Category: Policy

New Coalition Launches To Fight for US Renewable Fuel Standard

New Coalition Launches To Fight for US Renewable Fuel Standard

April 9, 2017 |

In Washington, the Main Street Energy Alliance has launched to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to resist the efforts of a small group of special interests including Valero, Monroe Energy and investor Carl Icahn who are trying to alter the point of obligation requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard in order to serve their own […]

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Ward, Hancock call on Canberra to reject Productivity Commission report

Ward, Hancock call on Canberra to reject Productivity Commission report

April 6, 2017 |

In Australia, two MPs have come out against a report by the federal government’s Productivity Commission that warned ethanol blending was a bad investment for the economy, saying that dropping the 6% ethanol mandate in New South Wales would be instead devastating to the economy, especially on the South Coast. The province has invested heavily […]

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RIN prices slide as hopes for quick RFS reform fade

RIN prices slide as hopes for quick RFS reform fade

April 6, 2017 |

In Washington, as expectations of a quick resolution to the point of obligation debate or even reform to the Renewable Fuel Standard in general begin to fade, prices for RINs are beginning to rebound. Despite expectations since December that reform could come quickly as a result of the new administration’s various appointments, those opportunities are […]

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European Parliament votes nearly unanimously to phase out use of palm oil in biofuels by 2020

European Parliament votes nearly unanimously to phase out use of palm oil in biofuels by 2020

April 4, 2017 |

In Belgium, to counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020, say MEPs in a resolution voted […]

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Argentina’s biodiesel industry in blind panic over potential US lock out

Argentina’s biodiesel industry in blind panic over potential US lock out

April 3, 2017 |

In Argentina, the US is the country’s last major biodiesel export market but with the potential for anti-dumping duties that have already all but eliminated the European and Peruvian markets, the country’s biodiesel industry is in a panic. Even though policy dictates that biodiesel be blended locally, there is nowhere near enough demand to absorb […]

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Urban Air Initiative to CRC: why not use real-world fuels in your emission tests?

Urban Air Initiative to CRC: why not use real-world fuels in your emission tests?

April 2, 2017 |

In California, the Urban Air Initiative called the results of a new Coordinating Research Council  emissions study one more example of the biased and flawed testing procedures used to penalize ethanol.  The CRC’s match blending of test fuels fails to recognize how ethanol truly performs in real world fuels, the group said. And this inaccurate […]

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Indonesian trade team appealing EU anti-dumping case at WTO

Indonesian trade team appealing EU anti-dumping case at WTO

March 30, 2017 |

In Switzerland, a team from Indonesia’s trade ministry is filing an appeal with the World Trade Organization, arguing that the European Union’s methodology for calculating the normal price of biodiesel in Indonesia is flawed and therefore anti-dumping duties against its exports are unnecessary. It’s this challenge the country says sets its complaint against the EU […]

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Louisiana state senator seeks to eliminate subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles

Louisiana state senator seeks to eliminate subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles

March 29, 2017 |

In Louisiana, a state senator has proposed a bill that would eliminate the current 36% tax break on alternative fuel cars including those for ethanol and biodiesel, claiming the state can’t afford to continue to subsidize cleaner fuels. The program is set to increase to 50% on June 30, 2018. Not surprisingly, the propane gas […]

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Australia’s Productivity Commission says biofuels a bad deal all around

Australia’s Productivity Commission says biofuels a bad deal all around

March 28, 2017 |

In Australia, the federal government’s economic advisor—The Productivity Commission—has called on New South Wales, Queensland and commonwealth governments to drop biofuel blending, saying the polices unnecessarily increase fuel prices for consumers. It also dismissed out of hand Queensland’s claims that ethanol blending creates jobs, pointing the finger at various policy attempts to do so through […]

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Slough of bills attacking RFS in both Washington and Georgia

Slough of bills attacking RFS in both Washington and Georgia

March 27, 2017 |

In Washington, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia is going for the Renewable Fuel Standard’s jugular with the reintroduction of a pair of bills meant to eliminate the RFS all together and to ban blends above 10%. Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas reintroduced a bill capping ethanol blending 10% a well. All three bills are in […]

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