IRFA: Strong Plantings Report Calls for Strong RFS

John Davis

Expected big plantings of corn and soybeans underscore the need for a strong Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). New estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show a possible record amount of soybeans expected to be planted this year and the fifth largest corn acreage to be planted as well. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) says these factors show …

Biodiesel, biofuels, corn, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, feedstocks, Government, Iowa RFA, RFS, Soybeans, USDA

EPA’s Feeling About RFS? Depends Who’s Asking

John Davis

How does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) feel about its proposal to cut the amount of ethanol and biodiesel to be blended into the Nation’s fuel supply? Well, that depends on who the folks at the agency are talking to. Speaking before the House Appropriations Committee last week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy seemed to backtrack on last January’s statements before …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFS

BIO Calls on EPA to Approve New Biofuel Pathways

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will halt new petitions for renewable fuel pathways for six months or so. In response, 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). The petition process was established in March of 2010 …

advance biofuels, BIO, Cellulosic, EPA, RFS

DF Cast: Lawmakers Listening to Ethanol Advocates

John Davis

Ethanol backers got their voices heard during the recent American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Biofuels Beltway March in Washington, D.C. And at least some lawmakers were listening. In this edition of the Domestic Fuel Cast, we talk to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who met with ACE and its supporters and all …

ACE, Audio, Biodiesel, Domestic Fuel Cast, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, farm bill, food and fuel, Government, Legislation

Biofuel Organizations Call for Tax Credits Extensions

John Davis

Leaders from several biofuel trade organizations are calling for the extension of some federal advanced biofuel tax credits. The Advanced Ethanol Council, Advanced Biofuels Association, Algae Biomass Organization, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, and Renewable Fuels Association have sent a letter to the Senate calling for the restoration of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the …

ABO, AEC, BIO, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Government, Growth Energy, Legislation, NBB, RFA, RFS

Stop Protecting Big Oil’s Bottom Line

Joanna Schroeder

A new TV advertising campaign is being launched in Washington, D.C. this Sunday by Americans United for Change calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop supporting Big Oil’s bottom line. The EPA is currently reviewing comments of their 2014 proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The goal of the TV ad is to underscore the consequences …

biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Oil, RFS, Video

EPA “Add-Up” for RFS & Biodiesel Tax Credit

John Davis

The government’s proposed change in how to figure biodiesel and ethanol use for purposes of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) could end up being a boost for the green fuels. This analysis from the University of Illinois looks at how the EPA’s method of “adding-up” the market potential for E10 and E85 ethanol, biodiesel and other non-ethanol fuels changes how …

Biodiesel, EPA, Ethanol, Government

Iowa AG: EPA Proposal on Ethanol Violates Law

John Davis

The proposed lowering of the amount of ethanol to be blended into the country’s fuel supply raises the possibility the U.S. government could face a lawsuit for breaking the law. In this article from Ethanol Producer Magazine, comments from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller indicates the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) to lower the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for ethanol violate …

EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News

EPA Biodiesel Proposal, Tax Credit Priorities for ASA

John Davis

Soybean growers attending the recent Commodity Classic see the government’s proposal to cut biodiesel and the expiration of the federal biodiesel tax credit as their top priorities to take on this year. At a news conference at the annual meeting of corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers in San Antonio, American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Danny Murphy, a grower from …

Audio, Biodiesel, Commodity Classic, EPA, Soybeans

EPA Releases Tier 3 Emission Standards

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standard Program rules. The purpose of the program is to reduce impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. In addition to lower the gasoline sulfur standard, the program is supposed to reduce both tailpipe and evaporative emissions from passenger cars, light-duty truck, medium-duty …

automotive, Car Makers, EPA, Ethanol