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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS
October 17, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to …

New Statistical Analysis: No Relationship Between RIN Credits and Retail Gasoline Prices
October 16, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association) Despite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), prices of the Renewable Identification Number (RINs) credits used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline …

Senators Object to Lower 2018 U.S. Renewable Fuel Requirements
October 6, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(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 made public by the office …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019; Availability of Supplemental Information and Request for Further Comment (Deadline October 19, 2017)
October 4, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  This document provides additional data and an opportunity to comment on that data and potential options for reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or …

Icahn’s Oil Refiner CVR Starts Unwinding Biofuels Bet
September 20, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

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 starting to unwind a massive …

EPA: Thumbs-up to ‘Energy Beet’ Idea
September 12, 2017 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  The Environmental Protection Agency predicted it might take six months to do an initial evaluation of “energy beets” for their environmental footprint as a feedstock for biofuels.
Six years — not months …

Pruitt’s EPA Undermines Cellulosic Biofuels and Transparency in Government
August 31, 2017 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  As the New York Times recently reported, the EPA Administrator Pruitt has been conducting much of his work to undermine the EPA’s mission in secret.  The recent proposed rule …

EPA Changed Course on Cellulosic RFS Documents: EPA Originally Sought Increase in Cellulosic Volumes
August 25, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency originally proposed a much higher cellulosic ethanol number in its Renewable Fuel Standard proposal sent to the Office of Management and Budget in …

Major Study Says “Cut Cellulosic Ethanol out”, RFA Says “No Way Jose”
August 21, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Iowa, a new tractable multi-market model study finds that the RFS has substantially benefited the U.S. economy by lowering gasoline, crude oil prices, and crude oil imports, while increasing …

EPA Interpretation of the “Inadequate Domestic Supply” Waiver for Renewable Fuels Ruled Invalid: Where to from Here?
August 11, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  Three words–inadequate domestic supply–have taken center stage in the implementation of the RFS since 2014. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used a controversial definition of this …

Democrats Look to Fit Electric Car Credits into EPA’s Ethanol Mandate
August 7, 2017 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel mandate could get a whole lot more complicated if Democrats are able to add electric cars to a credit program designed to boost corn …

Processing Pathways
August 4, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers and technology developers in the …

Pacific Ethanol to Add Cellulosic Ethanol Production at Idaho Plant
August 4, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Wood and Josh Pedrick (Platts)  Pacific Ethanol plans to add cellulosic ethanol production at its Magic Valley, Idaho, plant and expects US Environmental Protection Agency approval by the end of 2017, the company’s CEO …

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
August 4, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Andre Bernard, of Mount Kisco, New York, pleaded guilty today for his participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming …

EPA Will Reject Change that Trump Backer Icahn Sought
August 3, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

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 official told POLITICO, dashing the …

RFA Chief Says He’s Still Concerned RINs Market Is Being Manipulated
August 3, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

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 the price of Renewable Identification …

Top 10 Storylines: Heard on the Floor at the 2017 BIO World Congress
July 25, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

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 striking report debunking myths around …

OPIS Publishes White Paper: “Implications for Revitalized Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol and U.S.-Produced Corn Ethanol”
July 24, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy recently launched RenovaBio, a program poised to take a radically new approach to expanding the production and use of biofuels in Brazil.
 
Should Brazil’s RenovaBio program adopt a Carbon Intensity …

North Dakota Oil Refinery Plans to Co-Process Renewable Diesel
July 7, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  A Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction …

EPA Targets Biofuel Imports and Biodiesel, HUH?
July 7, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA wants to cut imports of biofuels, but the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries are mystified as to why it’s getting into that arena, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports . …

California LCFS Guides Advanced Biofuels Industry
June 27, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Heather Zhang (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Carbon credit prices recover and multiple new pathways are certified as the state’s program gets back on track.  —  California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector …

Thoughts from the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and National Advanced Biofuels Conference and Expo
June 23, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Douglas Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From the Welcome Reception on Monday to the last session on Wednesday, there was new information presented and new developments reported.
At the opening of the expo, many vendors were …

Don’t Spill That Ethanol! Those Cellulosic Fuels Are Worth $4.33 a Gallon.
June 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

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 not based on speculation. The …

