Category: Policy

Urban Air Initiative tells California Air Resources Board midlevel ethanol blends helps state achieve goals

Urban Air Initiative tells California Air Resources Board midlevel ethanol blends helps state achieve goals

May 30, 2016 |

In California, in comments recently filed with the California Air Resources Board, the Urban Air Initiative made a case for higher octane, lower carbon fuels like midlevel ethanol blends to help the state meet its carbon reduction goals. Specifically, CARB had requested comments on its efforts to deal with brown and black carbon through what the […]

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EPA sets June 9 for national hearing for Renewable Fuel Standard program

EPA sets June 9 for national hearing for Renewable Fuel Standard program

May 29, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  is announcing a public hearing to be held in Kansas City, Missouri on June 9, 2016, for the proposed rule “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018.” The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposal. All […]

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EU refers Poland to Court of Justice for law banning biofuel and feedstock imports

EU refers Poland to Court of Justice for law banning biofuel and feedstock imports

May 26, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel. Polish law is not fully in line with EU law. Firstly, fuels can only be marketed if specific fuel requirements are in place, […]

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California biofuel industry calls on support for $210 million for biofuels fund

California biofuel industry calls on support for $210 million for biofuels fund

May 25, 2016 |

In California, the state’s biofuel industry is calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels. For the first time, biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane trade associations and companies are united by the common goal of getting the biofuel initiative passed as […]

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USDA unveils 2016 BCAP funding program

USDA unveils 2016 BCAP funding program

May 24, 2016 |

In Washington, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Facilities seeking to be qualified by USDA […]

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Indian ethanol blending mandate jeopardized by “faked and forged” docuement

Indian ethanol blending mandate jeopardized by “faked and forged” docuement

May 23, 2016 |

In India, the national sugar mills association says that a “faked and forged” document claiming that mills in Uttar Pradesh must have a certain license if they are to produce ethanol is jeopardizing the country’s capacity to achieve the national ethanol blending policy. UP is India’s largest ethanol producer, last year reaching 560 million liters, […]

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Iowa extends Renewable Fuels Infrastructure funding through 2017

Iowa extends Renewable Fuels Infrastructure funding through 2017

May 22, 2016 |

In Iowa, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law H.F. 2464, a multifaceted bill that secures funding for the state’s highly successful biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, through June 30, 2017. The most recent Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board meeting set records by awarding 68 projects with $3.2 […]

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RIN prices soar ahead of 2017 RFS announcement but then fall back after initial rush

RIN prices soar ahead of 2017 RFS announcement but then fall back after initial rush

May 19, 2016 |

In Texas, ahead of the EPA’s 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard draft blending mandate on Wednesday, RIN prices soared 10 cents to 84 cents for D6 ethanol RINs. Previous to the price jump, inter-day movement had averaged around 75 points, but the possible need to increase purchases in order to comply with the 2017 mandate got […]

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Brazilian ethanol prices could rise 25% if Cide increase approved

Brazilian ethanol prices could rise 25% if Cide increase approved

May 18, 2016 |

In Brazil, the new government is looking to boost the Cide tax on gasoline to 17 cents from 3 cents, which could have an immediate price impact of an additional 25% on ethanol prices. Doing so could have a major impact on the sugarcane crush currently underway as mills are getting more profit from sugar […]

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Thailand speeds up trials to implement B10 by 2018

Thailand speeds up trials to implement B10 by 2018

May 17, 2016 |

In Thailand, the Ministry of Energy has been instructed to quickly begin tests of B10 in order to facilitate introduction of the blend commercially across the country in 2018. Such a blend would boost biodiesel consumption to 14 million liters per day. The policy is in line with the country’s 2015-2036 Alternative Energy Development Plan. […]

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