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EPA Likely to Grant Partial Waivers from U.S. Biofuel Laws for 2018: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is likely to issue partial waivers to some of the 39 small refineries seeking relief from the nation’s biofuel laws for 2018,

March 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Shows Biofuels Are 3 Percent of Iowa GDP

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has released a new study that shows biofuels are responsible for over $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP, or roughly three percent. The study, authored by

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Waivers Reduce Incentive to Produce Biofuels

(KCRG)  Between 2017 and 2018, U.S. ethanol consumption dropped for the first time in a decade and the Renewable Fuels Association says that’s because of the Environmental Protection Agency hurting demand.

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Come Together: At NEC, a GM Executive Outlined Some Controversial Advice for the Ethanol Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Collaborate with the automotive industry, the petroleum industry, fuel retailers and other stakeholders in the liquid fuels market to push for a national high-octane

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Amy Klobuchar Knocks EPA’s Secret Waivers that Boost Big Oil

by Pat Rynard (Iowa Starting Line)  Senator Amy Klobuchar blasted the Trump Administration’s continued use of blending waivers for renewable fuels usage while in Iowa this weekend. Using it as an

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Public Hearing for Modifications To Fuel Regulations To Provide Flexibility for E15; Modifications to RFS RIN Market Regulations March 29, 2019

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The EPA is announcing a public hearing to be held in Ypsilanti, MI on March 29, 2019 for the proposed rule ‘‘Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15; Modifications

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Cruz Says EPA’s Wheeler Promised to Continue Granting Small Refinery Waivers

by Jim Wiesemeyer (Pro Farmer)  Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he won “explicit promises” from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to keep granting small refineries waivers from U.S. biofuel mandates, without retroactively

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

UAI’s Studies Tell the Truth

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Institute/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The need for an updated fuel testing process.  —  Every time we fill our gas tanks, we are exposed to chemicals known to cause cancer.

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Market Sees First Sales Decline in Decades: Lower U.S. Demand, Plunge in Exports Made for Rough 2018.

by Jim Spencer and Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  … As production increased and sales to foreign countries rose to record levels, profits went down roughly 20 cents per gallon.   …   The

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Use Falls for First Time in 20 Years

by John Herath (Farm Journal Media)  RFA Blames Waivers for Refiners  — Ethanol use in the United States last year fell for the first time since 1998, according to data from the

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Grants More RFS Waivers, Undercuts Add’l Demand for Biofuels

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. EPA retroactively granted five new small refinery exemptions for 2017, releasing them from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The five new small refinery

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA’s Proposed Rule Changes Around Higher Ethanol Blends Draw Mixed Reactions

by Danielle Romano (Convenience Store News)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing regulatory changes around higher ethanol blends, and they’re drawing mixed reactions.  … “NACS is concerned that the proposed rulemaking

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA to Decide on 2017 Waivers from Biofuel Laws within Week

by David Gaffen and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide on the seven pending applications for small refinery waivers from the nation’s biofuel laws for the 2017

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 and to Elements of the Renewable Identification Number Compliance System — COMMENTS DUE April 29, 2019

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  On March 12, 2019, EPA proposed regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Won’t Return to Negotiations with California on Fuel Efficiency Rollback, EPA’s Andrew Wheeler Says

by Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  The Trump administration won’t be returning to the negotiating table with California before finalizing a plan to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Wants Refinery Information Sealed Agency Asks Court Not to Disclose Waivers Brief, Documents to Public

by Todd Neeeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The EPA wants to keep from the public eye an opening brief and some records to be filed in a small-refinery waivers case, claiming

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump’s $4.7T Plan Slashes Energy, Environment Programs

by George Cahlink (E&E News)  … The decision means EPA would face a 31 percent cut over current spending, DOE an 11 percent reduction and Interior a 14 percent decrease, budget documents show.

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Biogas To RNG Projects: What, Why And How

by Brad Pleima (BioCycle Magazine/EcoEngineers)  With prices for renewable electricity low in many states, biogas producers are turning to the renewable natural gas marketplace. This road map is a valuable navigation

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

New EIA Data Confirms Ethanol Demand Destruction in 2018

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Total Ethanol Consumption and Average Blend Rate Both Saw Year-Over-Year Declines  —  Data released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals the extensive damage to 2018 ethanol demand

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Court Brief: EPA Strayed on RFS Waivers — EPA Changed Course on Small-Refinery Waivers Without Public Input

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The EPA broke away from Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for granting small-refinery waivers starting in May 2017 and continued to deny a congressional order

