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RIN Price Cap a Demand Cap: Oil Industry Study Makes Ethanol Industry’s Case on Motive, Impact

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A study commissioned by the country’s largest oil refiner explains how a waiver credit would freeze ethanol demand. Ethanol industry groups are pointing to

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Long Road for Biofuels Industry

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

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

New Study: Nearly 50,000 Iowa Jobs Tied to Biofuels

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  With a White House meeting being held last week to discuss the fate of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a new study finds nearly 50,000 Iowa jobs

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

API Urges EPA Not to Exempt Small Refiners from US Biofuel Mandate

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

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

American Energy Dominance Won’t Come from Turning Back the Clock

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

February 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley: RFS Has Minimal Impact on Success of Refineries

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

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Bankrupt Refiner Made Missteps

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

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s the Real Story behind Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ Bankruptcy, Crude Oil, and the Renewable Fuel Standard?

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)

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Refiner Bankruptcy Adds to Pressure to Overhaul Biofuel Program

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

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

RFS Lawsuit Advances — Refiners: EPA Required to Review Point of Obligation Annually

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

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. Small Refiners Make Surge of Biofuel Waiver Requests – Sources

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

January 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Unexpected Incentive

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. 

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Refiners Slam EPA Renewable Fuel Mandates In DC Circ.

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

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

RFS Standstill — Dinneen: Oil, Ethanol Meetings Not Scheduled Yet, Likely Not Constructive

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

January 14, 2018 Read Full Article

RFS Roundup: Economists Largely Agree RINs Not Wreaking Havoc on Refining Industry

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

January 14, 2018 Read Full Article

2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo

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

January 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Marks Policy, Oversight Accomplishments in 2017

(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

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners

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

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

White House Pressures Big Corn to Meet on U.S. Biofuels Policy

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

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter to the Editor: Ethanol Important to Consumers

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

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Pruitt Takes a Bow in Iowa: EPA Chief Touts Optimism, RFS Rules and Different Regulatory Philosophy Under Trump

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

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Plans to Meet Oil Industry Reps on U.S. Biofuel Policy: Sources

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

December 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Ron Paul: Why Trump Must Tackle the Renewable Fuel Standard

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

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Drivers May Bear the Brunt of U.S. Biofuel Quotas

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

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Score Victory: EPA Rejects Petitions to Change Point of Obligation in RFS

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

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Struggling Philadelphia Refiner Sells Biofuel Credits, Raises Cash: Sources

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

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Delaware, Regional Leaders Take on Trump’s EPA

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

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Rally with Governor John Carney on the Renewable Fuel Standard

(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

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser

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

November 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Carper Leads Letter Requesting FTC Investigate and End RIN Market Manipulation

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

November 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Team Ethanol Fires Back

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

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Is Fulfilling His Promises on Ethanol

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

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Stuck between Two GOP Sides on Ethanol

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

October 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter from Washington: The Grand Alliance Flashes V for Victory in Renewable Fuels Fight

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,

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Tells EPA to Boost Biofuels After Iowa Uproar

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

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

A Vote for Bill Wehrum Is a Vote against the RFS

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

October 18, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The Top Legislative Threats Facing Convenience Stores Today

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

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Senators Object to Lower 2018 U.S. Renewable Fuel Requirements

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

October 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Refiners Make America-First Pitch to Cut Biofuels

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

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: Blended Fuels Are the Way to Go

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

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Icahn’s Oil Refiner CVR Starts Unwinding Biofuels Bet

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

September 20, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Chief Denies Icahn Influence in Biofuel Regulation

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

September 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Risk on the Horizon for RFS Advanced Pool?

