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August 8, 2013
UK Funding Opportunity For Biofuels
On August 1, 2013, the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport announced its intent to provide £25 million to help fund the construction of demonstration-scale waste to fuel and other advanced biofuel plants in the UK. The money would be matched by private funding. The UK government expects to release more information on the project, including information on the funding opportunity, this fall. The announcement is available ... read more >
August 6, 2013
EPA Announces Final 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards
On August 6, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed its belated final rule establishing the 2013 renewable volume obligations (RVO) for the four fuel categories that are part of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program under the Clean Air Act (CAA): cellulosic biofuel; biomass-based diesel; advanced biofuel; and total renewable fuel. These standards apply to all gasoline and diesel produced or imported in 2013. Click here for our full memorandum regarding this regulatory ... read more >
August 2, 2013
Senate EPW Committee Holds Hearing on TSCA Reform
On July 31, 2013, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) held a hearing on "Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats." The exceptionally long hearing included three panels of 19 witnesses and focused on potential reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The detailed report of the hearing issued by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is available online. The hearing largely focused on bipartisan legislation to reform TSCA, recently introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and the ... read more >
August 2, 2013
Selection Process for Farm Bill Conference Committee Continues
It was reported last week that Senate Committee on Agriculture Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) selected the following seven Democratic Senators for the upcoming conference committee to marry the House and Senate versions of the next five-year Farm Bill: Tom Harkin (IA); Patrick Leahy (VT); Max Baucus (MT); Sherrod Brown (OH); Amy Klobuchar (MN); and Michael Bennett (CO). Yesterday, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) issued a statement announcing that he and four other Republican Senators have been selected for the upcoming conference committee: Pat Roberts (KS), Saxby Chambliss (GA), John Boozman ... read more >
August 2, 2013
Energy and Commerce Leadership Begins Effort to Modify RFS
House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) has selected four Republican Representatives to lead an effort to modify the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): John Shimkus (IL); Cory Gardner (CO); Lee Terry (NE); and, Steve Scalise (LA). Choosing these four Representatives for this effort signals the intent of Committee leadership to draft and consider legislation this Congress to modify the RFS. The biofuels industry has been urging against such action, arguing that the RFS is working as intended to spur investment in the industry while providing sufficient authority to ... read more >
August 2, 2013
Senator Sanders Continues Work on Climate Change
As we have reported (see online), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is among a group of Senators working to enact climate change legislation. Following this effort, it has been reported this week that Senator Sanders has urged the Senate Committee on Finance to include the proposal he introduced with Senator Boxer establishing a carbon tax, S. 332, the Climate Protection Act of 2013, in any broad tax reform legislation. That proposal would place an initial $20 per ton price on carbon and methane emissions from fossil fuels producers and importers. Senator Sanders contends that it would raise ... read more >
August 2, 2013
Department of Energy Holds Sixth Annual Biomass 2013 Conference in Washington, D.C.
On July 31 and August 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held its sixth annual "Biomass 2013: How the Advanced Bioindustry is Reshaping American Energy." Over two days, attendees heard from Senators, Representatives, Obama Administration officials, and representatives of industry on the current and future progress of the biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products industries. The Biomass 2013 website, including detailed information on the conference and its program is available online. During the conference, speakers discussed the immense progress that has ... read more >
July 26, 2013
Gina McCarthy Is Sworn In As New EPA Administrator
On July 18, 2013, the Senate voted 59-40 to approve the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Six Republicans voted for the nomination, including Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Susan Collins (R-ME); Bob Corker (R-TN); and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). McCarthy was sworn in to her new position as EPA Administrator on July 19, 2013. McCarthy's confirmation came after four months of debate, with several Republicans, including members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), opposing her nomination out of ... read more >
July 26, 2013
DOE Announces Meetings On Potential Solicitation For Loan Guarantees For Advanced Fossil Energy Projects
On July 23, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a series of three upcoming public meetings to receive comments on the draft of a potential future solicitation announcement for Federal Loan Guarantees for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects. DOE published a Request for Comments on the Draft Solicitation in the Federal Register on July 9, 2013. The public meetings will be held on the following dates and times in Room 6E-069 at DOE's Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC: July 31, 2013, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; August 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; ... read more >
July 26, 2013
DOE Announces Meeting Of The Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee
Also on July 23, 2013, DOE published a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, which is available online. The meeting will take place August 14, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and August 15, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009. For more information, contact Elliott Levine, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20585, (202) ... read more >
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