Policy

December 14, 2017

Canada releases Clean Fuel Standard framework

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Markets, PolicyEnvironment and Climate Change Canada released the preliminary Clean Fuel Standard regulatory framework Dec. 13, according to a press release from non-profit Renewable Industries Canada. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

EPA sets 2018 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.96

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, which was set at $2.00 in December 2016. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

Growth Energy issues statement on CAFE, GHG standards hearing

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has released a statement regarding the Dec. 13 joint subcommittee hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Environment and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on CAFE and GHG emissions standards. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

EPA approves several efficient producer pathways

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has approved efficient producer pathways from several U.S. ethanol plants. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

FTC issues annual report on concentration of the ethanol market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe Federal Trade Commission has released its 2017 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration, finding that concentration is substantially unchanged from a year ago. The report also notes that ethanol capacity increased for the fourth consecutive year. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

UK ethanol producer shuts down due to E10 delay

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyVivergo Fuels has shut down its U.K.-based ethanol plant in response to legislative uncertainty. The company cited falling ethanol prices and a constrained ethanol market resulting from government inaction as contributing to its decision. READ MORE

December 08, 2017

California’s LCFS: Unlocking value in low-carbon liquid fuels

BY Propel Fuels Found In:Business, PolicyPropel Fuels recently announced new research has shown that low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon reduction goals under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

Pruitt discusses administration of RFS program during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Dec. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce to provide testimony on the mission of the EPA. The Renewable Fuel Standard was among the topics discussed during the hearing. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

EPA approves fuel pathway for Homeland Energy Solutions

BY Tim Albrecht Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA approved an efficient producer petition by Homeland Energy Solutions LLC for a fuel pathway at its production facility in Lawler, Iowa. The facility achieves a 26.1 percent GHG reduction when compared to baseline gasoline. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Barrasso asks EPA to meet statutory RFS reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, is asking the U.S. EPA to complete studies assessing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard on air, water and land quality. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

EPA issues documents discussing periodic reviews of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Nov. 30, the U.S. EPA published documents describing its interpretation of statutory requirements to conduct periodic reviews of certain aspects of the Renewable Fuel Standard and prior actions the agency has taken to fulfill its obligations. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

Renewable Industries Canada unveils ‘Facts Don’t Lie’ ad campaign

BY Renewable Industries Canada Found In:Business, PolicyRenewable Industries Canada has launched a public awareness campaign on the environmental and economic benefits of biofuels mandates. Dubbed "Facts Don’t Lie," the campaign is designed to educate the public on the benefits of biofuels. READ MORE

December 04, 2017

Abbott asks EPA to waive portion of RFS RVO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Dec. 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting a waiver of Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements, claiming the program is negatively impacting the state’s economy and employment. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

EPA: 19.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for October, announcing that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 19.23 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

USGC finds new buyer of US DDGS in Ecuador

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyEcuador’s imports of U.S. DDGS increased 296 percent year-over-year to 22,200 metric tons in 2016/2017, the direct result of the U.S. Grains Council’s work to introduce the feed grains coproduct to the nation’s livestock sector. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Ontario proposes increased blend mandate

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOntario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has released a proposal to update the province’s Ethanol in Gasoline Regulation, increasing the blending mandate from 5 to 10 percent by 2020. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

USGC, NCGA reiterate support for trade in South Korea, Mexico

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyLeaders of the U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association recently traveled to South Korea and Mexico to engage with customers and officials during a period of policy uncertainty in the U.S. corn industry’s No. 1 and No. 3 markets. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Hunter Valley biofuel facility to advance ethanol production

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking advanced biofuel technology. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

EPA finalizes 2018 RFS RVOs, 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has finalized the 2018 RFS RVO at 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuel, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, and 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

USGC: US DDGS exports to Vietnam resume

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyShipping containers containing 7,850 metric tons of U.S. DDGS arrived into the Port of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, between Oct. 25 and Nov. 10. The shipments were among the first orders filled since the country lifted its suspension of DDGS imports. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

USGC: Chinese, US delegations discuss fuel ethanol during forum

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyDelegates from U.S. and Chinese government agencies, biofuels companies and research institutes discussed fuel ethanol production, use and policy during the recent Sino-U.S. Advanced Biofuels Forum in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

European Parliament sets stage for a battle over biofuels

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe report adopted Nov. 28 by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee sets the stage for a real clash with EU Member States over how to decarbonize transport, according to ePURE. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

EPA maintains RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Nov. 22, the U.S. EPA denied several petitions requesting the agency initiate rulemaking to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Members of the biofuels industry have spoken out in support of the agency's action. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

In Depth: Injury Inventory

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Insurance claim data show certain incidents occur more often than others in the ethanol industry. Policies, culture and rapid emergency response can help prevent serious injuries. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

USGC, USDA explore future of ethanol exports to India

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Operations, Markets, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council recently participated in a USDA agricultural trade mission to India, led by new Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

GRFA: IEA World Outlook confirms need for biofuels

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:PolicyBliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently responded to the IEA's latest World Energy Outlook by highlighting the clear need for the increased blending of biofuels in transport fuels. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

House letter to EPA demonstrates support for biofuels

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy applauds Reps. Donald M. Payne, Jr., D-N.J., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and 16 of their House colleagues for calling on U.S. EPA to increase the blending targets for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel in the final 2018 RVOs. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

Opinion: Brazil to Launch Ambitious Biofuels Program

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: RenovaBio will help Brazil meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. READ MORE