Siouxland Energy Is the Fourth Edeniq Customer to Receive an EPA D3 RIN Registration
June 9, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Siouxland Energy/Edeniq/BusinessWire)   Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a cellulosic technology company, and Siouxland Energy Cooperative (“Siouxland Energy”) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved Siouxland Energy’s registration of its 60 million gallon per …

CFTC Says It Is Not Probing Icahn’s Activity in Biofuels Credits
June 6, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

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 to probe billionaire Carl Icahn’s …

Corn Ethanol Faces Its Limits under EPA Fuel Mandate
June 5, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Corn ethanol has reached its official limit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program, which means other less-developed, low-carbon fuels will have to step up to fill a 21 …

Billionaire Carl Icahn Reaps $60 Million as Trump Adviser
May 25, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

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 quarter because of expectations that …

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up
May 22, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production.  —  The number to beat to …

Ethanol and Biodiesel: Dropping Below the Production Cost of Fossil Fuels?
May 19, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

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, on an energy basis — …

Senators Call on SEC, EPA, CFTC to Investigate Trump Advisor Carl Icahn for Possible Insider Trading, Market Manipulation in Renewable Fuel Credit Market
May 18, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(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 Klobuchar (D-Minn.), called on the …

National Biodiesel Board Submits Comments to Ease the Administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard for Biodiesel Producers
May 17, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Today (May 16, 2017) the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” …

Icahn’s Pig in a Poke
May 11, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

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 role as advisor in the …

Business and Consumers Will Both Lose if Renewable Fuel Standard Is Changed
May 8, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

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 and operator of more than …

Owners of Biofuel Company Indicted on Conspiracy and False Statement Charges
May 4, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A Pennsylvania biofuel producer and two of its officers have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated over $10 million in U.S. Environmental …

Is Ethanol Worth the Fight?
May 1, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Tim Snyder (Equities.com/Crudefunders)  … With that in mind, we decided to break down the question of, “Is it worth it?” into four parts: price benefits, reduction of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), oxygenate replacement and green fuel alternatives.

Ethanol …

Icahn’s Oil Refiner Reports Plunge in Biofuels Bill in First Quarter
April 28, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

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 said on Thursday, as the …

Capitol Crude: The US Oil Policy Podcast–Oil Refiners and Renewable Fuels in the Trump Era
April 24, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

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 as signs of the president’s …

RFS: New Revenue Stream for Biomass Facilities?
April 11, 2017 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  … Unbeknownst to many in the biomass power sector, there may be a role for biomass power producers to play in the RFS. Electric vehicles (EVs) represent an increasing …

N.J. Man Sentenced to 5 Years Prison for Biodiesel Fraud
April 10, 2017 – 9:25 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  The owner of a New Jersey feedstock processor was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a scheme that generated fraudulent tax and renewable fuel credits, the U.S. Department of Justice …

Feature: Ethanol RINs Rebound as Prospects Fade of Quick RFS Reform
April 6, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon and Wes Swift (Platts)  RINs bottom out March 2 after four-month slide; EPA may hold 2018 mandate steady, start easing in 2019; Point of obligation debate fades into background  — Refiners’ and petroleum marketers’ hopes …

The Imports Cometh
April 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect …

As OPEC Falls, What Is the Liberated Market Signaling to Producers?
March 22, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

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 visit the big biodiesel and …

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

RINs Not Driving Any Profits: Motiva
March 8, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  No one profits from credits used to track compliance with US biofuel mandates, Motiva chief executive Dan Romasko said today, wading into a controversy that has split the industry.
Refinery margins rise and fall …

RNG, Cellulosic Fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 7, 2017 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Olson (BioCycle Magazine)  Because of an all-time high waiver credit value paired with strong advanced RIN prices, renewable natural gas could fetch $35/MMBtu in 2017. Since 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mandated …

Growth Energy Releases New Analysis on Reasons Why Not to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard PO
March 3, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy has released economic analysis that it says “identifies numerous problems” associated with changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation.
The US ethanol trade body strongly supports EPA’s proposed denial to move …

Report Analyzes the Use of Biogas-Derived Electricity To Power Electric Vehicles
February 28, 2017 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  With joint funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Strategic Programs, Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Vehicle Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) published a report titled Analyzing …

