Category: Policy

Indonesia preparing for B25 in 2019

Indonesia preparing for B25 in 2019

May 23, 2018 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that the government plans to boost its current 20% biodiesel blending mandate to 25% early next year in an effort to save $1 billion in fossil fuel imports as well as to absorb more of its domestic palm oil production. Currently, the energy ministry is working to develop the […]

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RFA wants Brazil to ensure fair calculations of ethanol GHG emissions

RFA wants Brazil to ensure fair calculations of ethanol GHG emissions

May 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Brazil’s RenovaBio program establishes national annual emissions reduction targets for transportation fuels that will likely require a significant increase in biofuels consumption. Therefore, the program must accurately reflect the carbon intensity for all ethanol pathways, including imports, the Renewable Fuels Association wrote in comments to Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy submitted Sunday. […]

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Jamaica looking to boost ethanol blend to 15%

Jamaica looking to boost ethanol blend to 15%

May 21, 2018 |

In Jamaica, the government is exploring an increase of its ethanol blend to 15% from the current 10% in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to slow down increasing gas prices. The country’s fuel industry is in favor of the move, saying that E15 is proven to not have negative impacts on vehicles. […]

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Algae is on a roll in Congress

Algae is on a roll in Congress

May 19, 2018 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization said that supporters of algae are putting their imprint on policy with several big moves in the first few months of 2018. The February spending deal came together as one of the winners with the algae industry’s long-time interests in carbon capture and use. The agreement included a provision to […]

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Renewable fuel credits changed little in April

Renewable fuel credits changed little in April

May 18, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Environmental Protection Agency said that the U.S. generated similar numbers of renewable fuel blending credits in April compared with March. Some 1.24 billion ethanol (D6) blending credits were generated in April, little changed from March, and 314 million biodiesel (D4) blending credits were generated in April, compared with 310 million a […]

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Congressmen introduce bill to label “harmful” E15 pumps

Congressmen introduce bill to label “harmful” E15 pumps

May 17, 2018 |

In Washington, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, introduced the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 on May 16. The bipartisan legislation would more clearly label “harmful and corrosive” E15 ethanol blended gasoline at pumps across the country, which would better protect engines in […]

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India’s long-awaited biofuel policy approved by Cabinet

India’s long-awaited biofuel policy approved by Cabinet

May 16, 2018 |

In India, the Hindu Business Line reports that the Cabinet has approved the long-awaited biofuel policy that will deregulate the ethanol industry allowing it produce fuel from feedstocks other than molasses, including $738.3 million for second generation ethanol over the next six years, in an effort to reduce fossil fuel imports significantly. Waste-to-energy will also […]

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Grassley has had enough of EPA administrator if he doesn’t stop granting RIN waivers

Grassley has had enough of EPA administrator if he doesn’t stop granting RIN waivers

May 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Senator Chuck Grassley has taken to Twitter to tell the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator to clean up his act on hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuels Standard or to start looking for another job. The senator has held back from supporting calls for the administrator’s resignation despite pressure from other […]

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EPA sent 2019 and 2020 RVOs on time to the White House for review

EPA sent 2019 and 2020 RVOs on time to the White House for review

May 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will likely publish 2019 ethanol blending and 2020 biodiesel blending volumes on time following records released by the Office of Management and Budget that showed EPA has submitted its proposals to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The agency is required to set […]

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Carr warns don’t repeat history with “fuel neutral” performance standard

Carr warns don’t repeat history with “fuel neutral” performance standard

May 12, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., Mike Carr, Executive director of New Energy America and former principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy, said that repeating history with octane biofuel standards is a huge mistake. Carr refers to the bait and switch that happened when the oil […]

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