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May 2, 2013
Toray Announces Demonstration Of Biobased PBT
Tokyo-based chemicals and plastics company, Toray Industries, has announced that it has successfully demonstrated a partially biobased polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) using Genomatica Inc.'s biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO). The company reports that testing shows that the partial biobased PBT has properties equivalent to PBT made from petroleum-based BDO. PBT is used to make electrical connectors and plugs, car parts, and keyboard caps, among other ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Canergy To Build Cellulosic Plant In California
Advanced biofuels company Canergy recently announced that it will use Chemtex and Beta Renewables to develop a new cellulosic biofuels facility in California. Construction is set to begin in the first quarter of 2014 and come online in 2016. The facility is expected to produce 25 million gallons per ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Biofuels Investments Down In 2012
The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report in April, "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?," announcing that investments in biofuels projects declined by 47% from 2011 to ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Tax Reform
Last week, the Senate Finance Committee released its latest position paper as part of its ongoing effort to outline and propose ways to accomplish broad based tax reform. The position paper (available online) includes potential ways to reform energy tax incentives. An idea presented in the paper is to consider whether the various existing biofuel incentives should be eliminated and replaced with biofuel incentives based on technology ... read more >
May 2, 2013
McCarthy’s Nomination Hits Roadblocks
Senate Republicans are increasing their opposition to President Obama's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy. Last month, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Jeff Sessions (R-LA) stated publicly that he expected the nomination to pass the Committee and the full Senate. Since that time, eight Republican members of the Committee have requested that Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) delay a Committee vote on the nomination scheduled for May 8 until McCarthy responds to their requests for new EPA transparency measures. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Oil Industry Requests Extension Of Tier 3 Comment Deadline
EPA published a notice in the Federal Register on April 8, 2013, announcing a June 13, 2013, deadline for comments on its proposed "Tier 3" fuel and vehicle emissions rule. In March, EPA released the rule on its website available online. The rule has yet to be published in the Federal Register. Last week, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) sent a letter to Robert Perciasepe, Acting EPA Administrator, requesting the deadline for comment on the rulemaking be extended until 90 days after it is officially published in the Federal Register. AFPM claims the ... read more >
May 2, 2013
Refiners Continue Push To Repeal The RFS
Earlier this week, Charles Drevna, AFPM President, stated in an interview that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be repealed. Last fall, the American Petroleum Institute announced that it had changed its position on the RFS from reform to repeal. As we have reported, these groups have taken action toward this end. Recently, they have met with EPA and White House staff about the blend wall and have suggested in news reports that they do not expect the Administration to modify the RFS to address blend wall ... read more >
April 26, 2013
EPA Proposes SNURs For Eight Renewable Chemical Substances
On April 18, 2013, EPA proposed significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for eight chemical substances that were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMN) P-11-327, P-11-328, P-11-329, P-11-330, P-11-331, P-11-332, P-12-298, and P-12-299, the first six of which are renewable, biobased chemical substances manufactured by KiOR, Inc. A memorandum explaining why the proposed SNURs for the biobased chemical substances raise novel questions and warrant careful review and comment is available online. Comments on the proposed SNURs are due May 20, ... read more >
April 26, 2013
Department Announces Support For Military Biofuels Projects
This week, DOE announced that it would provide up to $18 million to support four pilot-scale projects designed to produce drop-in biofuels that would meet military specifications for jet fuel and shipboard diesel, and could be for military or commercial use. Funding recipients are required to provide at least 50 percent in matching funds. Significantly, DOE stated publicly that this funding is not a part of the joint initiative among the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and the Navy to help facilitate the development and commercialization of drop-in advanced biofuels for military and ... read more >
April 25, 2013
Anti-Dumping Measures Will Likely Affect U.S. Ethanol Imports
Europe is expected to increase its ethanol production after anti-dumping measures have been levied on ethanol imports from the U.S. This is also significant because it limits or reduces potential markets for U.S. ethanol at a time when the industry is looking for new opportunities in the face of the impending blend ... read more >
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