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

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Donald Trump Ignores Biodiesel and the Loyal Voters behind It

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

September 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Duckworth Asks FBI to Investigate Trump Ally Carl Icahn

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

September 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Icahn Sees Biofuels Fight Deepening as Refinery Losses Mount

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

August 30, 2017 Read Full Article

New Biofuel Exemption Prospects Spur Oil Giant Concern

by Brian Dabbs  (Bloomberg BNA)  An era of relaxed biofuel blending requirements may be dawning for small oil refineries nationwide following a watershed court decision and new congressional direction for

August 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Special Report: Refiner Valero’s Secret Campaign against U.S. Biofuels Mandates

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … As part of an extensive behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign, Valero played a key role in bringing these people and groups together around a policy proposal that could

August 21, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Will Reject Change that Trump Backer Icahn Sought

by Eric Wolff (Politico)  The Trump administration plans to reject a proposal that would let oil refiners off the hook for complying with the federal ethanol mandate, a senior administration

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Federal Court Hands Ethanol Industry Big Victory on EPA Fuel Mandate

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  A federal appeals court on Friday handed the ethanol industry a major victory, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration fundamentally misinterpreted

July 28, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Watchdog Group Sues EPA to Access Communications with Icahn

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  A U.S. watchdog group filed a lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to release communications with billionaire investor Carl Icahn,

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Revamp Debate Powers Up, Includes Higher Ethanol Blends

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg BNA)  Long-awaited efforts to modify biofuel policy are entering the limelight across Capitol Hill. A Senate panel will host a hearing next week on a bill

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump and the EPA Should Stay Out of Point of Obligation Fight

by Gary Baise  (OFW Law/Morning Consult)  … Like the EPA, the vast majority of the liquid fuel industry is also strongly opposed to shifting the RFS point of obligation for a variety

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

CFTC Says It Is Not Probing Icahn’s Activity in Biofuels Credits

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission informed eight Democratic U.S. senators last month that it is not investigating biofuels credits after the lawmakers had urged it

June 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Billionaire Carl Icahn Reaps $60 Million as Trump Adviser

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Southwest Farm Press)  Government work has paid off handsomely for billionaire Carl Icahn.  CVR Energy Inc., his oil refining company, saved about $60 million in the first

May 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Can Improve Its Implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 Ways: BIO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization called on the US EPA to “improve its implementation of RFS,” and noted six key improvements. issue its annual

May 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Groups Ask EPA to Ease Regulatory Burdens

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Several biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol

May 17, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Icahn’s Pig in a Poke

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of the U.S. Senate are questioning whether Carl Icahn’s lobbying to change the Renewable Fuel Standard creates an ethics conflict with his

May 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Business and Consumers Will Both Lose if Renewable Fuel Standard Is Changed

by Max McBrayer (The Hill/RaceTrac Petroleum)  …   My perspective comes from over 30 years in the fuels business. Currently, I am chief supply officer of RaceTrac Petroleum, a fuel retailer

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Icahn’s Oil Refiner Reports Plunge in Biofuels Bill in First Quarter

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters)  Biofuels compliance expenses for CVR Energy’s refining unit fell to the lowest level

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

One Step Forward

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … I can tell you firsthand that for the first time in four years,

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Judges Give EPA the Side Eye on Waiver Authority

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA got caught in a cross-fire of skepticism at the D.C. Circuit Monday over its

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Supporters, Opponents Spar During EPA Teleconference

by Michael Schneider (Oil Price Information Service)  Supporters and opponents of biofuels expressed predictably contrasting viewpoints during a teleconference held today

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Capitol Crude: The US Oil Policy Podcast–Oil Refiners and Renewable Fuels in the Trump Era

by Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon (Platts)  Have refiners’ hopes for a quick rollback of the US biofuel mandate by the

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

A True Superhero, Ethanol Fights for Good

by Dirck Steimel (Iowa Farm Bureau)  … Ethanol has all the elements of a superhero. Like most good superhero stories, ethanol

April 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Inside Edge – Trump Advisor Icahn’s Big Bet against Biofuels Credits

by  Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/KFGO)  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s oil refining company, CVR Energy, made a massive bet

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump on Ethanol: Supportive, but Few Comments

by Patrick Anderson (Argus Leader)  President Donald Trump has never tweeted about ethanol.  In the course of tens of thousands

