Category: Policy

Indonesian biodiesel producers seeking talks with EU

In Indonesia, consultations between biodiesel producers and the European Union could come as early as July in order to avoid a lengthy case in the EU’s Court of Justice regarding anti-dumping levies placed on Indonesian biodiesel imports.  

July 9, 2014 More

Philippines may suspend biofuel law to “protect” efficiency of mega power plant

In the Philippines, the government may suspend the country’s biofuels law that requires power plants to blend with 2% biodiesel to protect the efficiency of the 1,200MW Ilijan natural gas plant in Batangas. Apparently the facility will produce just 480MW of 600MW installed capacity on the one side if it begins using 2% coconut-based biodiesel […]

July 8, 2014 More

New Hampshire ban on higher than 10% ethanol blends dies on floor

In New Hampshire, the bill that sought to forbid ethanol blends of higher than 10% has died on the vine as it never reached the Senate floor before the legislative session ended for the summer. The bill that made it through the House of Representatives would only have come into effect if two other northeastern […]

July 7, 2014 More

Canada’s IFIT Program to offer $90.4 million in Call for Proposals

In Canada, the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program has announced their 3rd Call for Proposals. IFIT addresses a critical need for capital investment in new technologies by providing non-repayable contributions of up to 50% of a project’s costs for the demonstration of innovative technologies at the pilot or commercial scale in the Canadian […]

July 7, 2014 More

EPA finalizes new RIN rules to reduces potential for scams

In Washington, the EPA finalized additional regulatory provisions that are intended to assure reasonable oversight of RIN generation and promote greater liquidity in the RIN market, which in turn helps ensure the use of the required renewable fuel volumes. The rule includes a voluntary quality assurance program and related provisions intended to meet these goals. […]

July 3, 2014 More

Energy Future Coalition leads biofuel producers suit against EPA

In Washington, the Energy Future Coalition along with some ethanol producers have filed a lawsuit in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in an attempt to make the tests required to get alternative fuels approved more accessible. The suit follows the EPA’s April approval of its “Tier III” fuel and vehicle […]

July 2, 2014 More

Supreme Court refuses to hear case on California’s LCFS

In Washington, the Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case claiming California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard falls foul with the constitution, and the case will now be sent back to a lower court. The California Air Resources Board cheered the decision, saying that the time for delaying the implementation of the policy is […]

July 1, 2014 More

Report slams effectiveness of Canadian support to biofuels

In Canada, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has released a report criticizing the effectiveness of the country’s biofuels support programs, estimating that federal government biofuel initiatives cost Canadians between $3.00 and $3.50 for every dollar of social and environmental benefits achieved. Consequently the policy has failed to deliver value to Canadian taxpayers, it says.  

June 30, 2014 More

Growth Energy fires back against negative CBO report

In Washington, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, fired back against the CBO with the following statement in response to a recent report entitled, “Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond,” a highly flawed and unrealistic evaluation of the importance of renewable fuels and their numerous benefits, Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy released […]

June 30, 2014 More

Americans United for Change ads say biofuels help to off-set Iraq price spike

In Washington, with oil prices on the rise in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, Americans United for Change announced a major new ad campaign encouraging the EPA not to turn its back on a secure, safe, reliable energy source that the U.S. has complete control over: clean burning, homegrown renewable fuels. AUFC will […]

June 26, 2014 More