By Partnership for Electric Pathways
November 29, 2023
A coalition of over 20 organizations and companies launched the Partnership for Electric Pathways to work with the U.S. EPA to secure a viable pathway for renewable electricity to get credit under EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard program.
The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body on Nov. 27 agreed to a request submitted by Indonesia to establish a dispute panel to review countervailing duties imposed by the European Union on imports of biodiesel from Indoenesia.
A coalition of biofuel and farm groups on Nov. 27 released a statement expressing disappointment in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' Nov. 22 decision remanding to the U.S. EPA six small refinery exemption (SRE) requests.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Nov. 30. The meeting is open to the public, but registration is required.
President Joe Biden on Nov. 16 signed a temporary spending package, averting a government shutdown that was set to begin at midnight on Nov. 17. The stopgap bill includes a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Reps. Nikki Budzinski, D-Ill., and Zach, Nunn, R-Iowa, on Nov. 15 announced the introduction of a bill that aims to update the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Assistance loan guarantee program.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 14 voted 336 to 95 to approve a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown. The stopgap bill includes a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill.
A stopgap spending bill released by House Republicans on Nov. 12 includes a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill, which expired on Sept. 30, 2023. The extension would remain in place through Sept. 30, 2024.
Rep. Max Miller, R-Ohio, on Nov. 7 introduced the bipartisan Farm to Fly Act, which aims to create new markets for U.S. agricultural products and strengthen domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority has issued Virgin Atlantic with a permit to fly a world-first transatlantic 100 percent SAF flight. Virgin Atlantic plans to fly across the Atlantic from London Heathrow to New York JFK on Nov. 28.
Co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus on Nov. 2 reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act, which aims to require the U.S. EPA to update its greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for all renewable fuels under the RFS.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., on Oct. 26 announced the introduction of a bill that aims to update the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Assistance loan guarantee program.
Seventy industry leaders covering nearly the entire supply chain for SAF, including major airlines, are calling on the Biden Administration to recognize the GREET model as a “similar methodology” for purposes of the IRA’s SAF tax credit.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and five of his colleagues are urging the IRS to ensure that fuels made from petroleum products, specifically plastic feedstocks, are unable to qualify for the IRA’s SAF and clean fuels production tax credits.
The call for presentation abstracts for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, produced by Biomass Magazine, is now open. The event will take place March 4-6, 2024, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.
Clean Fuels Alliance America announces the strategic addition of Cory-Ann Wind, the visionary leader behind Oregon’s groundbreaking Clean Fuel Program. Wind will assume the director of state regulatory affairs role beginning Jan. 8, 2024.
Nearly 1.95 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in September, up from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of 2022, according to data released by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for the first nine months of 2023 was at 17.41 billion.
Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Oct. 17 reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act, which aims to require the U.S. EPA to update its greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for all renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The Council of the European Union on Oct. 9 adopted regulations for the ReFuelEU initiative. The new law aims to boost both the demand for and supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the European Union.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 25 launched a new competitive grant program that, in part, can support projects to add sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production capacity to existing renewable diesel and ethanol plants.
The U.S. DOE has released a RFI to better understand the challenges facing critical elements within SAF supply chains. The agency is specifically seeking input from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and stakeholders.
The U.S. EPA on Aug. 21 released data indicating nearly 2.04 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in August, up from 1.84 billion generated in August 2022. Total RIN generation for the first eight months of the year reached nearly 15.45 billion.
Neste and SQUAKE have announced a strategic partnership that enables businesses to purchase Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel through flight booking systems using SQUAKE's technology. Goodwings has already implemented the technology.
WestJet Group CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech, on Sept. 19 at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary, addressed the airline's ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and the vital role SAF plays in the future of decarbonizing aviation.
Clean Fuels Alliance America, American Soybean Association, National Oilseed Processors Association the U.S. Canola Association are urging the Biden administration to adopt GREET for the purposes measuring GHG reductions for the SAF tax credit.
President Joe Biden on Sept. 9 joined leaders of India, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates to launch the Global Biofuels Alliance. The launch took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi.
The RFA, Growth Energy and the USGC on Sept. 14 sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen advocating for the adoption of GREET to measure GHG reductions for the purposes of SAF tax credit created by the Inflation Reduction Act.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $18.6 million in funding to eight university and industry projects to develop biomass feedstocks to produce affordable biofuels and bioproducts that reduce GHG emissions.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Sept. 13 approved a new law that ramps up requirements for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the European Union but sets limits on what types of feedstocks that fuel can be made from.
Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 12 called on ethanol producers to seize the opportunity offered by the emerging SAF market and stressed that climate-smart ag and carbon capture technologies must play a role in ethanol-to-SAF production.