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A Look at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

December 14, 2017

A Look at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

For more than a decade, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has sought to improve the emissions characteristics of fuel and support the domestic biofuels sector, while increasing American energy independence and security. The program calls for increasing volumes of renewable fuels—known as renewable volume obligations (RVOs)—to be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply every year.

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.

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

March 3, 2017

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

NATSO and a coalition of trade groups representing fuel producers, retailers, and consumers urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to reject efforts to change the current compliance structure of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

RFS Litigation Update

February 11, 2016

RFS Litigation Update

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed a lawsuit challenging Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule establishing renewable volume obligations for 2014-2016 and biomass-based diesel obligations for 2017 alleging that the agency’s annual volume obligations are unlawfully high. In addition, several entities are jockeying to intervene in a separate lawsuit filed by the ethanol industry challenging EPA’s RFS rule. That suit alleges that the agency's annual volume obligations are unlawfully low.

FTC Revises Rules for Gasoline Dispenser Labels

January 21, 2016

FTC Revises Rules for Gasoline Dispenser Labels

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has amended its Fuel Rating Rule (prescribing labeling requirements on fuel dispensers) as it pertains to gasoline-ethanol blends with greater than 10 volume percent ethanol (E10). The rule is generally designed to update the requirements to accommodate the sale of ethanol blends between E10 and E85 (such as E15). The amendments do not alter the current labeling requirements for E10, diesel, biodiesel, or biomass-based diesel.

2016 Market Preview: Biodiesel and Ethanol

January 8, 2016

2016 Market Preview: Biodiesel and Ethanol

What to expect with regard to the biodiesel tax credit and ethanol production in 2016.

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.

Supreme Court Rejects E-15 Challenge

June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Rejects E-15 Challenge

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by the American Petroleum Institute (API) to block sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E-15).

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

June 20, 2013

Diesel to Remain the Leading Fuel for Decades to Come

While alternative fuels and technologies may increase in the future, diesel will remain the primary fuel for the trucking industry for decades. The findings were part of a two-year study on the future of alternative fuels conducted by the National Petroleum Council. The U.S. Secretary of Energy requested the study, which looked at the full breadth of alternative-fuel options alongside traditional diesel and gasoline.

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.

Energy Committee Seeks Industry Comment on Blend Wall

March 25, 2013

Energy Committee Seeks Industry Comment on Blend Wall

As it reviews the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the first time in five years, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking input from industry stakeholders to a series of questions related to the "blend wall."

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Ethanol Increases

February 25, 2013

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Ethanol Increases

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-M.S.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have introduced legislation to block an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline. The bill would overturn Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waivers that allowed gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be used for many passenger cars and light trucks, and would prohibit the agency from granting future waivers for any blends above 10 percent ethanol.

EPA Releases Requirements for Retailers Planning to Offer E-15

February 18, 2013

EPA Releases Requirements for Retailers Planning to Offer E-15

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined the conditions fuel retailers need to meet to sell higher-ethanol gasoline through a blender pump—one that offers both E10 and E15 through a common hose and nozzle.

Debate Over E15, Renewable Fuels Continues

December 10, 2012

Debate Over E15, Renewable Fuels Continues

AAA's call for a halt in the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol has sparked debate. The American Petroleum Industry released a point-by-point analysis of the Renewable Fuels Association's statement about AAA's position.

AAA Urges Officials to Halt E15 Sales

December 3, 2012

AAA Urges Officials to Halt E15 Sales

AAA is urging regulators and fuel producers to stop the sale of E-15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol, citing the potential for consumer confusion, voided warranties and vehicle damage.

Biofuels Growth Bumping Up Against "Blend Wall"

October 22, 2012

Biofuels Growth Bumping Up Against "Blend Wall"

According to a new report released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), ethanol's market growth could be limited in coming years as the fuel approaches the maximum percentage blending cap set by the RFS2.

EPA to Decide on Renewable Fuel Waivers

October 8, 2012

EPA to Decide on Renewable Fuel Waivers

EPA plans to decide by mid-November if certain states will receive waivers from renewable fuel requirements for ethanol in gasoline.

Ford and GM Approve E-15 Use in Later Model Cars and Trucks

October 8, 2012

Ford and GM Approve E-15 Use in Later Model Cars and Trucks

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors last week announced that they have approved E-15 for use in 2013 model cars and light trucks.

Accelerated Corrosion in ULSD UST Systems Linked to Acetic Acid

September 17, 2012

Accelerated Corrosion in ULSD UST Systems Linked to Acetic Acid

New study finds corrosion is likely due to the dispersal of acetic acid though the UST.

Lawmakers Petition EPA to Grant Waiver from Ethanol Quotas Amid Drought

August 20, 2012

Lawmakers Petition EPA to Grant Waiver from Ethanol Quotas Amid Drought

Lawmakers are petitioning the EPA to grant a waiver from ethanol quotas.

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