Category: Policy

Twin bills in Senate and House seek to bring back year-round E15 after Supreme Court ruling

Twin bills in Senate and House seek to bring back year-round E15 after Supreme Court ruling

July 14, 2021 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after reintroducing the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The bill would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent. It would increase market access and continue to […]

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Brazil raises biodiesel blending mandate to 12%

Brazil raises biodiesel blending mandate to 12%

July 13, 2021 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that contrary to expectations of 13%, the government has boosted the biodiesel blending mandate to 12% from the temporary cut to 10% forced by skyrocketing prices earlier this year. High soybean prices globally forced the ANP fuels agency to halt its regular biodiesel auction in late June due to high biodiesel […]

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Oslo bus company goes back to fossil fuels after hefty tax bill levied on biofuels

Oslo bus company goes back to fossil fuels after hefty tax bill levied on biofuels

July 12, 2021 |

In Norway, the Aftenposten newspaper reports Oslo bus company Ruter has decided that more bus routes must change from renewable biodiesel to ordinary diesel, according to an internal memo seen by Aftenposten, to avoid an extra tax bill of up to $86.4 million. Last year, the Norwegian government added a tax to liquid biofuels when […]

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British Columbia is first Canadian province to release hydrogen strategy

British Columbia is first Canadian province to release hydrogen strategy

July 11, 2021 |

In Canada, the Government of British Columbia released its hydrogen strategy – a blueprint for how renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will support its climate goals and create new jobs in B.C.’s growing clean-tech sector. B.C. is the first province in Canada to release a comprehensive hydrogen strategy. Part of CleanBC, the B.C. Hydrogen Strategy includes […]

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US Representatives submit The Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act for consideration

US Representatives submit The Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act for consideration

July 8, 2021 |

In Washington, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the use of low-carbon renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a new tax incentive for fuel with higher blends of ethanol. The Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act, which was introduced in the House with Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03), would create […]

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FAO and OECD report see Indonesia’s B30 driving biodiesel demand growth

FAO and OECD report see Indonesia’s B30 driving biodiesel demand growth

July 7, 2021 |

In Indonesia, Platts reports the FAO and OECD’s most recent joint Agricultural Outlook 2021-2030 report says the agencies believe Indonesia will drive palm oil use as biodiesel feedstock throughout the rest of the decade because of its B30 blending mandate. The report attributes 2/3 of the 7% anticipated increase in biodiesel consumption through 2030 to […]

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India to release flex-fuel guidelines for auto manufacturers by October

India to release flex-fuel guidelines for auto manufacturers by October

July 6, 2021 |

In India, the IANS news agency reports that the government is likely to issue guidelines for auto manufacturers by October regarding the production of flex-fuel vehicles. The move aims to drive further ethanol consumption as the government quickly shifts to 20% ethanol blending by 2023. Currently only two-wheeled vehicles are manufactured domestically that can run […]

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Reps Feenstra and Craig introduce bill to clear up SRE extensions

Reps Feenstra and Craig introduce bill to clear up SRE extensions

July 5, 2021 |

In Washington, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) joined Rep. Angie Craig (MN-02) to introduce the Small Refinery Exemption Clarification Act of 2021. This bipartisan proposal clarifies the definition of “extension” in response to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that favored oil refineries over biofuel producers. The court’s decision would continue to allow refineries to petition for […]

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D.C. court reverses EPA rule on year-round E15

D.C. court reverses EPA rule on year-round E15

July 3, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2019 rule by the Environmental Protection Agency that lifted restrictions on the sale of a fifteen percent ethanol fuel blend (E15). The 2019 rule allowed the sale of E15 fuels year-round, but oil refiners challenged the rule and the D.C. court decision supports the […]

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Sen. Klobuchar introduces three bipartisan bills to boost biofuels

Sen. Klobuchar introduces three bipartisan bills to boost biofuels

July 1, 2021 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced the introduction of a new package of bipartisan bills to expand the availability of low-carbon renewable fuels, incentivize the use of higher blends of biofuels, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Co-led by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Expansion Act would expand […]

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