Category: Policy

EPA unveils proposed year-round E15 rule along with RIN reforms

EPA unveils proposed year-round E15 rule along with RIN reforms

March 12, 2019 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver for the summer months that has historically been applied only to E10. EPA is also proposing regulatory changes to modify elements of the renewable […]

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EPA to decide on last seven 2017 waiver requests this week

EPA to decide on last seven 2017 waiver requests this week

March 11, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency should finalize its decisions within the next week whether or not it will grant small refinery hardship waivers for the seven applications still pending from 2017, which then allow it to start analyzing those applications made in 2018. The agency was sued last month by Kern […]

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5% coconut biodiesel proposal to be reviewed by government oversight panel

5% coconut biodiesel proposal to be reviewed by government oversight panel

March 9, 2019 |

In the Philippines, the government’s Congressional Oversight Committee on Biofuels will conduct a hearing on the Department of Agriculture’s proposal to increase the amount of coconut in biodiesel from the current 2% to 5%. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has been pushing for a higher coconut content in biofuels in order to help improve copra […]

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EPA’s RFS reform proposal tied with E15 rules seeks to increase transparency in RIN market

EPA’s RFS reform proposal tied with E15 rules seeks to increase transparency in RIN market

March 7, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to improve transparency in the RIN market including publicizing large volume trades, prohibiting speculators such as banks and other financial institutions from participating in the market and improving overall price transparency. The plan to eliminate hoarding of RINs would see the EPA publish any time […]

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Malaysia tells Brussels palm oil unfairly labeled as high ILUC risk

Malaysia tells Brussels palm oil unfairly labeled as high ILUC risk

March 6, 2019 |

In Belgium, a high-level Malaysian government delegation is currently in Brussels to participate in the Stakeholder Meeting On High And Low Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Risk Biofuels Under The Recast Of The Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED II) in an effort to provide clear, accurate and scientific based information to stakeholders with regard to […]

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EPA sends E15 draft rule to White House for sign off

EPA sends E15 draft rule to White House for sign off

March 5, 2019 |

In Washington, with an eye on having the year-round E15 rule in place by June 1 for the summer driving season, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposed rule to the White House Office of Budget for sign off. Afterwards, it will be published for public comment before being finalized. The […]

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Sweden’s aviation biofuel mandate ambitions tempered by lack of supply availability

Sweden’s aviation biofuel mandate ambitions tempered by lack of supply availability

March 4, 2019 |

In Sweden, the Local reports that a proposal to introduce a biofuel blending mandate for aviation by 2025 is being weakened by the lack of available supplies that keeps a mandate with any teeth from being brought into place, according to local press. Though a mandate is likely for 2021, it will only be for […]

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Low carbon biofuels are key to Canada’s goal of reducing fuels carbon intensity by 11 percent, say experts

Low carbon biofuels are key to Canada’s goal of reducing fuels carbon intensity by 11 percent, say experts

March 1, 2019 |

In Canada, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada supporting their goal of reducing the carbon intensity of Canada’s fuel stream through the Clean Fuel Standard. The comments offered recommendations on how biofuels, like ethanol, can help reach the ECCC Regulatory Design Paper’s […]

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Paul and Grassley looks to extend biodiesel tax credits in new legislation

Paul and Grassley looks to extend biodiesel tax credits in new legislation

February 28, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019 (S.581), legislation that would remove burdensome regulations on domestic energy production. “The Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act provides new economic opportunity for Kentucky farmers by allowing fuel producers and automobile manufacturers to innovate […]

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Group of 14 bipartisan Senators ask Department of Commerce to look closer at Argentine biodiesel

Group of 14 bipartisan Senators ask Department of Commerce to look closer at Argentine biodiesel

February 27, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thanked a bipartisan group of 14 Senators – led by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – for writing to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross regarding his agency’s recently launched “changed circumstances” review of U.S. duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. In the letter, the Senators […]

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