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Expected Drop in Farm Income Highlights Need for Biofuels, RFS
February 19, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The USDA’s February 2018 Farm Income Forecast predicts net farm income will decline by or 6.7 percent this year. According to Growth Energy, the expected drop underscores the need for …

The Wisdom of Thumper
February 19, 2018 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol) ACE’s Ron Lamberty reviews a letter the Petroleum Marketers of America recently sent to the Federal Trade Commission.

It’s reasonable to want to tear the letter apart and …

Catalysts, Cleaning and Cook
February 19, 2018 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It’s not every day that scientists stumble upon novel ways to make biofuel, but that’s exactly what Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have done by discovering that a simple catalyst …

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

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

Analysis: RIN Prices of ‘Just a Few Cents’ are Coming—Without Changes to RFS
February 16, 2018 – 10:31 pm | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A new analysis from the University of Illinois shows that the conditions that caused high conventional biofuel (D6) RIN prices are changing rapidly and that “…it is not out of the realm …

EPA RIN Market Data Poor: CFTC Can’t Draw Conclusion on RIN Market Based on EPA Data Provided
February 16, 2018 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission told senators Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t been able to provide the CFTC with enough quality data on the biofuels …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 16, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

In his article suggesting scrapping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards in favor of a Clean Air Act life cycle analysis-based methodology for CO2 transportation emission reduction, Bob Kozak advised, “(I)f anyone asks what will be …

Let’s Regulate CO2 Emissions, and Forget the 55.4 MPG 2025 Corporate Annual Fuel Economy Standard: The Inexpensive Way to Quickly Reduce Green House Gases
February 15, 2018 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 54.5 miles/gallon has become a significant issue since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Besides the …

API Urges EPA Not to Exempt Small Refiners from US Biofuel Mandate
February 15, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The American Petroleum Institute has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations under the US biofuel mandate, according to a letter released Tuesday. 
More than two dozen refineries …

Pruitt Commits to Creating Regulatory Certainty for Biomass
February 14, 2018 – 9:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Feb. 13, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with members of the  forest products industry and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to discuss a range of environmental issues. Pruitt also …

American Energy Dominance Won’t Come from Turning Back the Clock
February 8, 2018 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Mike Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  President Trump has pledged a theme of “energy dominance.” It’s not the first time Washington has had this thought. During the years I worked at the Senate Energy and Natural …

Grassley: RFS Has Minimal Impact on Success of Refineries
February 6, 2018 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has released a memo produced by his energy policy staff that finds that Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements and the cost of renewable identification numbers (RINs) …

Ethanol Blog Harvard Professor: Year-Round E15 Sales Would Reduce Biofuel Credits Costs
February 6, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As debate rages on about whether the price of biofuels credits in the Renewable Fuel Standard are putting small refiners out of business, a little-known analysis by a Harvard …

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges
February 6, 2018 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we are still short of achieving …

California Gears Up for Trump Battle on Car-Emissions Rules
February 5, 2018 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Mark Chediak, Dana Hull and John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Official sees ‘war’ if state’s rule-setting rights revoked; Air Resources Board planning zero-emissions bus proposal  —  …   The state has special authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act …

Over 30 States Broke Blend Wall in 2016
February 5, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The latest data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 30 states and the District of Columbia in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average, breaking …

Bankrupt Refiner Made Missteps
February 5, 2018 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Washington Times)  The oil industry’s campaign to undermine the growth of domestically produced renewable fuels such as ethanol has certainly been ramped up lately. Today they’re callously capitalizing on the financial …

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

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

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
February 2, 2018 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

The biofuels-related portion of the 2018 election campaign season is off to a  quick start with Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, making a case for including the expansion of ethanol markets via year-round consumer …

Broin Brings E15 Message to Pence Summit at Trump Hotel
February 2, 2018 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(The Fence Post/Hagstrom Report)  Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, the South Dakota company that builds and manages ethanol plants, brought his view that the government needs to authorize the sale of E15 blend year-round …

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

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

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

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

Letter to the Editor: Renewable Fuel Standard Threatens New Jersey Wildlife & Worsens Climate Change
January 31, 2018 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Kelly M0oij (Audubon Society/Tap Into New Brunswick)  … A decade removed from RFS beginnings has given ample time for evaluation and it’s time to reform the program. As a start, Congress must work to promote …

U.S. EPA Hopes to Decide Soon on Ethanol Waiver: Administrator
January 31, 2018 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Tuesday that his agency hopes to decide soon whether it has the legal authority to issue national waiver on selling of motor fuel …

Extraction of Valuable Oils from Algae and other Green Plants: Challenges, Opportunities and Commercial Landscape
January 31, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brian Goodall (First Garden City Consulting/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … (I)n the case of microalgae the oil has to coaxed out of the whole plant (typically single cells) using chemical or physical means to …

