Industry Comments on 2013 RFS Proposed Volumes

Joanna Schroeder

The renewable fuels industry is responding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) notice of proposed rulemaking regarding 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) required volumes. EPA proposes to set ethanol gallons at 14 million but where the real debate has lain is around the requirement for cellulosic gallons. The Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) submitted comments with four key points: 1. …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, Ethanol, RFS

AFPM Attack on RFS, Inaccurate, Typical

Joanna Schroeder

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) held teleconferences last week in an effort to discredit the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During the call, AFPM blamed increased gas prices on renewable fuels, which, says, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, is false. “Manipulating data and spreading misinformation is not the way to educate lawmakers and drive policy decisions. Our energy …

biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, RFS

RFS & E10 Blend Wall White Paper Released

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has released a “white paper” analyzing the federal renewable fuels standard (RFS) and the so-called E10 blend wall. On page two, the white paper highlighted that new fuels are banned from competing with petroleum products unless first approved for use by the federal government. According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), this federal …

biofuels, Ethanol, Iowa RFA, RFS

Renewable Fuels Leaders Refute Oil Industry Claims

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders of Fuels America held a press conference this morning to “preemptively answer misinformation on renewable fuel blends and gasoline prices” in a new report by the American Petroleum Institute. Speaking in defense of the renewable fuels industry were the heads of several industry organizations and companies, including Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis, Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen, Advanced …

advance biofuels, AEC, Audio, biofuels, Cellulosic, E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFA, RFS, RINS

2013 – 100 Year Anniversary for Oil Tax Subsidies

Joanna Schroeder

Did you know that the oldest, continuous tax subsidy for oil companies was enacted by Congress in 1913, making 2013 the 100th year of federal tax subsidies specific to the oil industry? Shouldn’t this event garner a party? The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) thought so and on March 14, 2013 held a …

ACE, Ethanol, Iowa RFA, RFS, Video

Big Oil “Century of Subsidies” Birthday Party in DC

Joanna Schroeder

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is teaming up with the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) during their annual Biofuels Beltway March fly-in in Washington, D.C. to hold a celebration for Big Oil. Monte Shaw, executive director of IRFA, said they decided it would be a great time to hold a birthday party to celebrate the oldest, continuous oil subsidy, …

ACE, Audio, biofuels, Iowa RFA, Oil, RFS

Ethanol – The Biggest Rural Success Story

Joanna Schroeder

According to Robert White, the Market Development Director for the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol is the biggest rural success story for American farmers in the past decade. White discussed with Jamie Johansen how ethanol has been a boon for farmers during the 2013 Commodity Classic held last week in Kissimmee, Florida. Most farmers, says White, understand what impact ethanol has …

Audio, biofuels, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, RFA, RFS

D.C. Fly-in Just Around the Corner

Joanna Schroeder

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is gearing up to meet with nearly 100 of our country’s legislators during its annual Biofuels Beltway Fly-in being held in Washington, D.C. March 13-14, 2013. To date, ACE has requested meetings with 100 Senate offices and key House members. As ACE Executive Director Brian Jennings noted to DF early this month, a signification …

ACE, biofuels, Biofuels Beltway, E15, Ethanol, RFS

EcoEngineers Offers Help with RIN & RFS Compliance

John Davis

Navigating the regulatory compliance path of the Renewable Fuels Standard and the associated Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) can be a daunting task for ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuel producers. During the recent Iowa Renewable Fuels Associaton’s conference, Joanna caught up with Jim Ramm (pictured in the middle of the group) with EcoEngineers, a Des Moines-based firm that offers technical …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Iowa RFA, RFS