Tag: RFS

Reuters finds Valero at the heart of push to change RFS point of obligation

Reuters finds Valero at the heart of push to change RFS point of obligation

August 21, 2017 |

In Washington, Reuters has uncovered a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign led by Valero to build a stable of supporters in its efforts to have the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard shifted away from refiners in order for the policy move to be seen as more palatable by policymakers. Valero was apparently part of […]

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Major study says “Cut cellulosic ethanol out”, RFA says “No Way Jose”

Major study says “Cut cellulosic ethanol out”, RFA says “No Way Jose”

August 20, 2017 |

In Iowa, a new tractable multi-market model study finds that the RFS has substantially benefited the U.S. economy by lowering gasoline, crude oil prices, and crude oil imports, while increasing prices and benefits for corn and soy farmers and reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But in their ‘what if there was no RFS?’ scenarios and […]

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Appeals court says EPA too harsh in evaluating Sinclair Oil’s RFS waiver request

Appeals court says EPA too harsh in evaluating Sinclair Oil’s RFS waiver request

August 16, 2017 |

In Colorado, an appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency was too harsh in its evaluation of Sinclair Oil’s waiver request from RIN compliance. Though the agency granted 29 requests between 2013 and 2016, it denied Sinclair’s request saying that its two Wyoming plants would not be put out of business by complying with […]

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2 GOP Govs defy Trump’s regulatory expand-o-grab

2 GOP Govs defy Trump’s regulatory expand-o-grab

August 1, 2017 |

  Above: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Two GOP state governors hitting the phones and airwaves hard to restrain federal government over-reach is a common sight, but not when the Administration in question is the Trump Administration. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts are the headliners in a […]

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US Court of Appeals bodyslams EPA in Renewable Fuel Standard battle

US Court of Appeals bodyslams EPA in Renewable Fuel Standard battle

July 30, 2017 |

As DuPont’s Jan Koninckx put it in his understated way, Friday was “a good day for biofuels.” But it was the biggest victory in the courts for biofuels, ever. Specifically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Americans for Clean Energy and other renewable fuels advocates, agreeing […]

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EPA to hold RFS hearing on RVO August 1

EPA to hold RFS hearing on RVO August 1

July 13, 2017 |

In Washington, the EPA announced a public hearing to be held in Washington, DC on August 1, 2017 for the proposed rule “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019.” This proposed rule will be published separately in the Federal Register. In the separate notice of proposed rulemaking, EPA has […]

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EPA Releases Proposed Biofuel Volume Standards for 2018

EPA Releases Proposed Biofuel Volume Standards for 2018

July 8, 2017 |

In Washington, DC, the EPA released its first Renewable Fuel Standard proposal under the Trump Administration with numbers up for ethanol with a 15 billion gallon cap for 2018, but biodiesel staying the same at 2.1 billion gallons for 2019. Total advanced biofuels amount was slightly lowered for 2018 at 4.24 billion gallons (down from […]

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The Renewable Fuel Numbers: 8 takeaways from EPA’2 2017 draft, from the industry in their own voices

The Renewable Fuel Numbers: 8 takeaways from EPA’2 2017 draft, from the industry in their own voices

July 6, 2017 |

The US EPA has issued its draft RVO for 2018 (and for biodiesel, for 2019), and here are the proposed numbers: At first glance, the proposal looks like a carbon copy of the 2017 RVO finalized last year. Advanced biofuels have been reduced by a token 40,000 gallons, cellulosic has been reduced by a more […]

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The RVO is here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Guide Slide to the EPA’s Proposed Renewable Fuel Volumes for 2018-19

The RVO is here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Guide Slide to the EPA’s Proposed Renewable Fuel Volumes for 2018-19

July 5, 2017 |

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018. The agency proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 19.24 billion gallons (BG), of which 4.24 BG is advanced biofuel, including 238 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. That leaves a 15 BG requirement for conventional renewable […]

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EPA delays 2018 RFS blending mandate over biofuels imports concerns

EPA delays 2018 RFS blending mandate over biofuels imports concerns

July 3, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed publication of the 2018 blending mandates for the Renewable Fuel Standard due to increased Brazilian ethanol imports and Argentine biodiesel imports. As a result, some say the EPA may cut the blending mandates in order to boost reliance on domestic fuels and leave less market availability for […]

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