In Texas, the Secretary of Agriculture told the annual Commodity Classic that he has been talking with the EPA Administrator in order to get her to back down from lowering the ethanol and biodiesel blending mandates. He assured the industry however that he is looking for ways to support biofuels no matter what the EPA […]
In Washington, EPA released the following statement: EPA is finalizing the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuels Standards today. This rule is designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks. Starting in 2017, Tier 3 sets new vehicle emissions standards and lowers the sulfur content of gasoline, considering the vehicle and its […]
By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, Head, Industrial & Environmental Section, BIO It has been the winter of discontent for the biofuels industry, given EPA’s proposed RVO numbers for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). But in the midst of the winter chill the sun broke through the clouds and providence shined down on the biorefining industry […]
In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn is joining the chorus of those wanting the EPA to protect the RFS, saying that lowering the ethanol blend will have a negative impact on the state’s economy with especially strong impact on corn farmers. The state is one of the largest ethanol producers.
In Washington, a 32-page EPA report has partly ruled in favor of a group protesting the air permit granted to Hawaii’s Hu Honua Bioenergy, but has also partly rejected it. The company is currently trying to convert the old Pepeekeo power plant to run on biomass rather than fossil fuels.
In Washington, the prices of D6 ethanol RINs are up to 50 cents per gallon after the EPA released December RIN generation data last week, according to ESAI, Energy Security Analysis, Inc. Ethanol blending in 2013 generated around 13.08 billion D6 RINs, well below the 13.8 billion in blending obligations mandated by RFS policy for […]
In Iowa, the state’s Attorney General says that according to the law, the EPA does not have the authority to cut the amount of biofuel blended under the RFS. The clause the EPA is apparently using to justify cutting the blend refers to the domestic ability to produce enough biofuel to satisfy the demand, something […]
Answers to your questions about the Renewable Fuel Standard: Your guide to the comments received by EPA
So the comment period is over and the analysis begins. More than 15,000 comments were received by EPA. What is the problem that led to a waiver petition? Why does EPA propose to act and how, and when, and in what way? Today, in the Digest, we look in detail at the comments submitted by […]
In Washington, the EPA says that only 9% of the 6 million gallons Renewable Volume Obligation of cellulosic ethanol and diesel D7 RINs were generated during 2013, while advanced biofuels did barely better with just 39% of the D5 RVO achieved. Ethanol production hit 97% of its target while biodiesel hit 140%, of which 20% […]
In Minnesota, more than 7,000 corn farmers submitted letters to the EPA in support of the RFS thanks to a huge push by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. The public comment period closes Jan. 28. The state’s department of agriculture estimates that reducing the RFS could result in 1,532 job losses and loss of $610 […]