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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 to the Renewable Fuel Standard program, just ahead of the

November 16, 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 into the Atlantic Coast, according to market sources and federal

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Another Year of Uncertainty for Biofuels

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine/Advanced Biofuels Association)  As we approach the end of 2018, we reflect on a year that was full of surprises for the biofuels industry. What stands out the

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  While oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but. 

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

OMB Releases Estimated Timelines for EPA’s E15 Rule, 2 RFS Rules

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Trump Administration has released estimated timelines for the development of three U.S. EPA rulemakings that pertain to the Renewable Fuel Standard and year-round E15 sales,

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

President Opens up E15 Sales: Trump Directs EPA to Allow Year-Round E15 and a More Transparent RINs Market

by Chris Clayton and Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leading into President Donald Trump’s trip to Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Tuesday, a senior White House official said Tuesday that the

October 9, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Reacts to Talk Administration Considering Limits on Trading Biofuel Credits

(WNAX) Sources says the Trump administration is considering limits on trading biofuel credits. The goal is to discourage speculation and reduce costs for oil refiners to comply with U.S. biofuels policy.

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Update1-White House Mulls Limits on Biofuel Trading as Part of E15 Deal-Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The White House is considering imposing restrictions on trading of biofuel credits, hoping to discourage speculation and reduce costs for oil refiners to comply with U.S. biofuels

September 29, 2018 Read Full Article

AFBF Welcomes Boosts to Biofuels Volumes, but Cautions against Overuse of Small Refinery Waivers

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  Though pleased with EPA’s proposal to increase renewable fuel volumes, the American Farm Bureau Federation warned that the agency’s excessive use of small refinery waivers diminishes the

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) RFS Roundup: To Grow Cellulosic Fuel Volumes, Address Low Hanging Fruit in RFS Changes

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  On Wednesday July 25, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing to educate members on the complexities of the compliance markets

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on RINs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 25, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing that aimed to educate members of the subcommittee

August 1, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Grants Refiners Biofuel Credits to Remedy Obama-Era Waiver Denials

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of biofuel blending credits for this year to refiners HollyFrontier and

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Down to the Details: Kernel Fiber Now

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … EcoEngineers’ Director of Engineering Jim Ramm details Kernel Fiber Now, a service that helps producers navigate their options with corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol technologies,

May 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Waiver Wire: Why Is the Biofuels Industry up in Arms about Oil Refinery Waivers?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But they’re part of the Washington dialogue this month, waivers and easy outs, since reports surfaced in media that the US Environmental Protection Agency granted a

May 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Trump Said to Mull Ways to Boost Biofuel Market Transparency

Mario Parker and Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ask for advice on whether — and how — to boost the transparency of an opaque $9 billion

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Demand Destruction Part 2? Allowing Exports to Count Toward RFS Compliance

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) … Simply put, allowing exported ethanol to count toward compliance with an oil company’s RFS obligation would lead to further demand destruction for U.S. ethanol

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

US EPA Climate Changing on RFS?

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  At ABFA, we’ve been keeping our eyes on the U.S. EPA during the first quarter of 2018. The EPA’s actions over the next several

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump to Put Biofuel Reform Push on Ice, for Now: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Trump administration will delay any moves to reform the nation’s biofuel policy for about three months, according to three sources briefed on the matter – a

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

RFS Wrangling Continues: GOP Senators Ask for Small-Refiner Waiver Suspension

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Details have yet to emerge from a planned meeting at the White House on Monday between President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet

April 10, 2018 Read Full Article

How EPA Is Destroying Demand for Ethanol and Corn

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Recent actions by EPA have effectively reduced the Renewable Fuel Standard conventional renewable volume obligation (RVO) for 2016 by more than 1 billion gallons, and the agency

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

BIO Comments on Proposed Settlement Agreement Between EPA and Philadelphia Energy Solutions on RFS Obligations

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  BIO is greatly concerned by the Department of Justice’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Settlement Agreement to resolve a dispute about the PES Holdings’ obligations under the

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Oklahoma Cellulosic Diesel Facility Achieves D7 Q-RIN Status

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  D7 renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Weaver

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Looks to Stamp out RIN “Hoarding,” Raises Possibility of Limits on Wall Street

