Policy

April 21, 2015

Minnesota B10 lawsuit: Big Oil's new, old angle

BY Ron KotrbaA new lawsuit in an old Big Oil agenda seeks an end to Minnesota's B10 biodiesel mandate; the latest tactic in a long history of opposition to change and market share erosion READ MORE

April 15, 2015

European biofuels cap 1 step closer to parliamentary approval

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba On April 14, the environment committee of the European Parliament voted to endorse a deal struck earlier this year that aims to cap the use of first-generation biofuels at 7 percent. Germany's UFOP and other EU organizations provide their take. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

EPA to finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS rules by November

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, will be finalized by Nov. 30. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

The renewable fuel, RIN 'custody' debacle

BY Ron KotrbaWith the addition of the word custody in a proposed EPA amendment to the sulfur rule, confusion abounds as concerned parties speculate the number of required RFS registrants could double or triple as a result READ MORE

March 31, 2015

The LCFS re-adoption and its possible repercussions

BY John Sens Due to legal actions that were concluded in 2013, California Air Resources Board is re-adopting the regulation to address the court's ruling. CARB took this opportunity as a chance to update the regulations and to implement program improvements. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

Biodiesel industry seeks to reverse Argentina import decision

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a petition filed March with U.S. EPA, the National Biodiesel Board cited the lack of public comment on the agency's decision and little transparency regarding the plans Argentinian producers can use to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

WRE to pay $3M settlement for generating 7.2M invalid RINs

BY U.S. EPA The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy LLC that resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

Gov. Brown removes sunset date from Oregon's clean fuels standard

BY Erin Voegele Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed SB 324 into law. The bill removes the Dec. 31, 2015, sunset date from the state's clean fuels program. By signing SB 324, Brown has allowed the program to be implemented past the end of this year. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Iowa road funding bill passes with reduced tax rate for B11

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Legislature created a 3-cent per gallon differential tax rate for B11 and higher biodiesel blends in the road funding legislation passed Feb. 24. This provision is expected to boost the availability and sales of cleaner-burning biodiesel. READ MORE