Big Oil Continues Attack on RFS

Joanna Schroeder

Big Oil is continuing its attack on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), with continued efforts to end the mandate. The biofuels industry had been hopeful after the Super Bowl (the Baltimore Ravens won in case you missed it) that fans who saw the ad by Dodge about American’s farmers would help them realize how important these providers of fuel are …

ACE, Ethanol, RFS

Biofuel Industry Responds to RIN Integrity Proposal

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed rules for the 2013 Renewable Fuels Standard yesterday. A portion of the proposal focused on dealing with Renewable Identification Number (RIN) fraud. Last year, several individuals were indicted for committing fraud by selling fake biodiesel RINS. The proposal is open for comment until March 19, 2013 and the industry is just now …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Growth Energy, NBB, RFS

Biodiesel Industry Supportive of 2013 RFS Proposal

Joanna Schroeder

The biodiesel industry is indicating is support today for the proposed rules from the EPA establishing this year’s advanced biofuels requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFs). In response, Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), thanked the EPA and the Obama administration for standing strong behind the advanced biofuels standards. She indicated that …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, NBB, RFS

Growth Energy CEO at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis told attendees at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit this week that the biofuels industry needs to meet the challenges ahead and keep moving forward. “We have our challenges, but we have our opportunities,” Buis said in an interview after his speech, noting that the industry can expect continued attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). …

Audio, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Iowa RFA, RFS

Ametis Takes Advantage of EPA Sorghum Pathway

Joanna Schroeder

California-based Aemetis is taking advantage of the new EPA approved grain sorghum along with biogas and combined heat/power pathway as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard as an advanced biofuel. The company says this ruling creates a “level playing field” for U.S. ethanol producers by providing the same RIN value that is received by Brazilian sugarcane ethanol producers selling biofuel …

advance biofuels, Ethanol, RFS

Advanced Biofuels Gets Court Win

Joanna Schroeder

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the advanced biofuels requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Biodiesel is classified in the RFS as an advanced biofuels, and last year more than 1 billion gallons were produced by U.S. biodiesel producers. In response, the National Biodiesel Board’s Anne Steckel, vice president of federal …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, NBB, RFS

What Cellulosic Biofuel Ruling is Not

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Petroleum Institute hailed today’s circuit court ruling to “vacate the 2012 cellulosic biofuel standard” as a “decision to end mandate for non-existent biofuels.” Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen says it is not. “The mandate for cellulosic ethanol is not ended by this decision by any way shape or form,” said Dinneen, calling API’s characterization “the …

advance biofuels, Audio, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA, RFS

Mixed Messages for Advanced Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

There are some mixed messages coming from the D.C. Circuit today as they ruled to vacate the 2012 cellulosic biofuel standard, yet affirmed the 2012 advanced biofuel standard as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The biofuels industry reacted to the decisions and noted that although the court vacated the cellulosic standard, it also rejected API’s argument that EPA …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Renewable Energy, RFS

Chicken Wing Shortage for Super Bowl?

Joanna Schroeder

Despite the win going to the renewable energy industry for the Renewable Fuel Standard to remain in play with no penalties, the National Chicken Council is still attempting to blame the RFS and biofuels for the reduced number of chicken wings this coming Super Bowl. In response to the rough play, Growth Energy called several penalties: “Roughing the facts” – …

biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, RFS

American Farm Bureau Supports RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Delegates for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) last week voted overwhelmingly to support continuation of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), despite the fact that membership in the organization includes a substantial percentage of livestock producers. “The livestock guys still have concerns about high feed costs, and I’m one of them, I’m a beef producer,” said AFBF president Bob Stallman. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farm Bureau, livestock, livestock feed, RFS