The Council co-signed a letter to Congress today with roughly 50 other organizations calling for a multi-year extension of the second generation biofuels producer tax credit (see: final-extender-letter-september-20).
Council Executive Director Brooke Coleman published a response to Carl Icahn’s recent criticisms of the RFS in Bloomberg: https://about.bgov.com/blog/another-billionaire-bailout/. Mark Drajem from Bloomberg summarizes the back and forth here.
WASHINGTON (May 18, 2016) — Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) Executive Director Brooke Coleman released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) releasing its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017. (more…)
São Paulo, May 17, 2016 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which involved an investment in sustainable technologies for cargo transportation. After nearly a year of using the Ecotrucks, Clariant can verify a reduction in CO2 emissions by approximately 90% compared to the diesel engines that were used before. (more…)
ABBC Executive Director Brooke Coleman testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). Written testimony and the video archive are available here.
On December 18th, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that benefit the bioenergy sector, including the Second Generation Biofuel Producers Tax Credit. For more information: http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/12886/obama-signs-spending-bill-tax-extenders-legislation
The Obama Administration finalized a multiyear RFS today. EPA increased the biofuel blending requirements over the June proposal but failed to abandon its new interpretation of the agency’s waiver authority. The question over EPA’s waiver authority now moves the courts. Full industry reaction can be viewed here: http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2015/11/30/epa-bumps-up-us-renewable-fuel-standard-volumes-for-2015-2016-in-final-ruling/
Bloomberg news exposed today that the oil industry actually drafted an anti-RFS letter circulated by members of Congress (led by Vermont Congressman Peter Welch) to U.S. EPA. Neither Congressman Welch nor Marathon Oil deny that the oil industry was involved. The letter calls for biofuel markets to be capped, based on erroneous arguments often espoused by the oil industry to protect their control of the transportation fuel marketplace. The article: http://about.bgov.com/blog/oil-lobby-had-hand-in-house-lawmakers-anti-ethanol-note-to-epa/
The Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) testified before the House Science Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Environment Hearing this week. The hearing, entitled “Renewable Fuel Standard: A Ten Year Review of Costs and Benefits,” can be viewed in its entirety here: https://science.house.gov/legislation/hearings/subcommittee-oversight-and-subcommittee-environment-hearing-renewable-fuel