Tag: EPA

Q-RINs hitting the market

Q-RINs hitting the market

December 24, 2014 |

In Kentucky, after the U.S. EPA’s final Quality Assurance Plan rule established a new, unified QAP program over the summer, Q-RINs have been successfully transferred in the RIN market. “[In December] we received confirmation from a RIN buyer that it received Genscape verified Q-RINs in EMTS,” said Susan Olson, vice president of biofuels at Genscape. “This ushers […]

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EPA seeks information about records related to RFS under FOIA

EPA seeks information about records related to RFS under FOIA

December 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for certain records submitted to EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program between January 1, 2011 and November 2014. These records were submitted to EPA pursuant to the RFS program’s annual reporting, quarterly reporting and transactional […]

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Kansas and Nebraska team to block EPA rules on higher ethanol blends

Kansas and Nebraska team to block EPA rules on higher ethanol blends

December 9, 2014 |

In Kansas, the state’s Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked a federal appeals court to block new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that discourage the use of ethanol by requiring states to adopt conclusions about ethanol emissions not backed by scientific facts. The lawsuit, filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, asks the court […]

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Advanced biofuels production hit 18.2 million gallons to Nov. 10

Advanced biofuels production hit 18.2 million gallons to Nov. 10

November 26, 2014 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency says that cellulosic ethanol production reached a whopping 18.2 million gallons as of Nov. 10, above the 17 million gallons originally projected by the EPA under its prevision’s for the 2013 RFS and far beyond the 423,000 gallons produced in 2013. But despite that success, a lower RFS for […]

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Algae Biomass Organization lauds DOE’s Loan Guarantee program track record

Algae Biomass Organization lauds DOE’s Loan Guarantee program track record

November 24, 2014 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization is reporting favorably on the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office’s report that the agency’s program to finance new energy technologies is expected to take in some $5 billion in interest payments-far exceeding many expectations and throwing cold water on claims that the program was a failure. The financial […]

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EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

November 21, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015. The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of opposition from renewable fuel groups, who said the proposed rule substantially cutting biofuels targets “pulled the rug” from underneath billions of dollars investment made […]

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EPA’s legal standing on RFS may hinge on “distribution capacity” language

EPA’s legal standing on RFS may hinge on “distribution capacity” language

November 4, 2014 |

In Washington, some analysts expect that any legal case on the EPA’s delayed implementation of the 2014 RFS will hinder on the term “distribution capacity” because it was dropped in the final law passed in 2005. Though the Renewable Fuel Standard grants the EPA the right to wind down blending targets if there isn’t enough […]

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Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition say EPA emissions model has fatal flaws for ethanol industry

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition say EPA emissions model has fatal flaws for ethanol industry

November 3, 2014 |

In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative and Energy Future Coalition have jointly sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claiming that the EPA’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) model for assessing mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, and could effectively block access to the market for higher ethanol blends. The letter requests an immediate […]

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Biobased group petitions EPA to level playing field for biodiesel

Biobased group petitions EPA to level playing field for biodiesel

October 29, 2014 |

In Washington, on October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) exemptions that petroleum-based diesel manufacturers already receive. BRAG made its petitions through two mechanisms allowed under Toxic Substances Control […]

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API defeated again over E15 waivers in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals

API defeated again over E15 waivers in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals

October 27, 2014 |

In Washington, the American Petroleum Institute and the Engine Products Group suffered another defeat in the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, who held to their previous ruling in GMA v. EPA over E15 waivers. The court decided that API and EPG did not have standing because “they cannot show that […]

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