Tag: Washington

“Producers United” takes EPA to task over hardship waivers in US Appellate Court

“Producers United” takes EPA to task over hardship waivers in US Appellate Court

November 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that an unidentified group of biofuel producers referred to just as “Producers United” has asked a federal judge to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from continuing to issue hardship waivers to smaller oil refineries. The complaint filed in US Appellate Court alleges that the EPA’s decision to retroactively grant waivers to […]

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EIA says renewable diesel making a major contribution to California’s transportation decarbonization

EIA says renewable diesel making a major contribution to California’s transportation decarbonization

November 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration says renewable diesel net supply to California’s fuel market has increased since the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program went into effect in 2011, reaching 100 million gallons during the second quarter of 2018, or 10.1% of the total diesel supplied to California that quarter. The LCFS program, […]

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Arizona State University researchers get $4.5 million from DOE for bioenergy projects

Arizona State University researchers get $4.5 million from DOE for bioenergy projects

November 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced 36 projects that together have been awarded $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. Two ASU research teams are among the grantees, with the grants to ASU totaling about $4.5 million. The two teams are headed by Wim Vermaas, Foundation Professor in the School […]

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Senator Grassley believes current EPA won’t issue as many hardship waivers

Senator Grassley believes current EPA won’t issue as many hardship waivers

November 13, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley doesn’t believe the Environmental Protection Agency will continue to issue hardship waivers to small refiners at the pace previously seen under the prior administrator. He said that he feels the current administrator believes his predecessor was too “liberal” in the issuance of waivers. The current administrator […]

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RIN prices fall so low to encourage gasoline imports from Europe and Canada

RIN prices fall so low to encourage gasoline imports from Europe and Canada

November 12, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that RIN prices trading at a fraction of what they were a year ago— just 1.74 cents/gal last week compared to 94.5 cents/RIN on October 23, 2017—have encouraged imports of gasoline from Europe and Canada into East Coast ports, especially since many refiners are running below capacity and Philadelphia Energy Solutions […]

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Ethanol industry hit hard by Trump’s Chinese trade war

Ethanol industry hit hard by Trump’s Chinese trade war

November 12, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the ethanol industry is suffering heavily from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China as demonstrated by a number of quarterly filings by ethanol companies last week. Without China to buy 200 million gallons of ethanol, trade that has dried up due to the ongoing trade war, the US market […]

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September ethanol exports fell vs. August but 7% higher on year

September ethanol exports fell vs. August but 7% higher on year

November 5, 2018 |

In Washington, DTN reports that USDA data shows ethanol exports in September fell from the month prior to 89.8 million gallons, although the figure was 7% higher on the year while total exports for the year through September were up 25% on the year. Canada continues to reign as the top destination for ethanol, taking […]

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Ethanol production on the rise again but stocks see biggest ever weekly drop

Ethanol production on the rise again but stocks see biggest ever weekly drop

November 1, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration data shows that ethanol production rose yet again in the week ending October 26 after several weeks of falling volumes that weren’t low enough to make a dent in swelling inventories. Production rose 1.059 million b/d, up 35,000 b/d on the week and 3,000 b/d higher than […]

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EPA sends 2019 RVO proposal to White House

EPA sends 2019 RVO proposal to White House

November 1, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency appears to be on time with announcing 2019 blending volumes by the November 30 deadline, having sent the updated proposal to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday. The original proposal that was in line with industry expectations saw a 3% increase over […]

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Environmental groups file petition with EPA accusing it of illegally allowing wildlife habitat conversion for biofuels

Environmental groups file petition with EPA accusing it of illegally allowing wildlife habitat conversion for biofuels

October 31, 2018 |

In Washington, following on the heels of an Environmental Protection Agency report to Congress documenting wide-spread habitat loss following enactment of U.S. biofuels policy in 2007, environmental and conservation groups filed a petition with EPA, asserting the agency has illegally allowed millions of acres of wildlife habitat to be converted to corn and soybean crops […]

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