Tag: Washington

BIO says EPA’s RFS methodology chilling advanced biofuel investment

BIO says EPA’s RFS methodology chilling advanced biofuel investment

June 22, 2016 |

In Washington, EPA’s new methodology for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds in a new analysis released Wednesday. Investment patterns clearly demonstrate that EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivizes advanced biofuels, causing a $22.4 billion shortfall in necessary investment. Brent […]

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EPA says nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated in May

EPA says nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated in May

June 21, 2016 |

In Washington, the EPA says nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated in May, bring the year-to-date total to 6.76 billion. Of the total produced during the month, 16.01 million D3 cellulosic RINs were generated, for a year-to-date total of 62.85 million. The vast majority remains from renewable LNG and CNG with only 1.78 million coming […]

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Congressmen seek E15 reprieve from EPA following NMMA lobbying

Congressmen seek E15 reprieve from EPA following NMMA lobbying

June 21, 2016 |

In Washington, following a lobbying push by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 45 congressmen have sent a letter to the EPA administrator voicing concerns about the 2016 blending mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard and necessity of E15 to comply with the law despite the agency saying that E15 was not appropriate for boats and […]

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NFU pushing for Congress to drop loophole exempting military from biofuels use

NFU pushing for Congress to drop loophole exempting military from biofuels use

June 20, 2016 |

In Washington, repeated attempts to undermine the national security benefits of advanced biofuels through previous defense spending bills have been unsuccessful. As House lawmakers met last week to debate the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2017, National Farmers Union (NFU) is hopeful that a provision exempting the U.S. military from biofuels use will […]

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US ethanol production hits record high of 1.013 million barrels per day

US ethanol production hits record high of 1.013 million barrels per day

June 16, 2016 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says the week of June 10 saw ethanol production hit a new record of an average 1.013 million barrels per day, breaking the previous record hit in November of 1.008 million barrels per day. That was the first time ethanol production breeched the 1 million barrel mark and last […]

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Valero wants EPA to put RFS compliance burden on retailers instead

Valero wants EPA to put RFS compliance burden on retailers instead

June 14, 2016 |

In Washington, Valero has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to require rack sellers be the compliant party for blending biofuels under the Renewable Energy Directive. Doing so would reduce the economic burden on refiners. The company sought to get the change made via the courts in February in two separate cases but has now gone […]

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New report disproves food and bioenergy competition

New report disproves food and bioenergy competition

June 14, 2016 |

In Washington, energy and food security can be simultaneously improved through well-designed biofuel and bioenergy development programs, according to a report released by a team of experts from 10 institutions. The report confronts some of the public’s misconceptions about the food security impacts of biofuels, and offers clarity on the source of these perceptions. One […]

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PNNL researchers design resilient zeolites to boost cellulosic production yiel

PNNL researchers design resilient zeolites to boost cellulosic production yiel

June 7, 2016 |

In Washington state, while popular catalysts called zeolites could help turn paper manufacturing waste and other biomass into fuel, the catalyst crumbles after just two days in hot water. And that’s a problem because hot water is nearly ubiquitous in biofuel production. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a team discovered that fixing broken bonds deep […]

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DOE looking for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee members

DOE looking for Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee members

June 7, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting nomination for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The deadline for Technical Advisory Committee member nominations is June 30, 2016. The Committee advises DOE and USDA points of contact with respect to the Biomass R&D Initiative (Initiative) and priority […]

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USDA investing $8.8 million on advanced biofuels

USDA investing $8.8 million on advanced biofuels

May 30, 2016 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $8.8 million to boost the production of advanced biofuels and sustain jobs at renewable energy facilities in 39 states. USDA continues to lead the way in promotion of advanced biofuel production, from implementing the revised Farm Billbio-refinery program to the […]

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