Category: Policy

Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

January 18, 2017 |

In Washington, during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said that during his tenure as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he would keep to the timetables outlined by Congress for the Renewable Fuel Standard and “honor” its original intent. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the top spot has raised […]

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Groups appeal permit for PBF’s proposed Delaware ethanol transshipment project

Groups appeal permit for PBF’s proposed Delaware ethanol transshipment project

January 17, 2017 |

In Delaware, Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters of Delaware have jointly appealed the permit awarded at the end of last year to PBF Energy to begin transshipments of up to 10,000 barrels of ethanol per day along the Eastern Seaboard, arguing the project goes directly in contra to the Coastal Zone Act […]

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Traders cancel cargoes as China seen boosting ethanol import duty to 30%

Traders cancel cargoes as China seen boosting ethanol import duty to 30%

January 16, 2017 |

In China, as many as seven cargos of US ethanol—as much as 443,000 cubic meters—set for import through March have been canceled as the government looks to likely boost import taxes in an effort to protect its market that needs to absorb millions of tons of spoiled corn, predominantly in the form of ethanol and […]

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EU Carbon targets at risk from conventional biofuels phase-out: experts

EU Carbon targets at risk from conventional biofuels phase-out: experts

January 15, 2017 |

In the EU, energy experts told members of the European Parliament in hearings this week that   the European Commission’s proposed phase-out of conventional biofuels by 2030 threatens to remove one of the EU’s best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport. As the European Parliament gets ready to consider the controversial Renewable Energy […]

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China slaps punitive tariffs on US ethanol and DDG exports

China slaps punitive tariffs on US ethanol and DDG exports

January 15, 2017 |

In China, the national government slapped the US ethanol industry with heavy tariffs that went into effect last Thursday. U.S. farmers say the tariffs will cost U.S. agriculture at least $2B per year. Preliminary tariffs on U.S. DDG, totaling more than 40 percent, were imposed by China several months ago, causing the price of DDG […]

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Competitive Enterprises Institute wants RFS frozen and sunsetted

Competitive Enterprises Institute wants RFS frozen and sunsetted

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, the Competitive Enterprises Institute has put forth proposals for the next session of Congress including freezing the Renewable Fuel Standard below the blend wall while setting a sunset period for 2022. The CEI says the RFS has not weaned the country off foreign oil as well as the “fracking revolution” has while increasing […]

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CropEnergies says EU will never achieve GHG goals without conventional biofuels

CropEnergies says EU will never achieve GHG goals without conventional biofuels

January 11, 2017 |

In Germany, CropEnergies says there is reason to fear that implementing the draft of the European Commission’s proposed decrease of the share of biofuels made from crops from 7 percent in 2021 to a maximum of 3.8 percent in 2030 would not lead to a decrease in fossil fuel use, but only to a decrease […]

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Transport & Environment blasts EU for “stunning U-turn” crop-based biofuels

Transport & Environment blasts EU for “stunning U-turn” crop-based biofuels

January 10, 2017 |

In Belgium, Transport & Environment says food-based biofuels can still be counted towards the EU’s renewable energy target, the European Commission has proposed – in a stunning U-turn on its commitment to phase-out first-generation biofuels that are worse for the climate than fossil fuels. Member states will be able to use a maximum 3.8% share […]

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Sen. Grassley and other GOP senators assured EPA nominee will support RFS

Sen. Grassley and other GOP senators assured EPA nominee will support RFS

January 9, 2017 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa convened a meeting among several senators from biofuels-producing states and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  Grassley organized the meeting because he wanted to convey the importance of biofuels to job creation, energy security, the environment and meeting the country’s […]

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Oil to head for $70 in 2017: Report

Oil to head for $70 in 2017: Report

January 8, 2017 |

In New York, Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov and the RJ energy team write: “One year ago, we thought that 2016 oil prices would rally in the back half of the year, natural gas prices would be stagnant, and energy stocks in general would meaningfully outperform the broader market. Check. Oops. Check. After bottoming in […]

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