Category: Policy

Indonesia set to introduce E2 at last but three years late

Indonesia set to introduce E2 at last but three years late

December 20, 2017 |

In Indonesia, building on the government’s biodiesel blending policy, it is looking to begin a 2% ethanol blending policy. There aren’t sufficient supplies domestically to begin with a 5% blend as had originally been planned, so for now the policy with be just 2% until production increases to allow for the higher blend. The E2 […]

Read More

Biofuels industry sends letter to President Trump offering solutions on RIN costs

Biofuels industry sends letter to President Trump offering solutions on RIN costs

December 19, 2017 |

In Washington, 90 organizations and companies signed onto a letter sent to President Trump letter to offer solutions to addressing RIN costs that also do not harm the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Specifically, the group proposed curing inequity in the U.S. tax code between biofuels and oil, improving transparency in RIN trading markets to […]

Read More

99% of US farms still family-owned: USDA report

99% of US farms still family-owned: USDA report

December 18, 2017 |

In Washington, the USDA’s new America’s Diverse Family Farms – 2017 Edition finds that 99 percent of U.S. farms are family farms, and they accounted for 90 percent of farm production in 2016. Farming is still overwhelmingly comprised of family businesses, said USDA.  More than a third of farms have multiple operators, and larger farms are more […]

Read More

Senator Cruz wants RIN prices capped at 10 cents

Senator Cruz wants RIN prices capped at 10 cents

December 18, 2017 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has proposed reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard including capping RIN prices at a flat 10 cents across the board for all compliance requirements rather than different prices set by the market for different types of fuel like advanced biofuel or biomass diesel. RIN prices fell […]

Read More

Cruz proposes 10 cent cap on each renewable fuel credit

Cruz proposes 10 cent cap on each renewable fuel credit

December 16, 2017 |

In Texas, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) proposed a cap of 10 cents on each renewable fuel credit, which is a fraction of their value, to be placed to help the oil industry and refiners deal with the RFS requirements. His proposal requests that the EPA sell “fixed price waiver credits” at 10 cents each […]

Read More

Canada publishes framework for design of Clean Fuel Standard

Canada publishes framework for design of Clean Fuel Standard

December 14, 2017 |

In Canada, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, moved Canada a step closer to using cleaner fuels, with the release of the regulatory framework outlining the proposed design of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard. The framework will provide the basis for technical discussions and regulations that will require the use of cleaner fuels […]

Read More

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

December 14, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest OPEN funding opportunity. OPEN will support America’s top innovators through dozens of early-stage research and development projects as they build technologies to transform the nation’s energy system. “The Department […]

Read More

RenovaBio policy passes Brazilian Senate, awaits President’s signature

RenovaBio policy passes Brazilian Senate, awaits President’s signature

December 13, 2017 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the Senate passed the long-awaited RenovaBio policy, the last step before heading to the President for his signature, potentially before the end of the year. The House of Representatives passed the bill just a few days after it was presented in November in an effort to push the legislation through. […]

Read More

DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

December 12, 2017 |

In Washington, news arrived that the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) call. Interested industrial and academic partners wanting to collaborate with research experts and leverage unique technology capabilities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national laboratories are encouraged to apply. Lignocellulosic biorefineries’ development and operation have suffered from […]

Read More

India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

December 12, 2017 |

In India, in light of the difficulty for sugar mills to supply required volumes for the 10% ethanol-blending mandate, Autocar India reports that the government announced last week it would allow up to 15% blending of coal-based methanol in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Depending upon how it’s produced, however, it can have very […]

Read More