Category: Policy

New South Wales under fire for reducing E10 consumption in fleet vehicles

New South Wales under fire for reducing E10 consumption in fleet vehicles

September 6, 2018 |

In Australia, the Australian Associated Press reports that documents obtained under freedom of information laws show the New South Wales government is using less and less E10 despite promising in 2012 that it would mandate the fuel for use in government fleet vehicles to help drive demand. The government is expected to come under fire […]

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Argentina raises ethanol and biodiesel production again

Argentina raises ethanol and biodiesel production again

September 5, 2018 |

In Argentina, the government announced higher prices for biodiesel as well as both corn-based and sugarcane-based ethanol that oil companies must pay as of September 1. Biodiesel prices were set at $610.51 per metric ton, 3.2% higher on the month. Cane-based ethanol was set at 57 cents per liter, up nearly 4% on the month […]

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EU countries need to hurry up E10 adaptation to reach RED2020 requirements

EU countries need to hurry up E10 adaptation to reach RED2020 requirements

September 4, 2018 |

In the UK, Platts reports that implementation of the proposed E10 policy could be pushed back beyond April 2019 after the country’s expected exit from the European Union while the Netherlands are looking at Q3 or Q4 for implementation. France and Belgium have had relative success with market uptake for the fuels which Germany has […]

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RFA and Growth Energy sue EPA and DOE over lack of transparency in refinery waivers process

RFA and Growth Energy sue EPA and DOE over lack of transparency in refinery waivers process

September 3, 2018 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy last week filed a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have improperly denied agency records requested by RFA, Growth Energy, and others under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The requested documents relate to […]

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Minister threatens sanctions for B20 regulation violators

Minister threatens sanctions for B20 regulation violators

September 2, 2018 |

In Indonesia, threats of sanctions and fines are coming from the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan for any company that doesn’t adhere to the B20 regulations. “If the BU do not carry out the mandatory, they will be subject to sanctions in the form of payment of a fine of IDR6,000 per […]

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European Commission charge Abengoa and Alcogroup with manipulating ethanol price benchmarks

European Commission charge Abengoa and Alcogroup with manipulating ethanol price benchmarks

August 30, 2018 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that the European Commission’s competition watchdog has charged both Abengoa and Alcogroup with rigging ethanol benchmarks published by S&P Global Platts. The three-year investigation also included Sweden’s Lantmannen but they haven’t been charged although it said it was in settlement negotiations. Abengoa and Alcogroup are likely to face fines next year […]

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India blocks biofuels exports now too

India blocks biofuels exports now too

August 29, 2018 |

In India, just days after the government restricted imports of biofuels, the Financial Express reports that biofuel exports have been restricted now as well and will only be allowed with a license. Biodiesel exports doubled this year to nearly $5.4 million compared to last year. Previously, biofuel policy hadn’t encouraged and in some cases discouraged […]

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Indonesia issuing biodiesel decrees in a hurry ahead of B20 launch

Indonesia issuing biodiesel decrees in a hurry ahead of B20 launch

August 28, 2018 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the government is issuing biodiesel decrees right and left boosting biodiesel availability for both public service obligation sectors like power plants and some transportation as well as other sectors. PT Pertamina and PT AKR Corporindo have been allocated 1.95 billion liters of unblended biodiesel for use between May and December […]

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India developing policy to promote aviation biofuel after first commercial flight

India developing policy to promote aviation biofuel after first commercial flight

August 27, 2018 |

In India, Bloomberg reports that following the country’s first aviation biofuel-powered flight on Monday, the transportation minister announced a policy promoting the use of biofuels in commercial airplanes is under development. Rising fuel costs are hitting domestic airlines hard and some believe that aviation biofuel could be 30% cheaper than imported aviation fuels, but much […]

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Sawmill waste to biofuel under consideration for Federal Minister

Sawmill waste to biofuel under consideration for Federal Minister

August 26, 2018 |

In Australia, Federal Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, is visiting a timber mill near Port Macquarie to assess whether the sawmill waste could potentially be converted into biofuel for vehicles and tar for roads. A $1.2 million feasibility study will test the technical and financial viability of the proposal and, if successful, result […]

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