Category: Policy

Sen. Grassley introduces bill for biodiesel producer credit

Sen. Grassley introduces bill for biodiesel producer credit

April 26, 2017 |

In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley introduced his biodiesel producers credit again, in hopes that the current attention on potentially damaging imports from Argentina and Indonesia will help attract support for his proposed legislation. The $1 per gallon biodiesel blenders credit expired the end of last year and has been widely expected for renewal, but as […]

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EPA under fire in appeals court hearing over cuts to advanced biofuels RVO during 2014-2016

EPA under fire in appeals court hearing over cuts to advanced biofuels RVO during 2014-2016

April 25, 2017 |

In Washington, an appeals court judge said that the Environmental Protection Agency may have overstepped its bounds by reducing the Renewable Volume Obligations for advanced biofuels between 2014-2016. In response to oral arguments held Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on the petition for review of the Renewable […]

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India’s reinstatement of excise tax on biodiesel seen hitting OMCs hard

India’s reinstatement of excise tax on biodiesel seen hitting OMCs hard

April 24, 2017 |

In India, oil marketing companies are getting hit hard with a new 6% excise duty on biodiesel along with a slew of other taxes that they say will make the mandated biodiesel blending unviable. Biodiesel was excise duty-free for 10 years. The mandate’s implementation has been delayed to at least May 1 from the planned […]

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Iowa Legislators OK approves $3M in new State Blender Pump funding

Iowa Legislators OK approves $3M in new State Blender Pump funding

April 23, 2017 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the state’s blender pump program – which has successfully led to millions of dollars worth of investment in new pumps and equipment that offer the choice of higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to consumers. House File 643 include funding for RFIP at […]

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Iowa bill puts biofuel blending at risk by changing tax credit program

Iowa bill puts biofuel blending at risk by changing tax credit program

April 20, 2017 |

In Iowa, a proposed amendment to HSB 187 seeks to cap the biofuel tax credit scheme by issuing credits only after annual sales figures for fuel retailers were calculated, at which point the per gallon figure for the tax credit would be determined. Petroleum marketers are concerned that the policy shift, after the tax credit […]

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Petrobras turns its back on biofuels now that it has divested

Petrobras turns its back on biofuels now that it has divested

April 19, 2017 |

In Brazil, now that Petrobras has divested from biofuels in its attempt to raise funds to pay off massive $100 billion debt, it has come out against the government’s new RenovaBio program meant to raise biofuel production and consumption, claiming that biofuels negatively impact forests and threaten food production. It continued by saying that biofuel […]

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Hawaii’s push towards renewable transport loses steam as mandate becomes just a promotion towards 100% renewables

Hawaii’s push towards renewable transport loses steam as mandate becomes just a promotion towards 100% renewables

April 18, 2017 |

In Hawaii, the state’s Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed a bill seeking to use 100% renewable fuel for transport by 2045 but was changed to remove its mandate, instead seeking to just move the industry in that direction. The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and the Hawaii Petroleum Marketers Association felt […]

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposes carbon fee to offset consumer costs for renewables

Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposes carbon fee to offset consumer costs for renewables

April 17, 2017 |

In Washington, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is seeking to get Congress to enact a carbon fee beginning at $15 per ton of CO2 and increasing $10 per year in order to force a move away from fossil fuels. The group wants the fee to be redistributed to families to help them offset the costs of […]

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QRFA: Aussie biofuels address energy independence, jobs, emissions, not “political reasons”

QRFA: Aussie biofuels address energy independence, jobs, emissions, not “political reasons”

April 16, 2017 |

In Australia, the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association charged that the Australian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACPMA) has attempted to mislead the public, by quoting negative excerpts from a recent Australian Productivity Commission report that questions the efficacy of biofuels programs in Australia. The ACPMA statement that, “The biofuels programs in Queensland and New South […]

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EPA opens public comment period on regulations and ACE jumps in

EPA opens public comment period on regulations and ACE jumps in

April 13, 2017 |

In Washington, EPA Administrator Pruitt issued an agency-wide memorandum on implementation of Executive Order 13777 on March 24, which announced members of the required Regulatory Reform Task Force and directed program offices to seek public input on existing regulations and report findings to the Task Force. EPA formerly began seeking public comments on April 11 […]

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