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

New Coalition Launches To Fight for US Renewable Fuel Standard

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Main Street Energy Alliance has launched to urge the Environmental Protection Agency

April 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Nebraska Farmers Make the Case for Higher Blends of Ethanol

by Steve White (Nebraska.TV) Pres. Trump says he wants to end job–killing regulations on ethanol, and area farmers suggest a good

April 7, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Feature: Ethanol RINs Rebound as Prospects Fade of Quick RFS Reform

by Meghan Gordon and Wes Swift (Platts)  RINs bottom out March 2 after four-month slide; EPA may hold 2018 mandate steady, start

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Singular Focus … Waiting for EPA

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Oil companies, gas station operators and other organizers of the just-launched Main Street Energy Alliance

April 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter: The Truth about Ethanol

by Neil Kohler (MagicValley.com/Pacific Ethanol) In his March 26 letter, Mr. Chamberlain went from 100 percent right to 100 percent

March 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Moving the Point of Obligation Is the Latest Misguided Ploy to Undermine the RFS

by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  Six billion gallons. That is the approximate amount of

March 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Senators Press Icahn on White House Influence, Business Conflicts

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  Several Democratic senators pressed billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Monday to clarify his role as an adviser

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Oil Refiners Push for Biofuels Overhaul at White House

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  U.S. oil refining executives met with a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration at the

March 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal

March 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one

March 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Pruitt Allies Lobby on EPA’s Ethanol Mandate

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) … Glenn Coffee and Crystal Coon, through their firm, Coffee Group, filed paperwork this week with Congress

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Public Citizen Files Complaint Alleging Trump Adviser’s Activities May Have Violated Federal Lobbying Laws

(Public Citizen)  Carl Icahn and His Businesses Haven’t Registered As Lobbyists Yet Continue to Influence Government Policy  —  Icahn Enterprises,

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

‘Purest Definition of a Conflict’: Icahn’s $126 Million Gain on Biofuel Deal Draws Criticism

by Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ari Natter, and Bill Allison (Bloomberg)  Investor Carl Icahn is also unpaid adviser to White House; Value

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

RINs Not Driving Any Profits: Motiva

(Argus Media)  No one profits from credits used to track compliance with US biofuel mandates, Motiva chief executive Dan Romasko

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Watchdog to Ask U.S. Lawmakers to Probe Icahn’s Role with Trump

by  Chris Prentice (Reuters/Yahoo!)  A government watchdog group, Public Citizen, said on Wednesday it will ask lawmakers to investigate whether

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Group Clashes with Icahn over Details of Biofuels Negotiation

by Chris Prentis and Jennifer Ablan (Reuters/Yahoo!Finance)  The head of the Renewable Fuels Association says billionaire investor Carl Icahn told

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Icahn on Point on RFS

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Carl Icahn was the administration official who called Bob Dinneen, CEO of the Renewable Fuels

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at ABLC 2017 – Day 2

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC guests heard Governor Paul LePage from Maine invite all of us to his

March 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Releases New Analysis on Reasons Why Not to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard PO

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy has released economic analysis that it says “identifies numerous problems” associated with changing the Renewable Fuel

March 3, 2017 Read Full Article

RVO Clarity by June Top Priority for Biofuels Industry Leaders

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Amid an animated discussion of policy issues, one item gained the support of all

March 2, 2017 Read Full Article

The RFS in 2017: A Brave New World

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine)  … First, we must finalize the 2017 renewable volume obligation (RVO) rule for the RFS program.