Ethanol Battle Escalates Amid Rumors of RFA-Icahn Deal
February 28, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  (R)umors of a deal surfaced between the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, shifting renewable fuel obligations away from oil refiners, in return for Icahn’s support for a Reid Vapor Pressure …

IRFA: ‘Merchant Refiners Not Paying for RINs’
February 27, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  The main argument of the petitioners is that they are paying for millions of dollars of RINs to meet their RFS obligations, and that this is somehow unfair …

Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook
February 24, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Looking to better understand the outlook for the US ethanol industry, but lack the time to wade through the entire 40-page Ethanol Outlook 2017 from RFA (which is right here, …

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements
February 22, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(NATSO/PR Newswire)  Truck Drivers, Railroads, Highway Users, Renewable Fuel Groups and Fuel Retailers Unified in Opposition to Fuel Program Changes  —  As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public comment period on the Renewable Fuel Standard …

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant
February 16, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, …

Ethanol and Biofuel Policies
February 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but rather policies that mandate and subsidize biofuels. …
Congress should end its intervention in the biofuels …

Waste to Fuels Viability: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys Economics
February 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

ENVIA Energy’s GTL Plant Is Underway, Produces First Biofuels
February 8, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City.
What makes it …

Fracking Biomass: Steeper Energy and the Pursuit of Renewable Hydrocarbons
February 3, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And it (the history of fracking) reminds us that one of the great tipping points for world civilization is when technology liberates a value great enough that the fear …

RINs Plunge to 14-Month Low Following EPA Regulation Freeze
January 27, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Platts)  Renewable Identification Numbers traded at 14-month lows Wednesday following news that the Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of 30 regulations until March 21, despite industry groups saying 2017 blending mandates are unlikely to …

Far-Reaching Impacts of Biointermediate Feedstocks on the Biodiesel Industry
January 23, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Karyn Jones (EcoEngineers/Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule, published in the federal register Nov. 16, proposes a wide-range of regulatory and compliance changes that affect the renewable fuel standard …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

Want to Drain the Swamp? Start with the Renewable Fuel Standard
January 13, 2017 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by David Williams (The Gilmer Mirror)  Incoming President Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” is getting an early test from one of his closest friends.
Billionaire investor and Trump confidant Carl Icahn is requesting changes …

AFPM Petitions EPA to Waive Portion of 2016 Cellulosic RVO
January 9, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume …

Drivers Get Cleaner Air, Added Costs as Taxes, Premium Gas Rise
January 6, 2017 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt (Bloomberg Markets)  Need high-octane for that BMW? New sulfur curb boosts the cost; Seven U.S states pile on with higher tax rates for 2017  —  A new federal rule cuts the amount of …

EPA Seeks to Ban Genscape from Verifying Renewable Fuel Credits
January 5, 2017 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revoke Genscape’s ability to verify biofuels compliance credits after regulators say it failed to detect a massive fraud perpetrated by companies …

AFPM Sends US EPA Petition to Request Waiver of 2016 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirements
January 4, 2017 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Biofuels International)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has sent a petition to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that it waives its 2016 cellulosic biofuels volumes “due to an …

Biofuel Producers Back Renewable Credit Trading Transparency
January 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Brian Dabbs (Bloomberg)  Recent criticism of secrecy and alleged manipulation in biofuel credit trading, delivered by a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, is striking a chord among ethanol and other renewable fuel producers.
Those producers …

Icahn Sees Doubts About Ethanol Mandate Among Trump’s Advisers
December 28, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Icahn picked as special adviser to Trump on regulations; RINs market is a ‘black cesspool of trading,’ Icahn says  —  Billionaire Carl Icahn, a special adviser to Donald Trump and a skeptic …

Don’t Change the RFS Point of Obligation
December 23, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

by Mark Griffin  (Pro Petroleum/Real Clear Energy)  … Moving the point of obligation eliminates our ability to compete and gives major refiners a significant unfair advantage over small businesses in small markets across the country. Liquidity and …

A Few Reasonable RIN Ideas
December 22, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by  John Campbell (Ocean Park Advisors) The RINs market would be improved with timely blend targets and compliance reporting, increased transparency and trading limits.  —  …  Although it might reduce undesirable trading practices, moving the …

Study: RNG Fuel Use in California Transportation
December 15, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  A team from the University of California Davis conducted a study for the California Air Resources Board examining the feasibility of producing large quantities of renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels …

