Biofuel Regulations Articles

  • AFPM Statement on 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson issued the following statement on the final RFS volumes announced for 2020 and EPA’s related decision on its supplemental proposal:  "The decision to reallocate is yet another blow to refiners, and it aims to address a problem that doesn’t exist. Ethanol consumption and blending in the U.S. are at ...

  • RFS: There are no lost gallons to reallocate

    In the final days before EPA issues the 2020 volumes for the federal biofuel mandate and makes a ruling on the supplemental proposal offered in October, it’s critical to acknowledge that all available data shows there are no “lost gallons” of ethanol that need to be reallocated as part of these announcements. If anything, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates should be ...

  • Supplemental RFS rule is unfounded — and illegal

    EPA’s supplemental proposal to the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs is based on false assumptions, and is unauthorized and unprecedented writes AFPM in official comments submitted to the Agency. The supplemental rule comes on top of an RVO proposal that seeks to impose the highest biofuel volume ...

  • The Chorus Grows: Hardship Waivers Do Not Justify an RFS Increase

    From top officials at the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency to the pages of Forbes and official hearings in the Heartland, Americans are weighing in to dispel the myth of corn ethanol demand destruction and on the EPA’s proposal to increase the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is currently under consideration.  Official data from the U.S. Energy ...

  • Strong Domestic Consumption Contradicts Ethanol “Demand Destruction” Claims

    The latest U.S. Energy Information Administration data again shows ethanol blending and consumption in the U.S. remain steady and strong compared to previous years. This disproves claims that U.S. ethanol demand has been decimated by hardship waivers exempting small refineries facing that are facing hardship from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations. As a percentage of motor ...

  • How RFS Biofuel Mandates Drive Imports

    It should come as a surprise to congressional supporters of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), that their 2007 votes to expand the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to advance “homegrown energy” would lead to historic U.S. imports of biodiesel. Here’s a look at how exactly that’s happening: Though the conventional requirement can be met with various biofuels, ...

  • Ethanol “Demand” Is Higher Than Ever

    As we progress through 2019, one thing that has remained consistent is that U.S. ethanol consumption and blending are higher this year than they have ever been — a sign that small-refinery hardship waivers exempting some qualified facilities from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligations have not destroyed demand for ethanol. Take a look at the latest 2019 data.   Through ...

  • Toomey-Feinstein RESTORE Act Would Abolish Ethanol Mandate

    On July 26, 2019, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) announced that he is working with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on the Restore Environmental Sustainability to Our Renewable Energy (RESTORE) Act. In an effort to end what Toomey describes as an “egregious form of corporate welfare that hurts the environment and drives up the cost of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Wheeler Announces Proposed Rule to Set RVOs for 2020

    On July 5, 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposed rule to set the minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2020, as well as the biomass-based diesel volume standard for 2021 under the Renewable Fuel ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Takeaways From ABLC 2019

    Last week, from April 3-5, 2019, Biofuels Digest hosted its annual Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) in Washington, D.C. Among those present were various industry stakeholders, government representatives, and federal agency staffers. Innovative technologies were presented and much networking was done. The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group’s (BRAG) presence was ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Basics Of Biogas Upgrading

    Several powerful incentives are driving biogas generators to consider upgrading their biogas to meet standards for pipeline injection and vehicle fuel markets. Producing renewable natural gas (RNG) can create opportunities to monetize lucrative RIN, or renewable identification number, credits under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and generate carbon credits under state supported low carbon ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Biobased Chemical, Fuel Makers Seek Parity For Their Products Under Trump

    Lynn L. Bergeson was quoted in the December 28, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report story "Biobased Chemical, Fuel Makers Seek Parity For Their Products Under Trump" (subscription required): Biobased chemical and fuel manufacturers want their products to be treated equally with their fossil fuel-based counterparts under the incoming administration's policies. Lynn Bergeson, managing ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 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 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Sustainable Biorefineries: An Important Research Topic

    In recent years, substantial steps into the transition towards a biobased economy have been taken in order to reduce the reliance on imported oil and the emission of greenhouse gases.  As far as Europe is concerned, Sweden, home to theEUBCE 2017 in Stockholm, has been very successful in decoupling GHG emissions from economic growth: from 2000 to 2012, ...

  • 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 ...


    By A.E.F. S.r.l.

  • 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 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Third party auditor may lose ability to verify RINs

    On January 4, 2017, EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke Genscape’s ability to verify Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) as a third party auditor under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Quality Assurance Program (QAP). ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Petition for Waiver of 2016 cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements

    On December 28, 2016, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) submitted a petition requesting that EPA waive the cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements for the 2016 compliance year citing an inadequate domestic supply ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 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 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • BioEnergy Outlook: Interesting Times

    There is no historical evidence that the expression “may you live in interesting times” is actually a Chinese curse, but, apocryphal or not, it seems appropriate in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. Regardless of one’s political affiliations, there is no denying that the next few years are going to be interesting. For renewable energy in general that might not always ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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