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: Feds’ Biofuel Policy Produced Unintended Environmental Consequences

(Public News Service)  A new report says the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, created to spur ethanol production and cut air pollution, is responsible for a number of negative environmental impacts, including reduced

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Aims to Curb Biofuel Credit Speculation by Blocking Outsiders

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters)  The Environmental Protection Agency will attempt to stamp out speculation in the U.S. biofuel credit market by barring trading by non-industry players, publicizing large positions, and improving price

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Demand Boost from US EPA Lifting Summer E15 Ban Expected to Be Slow

by Meghan Gordon (S&P Global Platts)  Even if the Trump administration completes a policy change allowing year-round sales of higher ethanol blends in time for this summer’s driving season, any major

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

White House Presses Automakers to Back Fuel-Efficiency Rollback

by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis (Washington Post)  As the Trump administration races to roll back Obama’s most ambitious climate rule, it lobbies to get industry on board  —  Trump officials thought they were

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Changed Rules to Help Profitable Refiners Get Biofuel Waivers: Lawsuit

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. environmental regulators quietly changed the way they assess applications from refineries for waivers from the nation’s biofuels law, making it possible for highly profitable plants to

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe Needn’t Fear E10 Ethanol Blends

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest)  … The ongoing battle to convince regulators that domestic crop based ethanol is climate friendly and free of adverse side effects is a roller coaster of

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: Terminal Availability of E15 Grows as RVP Relief Nears

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  When E15 (gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol) debuted in 2012, it was created at retail sites by using blender pumps to dilute E85

March 6, 2019 Read Full Article

All in on Ethanol?

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) EPA sent its rule that would allow the year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel to the White House for review on Monday, a

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Agencies Release Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board today unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts,

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

How Ethanol Threatens Energy Security

by Pat Meehan (Washington Times)  The blending of fuels puts needed small refineries in peril of extinction  —  Big oil manufacturers who can blend ethanol and oil in excess of their needs can

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Paul, Grassley Introduce Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Today (February 27, 2019), U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019(S.581), legislation

March 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Presentation/Webinar Recording Posted: Effects of Ethanol Blends on Light-Duty Vehicle Emissions

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies)  The presentation and webinar recording from the first 2019 web conference for Future Fuel Outlook members is now posted. The webinar focused on the study, “Effects of

February 28, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Gets 37 Bids for Small Refinery Waivers through Mid-February

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received 37 applications for small refinery waivers for 2018 from the U.S. Renewable Standard (RFS) through mid-February, according to data released

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Kern Oil Threatens to Sue EPS over Delayed Biofuel Waiver Decision

(KTIC Radio) Kern Oil & Refining Co has threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to its request for a small refinery biofuel waiver within the

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

API Study: EPA’s Proposal for Reforming RINs Exacerbates Broken Fuels Mandate

(American Petroleum Institute) Today (February 26, 2019), the American Petroleum Institute released a new study that found EPA’s proposal to reform the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market will only worsen program. This could

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Delay in SAFE Rule Disappointing, But Still an Opportunity

(Urban Air Initiative)  EPA’s decision to delay fuel economy rules until “later in the year” provides the Urban Air Initiative an opportunity to continue educating the agency on the benefits of

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Icahn-Backed Refiner Saves $189 Million on EPA’s Biofuel Tweaks

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A. Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  CVR Energy Inc., backed by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, saved $189 million under the U.S. biofuels mandate last year. That’s largely thanks to a

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

10-Slide Guide to the US Ethanol Industry

by Douglas B. Rivers (Biofuels Digest/Lee Enterprises, Inc.)  Past, Present and Future  Douglas B. Rivers, PhD, from Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this illuminating overview

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Will 2019 Finally Be the Year of E15?

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol)  Retailer interest in E15 increased over the past few months, with many retailers believing President Donald Trump “signed something” making E15 legal year-round at an

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Society of Environmental Journalists Program at Wilson Center Illustrated Problem with Climate Change Journalism

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Billed as the “2019 Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment,” the Society of Environmental Journalists held their annual presentation on Energy and Environmental Journalism January

February 24, 2019 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Will Study Ethanol’s Impact on Air Quality after Long Delay

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has agreed to conduct a long-delayed study to assess the impact that burning ethanol as a motor vehicle

February 23, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Presents Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Industry Award is being awarded to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE), an ethanol and renewable diesel biorefinery in

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

New York State Could Help Clear the Air by Approving Sale of E15

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On February 21, EESI submitted comments to New York State supporting the use of E15 in the state to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases.

