Policy

September 12, 2019

Colorado to evaluate feasibility of LCFS program

BY Erin VoegeleColorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct an LCFS feasibility study. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Biodiesel producer testifies at hearing on clean energy jobs

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, led a hearing Sept. 10 on growing the clean energy economy as chairwoman of the RATE subcommittee. Finkenauer invited Iowan Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa, to testify. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Biodiesel cos., assns. ask Pres. Trump to save small producers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board and 33 members sent a letter to President Trump asking that he save small biodiesel producers harmed by small refinery exemptions to RFS. The letter also highlights additional policy headwinds impacting the industry. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

Court ruling fuels frustration over small refinery exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The court dismissed NBB’s petition because the biofuel industry did not comment on the topic and provide EPA opportunity to address them. The court declined to examine EPA’s flood of small refinery exemptions but left room for future challenges. READ MORE

September 03, 2019

Opinion research shows RFS policy support is key Iowa voter issue

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board New public opinion research shows 78 percent of voters in Iowa support expanding biofuel usage in the U.S. through the federal RFS. In addition, 77 percent said it’s important to them that the president keep his promises on supporting the RFS. READ MORE

August 30, 2019

Court ruling yields mixed results for US biodiesel industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board expressed disappointment in a court ruling that upholds the U.S. EPA’s method for setting biomass-based diesel volumes in the 2017 RFS rules. On the other hand, the court agreed that refiners are not harmed by RIN costs. READ MORE

August 29, 2019

Comment period on proposed 2020-’21 RFS RVOs closes Aug. 30

BY Erin VoegeleThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations under the RFS and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel have just days to do so. The public comment period on the proposed rule closes Aug. 30. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

Representatives urge GAO investigation into EPA’s RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleA dozen members of Congress led by Rep. Abby Finkenauer sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro Aug. 21 urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office to examine the review and approval of SREs under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

RFA: EPA ignored White House recommendation to reallocate SREs

BY The Renewable Fuels Association Documents obtained by the Renewable Fuels Association show that the U.S. EPA ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump administration to redistribute RFS blending obligations lost to small refinery exemptions in the proposed 2020 RVOs. READ MORE