Category: Policy

U.S. Court of Appeals grants deadline extension for rehearing of SRE legal battle

U.S. Court of Appeals grants deadline extension for rehearing of SRE legal battle

March 10, 2020 |

In Washington, on March 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit approved requests by the U.S. Department of Justice, HollyFrontier, and CVR Energy for an extension of the deadline to file motions asking for a rehearing en banc of Renewable Fuels Association et al. v. EPA, in which the Court found EPA […]

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Estonia’s biofuel flexibility policy making its way through parliament

Estonia’s biofuel flexibility policy making its way through parliament

March 9, 2020 |

In Estonia, ERR news agency reports that legislation to increase the flexibility in the biofuel blending mandate is making progress in the parliament which is meant to give fuel retailers more freedom in when biofuels are blended to keep prices down at the pump. Domestic biomethane will also potentially be included in the new law […]

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Minnesota introduces bill to raise biofuel standard from 10% to 15%

Minnesota introduces bill to raise biofuel standard from 10% to 15%

March 8, 2020 |

In Minnesota, a new state legislative bill was introduced, HF 3699 in the House and SF 3605 in the Senate, that proposes increasing Minnesota’s biofuel standard from 10% to 15% for all gasoline sold in the state. If passed, Minnesota would be the first state to put into a law an increase in the biofuel […]

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EPA and oil state senators both try to push for RIN price caps

EPA and oil state senators both try to push for RIN price caps

March 5, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is looking at capping RIN prices as a potential support to the oil industry who claim they have suffered from high RIN prices and therefore need small refinery waivers, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled in January wasn’t being handled properly. […]

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EPA looking at ways to help refiners deal with RIN costs

EPA looking at ways to help refiners deal with RIN costs

March 4, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency is looking for ways to help oil refiners deal with the cost of RINs while also working to provide stability to RIN prices that have a tendency to react strongly to potential policy shifts or approvals of small refinery exemptions. The administrator of the EPA told […]

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Agriculture secretary directs USDA to replace vehicles with biofuel vehicles

Agriculture secretary directs USDA to replace vehicles with biofuel vehicles

March 3, 2020 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a memo directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to acquire alternative fueled vehicles (AFV) when replacing conventionally fueled vehicles. USDA owns and operates one of the largest civilian fleets in the Federal Government and this move to a fleet that can use E85 or biodiesel […]

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Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels formalizes B12

Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels formalizes B12

March 2, 2020 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) approved the results of the 71st Biodiesel Auction this Friday, in a step that formalizes the requirement to mix 12% of biodiesel in commercial diesel that begins to arrive at the posts starting on Sunday, said the Brazilian Association of Vegetable […]

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USDA to make up to $100M in grants available for renewable fuels

USDA to make up to $100M in grants available for renewable fuels

March 1, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the sale and use of renewable fuels. USDA will make the grant funds available under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). Its purpose is […]

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EPA says still studying appeals court ruling before deciding on SRE reform

EPA says still studying appeals court ruling before deciding on SRE reform

February 27, 2020 |

In Washington, although Bloomberg reported earlier this week that the Trump Administration was going to revamp how refinery hardship waivers are awarded, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency says the agency is still reviewing last month’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit that is forcing the […]

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Trump Administration to pare down SREs following appeals court ruling

Trump Administration to pare down SREs following appeals court ruling

February 26, 2020 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that on the back of a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last month that kicked three decisions on small refinery hardship waivers back to the Environmental Protection Agency for reevaluation, a ruling that biofuel proponents expected could dramatically change the way waivers are handed out, the Trump Administration has already […]

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