Category: Policy

Czech goverment biofuel support

Czech goverment biofuel support

March 26, 2015 |

In the Czech Republic, the government has recently approved an extension for lower taxes on biofuels that should help boost demand from distributors. The country’s finance minister however owns one of the largest rapeseed processors, which has caused concern regarding conflict of interest considering it was his ministry that prepared the allegedly poorly developed legislation […]

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Second EU triologue negotiations on ILUC fail to reach an agreement

Second EU triologue negotiations on ILUC fail to reach an agreement

March 25, 2015 |

In Belgium, the second triologue negotiation between the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission has yet again failed to reach an agreement on ILUC. The three main areas of disagreement continue to be the cap on first-generation biofuels, whether or not to include an ILUC factor, and a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. The third […]

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Fees and taxes increase with highway funding package

Fees and taxes increase with highway funding package

March 24, 2015 |

In South Dakota, a new law will soon come into force, including a 6 cents per gallon tax increase on ethanol at the pump, that would see the state’s revenues increase by $2.25 million. Other motor fuels will also be subject to the same increase, as well as other various license plate and excise taxes, all […]

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Alexandria’s mayor dead set against ethanol rail expansion plans

Alexandria’s mayor dead set against ethanol rail expansion plans

March 23, 2015 |

In Virginia, Alexandria’s mayor is against Norfolk Southern’s plans to lengthen the trains carrying ethanol through the city. The company also plans to reconfigure its track layout and install stationary product transfer equipment, including spill containment, along with a truck rack. Its rail-to-truck ethanol transfer point will be moved one-quarter mile west. “An industrial facility […]

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Swaziland’s bagasse could be boon for African electricity industry?

Swaziland’s bagasse could be boon for African electricity industry?

March 23, 2015 |

In Swaziland, a new report estimates that energy produced from bagasse could meet half of the country’s electricity demand. The Swaziland Renewables Readiness Assessment recommends the country undertake various measures to support the implementation of renewable energy including: extending existing tax credits to the sugar industry to incentivize investment in more efficient equipment for bagasse-based […]

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Oil lobby sues EPA for “ignoring” its duty to issue 2014 and 2015 RFS

Oil lobby sues EPA for “ignoring” its duty to issue 2014 and 2015 RFS

March 19, 2015 |

In Washington, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for repeatedly delaying the release of the 2014 and 2015 RFS. The two organizations blame the EPA for “ignoring” its duty to issue blending […]

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Minnesota legislature looking to support advanced biofuel production

Minnesota legislature looking to support advanced biofuel production

March 18, 2015 |

In Minnesota, legislation introduced in both houses of the state legislature in early February seeks to support cellulosic ethanol production along with renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The House version of the bill would create an incentive $2.1053 per MMBtu of annual production of cellulosic advanced biofuels with a 20% bonus payment for using perennial […]

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Malaysia to reintroduce CPO export tax, Indonesia may follow

Malaysia to reintroduce CPO export tax, Indonesia may follow

March 17, 2015 |

In Malaysia, the country announced it will introduce a 4.5% export tax on crude palm oil exports in April, while Indonesia is expected to follow suit. Malaysia dropped the export tax in September, since when exports of CPO have soared 21% while exports of refined oil have fallen 15%. The Rotterdam price for CPO is […]

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Indonesia gets creative on supporting palm oil producers with B15 policy

Indonesia gets creative on supporting palm oil producers with B15 policy

March 16, 2015 |

In Indonesia, the government is again coming to the rescue of the palm oil industry by potentially introducing tax breaks for producers, allowing it to offset the budgetary requirements that would be needed by a new 15% biodiesel blend proposed last week, up from the current 10%. The 2015 budget won’t reach to covering the […]

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UK politicians blame government for lack of renewable adoption

UK politicians blame government for lack of renewable adoption

March 16, 2015 |

In the UK, parliamentarians are in agreement that political will, rather than money or technology, is holding back the UK’s renewable energy sector. Senior officials from each of the four key political parties agreed that for widespread renewable adoption, emphasis needs to be on raising awareness of the benefits of renewable energy amongst the public, […]

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