Biofuel Regulations Articles

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Guide to Measuring Biofuel Blending

    As the global commitment to renewable energy sources grows, the importance of using biodiesel as a blending component with diesel fuel has increased. Biodiesel consists of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) which are produced by the transesterification of certain feedstock oils, such as soy, rapeseed, canola, and others. The ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • EPA Close To Publicizing 2017 And 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

    On April 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its newly proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017 and 2018 to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA must set standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA Publishes Final Rule To Correct And Clarify Issues With The RFS Program

    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 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Biofuel, Corn, And Sorghum Farmers Challenge Lowered RFS Volumes

    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 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

    Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborators published their findings in the inaugural edition of the journal Nature Energy. The researchers call it ...


    By University of Illinois

  • Final Rule For Renewable Fuel Standard Program Published In Federal Register

    On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program: Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2017 in the Federal Register. The final rule will become effective on February 12, 2016, and establishes annual percentage ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Biofuel CEOs Send Letter To President Obama Over EPA RFS Proposal

    On September 16, 2015, 23 biofuel executives sent a letter to President Obama regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirement proposal. The revised RFS allows companies to challenge the distribution requirement of renewable fuel, potentially resulting in RFS requirements ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Case study - Grand Junction Sets the Pace with Colorado’s First Biogas-to-Vehicle Fuel Project at the Persigo Wastewater Plant

    The first biogas-to-vehicle fuel project in Colorado converts wastewater-derived biogas mto renewable natural gas (RNG) to fuel city and county fleet vehicles Summary: The Per si go wastewater treatment plant in Grand Junction, Colorado, a city of about 60,000, processes upwards of 8.2 million gallons per day of wastewater in two anaerobic digestion tanks (primary and ...


    By Energy Vision

  • Case study - Pierce County, Washington: home of the first public transit fleet in the country to run on renewable natural gas

    Summary: Li 1986 Pierce Transit was one of the first public transit agencies in the U.S. to trade in its diesel and gasoline-powered buses for buses fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). 27 years later, this pioneering Agency has just finalized a new contract with the local utility, Puget Sound Energy, to buy an even better fuel: the renewable compressed natural gas (R-CNG). This ...


    By Energy Vision

  • American Biogas Council Policy Update

    ABC staff and members met with White House staff, legislators and federal agency officials during a recent fly-in to Washington, D.C. The American Biogas Council is celebrating its fifth year as the association for the anaerobic digestion and biogas industries. The Council, with over 200 members and 8,000 stakeholders, is very active in legislative activities at both the federal and state ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Energy Information Administration Issues Short Term Energy Outlook Report

    On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report. The report outlined expectations for regular gasoline to average a retail price of $2.41 for all of 2015, with prices for the fourth quarter of 2015 averaging $2.11. Consistently low gasoline prices, in ...

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