers from the Department of Energy’s Argonne

May 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: RFA Calls on EPA to Reject Searchinger, Five Other Candidates From RFS Report Review

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The EPA has put forward a list of 20 possible candidates to peer review the agency’s upcoming triennial report to Congress on the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the Renewable Fuels Association objected to six of the candidates to fill nine positions. In comments submitted to

May 25, 2022 Read Full Article

3 Ways Ethanol Brings Down Gas Prices

 by Cheri Bustos (D IL 17th) (FOXBusiness) A solution to high gas prices is being planted across the American Heartland  —  … I’m lucky enough to represent more than 7,000-square miles of Northwest and Central Illinois — home to nearly 10,000 family farms and seven biofuels plants in and around our

May 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, EPA Reach Settlement on Deadline for Issuing 2023 RVO

(Growth Energy) Following settlement discussions with Growth Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to file a notice in the Federal Register on Monday seeking comment on a proposed judicial consent decree that would require EPA to propose the 2023 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by no later than September 16, 2022

May 23, 2022 Read Full Article

White House Should Move Beyond E15, Boost Biofuel’s Economic, Environmental, National Security and Public Health Benefits

(Solutions from the Land)  … Reports out of Washington indicate that EPA submitted to the White House late last month its proposal on biofuel mandates, calling for a retroactive reduction for years 2020 and 2021, then boosting it back up for this year. Unfortunately, reports also indicate that the Biden administration

May 20, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Rule Could Alter RIN Retirement Schedule for Small Refineries

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) The U.S. EPA on May 17 submitted a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget that aims to create an alternative renewable identification number (RIN) retirement schedule for small refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard. OMB review marks a final step before

May 20, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Sends Small Refinery RFS Compliance ‘Alternative’ for OMB Review

(Inside EPA)  EPA has sent for White House review a draft proposal that appears aimed at implementing its novel renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance “alternative” for small refiners that saw their 2018 hardship waivers from RFS mandates retroactively scrapped, a measure the biofuels sector says is a “hollow victory” because

May 19, 2022 Read Full Article

New Ethanol Law Could Spark Regional Trend, Biofuels Exec Says

by Jared Strong (Iowa Capital Dispatch) A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

May 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Converting to E15 Is Easy: Here’s What Retailers Should Know

(Growth Energy/CSP Daily News) … David Durling, Regional Sales Director at Growth Energy, provides information about E15 compatibility, distribution, profitability and more. Compatibility is common Concerns about compatibility—both with retailer equipment and consumer vehicles—often stem from common misconceptions; in actuality, most convenience stores can store and dispense E15 with little to

May 18, 2022 Read Full Article

New White Paper Says the Real Cost of Gasoline …Is to Our Health

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  A new White Paper from the Clean Fuels Development Coalition rings the alarm that EPA continues to miss opportunities to replace toxic aromatic compounds with clean burning ethanol and the agency could save thousands of lives through reduced particulate emissions in the air we breathe. Authored by

May 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Clearing the Air on E15 and Smog

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While E15 scored an important temporary victory in April, we need to continue to educate consumers and policymakers about the higher blend’s benefits and true regulatory history as the oil industry and misinformed environmental extremists attack. When President Biden announced in April

May 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuels Producers Urge Changes to RFS Rule to Boost Aviation Fuel

(Inside EPA) Biofuels producers, airlines and others are urging changes to EPA’s proposed renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules to provide more flexibility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that is the cornerstone of a Biden administration strategy to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft, warning that without such action the strategy

May 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Analysis: White House Weighs Inflation vs. Farmers in New Biofuel Mandates

by Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  The White House is expected to announce in coming weeks the amount of biofuels like corn-based ethanol that U.S. refiners must blend into their fuel this year, a decision that will force it to weigh taming consumer inflation against supporting the nation’s farmers. How

May 17, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Seeks Input from Small Businesses on Potential Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles for Model Years 2027 and Later DEADLINE: May 31, 2022

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This Panel will focus on the agency’s development of a rule that would propose to reduce air pollutant emissions, including greenhouse gas

May 16, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA Hits Back at Ad Attacking RFS

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Chief Economist Scott Richman hits back at a new ad campaign by an oil refiners coalition that blames high gas prices on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in a blog post explaining the inconvenient truth that refiners are making record profits while consumers pay at the pump.

May 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Oil Refineries Continue Attacks on the RFS While Enjoying Record Profit Margins

by Scott Richman (Renewable Fuels Association) If you watched the Sunday morning talk shows last weekend, you might have noticed a new advertisement (paid for by oil refiners) that attacks the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ad notes that consumers are paying record-high prices at the pump (something that has nothing to do with

May 13, 2022 Read Full Article

E15: Silver Bullet for Gasoline Prices?

by Adam Schubert (Stillwater Associates) On April 12th, President Biden announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would issue an emergency waiver of federal gasoline Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations this summer for E15—a 15% blend of ethanol with gasoline. This action was finalized on April 29th. As ethanol is

May 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Here’s Where Colorado Wants to Capture and Bury 350,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Each Year

by Michael Booth (Colorado Sun)  Carbon America will gather 350,000 tons of carbon a year from Yuma and Sterling ethanol makers and store it deep underground in climate change fight. A pioneering carbon capture company wants to take the climate change fight to northeastern Colorado by gathering 350,000 tons of

May 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Research Group Urges EPA to Nix ZEV Credit System

by Arianna Skibell (E&E News)  The International Council on Clean Transportation says the proposed zero-emission vehicle credit system, which allows manufacturers to use EV credits to offset emissions, would raise the pollution limit. The International Council on Clean Transportation is calling on EPA to abandon its proposed zero-emission vehicle credit