ACE Presents on Ethanol Markets at MN Ag Expo
January 30, 2018 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, updated attendees at the MN Ag EXPO in Mankato, Minnesota, on the changing landscape that allows retailers to offer ethanol-blended …

EPA Pushes Unified National Fuel Emissions Standard
January 26, 2018 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing for a unified national fuel emissions standard for automobiles, a move that could significantly impact California’s stringent car emissions standards.
EPA air and radiation head Bill Wehrum, …

Ethanol Group Urges US EPA to Limit RFS Waivers to Small Refineries
January 26, 2018 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  A major US ethanol trade group is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to be more transparent in weighing requests from small refineries to get out of their obligations under the US biofuel mandate.
EPA …

RFS Lawsuit Advances — Refiners: EPA Required to Review Point of Obligation Annually
January 25, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The biofuel and petroleum industries are back in court as both sides argue the Environmental Protection Agency should have implemented the Renewable Fuel Standard differently in 2017.
Attorneys for biofuels …

Exclusive: U.S. Small Refiners Make Surge of Biofuel Waiver Requests – Sources
January 25, 2018 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  More than two dozen small U.S. refineries are seeking waivers from the nation’s biofuels law, an unusually high number that reflects growing oil industry resistance to the program, according to sources familiar …

Big Oil, Biodiesel Join Forces to Combat Electrification
January 24, 2018 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Even though the petroleum and biodiesel industries rarely see eye to eye on U.S. energy policy, the two factions find common ground in a new threat to all liquid fuels—electric vehicles. …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 24, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

In an Ethanol Producer Magazine article, Urban Air Initiative’s David Hallberg explains how, with proper adherence to Clean Air Act regulations, ethanol can substitute for carcinogens in our fuel. “(I)t is increasingly clear that gasoline …

Respecting the Law
January 24, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

by David Hallberg (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  (T)he U.S. Department of Energy’s adherence to laws, and a proposal from the Urban Air Initiative to escape the aromatics dilemma.  —  … Hopefully Pruitt has established a precedent that …

Unexpected Incentive
January 24, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   RIN values do affect fuel prices, but Ron Lamberty, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol, says it’s not the effect many assume.  —  … A higher RIN, they …

Refiners Slam EPA Renewable Fuel Mandates In DC Circ.
January 24, 2018 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Adam Lidgett (Law 360)  Refiners and a biodiesel trade group have taken aim at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that set the levels of renewable fuel that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, …

US Biodiesel Producers Have Capacity to Meet RFS Mandates: NBB CEO
January 24, 2018 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Wes Swift (Platts)  The US biodiesel industry has enough capacity to meet the 2018 and 2019 blending mandates from the federal government, the head of the industry’s trade group told attendees at its annual conference …

The Greenhouse Gas Pruitt Worries about
January 24, 2018 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Scott Waldman (E&E News)  Scott Pruitt is one of the Trump administration’s most aggressive critics of climate change science, but lately he’s been talking about the dangers of greenhouse gas.
Well, one greenhouse gas in particular: …

A Straighter, Shorter Pathway: Confidence Builds in Overcoming the Hurdles Slowing Corn Kernel Fiber-to-Ethanol Approvals.
January 23, 2018 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Seven years after the U.S. EPA published the final rule for administering the Renewable Fuel Standard, the path to getting corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol approvals appears to be getting much shorter. …

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

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

Soaring SUV Sales Drive Record-Low Carbon Emissions, EPA Says
January 22, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner) … “Sport utility vehicles reached record-high market share, while also achieving record-low CO2 emissions and record high fuel economy,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on model-year 2016 vehicles’ …

Research Finds Land Management Practices Matter in Cellulosic Biofuels Production
January 22, 2018 – 9:35 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  New research from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago at Illinois and the International Food Policy Research Institute shows that incorporating conservation practices can both increase soil …

Pressure Builds for Trump to Change Federal Ethanol Mandate
January 20, 2018 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Debra J. Saunders (Tampa Bay Newspapers)  … But now free-market conservative groups and oil-state Republicans are pushing the administration to cut the corn cord.
For Ken Cuccinelli of the conservative group FreedomWorks, it’s a moral issue. …

Sweet Sorghum as an Ethanol Feedstock in Western Nebraska – Could It Happen?
January 20, 2018 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Richard Perrin, Lilyan Fulginiti, Subir Bairagi, Ismail Dweikat (KRVN)  It has been proposed that non-irrigated sweet sorghum might be grown in western Nebraska as a seasonal substitute for corn grain in corn ethanol plants. In …

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands
January 19, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine …

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

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Fuel Consortium
January 19, 2018 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

My Voice: A ‘Swing and a Miss’ from the USDA
January 18, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (Argus Leader/South Dakota Farmers Union)  Our esteemed U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. While it is hard to get excited over any government …

