Tag: RFS

Biofuels, a winner or loser in Iowa Caucuses? Opinions sharply divide

Biofuels, a winner or loser in Iowa Caucuses? Opinions sharply divide

February 7, 2016 |

In Iowa, the America’s Renewable Future advocacy group said that 83% of voters supported candidates who recognized that the RFS is crucial to over 852,000 American jobs, our lowered dependence on foreign oil, and consumers’ choice at the pump for a clean, less expensive fuel. “83 percent of Iowans supported pro-RFS candidates in 2016. In […]

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Hawaii still blending ethanol thanks to RFS but not happy about it

Hawaii still blending ethanol thanks to RFS but not happy about it

February 2, 2016 |

In Hawaii, filling stations continue to market ethanol-blended fuel despite the mandate having been eliminated a month ago. Ethanol-free gas is available in limited quantities and is more expensive than the blended fuel that continues to be available due to compliance regulations with the Renewable Fuel Standard. If oil companies don’t blend in Hawaii, they’ll […]

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American Energy Alliance urging Senators to vote for anti-RFS amendment this week

American Energy Alliance urging Senators to vote for anti-RFS amendment this week

February 2, 2016 |

In Washington, the American Energy Alliance is encouraging Senators to vote yes this week for the Cassidy Amendment Repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Sen. Cassidy introduced an amendment that would fully repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS was created in the 2005 energy bill and amended by the 2007 energy bill. This costly […]

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American Council for Capital Formation launches anti-ethanol ads in Iowa

American Council for Capital Formation launches anti-ethanol ads in Iowa

January 25, 2016 |

In Iowa, following up on the release of a new statewide poll last week defying conventional political wisdom and showing the vast majority of Iowa voters don’t know and aren’t particularly concerned about candidates’ positions on ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) launched a major statewide TV […]

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Iowa congressional delegation unanimously calls for strong up-tick in 2017 renewable fuel volumes

Iowa congressional delegation unanimously calls for strong up-tick in 2017 renewable fuel volumes

January 24, 2016 |

In Iowa, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the entire Iowa Congressional delegation urged the agency to set the next round of Renewable Fuel Standard volume levels in line with the statute – 15 billion gallons for conventional ethanol and an aggressive biodiesel target. The Congressional letter to EPA noted:  “We appreciate your […]

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Researchers see improved GHG impact thanks to cellulosic biofuel RFS

Researchers see improved GHG impact thanks to cellulosic biofuel RFS

January 13, 2016 |

In Idaho, researchers led by the University of Idaho assessed the potential for the US Renewable Fuel Standard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector through the use of cellulosic biofuels. They found that 2022 US emissions are decreased by 7.0 ± 2.5% largely through gasoline displacement and soil carbon storage by perennial grasses. If […]

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Pushmi-pullyu: How do carbon prices and fuel mandates work together in breaking through a fossil fuel monopoly? Or, do they?

Pushmi-pullyu: How do carbon prices and fuel mandates work together in breaking through a fossil fuel monopoly? Or, do they?

January 11, 2016 |

Sometimes, the set-up of the transition from fossil fuels is as pretty and impractical as Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu. The Digest investigates. As you may have noticed in the stories around the launch of the Great Green Fleet, it is a complex maze of relationships when it comes to a technology benefitting from mandates like the […]

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Seven organizations file in US Court of Appeals against RFS mandates for 2014-16

Seven organizations file in US Court of Appeals against RFS mandates for 2014-16

January 11, 2016 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Americans for Clean Energy, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and the Renewable Fuels Association have jointly filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals against the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency for 2014-2016, challenging […]

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Cruz shifts position from “repeal” to “phase out” of US Renewable Fuel Standard

Cruz shifts position from “repeal” to “phase out” of US Renewable Fuel Standard

January 10, 2016 |

In Iowa, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, campaigning in Iowa for the Republican presidential nomination wrote an Op-Ed outlining a new tone and position on ethanol and the RFS. For the first time, at a campaign stop in Iowa, Cruz expressed he would keep the RFS through 2022. “We are encouraged that Ted Cruz is finally […]

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Biodiesel seen having a good 2016 while other fuels suffer

Biodiesel seen having a good 2016 while other fuels suffer

December 31, 2015 |

In Illinois, between a favorable blending mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard to reinstatement of the $1 per gallon blending credit, a Bloomberg analysis says that biodiesel’s star is on the rise in 2016 in comparison to other fuels from gasoline to ethanol. Prices in the Midwest have increased 11% this month thanks to the […]

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