May 12, 2022 Read Full Article

The White House and 360Fuel Combine Forces to Advance Alternative Energy Infrastructure

(360 Fuel) The White House has unveiled a new strategy and investments as part of a long-term commitment to spur smart development and adoption of sustainable, homegrown fuels across the United States (U.S.). The President declared new steps to achieve this goal by increasing fuel supply, offering new options for consumers, and

May 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Refiners Sue EPA over Retroactive RFS Waiver Denials, Sparking Venue Fight

(Inside EPA)  Refiners are suing EPA in different federal appellate courts over the agency’s novel retroactive denial of 36 waivers from renewable fuel standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations for 2018, signaling a venue fight with EPA that may set a precedent for other possible litigation. Louisiana refiner Calumet Shreveport Refining

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Administrator Regan Talks RVOs, SREs on Agritalk Radio

(Growth Energy) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan joined Agritalk Radio to discuss the latest news on SREs, RVOs, and the future of the RFS. On EPA proposing to deny all pending SRE requests…. I believe we need to be on course to grow biofuels in this country, and

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Notice of Public Comment Period on the Pool of Candidate Peer Reviewers for the Biofuels and the Environment: Third Triennial Report to Congress DEADLINE: May 24, 2022

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a 15-day public comment period on the pool of twenty (20) candidates for the external peer review of the Biofuels and the Environment: Third Triennial Report to Congress (RtC3). The peer review will be conducted under the framework

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Breaking It Down Tax Credit Incentives for Carbon Sequestration: Potentially the Most Impactful U.S. Policy to Battle Climate Change

by Bryen Alperin, Gary Blitz, Sarah Grey, Steve Whittaker, John Koenig, John Pierce, and Jason Kuzma  (Carbon Capture Magazine) The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 expanded the 45Q tax credit, the most important federal incentive for encouraging private investment in the development and use of carbon capture technologies and facilities.

May 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Biggest Problem Is PR

(News Press Now) Normally, any move to increase the supply of renewable fuel should draw widespread praise. Even more so if this measure saves the average consumer $9 a month and reduces dependency on oil exports that finance Russia’s war of brutality in Ukraine. But that’s not the case with

May 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa’s Democratic U.S. Senate Hopefuls Differ on Foreign Policy, Ethanol

by Erin Murphy (Sioux City Journal) …Differences over a hard line on when to send U.S. troops to Ukraine and over ethanol policy were among the few contrasts to emerge during a televised debate Saturday night between the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Iowa. … The candidates also had

May 9, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Holds Meeting on TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program Public Comments DEADLINE: May 10, 2022

by Lynn L. Bergeson (Bergeson & Campbell) On April 20-21, 2022, EPA held a virtual public meeting to provide an overview of the TSCA New Chemicals Collaborative Research Program and give stakeholders an opportunity to provide input. As reported in our March 14, 2022, memorandum on the draft document entitled “Modernizing the Process and

May 9, 2022 Read Full Article

CO2 Pipelines Are Coming. A Pipeline Safety Expert Says We’re Not Ready.

by Emily Pontecorvo (Grist) Companies want to build pipelines to capture and store carbon, but a new report warns that regulators aren’t prepared. — … But as the number of pipeline proposals multiplies, a new report commissioned by the Pipeline Safety Trust, a nonprofit advocacy group, warns that CO2 pipeline regulations aren’t

May 6, 2022 Read Full Article

OSTP Improves the Federal Definition of ‘Sustainable Chemistry’ Public Comment DEADLINE: June 3, 2022

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The Office of Science and Technology Policy, a part of the Executive Office of the President, is taking action to improve the federal definition of “sustainable chemistry” via a public comment period that is open through June 3. The OSTP published a notice of request for

May 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Year-Round E15 Is a Good First Step, But More Is Needed to Confront the New Energy Crisis

by C. Boyden Gray (Real Clean Energy) … I’s also one of the most cost-effective green energy solutions available. This is because ethanol is the world’s cheapest and cleanest source of octane. High octane fuels made with ethanol are not only cheaper than unblended gasoline, but they also enable engine designers to

May 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Monetizing Net-Zero and Net-Negative GHG Ethanol

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol)  Climate-smart farming practices, efficiencies at ethanol plants, and the capture and sequestration of biogenic CO2 from facilities puts ethanol on a trajectory to reach both net-zero and net-negative emissions, a trajectory that is unique to ethanol. … (D)uring its final meeting of 2021,

May 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Kelly Says Permanent E15 Sales Can Curb Inflation and Could Increase Demand

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News) Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says the ethanol industry can support increased demand for permanent, year-round sales of E15. She tells Brownfield there’s adequate infrastructure to deliver the fuel to retailers. “There is now. Now, if demand is goes sky high, we may have to beef

May 5, 2022 Read Full Article

USDA Report Highlights Hurdles to Higher Ethanol Blends

(Farm Journal Ag/Web/Pro Farmer Editors) Biofuel and farm groups see E15 and other higher blends of corn ethanol into gasoline as the strategy to increased sales, but the current structure of the Renewable Fuel Standard “does not serve to incentivize ethanol blends higher than E10,” according to a report from

May 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: Ethanol Helps Cut Toxic Emissions

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Washington Post)  Americans should be thanking President Biden for allowing the continued sale of lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 this summer (letters, “No more ethanol in gas,” April 22). E15 is saving drivers as much as 30 cents per gallon, cutting the typical U.S. household’s annual fuel bill by

May 4, 2022 Read Full Article
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