Tag: Washington

USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service plans to fight back hard against Brazil’s 20% tariff on ethanol imports above 600 million liters per year or 150 million liters per quarter, aimed at stemming US ethanol imports, especially during its inter-harvest season. Saying no stone will be left unturned, it’s all hands […]

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Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels says Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. The EIA “reference” case, which contains projections through 2050 based on current trends and regulations, predicts an […]

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EIA data shows ethanol production lower matched with lower stocks

EIA data shows ethanol production lower matched with lower stocks

February 14, 2018 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency said ethanol production fell 1.061 million barrels per day in the week ending February 9, 41,000 bpd lower than the week prior and the second-lowest level seen so far in 2018. Stock levels also fell to 22.8 million barrels, 604,000 barrels lower than the previous weeks, as stocks fell […]

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API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

February 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the American Petroleum Institute wrote the Environmental Protection Agency urging an even playing field for all refiners under the Renewable Fuels Standard and to not provide waivers for the two dozen smaller refiners who have applied for leniency, a move supported by several governors. The API has instead called for […]

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BETO publishes 2017 project peer review

BETO publishes 2017 project peer review

February 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office published the results of last year’s Peer Review. The 2017 Project Peer Review Report contains project and technology area recommendations on the focus, management, and impact of the projects in each technology area, as well as project investigators’, technology area managers’, and BETO leadership’s responses to reviewer recommendations. […]

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AFPM petitions EPA to reduce cellulosic biofuel mandates

AFPM petitions EPA to reduce cellulosic biofuel mandates

February 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers has filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce mandated volumes of non-existent cellulosic biofuels. “Year after year, the cellulosic biofuel industry fails to produce the volumes mandated under the RFS, forcing refiners to pay a de facto phantom fuel tax to comply with […]

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Sierra Club teams on lawsuit challenging EPA’s 2018 RFS volumes

Sierra Club teams on lawsuit challenging EPA’s 2018 RFS volumes

February 12, 2018 |

In Washington, the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network filed a lawsuit in D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to consult with wildlife agencies to ensure that its 2018 renewable fuel volume standards do not jeopardize federally listed species. The suit claims dramatic land conversion has occurred as a result […]

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Senator Grassley tries to work around Senator Cruz’s RFS-based confirmation vote block

Senator Grassley tries to work around Senator Cruz’s RFS-based confirmation vote block

February 8, 2018 |

In Washington, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is seeking a workaround with Senate colleagues to move forward with the confirmation of the proposed Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the USDA who has been kept from a vote due to a block by Senator Ted Cruz seeking to reform RIN policy […]

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About 1.37 billion liters transported to more than 60 countries in 2017

About 1.37 billion liters transported to more than 60 countries in 2017

February 6, 2018 |

In Washington, data released Tuesday confirms that U.S. ethanol exports set a new record in 2017, with an astonishing 1.37 billion gallons shipped to more than 60 countries around the world. The 2017 export total was up 17% from 2016 and beat the previous record set in 2011 by some 174 million gallons (mg). In […]

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USDA withdraws support from Farm-to-Fleet biofuels program

USDA withdraws support from Farm-to-Fleet biofuels program

February 6, 2018 |

In Washington, effective February 1, 2018, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet BPI Program, and is cancelling funding for the BPI payments to companies that are refining biofuel in the United States from certain domestically grown feedstocks converted to drop-in biofuel for delivery to supply biofuels […]

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