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
In a letter dated October 14, 2015, fifty (50) DuPont employees — all voters in Pennsylvania — called out Senator Toomey for his recent legislative proposal to weaken the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The full letter is here: DuPont PA employee Toomey Final.
The Advanced Biofuels Business Council issued the following statement today in response to a new energy bill proposed by Senate Democrats:
“We commend Senator Cantwell, Senator Wyden and Democratic leadership for putting a forward-looking, bold energy proposal on the table. While it is early in the political process, the proposal focuses on the right problem. (more…)
Nearly two dozen executives from the world’s leading advanced, low carbon biofuels industry sent a letter to President Obama today raising concerns about the Obama Administration’s current proposal to change the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The executives explain how the Obama proposal “would gut the core concept behind the law.” Bloomberg, among others, covered the letter in this article. The full letter: POTUS_FinalSept16.
The Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), founded in 2011 to represent advanced and cellulosic ethanol producers and technology providers, is expanding its organizational charter to include other types of advanced biofuels. The new group, called the Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC), also announced new corporate and board members.
“The Council is already taking a collaborative approach to problem solving and advancing policy positions to accelerate the commercial deployment of many different types of advanced biofuels,” said Adam Monroe, President of the Americas for Novozymes and ABBC Chairman, “so this is really about accurately reflecting the breadth of our membership and their advanced technologies, while continuing to put the industry in the best position to succeed.”
As part of the expansion, the Council announced a number of other membership moves. Two existing members – POET-DSM and Cellerate™ (a cellulosic biofuel joint venture between Quad County Corn Processors and Syngenta) – will take seats on the Board of Directors. New member company Aemetis will also join the Board. Sweetwater Energy will join ABBC as a corporate member. (more…)
WASHINGTON — Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) 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 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“The good news is it is clear that EPA and the Obama Administration want to send a signal to the marketplace that domestic renewable fuel markets are going to grow. The blending targets are definitely stronger and theoretically create new markets. And the blender pump program shepherded by Secretary Vilsack, if implemented the right way, could create more market access for renewable fuels. But Clean Air Act regulations have to have backbone to actually achieve their ambitions, and EPA is still allowing the oil industry’s refusal to comply with the RFS to be cause to slow the program down. If the Obama Administration continues to reward non-compliance with clean energy laws, clean energy laws will cease to be effective. (more…)
The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is conducting a working group process to receive and review public comment on comprehensive tax reform. The AEC submitted the following comments to the working groups today: AEC_tax_Senate2015WGcomments