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)   EPA chief Scott Pruitt raised the idea Monday of limiting Wall Street’s ability to trade the government-issued credits for ethanol and other biofuels in an effort to

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

White House Postpones Talks on US Biofuel Mandate: Refinery Source

by Meghan Gordon bankr(Platts)  The White House has postponed a fourth round of talks between refinery and biofuel interests about reforming the US biofuel mandate, according to a refinery source close

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

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

Ethanol Plant Operators Say No to RIN Price Cap — Comments from Renewable Fuels Association Member Companies

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Another White House meeting has been scheduled for Monday, March 12, to continue discussions between oil refinery and biofuels interests over the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Trump Calls Meeting on Biofuels Policy after Refiner Bankruptcy

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA RIN Market Data Poor: CFTC Can’t Draw Conclusion on RIN Market Based on EPA Data Provided

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

February 16, 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

ACE Presents on Ethanol Markets at MN Ag Expo

(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

January 30, 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

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

What Exactly Is a RIN?

(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

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Cruz Taps Texas Mistrust of Ethanol

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

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

How Refiners Can Lower the High Price of Renewable Fuel Credits: Invest

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

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds

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

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

The Biofuels Industry Reacts to White House RFS Meetings

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

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Pruitt Discusses Administration of RFS Program during Hearing

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce to provide testimony the mission of the EPA.

December 8, 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

Sabah Chooses New Palm Oil Certification to Cater to Europe’s Needs

by Jason Santos (Malaysian Insight)  SABAH’s move for a full compliance of the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2025 is to ensure the survival of the sector, state forestry director Sam

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape

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

October 30, 2017 0 comment 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

What Is the Future of Bio-diesel in India?

by Bharat Jhunjhunwala (The Free Press Journal)  Recently,  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first refinery plant in Pune that will produce fuel oil from rice

September 18, 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

RFA Chief Says He’s Still Concerned RINs Market Is Being Manipulated

by Jeff Barber (Oil Price Information Service)  The head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) says the ethanol industry group remains concerned that “market manipulation” is a “significant factor” driving

August 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Top 10 Storylines: Heard on the Floor at the 2017 BIO World Congress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Industrial biotech’s biggest and grandest show, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, opened today in Montreal and BIO itself was in the newsframe with a

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Don’t Spill That Ethanol! Those Cellulosic Fuels Are Worth $4.33 a Gallon.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The value of cellulosic fuels has reached $4.33 per gallon in the California market. That’s real-world, today, including the energy and the low-carbon attributes, and

June 14, 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

Ethanol and Biodiesel: Dropping Below the Production Cost of Fossil Fuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … As you can see from the hard data, the production cost for ethanol today is $1.22 per gallon, which translates to $51.24 per barrel. Now,

May 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Senators Call on SEC, EPA, CFTC to Investigate Trump Advisor Carl Icahn for Possible Insider Trading, Market Manipulation in Renewable Fuel Credit Market

(Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren)  U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Amy

May 18, 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 in almost five years during the first quarter, the company

April 28, 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 Trump administration fizzled out? The industry judged two early appointments

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

As OPEC Falls, What Is the Liberated Market Signaling to Producers?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  There’s a theory going around that biofuels are “government fuels” — and prices are set around a table in Washington, DC. But if you

March 22, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

RNG, Cellulosic Fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Susan Olson (BioCycle Magazine)  Because of an all-time high waiver credit value paired with strong advanced RIN prices, renewable

March 7, 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

RINs Plunge to 14-Month Low Following EPA Regulation Freeze

(Platts)  Renewable Identification Numbers traded at 14-month lows Wednesday following news that the Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of

January 27, 2017 0 comment 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

Biofuel Producers Back Renewable Credit Trading Transparency

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg)  Recent criticism of secrecy and alleged manipulation in biofuel credit trading, delivered by a top adviser to

January 4, 2017 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

Economists Examine RVO Impact on Conventional, Advanced Biofuels

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two central questions arise when considering biofuels consumption through 2022, write University of

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

AgMRC Looks at Drivers behind High Ethanol Blending

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The economic drivers behind recent higher ethanol blending rates were examined by Iowa

November 14, 2016 0 comment 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

Murphy USA: A Misunderstood Model – Weitz Investment Management

(Value Walk)  Murphy USA is the largest stand-alone fuel retailer in the United States. The majority of its stores are

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

What’s Up with RINs Prices?

