Category: Policy

Rep. Upton wants to bring RFS reform to the table after EPA announces blend

In Washington, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is looking to introduce legislation that would reform the RFS from 2015, apparently hoping for a consensus approach once people come to the table following the EPA’s long-overdue blending mandates for 2014. Preparatory work is being done so that when […]

July 28, 2014 More

White House tells Senate that blending mandates will go up

In Washington, the White House has indicated the administration plans to raise the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. White House Advisor John Podesta met with a group of senators last week, indicating that the adviser mentioned that the final blending mandates would likely be higher […]

July 28, 2014 More

Ethanol industry fires back at DOT ethanol rail proposal

In Washington, the ethanol industry is hitting back at the DOT’s proposal to require tighter regulations on transporting ethanol and oil by railcar, saying that the two are completely different fuels with very different levels of volatility. The RFA and the IRFA say treating the two fuels the same is a mistake and rules specifically […]

July 24, 2014 More

DOT releases details of rulemaking proposal for crude and ethanol rail transport

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the details of its comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail – particularly crude oil and ethanol – in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and a companion Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM).  

July 23, 2014 More

US congressman proposes country of origin labeling for fuel

In Washington, ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and with gas hovering near $3.50/gallon, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced legislation that would allow Iowa consumers to have a choice at the pump. Braley’s Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act would require gas stations to post the […]

July 22, 2014 More

South Africa to get 80,000 ton duty-free ethanol export quota to EU

In South Africa, if Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiated between the countries and the European Union, South Africa will have a duty-free export quota to the EU of 80,000 metric tons of ethanol per year, in addition to other concessions.  

July 21, 2014 More

ABO’s Summer of Algae 2014 celebrates successes in Washington, across the US

In Washington, ABO has announced several successes in its Summer of Algae 2014 push. Sapphire Energy has announced a partnership with Sinopec in China to develop algae-derived fuels in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. This international announcement came on the heels of new from two more ABO members: Cellana inked a partnership with […]

July 21, 2014 More

API targeting EPA because Congress in a standstill until after elections

In Washington, the American Petroleum Institute is pushing for legislative changes to the RFS but understanding that will be difficult with upcoming elections, is instead focusing its pressure on the EPA. The API gathered anti-RFS groups from chicken producers to the American Motorcyclist Association to gather the various arguments to help support their engagement with […]

July 17, 2014 More

Brazil extends temporary biodiesel blend increase another 60 days

In Brazil, the provisional increase of the biodiesel blend to 6% has been extended for another 60 days. The blend was raised in July to 6% and is expected to rise to 7% in November.  

July 16, 2014 More

Iowa governor slams EPA for missing yet another RFS deadline

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad slammed the EPA during his weekly press conference for having failed to announce the 2014 RFS, missing yet another deadline at the end of June. He says that as a result of the indecision, corn prices have fallen to below $4 a bushel—below the cost of production—from $5.50.  

July 15, 2014 More