Tag: RFS2

Emitters Protection Agency or Environmental Protection Agency?

BIO: EPA’s proposed backslide on RFS will increase greenhouse gases By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section The Biotechnology Industry Organization I cannot remember an EPA rule that would actually cause environmental backsliding, but the recent proposed rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will if it is not changed. […]

April 6, 2014 More

ILUC and the Renewable Fuel Standard: hard data appears for the first time

After six years of debate — finally a database appears on actual indirect land use change. The Partners? Including Google, UNEP, Imazon, the Center for Global Development, the University of Maryland, OSFAC, the Jane Goodall Institute The Funders? Including USAID, the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and GEF, UKAID, DANIDA, SIDA, the Bobolink Foundation, […]

February 23, 2014 More

Last day! Get your comments on RFS to the EPA

In Washington, today is the final day to submit comments to the EPA regarding the 2014 proposed volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2013–0747 via here or email to [email protected] You can also fax comments to (202) 566–1741. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that […]

January 27, 2014 More

NBB Buzz: Heard on the floor at the 2014 Biodiesel Convention

So, NBB packs it up and the delegates go home. What are the trends — what’s are the takeaways? The Digest’s overall take — and items heard on the floor this week. In California, NBB is now officially over. Key trends? We saw four. 1. In general, traffic and spirits were down from previous years. […]

January 23, 2014 More

Hello, Hard Data Calling: 2013 RIN prices did not drive up gasoline prices

Remember the summer of 2013? The barbecues, the days at the beach, summer loves, school vacation. Er…and RINsanity, rising gas prices, and everyone in the oil lobby yelling “broken, broken, broken” while attempting blunt force trauma on the Renewable Fuel Standard. But was there actually any causal relationship between those rising RIN prices and gas […]

January 7, 2014 More

EPA’s Christmas Gift to the Oil Refiners

“Now is the time for all biofuels stakeholders to speak up loudly and factually,” says BIO’s Brent Erickson, to reverse a mistake of “epic proportions”. By Brent Erickson, Executive VP and head of Industrial & Environmental section, BIO The Obama administration appears ready to give the oil refining industry the perfect gift this Christmas. If […]

December 29, 2013 More

False Alarms vs Hard data: the Renewable Fuel Standard, the results, and the critics

All those worries about the impact of biofuels on food prices, deforestation, Gulf hypoxia? The hard data is in – and looks good – and lots more too. In Washington, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 turned six this past week. The centerpiece of EISA was a greatly expanded Renewable Fuel Standard — […]

December 23, 2013 More

Lewinsky’s Dress Syndrome and the EPA biofuels debacle

So, the EPA hands down cruel cutbacks in renewable fuel targets as the Administration reels under Obamacare pressure. What happened to biofuels, why is “everyone’s friend” biodiesel getting the shaft, what’s next? And what is Lewinsky’s Dress Syndrome, anyway? Answers for your questions. On Friday November 15th, the EPA issued a proposal for the 2014 […]

November 24, 2013 More

Statesmanship vs brinkmanship: collision of ethanol blend wall, US mandates is a biofuels inflection point

The EPA seeks a “goldilocks” number to push renewable fuels forward while averting a crisis over ethanol blending and RIN prices. The biofuels industry faces a significant decision over how to structure its response. The key: keep an eye on the biomass-based diesel targets. In Washington, a document identified as EPA’s draft proposal for 2014 […]

October 13, 2013 More

“Refiners, in meeting, press White House to back off biofuels mandate.”

Today on Twitter: hilltransport Refiners, in meeting, press White House to back off biofuels mandate MITGlobalChange Chris @KnittelMIT finds that #biofuels, contrary to claims, do not meaningfully affect what drivers pay at the pump. BetterFuels: Giving EPA the benefit of the doubt on rumor and wishful thinking #RFS #biofuels

October 11, 2013 More