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NASA signs aviation biofuels agreement with Germany and Canada

In Washington, NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set […]

April 15, 2014 More

RFA criticizes California Air Resources Board’s draft ILUC analysis

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association has submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board pertinent to CARB’s draft indirect land use change analysis. Said Geoff Cooper, RFA’s senior vice president, “… the results of CARB’s draft analysis are in conflict with the results of recent independent ILUC studies. As described in a recent letter to CARB […]

April 14, 2014 More

WorldWatch says biofuel production fell globally in 2012

In Washington, WolrdWatch Institute says that in 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011. Global ethanol production declined slightly for the second year in a row, to 83.1 billion liters, while biodiesel output rose fractionally, from 22.4 billion […]

April 10, 2014 More

ACE says blend wall media reports are incomplete and misleading

In Washington, Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol has called media reports that the “blend wall” cost refiners approximately $1.35 billion last year “incomplete and misleading.” A recent Reuters article said that was the amount nine companies paid for renewable identification number (RINs), which are credits refiners provide to EPA […]

April 8, 2014 More

Senate committee approves tax break extension but seeks permanence

In Washington, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the extensions to biofuel tax credits, but the committee’s chairman has said that the industry must make its case to Congress in order to secure permanent tax credits because he won’t let his committee approve any more temporary extensions.

April 3, 2014 More

BIO urges EPA to speed up renewable fuel pathways process

In Washington, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement it will halt new petitions for renewable fuel pathways for approximately six months, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) urged the agency to speed up rather than slow down the Petition Process for New Renewable Fuel Pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA first […]

April 2, 2014 More

Senate Finance Committee to look at extending biofuel tax breaks

In Washington, the Senate’s finance committee will take a look at the cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel tax breaks on Thursday as part of the “tax extenders package”. The 50% depreciation tax reduction on cellulosic biofuels would be reinstated and extended while the $1.01 per gallon production tax credit would be retroacted and extended through 2015.

April 2, 2014 More

USDA doesn’t expect to use feedstock flexibility program before June

In Washington, the USDA currently has no plans to invoke the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the third quarter of fiscal 2014 that ends in June. The country currently has a 13.6% stocks-to-use ratio and prices are above support values, so the USDA isn’t currently expecting sugar producers to default on their CCC loans.

April 1, 2014 More

FTC proposing changes to labeling requirements for higher than E10

In Washington, Federal Trade Commission is proposing changes to its Fuel Rating Rule, which determines the fuel rating that appears on fuel pump labels, how octane levels are calculated, and helps to inform consumers about proper fuel for their vehicles. The FTC is now proposing to revise rating, certification and labeling requirements for blends of […]

March 27, 2014 More

Uncertainty over biofuels tax credit extension in upcoming markup

In Washington, Finance Chairman Ron Wyden hopes to put forward a markup on Wednesday that would extend tax breaks for renewable energy, potentially for two years, but it was unclear what would happen with the tax breaks related to biofuels. The biofuels industry as well as a dozen democratic Senators have seen the chairman letters […]

March 27, 2014 More