Government, Fuel

Biofuel Trade Groups Express Concerns About Future of Renewable Fuel Standard Program

House Environment Subcommittee hearing House Environment Subcommittee/YouTube

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing the mandated volume of biomass-based diesel by 330 million gallons for 2020, from a static volume of 2.1 billion gallons in 2018 and 2019, to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 22, 2018
Government, Fuel

Ted Cruz Says Imperiled Biofuel Overhaul Plan Not Dead

United Soybean Board

A day after a tentative agreement to overhaul U.S. biofuel policy appeared to collapse amid farm-state concerns, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met to discuss the issue with the lead senator pushing for the changes: Ted Cruz.

June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed

A research associate takes a sample of algae being cultivated for biofuel research in California, U.S. Photographer (David Maung/Bloomberg News)

A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round sales of higher-ethanol gasoline in exchange for possible policy changes to rein in compliance costs for refiners.

May 11, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Corn Belt Senators Ask EPA to Stop Issuing Waivers Exempting Refineries From Biofuel Laws

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Thirteen Corn Belt senators, led by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop issuing waivers that exempt certain oil refineries from federal biofuel laws.

Mike Hughlett | Star Tribune
April 18, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Trump’s Biofuel Summit With Senators Ends Without Agreement

A truck is loaded with ethanol at the Poet Biorefining facility in Jewell, Iowa. (Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News)

Donald Trump’s meeting with senators warring over the future of a program designed to boost biofuels ended without a breakthrough Feb. 27, prolonging a clash that could undermine the president’s political appeal in Pennsylvania and Iowa.

February 27, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Rebuffs Biodiesel Makers, Won’t Increase Minimum Production Level for 2019

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters driver Todd Jones pumps biodiesel onto a company truck. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters driver Todd Jones pumps biodiesel. (Alden Pellett/Associated Press)

Despite pressure from biodiesel producers to require greater minimum production levels of biomass-based diesel, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stuck to its proposed plan to maintain the 2018 level of 2.1 billion gallons for 2019.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 7, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Trump to Discuss Renewable Fuel With Ethanol Critic Ted Cruz

Elizabeth Robertson/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

President Donald Trump will confront the conflict between farm-state and oil-state Republicans over renewable fuel standards as he meets Dec. 7 with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a leading critic of requirements for ethanol use, and other Republican lawmakers.

December 7, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

Minnesota Biodiesel Standards to Double in 2018, Displeasing Trucking Industry

Biodiesel United Soybean Board

The state’s standard for the biodiesel blend will double to 20% at gas pumps next May, a decision that displeased trucking industry advocates.

Rochelle Olson | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
August 4, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Minnesota Rejects Request From Truckers to Delay Plan to Mandate B20 Biofuel Mix

B20 option at the pump Micah Walter/Bloomberg News

Minnesota Department of Agriculture officials have rejected a request by the state’s trucking association to delay a plan to increase the mix of biofuel to 20% of all diesel sold in the state beginning May 1.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 27, 2017
Government, Fuel

EPA Proposes Lower Minimum Volume Requirement for Renewable Fuels in 2018

The EPA has proposed cutting back on the minimum required volume of renewable fuels produced in 2018 and putting the brakes on the minimum volume of biomass-based diesel produced in the United States in 2019.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 20, 2017