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Republicans Shift on Climate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Republicans appear to be changing their tone and launching fewer attacks on climate science. Instead, some in the party have touted longstanding support for innovation

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

SD Farmers Union Calls Out GM on Weak Octane Proposals

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  In a letter to General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra today (February 21, 2019), South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke challenged the automaker on its

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump Agency Proposes Overhaul of Biofuel Credit Trading

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  EPA will propose several options, including position limits; Effort aims to quash speculation and boost transparency  —  The Trump administration is planning to propose an

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Despite Challenges, Ethanol Supporters Say Industry Is Vital

by Steve White (NTV-ABC) Nebraska’s a world leader in ethanol, but global politics have the industry treading on thin ice. “Tougher together” is Chris Vincent’s motto these days. The CEO of Aurora

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

by Michael Newman (Parhelion Underwriting Inc./Biofuels Digest)  Risks often act as barriers to investment and trading in the climate finance market – the systems designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as

February 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Key to Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

by Arlin E. Gyberg (StarTribune)  The biofuels industry over the last 30 years has produced more product using less energy and water and contributes far less carbon-dioxide emissions than petroleum fuels. 

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Republican Backlash against Trump EPA Pick Fueled by ‘Biofuel Reset’

by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

USDA to EPA: What About Plan B on E15? USDA’s Censky Raises Possibility EPA Could Use Discretion on E15 Enforcement

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As the EPA races the clock to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 sales ahead of the summer driving season, if the rule isn’t

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Ethanol Industry Not Impressed with General Motors’ Push on Octane Standard Legislation

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  While General Motors representative Dan Nicholson indicated this week it was important for the ethanol industry to get behind legislation to set a national

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Listen to 3 Renewable Fuels CEOs Talk about the Future of Biodiesel and Ethanol

(National Biodiesel Board/FuelsFix)  This year’s National Biodiesel Conference at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego, CA was a resounding success, with biodiesel advocates, enthusiasts, and industry experts from around the country coming together to discuss

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Iowa Operatives Say Ethanol Worship Is Now as Corny as The West Wing

by Ben Jacobs (The Guardian)  … Tim Gannon, the Democratic nominee for Iowa secretary of agriculture in 2018, told the Guardian the idea of ethanol as a dealbreaker in the state

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Could Immediately Increase Volume of Low-Carbon Biofuels by Over 50 Percent

by Jesse Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The EPA is leaving 200 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels on the table, according to the newly formed Biomass Power Coalition, a group of

February 17, 2019 Read Full Article

RFS Power Coalition Launched by BPA, ABC, ERC

(Biomass Power Association, American Biogas Council and Energy Recovery Council/Biomass Magazine)  Three trade associations representing renewable electricity producers today announced the launch of the RFS Power Coalition. The coalition’s purpose is

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

National Wildlife Federation Files Lawsuit over Habitat Destruction from Biofuels Policy

by Mike Saccone (National Wildlife Federation)  The National Wildlife Federation, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency alleging that it illegally approved expanded volume production of

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Open the Door to Higher Blends

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprise/Biofuels Digest)  … The reality is that the RFS is going backwards, we have effectively capped the use of corn ethanol in

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

General Motors to Ethanol: Focus on 95 Octane Fuel Standard, or “Miss the Window altogether”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, General Motors VP Dan Nicholson told delegates at the National Ethanol Conference that “High octane is essential to realize better efficiency and greenhouse gas

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Reader Opinion: Let’s Be Champions for Ethanol

by John Poston MN(R) District: 09A (Brainerd Dispatch)  … Over the past five years, farm income has fallen by 46 percent. One thing that all Americans can do to help is use

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association Kicks Off Awareness Campaign for E15

(Convenience Store News)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) launched an awareness campaign in support of E15 fuel with the launch of

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. EPA May Issue E15 Gasoline Plan without Biofuel Credit Trade Limits – Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering releasing its draft proposal to expand sales of higher ethanol blends

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Pushing Water Quality Trading to Address Nutrients

(Agri-Pulse) The Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging states to develop water quality trading programs to tackle nutrient pollution, which has become

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide,

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Favors Giving Consumers Options at the Pump

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For the National Association of Convenience Stores, selling E15 is a matter of giving consumers

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“The GHG emissions of petroleum are higher than the baseline estimates originally projected by EPA”  That’s one finding in a

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

New Study: RFS2 Has Reduced GHG Emissions by 600 Million Metric Tons, Beating EPA Expectations

