Category: Policy

Concerns that Trump’s relationship with Argentine president behind biodiesel tariff review

Concerns that Trump’s relationship with Argentine president behind biodiesel tariff review

January 22, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that there are concerns by some in the biodiesel industry that President Trump has chosen his decades-long relationship with the Argentine president over the good of the biodiesel industry by agreeing to review anti-dumping tariffs on Argentine imports. The Commerce Department says the review, although uncommon, has precedent and the changes […]

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Court of Appeals rules in favor of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Court of Appeals rules in favor of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

January 21, 2019 |

In California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decisive ruling upholding California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard – the state’s landmark program to reduce climate pollution from the fuel used in cars and trucks. The court sided with California on all issues in the case, dismissed challenges to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard on […]

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RFA Asks EPA to Separate Year-Round E15 Provisions from RIN Reform Measures

RFA Asks EPA to Separate Year-Round E15 Provisions from RIN Reform Measures

January 19, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., with the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol), the Renewable Fuels Association is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to focus strictly on year-round E15 provisions in its forthcoming proposed rule and address RIN reform measures in a separate action. President Trump announced […]

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Malaysia looks to double biodiesel blending to 20% by 2020

Malaysia looks to double biodiesel blending to 20% by 2020

January 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, despite the several years of delays to get to 10% biodiesel blending from 7%, a shift that will be implemented in February, Reuters reports that the government is seriously looking at doubling the mandate to 20% as soon as 2020. The move should help to reduce palm oil stockpiles that are overhanging the […]

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EPA administrator nominee tells Senate E15 will be in play for summer driving season

EPA administrator nominee tells Senate E15 will be in play for summer driving season

January 16, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency told his Senate confirmation hearing that he still expects year-round E15 to be in place by the summer driving season that kicks off in June despite the ongoing government shutdown causing delays to rulemaking. The rule was expected to be released in […]

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RFA launches E15 awareness campaign ahead of year-round blending

RFA launches E15 awareness campaign ahead of year-round blending

January 15, 2019 |

In Washington, with less than five months before the start of the summer driving season, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has launched an awareness campaign to educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of E15 (a gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol) in anticipation of the blend being available year-round. The campaign kicked off this week […]

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Study for Union of Concerned Scientists shows Washington state can benefit from cleaner fuels

Study for Union of Concerned Scientists shows Washington state can benefit from cleaner fuels

January 14, 2019 |

In California, Washington state can reduce emissions from its transportation fuels and make them up to 11 percent cleaner by 2028, according to “Washington’s Clean Fuels Future,” an analysis completed by independent research firm Cerulogy and commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The state legislature is soon expected to consider a bill modeled […]

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Final version of EU RED II published

Final version of EU RED II published

January 13, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the final version of the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Member States must transpose the Directive into national law by End of June 2021. It should be noted that third countries […]

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ACE calls on EPA acting administrator to push through year-round E15 rules

ACE calls on EPA acting administrator to push through year-round E15 rules

January 10, 2019 |

In Washington, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement after President Donald Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to be the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler currently serves as EPA Acting Administrator and will need to be confirmed by a majority vote in the U.S. Senate: “We […]

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EPA says it will have year-round E15 rules ready for summer driving season

EPA says it will have year-round E15 rules ready for summer driving season

January 9, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency says it is working to ensure the rules allowing for year-round sales of E15 are in place before the summer driving season despite the ongoing government shutdown and despite it having told sources that the shutdown was delaying the rulemaking process. Work has already been ongoing […]

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