Category: Policy

Bipartisan ‘Financing Our Energy Future Act’ could help algae markets

Bipartisan ‘Financing Our Energy Future Act’ could help algae markets

June 30, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the Algae Biomass Organization is supporting legislation, like the Financing Our Energy Future Act re-introduced earlier this month by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ron Estes (R-KS-04) that can level the playing field for algae companies that don’t currently qualify for many […]

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Republican Senators write EPA seeking support for smaller refineries to counter Dem push

Republican Senators write EPA seeking support for smaller refineries to counter Dem push

June 27, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to “stand with the hardworking men and women of small refineries across the country”, and […]

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NBB to EPA’s Wheeler: Refinery exemptions destroying demand for biodiesel, renewable diesel

NBB to EPA’s Wheeler: Refinery exemptions destroying demand for biodiesel, renewable diesel

June 26, 2019 |

In Washington, The National Biodiesel Board advised EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a letter of economic damage to the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry from the agency’s retroactive small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter takes issue with the Administrator’s recent comment that the approval of year-round E15 sales will make up […]

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Senators call on EPA to update outdated environmental analysis on ethanol

Senators call on EPA to update outdated environmental analysis on ethanol

June 25, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a bipartisan group of senators urging the EPA to update an outdated environmental analysis on ethanol in order to improve foreign sales opportunities. ‘During the past five years, ethanol has been the […]

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NBB tells EPA that small refinery exemptions hurting biodiesel too

NBB tells EPA that small refinery exemptions hurting biodiesel too

June 24, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, highlighting the economic damage to the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry from the agency’s retroactive small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter takes issue with the Administrator’s recent comment that the approval of year-round E15 sales will make […]

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Trump asks EPA to review expansion of biofuel waivers

Trump asks EPA to review expansion of biofuel waivers

June 22, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., back from his Midwest tour hearing from frustrated corn farmers and biofuel industry representatives, President Trump requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review the expanded use of waivers that exempt small refineries from the Renewable Fuel Standard. According to Reuters, sources said that as soon as Trump returned from the Midwest […]

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National Corn Growers Association airs ads asking Trump to stop letting EPA give away hardship waivers

National Corn Growers Association airs ads asking Trump to stop letting EPA give away hardship waivers

June 20, 2019 |

In Washington, National Corn Growers Association has begun airing an advertisement calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies. These waivers negatively impact farmers by undercutting the RFS and reducing corn demand. The ad features NCGA First […]

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Uttar Pradesh offers itself to lead ethanol revolution

Uttar Pradesh offers itself to lead ethanol revolution

June 19, 2019 |

In India, the Business Standard newspaper reports that the Uttar Pradesh government has offered up its sugar industry to the central government in order to lead on ethanol production so it may achieve ethanol blending goals. As one of the top cane producers in the country, it is home to 30% of the new proposed […]

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Bipartisan Congressmen reintroduce bill to allow MLP structures for biofuel investment

Bipartisan Congressmen reintroduce bill to allow MLP structures for biofuel investment

June 18, 2019 |

In Washington, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Ron Estes (R-KS-04) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to level the energy playing field by giving investors in a range of clean energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure whose tax advantage is currently available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy […]

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Sweden needs to more than double biofuel consumption to achieve transportation goals

Sweden needs to more than double biofuel consumption to achieve transportation goals

June 17, 2019 |

In Sweden, a report by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences says the country must more than double its use of biofuels by 2045 if it’s going to meet its goal of using 40TWh of biofuels for transport, compared to 17TWh used currently. Yet even so, the researcher leading the study told The Local […]

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