The RFS and Domestic Consumption of Conventional Ethanol and Biomass-Based Diesel to 2022
December 14, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDoc Daily/University of Illinois)  In the farmdoc daily article of November 30, 2016, we examined the magnitude of the “push” in production and consumption of biofuels implied by the …

Icahn Cheers Trump EPA Pick Amid Calls for Fuel-Rule Revamp
December 13, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Icahn refiner wants $15 billion renewable-fuels market changed; Cost of credits surged as U.S. mandates on biofuels at record — Six weeks before he becomes U.S. president, Donald Trump is already disrupting an …

Economists Examine RVO Impact on Conventional, Advanced Biofuels
December 12, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two central questions arise when considering biofuels consumption through 2022, write University of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good: “When will domestic consumption of ethanol reach …

CEO of Publicly Traded Company along with Two Others Sent to Federal Prison
December 6, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(Department of Justice)  Defrauded biodiesel purchasers and shareholders   —  United States Attorney Josh Minkler and Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division announced today the …

Employee of Biofuel Feedstock Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
December 1, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  An employee of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme to alter and destroy documents following the company’s receipt of a …

Back on Track: EPA Issues On-Time, Robust Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes for 2017-18
November 23, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Environmental Protection Agency released the 2017 renewable fuel volume obligations (and the 2018 volume obligations for biomass-based diesel), with a strong push beyond what has been …

Biointermediates and U: A Potential Step Change in Advanced Biofuel Economics
November 22, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Antoine C. Schellinger (Biofuels Digest/ International Alliance Group)  … The EPA has performed lifecycle analysis on certain pathways and published them in the CFR as approved pathways. They are labeled with sequential alphabetical characters and …

What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?
November 15, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  As for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list.

In early October, the U.S. …

Big Oil Companies Reap Windfall From Ethanol Rules
November 7, 2016 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Bradley Olson  (Wall Street Journal)  Some refiners stand to rake in $1 billion by selling fuel credits, while others must spend millions to comply  —  Environmental regulations designed to boost the amount of ethanol blended …

Murphy USA: A Misunderstood Model – Weitz Investment Management
November 7, 2016 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(Value Walk)  Murphy USA is the largest stand-alone fuel retailer in the United States. The majority of its stores are located adjacent to a Wal-Mart, and they pursue a low-cost, high-volume model. —  …  Lastly, …

M&A Transactions Help Define Current US Biodiesel Era
November 2, 2016 – 10:23 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  For better or worse, the U.S. biodiesel industry continues to consolidate. While 2014-’15 has been a rough period in the sector, the fallout has presented undeniable opportunities for key players …

EPA Schedules Public Hearing on Proposed Rule to Update RFS
November 2, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing on Dec. 6 in Chicago for its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. Those who wish to testify …

Can You Make Money on Renewable Fuels?
October 21, 2016 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Don Longo (Convenience Store News/Progressive Grocer)  Experts urge retailers to take advantage of grants, credits and tax breaks.  —  Three experts on the renewable fuels market pointed out that there are literally hundreds of …

EPA’s Plan for Electric Vehicles Could Upend RFS Politics
October 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The Obama administration’s newest plan to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against …

Owners of Biofuel Company Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Fraud Charges
October 13, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  The owners of an Indiana biofuel producer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and false statements for participating in a scheme that generated over $60 million in fraudulent tax credits and U.S. …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 11, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

What’s Up with RINs Prices?
October 7, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin (Farm Doc Daily/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  RINs prices have been making headlines in recent months, with prices at times crossing the psychologically important $1 per gallon mark. Echoing earlier complaints (farmdoc …

U.S. Files Complaint, Announces Settlement to Address Alleged Renewable Fuel Standard Violations by NGL Crude Logistics and Western Dubuque Biodiesel
October 5, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced the filing of a complaint against NGL Crude Logistics, LLC and Western Dubuque Biodiesel, LLC and a settlement …

EPA Proposes Major Updates to RFS Regulations
October 4, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Within the proposed rule, the EPA explains that the RFS registration, reporting, recordkeeping and product transfer document (PTD) requirements were designed with the general expectation that renewable biomass would be …

Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule
October 4, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is proposing enhancements to its Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program and other related fuel regulations to support market growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. These proposed changes …

