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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

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It was, at times, not unlike the old trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and that was no coincidence, for there was optimism abounding

November 12, 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

Consultative Expansion

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Innovations in Biomass-Based Diesel

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two ethanol producers are adopting quite different innovative technologies to add value to their corn oil—one making biodiesel with supercritical methods, the other making

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

US Environmental Protection Agency Aims to Adopt New Fuel Economy Rule by March, E15 Rule by May

by Meghan Gordon (S&P Global Platts) The US Environmental Protection Agency aims to adopt final rules for fuel economy standards by March and year-round sales of higher ethanol blends by May,

October 18, 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

A Bird’s Eye View of Bioenergy

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Conference and Expo (MABEX) was held on September 12 and 13 at the Convene at CityView in Philadelphia, Pa. The Mid-Atlantic

October 6, 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

Ethanol Credits Criticized by Icahn Drop to Pennies Under Trump

by Mario Parker and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg)  Gradual drop seen as refiners, farmers debate White House deal; Icahn owns 82% stake in independent oil refiner CVR Energy  —  The biofuel compliance credits used

September 26, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 2-EPA Details Broad Expansion of Biofuel Waiver Program

by Chris Prentice, Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published new data detailing how it drastically expanded a biofuels waiver program for oil refiners since President Donald Trump’s administration

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Security Group Makes Case for Car Rules as Trump Tweets

(Washington Examiner)  The military cost of defending oil trade routes makes a solid case for keeping in place strong fuel-economy standards, the group Securing America’s Future Energy said in a report released

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA to Make RFS Waiver Info Public

by Anna-Lisa Laca (AgWeb)  Over the past year, farmers and ethanol advocates alike have pressed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be more transparent when it comes to Renewable Identification Number

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Small Refinery Exemptions and Ethanol Demand Destruction

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily)  Small refinery exemptions (SREs) represent the latest controversy to engulf the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  When the U.S. Congress first created the RFS in the Energy Policy

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

US Cellulosic Waiver Credit Likely to Be $1.77 in 2019: Platts Analytics

by Joshua Pedrick (S&P Global/Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is likely to set the 2019 cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) at $1.77 for each credit, down from $1.96 in 2018, according

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Gets Local Perspective on Ag

by Seth Boyes (Dickinson County News)  Steffes Company in Milford played host to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday Aug. 6.  …  “If you’re a member of Congress, you can’t keep your

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s Plan to Boost Ethanol Could Quickly Get Sidelined

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  …  On top of that, a senior Senate aide close to the pro-ethanol camp led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said “there is debate” over

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. The company is a major  international producer of

August 10, 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

EPA Scraps Detailed Plan to Force U.S. Refiners to Blend More Biofuels

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ditched a detailed plan that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Departure Allows for ‘Reset’ between Trump and Ethanol

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  … The EPA also jettisoned a plan to incorporate an additional 1.5 billion gallons of biofuel requirements in last week’s proposal to make up for the potential

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Considers Delaying Friday Biofuel Announcement: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering delaying its widely anticipated announcement on Friday on 2019 renewable fuel volumes as it re-examines plans

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 2-EPA to Propose Reallocating Waived Biofuels Volumes to Other Refiners-Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Successful Farming)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small refinery exemption program to other refiners, in an announcement that could

June 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Why Nebraska’s Governor Is a Champion of Biofuels

(Urban Air Initiative)  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently declared May as Renewable Fuels Month to draw attention to clean burning biofuel options. He’s focused on grassroot efforts to educate and expand

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

On The Front Lines: The Old Battle between Ethanol and Oil Takes Center Stage with the RFS.

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol Producer Magazine recaps the many recent attempts to hinder the policy, and looks beyond 2022.  —  … But leaders in the ethanol industry are quick

June 4, 2018 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

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

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable for cash-strapped farmers supplying markets that didn’t exist 30 years

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Policy Adds to Agricultural Market Uncertainty

by Pat Westhoff (Columbia Tribune)  … Biofuel policy decisions also have the potential to have large impacts on commodity markets and farm income. Most cars in this country run on a blend

May 18, 2018 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

Deal or No Deal– Either Way We Need to Keep Moving

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … First of all the export RIN issue does raise trade questions but if RINS go back to pennies then it would be

May 11, 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

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refiners Reap Big Rewards from EPA Biofuel Waivers

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s expanded use of waivers to free small refineries from the nation’s biofuels law has saved the industry as a whole hundreds of

May 9, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed for quotas  —  A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Stay Vigilant: The Importance of Paying Attention and Remaining Active in Ethanol Advocacy.

by Brian Jennings (Ethanol Producer Magazine/American Coalition for Ethanol ) … The timing of this year’s fly-in was fortuitous, amid talk of “win-win” deals for refiners and biofuel producers and a

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Urban Air Initiative: Leading Off — Why Did a Retired Oil Refinery Engineer Turn into an Ethanol Advocate?