(Renewable Fuels Association)  A new study released today finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Matsui Introduces Legislation that Pushes Back on the Trump Administrations Attempts to Roll Back the Fuel Economy and Vehicle Emissions Standards

(Office of Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA 6th))  Today (February 5, 2019), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) led 19 of her House Energy

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Commentary: Bring California’s Low-Carbon Wisdom to Washington, D.C.

by Andy Foster (Capital Press/Aemetis Inc.) … With the election behind us and new leadership in the House, it’s time

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Want a Bipartisan Push on Climate Change? Start With Unleashing American Biofuels

by Jeff Cosman (Morning Consult/Attis Industries Inc.)  …  And in November, a letter from the Department of Energy, the EPA and

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Chief Says Agency, California ‘Far Apart’ on Car Emissions

by  Ryan Beene, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and David R Baker (Bloomberg)  Wheeler, Nichols signal little progress on auto MPG agreement; State shouldn’t

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Group Growth Energy Sues U.S. EPA over Small RefineryExemptions

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)  Biofuels group Growth Energy filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, challenging

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Asks EPA to Use Reset Rule to Restore Lost RFS Gallons

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  … Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) CEO Geoff Cooper sent a letter to (Andrew) Wheeler this week to provide input

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

How Do Your Fuel Decisions Impact Our Environment?

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  EESI Policy Associate Jessie Stolark spoke on a roundtable panel about the health

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Leaders Engage in RFS Discussion: “To 2022 and Beyond: Renewable Fuels in the Next Decade”

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The 2019 National Biodiesel Conference concluded Thursday with a panel discussion entitled “To 2022 and Beyond: Renewable Fuels in

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Prepares for a ‘Crazy Year’ Trying to Sway the Trump Administration

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Ethanol producers are preparing for major action at the federal level in the months ahead, both

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Interview: RFA Hoping EPA Will Be More Restrained on SREs

by Jeff Barber (Opis Biofuels News) The U.S. ethanol industry, which spent most of 2018 dealing with the fallout from EPA’s

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Outlook Report Underscores Need for Higher Ethanol Blends

(Growth Energy)  Federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019) underscore the importance

January 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Octane on ‘Sesame Street’

by Doug Durante (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Clean Fuels Development Coalition)  Striving for higher-octane fuels shouldn’t mean saying goodbye to the RFS. –… Why

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Economic Reasons for a Green New Deal

Rob Jackson  (Global Carbon Project/Stanford University/The Hill) … The global economy is creating half a million new jobs yearly in renewable energy and

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Review Finds No Consensus Among Fuel Studies – Major Implications for Health, Air Quality

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A recent review of nearly 100 different peer-reviewed vehicle emission studies, by the

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

On Tap: Retailers Preparing for Year-Round E15 Have Options for Pumps, Financing and Marketing.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …(W)ith the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expected to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP)

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Moving the RFS Forward

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)  There is a false notion that the Renewable Fuel Standard ends in 2022, but that is

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Thune Meets With Acting EPA Administrator

(Office of Senator John Thune) “Acting Administrator Wheeler is committed to the president’s efforts to provide greater regulatory relief and certainty

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

UAI: Test Fuels Are Not Representative of Real-World Fuels

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An analysis commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative raises questions about studies used by U.S.

January 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Koda Energy Urges EPA to Process eRIN applications

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Shakopee, Minnesota-based Koda Energy LLC is urging the U.S. EPA to promptly process applications to allow

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

World Energy and Valero Lead Rebound in Biofuels M&A: 2018 Review

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park/Biofuels Digest)  Convergence reigns as the North American biofuels industry witnesses a resurgence in mergers and acquisitions, including

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Independent Study Finds Vehicle Emission Testing Is Not Reliable

(Urban Air Initiative)  A new study finds that many of the test fuels used in emissions research studies do not

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Publishes E15 Countdown Clock, Calculator and FAQs

(Renewable Fuels Association) E15. Clean. Affordable. Domestic. Fuel.  There’s been a lot of talk recently about “E15,” a biofuel blend of gasoline

January 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Is the Safe Option

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Tri-State Livestock News) … Well, let’s hope we don’t see the price at the pumps

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Potential 2020 Candidates Test Climate Messages on Trump’s EPA Pick

by Gino Grandoni (Washington Post)  … Nominally, the hearing was convened to consider the nomination of former coal lobbyist and ex-Senate

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

RFA Asks EPA to Separate Year-Round E15 Provisions from RIN Reform Measures in Upcoming Proposal

(Renewable Fuels Association)  With the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol),