“The Myth of High RIN Prices As Proof of the Blend Wall”: New Report
October 4, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released the new white paper, “The Myth of High RIN Prices As Proof of the Blend Wall,” analyzing data recently released by EPA on …

It’s Time to End the Myth That High RIN Prices Prove Existence of the Blend Wall
October 4, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  Data recently released by EPA refutes the widely held assumption that reaching and exceeding the blend wall caused the 2013 rise in RIN prices. This newly available …

Chemoil Must Pay Largest Settlement in History of EPA’s Fuel Programs
September 30, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  EPA and DOJ allege Chemoil exported biodiesel, but failed to retire RINs.  —  Chemoil Corporation is required to retire 65 million renewable fuel credits to resolve alleged violations of the Renewable Fuel Standard …

ACE’s New E15, Flex Fuel Retailer Roadmap
September 29, 2016 – 9:10 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With high-profile convenience store chains announcing the addition of E15 and flex fuels to their traditional fuel slates, other chains and individual station owners increasingly are …

Will Changing the Point of Obligation Improve the RFS?
September 29, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by John Campbell (Biodiesel Magazine/Ocean Park Advisors)  The U.S. EPA has set off a debate within the petroleum industry by suggesting that the point of obligation for compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS) be moved …

USDOJ: Owner of Biofuel Company Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy and Obstruction
September 29, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(MediaAlerts)  The owner and manager of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction for his role in a scheme that generated over $6 million in fraudulent tax credits and …

RFA President Says There’s No Ethanol Fraud In RINS Program
September 26, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  A report out by a former EPA official says that the RINS market or renewable identification numbers may be ripe for fraud or abuse. In order to comply with the RFS, refiners are required …

Murky Biofuel Market Vulnerable to Fraud, Former EPA Cop Warns
September 20, 2016 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Earth & Water Group/Bloomberg) — A program to boost the use of biofuels in the U.S. has become vulnerable to scams that have bilked victims out of nearly $1 billion so …

Trump Biofuel Proposals Echo Those of Backer Icahn
September 17, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to weigh into a debate over a controversial U.S. biofuels program with a proposal that would back the position of billionaire investor Carl …

Edeniq: The Billion Dollar Baby Is Torn between Two Lovers
September 14, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Edeniq is torn between two lovers: its current ownership group, which shuffled together a financing this week; and Aemetis, which is supposed to be acquiring Edeniq this year for $23 …

Commentary: Are Presidential Hopefuls Ignoring Real Issues of Renewable Fuels?
September 13, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jacqueline Campos (Fuel Fix/Opportune)  … When it comes to this year’s election, renewable fuels continue to be well-supported, but policy mandating the use of those renewable fuels in gasoline remains to be seen.

The dilemma is that …

Pacific Ethanol Receives EPA-Approved Registration for Cellulosic Ethanol Production at Stockton Plant
September 12, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globe Newswire)  Now generating valuable D3 cellulosic RINs – Expects to produce over one million gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol at Stockton, CA plant — Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of …

It’s Time To Rethink The Value Of PhD: Distrusting the “Other” Doctors Advice on Engine Fuels
September 12, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch  (The Auto Channel)  … Tobacco advertising that promoted doctor-endorsements appeared in all consumer media as well as leading medical publications like “The New England Journal of Medicine” and “The Journal of the American …

Refiner Cuts Costs, Offers Buyouts as Ethanol Credits Rise
September 9, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Barbara J Powell (Bloomberg)   …  RINS aren’t the real problem for the Philadelphia refinery, Robert Campbell, head of oil products research for London-based Energy Aspects, said in a telephone interview today.
“East Coast refiners are …

Gevo, Lufthansa Rock Markets with Renewable Jet Fuel Deal
September 9, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, intended to be built in Luverne, MN. …

Tesoro to Acquire Virent
September 8, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Wisconsin, Tesoro reached an agreement for Tesoro to acquire Virent. The acquisition, the partners said, will support the scale up and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology for the production …

Blog: Competing with Sub $50 Oil – a Strategy for Biofuels
September 3, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed  (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels International)  If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society?
The answer …

#Ethanol Plant to Gas Station Lowers Pump Prices
August 30, 2016 – 10:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com) Ethanol provides consumers savings at the pump – especially when the retailer passes along the RIN (Renewable Identification Number) savings to their customers. No one knows this better than Dave Sovereign, Chairman …

