In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board has launched a thunderclap campaign to push the EPA to ensure a strong mandate for biodiesel in the upcoming RFS announcements. The month-long #getbiodieselbackontrack campaign has already reached nearly 37,000 people since its launch on Monday.
In New York state, former member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2013-2014 James H. Stock has published a report via the Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy suggesting a number of reforms to the RFS that he argues would help achieve the twin climate and energy security goals first envisioned under […]
In Iowa, Hillary Clinton has expressed support for maintaining the RFS. During her 2008 presidential campaign she pushed for boosting biofuel production to 60 billion gallons by 2030 and repealing incentives for the oil industry. She voted against the RFS in 2006 as a Senator from New York.
Proposed consent decree offers timelines for ethanol, advanced fuels through 2016, biobased diesel through 2017. In Washington, the EPA released a proposed consent decree in litigation brought against EPA by, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), that would establish the following schedule for issuing Renewable Fuel Standards for […]
As part of the Digest’s deeper dive into the origins of Iowa’s economic Renaissance, we sat down in Ankeny, Iowa last week for a conversation with long-time Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. A native of Leland, Governor Terry Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in […]
In Washington, the centrist think tank Third Way issued a “16 Minute Read” titled: “Cellulosic Ethanol is Getting a Big Boost from Corn, for Now.” , finding that ” Still, only a handful of companies have been able to squeak past technical and economic challenges to open commercial-scale plants. If these companies can replicate the success of […]
By Brent Erickson and Brooke Coleman Last week, ABFA made headlines by calling the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) an “obstacle” to the commercial deployment of advanced biofuels and publicly supporting opening up the program in Congress. While the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Advanced Ethanol Council certainly agree that the RFS is off track, […]
In Iowa, the Western Dubuque Biodiesel plant has been mothballed until the RFS sets the blending quota for biodiesel. The plant ran at 50% production capacity in 2015, adding 25 cents per gallon to operating costs, which was still below the 57% capacity the 30 million gallon per year plant ran at last year. Dozens […]
The Digest has commissioned this survey on industry response to the Advanced Biofuels Association’s RFS gambit — and you can take the survey here — aimed at testing the depth and breadth of support for McAdams’ view. The survey looks at support for each of three proposals outlined in a speech by Mike McAdams in […]
From 2012’s “Don’t Mess with the RFS” to 2015’s “Fix the RFS Mess”. A commercial-scale development impasse over policy uncertainty prompts ABFA president Mike McAdams to call for RFS reform, at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference’s opening session. In Washington, speaking at ABLC 2015, Advanced Biofuels Association president Mike McAdams called for reform of the Renewable […]