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

Iowa Groups Support Renewable Fuel Standard

Cindy Zimmerman

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has joined forces with a group of Iowa businesses and organizations to form a coalition supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Representatives of the newly-formed Iowa RFS Coalition sent a letter to President Obama today thanking him for his unwavering support of the RFS and asking him to continue supporting agriculture and renewable fuels throughout …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, RFS

BIO, Fuels America Talk 2013 RFS

John Davis

As the ethanol industry awaits what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release for targets for this year’s Renewable Fuels Standard, members of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Fuels America expressed their support for the green fuel. BIO‘s Executive Vice President, Brent Erickson, said today in a news conference that they are expecting EPA’s release of the 2013 …

BIO, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFS

API Launches Fuels Campaign

Joanna Schroeder

Yesterday the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced a new TV advertising campaign. According to API’s Senior Manager, Cindy Schild, the ad is designed to highlight the importance of the nation’s refining industry. She said a strong energy future for our nation depends in part on our ability to refine and distribute the fuels we need – and that sound decisions …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Oil, Renewable Energy, RFS

AFPM Updates RFS Cellulosic Waiver Petition

Joanna Schroeder

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) kicked off the year with a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate. The organization says the biofuel industry has repeatedly failed to produce the cellulosic biofuel needed to meet the government mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). On January 9, 2012, EPA announced the …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, RFS

API’s Crusade Against Ethanol Continues

Joanna Schroeder

Yesterday the American Petroleum Industry (API) released its annual “State of American Energy” report. The release of the report was part of an event where API President and CEO Jack Gerard gave an energy highlight speech. Following the event, Tom Buis, CEO of ethanol industry organization Growth Energy, said that Gerard’s speech brought nothing new to table. Buis said that …

biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Renewable Energy, RFS