(Urban Air Initiative)  The resistance to ethanol expansion is really about politics and a desire to squash competition. But if you weed through all of PR campaigns and simply evaluate fuel

April 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington Insider: Biofuels Mandates Under Pressure

(DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Oil state partisans, including certain refiners, have raged about a credit-trading market within the program that they say causes undue economic pain. The biofuels industry counters that

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Data Shows Small Refiner Waivers Have Lowered 2016, 2017 RFS Blending Obligations by 1.6 Billion Gallons

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Where Do Biofuels Stand? You Can’t Always Get What You Want

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Despite efforts by President Donald Trump to settle a long-running dispute between ethanol backers and the refining industry, progress on a biofuels deal has stalled.

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Perdue’s Strong First Year at USDA May Be Clouded by Ethanol Doubts

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming)  … In May 2017, during his (Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue) first month as secretary, he created the post of undersecretary for trade, a longtime goal of

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

King Tells Iowa RFA: “I Want Ethanol sold TO, THROUGH, and BEYOND the E15 Blend.”

(4-Traders)  Congressman King Pledges Continued Biofuel Support to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  —  Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after meeting today with members

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

REX American: A Good To Great Ethanol Company

(Viking Analytics/Seeking Alpha)  REX consistently outperforms its peers in making ethanol profitably. REX has zero debt, a large cash position, and has announced plans to buy back more shares. Stuart Rose, the Chairman

April 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

In Boost for Farmers, Trump Says He May Allow E15 Gasoline Sales All Year

by Jeff Mason (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration may allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round, which could help farmers by firing up

April 13, 2018 0 comment 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

Rep. Collin Peterson Voices Support For Minnesota’s Ethanol Industry

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Rep. Collin Peterson visited the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to reiterate his support for Minnesota’s ethanol industry. “Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Actions on the RFS are Destroying Demand for Ethanol and Corn

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  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

April 3, 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

Exclusive: Trump Weighs Dropping Personal Efforts on Biofuel Reform – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   President Donald Trump is seriously considering abandoning efforts to remake the nation’s biofuel laws after wading deep into an issue that divides some of his core

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Leader: EPA Eroding RFS — Assistant to President Says Search Continues for a Win-Win Proposal

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A special assistant to President Donald Trump on agriculture said Wednesday, “the search for a win-win continues” in the debate over how to relieve

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Preparing List of Possible Biofuels Tweaks – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Agriculture Department are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to winnow down proposals to lower the cost of the

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Corn-State Senators Seek Trump Meeting as U.S. Biofuel Changes Loom

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A group of senators from U.S. corn states have asked President Donald Trump for a meeting about the nation’s biofuels law, amid expectations the administration will soon

March 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Environmental Groups Back Ted Cruz, Republicans on Overhaul of Renewable Fuel Standard

by Ben Wolfgang (Washington Times)  Green organizations back ending corn ethanol mandate  —  … The intense opposition to the RFS from environmental and conservation groups comes as the White House and congressional

March 16, 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

The Digest’s 2018 Visual Guide to the Economics, Politics of Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have you ever wondered why corn farmers march for the RFS, but Wall Streeters don’t? Or why merchent oil refiners want the US Renewable Fuel Standard

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and 2nd Gen Biofuels Need Stable Tax Policy

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AdWired.com)  The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy heard from representatives of the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries

March 15, 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

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

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

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

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Analysis: Cap on Conventional Ethanol RINs Will Reduce Biodiesel Market By 100-300 Million Gallons Per Year

(National Biodiesel Board)  A new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES)

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

New Study: RIN Price Cap for E15 RVP Waiver “Deal” Would Cut Ethanol Consumption and Trounce Corn Prices

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Any action to artificially cap Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices in exchange for an RVP

