Tag: RFS

Biofuels leaders respond to Feinstein-Toomey anti-RFS bill, and send Obama a letter

Biofuels leaders respond to Feinstein-Toomey anti-RFS bill, and send Obama a letter

February 26, 2015 |

You may find yourself wondering exactly why the centerpiece of the renewable fuels industry’s response to the introduction of the Toomey-Feinstein “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act” in Congress today is a letter to President Obama about EPA action or the lack thereof. In a nutshell, a variety of forces have joined forces against the RFS […]

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EPA to announce RFS blending mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016 this spring

EPA to announce RFS blending mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016 this spring

February 19, 2015 |

In Washington, the EPA has confirmed it will release its RFS blending targets this spring for 2014—likely similar to what has already been published—as well as 2015 and 2016. Longer-term demand issues will also be addressed at the same time, taking into consideration concerns from the oil industry that blending has reached its peak.

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32 U.S. senators pushing for strong biodiesel volumes in RFS for 2014-16

32 U.S. senators pushing for strong biodiesel volumes in RFS for 2014-16

February 9, 2015 |

In Washington, a bipartisan group of 32 U.S. senators wrote to the EPA Monday calling for the agency to quickly approve strong biodiesel volumes under the RFS for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Highlighting biodiesel’s track record as the only EPA-designated advanced biofuel under the RFS to reach commercial scale production nationwide, the senators expressed concern […]

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Anti-RFS bill in US Congress draws sharp fire from biofuels industry

Anti-RFS bill in US Congress draws sharp fire from biofuels industry

February 5, 2015 |

From Washington comes the news that a group of four Democratic and Republican lawmakers said that they will introduce once again a RFS Reform Act bill, the latest in a series of bills aimed at eliminating markets for corn starch that compete with poultry and dairy interests. The legislation is not yet available via Congress.gov, […]

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Four Congressmen return to the house floor with same anti-RFS bill as 2013

Four Congressmen return to the house floor with same anti-RFS bill as 2013

February 4, 2015 |

In Washington, Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Steve Womack of Arkansas and Democrats Peter Welch of Vermont and Jim Costa of California has taken yet another bill to the House floor with the intention of reforming the RFS. The group failed to pass the bill in 2013. The RFS Reform Act seeks to […]

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“Wrong-Way Obama” scores one for the oilcos with renewable fuels policy

“Wrong-Way Obama” scores one for the oilcos with renewable fuels policy

February 3, 2015 |

Eight years after then-Senator Obama co-sponsored a bill in Congress calling for a 60 billion gallon biofuels target, President Obama’s EPA slashes the Renewable Fuel Standard targets to wimpy levels, despite ample production capacity, bumper crops, and foreign investors waiting to pump capacity-building dollars into the US economy.  Then the EPA cancels the slashed mandate order, but doesn’t restore the original one. Leaving […]

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Renewable Motor Fuels (Past, Present and Uncertain Future)

Renewable Motor Fuels (Past, Present and Uncertain Future)

February 1, 2015 |

By Arthur M. Brownstein, formerly Manager, New Ventures Technology Division, ExxonMobil Growing concerns over global warming have led to Congressional enactment of renewable fuels legislation for motor vehicles.  This has led to considerable international activity in the development and commercialization of such fuels. This activity is concisely captured in a new book published by Elsevier Inc. […]

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EPA may release 2014 RFS at last this spring

EPA may release 2014 RFS at last this spring

January 22, 2015 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency may at last finalize the 2014 RFS this spring. The statement was made during the National Biodiesel Board conference this week and then was confirmed by the EPA that the timing seemed on track but no more specifics were given.

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Biofuels and the Oil Price, Gloomy Gus, Energy Bear, Express Train to Mood Hell

Biofuels and the Oil Price, Gloomy Gus, Energy Bear, Express Train to Mood Hell

January 6, 2015 |

Oil prices are down, energy stocks are plunging, and the investor mood is giving Lord of the Flies a run for its money for mix of peril, fantasy and pessimism. So why is the hard data for biofuels so much rosier than the global mood? AFICIONADOS OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS of the early 1970s may well recall […]

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House oversight and reform committee looks to hit EPA over RFS

House oversight and reform committee looks to hit EPA over RFS

December 30, 2014 |

In Washington, incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz announced this week six new Subcommittees that will be established during the 114th Congress and the Chair selections. The Interior Subcommittee, chaired by Cynthia Lummis (WY), will focus on issues related to the Department of Interior, Department of Energy, EPA, and USDA. Tackling the […]

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