Policy

July 28, 2015

NBB to EPA: 2017 biodiesel standard should be 2.7 billion gallons

BY The National Biodiesel Board On July 27 the National Biodiesel Board called on the U.S. EPA to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under RFS. In extensive comments submitted to the agency on the pending RFS rule, NBB cited compelling benefits of increased production. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Senate committee passes 2-year biodiesel tax credit extension

BY Ron Kotrba and Erin Voegele The Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package that includes a two-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The committee also accepted an amendment that changes the incentive from a blenders credit to a production credit. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Bipartisan group of 36 US senators calls for biodiesel growth

BY The National Biodiesel Board Thirty-six U.S. senators from across the United States urged the Obama administration July 20 to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending RFS proposal from the EPA. A letter was signed by senators on both sides of the aisle from 24 states. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopts ILUC biofuel rules

BY Erin Voegele The Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union has officially adopted the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The directive was accepted by the European Parliament in late April. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Germany's obligation to reduce GHGs drives competition

BY UFOP With biofuels possessing an average GHG reduction of 60 percent compared to fossil fuels, the competition for the highest GHG efficiency is starting, confirmed the first quarterly report by the German Federal Office for Food and Agriculture. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

The US should take a page out of Australia's book

BY Ron KotrbaAustralia's long-term approach to phasing in biodiesel excise tax should teach the U.S. government a thing or two about the imperativeness of policy certainty for biodiesel growth READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Major changes to USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program in new rule

BY Erin Voegele The program is now open to renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturers. Also, the requirement that the majority of the biorefinery production must be an advanced biofuel to be eligible has been removed, in addition to more changes. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Biodiesel supporters to press EPA on renewable fuel standard

BY The National Biodiesel Board Two dozen biodiesel representatives are slated to testify at an EPA hearing June 25 on the agency's latest proposal establishing volumes under the RFS. They plan to thank EPA for increasing volumes in the proposal while calling for further growth. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

EPA management of RFS program scrutinized at US Senate hearing

BY Anna Simet U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 Senate hearing held to discuss the agency's management of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE