Tag: RFS

Bipartisan Policy Center and it’s “Fix the RFS” recipe, or lack thereof

Bipartisan Policy Center and it’s “Fix the RFS” recipe, or lack thereof

December 18, 2014 |

After a year-long talk fest, the BPC emerges with a report on RFS reform, and lays an egg. Was the process doomed from the start by an insistence of “RFS reform” as a topic for discussion, instead of RFS enforcement? The Digest investigates. In Washington, the Bipartisan Policy Center has issued its high-awaited 61-page report […]

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Bipartisan Policy Center launches suggestions on reforming RFS

Bipartisan Policy Center launches suggestions on reforming RFS

December 16, 2014 |

In Washington, in order to support constructive dialogue in this ongoing debate, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Energy Project convened an advisory group of diverse stakeholders who agreed to discuss legislative and/or regulatory reforms that could put the RFS on a stable footing. The advisory group met three times over the course of 2014, and their […]

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Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken

Congress Should Not Fix What Isn’t Broken

December 8, 2014 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section The underlying legal constructs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) remain in working order, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to issue a final 2014 rule and its other regulatory missteps. Over the past five years, the program spurred billions of dollars of […]

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RFS not to blame for high price of frozen turkey

RFS not to blame for high price of frozen turkey

December 1, 2014 |

In the US, the National Turkey Federation blamed the Renewable Fuels Standard for the high price of frozen turkey, which came in at around $1.60/pound this year. Yet, Corinne Alexander of Purdue University noted that corn prices dropped by more than 50 percent this year from 2013, and that the renewable fuel standard’s role as a […]

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Four ethanol myths debunked by Media Matters for America report

Four ethanol myths debunked by Media Matters for America report

December 1, 2014 |

Myth #1: The RFS raises food prices Fact: Ethanol Production Does Not Divert Food Or Raise Prices CBO Report: RFS Will Not Significantly Alter Food Prices Food Prices Would Be Similar Whether the RFS Was Continued or Repealed Only One Percent Of Corn Grown In U.S. Eaten By Humans World Bank: Crude Oil Prices Are The Primary Driver […]

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Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard in trouble after 2014 elections

Kansas Renewable Portfolio Standard in trouble after 2014 elections

December 1, 2014 |

In Kansas, Republicans may have gained enough seats in the Kansas House of Representatives to end the state’s renewable energy standard. A bill to gradually phase out the standard was defeated last year in the House only 63-60 Rep. Don Hineman, R-Dighton, a moderate who supports the standard, said the larger Republican caucus and the […]

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EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

November 21, 2014 |

In Washington, the U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015. The proposed 2014 rule ran into a steamroller of opposition from renewable fuel groups, who said the proposed rule substantially cutting biofuels targets “pulled the rug” from underneath billions of dollars investment made […]

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Only one major Republican seen getting in the way of the RFS in 2015

Only one major Republican seen getting in the way of the RFS in 2015

November 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the new wave of Republican legislators heading to the national capital in 2015 aren’t likely to have a major impact on the Renewable Fuel Standard, though one in particular may try. The three main ethanol groups agree that the fuel is bipartisan, having more to do with regions than parties, as congressmen from […]

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Corn growers and other ag groups urge Obama to boost RFS

Corn growers and other ag groups urge Obama to boost RFS

November 12, 2014 |

In Washington, in a letter sent to President Obama last week, the National Corn Growers Association and several agricultural allies asked him to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule […]

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Platts says traders expecting 2014 biodiesel mandate under 1.5 billion gallons

Platts says traders expecting 2014 biodiesel mandate under 1.5 billion gallons

November 12, 2014 |

In Washington, Platts is reporting that traders expect the 2014 RFS to have a final biodiesel blending mandate of less than 1.5 billion gallons or even as low as 1.28 billion gallons. Biodiesel production reached 1.22 billion gallons as of September and the National Biodiesel Board has sought a mandate of 1.8 billion gallons. If […]

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