Tweet In Washington, More than 60 advanced biofuel companies and four leading trade organizations on Monday wrote to leaders of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, encouraging Congress to extend critical tax provisions set to expire at the end of this month. The Advanced Ethanol Council, Advanced Biofuel Association, Algae Biomass Organization and […]
Tweet In Washington, the EPA now expects it release the 2014 RFS requirements in February. The leaked draft has been circulating in recent weeks showing a much lower than expected blending mandate which has the biofuels industry up in arms.
Tweet In Washington, Delta Airlines’ Monroe Energy has filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the 2013 RFS mandate. Its nature as a merchant refiner—swapping gasoline, diesel and other products with BP and Philips 66 for jetfuel— means it doesn’t generate any of its own RINs and […]
Tweet In Washington, if the EPA lowers the blending mandate for ethanol and demand shrinks for ethanol as a result, then the government will have to fork out for corn subsidies instead to keep farmers above water. Without ethanol to support prices, corn is seen falling to the mid-$4 per bushel from the record $6.89 […]
Tweet In Washington, the RFS must be adjusted to reflect commercialization realities, rather than completely thrown out, argues a University of Illinois paper. The paper also argues that the categories of the RFS should be expanded to include all emerging technologies, as well as relaxing the sourcing constraints on biomass. The paper argues in favor […]
Tweet In Washington, ethanol may find an enemy in the hunting lobby as Pheasant hunting groups speak out against the effect ethanol production has on wildlife acres. The groups claim that while Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has lauded the success of conservation efforts despite dwindling conservation lands, the amount of land enrolled in the […]
Tweet In Washington, the market for fuel ethanol in the United States is unconcentrated, with 156 firms nationwide either producing ethanol or likely to begin producing ethanol in the next 12 to 18 months, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2013 Report on the State of U.S. Ethanol Production. The lack of market concentration in […]
Tweet In Washington state, TransMessis Columbia Plateau has leased the biodiesel plant in Odessa previously owned by Inland Empire Oilseeds and hopes to be online before the end of the year. The facility will use canola as feedstock, though it isn’t grown locally yet due to the need for irrigation. The new operators, who have […]
Tweet In Washington, Biodiesel Magazine is hosting a policy webinar on Dec. 5 to talk about the future of the RFS, state mandates, bioheat and other hot topics relevant to the biodiesel industry. Speakers on the webinar will include the National Biodiesel Board, Nazzaro Group, the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture and Environmental Defense Fund.
Tweet In Washington, in the wake of the EPA rollback, the Big Five oil companies reaped a combined $23 billion windfall. Average valuation of outstanding shares jumpedby more than 2% in just one day after the announcement, quadrupling the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Contrary to their argument, however, gas prices are actually […]