Policy

November 08, 2022

Biofuel groups participate in Treasury roundtable on IRA

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are among the organizations that participated in a virtual roundtable with the U.S. Department of Treasury on Nov. 7 that focused on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

EPA to release 2023 RFS proposed rule by Nov. 30

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA and Growth Energy filed a notice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Nov. 4 agreeing to extend the Nov. 16 deadline for the release of a proposed rule to set 2023 RFS RVOs. That deadline is now set for Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 03, 2022

Biofuel groups call GAO report on SREs shoddy, obsolete

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the biofuels industry are slamming a report on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s small refinery exemption (SRE) program released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Nov. 3, calling the report shoddy and obsolete. READ MORE

November 02, 2022

Biofuel, ag groups praise EPA’s decision to reverse SREs

BY Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association and American Coalition for Ethanol Growth Energy, RFA, ACE and NFU on Nov. 1 filed a motion to intervene in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the U.S. EPA’s decision to deny 69 petitions from refineries seeking small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

November 01, 2022

IEA report outlines growth potential for liquid biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe International Energy Agency on Oct. 27 released its World Energy Outlook 2022. The report, in part, predicts global biofuel consumption could more than double by 2030 and continue to increase through 2050. READ MORE

October 28, 2022

Biodiesel, renewable diesel reduce emissions in California

BY Clean Fuels Alliance America Clean Fuels Alliance America on Oct. 28 hailed California’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory for 2020, which reported a 16 percent decrease in transportation carbon emissions due in part to increasing use of biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

October 27, 2022

USDA seeks public input on IRA’s biofuel infrastructure funding

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA will host a virtual listening session on Nov. 3 that focuses on Section 22003 of the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides $500 million in biofuels infrastructure funding. A 30-day public comment period is also being opened. READ MORE

October 24, 2022

EPA: 1.72 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that 1.72 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the RFS in September, up from 1.62 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

October 24, 2022

EPA: 1 new SRE petition filed, 5 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 20 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that one new SRE petition was filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the past month. According to the agency, five SRE petitions are now pending. READ MORE

October 19, 2022

Senators urge EPA to issue a strong RFS ‘set’ rule

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of senators, led by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Oct. 19 sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to establish robust and expanded RVOs in its upcoming RFS "set" rule. READ MORE

October 18, 2022

Japan’s draft policy on aviation decarbonization features SAF

BY Erin VoegeleThe Japanese government is seeking public comments on a draft policy to promote decarbonization in the aviation industry. The policy, in part, would require flights to be carbon neutral by 2050 and require airlines to use SAF. READ MORE

October 11, 2022

Canadian Coast Guard trials B20 blend

BY Canadian Coast Guard The Canadian Coast Guard on Oct. 4 became the first government agency in Canada to trial a 20 percent biodiesel blend in one of its vessels, the CCGS Caribou Isle. Various biodiesel ratios will be tested in the vessel over the next several months. READ MORE

October 06, 2022

ABFA supports greater American energy independence

BY Advanced Biofuels Association Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, explains that advanced biofuels can help mitigate higher fuel prices that are expected to result from OPEC's planned cuts to petroleum production. READ MORE

October 05, 2022

Missouri governor signs bill with ethanol, biodiesel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleMissouri Gov. Mike Parson on Oct. 5 signed House Bill 3, which creates state retail tax credits to support the sale of ethanol and biodiesel blends. The legislation also creates a tax credit to benefit biodiesel producers. READ MORE

October 03, 2022

Biofuel groups intervene in legal challenge to RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy, the RFA and Clean Fuels Alliance America have filed motions in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia Circuit to intervene in support of the U.S. EPA’s rule to set 2020, 2021 and 2022 RFS RVOs. READ MORE

September 29, 2022

CoBank discusses potential boom in renewable diesel capacity

BY Erin VoegeleCoBank on Sept. 27 published a report that calls renewable diesel the most exciting growth opportunity in the U.S. biofuels space, with proposed capacity increasing from approximately 1 billion gallons in 2021 to 6.5 billion gallons by 2030. READ MORE

September 26, 2022

Tidewater Renewables announces sales agreement for CFR credits

BY Tidewater Renewables Ltd. Tidewater Renewables Ltd. has announced an agreement to sell Federal Clean Fuel Regulation (CFR) credits that it will receive through the production and sale of fuel produced at the renewable diesel and renewable hydrogen complex at Prince George. READ MORE

September 23, 2022

DOE releases roadmap to achieve carbon neutral aviation emissions

BY U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm on Sept. 23 announced the release of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap, a comprehensive plan that outlines a government-wide strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce SAF. READ MORE

September 22, 2022

Biofuel groups discuss upcoming RFS ‘set’ rule

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, Renewable Fuels Association and Clean Fuels Alliance America on Sept. 22 discussed the U.S. EPA’s upcoming RFS “set” rule during a virtual briefing held by Fuels America. READ MORE

September 20, 2022

EPA delivers final rule on canola oil RFS fuel pathways to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 19 delivered a final rule to create canola oil fuel pathways under the RFS for renewable diesel, jet fuel naphtha, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and heating oil to the White House Office of Management and Budget. READ MORE

September 20, 2022

China’s biodiesel production to expand by 32% in 2022

BY Erin VoegeleChina’s biodiesel production in 2022 is expected to increase by 32 percent when compared to 2021 due primarily to a surge in export demand, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

September 19, 2022

DriveClean initiative launches, advocates for national CFS

BY Erin VoegeleA diverse group of clean fuel stakeholders, including several biofuel producers, on Sept. 19 launched the DriveClean initiative, which is urging lawmakers to create a market-based technology-neutral national Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 15, 2022

EPA: 1.81 billion RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 15 released updated renewable identification number (RIN) data, reporting that nearly 1.81 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in August, up from 1.72 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

September 15, 2022

EPA to hold virtual workshop on biointermediates on Sept. 29

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a virtual public workshop on Sept. 29 that focuses on the new biointermediates provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Attendees must preregister by Sept. 27. READ MORE

September 15, 2022

EPA: 1 new SRE petition filed, 4 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 15 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that one new SRE petition was filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the past month. According to the agency, four SRE petitions are currently pending. READ MORE

September 15, 2022

White House announces $2B in support for biotechnology

BY Erin VoegeleThe White House on Sept. 14 announced more than $2 billion in funding as part of the launch of a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, which was created via an executive order issued by President Joe Biden on Sept. 12. READ MORE

September 14, 2022

USDA invests up to $2.8B in 70 climate-smart projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Sept. 14 announced it is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 selected projects under the first pool of the agency’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Communities funding opportunity. Projects include those addressing RNG and SAF. READ MORE

September 14, 2022

DOE announces $178 million to advance bioenergy technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy The DOE has announced $178 million for bioenergy research to advance sustainable technology breakthroughs that can improve public health, help address climate change, improve food and agricultural production, and create resilient supply chains. READ MORE

September 13, 2022

White House hosts event to celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act

BY Erin VoegeleThe White House hosted an event Sept. 13 to celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act, which was signed by President Biden on Aug. 16. Biden also issued an executive order on the implementation of the energy and infrastructure provisions of the IRA. READ MORE

September 13, 2022

Biden issues executive order on biotechnology, biomanufacturing

BY Erin VoegelePresident Joe Biden on Sept. 12 issued an executive order launching a biotechnology and biomanufacturing initiative that aims to create jobs, build stronger supply chains and lower prices for American families. READ MORE