Category: Policy

Biofuels proponents think 2015 might be their year with greener legislature

Biofuels proponents think 2015 might be their year with greener legislature

December 19, 2014 |

In Oregon, biofuels supporters expect to have a better go in the 2015 legislative session to get the Clean Fuels Act finally operational. Democrats picked up two state senate and one house seat, tipping the balance to a decidedly democratic majority, which is expected to help the policy that requires gas and diesel to low […]

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Obama set to sign biofuel tax credit extender bill in coming days

Obama set to sign biofuel tax credit extender bill in coming days

December 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the Senate passed the tax extenders bill in a 76 to 16 vote that included a $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credits, but they’re only valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the next few days, as the House already […]

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Leadership shuffle supports Green Fuel’s plans for second ethanol plant

Leadership shuffle supports Green Fuel’s plans for second ethanol plant

December 16, 2014 |

In Zimbabwe, a shift in local leadership is opening the way for Green Fuels to develop its second ethanol plant, this time in Mwenezi. The former area leader was blocking the project, but the new leaders want to see the lowveld’s sugarcane plantations expand to help supply fuel towards the country’s blending mandate while also […]

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Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

December 16, 2014 |

In Washington, USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber is set to retire after a 30-year federal career.  Current USDA Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson has been named Acting Chief Economist. Johansson has served as USDA’s Deputy Chief Economist since 2012 and holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota. Johansson will assume […]

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Philippines expects to introduce B5 by late 2015

Philippines expects to introduce B5 by late 2015

December 15, 2014 |

In the Philippines, the Dept. of Energy still expects the B5 policy to be implemented by the end 2015 as planned, up from B2 currently, as part of the country’s energy policy through 2020. The economic impact and technical aspects of the policy change are still under investigation, with the results of a study from […]

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ABO, Growth Energy, BIO respond to House hearing on EPA’s management of the RFS

ABO, Growth Energy, BIO respond to House hearing on EPA’s management of the RFS

December 15, 2014 |

In Washington, the House Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements held a hearing last week on the “EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard program.” Growth Energy, and BIO have released the following statements regarding EPA’s delays in administering the RFS. Additionally, the Algae Biomass Organization submitted comments to […]

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Chicago mayor sends E15 legislation back to the drawing board

Chicago mayor sends E15 legislation back to the drawing board

December 11, 2014 |

In Illinois, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has deferred the vote on the proposed E15 availability mandate for the city, saying the proposal still needs tweaking so as not to negatively impact small businesses. The bill’s proponent, however, says it has already been weakened so smaller stations don’t have to comply, leaving just a quarter of […]

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UK government launches funding competition for advanced biofuel plants

UK government launches funding competition for advanced biofuel plants

December 10, 2014 |

In the UK, the UK green fuels industry will take a significant step forward with the launch of a GBP25 million competition to build advanced biofuel plants. The Department for Transport funding is supported by significant private sector investment and will enable the construction of up to three demonstration biofuel plants, the first of their […]

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Kansas and Nebraska team to block EPA rules on higher ethanol blends

Kansas and Nebraska team to block EPA rules on higher ethanol blends

December 9, 2014 |

In Kansas, the state’s Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked a federal appeals court to block new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that discourage the use of ethanol by requiring states to adopt conclusions about ethanol emissions not backed by scientific facts. The lawsuit, filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, asks the court […]

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Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels seeking a sub-target for advanced biofuels

Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels seeking a sub-target for advanced biofuels

December 8, 2014 |

In Belgium, Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), an industry coalition to promote advanced biofuels, met on December 4th at the European Parliament with Members of the European Parliament, Commission representatives, and stakeholders in Brussels. LSB, chaired by UPM’s Marko Janhunen, is advocating for a strong EU-wide sub-target for advanced biofuels in the context of ILUC […]

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