On January 8, 2016, seven biofuel and agriculture groups requested the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Petition was filed by Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Americans for Clean Energy, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, and the Renewable Fuels Association. The groups intend to challenge the authority of EPA to set volume requirements for biofuel blending below standards put forth in the 2007 RFS law. The new RFS volumes were finalized in November of 2015, and brought criticism from biofuel groups as blending levels were lower than expected while petroleum groups stated that the higher 2007 requirements were not feasible with current infrastructure. This challenge to EPA’s authority in setting the RFS will prolong the uncertainty that has followed the RFS since earlier rulings were delayed.
- Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
- Biofuel, Corn, And Sorghum Farmers Challenge Lowered RFS Volumes
Using Anaerobic Biomass Digestion to Produce Hydrogen and Biofuel
For many years, hydrogen has been considered as an alternative to fossil fuels. Now, Scientists are aiming to develop an environmentally friendly method to produce hydrogen from biomass by optimizing anaerobic digestion systems.1 Climate change, dwindling fuel resources and energy prices have spearheaded intensive efforts to detect and optimize alternative fuel options. As a zero emission fuel, hydrogen is often believed to be the ultimate energy vector but despite this fact, hydrogen production can be harmful...
DOE Announces Up to $8 Million in Funding for Algae Biofuels Projects
On July 11, 2017, DOE announced the selection of three projects focused on reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts that will receive up to $8 million in funding. The projects aim to generate high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms and cultures and biology-focused breakthroughs. The project winners include: Lumen Bioscience, which will work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the agricultural production of algae on otherwise...
Incentives for aviation biofuel have a limited role in decarbonisation of air travel
While it was once hoped that biofuel would be a game-changer for transport emissions, evidence has since emerged of unwanted effects from biofuel production, including direct effects such as deforestation to grow biofuel crops, and ‘Indirect Land Use Change’ (ILUC) effects such as the use of previously forested land for agriculture (if agricultural land is used) for biofuel. Recent European Commission research that tries to capture these ‘ILUC impacts’ suggests European biofuel policy may...
BRAG Biofuels Industry Outlook for 2017
The biofuels industry is likely to face increasingly challenging times during the tenures of the new 115 th Congress -- which began on January 3 -- and the Trump Administration, scheduled to begin this Friday, January 20. Throughout his campaign for President, Trump repeatedly pledged his support for biofuels and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Indeed, it is this support that helped Trump win in key Midwestern battleground states, including Iowa. Despite this, Trump has nominated fossil fuel...
DOE Bioenergy Technologies office to request applications for Biomass Research and Development ...
On January 13, 2017, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced the intent to issue a request for applications (RFA) titled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).” Projects funded through BRDI must address one of the foll owing topic areas: Feedstocks development: Research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) focused on feedstocks and feedstock...