Category: Policy

Senator Duckworth seeks independent investigation into EPA’s hardship waiver process

Senator Duckworth seeks independent investigation into EPA’s hardship waiver process

May 23, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to launch an independent investigation into whether top EPA officials violated the law by inappropriately exempting a number of oil refineries from having to use legally required levels of biofuel. A recent report from Reuters exposed […]

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Thirteen trade groups ask Congress to extend biodiesel tax incentive

Thirteen trade groups ask Congress to extend biodiesel tax incentive

May 22, 2019 |

In Washington, thirteen trade groups representing farmers, rural lenders, crop and biobased oil producers, and biodiesel producers wrote leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate, asking them to take action on bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax incentive. “America’s farmers and rural communities are facing a mounting economic threat. With your leadership, Congress […]

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EU publishes ILUC risk additions to RED in official journal following scrutiny period

EU publishes ILUC risk additions to RED in official journal following scrutiny period

May 21, 2019 |

In Belgium, in the absence of objections by European Parliament and Council on the proposed text within the given two-month scrutiny period, the European Commission has published in the Official Journal the Delegated Act on the determination of high indirect land-use change-risk feedstock and the certification of low indirect land-use change-risk biofuels. The Delegated Regulation […]

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Argentina trying to push US to end anti-dumping tariffs faster

Argentina trying to push US to end anti-dumping tariffs faster

May 20, 2019 |

In Argentina, Reuters reports that the government is pushing the US to hurry up its process reviewing whether or not Argentine biodiesel negatively impacts the US’s domestic biodiesel industry so biodiesel exports can resume as quickly as possible. Before tariffs were imposed, biodiesel accounted for about a quarter of the US’s imports from Argentina. The […]

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Grassley, Wyden announce taskforces to find solutions to temporary tax policy

Grassley, Wyden announce taskforces to find solutions to temporary tax policy

May 19, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ranking Member Ron Wyden of Oregon announced the formation of several bipartisan taskforces to examine temporary tax provisions that expired, or will expire, between December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2019 – a total of 42 provisions – including biofuel related ones […]

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UK’s Serious Fraud Office teams with Netherlands to investigate Greenergy on biodiesel trading

UK’s Serious Fraud Office teams with Netherlands to investigate Greenergy on biodiesel trading

May 16, 2019 |

In the UK, the Serious Fraud Office confirmed that it has opened a joint investigation with the Dutch authorities concerning certain aspects of biodiesel trading at Greenergy and various third parties. Searches were conducted on April 30 at five sites across the UK and additional sites in the Netherlands and Belgium. Four individuals have been […]

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EU drops anti-dumping duties on US ethanol to the ire of European industry

EU drops anti-dumping duties on US ethanol to the ire of European industry

May 15, 2019 |

In Belgium, ePure says the EU’s decision to repeal anti-dumping duties on fuel ethanol imports originating in the United States risks having serious consequences for the entire value chain of the European renewable ethanol industry – which accounts for 55,000 direct and indirect jobs in the EU. It would also affect EU climate ambitions by […]

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Thailand set to have B10 become the standard by next week

Thailand set to have B10 become the standard by next week

May 14, 2019 |

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that B10 will be the standard diesel fuel in the country by next week, rising from the current B7 blend. Both fuels, for which international standards will also be announced next week, will be available because only Isuzu and Toyota have announced that their pickups, vans and trucks are […]

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House Reps reintroduce bill seeking to limit RFS to below the blend wall

House Reps reintroduce bill seeking to limit RFS to below the blend wall

May 13, 2019 |

In Washington, the Oil and Gas Journal reports that a bipartisan group of Representatives have represented a bill that looks to limit ethanol blending under the Renewable Fuel Standard to just 9.7%. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) are seeking to keep ethanol blending specifically under the 10% blend wall, a move supported by […]

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Forget GND and NOPEC – 3 key policy issues to watch instead

Forget GND and NOPEC – 3 key policy issues to watch instead

May 12, 2019 |

In Florida, research published by Raymond James & Associates highlights three key policy issues at the federal level that energy investors should be watching over the next 12 to 18 months. This comes after they visited Washington to meet with high-level staff members at the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Energy and […]

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