Policy

June 23, 2022

Biofuel, ag groups comment on SEC climate disclosures rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy, RNG Coalition, NCGA, and ASA are among the ag and biofuel groups that have weighed in on a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rule that focuses on climate-related disclosures. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Clean Fuels: Renewable fuels lower prices at the pump

BY Clean Fuels Alliance America On June 22, Clean Fuels Alliance America wrote to President Joe Biden, administration officials, and congressional leaders to say that U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel producers are working to extend fuel supplies and provide relief at the pump. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Pennsylvania issues partial, temporary suspension of B2 mandate

BY Erin VoegelePennsylvania on June 17 announced a partial and temporary suspension of the state’s 2 percent biodiesel mandate. The action aims to help fuel suppliers alleviate diesel shortages by making it easier to source diesel from surrounding states. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Fuels Institute paper explores the carbon benefits of biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe Fuels Institute in June published a new white paper that discusses the carbon benefits of various biofuels. The paper also addresses matters related to policy, feedstocks availability, and vehicle and infrastructure constraints. READ MORE

June 21, 2022

OMB’s spring regulatory agenda includes timelines for RFS rules

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has indicated it will release proposed rules related to the 2023 RFS RVO and state requests to allow summer E15 sales within the next several months. The agency will also soon finalize pending canola oil fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 20, 2022

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that nearly 1.84 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in May, up from 1.72 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

House passes biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives on June 16 voted 221 to 204 in favor of the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, a legislative package that includes funding for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

EPA: 3 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on June 16 published updated data on small refinery exemptions (SREs) filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard, reporting that only three SRE petitions are currently pending, down from 69 that were pending as of mid-May. READ MORE

June 14, 2022

Senators ask GAO if SRE denials require congressional review

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.; Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are asking the GAO to determine whether the U.S. EPA’s June 3 denial of 69 SREs must be submitted to Congress for review under the Congressional Review Act. READ MORE

June 13, 2022

House to vote on biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the Lower Food and Fuels Costs Act, a legislative package that includes funding for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 09, 2022

Biden nominates McKalip to serve as chef ag negotiator at USTR

BY Erin VoegelePresident Biden on June 8 announced his intent to nominate Doug McKalip to serve as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The USDA, USTR and USGC have spoken out in support of his nomination. READ MORE

June 07, 2022

Pacific Biodiesel opens off-grid biodiesel fueling station

BY Pacific Biodiesel The first of six mobile biodiesel fueling stations in Hawai‘i opened on June 3 at Ma‘alaea Small Boat Harbor on Maui. Pacific Biodiesel installed and will operate the off-grid fueling station at the busy harbor. READ MORE

June 07, 2022

National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo opens call for speakers

BY BBI International The call for speaker presentation ideas is now open for the 2022 National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo (NCCC) taking place Nov. 8-9, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. The NCCC will accept speaker abstracts through July 8. READ MORE

June 06, 2022

DOE BETO releases 2020 R&D State of Technology report

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in May released its “BETO 2020 R&D State of Technology” report, which provides a status of research and development efforts and assesses progress made toward BETO goals. READ MORE

June 03, 2022

EPA issues final RVO, biointermediates rule and denies 69 SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on June 3 finalized the 2021 and 2022 RFS RVOs, reduced the existing RVO for 2020, finalized regulations related to biointermediates, denied 69 SREs petitions, and proposed an alternative RIN retirment schedule for small refineries. READ MORE

June 03, 2022

USDA distributes $700M in COVID-19 aid for biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on June 3 announced it has distributed a combined $700 million in COVID-19 aid to 195 biofuel production facilities. More than $486 million of that aid was awarded to 62 producers located in socially vulnerable communities. READ MORE

June 02, 2022

NATA, other industry groups urge Biden to address SAF roadblocks

BY National Air Transportation Association The National Air Transportation Association joined forces with a host of other aviation stakeholders urging the Biden Administration to address significant regulatory roadblocks that currently hinder wide-scale commercialization of SAF. READ MORE

June 02, 2022

In Depth: Biointermediates: Production Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges

BY Sara M. Herman While biointermediates present opportunities for biofuel producers, close attention should be paid to regulatory requirements. READ MORE

June 01, 2022

DOE opens $59M FOA for advanced biofuels, ethanol GHG reductions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy on June 1 opened a $59 million funding opportunity to support the scale-up of integrated biorefineries and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction in first generation ethanol production. READ MORE

June 01, 2022

Southwest Airlines invests in SAF pilot project supported by DOE

BY Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest Airlines Co. on June 1 announced an investment into SAFFiRE Renewables LLC, a company formed by D3MAX LLC, as part of a Department of Energy-backed project to develop and produce scalable, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). READ MORE

May 27, 2022

Record-setting number of biofuel producers set to attend 2022 FEW

BY BBI International Produced by BBI International, the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) is on pace to be the largest biofuels conference since 2009. The event takes place June 13-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

May 26, 2022

EPA seeks nominations for mobile sources advisory subcommittee

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, including candidates that have experience working with processors and shippers of biofuels. READ MORE

May 25, 2022

Senate committee members question Goffman on RFS, SREs

BY Erin VoegeleJoseph Goffman expressed support for the RFS and biofuels during a May 25 hearing held by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to consider his nomination to serve as assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. READ MORE

May 23, 2022

EPA: 1.7 billion RINs generated under RFS in April

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that more than 1.7 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, up from nearly 1.58 billion generated during the same month of 2021. READ MORE

May 23, 2022

EPA opens comment period on proposed consent decree for 2023 RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on May 23 opened a public comment period on a proposed consent decree that would require the agency to issue proposed 2023 RFS RVOs by Sept. 16, 2022, and issue a final rule setting 2023 RVOs by April 28, 2023. READ MORE

May 20, 2022

Growth Energy, EPA settle on deadline for issuing 2023 RFS RVO

BY Growth Energy Following settlement discussions with Growth Energy, the U.S. EPA is expected to file a notice in the Federal Register on May 23 seeking comment on a proposed judicial consent decree that would require EPA to propose the 2023 RVOs by Sept. 16. READ MORE

May 19, 2022

ITA: Renewable energy advisory committee to meet May 24

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Association has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a hybrid meeting, accessible in-person and online, on May 24. READ MORE

May 19, 2022

EPA: No new SRE petitions filed, 69 SRE petitions remain pending

BY Erin VoegeleData released by the U.S. EPA on May 19 shows that for the fourth consecutive month, no new SRE petitions were filed under the RFS. The agency took no action on the 69 SRE petitions that have been pending since at least mid-January. READ MORE

May 18, 2022

EPA rule could alter RIN retirement schedule for small refineries

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on May 17 submitted a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget that aims to create an alternative renewable identification number (RIN) retirement schedule for small refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE