Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Articles

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NATSO Files Comments With EPA on Renewable Fuel Mandates

October 20, 2017

NATSO Files Comments With EPA on Renewable Fuel Mandates

NATSO on Oct. 19 filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency's request for input on reducing renewable fuel mandates. Specifically, EPA has suggested that it is considering reducing annual renewable volume obligations (RVOs) by tying them to domestic renewable fuel production capacity, rather than the market's ability to consume renewable fuel. NATSO, in its comments, told EPA that this policy shift would undercut the purpose of the RFS and ultimately lead to higher fuel prices for consumers.

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

February 23, 2017

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

In comments filed with the Environmental Protection Agency on February 22, NATSO urged EPA not to shift the compliance requirements downstream from the refinery to the terminal rack. Many merchant refiners have urged EPA to require wholesalers and retailers to purchase RINs under the RFS. NATSO has strongly opposed this effort.

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.

Senate Bill to Repeal RFS Introduced

June 19, 2015

Senate Bill to Repeal RFS Introduced

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on June 16 introduced legislation that seeks to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

EPA Proposes RFS Requirements for 2014-2016

May 29, 2015

EPA Proposes RFS Requirements for 2014-2016

The Environmental Protection Agency on May 29 issued a proposed rule for the volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 through 2016. The EPA also released a 2017 proposed standard for biomass-based diesel.

EPA Settles Lawsuit Over Renewable Fuel Standard Delays

April 10, 2015

EPA Settles Lawsuit Over Renewable Fuel Standard Delays

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 10 that it has settled a lawsuit with the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers over its failure to issue volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard and agreed to set 2014 and 2015 mandates by Nov. 30.

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.

EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

November 21, 2014

EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Nov. 21 that it will not finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, citing the significant number of public comments and an inability to finalize the standards before the end of the year.

Increasing Biodiesel Mandate Illegal, API Says

October 3, 2014

Increasing Biodiesel Mandate Illegal, API Says

Increasing the biodiesel mandate under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard would be illegal under the Clean Air Act the American Petroleum Institute (API) recently told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to Platts.

2014 Renewable Fuel Quota May Rise

September 4, 2014

2014 Renewable Fuel Quota May Rise

Environmental Protection Agency Chief Gina McCarthy said the volumetric requirements for the final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) may end up higher than the proposal issued last year amid climbing gasoline use, Bloomberg has reported.

EPA Extends 2013 Biofuel Compliance Deadline

August 4, 2014

EPA Extends 2013 Biofuel Compliance Deadline

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended for a third time the deadline for refiners to show compliance with 2013 federal biofuel use targets.

2014 RFS Imminent; EPA May Change Requirements

July 25, 2014

2014 RFS Imminent; EPA May Change Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency is close to finalizing the 2014 volumetric requirements for the final Renewable Fuel Standard, according to published reports.

EPA May Change 2014 RFS

April 17, 2014

EPA May Change 2014 RFS

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy’s recent comments that the volumetric requirements for the final Renewable Fuel Standard may be different than the proposed rule are sparking concern among industry groups that EPA plans to increase the amount of ethanol and other biofuels refiners must blend into the nation’s fuel s

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.

API Challenges EPA 2013 RFS Volume Requirements

October 9, 2013

API Challenges EPA 2013 RFS Volume Requirements

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has filed a lawsuit with the D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2013, arguing that EPA has mandated significantly more cellulosic ethanol than is available in the marketplace.

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.

House Releases Final RFS White Paper

July 15, 2013

House Releases Final RFS White Paper

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released the final edition in a series of white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard that will be used as the basis for a series of hearings.

 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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