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  RINs prices have been making headlines in recent months, with

October 7, 2016 Read Full Article

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced the filing of

October 5, 2016 Read Full Article

“The Myth of High RIN Prices As Proof of the Blend Wall”: New Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released the new white paper, “The Myth of High

October 4, 2016 Read Full Article

It’s Time to End the Myth That High RIN Prices Prove Existence of the Blend Wall

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  Data recently released by EPA refutes the widely held assumption that reaching

October 4, 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

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

Refiner Cuts Costs, Offers Buyouts as Ethanol Credits Rise

by Barbara J Powell (Bloomberg)   …  RINS aren’t the real problem for the Philadelphia refinery, Robert Campbell, head of oil

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Blog: Competing with Sub $50 Oil – a Strategy for Biofuels

by Irshad Ahmed  (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels International)  If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it

September 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline besides Ethanol?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is there some fundamental reason that the automotive biofuels people haven’t shifted to butanol or

August 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Feature: Could a RINs Market Probe Fuel RFS Reforms?

by Brian Scheid and Herman Wang (Platts)  Growing pressure for a federal probe of the opaque market underpinning the Renewable Fuel

August 25, 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

Viewpoint: Run on the RINs Bank This Year

(Argus Media)  The bank of carryover RINs used to comply with US renewable fuel mandates faces a draw of nearly

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

EPA, CFTC Asked to Investigate Alleged Manipulation in Biofuels Market

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  The Renewable Fuels Association today asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and EPA to investigate

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Valero Says RFS Compliance Costs Are Soaring; Renewable Industry Snaps Back “Poor Capacity Planning”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Reuters is reporting that “Valero Energy expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Prices of U.S. Biofuels Credits Jump on Supply Worries

by Chris Prentice and Jessica Resnick-Ault (Reuters)  Prices of U.S. biofuels compliance credits jumped in early trade on Wednesday as

June 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty today for their

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

The Annual Battle for Renewables

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill)  … It’s worth recalling why a bipartisan coalition of policymakers, including President George W. Bush, worked

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Valero Presses EPA for RFS Change

(Argus Media)  US Environmental Protection Agency administrators should shift the burden of US biofuel blending mandates closer to retail stations,

June 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blending Pressures Already Shrinking Refiner Margins

by Laura Blewitt  (Bloomberg)  Federally mandated ethanol blending is adding extra pressure to the faltering profits of U.S. refiners. The worst

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Make Haste with Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

OPIS Publishes Renewable Fuels Supply Supplement

(OPIS)  The Renewable Fuels Supply Supplement is the first publication in the OPIS Market Trends series and is now available!

March 3, 2016 Read Full Article

A Model of State and Federal Biofuel Policy: Feasibility Assessment of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Adam Christensen, Benjamin Hobbs (Science Direct/Applied Energy)  Biofuel policy is under near constant review at both the federal and

March 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Think Crude’s Cheap? Biodiesel’s Going for Free in Some Places

by Laura Blewitt and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  … Biodiesel’s become so cheap in the U.S. that some refiners are being paid to use

February 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Olden Days, Golden Days, and Golden Gripes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … So, how fast did petroleum expand production, in comparison to low-carbon renewable fuels? … One thing

January 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Betting on Biogas Growth in 2016

by Amanda Bilek (Biomass Magazine/Great Plains Institute) …   In the summer of 2014, the USDA released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap. The

January 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Octane’s Liquid Diamonds: The Secret Value of Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is ethanol really worth $3.81 for the octane but costs only $1.39 on the market? How

January 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Pushmi-Pullyu: How Do Carbon Prices and Fuel Mandates Work Together in Breaking through a Fossil Fuel Monopoly? Or, Do They?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, the set-up of the transition from fossil fuels is as pretty and impractical as

January 12, 2016 Read Full Article

The 7 Flying Reindeer: Renewable Fuel Myths that Continue to Defy Gravity

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, biofuels causing corn planting to skyrocket, low oil prices killing off renewable

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA’s Contradictory Rule Is a Gut Punch to Advanced Biofuels

