Tag: RFS

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?

December 1, 2016 |

This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is there something to get deeply informed about? Let’s look into it. #1. The Point of Obligation RFS Crisis. The issue.  Several parties petitioned the US EPA […]

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GAO report says advanced biofuel production far below RFS requirements

GAO report says advanced biofuel production far below RFS requirements

November 29, 2016 |

In Washington, the General Accounting Office said that given that current advanced biofuel production is far below Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and those targets are increasing every year, it does not appear possible to meet statutory target volumes for advanced biofuels in the RFS under current market and regulatory conditions. Current production of cellulosic […]

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Back on Track: EPA issues on-time, robust Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2017-18

Back on Track: EPA issues on-time, robust Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2017-18

November 23, 2016 |

In Washington, the US Environmental Protection Agency released the 2017 renewable fuel volume obligations (and the 2018 volume obligations for biomass-based diesel), with a strong push beyond what has been termed the “blend wall” and stimulating refiners to implement more “cost-effective changes at their refineries to blend more renewable fuel.” The agency finalized a total […]

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EPA opens public comment period on shifting RFS point of obligation

EPA opens public comment period on shifting RFS point of obligation

November 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change its regulations that identify refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel fuel as the entities responsible for complying with the annual percentage standards adopted under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. EPA is […]

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Wall Street Journal says RFS could lead to economic meltdown like mortgage-backed securities

Wall Street Journal says RFS could lead to economic meltdown like mortgage-backed securities

November 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the Wall Street Journal has likened the economic impact of oil companies’ obligation to blend biofuels or buy RINs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to when banks busted the US economy with mortgage-backed securities. It blames the EPA for choosing to make oil refiners and importers as the obligated party for creating a […]

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Only a fraction of D5 mandate produced leaving D4 RINs the only option for 2016

Only a fraction of D5 mandate produced leaving D4 RINs the only option for 2016

November 21, 2016 |

In Texas, refiners may be in a pinch to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard’s 2016 mandate for non-biodiesel advanced biofuels because only 75 million gallons have been produced and 530 million D5 RINs are required for compliance. As Brazil’s sugarcane industry focuses on sugar production rather than ethanol, imports have shrunk considerably so using […]

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EPA rejects move to shift the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Point of Obligation 

EPA rejects move to shift the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Point of Obligation 

November 13, 2016 |

In Washington, the US EPA proposed to deny requests from petitioners to initiate a rulemaking to change the point of obligation for compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Due to the importance, complexity, and broad stakeholder interest in this issue, the agency is taking public comment on the proposed denials to ensure we receive […]

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EPA rejects idea to change “point of obligation” for RFS compliance

EPA rejects idea to change “point of obligation” for RFS compliance

November 10, 2016 |

In Washington, after consideration of all relevant information available to EPA on the issue, including information submitted by petitioners, available fuels market data, and information gathered by EPA from multiple market participants and interested parties, EPA is proposing to deny requests to initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change the regulations at 40 CFR […]

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WikiLeaks releases Clinton campaign emails weighing repeal of RFS in 2015

WikiLeaks releases Clinton campaign emails weighing repeal of RFS in 2015

October 25, 2016 |

In Washington, WikiLeaks has published emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign in April 2015 that explored a position that would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard but the move was pushed aside as it would have distanced her too much from the Obama administration and key Midwestern states. Advisors looked at repealing the standard, reforming it and […]

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EPA proposes rule changes for RFS to boost cellulosic ethanol production

EPA proposes rule changes for RFS to boost cellulosic ethanol production

October 4, 2016 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule change to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow poplar and willow trees as feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. Rules allowing higher ethanol blends between 16% and 83% are also included in the proposed changes, both of which are open for public comment for 60 […]

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