Tag: RFS

Competitive Enterprises Institute wants RFS frozen and sunsetted

Competitive Enterprises Institute wants RFS frozen and sunsetted

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, the Competitive Enterprises Institute has put forth proposals for the next session of Congress including freezing the Renewable Fuel Standard below the blend wall while setting a sunset period for 2022. The CEI says the RFS has not weaned the country off foreign oil as well as the “fracking revolution” has while increasing […]

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Sen. Grassley and other GOP senators assured EPA nominee will support RFS

Sen. Grassley and other GOP senators assured EPA nominee will support RFS

January 9, 2017 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa convened a meeting among several senators from biofuels-producing states and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  Grassley organized the meeting because he wanted to convey the importance of biofuels to job creation, energy security, the environment and meeting the country’s […]

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Consensus building over need to reform RIN trading

Consensus building over need to reform RIN trading

January 4, 2017 |

In Washington, consensus is building among the ethanol industry as well as the oil industry that the RIN trading aspect of the Renewable Fuel Standard needs to be reformed to ensure it remains a compliance tool rather than a speculative market, but the two sides have yet to converge on how that reform should be […]

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American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers asks EPA to waive cellulosic RFS volumes

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers asks EPA to waive cellulosic RFS volumes

January 4, 2017 |

In Washington, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers association filed a petition requesting that EPA waive the 2016 RFS cellulosic volumes to avoid “phantom fuel” compliance payments arising from a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production.  AFPM estimates that a favorable decision on this petition would reduce payments for these non-existent fuels by $50-75 million. In […]

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“Ignore rural America at your peril”: Santorum on revived hopes for robust Renewable Fuel Standard

“Ignore rural America at your peril”: Santorum on revived hopes for robust Renewable Fuel Standard

December 31, 2016 |

In Minnesota, former US senator and renewable fuels advocate Rick Santorum writes in  Inside Sources that “Diving deeper into this year’s striking election results, there’s one trend that nearly all the analysts agree on, at least in hindsight. Candidates ignore rural America at their peril.” Santorum added that rural voters will expect positive action on […]

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Trump taps anti-RFS Icahn to lead regulatory reform

Trump taps anti-RFS Icahn to lead regulatory reform

December 22, 2016 |

In Washington, president-elect Donald Trump has tapped long-time RFS opponent Carl Icahn as a special representative for regulatory reform. Icahn specifically pointed out environmental and banking regulations as major pressures on the US economy, particularly obligated refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard’s current rules that are open for public comment at the moment. As a […]

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Agriculture secretary worried about future of RFS under Trump

Agriculture secretary worried about future of RFS under Trump

December 20, 2016 |

In Iowa, the agriculture secretary has voiced concerns about president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet choices, saying that the industry must remain vigilant to ensure the Renewable Fuel Standard stays intact. From his choices for energy secretary to EPA administrator, to the president-elect’s mixed messages on ethanol during his campaign, many questions remain, especially with the oil […]

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86% of U.S. Voters Agree ‘Shifting Renewable Fuel Compliance Would Harm Consumers”

86% of U.S. Voters Agree ‘Shifting Renewable Fuel Compliance Would Harm Consumers”

December 18, 2016 |

In Washington, a survey released by the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, and the National Association of Convenience Stores found that majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standar from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers […]

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Survey shows US voters don’t want to shift RFS point of obligation

Survey shows US voters don’t want to shift RFS point of obligation

December 14, 2016 |

In Washington, a majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and hard-working Americans, according to a survey released Wednesday by NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, the Society of Independent […]

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RFS may be in peril with Perry heading the DOE and Pruitt leading EPA

RFS may be in peril with Perry heading the DOE and Pruitt leading EPA

December 13, 2016 |

In Washington, the biofuel industry may want to rethink its position on president-elect Donald Trump’s support for the Renewable Fuel Standard after it was announced the next energy secretary would be former Texas governor Rick Perry, famous for opposing the RFS and attempting to get blending mandates reduced arguing poverty for Texas ranchers. The appointment […]

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