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Ethanol Battle Escalates Amid Rumors of RFA-Icahn Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  (R)umors of a deal surfaced between the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, shifting renewable

February 28, 2017 Read Full Article

IRFA: ‘Merchant Refiners Not Paying for RINs’

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  The main argument of the petitioners is that they are paying for millions

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump at the Renewable Pump: Will He Bump, Thump or Dump?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the letter behind the headlines. “Rest assured that your president and this

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

(NATSO/PR Newswire)  Truck Drivers, Railroads, Highway Users, Renewable Fuel Groups and Fuel Retailers Unified in Opposition to Fuel Program Changes

February 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Iowa to Pruitt: Don’t Change RFS Point of Obligation

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “We have a slogan in the renewable fuels family that says ‘Don’t mess with

February 17, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Answers Renewable Fuel Standard Lawsuit – DTN

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer/AgFax) In a point-by-point answer to a number of plaintiffs who filed suit challenging how

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Dems Probe Trump Adviser Icahn’s Role in Ethanol Policy

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  Senate Democrats are investigating the role that President Trump’s adviser Carl Icahn is playing in

February 14, 2017 Read Full Article

It’s Buffett vs. Icahn as Lobbying Heats Up Over U.S. Ethanol

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Association of American Railroads argues against Icahn efforts; Renewable fuel paper credits trading at one-week high — U.S.

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Groups Pleased Oral Arguments Set In Court Case Against The EPA

(WNAX)  Oral arguments have been set for April 24 in a Washington D.C. appeals court where biofuel groups claim the

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Trump Swamp Work Can Start with RFS Repeal

by David Williams (Houston County News/Lacrosse Tribune)  …  Billionaire investor and Trump confidant Carl Icahn is requesting changes to the

January 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Could Use a Friend in Washington Right Now

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Environmental, Energy nominees have criticized ethanol law; President expressed support for $24

January 24, 2017 Read Full Article

By Their Powers Combined, They Hope to Stop Change to RFS

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Railroads and truckers are joining the fight to leave refiners as the obligated party

January 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Want to Drain the Swamp? Start with the Renewable Fuel Standard

by David Williams (The Gilmer Mirror)  Incoming President Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” is getting an early test

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Icahn Sees Doubts About Ethanol Mandate Among Trump’s Advisers

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Icahn picked as special adviser to Trump on regulations; RINs market is a ‘black cesspool of trading,’

December 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Don’t Change the RFS Point of Obligation

by Mark Griffin  (Pro Petroleum/Real Clear Energy)  … Moving the point of obligation eliminates our ability to compete and gives major refiners

December 23, 2016 Read Full Article

A Few Reasonable RIN Ideas

by  John Campbell (Ocean Park Advisors) The RINs market would be improved with timely blend targets and compliance reporting, increased

December 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Extension of Comment Periods for: The Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and the Proposed Denial to Change the Point of Obligation

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On December 20, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued extensions of the comment periods for two

December 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Williams: Trump Should Work to End Renewable Fuel Standard

by Tom Thoma and David Williams (Taxpayers Protection Alliance/Globe Gazette)  … (Carl) Icahn’s proposal centers on the definition of “obligated

December 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Response to Petitions for Reconsideration of RFS2 Rule to Change the Point of Obligation

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA proposed to deny requests from petitioners to initiate a rulemaking to change the point of obligation

December 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Donald Trump Sends Mixed Signals on Ethanol Mandate

by Amy Harder and Jacob Bunge (The Wall Street Journal)  President-elect backed the federal biofuels rules as a candidate, but

December 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Icahn Cheers Trump EPA Pick Amid Calls for Fuel-Rule Revamp

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Icahn refiner wants $15 billion renewable-fuels market changed; Cost of credits surged as U.S. mandates on biofuels

December 13, 2016 Read Full Article

RINs, Refiners and Rational Energy Policies

(The Wall Street Journal) Letters to the Editor  —  Rewriting the RFS could undermine years of progress toward U.S. energy

December 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Could Be a Bend in the Road for Biofuels Blending

by Meghan Gordon and Brian Scheid (Platts)  Total renewable fuel is slated to be more than 10% of the US fuel

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Oil and Biofuels Trade Bodies Make Unprecedented Move to Link Together to Call on EPA Not to Change RFS Point of Obligation

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Biofuels and oil trade bodies have written a letter to the US’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking To Change the RFS Point of Obligation

