Tag: Washington

Ethanol production falls only slightly despite Midwest floods

Ethanol production falls only slightly despite Midwest floods

March 21, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration data shows that despite flooding across the Midwest that has inhibited flow of ethanol and feedstock as well as production in some cases, as well as those who have idled production due to low prices, production only fell by 2,000 b/d last week to an average of […]

Read More

EPA looking at issuing partial hardship waivers for some of the 39 applications received in 2018

EPA looking at issuing partial hardship waivers for some of the 39 applications received in 2018

March 21, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to compromise on the issue of hardship waivers for small oil refineries, deciding it will issue partial waivers for some of the 39 applications it received for 2018 compliance. Only once has the EPA granted a partial waiver in the past and that was […]

Read More

Brazil will only extend ethanol quota for US if US takes more sugar

Brazil will only extend ethanol quota for US if US takes more sugar

March 20, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Brazil and the US haven’t made progress on negotiations regarding a renewal of the ethanol quota for US exports to Brazil that expires in a few months due to Washington’s lack of interest in negotiating further sugar market access in exchange. The Brazilian agriculture minister told Reuters in an interview […]

Read More

US-Brazil trade tensions could rise over ethanol TRQ issue

US-Brazil trade tensions could rise over ethanol TRQ issue

March 18, 2019 |

In Washington, MercoPress reports that the US won’t budge on allowing Brazil to export more limes that are facing phytosanitary trade barriers until the issue of the ethanol import quota and tariff is dealt with. When US ethanol exports pass 150 million liters per quarter, a 30% tariff is slapped on them, which US ethanol […]

Read More

Senate confirms EPA Administrator

Senate confirms EPA Administrator

February 28, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Senate has confirmed the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the role permanently in a tight 52-47 vote. Democrats and a sole Republican voted against his confirmation due to his record of easing environmental protections while the remaining Republicans eagerly welcomed him to the permanent position in […]

Read More

Paul and Grassley looks to extend biodiesel tax credits in new legislation

Paul and Grassley looks to extend biodiesel tax credits in new legislation

February 28, 2019 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Chuck Grassley of Iowa introduced the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2019 (S.581), legislation that would remove burdensome regulations on domestic energy production. “The Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act provides new economic opportunity for Kentucky farmers by allowing fuel producers and automobile manufacturers to innovate […]

Read More

Kern Oil threatens EPA with lawsuit over failed response to hardship waiver request

Kern Oil threatens EPA with lawsuit over failed response to hardship waiver request

February 27, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Kern Oil sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on February 7 threatening to sue the agency after it failed to respond to its small refinery hardship waiver request within the 90 days prescribed by law. The California refinery applied for the waiver in July […]

Read More

Democrats push Washington low carbon fuel bill out of committee

Democrats push Washington low carbon fuel bill out of committee

February 27, 2019 |

In Washington state, Democrats on the state’s House Appropriations Committee voted succeeded in moving the proposed low carbon fuels bill to the full House debate in a 19-14 line party committee vote. Opponents claim the proposed legislation that would reduce carbon intensity by 10% below 2017 levels by 2028 would increase fuel prices as a […]

Read More

Group of 14 bipartisan Senators ask Department of Commerce to look closer at Argentine biodiesel

Group of 14 bipartisan Senators ask Department of Commerce to look closer at Argentine biodiesel

February 27, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thanked a bipartisan group of 14 Senators – led by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) – for writing to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross regarding his agency’s recently launched “changed circumstances” review of U.S. duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. In the letter, the Senators […]

Read More

API’s newest report says EPA proposal to reform RINs even worse than status quo

API’s newest report says EPA proposal to reform RINs even worse than status quo

February 26, 2019 |

In Washington, the American Petroleum Institute released a new study that found EPA’s proposal to reform the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market will only worsen program. API’s new report finds that RINs prices tend to react to demand for RINs, which is directly related to EPA’s approach to setting annual renewable fuel volumes. This could […]

Read More