You may find yourself wondering exactly why the centerpiece of the renewable fuels industry’s response to the introduction of the Toomey-Feinstein “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act” in Congress today is a letter to President Obama about EPA action or the lack thereof. In a nutshell, a variety of forces have joined forces against the RFS […]
In Washington, the EPA has confirmed it will release its RFS blending targets this spring for 2014—likely similar to what has already been published—as well as 2015 and 2016. Longer-term demand issues will also be addressed at the same time, taking into consideration concerns from the oil industry that blending has reached its peak.
In Taipei, the country’s environmental protection agency has launched a program to trace used cooking oil using 10 independently developed tracers in an attempt to keep UCO from re-entering the human food supply. Tracers will be added at the restaurant level and then again at the recycling center, the second of which will help inspectors […]
In DC, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its new rules for residential wood and pellet heaters. The rules, which are expected to take effect in approximately two months, address several key issues with labels and high-performance stoves, boiler testing, and stove emission standards, as detailed below: Labels and high performance stoves: The EPA […]
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board has sharply criticized a decision by the EPA to allow streamlined Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “This decision poses a tremendous threat to U.S. industry and jobs, not to mention the overriding goal of the RFS of developing clean, homegrown renewable fuels,” […]
In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency may at last finalize the 2014 RFS this spring. The statement was made during the National Biodiesel Board conference this week and then was confirmed by the EPA that the timing seemed on track but no more specifics were given.
ACE White Paper demonstrates improvement in low carbon value of corn ethanol, criticizes EPA and California Air Resources Board
In South Dakota, a new white paper details the impact technology innovations have had on the accuracy of carbon intensity modeling for biofuels, resulting in dramatic improvement in the low carbon value of corn-based ethanol. The white paper, written by Ron Alverson, President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Board of Directors, also criticized […]
In Washington, incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced this week six new Subcommittees that will be established during the 114th Congress and the Chair selections. The Interior Subcommittee, chaired by Cynthia Lummis (WY), will focus on issues related to the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, EPA, and USDA. Tackling the […]
In Washington, two out of five peer reviewers disagreed with the EPA’s emission factor of 95 tons of CO2 per hectare lobbed against palm oil due to potential peat destruction, stating that the EPA likely overestimated the emissions. The emission factor lowers the GHG emission savings of palm oil to below the EPA’s 20% savings […]
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 […]