Category: Policy

EPA announcement reassigning waived RINs likely postponed after oil uproar

EPA announcement reassigning waived RINs likely postponed after oil uproar

June 21, 2018 |

In Washington, Friday’s planned announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator and the Secretary of Agriculture at a farm in Missouri on Friday that RINs waived would be re-allotted to other refineries will likely be postponed after uproar by the petroleum industry. So now the last minute deal must be rejigged but it won’t likely […]

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Zimbabwe boosts ethanol blend to 20% thanks to increased supplies

Zimbabwe boosts ethanol blend to 20% thanks to increased supplies

June 20, 2018 |

In Zimbabwe, the government has pushed mandatory ethanol blending back up to 20% from the previous 15% to reflect increased supply availability of ethanol from Green Fuel. With gas prices currently running at $1.44 per liter, it is hoped that higher ethanol content will help to bring down consumer prices. Green Fuel remains the sole […]

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EPA administrator believes he has statutory right to approve year-round E15

EPA administrator believes he has statutory right to approve year-round E15

June 19, 2018 |

In Iowa, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said during a charm offensive in the Midwest that he believes his agency has the statutory authority to grant year-round E15 sales, a process that would require rulemaking along with a notice and comment period. The administrator has come under heavy fire for […]

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EPA says it’s on track to publish 2019 and 2020 RVOs soon

EPA says it’s on track to publish 2019 and 2020 RVOs soon

June 18, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it is close to announcing renewable volume obligations for 2019 advanced biofuels and ethanol and 2020 requirements for biodiesel. The interagency review process should be finalized this week and the announcement will be made shortly thereafter. The agency is keeping to the established timetable in […]

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Bosnian government reaches deal with fuel distributors

Bosnian government reaches deal with fuel distributors

June 17, 2018 |

In Bosnia, fuel distributors in Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation agreed a deal with the regional government to cut fuel prices after drivers repeatedly blocked roads in protest against rising prices, a government minister told Reuters. The Federation government decided to take action after traffic jams disrupted life in several Bosnian cities after prices were first […]

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European Union agrees on renewable transport targets and palm oil ban

European Union agrees on renewable transport targets and palm oil ban

June 14, 2018 |

In Belgium, negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed early Thursday morning on a new target for renewables in transport – a deal that clearly recognizes the importance of separating bad biofuels like palm oil from good ones like European ethanol. The agreement sets a target of 14% renewables in transport by 2030. […]

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French farmers back off from blockade as agri minister makes promises

French farmers back off from blockade as agri minister makes promises

June 13, 2018 |

In France, farmers have begun to end their blockades as oil refineries and depots that led to more than 100 stations running dry of fuel after the agriculture minister agreed to some of their demands. The blockade was to force Total to boost its use of domestic oils, preferably from rapeseed but also from used […]

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EPA administrator believes he has statutory right to approve year-round E15

EPA administrator believes he has statutory right to approve year-round E15

June 12, 2018 |

In Iowa, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said during a charm offensive in the Midwest that he believes his agency has the statutory authority to grant year-round E15 sales, a process that would require rulemaking along with a notice and comment period. The administrator has come under heavy fire for […]

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French agri minister says farmer blockades of oil refineries are illegal

French agri minister says farmer blockades of oil refineries are illegal

June 11, 2018 |

In France, the country’s agriculture minister has called the protest of 14 oil refineries and hundreds of fuel depots by French farmers in protest of Total’s planned imports of palm oil for much of its feedstock demand at the La Mede biorefinery “illegal”. The minister has called for negotiations to end the impasse and find […]

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Biofuels and biomass are big losers in Senate Ag Committee’s draft farm bill

Biofuels and biomass are big losers in Senate Ag Committee’s draft farm bill

June 10, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Senate Agriculture Committee released their draft farm bill on Friday afternoon, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which includes serious blows for biofuel and biomass funding, while offering positive changes and expansions for dairy producers, the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, Conservation Reserve Program and other programs. The Senate Agriculture Committee is […]

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