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NATSO ANALYSIS: What to Watch for on Election Night

November 5, 2018

NATSO ANALYSIS: What to Watch for on Election Night

Election nights are always overwhelming affairs for those who live and breathe politics and public policy. More than most – perhaps any other – midterm election, the 2018 Midterms will alter the policy landscape within which NATSO member operate for many years to come. With so much at stake, here is a short guide to what I will be keeping my eye on when the election returns come in. (NOTE TO READERS: NATSO will run a separate, post-election analysis later this week outlining what the election results mean for NATSO’s policy priorities.)

President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

May 9, 2018

President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

President Trump said May 8 that he is considering allowing the unrestricted sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and will let biofuel exports count toward refiners’ domestic renewable fuel obligations. The proposed changes follow months of fractious negotiations between the corn and oil industries over the future of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, major elements of the compromise remained in dispute after the meeting between top administration officials and four senators ended.

NATSO Objects to Proposed Refinery Bankruptcy Settlement

March 28, 2018

NATSO Objects to Proposed Refinery Bankruptcy Settlement

NATSO on March 26 sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice outlining the truckstop industry's opposition to a proposed settlement agreement for the bankrupt refinery Philadelphia Energy Solutions. The proposed settlement would absolve the refinery of many of its RIN obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and represents in many ways the latest iteration of the years-long battle between merchant refiners that strongly oppose the RFS and other segments of the fuels supply chain that have adjusted their business models based on the RFS's incentives.

Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO

August 11, 2016

Moving RFS Obligation Would Cut Biofuel Use, Raise Fuel Prices: NATSO

Shifting the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from fuel refiners and importers to blenders would reduce competition at the rack and lead to lower renewable fuel use and higher retail prices, NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs told OPIS.

EPA Issues Final RIN Quality Assurance Program

July 8, 2014

EPA Issues Final RIN Quality Assurance Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule outlining a voluntary quality assurance program (QAP) to provide regulated parties a structured way to assure that Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) entering into the market are valid.

EPA Proposes Adding Fuels Made From Landfill Biogas to Renewable Fuel Standard

June 3, 2013

EPA Proposes Adding Fuels Made From Landfill Biogas to Renewable Fuel Standard

A proposed U.S. EPA rule would greatly expand the number of advanced fuels that would be eligible to generate RINs. Responding to petitions from renewable fuel producers, EPA has proposed allowing renewable diesel, renewable naphtha, and renewable electricity (used in electric vehicles) produced from landfill gas to generate RINs under the federal renewable fuel standard. Also proposed to generate RINs are renewable compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas produced from landfill biogas. To be eligible, the landfill biogas must produce 60 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions over its lifecycle as compared to gasoline.

NATSO Comments On EPA's Biodiesel RIN Quality Assurance Proposal

April 22, 2013

NATSO Comments On EPA's Biodiesel RIN Quality Assurance Proposal

NATSO filed comments last week in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel Quality Assurance Program.

EPA Inspector General Investigates Renewable Fuel Credit Trading Program

December 3, 2012

EPA Inspector General Investigates Renewable Fuel Credit Trading Program

EPA Inspector General has launched an investigation to examine EPA's role in managing the renewable fuels credit trading program, which has been plagued by fraud.

Refiners Ask EPA to Reconsider Biodiesel Volume Mandate

November 26, 2012

Refiners Ask EPA to Reconsider Biodiesel Volume Mandate

Last week U.S. refiners asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its earlier rule boosting the volume of biodiesel to be produced in 2013 as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard.

EPA Issues Draft Proposal To Ensure RIN Authenticity

November 5, 2012

EPA Issues Draft Proposal To Ensure RIN Authenticity

EPA released a draft proposal last week designed to ensure that RINs are authentic.

Reps. Olson and Blackburn Introduce Bill to Stop RIN Fraud

September 24, 2012

Reps. Olson and Blackburn Introduce Bill to Stop RIN Fraud

Two legislators introduce the “Stop RIN Fraud Act of 2012” (H.R. 6444).

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