Dec 20, 2019
EPA’s final 2020 RFS rule adds more uncertainty to US biofuel policy
Policy News
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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Oct 4, 2019
The White House has announced US President Donald Trump’s plan to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by ensuring that biofuels blending targets are accurately met each year. Under the new agreement, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been directed to properly account for future small refinery exemptions in annual RFS rules. It... [Read More]

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Sep 16, 2019
Five of Canada’s leading national clean fuels associations have called for a national Clean Fuel Strategy to leverage innovation and sustainable resources to secure investment in the production and use of clean fuels. The associations – Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), Canadian Biogas Association (CBA), Canadian Gas Association (CGA), Electric Mobility Canada (EMC)... [Read More]

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Aug 12, 2019
On 9 August, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted 31 of the 38 waiver requestions for small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which could eliminate 1.43 billion gallons of biofuel demand in the US. The EPA under the Trump administration has been criticised by the biofuels industry as exemptions have increased nearly four-fold,... [Read More]

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Aug 9, 2019
Two associations representing corn growers and the soybean industry in the US have addressed an opinion piece to President Donald Trump, urging him to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In an op-ed written by National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Lynn Chrisp and American Soybean Association (ASA) president Davie Stephens, the US President is urged... [Read More]

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Aug 2, 2019
The US could potentially produce enough energy by harnessing waste each year to power the states of Oregon and Washington, according to recent analysis from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers. The findings, published in the journal Nature Energy by UCLA industrial ecologist and energy economist Deepak Rajagopal and urban planning doctoral candidate... [Read More]

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