Biodiesel Producers, Farmers Take to The Hill

John Davis

Biodiesel producers and farmers who raise the feedstocks for the biodiesel industry took to Capitol Hill this week, joining a group of U.S. Senate Democrats in their calls to end policy uncertainty that is hurting their industry. “The uncertainty caused by these policy setbacks in Washington, with this proposed retreat on biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and …

Audio, Biodiesel, EPA, Government, REG, RFS, Soybeans

Senate Dems Against Obama on Biodiesel Proposal

John Davis

Normally, they would be considered pretty staunch allies of President Obama. But a group of Democratic U.S. Senators have taken the Administration to task for its handling of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to drastically reduce the amount of biodiesel required to be blended into the Nation’s fuel supply. “The EPA’s preliminary November rule will be disastrous,” said Illinois Senator …

Audio, Biodiesel, EPA, Government, Legislation, RFS

EPA Chief Explains RFS Proposal

Cindy Zimmerman

The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency explained her agency’s proposal to lower the volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting meeting in Washington DC this week. “Let me begin by reiterating that this administration sees renewable fuels as a big part of our way to adapt to climate change,” …

Audio, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFS

Biofuel Groups Welcome Court’s RFS Decision

Joanna Schroeder

Biofuel groups are happy today with the decision handed down by the District of Columbia Circuit Court rejecting a petition filed by Monroe Energy, LLC that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). Several biofuel organizations intervened in the case including the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. After EPA reduced the …

BIO, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Growth Energy, RFA, RFS

DF Cast: Fuels America Fights Back with “Oil Rigged”

John Davis

Backers of renewable fuels say when it comes to the fight against Big Oil, the fight is rigged… oil rigged. Recently, Fuels America held a pair of news conferences. The first was to announce the launch of its “Oil Rigged” television and digital ad campaign and, designed to “expose the many ways the oil industry is rigging the system …

Audio, BIO, Biodiesel, biofuels, corn, Domestic Fuel Cast, E15, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Fuels America, Growth Energy, Oil, RFA, RFS

Biodiesel/Hybrid Car Achieves 100 MPG Equivalency

John Davis

Florida students have put together a biodiesel and battery powered hybrid that gets the equivalent of a gas-powered car getting 100 miles to the gallon. This story from NPR station WFSU says the Embry-Riddle University students designed the car as part of the EcoCAR 2 challenge, a program sponsored by GM and the U.S. Department of Energy that has university …

Biodiesel, EPA, Government

EPA Chief Discusses RFS With Ag Journalists

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke to the North American Agricultural Journalists meeting in Washington DC on Monday and expressed confidence that the final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will be different than the proposed rule that reduces volume requirements for biofuels in 2014. According to Agri-Pulse McCarthy said EPA is in the process of reviewing more …

EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

ASA Concerned over Argentine Biodiesel for RFS

John Davis

While Argentine biodiesel is having a hard time getting into Europe, its prospects to make it into the U.S. could be boosted. And that is worrying soybean growers in this country. This story from Agri-View says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering whether it should allow Argentine biodiesel to be eligible under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The potential …

Biodiesel, EPA, Government, International, RFS

EPA Approves Summer Gasoline RVP Requests

Joanna Schroeder

As reported by Platts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Florida’s and North Carolina’s requests to allow certain counties to continue using 9 RVP gasoline through the summer season (or known as the traditional VOC reduction season). As it relates to ethanol, this allows these counties to blend E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) throughout the summer. Last …

EPA, Ethanol

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