Biobased and Renewable Products News: RFS

July 19, 2013
Latest Action On RFS
Activity on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is in full swing on Capitol Hill. Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power issued its fifth and final white paper on the RFS seeking input from stakeholders on "implementation issues" with the policy. The white paper is available online. The white paper follows the Subcommittee's hearing last month at which government witnesses testified on the effectiveness and implementation of the RFS. Specifically in this latest white paper, the Subcommittee is requesting, among ... read more >
July 19, 2013
EPA Expected To Approve Barley As Feedstock Under RFS
EPA has announced that it will soon publish in the Federal Register a notice for comment on EPA's conclusion that the use of barley as a feedstock can meet the lifecycle emissions reductions requirements for both conventional and advanced biofuels under the RFS. These findings help ensure the likelihood that EPA will approve barley as a biofuels feedstock to help meet the volumetric requirements under the RFS. Specifically, EPA has found that: "barley, when used to make ethanol at facilities that use natural gas for all process energy, grid electricity, and drying 100% distillers ... read more >
June 27, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Hearings On RFS
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on "Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Government Perspectives." Three government witnesses testified at the hearing: Adam Sieminski, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A link to the official website on the hearing, which ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Legislation Introduced To Repeal The RFS
This week, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced S. 1195, a bill to repeal the RFS. S. 1195, the Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act, is companion legislation to H.R. 1461, the Renewable Fuel Elimination Act, which was introduced in April by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The introduction of this legislation marks a victory for the refining industry, chain restaurants, and other industry groups that oppose the RFS. It is another action taken that supports their efforts to repeal the RFS. It is unlikely the bill will be enacted, ... read more >
June 27, 2013
President Obama Outlines Plan On Climate Change
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, President Obama announced his new 21-page climate action plan in a speech he gave at Georgetown University. The plan is available online. Under the plan, the President will use his Executive authority under the Clean Air Act to curb harmful greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, he will issue a directive to EPA requiring the Agency to issue a proposed rule by next June (to be finalized a year later) that will limit greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants throughout the country. Other parts of the plan would help further the biofuels and renewable ... read more >
June 13, 2013
Energy and Commerce Committee White Paper
On June 7, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) issued the fourth in a series of white papers on the federal RFS. This latest paper requests feedback from stakeholders on six questions on how the RFS impacts or affects energy security. Comments are due by June 21, 2013. The white paper is available online. As we have reported, Chair Upton and Ranking Member Waxman have issued the series of white papers to gather information for a set of hearings expected later this summer on whether and how the RFS should be ... read more >
June 13, 2013
House Subcommittee Hearing Targets RFS
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Chair James Lankford (R-OK) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Healthcare and Entitlements held a hearing on "Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA's Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard." Witnesses included the current Director of EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Christopher Grundler, along with one supporter of the advanced biofuels industry and three opponents of the RFS. There were no representatives directly involved in the biofuels industry, and the corn ethanol industry affected ... read more >
June 6, 2013
RFS Target Of House Subcommittee Hearing
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Chair James Lankford (R-OK) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements held a hearing on "Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA'S Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard." The content and focus of the hearing focused on the federal RFS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) implementation of the policy. It represents another effort in Congress among RFS opponents to work toward significant reform or repeal of the law. Witnesses included the current Director of EPA's ... read more >
June 6, 2013
EPA Petitions Supreme Court To Deny Review Of E15 Ruling By Lower Court
On May 30, 2013, EPA filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to deny requests by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (together petitioners) that the Court review recent decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding E15. In August 2012, for lack of standing, the D.C. Circuit Court upheld by a 2-1 majority EPA's waivers, issued in 2010 and 2011, of E15 for certain vehicles after 2001. Though D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh issued a strong ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Florida Anti-RFS Legislation Signed Into Law
Late last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed into law HB4001, legislation to repeal the state's RFS. This new law is significant because it represents another victory for the oil and gas industry that is working hard at the local, state, and national levels to build grassroots support to repeal the federal RFS. Opponents of the bill included biofuels producers building advanced biofuels facilities in Florida and national renewable fuels organizations, including the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Supporters included specialty equipment manufacturers and the American ... read more >
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