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline besides Ethanol?
August 26, 2016 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is there some fundamental reason that the automotive biofuels people haven’t shifted to butanol or iso-butanol or some other compound that would be more compatible with gasoline and the present …

Feature: Could a RINs Market Probe Fuel RFS Reforms?
August 25, 2016 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid and Herman Wang (Platts)  Growing pressure for a federal probe of the opaque market underpinning the Renewable Fuel Standard could bolster efforts to dramatically reform the landmark biofuels policy.
Earlier this month, billionaire investor …

Another Billionaire Bailout?
August 25, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Bloomberg/Advanced Biofuels Business Council)  … (Carl) Icahn’s ask is pretty simple. He wants the EPA to change the rules midstream to relieve his petroleum refining assets of their obligations.

The RFS, for its part, …

Ethanol Credit Spike Divides Gas Stations
August 24, 2016 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by James Osborne (FuelFix)  Now gas station owners say they, too, are losing out after the price of RINs –  the credits which refineries must have to prove there is ethanol and other biofuels in …

Renewable Fuels Deserve a Place at the Pump
August 23, 2016 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (The American Spectator)  The case for alternative energy done right.  —  … No other policy has so effectively undermined the international oil cartel that seeks to profit from our dependence on oil.
Today, ethanol …

The RINferno, as It Burns up America’s Venture into Advanced Biofuels
August 19, 2016 – 7:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s a separate category of RINs for advanced biofuels. These are fuels that have at least a 50% reduction in fossil fuels compared to 2005 baseline gasoline. Overall, to qualify …

Securities Fraud Related to Biodiesel Fraud Scheme Convicted in Jury Trial
August 17, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced today the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with …

RINferno
August 17, 2016 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Let me see if we got this right. Donald Trump loves the Renewable Fuel Standard  —   Carl Icahn loves Donald Trump   —   Therefore, Carl Icahn hates the Renewable Fuel Standard
With that, …

Viewpoint: Run on the RINs Bank This Year
August 15, 2016 – 11:38 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  The bank of carryover RINs used to comply with US renewable fuel mandates faces a draw of nearly 500mn RINs this year to meet a stiff blend requirement of 10.1pc of the country’s …

Misguided Energy Mandates Fueling Higher Prices
August 15, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (The Heritage Foundation/The Intelligencer) … President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law and expanded it in 2007. The RFS, which originated with that act, mandates that refiners mix …

Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO
August 12, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (OpisNet.com)  Shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from fuel refiners and importers to blenders would reduce competition at the rack and lead to lower renewable fuel use …

ACE Unveils Guide on E15, Flex Fuels for Retailers
August 11, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol is releasing a new publication that will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions by retailers about E15, E85 and flex fuels.
ACE …

Cellulosic Ethanol, What Happened, What’s Happening?
August 2, 2016 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Irshad Ahmed (Lee Enterprises)  … I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish a critical-mass commercial base alongside the corn-ethanol industry. Its commercial …

Sustainable and Low-Cost: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Competing with Sub-$50 oil
August 2, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Irshad Ahmed observed recently in The Digest, “until such time that we internalize the true life-cycle costs of extracting and using fossil fuels, and distinguishing fossil-BTUs from bio-BUTs, we will …

EPA, CFTC Asked to Investigate Alleged Manipulation in Biofuels Market
August 1, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Alex Guillén (Politico Pro)  The Renewable Fuels Association today asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and EPA to investigate whether anyone is manipulating the market for a key biofuels compliance credit to drum up …

Valero Says RFS Compliance Costs Are Soaring; Renewable Industry Snaps Back “Poor Capacity Planning”
August 1, 2016 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Reuters is reporting that “Valero Energy expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year” and the news agency attributed the costs …

White House Releases “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy”
August 1, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new White House report, titled “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” sets out prioritized federal research and development goals and objectives to address key scientific …

Bind It or Blend It: Accelerating the Renewable Jet Fuel Market
July 21, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We would like you to consider the proposition that alcohol-to-jet fuels, known as ATJ to the 3-letter acronym enthusiasts, deserve two RINs. and two credits under the California Low Carbon Fuel …

