Policy

December 28, 2021

New York implements bioheat mandate

BY Erin VoegeleNew York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Dec. 23 signed legislation that mandates all heating oil sold within the state contain at least 5 percent biodiesel by July 2022. The requirement expands to 10 percent starting in July 2025. READ MORE

December 28, 2021

DOE issues new RFI on renewable fuel scale-up, demonstration

BY U.S. Department of Energy The DOE is seeking input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale certain process technologies. The agency is also interested in learning how existing first-generation biofuel indsutries can be leveraged. READ MORE

December 27, 2021

EPA to host 2-day workshop on GHG modeling for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA will host a virtual public workshop on GHG modeling for biofuels on Feb. 28 - March 1. Information gathered through the event will be used to inform a range of current and future actions, including those related to the RFS. READ MORE

December 22, 2021

NFU supports EPA’s plan to complete canola oil RFS rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleNational Farmers Union is speaking out in support of the U.S. EPA’s plan to undertake rulemaking in 2022 to develop Renewable Fuel Standard canola oil pathways for renewable fuels, including renewable diesel and jet fuel. READ MORE

December 21, 2021

Applications for $700M in COVID relief for biofuels due Feb. 11

BY Erin VoegeleBiofuel producers who experienced market losses in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 have until Feb. 11 to file an application with the USDA seeking a portion of the $700 million in relief funds to be awarded under the Biofuel Producer Program. READ MORE

December 21, 2021

DOE establishes new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations

BY U.S. Department of Energy The U.S. Department of Energy on Dec. 21 announced the establishment of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that will help deliver on President Biden’s bold climate agenda, create new, good-paying jobs and reduce polution. READ MORE

December 16, 2021

UK proposes to continue trade measures for biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Trade Remedies Authority on Dec. 15 proposed to keep current anti-dumping and countervailing measures on FAME biodiesel in place for an additional five years, but remove similar measures currently in place for HVO renewable diesel. READ MORE

December 16, 2021

EPA: 2 additional SRE petitions filed, 67 now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on Dec. 16, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the RFS for compliance year 2021. A total of 67 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 65 in November. READ MORE

December 16, 2021

NBB releases study on benefits of the biodiesel tax incentive

BY National Biodiesel Board The NBB has welcomed the release of a new report, "The Economic Benefits of the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit," from Capital Policy Analytics. The report calculates annual economic and environmental benefits of U.S. biodiesel production. READ MORE

December 15, 2021

New Zealand to implement sustainable biofuels mandate

BY Erin VoegeleThe government of New Zealand on Dec. 15 announced plans to implement a sustainable biofuels mandate based on greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions beginning at a 1.2 percent GHG reduction in 2023 that could ramp up to 9 percent in 2035. READ MORE

December 14, 2021

Klobuchar, Grassley introduce Defend the Blend Act

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Dec. 14 introduced a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from retroactively reducing RFS RVOs. A companion bill is pending in the U.S. House of Representatives. READ MORE

December 13, 2021

OMB reveals expected timeline for post-2022 RFS rule, other rules

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biden administration has signaled its intent to publish a proposed rule setting RFS RVOs for 2023 and beyond next spring. A variety of other rulemakings impacting biofuel producers are also scheduled taken up by federal agencies in the near-term. READ MORE

December 09, 2021

Biofuel groups ask Congress to clarify SAF credit

BY National Biodiesel Board Growth Energy, NBB, NATSO and SIGMA on Dec. 9 asked Congressional leaders to exclude fuels made by co-processing biomass with petroleum at oil refineries from proposed sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) tax incentives. READ MORE

December 07, 2021

EPA issues RFS RVO proposed rule, proposes to deny SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 7 released a proposed rule to revise 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs and set long-overdue RVOs for 2021 and 2022. In a separate action, the agency is proposing to deny more than 60 SRE petitions. READ MORE

December 07, 2021

USDA announces $800 million in support for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Dec. 7 announced the agency will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure, including $700 million in pandemic relief and $100 million in infrastructure funding to support the use of higher blends. READ MORE

