Category: Policy

Ukrainian parliament approves law to set renewable heat prices at 90% of gas

Ukrainian parliament approves law to set renewable heat prices at 90% of gas

March 22, 2017 |

In the Ukraine, in an effort to boost consumption of renewable fuel for heat sources, the national parliament has passed a bill setting tariffs at 90% of the cost of heat from gas. The bill also decentralizes decision making on license issuance and price negotiations for business consumers to the local level, away from the […]

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Veterans send letter Trump urging rule for ethanol and RFS in his energy plan

Veterans send letter Trump urging rule for ethanol and RFS in his energy plan

March 21, 2017 |

In Washington, more than 120 military veterans working and investing in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Trump last week, urging him to include a prominent role for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in his “America First Energy Plan.” According to the letter, “many of us have witnessed firsthand the dangers […]

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Indonesia to file WTO complaint against EU’s biodiesel duties by end-March

Indonesia to file WTO complaint against EU’s biodiesel duties by end-March

March 20, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the country plans to formally file a complaint against the European Union’s anti-dumping duties on Indonesia biodiesel during a meeting at the World Trade Organization headquarters at the end of March. Argentina, who suffered duties like Indonesia since 2013 and whose biodiesel industry suffered significantly as a result, has also filed cases and […]

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Groups hail recall of EPA’s federal fuel economy and emissions rules

Groups hail recall of EPA’s federal fuel economy and emissions rules

March 19, 2017 |

In Washington, the High Octane Alliance called the Trump Administration’s recall the fuel economy rule “an important first step in achieving realistic reductions in fuel consumption.” Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said the recall was necessary due to the fact the rule, while well intended, was simply rushed through last year without the thorough and comprehensive […]

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Trump directs EPA to reinstate midterm CAFE evaluation

Trump directs EPA to reinstate midterm CAFE evaluation

March 16, 2017 |

In Michigan, President Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the final determination of greenhouse gas standards (GHG) for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and, in harmony with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to reinstate the midterm evaluation of the GHG and corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards […]

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Maine court opens the path for Fiberight to get its community MSW project sorted

Maine court opens the path for Fiberight to get its community MSW project sorted

March 15, 2017 |

In Maine, a superior court judge has ruled against Fiberight’s competitors who sought to have the company’s environmental permits for a planned MSW-to-biofuel plant revoked, instead affirming the permits and opening the path for the company to move forward with its proposed project. The committee that manages the MSW for more than 100 communities in […]

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National Farmers Union calls for higher blends through E30

National Farmers Union calls for higher blends through E30

March 14, 2017 |

In California, National Farmers Union called for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the National Farmers Union annual meeting held in San Diego last week. The resolution brought forward by the South Dakota Farmers Union delegation to the convention promotes the […]

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European Parliament’s ENVI committee calls for palm oil biodiesel phaseout by 2020

European Parliament’s ENVI committee calls for palm oil biodiesel phaseout by 2020

March 13, 2017 |

In Belgium, the European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted in favor of a report that says the European Union should phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 because industry has not yet been able to definitively prove that the oils it uses have not led to […]

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RVP waiver extension is focus of Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

RVP waiver extension is focus of Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

March 12, 2017 |

In South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) sent letters to the House and Senate thanking Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Reps. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and David Loebsack (D-Iowa) for their leadership and support by introducing the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517, H.R. 1311). […]

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Norway may nix E20 plans due to high cost and alleged increased GHG emissions

Norway may nix E20 plans due to high cost and alleged increased GHG emissions

March 9, 2017 |

In Norway, the E20 by 2020 plan that was agreed after months of haggling by the government’s different parties is now under fire due to the expected $307.6 million per year increase that drivers will have to pay due to the 512 million liters of biofuels required are more expensive than fossil fuels. In addition, […]

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