Category: Policy

CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Congressional Budget Office has released a report saying it could become increasingly difficult to comply with the RFS because of the conflicting goals of keeping reducing the burden of RFS compliance while encouraging the development of advanced biofuels. The CBO has outlined three options for compliance with the RFS in a case […]

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. Last May, following a Reuters article describing how the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines had lobbied members of Congress and the administration […]

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Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

October 21, 2014 |

In Iowa, the state’s Economic Development Authority Board wants to see the legislature take up a proposal next year that would establish a tax credit for companies using productions derived from ethanol production for chemicals, such as corn oil for plastics. The policy is aimed at supply chain companies, not “anchor companies” like ADM and […]

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Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

October 20, 2014 |

In Washington, the Institute for Energy Research has released a new analysis regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to change the definition of cellulosic biofuels to include liquefied and compressed natural gas produced from biogas and landfills, and the impact it will have on the RFS, saying it is more proof that the policy is […]

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National Algae Association releases scathing critique of DOE, Washington

National Algae Association releases scathing critique of DOE, Washington

October 20, 2014 |

In the US, the National Algae Association has begun pushing US algae producers to label their products “Made in the USA” and “USDA Organic” when applicable. In a scathing critique of the Department of Energy, National Laboratories, and Washington D.C., the Association blamed the Department of Energy for “hijacking” the algae product industry and shipping […]

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Ethanol companies supporting Brazil’s presidential opposition candidate

Ethanol companies supporting Brazil’s presidential opposition candidate

October 16, 2014 |

In Brazil, ethanol companies such as Copersucar along with banks and industry are throwing last minute cash into the presidential campaign of Aecio Neves, which is having a major impact in helping to weaken incumbent Dilma Rousseff ahead of the runoff on Oct. 26. Neves’ contributions in September nearly doubled to $56 million, helping to […]

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EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

EPA says blend wall challenges the main hold up to releasing RFS 2014

October 15, 2014 |

In Washington, the EPA says that infrastructure constraints at gas stations, better known as the blend wall, is one of the reasons keeping the agency from announcing the 2014 RFS. Falling gasoline demand has meant less ethanol was required to hit that blend wall of 10%. It also says it is conscious of the period […]

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ePure calling for biofuel targets through 2030

ePure calling for biofuel targets through 2030

October 14, 2014 |

In Belgium, ePURE is calling for European policy makers to introduce a long-term policy framework to support the broadening of Europe’s network of biorefineries by 2030. Such a framework would include targets for European Union transport to encourage the continued use of renewable ethanol as a fuel in transport.  

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EU Commission confirms anti-trust raids on ethanol companies

EU Commission confirms anti-trust raids on ethanol companies

October 13, 2014 |

In Belgium, the European Commission can confirm that on 7 October 2014, Commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the production, distribution and trading of ethanol, a biofuel. These inspections took place in two EU Member States. They follow inspections that the Commission and the EFTA Surveillance Authority undertook […]

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DOE announces $13.4 million in awards

DOE announces $13.4 million in awards

October 13, 2014 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy announced $13.4 million for five advanced biofuels and bioproducts projects focused on integration last week. The University of Wisconsin of Madison, Wisconsin will receive up to $3.3 million to develop a process to produce high value chemicals from biomass, which can be used as plasticizers (an additive in certain […]

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