On April 22, 2016, EPA published Amendments Related to: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards as a final rule in the Federal Register. This final action amends the RFS Quality Assurance Program (QAP) rule to exempt downstream end users of renewable fuels from product transfer document (PTD) requirements. EPA originally added the PTD requirements to the QAP rule, requiring parties taking ownership of renewable fuel to use the fuel for transportation -- parties would incur a renewable volume obligation if they exported the fuel. This rule was not intended to apply to downstream end users, but language was accidentally added in an amendment that transferred the PTD requirements along with the custody of renewable fuels to end users. The amendment clarifies this language to assert that there are end user exemptions to PTD requirements under the RFS program. The rule will go into effect onJune 21, 2016.
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RICanada welcomes Quebec Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements
Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), a principal stakeholder representing Canadian producers of clean-burning renewable fuels, announced that the Quebec Government’s 2017-2020 Action Plan under the 2030 Energy Policy included, for the first time, renewable fuel volume requirements for fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. The renewable fuel blending requirement was set at 5% for gasoline and 2% diesel and is expected to increase after 2020. RICanada stated that the “announcement on renewable...
EPA Publishes Final 2017 RFS Requirements
On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule, Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018, in the Federal Register. This final rule sets the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported in 2017, as reported in the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group’s (BRAG®) blog...
EPA Convenes Hearing On Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule
On December 6, 2016, EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. The proposed rule would update the regulatory structure to allow biofuel producers to process and convert biomass at different facilities, update fuel regulations to allow for more high-ethanol fuel blends in flex fuel vehicles, and permit cellulosic biofuels to be produced from new feedstock sources. Testimony provided by Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) focused on the impact of the...
EPA Announces Public Hearing For Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule
On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice in the Federal Register for a public hearing for the proposed “Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule.” The proposed rule, available on EPA’s website, was signed by EPA’s Administrator on October 3, 2016, but has not yet been published in the Federal Register. This proposed rule will enhance the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program as well as other fuel regulations to support the growth of renewable...
Mexico’s first commercial waste to energy facility to supply alternative fuel under agreement
Mexico’s first Waste to Energy plant is up and running in Hermosillo, Sonora. The facility began to take shape two years ago, when total waste management specialist Promotora Ambiental SAB de CV (PASA) set out to enter the WtE market. With more than 6,500 employees, a fleet of over 2,000 vehicles and 43 waste management facilities in Mexico, this environmental company handles 25,000 tonnes of waste every day. But acknowledging the growing pressures being placed on the country’s resource infrastructure...