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Automakers Push for Deal on Fuel Efficiency Rules

by David Shepardson  (Reuters)  Executives at the major U.S. automakers are pressing the Trump administration and California to agree on standards for

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

House Bill Would Repeal CAFE Standards: 

(Bergeson & Campbell)   On January 10, 2019, Representative Roger Williams (R-TX) introduced a bill (H.R. 431) that would repeal the

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel an Underutilized Solution as US Carbon Emissions Climb

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … The transportation sector remained the largest source of U.S. emissions for the third year in

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

EPA Says It Is Committed to Rule for Higher Ethanol Blend by Summer Driving Season

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it would complete a rule to boost

January 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019

(Bergeson & Campbell)  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and its consulting affiliate The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to offer you

January 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Problem of Invalidated RINs in the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Mike Newman (Parhelion Underwriting/Stillwater Associates)  Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposed a “buyer beware” approach

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels Council Offers Biodiesel Strategy

by Jeff Hove (Biodiesel Magazine) Jeff Hove, vice president of NATSO’s Alternative Fuels Council, provides perspective on current political, regulatory and

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Cutting Edge

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine profiles nine companies whose process technologies, products and services are on the frontline

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Ricketts: My Goals for 2-19

by Pete Ricketts (Office of Governor of Nebraska/Star Herald)  As we enter the new year, I have put together a list

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

A Fox Guarding the RFS Henhouse

by David Kruse (The CommStock Report/Spencer Daily Reporter)  From a subscriber: “I asked my local Cenex manager why the price of E85 was

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Farmers Fear Another Hit as Trump Shutdown Threatens Ethanol Vow

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Year-round 15% ethanol-gas blend by summer now seen at risk; Shutdown could join trade

January 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Nominations Open for Green Chemistry Challenge DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

(Environmental Protection Agency) The Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry.

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Outlook 2019: RINs Market Looks toward Washington in 2019

by Wesley Swift (S&P Global Platts)   The market for Renewable Identification Numbers looked for relief in 2019 after a tumultuous

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

OPINION: UST Corrosion Blame Game Continues

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (B)iofuel opponents will continue to blindly blame ethanol for corrosion in underground

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Your Views: Q&A on E15 Fuel Had Misinformation

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Gazette)  Rather than providing factual answers to common questions about Unleaded88 gasoline containing 15 percent

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Recognizing Today’s Reality to Shape a Better Tomorrow

by  Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Looking back to one year ago, ethanol renewable identification numbers (RINs) were

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Driving Opportunities to Expand the Market

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … We expect a proposed rule in February, followed by a public hearing and

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Impact: Iowa’s Status as the Largest Ethanol-Producing State Means Its Ethanol Economy Affects the Entire Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A waiter in a Cedar Rapids restaurant, for instance, recently asked Shaw (Monte Shaw,

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Are the Transportation Fuel of the 21st Century, NFU Says

(National Farmers Union)  As Congress looks to revamp and coordinate federal-level policies that govern the transportation fuels and vehicles sectors, National

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA: 8 New Small Refinery Waivers Filed

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Exxon Mobil Secured U.S. Hardship Waiver from Biofuels Laws – Sources

by Humeyra Pamuk and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) a financial

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

New Research Finds EPA Not Enforcing The Clean Air Act

(Urban Air Initiative)  Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was directed to reduce mobile source air pollution

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Sets 2019 Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price at $1.77

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Study: ‘No Scientific Basis’ For Challenges To EPA Endangerment Finding

by Barbara Moran (WBUR News)  There’s more proof that greenhouse gases are dangerous to human health. That’s the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

by Hiroko Tabuchi (New York Times)  When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

House GOP Pushes Elimination of Ethanol Mandate

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  House Republicans are pushing to eliminate the federal mandate that ethanol be blended into the nation’s

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

NFU Urges House Subcommittee to Expand Use of High-Octane, American Grown Biofuels

(The Fence Post/National Farmers Union)  As Congress looks to revamp and coordinate federal-level policies that govern the transportation fuels and vehicles

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

LETTER: On Ethanol, Minnesota Leaders Have a Tremendous Opportunity

by Van Hapka (Crookston Times)   Will new Minnesota legislature and governor help push it across the finish line? The ethanol industry

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Recognizes Kansas Project that Produces Biogas for Vehicle Use

(NGV Journal)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects (from large wastewater infrastructure projects to small

December 8, 2018 Read Full Article

New Report Finds EPA Could Be Doing Much More to Unlock Growth of Low-Carbon Biofuels

