Category: Policy

Carr warns don’t repeat history with “fuel neutral” performance standard

Carr warns don’t repeat history with “fuel neutral” performance standard

May 12, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., Mike Carr, Executive director of New Energy America and former principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy, said that repeating history with octane biofuel standards is a huge mistake. Carr refers to the bait and switch that happened when the oil […]

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Philippines Q3 ethanol allocation to promote boost in imports

Philippines Q3 ethanol allocation to promote boost in imports

May 10, 2018 |

In the Philippines, Platts reports that the quarterly allocation for ethanol for Q3, set at 40,983 cu m or 55.65% higher than 73,650 cu m the previous quarters, and 35,833 cu m or 45.47% higher on the year. With the allocations far higher than domestic production is likely to supply, oil companies are looking at […]

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Disagreement abounds on “agreement” reached at White House RFS meeting

Disagreement abounds on “agreement” reached at White House RFS meeting

May 9, 2018 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that although Senator Ted Cruz announced via Twitter on Tuesday that the White House meeting held that day to find a way forward with reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard agreed on year-round E15 and RIN generation from ethanol exports, other attendees at the meeting disagree on what was agreed. Details […]

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Department of Commerce to host Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee meeting

Department of Commerce to host Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee meeting

May 8, 2018 |

In Washington, the Department of Commerce will host its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee’s in person meeting on Thursday where the Department intends to live-stream the Secretary of Commerce’s participation in around 3:30-4:00 pm EST. The broadcast will be available on the Commerce website as well as YouTube. The committee will be briefing officials […]

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Philippine coconut oil producers want B5

Philippine coconut oil producers want B5

May 7, 2018 |

In the Philippines, the national coconut producers association is calling on the government to boost biodiesel blending to 5% from the current 2% in an attempt to increase demand for coconut oil. Producers say the program would help to support coconut farmers, and enough fuel for an additional 1% blending could already be available for […]

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Iowa approves funding for state blender pump program for higher biofuel blends

Iowa approves funding for state blender pump program for higher biofuel blends

May 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) – a move that will spur economic activity across the state and support Iowa farmers, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. RFIP provides cost-share dollars to fuel retailers to install blender pumps and other […]

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Indian sugar industry pushing for relaxation of ethanol production pathways

Indian sugar industry pushing for relaxation of ethanol production pathways

May 3, 2018 |

In India, the sugar industry is calling on the government to allow it to use surplus sugar and juice to produce ethanol, not just b-heavy molasses. It says 500,000 metric tons of sugar could be diverted into ethanol production if the policy shift was approved. India’s sugar season is winding up and is likely to […]

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Advanced Biofuels Association takes EPA to court over hardship waivers

Advanced Biofuels Association takes EPA to court over hardship waivers

May 2, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Advanced Biofuels Association submitted a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC to review whether the Environmental Protection Agency violated laws by granting so many hardship waivers in recent months to smaller refiners. With major companies like Andeavor that had $1.5 billion in net profit last […]

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Methanol Institute offers suggestions regarding EU REDII triologue negotiations

Methanol Institute offers suggestions regarding EU REDII triologue negotiations

May 1, 2018 |

In Belgium, the Methanol Institute (MI), the trade association representing the global methanol industry this week released a paper providing input for the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) trilogue procedure currently underway between the European Council, Parliament and Commission. The Methanol Institute appeals to the negotiating parties to continue to recognize the importance of all […]

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RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada release analysis of proposed Clean Fuel Standard

RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada release analysis of proposed Clean Fuel Standard

April 30, 2018 |

In Canada, Canada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders – Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) and Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), together representing almost 50 member companies –released the results of a new study on the economic impact of Canada’s upcoming Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The study demonstrates that biofuels could be responsible for as much as 21.3 megatons […]

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