Category: Policy

Norway may nix E20 plans due to high cost and alleged increased GHG emissions

Norway may nix E20 plans due to high cost and alleged increased GHG emissions

March 9, 2017 |

In Norway, the E20 by 2020 plan that was agreed after months of haggling by the government’s different parties is now under fire due to the expected $307.6 million per year increase that drivers will have to pay due to the 512 million liters of biofuels required are more expensive than fossil fuels. In addition, […]

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Indonesia looks to spread biodiesel subsidy further in light of falling prices

Indonesia looks to spread biodiesel subsidy further in light of falling prices

March 8, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the government is looking to reduce the amount of subsidy it pays to state-owned oil company Pertamina for blending biodiesel in an effort to spread the total subsidy amount across a larger volume, allowing it to boost the blending mandate without boosting the required budget. Palm oil prices have fallen 7% since the […]

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Branstad assures no backroom RFS deal going on

Branstad assures no backroom RFS deal going on

March 7, 2017 |

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad denied rumors that an backroom deal to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard or a waiver to allow for E15 blending year round was in the works. His son who works inside the Trump Administration confirmed to him that the deal was not going on. The […]

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Congressmen reintroduce bill to allow year-round E15

Congressmen reintroduce bill to allow year-round E15

March 6, 2017 |

In Washington, Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation to broaden fuel choices for retailers and consumers by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to the Reid Vapor Pressure of motor vehicle fuel, which E10 received in 1990, to include E15. “By restricting retailers’ ability to […]

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Trump Administration faced with sticky wicket on RFS PoO

Trump Administration faced with sticky wicket on RFS PoO

March 2, 2017 |

In Washington, despite the White House’s denial that no executive order is in the works to shift the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard, Bloomberg reports that a flurry of meetings between the Trump Administration, members of Fuels America, the American Petroleum Institute and others have been held on the issue over the […]

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House Republicans look to reform RFS with eye on eliminating it all together

House Republicans look to reform RFS with eye on eliminating it all together

March 1, 2017 |

In Washington, the new chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Republicans are looking to push legislation through this year that would amend the Renewable Fuel Standard as a key priority, along with rules to make pipeline project approvals easier. The head of the committee’s subcommittee on environment said the goal is really […]

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Embattled RFA CEO answers critics: “RFA’s only objective is to expand market opportunities for ethanol.”

Embattled RFA CEO answers critics: “RFA’s only objective is to expand market opportunities for ethanol.”

March 1, 2017 |

In Washington, after the Fuels America coalition severed ties with the Renewable Fuels Association over reports of discussions between  the Trump Administration and the RFA over reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard, RFA CEO Bob Dinneen released a statement: “I continue to have great respect for the Fuels America coalition and  its members, and I believe deeply […]

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Trump to force point of obligation shift via Executive Order…or not

Trump to force point of obligation shift via Executive Order…or not

February 28, 2017 |

In Washington, a representative of the Trump Administration told the head of the Renewable Fuels Association that a non-negotiable executive order shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuels Standard was in the works, so the RFA responded that it would go along with the “deal” if E15 would be allowed for sale nationwide, […]

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Indians 2G biofuel policy to promote flex-fuel cars as well

Indians 2G biofuel policy to promote flex-fuel cars as well

February 27, 2017 |

In India, the much talked about biofuel policy that would promote second-generation biofuels from crop waste in hopes of reaching 22.5% ethanol blending will also encourage automobile companies like Toyota to commercialize their flex-fuel vehicles in the country, the road transport minister revealed. The plan aims to increase farm production by 2.5 times that will […]

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35 groups urge EPA to maintain RFS point of obligation

35 groups urge EPA to maintain RFS point of obligation

February 26, 2017 |

In Washington, a diverse group of more than 35 organizations and companies representing downstream blenders, fuel retailers, marketers and end users at the federal and state levels expressed support to keep the current compliance structure under the RFS. “NATSO is heartened by the overwhelming number of stakeholders who are urging the EPA to keep the […]

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