Tag: Washington

RFA issues new equipment guidance for E15 retailers

RFA issues new equipment guidance for E15 retailers

April 26, 2016 |

In Washington, U.S. EPA gave final approval in 2012 to the use of E15 fuel and the fuel blend is now sold in 23 states. With many new retailers preparing to offer E15, the Renewable Fuels Association is concerned that retailers could potentially order equipment that cannot legally dispense E15.  In a new RFA communication […]

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Environmentalists go after carbon neutrality claims of forest biomass

Environmentalists go after carbon neutrality claims of forest biomass

April 25, 2016 |

In Washington, dozens of environmental NGOs have sent a letter to the chairwoman of the voicing concern over the definition of forest-derived biomass as “carbon neutral” as included in an amendment to the Energy Policy and Modernization Act, Senate Bill 2012 approved last week, as well as an amendment that refers to “net carbon” negativity […]

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Republicans propose bill to scrap tax credits for animal fat biodiesel

Republicans propose bill to scrap tax credits for animal fat biodiesel

April 21, 2016 |

In Washington, seven Republican US Representatives led by Randy Weber of Texas have submitted a bill to disallow certain biodiesel and alternative fuel tax credits for fuels derived from animal fats which has since been sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means as it deals with the tax code. While animal fat biodiesel […]

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Urban Air Initiative, Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and the Energy Future Coalition take EPA to task over RFS LCA rules

Urban Air Initiative, Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and the Energy Future Coalition take EPA to task over RFS LCA rules

April 21, 2016 |

In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative, Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and the Energy Future Coalition filed a report requesting that the EPA correct its 2010 Lifecycle Analysis for future renewable fuel standards (RFS) rules. The request for correction was filed under EPA’s Information Quality Guidelines by the law firm of Boyden Gray and Associates. The request […]

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Researchers produce biodiesel from UCO using microwaves

Researchers produce biodiesel from UCO using microwaves

April 21, 2016 |

In Washington, using a microwave and catalyst-coated beads, scientists have devised a new way to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel that could make it more affordable. They report how they did it in ACS’ journal Energy & Fuels. Biodiesel has many advantages over traditional fuels. It is renewable, biodegradable and emits less carbon dioxide. […]

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EPA releases final corrections to quality assurance program rulemaking

EPA releases final corrections to quality assurance program rulemaking

April 19, 2016 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has final action on technical corrections and clarifications withdrawn from a previous direct final rule that amended provisions from the April 2014 Tier 3 final rulemaking and the July 2014 Quality Assurance Program final rulemaking. The regulatory changes being finalized in this final rule correct errors identified by […]

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EPA takes 2017 RFS rule to OMB for final review

EPA takes 2017 RFS rule to OMB for final review

April 19, 2016 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken its 2017 renewable fuel standard proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget in the final step before it is published for public review. The EPA’s administrator promised during a congressional hearing in February that the agency is working hard to get RFS rules published […]

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EIA raises 2016 and 2017 ethanol production and consumption estimates

EIA raises 2016 and 2017 ethanol production and consumption estimates

April 18, 2016 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency has boosted its estimates for average ethanol production during 2016 and 2017 to 970,000 and 980,000 barrels per day, up from 966,000 barrels per day last year. That’s a jump from its March estimate that saw ethanol production holding pretty steady to 2015 levels. Rather than consumption falling well […]

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Retailers fight against Blend Wall myths during Congressional Briefing.

Retailers fight against Blend Wall myths during Congressional Briefing.

April 18, 2016 |

In Washington, drivers want this fuel, and it doesn’t cost an interested retailer an arm and a leg to get the right fueling equipment to sell higher blends of ethanol. That was the theme of ACE’s Congressional Briefing held in the Senate’s Russell Office Building on Thursday. Participants in the hour long briefing were, ACE Senior […]

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Senator Grassley looks to introduce biodiesel producers credit

Senator Grassley looks to introduce biodiesel producers credit

April 13, 2016 |

In Washington, the biodiesel blender credit may not have to sunset at the end of 2016 as current legislation dictates thanks to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley who says he is working on a bill to expend the policy. But instead of a blender credit that also applies to imported supplies, instead it will be a […]

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