Category: Policy

State government taking deductions from staff salaries to pay for biofuel cookers

State government taking deductions from staff salaries to pay for biofuel cookers

September 22, 2018 |

In Nigeria, the state governor for Cross River, Ben Ayade, is requiring a salary deduction of every civil and public servant in the state for the purchase of biofuel cookers and lamps, which staff are not happy about. This comes after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Alvila Technologies Limited, supposedly a close associate of […]

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EPA releases hardship waivers data showing 29 refineries were granted 13.62 billion gallons of exemptions in 2017

EPA releases hardship waivers data showing 29 refineries were granted 13.62 billion gallons of exemptions in 2017

September 20, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency finally released data regarding small refinery hardship waivers, saying that 29 refineries were granted waivers from RIN compliance in 2017 compared to 19 in 2016 and just seven the year before. A total of 13.62 billion gallons of ethanol were exempted in 2017 as a result […]

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Malaysia planning B10 white paper by year’s end

Malaysia planning B10 white paper by year’s end

September 19, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Bernama news agency reports that the industries ministry will at last put forward a white paper by the end of this year looking at the switch to B10. The country has run up against resistance from truckers and engine manufacturers who say higher blends will damage vehicles but the government is looking […]

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India fines 18 mills and two associations more than $5 million for ethanol bid fixing

India fines 18 mills and two associations more than $5 million for ethanol bid fixing

September 18, 2018 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports that the country’s antitrust watchdog CCI has fined 18 sugar mills as well as the Indian Sugar Mills Association and Ethanol Manufacturers Association of India more than $5 million for rigging bids in ethanol tenders held by national oil companies in 2013. The penalties were calculated based […]

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US Court of Appeals votes in favor Oregon’s Clean Fuels program against oil industry attack

US Court of Appeals votes in favor Oregon’s Clean Fuels program against oil industry attack

September 17, 2018 |

In Oregon, Platts reports that the state’s Clean Fuels program had its day in court against the oil industry and won when the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided the law discriminates against fuels with high greenhouse gas emissions, not the state of origin as the coalition of truckers and oil industry […]

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Vietnam’s biofuel consumption sky rockets from 9% to 40% in a year

Vietnam’s biofuel consumption sky rockets from 9% to 40% in a year

September 15, 2018 |

In Vietnam, biofuel consumption is increasing thanks to the government’s push for mass commercial usage of biofuel nationwide this year, with E5 RON 92 going from only 9% of total petrol consumption last year to an impressive 40% of total petrol consumption this year. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, biofuel consumption topped […]

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Croatian ambassador tells Malaysia to invest in PR if it wants to fix palm oil’s reputation

Croatian ambassador tells Malaysia to invest in PR if it wants to fix palm oil’s reputation

September 13, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Croatia’s ambassador to the country said that if Malaysia is serious about trying to change the hearts and minds of Europeans regarding the reputation of palm oil and its sustainability, then the government needs to invest in public relations in order to change the narrative. He said that blaming the EU countries for […]

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Indian government raises sugarcane juice-based ethanol price 25% to promote production

Indian government raises sugarcane juice-based ethanol price 25% to promote production

September 12, 2018 |

In India, the government agreed to raise the price of ethanol produced from pure sugarcane juice by 25% in an effort to boost production and reduce sugar production amidst a global surplus, near 10-year lows for sugar prices and record sugar production domestically. Although the industry recognizes it could take two to three years of […]

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RFA says new FAPRI report shows 4.6 billion gallons of potential demand destruction

RFA says new FAPRI report shows 4.6 billion gallons of potential demand destruction

September 11, 2018 |

In Washington, recent analysis by economists at the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute shows that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and nearly $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the U.S. EPA continues its current practice of exempting dozens of […]

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Congressmen introduce bill to reallocate waived RIN gallons

Congressmen introduce bill to reallocate waived RIN gallons

September 10, 2018 |

In Washington, Iowa Congressman David Young and Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson introduced the Restoring Our Commitment to Renewable Fuels Act which will reallocate waived renewable fuel obligations and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to disclose refineries who receive “hardship” waivers. Over the past two years, 2.25 billion gallons have been destroyed due to the […]

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