Tag: RFS

Fewer hardship waivers seen under reformed RFS with volumes redistributed to reduce glut

Fewer hardship waivers seen under reformed RFS with volumes redistributed to reduce glut

May 14, 2018 |

In Washington, a source told Reuters that in addition to generating RINs from ethanol exports, further adjustments to the Renewable Fuel Standard would include a reduction of hardship waivers for refiners that help them to skirt their compliance with the biofuel blending mandate. Volumes that are waived would instead be redistributed to other refiners rather […]

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RFS White House meeting has downside on exported renewable fuel volumes

RFS White House meeting has downside on exported renewable fuel volumes

May 12, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, the Renewable Fuels Association said that the recent White House meeting on the RFS had a down-side discussion of a potential proposal to allow exported renewable fuel volumes to count toward RFS compliance. Geoff Cooper from the RFA said, “Simply put, allowing exported ethanol to count toward compliance with an oil company’s […]

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Carr warns don’t repeat history with “fuel neutral” performance standard

Carr warns don’t repeat history with “fuel neutral” performance standard

May 12, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., Mike Carr, Executive director of New Energy America and former principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy, said that repeating history with octane biofuel standards is a huge mistake. Carr refers to the bait and switch that happened when the oil […]

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Disagreement abounds on “agreement” reached at White House RFS meeting

Disagreement abounds on “agreement” reached at White House RFS meeting

May 9, 2018 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that although Senator Ted Cruz announced via Twitter on Tuesday that the White House meeting held that day to find a way forward with reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard agreed on year-round E15 and RIN generation from ethanol exports, other attendees at the meeting disagree on what was agreed. Details […]

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Former Senators who helped develop RFS call for investigation into waivers

Former Senators who helped develop RFS call for investigation into waivers

April 26, 2018 |

In Washington, former Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Jim Talent (R-MO), who played key roles in developing the RFS, called for Congress to investigate the EPA’s recent waivers to major refiners and failure to follow the law. ‘Who better to help clarify the intent of these small refinery exemptions than those who helped write the […]

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Energy and oil giants request RFS ‘small refinery’ waivers

Energy and oil giants request RFS ‘small refinery’ waivers

April 15, 2018 |

In New York, super multinational energy companies Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil are asking the U.S. EPA for exemptions to the RFS ‘small refinery’ obligations that are supposed to be reserved for small companies in financial distress, according to Reuters. “The EPA has already issued an unusually 25 hardship waivers to small refineries in recent […]

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President Trump to take three-month hiatus from RFS negotiations

President Trump to take three-month hiatus from RFS negotiations

April 11, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump will leave the issue of the Renewable Fuel Standard alone for the next three months in an effort to calm farmers concerned about the impact reduced demand for ethanol would have on rural communities, compounded with expected negative repercussions resulting from the trade war with China. The administrator […]

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US farm economy will suffer more from broken RFS than Chinese trade war

US farm economy will suffer more from broken RFS than Chinese trade war

April 10, 2018 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that demand destruction for corn from a dismantled Renewable Fuel Standard could be far more damaging to the rural economy than President Trump’s trade war with China and the impact on soy imports. US soy exports to China represent about $14 billion in receipts to the agri economy while ethanol accounts […]

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Trump advisors urge him to leave RFS to Congress

Trump advisors urge him to leave RFS to Congress

March 29, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump’s advisors have urged him to allow Congress to resolve the impasse between oil and corn states and when between integrated oil refiners and merchant refiners when it comes to reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, only falling back on executive action if a resolution can’t be found. Texas Republican […]

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Companion bills presented in House and Senate to reform RFS

Companion bills presented in House and Senate to reform RFS

March 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced companion bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts and advancing the next generation of biofuels. The GREENER Fuels Act (Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible […]

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