Velocys: Envia Seeks EPA Approval to Generate D7 RINs
January 17, 2018 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Velocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic …

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

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

California-Trump Administration Fuel-Efficiency Talks Intensify
January 17, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.
Officials from the California …

RFS Standstill — Dinneen: Oil, Ethanol Meetings Not Scheduled Yet, Likely Not Constructive
January 14, 2018 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  President Donald Trump’s administration and some members of Congress want oil and ethanol interests to just get along and work out their differences on the Renewable Fuel Standard. But …

RFS Roundup: Economists Largely Agree RINs Not Wreaking Havoc on Refining Industry
January 14, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The argument is roughly – increased biofuels mandates lead RINs to spike in cost, translating to billions in compliance costs, particularly for small refiners. While somewhat logical, …

U.S. Regulators Meet with California on Fate of Vehicle Fuel Rules
January 12, 2018 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for automakers, a move that will …

Play it Conservative
January 8, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Art Cullen (The Storm Lake Times)  … Markets and Nature are so large, and the Iowa budget is so small. We would be better off to leave water quality funding — that is, writing a …

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

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

ANALYSIS-Can’t Please Everyone: Trump Energy Policy Riles Competing Sectors
January 5, 2018 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner  (Reuters)  … Another political flashpoint has been the administration’s waffling over proposed changes to biofuels policy.
Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency initially entertained a plan from oil refiners to upend regulations requiring them to blend …

What Exactly Is a RIN?
January 4, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Southern Farm Network Today)  Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently proposed to put a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as a way to control the cost for refiners that blend renewable fuels into …

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

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

Rick Santorum: Refiners Attack President Trump at Their Peril
January 3, 2018 – 8:39 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Washington Examiner/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … But some petroleum companies seem to be taking their influence for granted, and that could prove their undoing with a White House that is known …

Summary of Accomplishments
January 3, 2018 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … ACE believes the best way to grow demand well into the future is to harness the low-carbon, high-octane value of ethanol. That’s why we were very …

Big Oil Misleading Iowans Again
January 3, 2018 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Monty Shaw (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Des Moines Register)  About a year ago, an Iowa front group for Big Oil tried to trick former state legislators into signing letters to the editor that sounded “pro-ethanol” but …

Cruz Taps Texas Mistrust of Ethanol
January 3, 2018 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  Attack on federal biofuels mandate provides chance to appeal to base  —  … But for the junior senator, facing re-election this year as Democrats show new swagger in the age of Trump, ethanol …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
January 3, 2018 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

In a special to the Biofuels Digest, South Dakota Farmers Union president, Doug Sombke, pointed out that “Section 202(l) provision (of the Clean Air Act) requires EPA to regulate and reduce toxics in gasoline to the “greatest …

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

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

How Refiners Can Lower the High Price of Renewable Fuel Credits: Invest
December 29, 2017 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by James C. Greenwood (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Hill)  … The refiners want to lower the price of renewable identification numbers, or RINs, which are the credits they must accumulate to prove compliance with the program — …

Inside Insight
December 27, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said.  —  As …

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

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

Editorial: Keep Biofuel Benefits Flowing
December 27, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Journal)  … A study conducted for the U.S. Agriculture Department found corn ethanol’s life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, by 2022, will be 43 percent lower than gasoline baseline emissions if ethanol plants continue as usual. If ethanol …

Bioeconomy Curves and Slides, Snakes and Ladders
December 27, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Over the years we’ve all seen a lot of curveballs in the advanced bioeconomy. You see companies like Valero, which lobby the United States Congress with unbridled intensity to get rid …

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds
December 26, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an analysis by farmdoc at the …

Time to Reform Renewable Fuel Policies for the Public Interest
December 26, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Smith and Vernon Smith (The Hill)    … But while cellulosic biofuel can be produced from inedible plant sources such as switchgrass and corn stover, currently no commercially viable technology exists to produce it.

The …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Grain Sorghum Oil Pathways
December 26, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking provides notice and an opportunity to comment on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

Ex-Industry Lobbyists Win Top Jobs in Agencies They Once Fought
December 22, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Jesse Hamilton (Bloomberg)  … In his first year as president, Trump studded his cabinet with people who previously fought to undermine what some see as the traditional missions of the agencies …

GAO to Look at Social Cost of Carbon
December 22, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Arianna Skibell (E&E News) An independent government watchdog has agreed to examine how the Trump administration uses the social cost of carbon, the metric used to calculate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE
WATCHDOG …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Industry in Full Court Press on DC Priorities
October 18, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Our big three in D.C. remain the Renewable Fuel Standard, the trade case and the biodiesel tax incentive. All three issues require a comprehensive, multifaceted approach made up of …

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

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

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

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

All four GOP senators from …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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