Policy

May 16, 2018

Opinion: Whirlwind of Uncertainty in Washington Damaging, but Not New

BY Donnell Rehagan In a column from the Spring 2018 Edition of Biodiesel Magazine, NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen discusses how the three-legged policy stool biodiesel stands on—the RFS, trade and tax—has seen real challenges and successes since the calendar last turned over. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

US EPA delivers proposed 2019 RFS volumes to White House OMB

BY Erin VoegeleOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

RIN cap declared dead, export scheme resurfaces at RFS meeting

BY Ron KotrbaThe latest in a series of politicized, high-level meetings on RFS took place at the White House where Ted Cruz's scheme to cap prices on RINs has finally fallen flat, but talk of exported gallons qualifying for domestic obligations resurfaced. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Iowa legislature renews biofuels infrastructure program funding

BY Ron KotrbaIowa's legislature voted to fund the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program another year. Senate File 2414, which includes $3 million for RFIP out of the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund for 2019, is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

ABFA challenges EPA's RFS small refinery exemptions in court

BY Erin Voegele The Advanced Biofuels Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA's process for granting exemptions from compliance under RFS to small refineries. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Biofuels key to success of Canada's emerging Clean Fuel Standard

BY RICanada and Advanced Biofuels Canada A new study demonstrates that biofuels could be responsible for as much as 21.3 megatons per year of greenhouse gas emission reductions by 2030, approximately 70 percent of the 30-megaton target set by the Canadian government's Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

Pruitt grilled on Capitol Hill while Cruz 'sideshow' held on lawn

BY Ron KotrbaThe debate in Washington, D.C., over RFS was in full force April 26 as U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was grilled at a House committee hearing on his issuance of waivers while Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with refinery and steel workers on the lawn. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

RFS architects Dorgan, Talent call on Congress to do more

BY The National Biodiesel Board On April 25, former Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, and Jim Talent, R-Missouri, who played key roles in developing the RFS, called for Congress to investigate the EPA's recent waivers to major refiners and failure to follow the law. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Calif. man to serve 51 months in prison for renewable fuel fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Jacob Cha of California was sentenced to more than four years in prison for his part in the Gen-X Energy Group conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government in a RIN and tax credit scheme. After his prison term, Cha will be on court-supervised release. READ MORE

April 20, 2018

New FSMA compliance program launched for biodiesel producers

BY Ron KotrbaA new food safety program has been developed by the Iowa Biodiesel Board to help biodiesel producers comply with the U.S. government’s Food Safety Modernization Act, deadlines for which are quickly approaching. The cost range is $3,000 to $6,000. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

NBB submits FOIA request to ensure RFS transparency

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request to shed light on small refiner exemptions requested and issued under the Renewable Fuel Standard, as RFS transparency and certainty are key to biodiesel's competitiveness. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

Reports say EPA to push Trump to destroy RFS at April 9 meeting

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, reports are circulating that EPA's Scott Pruitt will use the April 9 meeting with Trump to once again push Sen. Ted Cruz's disastrous RIN waiver scheme that would destroy demand for biofuels. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

Court approves PES bankruptcy settlement

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 4, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the U.S. EPA's proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions that allows the bankrupt refiner to waive a significant portion of its obligations under the RFS. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Futures plunge as China retaliates with tariffs on US soybeans

BY Ron KotrbaThe escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is taking its toll on America's soybean farmers, as soybean futures dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel April 4 following China's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Refineries given RFS waivers is 'outrageous abuse of the statute'

BY The Renewable Fuels Association RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen had much to say about the April 3 Reuters report that the U.S. EPA has exempted several refineries owned by Andeavor, one of the U.S.'s largest oil refining companies, from compliance with RFS obligations. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Last hurdle cleared in US biodiesel trade case as ITC votes 4-0

BY The National Biodiesel Board On April 3 the U.S. International Trade Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition's position that the industry has suffered because of unfairly dumped imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

DOJ must maintain integrity of RFS, reject PES settlement

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board called on the justice department to reconsider its proposed settlement allowing PES Holdings to escape the vast majority of its 2016-'17 RFS obligations, as it would harm the biofuels industries and undermine the program. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

No renewal of biodiesel tax credit in omnibus spending bill

BY The National Biodiesel Board Congress is expected to pass an omnibus spending bill March 22 to fund the U.S. government, which does not include a reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit. In February, Congress passed a retroactive extension of the incentive for 2017 only. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

Scientists say California can get tougher on clean fuels

BY The Union of Concerned Scientists California can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher target for its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new analysis. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

10-day comment period on PES settlement agreement closes March 26

BY Ron KotrbaThe 10-day comment period opened after publication in the Federal Register on the proposed consent decree and environmental settlement agreement lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the PES bankruptcy case. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biodiesel industry makes strong case for tax credit to Congress

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board member company AGP testified before a tax-writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives March 14 in support of the biodiesel tax incentive. Read the strong case AGP made for reinstating the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Biodiesel producer to testify at tax extenders hearing March 14

BY Ron KotrbaA ways and means tax policy subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing March 14 to discuss the importance of various tax extenders such as the biodiesel tax credit that were not addressed in the tax reform package. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

Oil industry study shows plan to undermine RFS

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa's renewable fuel groups held a press conference March 9 to discuss a just-revealed oil industry study that shows a RIN price cap would decimate current demand for biofuels. Another RFS meeting at the White House is expected to be held March 12. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

Bill aims to dismantle RFS, limit biofuel blending

BY Erin Voegele On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, and Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional and advanced biofuels, including biodiesel. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

Cap on ethanol RINs would reduce biodiesel market significantly

BY The National Biodiesel Board A new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services found that capping the price of conventional biofuels' RINs will significantly harm the production of biodiesel and related industries. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Biofuel producers ask Trump to defend RFS as oil workers storm DC

BY Ron KotrbaAs 30 workers from more than a dozen independent oil refineries converged on Capitol Hill this week to discuss RFS reform with lawmakers, managers from 150 biofuel plants across the U.S. sent a letter to President Trump urging him to stand strong. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

California biofuel event showcases dynamics of evolving industry

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance The California Advanced Biofuels Conference was held March 1 in Sacramento. The one-day event focused on various regulations and legislation in the Golden State, including AB 1745, which some are calling a ban on internal combustion engines. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Brazil implements B10 mandate a year ahead of schedule

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil's nationwide biodiesel mandate has increased from 8 to 10 percent on March 1, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The National Energy Policy Council approved the increase in December, one year ahead of schedule. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

Biodiesel’s role in RFS not at issue in White House discussions

BY Ron KotrbaOn March 1, a second meeting was held at the White House to discuss possible reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard with stakeholders, legislators and administrators. REG's CEO Randy Howard said no one in the room had an issue with biodiesel. READ MORE