Category: Policy

Biofuels industry seeks Obama meeting to talk RFS

Biofuels industry seeks Obama meeting to talk RFS

May 5, 2015 |

In Washington, a consortium of companies and associations from Abengoa to BIO with POET and the RFA in between have written to President Obama requesting a meeting to discuss the EPA’s upcoming release of blending levels for 2014-2016. With the June 1 release coming up soon, the biofuels industry is pushing hard to ensure the […]

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Bill seeks to drop biodiesel requirement for Eastern Oregon during winter months

Bill seeks to drop biodiesel requirement for Eastern Oregon during winter months

May 4, 2015 |

In Oregon, a bill in the state senate would see the requirement to blend biodiesel statewide dropped during the winter months in the region east of the Cascade Mountains due to cold temperatures where biodiesel allegedly causes engine problems. The state has a B5 mandate. The National Biodiesel Board opposes the bill, saying biodiesel works […]

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DOT releases final rule on phase-out of crude oil and ethanol railcars, favoring ethanol

DOT releases final rule on phase-out of crude oil and ethanol railcars, favoring ethanol

May 4, 2015 |

In Washington, the Department of Transportation released a final rule that requires a phase-out or retrofit of all DOT-111 railcars transporting crude oil and ethanol by May, 2023. Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association applauded the DOT for recognizing the difference between ethanol and oil and prioritizing oil train retrofits: “Secretary Foxx appears to […]

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UK farmers union wants transport dept. to push for more biofuels

UK farmers union wants transport dept. to push for more biofuels

April 30, 2015 |

In the UK, in light of recent EU legislation changes affecting biofuel production, the NFU is urging the Department for Transport to raise the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to restore confidence in markets for farmers and processors and meet the country’s current EU biofuel target. The cap on the volume of crops allowed to be […]

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European Parliament approves environment committee ILUC compromise

European Parliament approves environment committee ILUC compromise

April 29, 2015 |

In France, the European Parliament approved the reform of the Renewable Energy Directive approved earlier this month by the Parliament’s environmental committee. Crop-based biofuels will be limited to 7% of overall fuel consumption compared to the 10% mandate all EU member states must achieve by 2020, while ILUC will be monitored rather than have an […]

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Indonesia a few years away from ability to enforce biodiesel sustainability

Indonesia a few years away from ability to enforce biodiesel sustainability

April 28, 2015 |

In Indonesia, even though the government has implemented a 15% biodiesel blend nationally, it admits that it doesn’t have the institutional capacity or regulatory environment set up yet to ensure that the biofuels used are produced sustainably, saying that could take a few more years. Land use expansion isn’t seen as necessary for the current […]

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Three-day economics modeling course for bioenergy policies to be held in Italy

Three-day economics modeling course for bioenergy policies to be held in Italy

April 27, 2015 |

In Italy, a three-day hands-on modeling course on the economics of bioenergy policies will take place in Ravello (Amalfi Coast, Italy) on June 20-22, 2015. The course is partially based on the newly released text, The Economics of Biofuel Policies: Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets, by Harry de Gorter, Dusan Drabik and […]

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Illinois could reduce carbon emissions 663K tons/yr with E15 ethanol: report

Illinois could reduce carbon emissions 663K tons/yr with E15 ethanol: report

April 26, 2015 |

In Illinois, a new analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist, Dr. Steffen Mueller, found that giving Illinois consumers more access to cleaner fuel options such as E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol blend) would provide significant environmental benefits – reducing carbon pollution from Illinois by up to 663,646 tons per […]

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Queensland warms up to ethanol again but Katter says it’s not enough

Queensland warms up to ethanol again but Katter says it’s not enough

April 23, 2015 |

In Australia, Queensland will publish a decision paper on using ethanol in the state, a move welcomed by Canegrowers but criticized by MP Rob Katter for not going far enough by issuing a blending mandate under an independent commission. Pushing for an ethanol mandate is one of his party’s key negotiating points. An assistance and […]

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Senate bill would require EPA set cellulosic blend at existing production levels

Senate bill would require EPA set cellulosic blend at existing production levels

April 22, 2015 |

In Washington, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has introduced bill S. 934, known as the Phantom Fuel Reform Act, to require EPA to set the cellulosic biofuel mandate under the RFS based on existing production and to remove biogas-based fuels from qualifying. The volume would be fixed based on the average produced at facilities between Jan. […]

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