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International Trade Commission Moves Closer to Imposing Duties on Biodiesel Imports

December 6, 2017

International Trade Commission Moves Closer to Imposing Duties on Biodiesel Imports

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Dec. 5 made a final finding that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia harm U.S. producers. The decision, coupled with last month's final countervailing duties determination by the Department of Commerce, paves the way for final countervailing duties orders by the end of December. NATSO disagrees with the outcome, preferring free trade policies, and maintains that limiting fuel marketers' access to supply from overseas will raise retail fuel prices. The decision does, however, obviate the need for Congress to convert the biodiesel tax credit from a blender credit to a producer credit, as this change was designed to limit imports in the first place.

NACS Joins SIGMA in Telling Senate Finance It Prefers No Biodiesel Tax Credit to Producers’ Credit

November 15, 2017

NACS Joins SIGMA in Telling Senate Finance It Prefers No Biodiesel Tax Credit to Producers’ Credit

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) marked the second association in as many days to publicly express that although it supports the biodiesel blender’s tax credit it would prefer no credit rather than have it converted to a producer’s credit.

EPA Sends 2018 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

November 2, 2017

EPA Sends 2018 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 1 submitted its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations -- and 2019 obligations for biomass-based diesel -- to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review. This marks the final step before the proposal is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Urge Tax-Writing Committees to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit

October 31, 2017

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Urge Tax-Writing Committees to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit

NATSO and a diverse group of biodiesel producers, fuel retailers and trucking interests representing every segment of the biodiesel supply chain sent a letter the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on Oct. 31 in support of extending and phasing out the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit, and outlining their opposition to efforts to shift the credit to a producers’ credit as the tax-writing committees consider tax reform legislation.

Commerce Announces Preliminary Dumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

October 25, 2017

Commerce Announces Preliminary Dumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

The U.S. Department of Commerce Oct. 23 announced a preliminary determination regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, finding biodiesel is being dumped into the United States at below fair-market value. As a result, biodiesel importers will be required to pay cash deposits to the U.S. government on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia at a rate equal to the dumping margins.

EPA Considering Further Lowering Renewable Volume Mandates

September 27, 2017

EPA Considering Further Lowering Renewable Volume Mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 26 announced that it was seeking public comment on a new approach to establishing renewable fuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Only considering domestic production capacity. If EPA ultimately adopts this new approach, it will substantially lower retailers' incentives to incorporate renewable fuels into their fuel supply. NATSO opposes this policy shift, and in comments it will file with the Agency will urge EPA to recognize that there is a global market for renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, and that the RFS should accommodate fuels regardless of where they are produced.

NATSO Testifies at EPA Hearing Examining Renewable Fuel Standard

August 2, 2017

NATSO Testifies at EPA Hearing Examining Renewable Fuel Standard

David Fialkov, NATSO's Vice President of Government Relations, testified Aug. 1 at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing examining the Agency's proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Top Highlights of NATSO’s July Food and Fuel Tour in Chicago

June 14, 2017

Top Highlights of NATSO’s July Food and Fuel Tour in Chicago

Food and fuel are two of the most important offerings at a truckstop or travel plaza, and the NATSO Foundation has handcrafted a customized Food and Fuel Study Tour to give operators a behind-the-scenes look into a biodiesel plant, two successful travel plaza locations offering biodiesel and some of the hottest foodservice locations in Chicago.

The Economics of RINs for Truckstops

June 30, 2016

The Economics of RINs for Truckstops

For more than a decade, the federal government has had a program in place that savvy fuel retailers can take advantage of to sell fuel at a lower price and realize greater margins on sales.

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2017

May 23, 2016

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2017

On May 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed renewable fuel mandates for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also included a proposed 2018 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel (the 2017 biomass-based diesel number was finalized in late 2015).

Biodiesel Tax Credit Likely to Remain at Blender Level

December 16, 2015

Biodiesel Tax Credit Likely to Remain at Blender Level

On December 15, Congress unveiled a massive tax and spending package that will be debated over the remainder of this week. NATSO will be analyzing the thousands of pages of legislation in the coming days, but is pleased to report that some lawmakers' efforts to convert the biodiesel blenders credit to a biodiesel producers credit has failed.

EPA Finalizes 2014-2016 RFS Requirements

December 1, 2015

EPA Finalizes 2014-2016 RFS Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued the final volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 through 2016. EPA also released a 2017 standard for biomass-based diesel.

Bipartisan Senators Call for Strong Biodiesel RFS

February 12, 2015

Bipartisan Senators Call for Strong Biodiesel RFS

A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. Senators wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Feb. 9 urging the agency to quickly to approve strong biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Senate Committee Moves Tax Package, Includes Biodiesel Credit Extension

April 4, 2014

Senate Committee Moves Tax Package, Includes Biodiesel Credit Extension

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation on April 3 to extend tax credit provisions that expired at the end of 2013. Notable to fuel marketers was the inclusion of a two-year extension of the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit. NATSO has communicated extensively with the committee over the last several months supporting the provision.

EPA Considers Reducing 2014 Renewable Fuel Targets

October 11, 2013

EPA Considers Reducing 2014 Renewable Fuel Targets

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering reducing its 2014 ethanol volume targets amid complaints from refiners that the volume requirements exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without resorting to higher blends such as E15 that would put engines at risk, Bloomberg has reported.

Govt. Shutdown Could Delay 2014 Biofuels Targets

October 7, 2013

Govt. Shutdown Could Delay 2014 Biofuels Targets

Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent its 2014 biofuels proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget for Review, next year’s targets could be delayed because of the Government shutdown, according to published reports.

Four GOPers To Lead RFS Reform

August 1, 2013

Four GOPers To Lead RFS Reform

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee reviews the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the first time in five years, Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has tasked four Republican panel members to take the lead on RFS reform.

EU Seeks to Cap Food-Based Biofuels

July 15, 2013

EU Seeks to Cap Food-Based Biofuels

The European Union plans to propose limiting the use of crop-based biofuels in transportation to 5 percent.

 Legislation Would Mandate Alternative Fuel Vehicles

July 1, 2013

Legislation Would Mandate Alternative Fuel Vehicles

With Congress increasingly critical of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), legislation introduced last week is taking a different tack: it would require that 30 percent of new automobiles in 2016 operate on non-petroleum fuels instead of, or in addition to, petroleum-based fuels. That figure would increase to 50 percent in 2017 and in subsequent years.

Senators Introduce Legislation to Repeal Renewable Fuel Standard

June 24, 2013

Senators Introduce Legislation to Repeal Renewable Fuel Standard

Echoing legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) last week introduced “The Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal Act” (S. 1195), which would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in its entirety. Sen. Barrasso said the RFS is "fundamentally broken and beyond repair," and that it has driven up food and fuel costs rather than deliver meaningful environmental benefits.

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