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization) After a painful and damaging two-year delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

RINs Behavior after EPA Rule Shows Ethanol-Biodiesel Relationship

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The release of the U.S. EPA’s final rulemaking for the renewable fuel standard

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

RINs Gone Wild? (round 2)

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  The EPA released the final rulemaking for 2014-2016 RFS standards on Monday, November

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Sit on the RINs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The US Environmental Protection Agency has discovered the following way of interpreting Energy Independence and

November 16, 2015 Read Full Article

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour

October 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Irwin, Good Analyze Ethanol, Biodiesel RINs Relationships

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol D6 RIN prices have stayed relatively stable over the summer while D4 biodiesel

September 28, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

That Blend Wall Buster, Renewable Natural Gas: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  If the outlook on cellulosic biofuels is relatively bullish in 2015 compared to 2014 —

August 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Industry’s Withering Critique of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Proposals for 2014, 2015, 2016: The Digested Version

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Heard dire comments like “POET expects to stop all future U.S. cellulosic investments if EPA’s

July 31, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Begins Publishing Annual Data on RIN Sales, RIN Holdings

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In early July, the U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) sales data aggregated

July 17, 2015 Read Full Article

US EPA Unveils New Data for RIN Sales

(Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released, for the first time, data aggregated by the type of organization

July 10, 2015 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with… Jeff Hove, Vice President, RINAlliance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The program serves almost 200 petroleum marketers that bring renewable fuels to the public across

July 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol for All, And Then Some

by Robert Rapier (Investing Daily)  … If less fuel is being produced than the mandated level, it drives up the price

July 2, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Hearings on Renewable Fuel Standard: Testimony of Geoff Cooper, Senior Vice President at the Renewable Fuels Association

(Biofuels Digest)  Good morning, my name is Geoff Cooper and I am representing the Renewable Fuels Association.  By any measure,

June 26, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

In Blow to Big Oil, EPA Says Oil Refiners Recover RINs Costs

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil companies ultimately recover their costs of complying with the U.S. biofuels program, according to an

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S. Buyers Scoop up Brazilian Ethanol Amid RIN Revival

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil traders are rushing to import ethanol from Brazil for the first time this year after

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Proposed RVO Raises Multiple Questions for Illinois Economists

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) is under scrutiny

June 15, 2015 Read Full Article

New Statistical Analysis: Retail Gas Prices Unaffected by Renewable Fuel Standard RIN Credits

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Retail gasoline prices from 2013 through the first quarter of 2015 were unaffected by prices for “RIN

May 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association Urges EPA to Get ”Back on Track” with Renewable Fuel Standard

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection

May 26, 2015 Read Full Article

TruMarx Intro’s Biodiesel, RINs Transaction Capability on COMET

(TruMarx Data Partners Inc.)  TruMarx Data Partners Inc., the creator of COMET, an on-demand platform for custom bilateral OTC transactions,

January 14, 2015 Read Full Article

The 5 Most Maddening Myths about Corn and Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, emissions, cost competitiveness, and RINsanity. Some of the most unfair bricks hurled

January 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Gasoline Price Plunge in U.S. Slowed by Higher Ethanol Costs

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The biggest plunge in U.S. gasoline prices since 2008 is slowing as higher ethanol boosts the

January 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels and the Oil Price, Gloomy Gus, Energy Bear, Express Train to Mood Hell

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oil prices are down, energy stocks are plunging, and the investor mood is giving Lord

January 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Q-RINs Emerge in the Renewable Fuels Market

(Genscape/Biodiesel Magazine)    After the U.S. EPA’s final Quality Assurance Plan rule established a new, unified QAP program over the

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Does the Oil Glut Spell DOOM, GLOOM or BOOM for Alternative Fuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does $60 oil impact payback for natgas or hybrid electric vehicles, and cellulosic biofuels?