(Federal Register/Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA Rejects Plea to Tweak Ethanol Mandate’s Rules

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making plans to reject a plea by some fuel

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump’s Victory Shatters Energy Landscape

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …  Biofuels: Trump said in Iowa in January that he wants ethanol volumes set under

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Big Oil Companies Reap Windfall From Ethanol Rules

by Bradley Olson  (Wall Street Journal)  Some refiners stand to rake in $1 billion by selling fuel credits, while others

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Changes Sought for RFS Compliance Mechanism

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Rep. Bob Brady is going to press for changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard compliance

November 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Will Changing the Point of Obligation Improve the RFS?

by John Campbell (Biodiesel Magazine/Ocean Park Advisors)  The U.S. EPA has set off a debate within the petroleum industry by suggesting

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

RFA President Says There’s No Ethanol Fraud In RINS Program

(WNAX)  A report out by a former EPA official says that the RINS market or renewable identification numbers may be

September 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Murky Biofuel Market Vulnerable to Fraud, Former EPA Cop Warns

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Earth & Water Group/Bloomberg) — A program to boost the use of biofuels in the U.S.

September 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Trump Biofuel Proposals Echo Those of Backer Icahn

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to weigh into a debate over a controversial

September 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Commentary: Are Presidential Hopefuls Ignoring Real Issues of Renewable Fuels?

by Jacqueline Campos (Fuel Fix/Opportune)  … When it comes to this year’s election, renewable fuels continue to be well-supported, but policy mandating

September 13, 2016 Read Full Article

The Oil Industry Is Split over the Renewable Fuel Standard Program

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  … Now the oil industry itself is split over the RFS, or more specifically how the EPA applies

September 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Another Billionaire Bailout?

by Brooke Coleman (Bloomberg/Advanced Biofuels Business Council)  … (Carl) Icahn’s ask is pretty simple. He wants the EPA to change the

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at

August 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

RINferno

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let me see if we got this right. Donald Trump loves the Renewable Fuel Standard  —   Carl

August 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO

by Jeff Barber (OpisNet.com)  Shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from fuel refiners and importers

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

RFS Hearing Finds New Issues to Dig into

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  … When it comes to land use, Colin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, testified

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Valero Asks EPA to Redefine RFS Definition of Obligated Party

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Valero Energy Corp. has filed with a petition for reconsideration with the U.S. EPA,

February 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Refiners, Former White House Official Ask EPA to Tweak Biofuels Program

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Independent oil refiners and a former White House official have urged U.S. regulators to tweak the

July 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol RINs Market Explodes

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lack of transparency makes market analysis difficult. …The ethanol producer’s role in RIN generation

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Differing RINs Estimates Creates Confusion, Market Spikes

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Confusion remains over how to interpret and compare various estimates of renewable identification number

April 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Another Voice Calls for E85 as a Solution to the RINs Conundrum

by John Kingston  (Platts)  The idea of using E85 as a way out of the blendwall/RINs issue in the US

March 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Skyrocketing RIN Prices Signal Ethanol Blend Wall Imminent

(Platts)  Prices of renewable fuel credits, needed by refiners to comply with the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, have skyrocketed over

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Proposes Rules for Voluntary RIN Integrity Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   On Jan. 31 the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule that creates a

February 2, 2013 Read Full Article

The 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard: Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide

by Jim Lane ( Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its proposed 2013 Renewable Fuel

February 1, 2013 Read Full Article

RIN Management Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules

by Jeff Hove (RINAlliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Managing RIN transactions and completing EPA reports has become slightly easier under RFS2 and EMTS

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance, Renewable Fuels Association Release Ethanol, Drought Myth-Busting Reports

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance published a note “to once again clear up

July 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Brazil Exports Ethanol, Struggles to Meet Its Ethanol Demand

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  …(T)he industry has once again begun exporting fuel to the U.S. over the past few months. According

June 15, 2011 Read Full Article

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