Category: Policy

New Jersey biofuel bill awaiting governor’s signature

New Jersey biofuel bill awaiting governor’s signature

June 29, 2015 |

In New Jersey, the state’s General Assembly has approved a bill to allow biofuel production from used cooking oil, fats and plants, and now awaits the governor’s signature to come into law. The Senate already approved the bill in March. Previously biobased liquid fuel, biodiesel fuel, heating oil, renewable biomass, and renewable diesel fuel were […]

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Coons, Moran, Poe, Thompson reintroduce Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act of 2015

Coons, Moran, Poe, Thompson reintroduce Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act of 2015

June 27, 2015 |

In Washington, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) for reintroducing the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act of 2015 (S.1656 and H.R.2883).  This bill “levels the playing field” according to its sponsors, “by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure […]

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Oregon’s LCFS nixed in Republican deal for boosting fuel taxes

Oregon’s LCFS nixed in Republican deal for boosting fuel taxes

June 25, 2015 |

In Oregon, the state’s planned Low Carbon Fuel Standard has been nixed by a single Republican vote that keeps the Democratic-lead houses from making tax reform decisions, so the governor and a group of eight state legislators have negotiated a 4 cent rise in the gas tax to fund electric vehicle charging infrastructure and natural […]

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Bipartisan House bill put forward to even playing field for renewable energy investors

Bipartisan House bill put forward to even playing field for renewable energy investors

June 24, 2015 |

In Washington, U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ted Poe (R-TX-02), and Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure whose tax advantage is currently available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy […]

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Brazil slaps 11.25% import tariff on ethanol

Brazil slaps 11.25% import tariff on ethanol

June 23, 2015 |

In Brazil, the country’s president signed into law last Friday a bill that includes a 11.25% import tariff on ethanol imports in an effort to protect the country’s ethanol industry and will work to close the arbitrage window of US ethanol exports into the country. Ethanol imports during 2015 coming from the US reached 357 […]

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Argentina drops biodiesel export tax for May to 9.8%

Argentina drops biodiesel export tax for May to 9.8%

June 22, 2015 |

In Argentina, the government cut the biodiesel export tax for May by more than a quarter to 9.8%, down from the startling 13.2% it set for April. The April export tax was nearly triple the average seen in previous months, with May’s still nearly double what was experienced through much of the past year. The […]

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House Appropriators Shortchange Rural America on Jobs and Economic Growth, AgEC Says

House Appropriators Shortchange Rural America on Jobs and Economic Growth, AgEC Says

June 21, 2015 |

In Washington, the House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill would reduce mandatory spending levels for important Energy Title programs, including the Renewable Energy for America Program, Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (Section 9003). The Agriculture Energy Coalition vowed to fight the changes […]

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Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee goes after RFS

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee goes after RFS

June 18, 2015 |

In Washington, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s regulatory affairs subcommittee is looking at how the RFS can be reformed or repealed after repeated attempts to balance policy with supply availabilities. EPA assistant administrator Janet McCabe testified in front of the committee Thursday in what some see as a win for the anti-RFS […]

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Louisiana Senator introduces bill to repeal the RFS

Louisiana Senator introduces bill to repeal the RFS

June 17, 2015 |

In Washington, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R. La.) has introduced a bill that would completely repeal the RFS. He uses the food vs fuel argument and higher prices at the pump due to ethanol as his main arguments for the bill. American Energy Alliance, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Sportfishing Association, Milk Producers Council and […]

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USDA sets July 15 as deadline for $100 million blender pump grant applications

USDA sets July 15 as deadline for $100 million blender pump grant applications

June 16, 2015 |

In Washington, following an announcement by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on May 29, the Commodity Credit Corporation announced June 12 that all 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., may now apply for up to $100 million in grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership. The funding is to support the infrastructure needed to […]

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