Policy

June 29, 2020

Ernst blocks nomination of deputy EPA administrator over SREs

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced she will block the nomination of Doug Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA until the agency discloses exactly how it plans to deal with gap year SRE petitions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Senators urge EPA to reject 52 ‘gap year’ SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleSenators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reject the 52 gap year SRE petitions recently filed by oil companies. If approved, this would allow refineries with lapsed SREs to establish a continuous chain of exemptions. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

US EPA discloses flood of 52 gap SRE petitions from 2011-’18

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB called on U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to immediately reject the flood of 52 small refinery exemption petitions for compliance years preceding 2019, which would relieve oil companies from RFS obligations, disclosed by EPA June 18. READ MORE

June 16, 2020

Iowa Legislature funds state’s biofuel infrastructure program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Legislature authorized another year of funding June 14 for the cost-share biofuel infrastructure program, a move that ensures access to biofuels will continue to grow throughout Iowa. The program has led to millions in private investment. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

US farm, biofuel leaders demand answers on SRE gap filings

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biofuel and farm advocates called on the U.S. EPA to address a new effort to undermine the RFS. Administration officials are considering retroactive SREs covering years prior to 2019 (gap filings) to circumvent a Jan. 24 court ruling. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

Missouri biofuel entities now eligible for $200,000 grant

BY The Missouri Department of Agriculture The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority partnered with the state biodiesel coalition and corn growers association to provide $2 million to support applicants of the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

Bipartisan group of House members demands Trump deny RFS waivers

BY Ron KotrbaForty-four bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Trump demanding that his administration uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard by denying recent requests to waive the 2020 RFS volumes. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of CAA regulations

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released a proposal June 4 that will require all future significant regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. The Renewable Fuel Standard is among the programs likely to be impacted. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Iowa Legislature extends fuel tax incentive for biodiesel blends

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Originally enacted in 2015, the successful policy has increased the number of retailers carrying biodiesel in Iowa almost threefold, improving availability for consumers while contributing to the state’s economy, including hard-hit farmers. READ MORE

June 02, 2020

NBB asks US EPA for transparency on ‘gap’ SRE petitions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board delivered a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking that he disclose any small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions for RFS compliance years preceding 2019 that the agency received this year. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

US EPA completes RFS anti-backsliding study, proposes no actions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA issued a rulemaking May 29 proposing to determine that no additional appropriate fuel control measures are necessary to mitigate air quality impacts of required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Iowa legislature urged to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association IRFA members are urging legislators to act on key bills. House File 2279 and Senate File 2403 would extend and modernize fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends, which are set to expire June 30. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion

BY Erin VoegeleThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announced this month it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

WDB ‘running like gangbusters,’ implements distancing measures

BY Ron Kotrba“We had to make changes to how we load trucks, and how we deal with drivers and even our own employees,” said Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa. “A lot of changes have been made because of the coronavirus.” READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Biofuel feedstock reimbursement act introduced in US Senate

BY Ron KotrbaLegislation was introduced May 19 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, which would provide assistance to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from the health crisis. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

USDA accepting applications for HBIIP grants through Aug. 13

BY USDA USDA began accepting applications May 15 for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants for activities designed to expand the sale and availability of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. Online applications must be submitted by Aug. 13. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

US Supreme Court denies review of RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Supreme Court announced May 18 that it has denied a petition filed by Valero Energy asking the court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

W2Fuel targets June startup for Michigan, Iowa biodiesel plants

BY Ron Kotrba“It’s frustrating, but we’re doing the best we can,” W2Fuel President and CEO Roy Strom told Biodiesel Magazine, referring to the coronavirus pandemic and how the crisis is affecting the restart of his two biodiesel plants in Michigan and Iowa. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

SCS Global Services approved as verification body for Calif. LCFS

BY SCS Global Services SCS Global Services has been approved by the California Air Resources Board as a verification body for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The company has received approval from CARB to conduct audits remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

HEROES Act would provide COVID-19 relief payments to producers

BY Erin VoegeleA fourth COVID-19 stimulus package, the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act,” was introduced May 12 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill includes dedicated relief for biofuels producers. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

CVR Energy explores making renewable diesel to offset RIN costs

BY Erin VoegeleTexas-based oil refiner CVR Energy announced this month it is considering converting some of its refining units to renewable diesel production as a way to offset costs associated with Renewable Fuel Standard compliance. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

US farm, biofuel leaders petition Congress for COVID-19 relief

BY Fuels America America’s top biofuel and farm advocates, including the National Biodiesel Board and the American Soybean Association, called on legislative leaders to ensure the next round of COVID-19 relief does not overlook U.S. ethanol and biodiesel production. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Senators to Trump: Direct EPA to reject all calls to waive RFS

BY Ron KotrbaA bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators, including Sens. Joni Ernst, Tina Smith, Chuck Grassley and Debbie Stabenow, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the EPA to swiftly reject recent petitions for a general waiver of the 2020 RFS. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

US commerce department maintains duties on Argentine biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board In its final determination of the “changed circumstances review” of AD and CVD orders on imports of Argentine biodiesel, the U.S. commerce department determined that there are no “changed circumstances” that would warrant changes in U.S. duty rates. READ MORE

May 04, 2020

Cost-shared grants to increase access to higher biodiesel blends

BY Ron KotrbaOf the $100 million USDA is making available, $14 million will be available to support infrastructure for biodiesel blends above 5 percent. The grants will match up to 50 percent of eligible costs or $5 million, whichever is lower. READ MORE

May 01, 2020

Biofuels groups send letter to EPA opposing API’s RFS petition

BY Erin VoegeleRFA, ACE, NCGA and NFU sent a letter May 1 to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler opposing the American Petroleum Institute’s April 6 petition that requests the agency reconsider the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard final rule. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

REG discusses Q1 impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group Inc. released first quarter 2020 results April 30. While COVID-19 has had little impact on U.S. diesel demand, the company reported that the pandemic has significantly impacted feedstock markets. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

ARENA seeks input on bioenergy roadmap

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency is seeking input from stakeholders in Australia’s bioenergy sector to underpin the development of the Bioenergy Roadmap. READ MORE

April 29, 2020

Americans for Prosperity urges Trump to waive 2020 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleA coalition of 24 organizations, including Americans for Prosperity, sent a letter to President Trump April 28 urging him to waive Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements for the remainder of the year. READ MORE

April 28, 2020

Bill authorizes $600 million to support biofuel infrastructure

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, announced April 28 the introduction of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020. The bill aims to provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE