Tag: Washington

Biofuels industry seeks Obama meeting to talk RFS

Biofuels industry seeks Obama meeting to talk RFS

May 5, 2015 |

In Washington, a consortium of companies and associations from Abengoa to BIO with POET and the RFA in between have written to President Obama requesting a meeting to discuss the EPA’s upcoming release of blending levels for 2014-2016. With the June 1 release coming up soon, the biofuels industry is pushing hard to ensure the […]

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Ag secretary announces launch of two rural business investment companies

Ag secretary announces launch of two rural business investment companies

April 30, 2015 |

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. This announcement is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to help attract private sector capital to investment opportunities in rural America […]

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EPA seeking comments on GHG analysis of Brassica carinata oil

EPA seeking comments on GHG analysis of Brassica carinata oil

April 29, 2015 |

In Washington, the EPA is seeking public comments on its GHG assessment of the production and transport of Brassica carinata oil for advanced biofuels. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. requested the agency undertake the analysis. Comments are due May 26 and can be submitted online on www.reglations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0093, or by email, mail or hand […]

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RFA-commissioned poll shows 62% of national voters support the RFS

RFA-commissioned poll shows 62% of national voters support the RFS

April 27, 2015 |

In Washington, Morning Consult conducted a national poll on behalf of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The survey of 2,047 registered voters took place from April 5-7, 2015. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of ± 2%. The RFS garners broad, bipartisan support from Democrats (65%), Independents (61%) and Republicans (57%) alike. Nearly two […]

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Brazilian ethanol imports into Florida boosts nationwide stocks to 7-week high

Brazilian ethanol imports into Florida boosts nationwide stocks to 7-week high

April 23, 2015 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency reported an average of 53,000 barrels per day of ethanol imports last week following a massive import of Brazilian ethanol into Florida. The imports pushed nationwide stocks to a seven week high of 21.342 million barrels, up 697,000 barrels on the week. The vast majority of that was in […]

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NBB launches #getbiodieselbackontrack campaign to pressure RFS

NBB launches #getbiodieselbackontrack campaign to pressure RFS

April 23, 2015 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board has launched a thunderclap campaign to push the EPA to ensure a strong mandate for biodiesel in the upcoming RFS announcements. The month-long #getbiodieselbackontrack campaign has already reached nearly 37,000 people since its launch on Monday.

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US Rep. Blum introduces companion bill to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act

US Rep. Blum introduces companion bill to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act

April 23, 2015 |

In Washington, Congressman Rod Blum (R-IA), along with Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Congressman David Young (R-IA) introduced the House companion to the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act of 2015. U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) authored the legislation, which removes the burdensome restrictions placed on the ethanol […]

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Senate bill would require EPA set cellulosic blend at existing production levels

Senate bill would require EPA set cellulosic blend at existing production levels

April 22, 2015 |

In Washington, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has introduced bill S. 934, known as the Phantom Fuel Reform Act, to require EPA to set the cellulosic biofuel mandate under the RFS based on existing production and to remove biogas-based fuels from qualifying. The volume would be fixed based on the average produced at facilities between Jan. […]

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Urban Air Initiative says recent EPA studies continue to vilify ethanol

Urban Air Initiative says recent EPA studies continue to vilify ethanol

April 21, 2015 |

In Washington, EPA published two studies recently; defending its stance that ethanol increases toxic emissions. However, if you follow the same flawed formula, you get the same flawed results, warned representatives of the Urban Air Initiative. “After careful analysis of the fuels used in the two studies that were published by the Society of Automotive […]

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DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the Dept. of Transportation has issued new rules requiring train shipments carrying more than 35 cars of ethanol and oil products or an uninterrupted block of 20 cars carrying the fuel must slow down to 40 mph in urban areas with more than 100,000 people, making a formerly voluntary rule mandatory. The rule […]

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