Category: Policy

EPA’s delay on RFS hitting biodiesel producers hard

In Washington, with the EPA expected to announce RFS blending mandates for 2014 in September at the earliest, the biodiesel industry is suffering from sinking prices as buyers wait on the sidelines until the mandate is announced. The preliminary rule announced in November saw the 2014 mandate mimic the 2013 mandate of 1.28 billion gallons […]

August 22, 2014 More

Brazilian ethanol industry supporting new socialist presidential candidate

In Brazil, the ethanol industry is standing behind Marina Silva, former environmental minister under former president da Silva and the expected vice-presidential pick from the socialist party’s candidate who was killed Aug. 13 in a plane crash. He had supported better pricing for ethanol and bagasse-based electricity, policies Silva is expected to continue supporting.

August 21, 2014 More

DOE aims new program to cut cost of algal biofuels and bioproducts by up to 50% by 2019

In Washington, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office said that DOE intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts.” DOE said: “BETO’s 2019 projected state of technology for the cost of algal biofuels is modeled at about $7 per gallon gasoline gallon equivalent, without valuable co-products such as animal feed or […]

August 20, 2014 More

USGC secures permanent Malaysia exemption for DDGS imports

In Washington, Malaysian officials recently agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM) from that nation’s new, more stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities. The decision makes permanent a temporary exemption, granted in May, for the period from July 31 […]

August 20, 2014 More

North Carolina ethanol blending law upheld

In North Carolina, North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association (NCPCM) is reporting the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in New Bern has upheld the North Carolina law designed to expand ethanol blending opportunities for marketers. The North Carolina law was challenged by the American Petroleum Institute and the National […]

August 18, 2014 More

American Coalition for Ethanol holds elections for three new members

In South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol has recently elected three new representatives to serve on the group’s Board: • Chris Wilson, Marshall, Missouri representing Mid-Missouri Energy, LLC • David Kolsrud, Brandon, South Dakota representing Badger State Ethanol • Greg Krissek, Wichita, Kansas representing Kansas Corn Growers Association Also reelected were: • Bob Sather, […]

August 17, 2014 More

Botswana to finalize biofuel and energy policy in 2015

In Botswana, the country aims to approve a national energy policy by 2015 that will include a large renewable energy component, including biofuels. The government has been working with the Japanese to develop varieties of jatropha that will be tolerant to the extreme weather shifts experienced in the country. The energy minister admitted that a […]

August 15, 2014 More

Abengoa’s CEO says lack of EU policy support weighing on ethanol prices

In Spain, Abengoa’s CEO says the lack of policy support for biofuels in the European Union has led to unsustainably low ethanol prices. Platts reports strong blending economics during the first half of 2014 with the discount to Eurobob gasoline hitting a four-year low of $180.61/cu m on July 8. The EU has been unable […]

August 14, 2014 More

US Trade Rep gets an earful about biodiesel during Iowa visit

In Iowa, hosting a U.S. Trade Representative on his family farm outside Des Moines, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, took the opportunity to discuss trade issues relevant to biodiesel. This included the threat imported biodiesel poses to the domestic market and to the success of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Ambassador […]

August 13, 2014 More

Fuels America launches new campaign to save RFS

In Washington, Fuels America has launched a new campaign highlighting what would happen without the RFS. It’s list of 10 impacts include more oil imports, more profits for big oil execs, dirtier air and sending advanced biofuels overseas to countries like Brazil and China.  

August 11, 2014 More