ACE Submits Comments to EPA on 2017 RFS
July 15, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Marketer News)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed blending volumes for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE’s full comments can be …

Will the Gas Bubble Burst? More Projects Struggle for GTL Finance
July 8, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Remember how natural gas was the no-brainer of all time. Gas-to-Liquids was the rage, and a gold rush of companies popped up such as Siluria Technologies, Calysta, and Mango Materials. …

Realities of the Market
June 15, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  EPA’s proposed rule reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the RFS’s purpose, which was designed to change the realities of the market and the way oil companies do …

How Do You Generate $2B in Cellulosic Ethanol, with No Upfront Investment?
June 14, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Siouxland Energy Cooperative has licensed the Edeniq’s Cellunator and Pathway technologies for its 60 million gallon per year ethanol plant located in Sioux Center. Production will start by Q4 2016. …

Valero Presses EPA for RFS Change
June 14, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US Environmental Protection Agency administrators should shift the burden of US biofuel blending mandates closer to retail stations, US independent refiner Valero said today.
The company, one of the largest US producers of both …

EPA Posts Supporting Documents for RFS Rulemaking
June 1, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 31, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements in the Federal Register and posted dozens of supporting documents …

Ethanol Blending Pressures Already Shrinking Refiner Margins
May 16, 2016 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt  (Bloomberg)  Federally mandated ethanol blending is adding extra pressure to the faltering profits of U.S. refiners.
The worst crude oil downturn in a generation, which at first helped refiners’ profits, has now passed through …

EPA Brings Biofuel Production Changes To White House
May 12, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Kali Hays (Law360)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sent some proposed changes to its Renewable Fuel Standard program to the White House for review, as the agency looks to promote the production …

Could Renewable Diesel’s Boom Be Cut Short by Feedstock Access and Availability?
April 11, 2016 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Renewable diesel demand is booming, booming, booming. We’ve tipped it repeatedly in The Digest, not least with our March Madness webinar last week on “Renewable Diesel’s Boom”. Any doubts may …

Make Haste with Waste
April 8, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be queer, but they are here. Not only available, but reliable, you can count on the …

Boom Times: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Explosive Growth
April 7, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Boom times in Renewable Diesel” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day, from The Digest.  The recorded version of …

Grease Is the Word
April 7, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In short, renewable fuels has reached a crisis of growth in the United States — years of expansion have halted, and everyone is entitled to ask why.  … Let’s look …

Redefining Renewable Biomass: A Policy Change with Cascading Outcomes
April 4, 2016 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Katie E. Moore-Drougas, Daniel T. Schwartz, Laurel James and Jim Durglo (Brookings Institution)  … One solution that has the potential to substantially curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a change in the Energy Independence and Security …

US EPA ‘Analyzing’ Potential Shift in RFS Obligation from Refiners to Blenders
March 18, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency is considering a request by several independent refiners to shift the responsibility for complying with the federal biofuels mandate to blenders, a top agency official said Wednesday.
But …

EPA Teams with CFTC on Monitoring RIN Trade
March 18, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission enter into this Memorandum of Understanding to address the sharing of information, including proprietary business information “PBI,” in …

Houston Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Biodiesel Fraud Scheme
March 8, 2016 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Justice)  Philip Joseph Rivkin, aka Felipe Poitan Arriaga, was sentenced today in Houston, Texas, to 121 months in prison, three years of supervised release and to pay more than $87 million in …

OPIS Publishes Renewable Fuels Supply Supplement
March 3, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(OPIS)  The Renewable Fuels Supply Supplement is the first publication in the OPIS Market Trends series and is now available! This supplement is designed to analyze, educate and inform the global downstream industry of the …

A Model of State and Federal Biofuel Policy: Feasibility Assessment of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard
March 3, 2016 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Adam Christensen, Benjamin Hobbs (Science Direct/Applied Energy)  Biofuel policy is under near constant review at both the federal and state level. For example, as part of on-going implementation of the California Low Carbon Fuel …

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge
February 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.  … After a couple of years in limbo due to challenges to the Low Carbon Fuel …

Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Spent Big on Utah Politicians even as Frauds Were Found
February 15, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Nate Carlisle and Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)  Federal agents raided offices of Washakie and Kingstons amid claims the company hasn’t actually manufactured its own biofuels.  —  The storage tanks Washakie Renewable Energy …