March 8, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refinery Workers Head to Washington to Urge Biofuels Reform

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A delegation of workers from U.S. oil refining companies that oppose the nation’s biofuels policy will converge

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Unresponsive to Letter on Agency Position on RIN Prices

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, today (March 1, 2018) issued the following statement

March 6, 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

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

“That’s Chuck Grassley. Should I Take the Call?” Klobuchar Keynote Ignites ABLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, an unplanned on-stage telephone conversation between Senators Amy Klobuchar and Senator Charles Grassley

March 5, 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

February 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Speaks out against PES Anti-RFS Rally

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Feb. 21, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke at a rally against the Renewable Fuel

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Refiner Goes Belly-up after Big Payouts to Carlyle Group

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  Throughout 2016 and 2017, a rail terminal built to accept crude oil for the largest East Coast refinery

February 20, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Senator’s Biofuel Overhaul Faces Resistance

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors,

February 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Analysis: RIN Prices of ‘Just a Few Cents’ are Coming—Without Changes to RFS

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  A new analysis from the University of Illinois shows that the conditions that caused high conventional biofuel

February 16, 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

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

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog Harvard Professor: Year-Round E15 Sales Would Reduce Biofuel Credits Costs

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As debate rages on about whether the price of biofuels credits in the Renewable

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

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The biofuels-related portion of the 2018 election campaign season is off to a  quick start with Jeff Broin, founder and CEO

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Broin Brings E15 Message to Pence Summit at Trump Hotel

(The Fence Post/Hagstrom Report)  Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, the South Dakota company that builds and manages ethanol plants,

February 2, 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

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

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

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

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

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Sweet Sorghum as an Ethanol Feedstock in Western Nebraska – Could It Happen?

by Richard Perrin, Lilyan Fulginiti, Subir Bairagi, Ismail Dweikat (KRVN)  It has been proposed that non-irrigated sweet sorghum might be grown

January 20, 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

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

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

January 5, 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

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,

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

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

December 26, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Renewable Fuel Credits Pressured by Biodiesel Tax Credit Optimism

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  U.S. renewable fuel credits remained under pressure on Thursday as expectations mounted that lawmakers may soon renew a

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

December 22, 2017 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

December 14, 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

December 8, 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,

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Take a Pass?

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about

December 4, 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:

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

For First Time, Biodiesel Leadership Weighs In With President Trump on RFS, Calls out Contradictions in Refiners’ Arguments

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB’s Governing Board Members Emphasize That Growth in RFS Volumes is Needed  —  Today the executive leadership of the

November 16, 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

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Cruz to Iowa: Come to the Table or Northey Gets It

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Ted Cruz, having seemingly failed to secure a meeting with Midwestern senators brokered by

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

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

US Spread between E85 Ethanol, Gasoline Reaches All-Time High

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, according to crowd-sourced data from the Renewable Fuels Association’s E85prices.com, the national price spread

November 13, 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

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,

November 8, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA Statement on Pennsylvania Governor RFS Waiver Request

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D)

November 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Going “RINless”

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Renewable Identification Number credits (RINs) have been trading higher this week and some ethanol producers and marketers

October 27, 2017 0 comment 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

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Pruitt’s Charm Offensive Has Few Actual Promises

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Seven corn-state Republican senators emerged smiling from what they deemed a “good” meeting with EPA

October 18, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

New Statistical Analysis: No Relationship Between RIN Credits and Retail Gasoline Prices

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association) Despite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), prices of the Renewable

October 16, 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

October 4, 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

September 20, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA: Thumbs-up to ‘Energy Beet’ Idea

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The Environmental Protection Agency predicted it might take six months to do an initial evaluation of

September 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Argentine Biodiesel Industry Says U.S. Duties Will Halt Exports

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Argentine biodiesel exports will be priced out of the U.S. market, its leading industry body said,

August 23, 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

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

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

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Targets Biofuel Imports and Biodiesel, HUH?

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA wants to cut imports of biofuels, but the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Proposed Volume Standards for 2018, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On July 5, 2017 EPA issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and

July 5, 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

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

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

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

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

May 18, 2017 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

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

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

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

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

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

March 22, 2017 0 comment 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

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

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

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

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

Fracking Biomass: Steeper Energy and the Pursuit of Renewable Hydrocarbons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And it (the history of fracking) reminds us that one of the great tipping

February 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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