December 06, 2021

USDA announces $3.1 million in HBIIP awards

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Dec. 3 awarded a combined $3.1 million to eight recipients under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Inventive Program, which aims to increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding biofuels infrastructure. READ MORE

December 06, 2021

Biofuel groups urge the EPA to get the RFS back on track

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the U.S. biofuels industry slammed the U.S. EPA’s delays in setting Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements and called on the agency to get the RFS back on track during a Dec. 3 hearing. READ MORE

December 02, 2021

ABFA releases principles for low carbon fuel policy

BY Advanced Biofuels Association On Dec. 2, the ABFA released a set of principles to inform low carbon fuels policy, approved by the association’s diverse membership. The document is the document is the culmination of a year-long effort to find consensus amongst ABFA’s members. READ MORE

December 01, 2021

Brazil to maintain biodiesel blend rate at 10% in 2022

BY Erin VoegeleThe Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy announced on Nov. 29 it will maintain the current biodiesel blend rate of 10 percent through the year 2022. An announcement issued by the government cites cost concerns as the reason for the action. READ MORE

December 01, 2021

India awards military certification to biojet technology

BY Erin VoegeleIndia’s Ministry of Science and Technology on Nov. 29 announced it has awarded provisional clearance to a domestically developed technology to produce biobased jet fuel for use on military aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force. READ MORE

November 29, 2021

DOE releases summary report on algae crop protection workshop

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) held a virtual workshop on algae production in April 2021 titled “Barriers to Scale: Algae Crop Production.” A summary of that workshop is now available. READ MORE

November 24, 2021

Camelina storage, rail loading facility planned for Montana

BY Sustainable Oils Inc. Sustainable Oils Inc. has purchased 45 acres in Havre, Montana. The company is close to selecting its contractor to begin construction of the planned 600,000 bushel storage and rail loading facility for its proprietary camelina grain in Q1 2022. READ MORE

November 23, 2021

Biofuel groups welcome key provisions of Build Back Better Act

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy, NBB, NCGA, NFU and RFA sent a letter to leaders of the House and Senate ag committees on Nov. 22 expressing support for provisions of the Build Back Better Act that will benefit biofuel producers and the ag industry. READ MORE

November 23, 2021

Hinson bill prevents EPA from retroactively reducing RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, on Nov. 23 introduced the Defend the Blend Act, which aims to prevent the U.S. EPA from retroactively reducing RFS blend requirements. Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.; Angie Craig, D-Minn.; and Ron Kind, D-Wis., are cosponsors. READ MORE

November 23, 2021

USDA amends scoring provisions for REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA Rural Development on Nov. 22 issued a notice announcing amended scoring provisions for the Rural Energy for America Program. Applications will now receive priority points for advancing key priorities under the Biden-Harris administration. READ MORE

November 22, 2021

EPA: Nearly 1.7 billion RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated renewable identification number (RIN) data, reporting that nearly 1.7 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in October, up from 1.56 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

November 19, 2021

House passes Build Back Better Act

BY Erin VoegeleThe House of Representatives on Nov. 19 voted to approve the Build Back Better Act, a $1.9 trillion legislative package that includes nearly $1 billion for biofuels infrastructure, extends the biodiesel tax credit, and includes incentives for SAF. READ MORE

November 18, 2021

EPA proposes to further delay RFS compliance deadlines

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 18 issued a proposed rule further delay certain RFS compliance dates, including those for compliance years 2019, 2020 and 2021. The agency is also proposing to change how it establishes RFS compliance deadlines starting in 2022. READ MORE

November 17, 2021

National Biodiesel Board elects new governing board

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board in mid-November returned to in-person discussions in Washington, D.C., electing new governing board leaders as one act of business. The elected leaders span the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. READ MORE

November 16, 2021

House hearing focuses on biofuels, the renewable economy

BY Erin VoegeleThe House Ag Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit on Nov. 16 hosted a hearing on the renewable economy. The event featured testimony on the importance of biofuels, the RFS, year-round E15, and biobased products. READ MORE