December 16, 2014 Read Full Article

Liquid CO2, or Liquid Gold? Maybe Both, as Aemetis Adds CO2 Liquefaction at Its Keyes, CA Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … To Aemetis, a route to improved margins that will also help the environment. Here’s

October 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Congressional Budget Office Says RFS Could Result in $6.00 per Gallon Credits for Advanced Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How does the Congressional Budget Office look at biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard? How

October 27, 2014 Read Full Article

Genscape Suggests 75 Million Xellulosic RINs Possible in 2014

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Cellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification

October 2, 2014 Read Full Article

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Selects Murex LLC as Marketing Partner for Cellulosic Ethanol

(PR WEB)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) today announced the selection of Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from

September 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Rolling Back the Write Down of the Renewable Mandate for 2014: The RINs Market Rings the Bell Again

by Scott Irwin (University of Illinois)  The EPA is apparently going to finalize 2014 RFS rules in the near future. 

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Mid-Year RIN Update

by Nick Paulson (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois)   … However, D4 generation has rebounded substantially since February, averaging more than 227

August 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Time Has Come Today

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The synergies between co-located ethanol and biodiesel production have been discussed for a decade. The existing infrastructure

June 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Defusing the Cellulosic Bomb inside the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Jim Lane (Biofuel Digest)  Thought the 2014 volume debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard was tough enough?What about the

May 27, 2014 Read Full Article

RIN Stocks Part II – 'Healthy' Levels

by  Rob Johansson and Seth Meyer (FarmDocDaily/USDA) Building on the discussion of RIN pricing and stock holding (here) we explore what a ‘healthy’

April 24, 2014 Read Full Article

RIN Stocks Part I – Valuation

by Rob Johansson and Seth Meyer (USDA/FarmDocDaily)  … It is clear that the bankable (and borrowable) nature of RINs allow obligated parties to optimize

April 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Will the EPA Reverse Itself on the Write Down of the Renewable Mandate for 2014? The Message from the RINs Market

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  … The purpose of today’s post is to show that the recent behavior of prices

March 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Ethanol, Once the Way of the Future, Is Off to a Delayed, Boisterous Start

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The “now hiring” sign is up online for Emmetsburg, Iowa, where the nation’s largest

November 13, 2013 Read Full Article

INSIGHT-Lord of the RINs? Vitol's Ethanol Credit Bonanza

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  Swiss trading company Vitol SA is among the biggest beneficiaries of an opaque U.S.-government-mandated trading scheme

November 8, 2013 Read Full Article

RIN Market Is Working Well To Enforce Biofuel Mandates, According To CARD Economists

(Center For Agricultural And Rural Development/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!Finance)  A new analysis by Iowa State University economists Bruce A. Babcock and Sebastien

November 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Groups Seek to Intervene in Latest Legal Challenge to RFS

(Agri-Pulse)  The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the Biotechnology Industry Organization filed Friday a motion with the U.S. Court

November 5, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. Farm State Lawmakers Urge CFTC to Examine Volatile RINs Market

by Cezary Podkul (Reuters)  Thirteen U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday urged the derivatives market regulator to examine fraud and manipulation in

October 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Economist Examines $2 Billion Drop in Total RIN Market

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   What’s behind the plunge in renewable identification number (RIN) prices? University of Illinois economist

October 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuel Blending Rules Won't Raise Gas Prices | Commentary

by Brent Erickson (Roll Call/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … What’s really behind this year’s rapid rise in the price of RINs? And

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Grassley Asks EPA if Ethanol Credit Market Is Being Controlled by Wall Street

by Christopher Doering   (Des Moines Register)  As controversy swells over the cost of special credits tied to ethanol, Iowa

September 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls on CFTC to Review Possible Manipulation of Renewable Fuels Market

by Greg Akagi    (KansasAgNetwork)  Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and

September 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Wall St. Exploits Ethanol Credits, and Prices Spike

by Gretchen Morgenson and Robert Gebeloff (The New York Times)  …But a little known market in ethanol credits has also

September 16, 2013 Read Full Article

A Market in Desperate Need of Transparency

by Mike Lux (Huffington Post)  …If the 2009 financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that market manipulation and speculation is

September 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Fixing Rufus: Congress, 2013 and the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Based on our industry sources, here’s an outline for a “change the RFS” outcome –

September 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Are Wave of the Future

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Pottstown Mercury) I am writing in response to Senator Pat Toomey’s Op-Ed that ran in The

September 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Is Ethanol’s Number Up?

by Steve Everly  (Kansas City Star)  … Ethanol has so far reduced the need for petroleum in gasoline by about 7

September 3, 2013 Read Full Article

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