In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing support for a proposed legal agreement that sets specific deadlines for establishing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume levels in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In addition, the RFA comments encourage EPA to abandon the unlawful “blend wall” methodology […]
In Washington, retail gasoline prices from 2013 through the first quarter of 2015 were unaffected by prices for “RIN credits” (Renewable Identification Numbers) that are used to demonstrate compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), according to a new detailed statistical analysis conducted by Informa Economics, Inc. The study found that “Changes in prices of […]
In Washington, Fuels America has launched a six-figure television campaign in DC, which will include the morning news, Sunday morning talk shows, and cable television in DC. Both the television ads and the digital ads frame the choice before the EPA: Follow the intent and spirit of the RFS, and choose American innovation and rural […]
80,000 lost jobs through “EPA’s delays in rule making”, according to new analysis In Washington, EPA’s delays in rulemaking for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) over the past two years have caused an estimated $13.7 billion shortfall in investment in advanced and cellulosic biofuels as a result, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) finds in an analysis released this […]
By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Industry Organization, and Head, Industrial & Environmental Section EPA’s April announcement that it will re-propose the 2014 RFS volume obligations along with the 2015 and 2016 rules provides an opportunity for the agency to get this vital program back on track. To move forward, EPA must recognize that the […]
Big jump in “Defend the RFS” ranks as 37 Senators press EPA to set a big target for biofuels in 2015-16 In Washington, 37 Senators wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to set strong biofuel volume requirements for 2014 and beyond that are consistent with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). U.S. Senators Dick […]
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board has launched a thunderclap campaign to push the EPA to ensure a strong mandate for biodiesel in the upcoming RFS announcements. The month-long #getbiodieselbackontrack campaign has already reached nearly 37,000 people since its launch on Monday.
In New York state, former member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014 James H. Stock has published a report via the Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy suggesting a number of reforms to the RFS that he argues would help achieve the twin climate and energy security goals first envisioned under […]
In Iowa, Hillary Clinton has expressed support for maintaining the RFS. During her 2008 presidential campaign she pushed for boosting biofuel production to 60 billion gallons by 2030 and repealing incentives for the oil industry. She voted against the RFS in 2006 as a Senator from New York.
Proposed consent decree offers timelines for ethanol, advanced fuels through 2016, biobased diesel through 2017. In Washington, the EPA released a proposed consent decree in litigation brought against EPA by, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), that would establish the following schedule for issuing Renewable Fuel Standards for […]