Tag: Washington

EIA says federal subsidies for renewables dropped 56% between 2013-2016

EIA says federal subsidies for renewables dropped 56% between 2013-2016

May 24, 2018 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56% decline from FY 2013. Renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were approximately $15 billion, more than double FY 2016 levels, as support […]

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Senate Democratic leadership urge Trump to reduce gas prices by protecting RFS

Senate Democratic leadership urge Trump to reduce gas prices by protecting RFS

May 24, 2018 |

In Washington, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take immediate action to lower gas prices for American families ahead of Memorial Day weekend. One of the suggestions made to dampen rising gas prices […]

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Marathon seeking hardship waiver for smallest refinery

Marathon seeking hardship waiver for smallest refinery

May 23, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that despite all of the heat on the Environmental Protection Agency for issuing hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard that have so far represented a loss of 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol demand, the country’s second-largest oil refiner—Marathon—has applied for a waiver for its 93,000 barrel per day plant in […]

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DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

May 23, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that yet another meeting will be held by top officials from the departments of energy and agriculture—but not necessarily the Secretaries—together with the Environmental Protection Agency—but maybe not the Administrator—on Thursday to try to move forward proposed reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard. With the White House yet to finalize its […]

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Ethanol may be key to helping restore China-US trade imbalance

Ethanol may be key to helping restore China-US trade imbalance

May 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the ethanol industry got good news from China who is seeking to reduce its trade imbalance with the US and is looking to ethanol as well as LNG to offset the disparity. With the country set to implement a 10% ethanol blending mandate from 2020 and refiners already ramping up […]

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Biodiesel RIN prices nosedive to 2.5-year lows on lack of buying interest

Biodiesel RIN prices nosedive to 2.5-year lows on lack of buying interest

May 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that with obligated parties finding ways out of compliance with the Renewable Fuels Standard, prices for RINs are falling, like biodiesel RINs that fell to 2.5 year lows earlier this week at 45.50 cents/RIN. Prices fell in April as well as news that hardship waivers were being granted to far more […]

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RFA wants Brazil to ensure fair calculations of ethanol GHG emissions

RFA wants Brazil to ensure fair calculations of ethanol GHG emissions

May 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Brazil’s RenovaBio program establishes national annual emissions reduction targets for transportation fuels that will likely require a significant increase in biofuels consumption. Therefore, the program must accurately reflect the carbon intensity for all ethanol pathways, including imports, the Renewable Fuels Association wrote in comments to Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy submitted Sunday. […]

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EPA sends to the White House proposal to block high ethanol blends for non-flex fuel vehicles

EPA sends to the White House proposal to block high ethanol blends for non-flex fuel vehicles

May 21, 2018 |

In Washington, a proposed rule to make ethanol blends above 15% illegal in anything other than flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) is a potential death blow to the ethanol industry according to the Urban Air Initiative. This coincidently comes at a time when auto manufacturers are phasing out FFVs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the […]

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Ethanol industry and Ag Secretary point to ethanol demand destruction

Ethanol industry and Ag Secretary point to ethanol demand destruction

May 21, 2018 |

In Washington, the Chronicle reports the oil industry is pointing to recent figures showing ethanol consumption has not been negatively impacted by the recent flood of hardship waivers granted by the Environmental Protection Agency but the Renewable Fuels Agency argues that impacts to demand will take some time to work its way into the market. […]

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US Grains Council says ethanol exports up 15% on year

US Grains Council says ethanol exports up 15% on year

May 21, 2018 |

In Washington, the US Grains Council says that even months into the 2017/2018 marketing year, the United States has exported nearly one billion gallons of ethanol, up 15 percent year-over-year and an indication of ethanol exports’ support for U.S. grain demand. March ethanol exports exceeded 215 million gallons, the second highest monthly sales on record […]

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