Policy

February 25, 2021

Ethanol, biomass-based diesel RIN prices approach all-time highs

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration The prices of RIN credits—the compliance mechanisms used for the RFS program administered by the U.S. EPA—have been steadily rising in recent months and are approaching their highest nominal levels in the history of the program. READ MORE

February 23, 2021

Refiners file brief in Supreme Court SRE case

BY Erin VoegeleAffiliates of HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining on Feb. 22 filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing their position against the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

February 23, 2021

NBB applauds Senate confirmation of Vilsack

BY Erin VoegeleTom Vilsack is once again leading the USDA. The Senate on Feb. 23 voted 92 to seven to confirm him as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack, a former two-term governor of Iowa, served as ag secretary during all eight years of the Obama administration. READ MORE

February 22, 2021

EPA changes position, supports Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Feb. 22 announced it now supports the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal’s January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). Representatives of the U.S. biofuels industry are applauding the agency’s new position. READ MORE

February 22, 2021

USDA predicts growth in biodiesel, renewable diesel and SAF

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA predicts that 8.6 billion pounds of soybean oil will go to biodiesel production annually by 2030, up from 8.15 billion pounds in 2021-'22, according to data released by the agency as part of its long-term agricultural projections. READ MORE

February 19, 2021

Biofuel groups urge EPA to deny RFS waiver requests

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the U.S. biofuels industry are urging the U.S. EPA to deny several petitions that have been filed with the agency seeking waivers of 2019 and 2020 RFS blending obligations, calling them unnecessary, illegal and unjustified. READ MORE

February 19, 2021

Johnson, Craig introduce RFS Integrity Act

BY Erin VoegeleReps. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on Feb. 19 reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, which aims to ensure transparency and predictability in the U.S. EPA’s administration of the SRE process. READ MORE

February 18, 2021

Illinois proposes to phase out biodiesel sales tax exemption

BY Erin VoegeleIllinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Feb. 17 proposed to accelerate the expiration of remaining sales tax exemptions for biodiesel as part of his FY 2022 budget proposal. The Illinois Soybean Growers Association is speaking out against the proposal. READ MORE

February 18, 2021

EPA: 1 new SRE petition filed, 66 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on Feb. 18, reporting that one new SRE petition has been filed for RFS compliance year 2020. A total of 66 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 65 that were pending as of Jan. 19. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

Grassley urges McCarthy to visit Iowa, see renewables in action

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy on Feb. 16 inviting her to visit Iowa and learn about the state’s leadership in renewable fuel production and sustainable energy. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

Iowa biofuel standard would create jobs, grow economy

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in Iowa that aims to establish a state biofuels standard would create more than 3,500 new jobs and generate nearly $550 million in household income by 2026, according to a study released by the IRFA on Feb. 15. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

EIA predicts gradual increase in biofuel use through 2050

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) on Feb. 3, predicting that the consumption of biofuels as a share of the domestic fuel mix will gradually increase through 2050. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA Rural Development has announced it is now accepting applications for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements through the Rural Energy for America Program. Applications must be submitted by March 31. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

Walz urges Biden to support biofuels through 2 executive orders

BY Erin VoegeleGov. Tim Walz, chair of the Governors’ Biofuel Coalition, on Feb. 10 sent a letter to President Biden urging him to issue executive orders banning the use of aromatics in gasoline and adopting new Renewable Fuel Standard regulations. READ MORE

February 10, 2021

GREEN Act includes biofuel, bioenergy tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, on Feb. 5 announced the introduction of the GREEN Act, which includes several tax extenders that would benefit biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 09, 2021

Groups testify against EPA’s proposed RFS deadline extensions

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the biofuels industry testified against the U.S. EPA’s proposed extension of the 2019 and 2020 RFS compliance deadlines during a Feb. 9 virtual hearing. Public comments on the proposal can be filed through March 11. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Iowa bill aims to speed adoption of higher biofuel blends

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Feb. 8 introduced a bill that aims to speed the statewide adoption of higher biofuel blends, including E15 and B20. Representatives of the ethanol and biodiesel industries are speaking out in support of the bill. READ MORE

February 08, 2021

Bill aims to incentivize the production of SAF

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., on Feb. 3 reintroduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, which aims to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), including the establishment of an aviation-only Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

February 04, 2021

Legislation compels EPA to act on RFS pathways, registrations

BY Erin VoegeleSens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on Feb. 4 reintroduced a bill that aims to compel the EPA to take action on submitted RFS pathway petitions and set a deadline for the agency to act on future pathway and registration petitions. READ MORE

February 04, 2021

Senators urge EPA to review the 3 SREs approved in January

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 15 senators sent a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Jane Nishida on Feb. 3 urging the agency to review the three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the Trump administration on Jan. 19. READ MORE

February 03, 2021

Regan promises ‘no surprises’ in EPA’s administration of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleMichael Regan, President Biden’s nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA, said the RFS will be a priority the current administration and stressed agriculture will have a seat at the table when it comes to Biden’s climate objectives. READ MORE

February 02, 2021

Vilsack: Biofuels, bioenergy can help meet climate goals

BY Erin VoegeleSecretary of agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack stressed the important role biofuels and bioenergy will play in meeting the Biden administration’s climate goals during a Feb. 2 hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. READ MORE

February 02, 2021

IRFA: Biofuels continue to have positive impact on Iowa’s economy

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study released Feb. 2 finds biofuels continue to have a significant positive impact on Iowa’s economy, but recent market challenges reduced the job and household income impacts of ethanol and biodiesel production in the state. READ MORE

January 28, 2021

Valero: 470 MMgy renewable diesel project in Texas moves forward

BY Erin VoegeleValero has announced it will immediately move forward with the development of a new 470 MMgy renewable diesel plant at its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. Expansion projects are also underway at the company’s existing Diamond Green Diesel facility. READ MORE

January 28, 2021

Proposed Clean Fuel Standard holds potential for canola

BY Canola Council of Canada The Canola Council of Canada has announced it sees potential in the federal government’s proposed rules for the Clean Fuel Standard, which were released in December. If adopted, the regulations will come into force next year. READ MORE

January 27, 2021

Biden’s climate crisis order addresses biobased fuels, products

BY Erin VoegelePresident Biden on Jan. 27 issued an executive order that aims to tackle the climate crisis, create jobs and restore scientific integrity across the federal government. The order addresses the production and sourcing of biobased products and fuels. READ MORE

January 27, 2021

Court seeks status report on EPA compliance with 2017 order

BY RFA, Growth Energy, NBB, ACE, NCGA, NFU, NSP The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has directed the U.S. EPA to submit a status report every 60 days “on its progress in complying with the court’s remand” stemming from the July 2017 ruling in Americans for Clean Energy v EPA. READ MORE

January 22, 2021

Biodiesel, renewable diesel industry on the ‘RISE’ in 2021

BY National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel and renewable diesel industry is on the “RISE”. This week the NBB hosted more than 550 biodiesel and renewable diesel producers, distributors, retailers, and other industry advocates virtually to share the direction of the industry. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

Legislation introduced to establish CFS in New Mexico

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation introduced in New Mexico on Jan. 19 aims to establish a Clean Fuel Standard within the state. The bill is supported by New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

EPA: 18.26 billion RINs generated in 2020 under RFS

BY Erin VoegeleNearly 18.26 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in 2020, down from 19.81 billion generated in 2019, according to data published by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for December was at 1.69 billion, down from 1.79 billion in December 2019. READ MORE