Category: Policy

Indonesia may not reach 2/3 of B10 policy even with new subsidy

Indonesia may not reach 2/3 of B10 policy even with new subsidy

March 2, 2015 |

In Indonesia, despite the government more than doubling the CPO biodiesel blending subsidy, low oil prices may keep the country from keeping its blending B10 mandate of 1.7 billion liters. About 1.5 million metric tons of CPO would be needed to reach the mandate, up from 800,000 tons in 2014, but some analysts fear that […]

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Despite cold weather, gasoline demand stays high

Despite cold weather, gasoline demand stays high

March 2, 2015 |

In the US, ethanol production averaged 947,000 barrels per day (b/d), 39.77 million gallons daily, down 17,000 b/d from the week before.The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 955,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.64 billion gallons. Gasoline demand for the week remained high at 374.4 million gallons daily, despite another round of […]

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Guatemala launches E5 and E10 pilots while looking at E10 blend

Guatemala launches E5 and E10 pilots while looking at E10 blend

February 26, 2015 |

In Guatemala, the country’s energy ministry is embarking on a pilot trial using E5 and E10 in 25 vehicles and five motorcycles during four months. The country mostly exports the 65 million gallons of ethanol its produces annually but introducing an E10 would consume 36 million gallons. The US and Brazilian governments along with the […]

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Ethiopia looks to revive former jatropha investments to produce biodiesel

Ethiopia looks to revive former jatropha investments to produce biodiesel

February 25, 2015 |

In Ethiopia, the country’s Ministry of Water and Energy has recently launched a biofuels private enterprise unit in hopes of attracting investors to produce 450 million liters of biodiesel in the next five years. The government hopes to revive previous jatropha plantations that investors launched and abandoned during the jatropha boom and bust in hopes […]

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European Parliament committee agrees to cap first generation biofuels at 6%

European Parliament committee agrees to cap first generation biofuels at 6%

February 24, 2015 |

In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee voted to cap first generation biofuels at 6%, lower than the 7% sought by member states and 8% sought by the biofuels industry. Rather than waiting for a parliamentary vote, the committee agreed to move forward with negotiations the European Commission.

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EU biofuels policy not negatively impacting Ireland’s animal feed market

EU biofuels policy not negatively impacting Ireland’s animal feed market

February 23, 2015 |

In Ireland, the country’s agriculture minister says that EU biofuel policies have no impact on national animal feed prices because cereals markets are global. The country imports 3 million metric tons of animal feed out of a total 4.7 million tons, most of which comes from North and South America, biofuel byproducts themselves.

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EPA to announce RFS blending mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016 this spring

EPA to announce RFS blending mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016 this spring

February 19, 2015 |

In Washington, the EPA has confirmed it will release its RFS blending targets this spring for 2014—likely similar to what has already been published—as well as 2015 and 2016. Longer-term demand issues will also be addressed at the same time, taking into consideration concerns from the oil industry that blending has reached its peak.

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ePure wants MEPs to make a decision on ILUC at last

ePure wants MEPs to make a decision on ILUC at last

February 18, 2015 |

In Belgium, ePure is asking MEPs to make a final policy decision on ILUC at last during the ENVI committee’s upcoming vote on Feb. 24. The association wants a focus on ILUC mitigation considering that actually measuring and modeling ILUC is nearly impossible. With hardly any new biofuel investments since the European Commission released its […]

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Legislation introduced in Oregon to end E10 mandate

Legislation introduced in Oregon to end E10 mandate

February 17, 2015 |

In Oregon, H.B. 2373 was introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives to remove the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol.  Currently, the state requires that “a retail dealer, nonretail dealer or wholesale dealer may not sell or offer for sale gasoline unless the gasoline contains […]

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RecOil project to host UCO policy workshop on March 3

RecOil project to host UCO policy workshop on March 3

February 16, 2015 |

In Belgium, the RecOil project team will organize a round table “Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Chain towards 2030” on March 3 at the headquarters of the European Biomass Industry Association. The event is organized with the support of the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the Executive Agency for Small and […]

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