Category: Policy

LCFS in Washington state would boost fuel prices 2 cents a gallon by 2020

LCFS in Washington state would boost fuel prices 2 cents a gallon by 2020

October 30, 2014 |

In Washington state, consultants have determined that the implementation of a proposed clean fuel standard would increase the price of fuel by 2 cents per gallon by 2020. The analysis outlines a variety of policy options, their costs and the investment required to implement the various infrastructure needs in order to achieve the policy.

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Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

October 29, 2014 |

In Australia, the country’s Biofuels Association says that by 2018, biodiesel won’t be economically viable anymore following the national government’s move in May to impose an excise tax on the fuel from July 1, 2016. Biodiesel is more expensive to produce in Australia and competes with cheaper, allegedly subsidized at origin, biodiesel. Investors are becoming […]

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Queensland parliament rejects ethanol bill saying all biofuels need support

Queensland parliament rejects ethanol bill saying all biofuels need support

October 28, 2014 |

In Australia, the Queensland parliament’s Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee has rejected a proposal to mandate ethanol blending because the chairman felt it was too narrow and a dusting off of old legislation proposed in 2009. He said that the entire biofuels industry needs support, not just ethanol, and needs appropriate legislation for this day […]

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Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

October 27, 2014 |

In Brazil, markets reacted poorly to Dilma Rousseff’s re-election on Sunday with Cosan and San Marthino shares sinking while prospects for Petrobras look even worse. Cosan opened down 6% while Petrobras opened down more than 15%. Analysts say the markets will only stabilize once Rousseff announces concrete policies.  

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Fuels America debuts campaign for RFS supporters facing reelection

Fuels America debuts campaign for RFS supporters facing reelection

October 27, 2014 |

In the US, Fuels America has launched a six-figure TV and radio campaign in Minnesota, Michigan, and Nebraska thanking American renewable fuels champions Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Gary Peters for supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard and “fighting for local jobs and working to end America’s reliance on foreign […]

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CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Congressional Budget Office has released a report saying it could become increasingly difficult to comply with the RFS because of the conflicting goals of keeping reducing the burden of RFS compliance while encouraging the development of advanced biofuels. The CBO has outlined three options for compliance with the RFS in a case […]

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. Last May, following a Reuters article describing how the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines had lobbied members of Congress and the administration […]

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Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

October 21, 2014 |

In Iowa, the state’s Economic Development Authority Board wants to see the legislature take up a proposal next year that would establish a tax credit for companies using productions derived from ethanol production for chemicals, such as corn oil for plastics. The policy is aimed at supply chain companies, not “anchor companies” like ADM and […]

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Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

October 20, 2014 |

In Washington, the Institute for Energy Research has released a new analysis regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to change the definition of cellulosic biofuels to include liquefied and compressed natural gas produced from biogas and landfills, and the impact it will have on the RFS, saying it is more proof that the policy is […]

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National Algae Association releases scathing critique of DOE, Washington

National Algae Association releases scathing critique of DOE, Washington

October 20, 2014 |

In the US, the National Algae Association has begun pushing US algae producers to label their products “Made in the USA” and “USDA Organic” when applicable. In a scathing critique of the Department of Energy, National Laboratories, and Washington D.C., the Association blamed the Department of Energy for “hijacking” the algae product industry and shipping […]

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