Tag: RFS

Kansas’ ethanol industry goes after Rep. for co-signing bill to end RFS

In Kansas, Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors, the Kansas Corn Growers, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association along with ICM, Conestoga Energy Partners, Western Plains Energy, Nesika Energy and Kansas Ethanol have all sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp demanding he withdraw his co-sponsorship of a bill that would […]

July 30, 2014 More

Rep. Upton wants to bring RFS reform to the table after EPA announces blend

In Washington, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is looking to introduce legislation that would reform the RFS from 2015, apparently hoping for a consensus approach once people come to the table following the EPA’s long-overdue blending mandates for 2014. Preparatory work is being done so that when […]

July 28, 2014 More

White House tells Senate that blending mandates will go up

In Washington, the White House has indicated the administration plans to raise the amount of ethanol and other biofuels that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. White House Advisor John Podesta met with a group of senators last week, indicating that the adviser mentioned that the final blending mandates would likely be higher […]

July 28, 2014 More

US congressman proposes country of origin labeling for fuel

In Washington, ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and with gas hovering near $3.50/gallon, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced legislation that would allow Iowa consumers to have a choice at the pump. Braley’s Country of Origin Labeling for Fuels Act would require gas stations to post the […]

July 22, 2014 More

API targeting EPA because Congress in a standstill until after elections

In Washington, the American Petroleum Institute is pushing for legislative changes to the RFS but understanding that will be difficult with upcoming elections, is instead focusing its pressure on the EPA. The API gathered anti-RFS groups from chicken producers to the American Motorcyclist Association to gather the various arguments to help support their engagement with […]

July 17, 2014 More

Iowa governor slams EPA for missing yet another RFS deadline

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad slammed the EPA during his weekly press conference for having failed to announce the 2014 RFS, missing yet another deadline at the end of June. He says that as a result of the indecision, corn prices have fallen to below $4 a bushel—below the cost of production—from $5.50.  

July 15, 2014 More

Why Opposing the RFS Is Bad for Our National Security and Our Economy

By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President and Head, Industrial & Environmental Section, The Biotechnology Industry Organization Big oil companies and refiners continue the drumbeat against the RFS, even in the face of more Middle East military conflict, political instability and higher gas prices that are a result of the turmoil overseas. Amidst heavy lobbying efforts […]

July 3, 2014 More

EPA adds biogas-based fuels to RFS, delays action on advanced biobutanol

In Washington, the EPA qualified additional fuel pathways for cellulosic biofuel under the National Renewable Fuel Standard program. This final rule also provides guidance regarding the feedstocks that EPA considers to be crop residues, including clarification that EPA considers corn kernel fiber to be a crop residue. Unsurprisingly, crop residues won the EPA’s OK — […]

July 3, 2014 More

Biodiesel producers being Washington fly-in

In Washington, nearly 100 biodiesel producers, feedstock suppliers and other advocates traveled to Washington this week to voice concerns about the Obama Administration’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for biodiesel. The biodiesel supporters, who are visiting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill beginning Tuesday, arrive at a critical time for the industry, which has seen widespread […]

June 17, 2014 More

EPA extends compliance dates for 2013 RFS again

In Washington, the EPA has extended compliance dates for the 2013 RFS again, now till Sept. 30, while the submission of the attest engagement reports has been extended until Jan. 30, 2015. The finalized 2014 rule is still waiting to be announced following the receipt of more than 300,000 comments based on the proposed rule […]

June 10, 2014 More