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The industry has been unable to produce the volumes called for

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

C.J.’s Back and REGI’s Got Her: Warner Tapped as New Renewable Energy Group CEO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, white smoke has emerged from the REGI conclave: Tesoro EVP and former Sapphire Energy CEO

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Increasing the Role of Advanced Biofuels in the US

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine) …But EPA could still strengthen the RFS in ways that would encourage advanced biofuels to

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Relieving the Pressure: There’s Movement at Last to Obtain an RVP Waiver for E15 …

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “There’s a very tight window between today and June 1,” says Brian Jennings, CEO

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Demand Destruction from Small Refinery Exemptions is Clear and Continuing

(Renewable Fuels Association)  There has been a media blitz lately by the oil industry saying that ethanol demand has been unaffected

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Evonik to Expand Sodium Methylate Capacity at Mobile, Alabama Facility

(Evonik)  Evonik Corporation will undertake a significant capacity expansion of its sodium methylate facility located in Mobile, Ala. Upon completion, the

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

A Summary of Federal Programs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Incentives

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A wide array of federal incentives supports the development and deployment of alternatives to conventional fuels

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

ACE’s Lamberty Discusses the Benefits of E15 for Retailers

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … American Coalition for Ethanol’s Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty, discusses some of the myths

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Throttled and Greens Sue for Auto Proposal Docs

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  THROTTLED: An administration official told Pro’s Zack Colman that EPA and NHTSA would reduce

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: EPA Lifts Advanced Biofuel Mandate for 2019 – Document

by Humeyra Pamuk  (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lifted its annual blending mandate for advanced biofuels by 15 percent for 2019,

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

RFS Expiration a Common Misnomer

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association says it’s a common misnomer that the Renewable

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Court Won’t Dismiss Challenge to Part of Trump’s Car Efficiency Rollback

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  A federal court won’t dismiss a challenge by Democratic states and green groups to a key

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s E15 Hypocrisy: Hello Pot, Meet Kettle

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  While President Donald Trump’s October announcement calling for the year-round availability of E15

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Octane Enhancement Cannot Come from the Oil Barrel

by Dave VanderGriend  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  … Today, at 10 percent of the motor fuel pool, ethanol is displacing

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Plans Biofuel ‘Reset’ as Program Misses Congress’ Targets

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose new targets for the final three years of the nation’s

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Chevron Granted Waiver from U.S. Biofuel Laws at Utah Plant – Source

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Chevron Corp a 2017 hardship waiver from U.S. biofuel

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Approves Renewable Fuel Pathway for Andersons Ethanol Facility

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Indiana, Andersons Clymers Ethanol LLC received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a pathway

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

More RFS Exemption Requests Monroe Energy, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Want Full RFS Waiver

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer) Pennsylvania’s governor and state refining interests are putting pressure on EPA to grant waivers

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Extends Comment Period on RFS Information Collection Request New DEADLINE: December 13, 2018

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is extending the comment period on a previously announced information collection request

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Groups Ask Federal Judge to Freeze U.S. Refinery Waiver Program

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A group representing biofuel companies asked a federal judge on Tuesday to force the U.S. Environmental Protection

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Weaker RINs Lure Gasoline Shipping into US East Coast Ports: Sources

(Hellenic Shipping News)  A decline in the US obligation for biofuels has prompted an increase in imports from Canada and Europe

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

American Biofuels Deserve Certainty

by Dan Kleiss (Morning Consult) … By all rights, that anti-biofuel campaign should have wrapped up in December 2016, when regulators dialed

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Senator Says Expect Fewer Biofuel Waivers from Wheeler’s EPA

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may issue fewer biofuel waivers to small refineries under Acting

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Urban Air Initiative

“Emails between the EPA and the oil industry show that EPA asked oil industry employees what test fuels they would

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

#Gasolinegate: EPA’s Role in Fair Gasoline Emissions Testing Draws Fire

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, researchers for a report published by the Urban Air Initiative contend that “technical data

November 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the Buzz from ABLC Global 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It was, at times, not unlike the old trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Producers Feeling the Pinch from Trump Trade War

by Jarrett Renshaw, Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  U.S. ethanol producers drew a bleak picture of their industry in quarterly filings and analyst calls this

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Midterm Elections—Implications for the Bioeconomy

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  And while the bioeconomy – biofuels, biobased products, chemicals, and more –

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

White House, California to Discuss Vehicle Emissions Rules Next Week

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  California clean air regulators will hold talks next Tuesday with their federal counterparts and the White House

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

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