Category: Policy

Nebraska’s governor touts future of E15 at AEC annual convention

Nebraska’s governor touts future of E15 at AEC annual convention

August 17, 2017 |

In Nebraska, the governor waved the flag for higher ethanol blends during the American Ethanol Coalition’s annual conference in Omaha, saying the value addition that come from ethanol not only creates jobs but attracts investment to rural communities that in turn keep them strong. He says ethanol is at the heart of the state’s “golden […]

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Philippine industry seeking green light for palm oil as biodiesel feedstock

Philippine industry seeking green light for palm oil as biodiesel feedstock

August 16, 2017 |

In the Philippines, the leading industry association is calling on the government to expand permitted biodiesel feedstocks to include domestic palm oil instead of just coconut oil. Palm oil currently costs less than half as much as coconut oil at $725 per metric ton. The current blending mandate is for 2% but coconut oil producers […]

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Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

August 15, 2017 |

In India, Karnataka has become the first state to implement amendments to the Industries Development and Regulation (IDR) Act by dropping the requirement for permits issued from the excise department for the movement of ethanol. The move is among the requests by the ethanol industry for the government to reduce red tape and facilitate improved ethanol […]

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New Brazil ethanol policy

New Brazil ethanol policy

August 14, 2017 |

In Brazil, the president is expected to announce a presidential decree bringing in the long-awaited RenovaBio policy that is meant to boost biofuel production and consumption as a way to achieve its climate change goals. With about 20% of sugarcane mills mothballed since 2010 due to lack of competitiveness with gasoline thanks to unstable policy, […]

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Pruitt says EPA shouldn’t be “used” to expand biofuel facilities

Pruitt says EPA shouldn’t be “used” to expand biofuel facilities

August 12, 2017 |

In Iowa, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told Radio Iowa during a radio interview that “Production levels and demand matter and that’s something that’s going to be a major part of how we set those limits,” when referring to renewable fuels. While Iowa officials and biofuel industry groups have asked EPA to raise soybean based biodiesel […]

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India says new biofuel policy will transform into $15.6 billion industry in two years

India says new biofuel policy will transform into $15.6 billion industry in two years

August 10, 2017 |

In India, the government’s long-awaited new biofuel policy will convert the country’s biofuel industry into a $15.6 billion economy in the next two years, the oil minister said this week. With 12 locations identified by the oil marketing companies to produce biofuel, the three companies will invest $2 billion in R&D to help achieve the […]

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Malaysia negotiating with auto manufacturers to warranty B10

Malaysia negotiating with auto manufacturers to warranty B10

August 9, 2017 |

In Malaysia, the government is negotiating with automobile manufacturers to ensure their commercial vehicles sold in the country will have warranties that cover use of B10 when the fuel comes into the market. Currently commercial fuel is blended with 7% biodiesel but the plantations minister says that in tropical climates using palm oil biodiesel, contrary […]

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Brazil seen setting 600 million liter annual ethanol import quota

Brazil seen setting 600 million liter annual ethanol import quota

August 8, 2017 |

In Brazil, UNICA expects the foreign trade chamber to set a duty-free import quota of 600 million liters of ethanol with a 20% import tariff above that when it meets August 23. Above 150,000 liters in one quarter would also be enough to trigger the potential import tariff. Ethanol imports soared more than 300% during […]

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Malaysia’s B10 policy hindered by high palm oil prices

Malaysia’s B10 policy hindered by high palm oil prices

August 7, 2017 |

In Malaysia, price remains the main deterrent to implementing the B10 biodiesel mandate with biodiesel prices of roughly $2.94/liter compared to $1.60/liter for diesel. Contrary to how the higher blending mandate is financed in Indonesia where the government picks up the bill, in Malaysia it would be up to consumers to pay the price difference […]

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Parliament passes bill to build Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy

Parliament passes bill to build Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy

August 5, 2017 |

In India, Parliament lawmakers discussed ways to decrease the country’s reliance on fossil fuel and increase renewable energy and biofuels and overall energy independence. At Friday’s session, they also discussed the approved bill to set up an Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy to help achieve those goals, saying the government needs to do more […]

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