Category: Policy

Comment period open for new rail safety rules that will impact ethanol freight

Comment period open for new rail safety rules that will impact ethanol freight

September 22, 2014 |

In Washington, new proposed rules from the National Rail Administration regarding brake system safety standards for certain non-passenger trains have been released and the NRA is seeking comments regarding them. Rail cars that transport ethanol, due to its classification as Class 3 flammable liquid, are subject to the new proposed rules.  

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Blumenauer and Loebsack introduce clean energy bill in house

Blumenauer and Loebsack introduce clean energy bill in house

September 22, 2014 |

In Washington, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02), along with 16 other members of Congress, introduced HR 5559, the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014, last week. The bill would extend critical incentives to provide market certainty and to strengthen investment in clean energy such as extending Production Tax Credit […]

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AEC and BIO team up to run full-page New York Times ad on RFS

AEC and BIO team up to run full-page New York Times ad on RFS

September 22, 2014 |

In Washington, the Advanced Ethanol Council and BIO are running a full-page ad in the New York Times aimed at the White House. The ad asserts that if the administration accepts the EPA’s proposal to alter the RFS, President Obama will have “ inadvertently done more to damage [his] climate legacy than [his] worst enemies.” Running […]

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Senate finance committee chair wants level playing field for alternative fuels

Senate finance committee chair wants level playing field for alternative fuels

September 18, 2014 |

In Washington, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. told a Senate finance committee hearing on energy tax reform that energy efficiency, affordability, pollution and sustainability should be taken into account when deciding how to tax various forms of energy. He insisted that a level playing field must be set for renewables and fossil fuels, rather than the […]

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Iowa hoping Biden hasn’t switched sides on RFS in favor of Carlyle Group

Iowa hoping Biden hasn’t switched sides on RFS in favor of Carlyle Group

September 17, 2014 |

In Iowa, the state’s renewable fuels association so hopes that reports of vice president Joe Biden turning his back on biofuels at the behest of a Pennsylvania congressman loyal to the Carlyle Group and their refinery in his district are untrue that it has published a full page ad asking the question in the Des […]

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USDA chief says Obama administration still behind 15 billion gallon ethanol goal

USDA chief says Obama administration still behind 15 billion gallon ethanol goal

September 16, 2014 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Obama administration is set on getting ethanol production to the 15 billion gallon mark laid out by Congress, which could only be done with more gas stations offering higher blends. He figures the final RFS for 2014 will be higher than the 13 billion gallons the EPA […]

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Harper Government invests in Canada’s bioproducts sector

Harper Government invests in Canada’s bioproducts sector

September 15, 2014 |

In Canada, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Member of Parliament Mike Wallace announced an investment of $7 million to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada for a first-of-its-kind national bioproducts cluster. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists will work with industry partners on adding value to the agriculture sector and responding to global demand for environmentally-friendly bioproducts. This will […]

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REA announces manifesto for UK renewable energy as transition nears

REA announces manifesto for UK renewable energy as transition nears

September 15, 2014 |

In the UK, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has announced a blueprint for the UK’s next government with key “manifesto asks” including clear, stable policy for all forms of renewable energy. The manifesto hopes to outline a plan for the next government of the UK as the nation strives to meet its 2020 renewable energy […]

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Fuels America, API unleash media campaigns with opposing ads over EPA RVOs

Fuels America, API unleash media campaigns with opposing ads over EPA RVOs

September 12, 2014 |

In Washington, Fuels America and the American Petroleum Insitute (API) have released ads targeting the White House’s decision on the RFS volume obligations. API’s ad is a TV stop, while Fuels America’s campaign will run a full-page USA Today ad from September 19-21. According to Domestic Fuel, API’s Bob Greco says they launched their campaign […]

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Brazil sugar and ethanol tax credit to expand for the second time this month as elections approach

Brazil sugar and ethanol tax credit to expand for the second time this month as elections approach

September 11, 2014 |

In Brazil, the country will expand a tax credit to sugar and ethanol producers to spur demand for biofuel for the second time this month. Under the program, known as Reintegra, producers will receive a tax credit worth 0.3 percent of their exports. With ethanol demand in Brazil dropping year after year, President Dilma Rousseff […]

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