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
The AEC published a commentary in the Rutland Herald this week, criticizing VT Congressman Peter Welch’s position on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The piece calls out the Congressman for working with the oil industry, among others, to put this landmark climate policy at risk. See: Welch’s Strange Bedfellows
Syngenta announced today that Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) has produced its one millionth gallon of cellulosic ethanol through the use of Cellerate™ process technology at its Galva, Iowa, ethanol production facility. This milestone puts QCCP on track to produce 2 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. (more…)
WASHINGTON — Third Way released a new report today detailing the commercial deployment of cellulosic ethanol and its link to the existing ethanol industry. Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Council, praised the report for its accurate analysis of the industry and the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard, stating: (more…)
The Advanced Ethanol Council and BIO published a joint oped in Biofuels Digest explaining why going to Congress for RFS is a bad idea (and will not happen). Read the complete column here.
The Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) is pleased to welcome Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) and Syngenta as new members.
Syngenta and QCCP are engaged in a joint venture to develop, license and deploy Cellerate™ — a “bolt on” cellulosic ethanol process technology easily integrated into existing corn ethanol production processes. Tests have shown that Cellerate technology, used in conjunction with Enogen® – a corn enzyme technology pioneered by Syngenta – can deliver significant benefits to ethanol plants beyond what can be achieved through either technology alone. (more…)