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Jan 17, 2020
USDA seeks public input on new ethanol, biodiesel infrastructure incentive programme
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Jan 14, 2020
A broad coalition of vehicle manufacturers and alternative fuel producers has called for consistency in defining alternative fuels that will drive the energy transition towards Europe’s Green Deal. In a new declaration, the coalition has called on the European Commission to take a technology-neutral approach in its upcoming review of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure... [Read More]

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Jan 14, 2020
According to a statement from Representative Cindy Axne, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has accepted a request to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) misuse of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The request was made in a letter sent to the GAO in August 2019 by bipartisan members of the House Biofuels... [Read More]

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Jan 13, 2020
Alaska Airlines has been commended for including sustainable aviation fuels on an opt-in basis in Washington State’s proposed Clean Fuels Programme in the US. Welcoming the news, the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Producer Group, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) said: “Alaska Airlines’ support of Washington’s... [Read More]

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Jan 10, 2020
The Midwestern Clean Fuels Initiative, supported by the Great Plains Institute, has released a new report detailing how a successful clean fuels policy should be developed for the US Midwest. The whitepaper, titled ‘A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest’, recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that encourages a fair and competitive marketplace that benefits... [Read More]

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Dec 20, 2019
The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which fails to uphold President Trump’s promised biofuel deal, according to American biofuel trade associations. In addition to setting final RVOs, the EPA finalised supplemental rulemaking that addresses how the agency will handle... [Read More]

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Nov 26, 2019
In the US, the Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, and Lieutenant Governor Penny Flanagan, have announced appointments to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels. Walz recently established the biofuels council by Executive Order 19-35 to recommend proposals to foster growth in the biofuels industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “It is my honour to appoint leaders... [Read More]

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Nov 22, 2019
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has teamed up with the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) to drive adoption of low carbon fuel policies in the US. Under the new joint initiative, both organisations will work to advance policies that support green energy solutions to decarbonise transportation, a sector that currently leads all others in terms of greenhouse... [Read More]

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Nov 15, 2019
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a federal programme in the US that mandates the incorporation of renewable fuels into the nation’s transportation fuel supply. Each year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues RFS rulemakings with volume requirements for certain renewable fuel categories and sets those volumes through annual renewable volume obligations... [Read More]

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Nov 12, 2019
US President Donald Trump has formally nominated Dan Brouillette to serve as the next US Secretary of Energy. Brouillette, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Energy, would replace Rick Perry if confirmed by the US Senate. “It has been the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as Secretary of Energy,” commented Perry. “I have the utmost confidence the Department... [Read More]

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Nov 7, 2019
A coalition of biofuel and farm advocates has called on US President Donald Trump to fix a flawed proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that “fails in its mission to reinvigorate farm economies and reopen biofuel plants across America’s heartland.” The letter, which was signed by 60 organisation – including the Renewable Fuels Association,... [Read More]

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Oct 28, 2019
On 9 August 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had granted 31 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) for the 2018 compliance year, or four fewer than were approved for the 2017 compliance year. As of October 2019, two SRE applications were pending. The SRE waivers effectively reduced the amount of biofuel required... [Read More]

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Oct 24, 2019
A coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organisations in the US has filed a petition with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted certain small refineries from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) exemptions for 2018. In contrast to previous years, the EPA’s... [Read More]

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Oct 8, 2019
At the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, airlines have welcomed support for the aviation industry’s sustainability programmes. The issue of the environment was top of the agenda during the week-long meeting of governments and industry stakeholders in Montreal, Canada. During the event, ICAO member states agreed to address the possibility... [Read More]

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Oct 7, 2019
Following a number of ethanol plant shut downs in the US states of Minnesota and Iowa, US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA) have urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to document the impact of small refinery waivers on farm income, commodity prices and renewable fuel usage. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Klobuchar... [Read More]


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