Topics: Fuel & Trucking

EPA Releases Final 2019 Renewable Fuel Mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will require 19.92 billion gallons of biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel system under its 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). But in issuing the numbers, the agency failed to address NATSO’s concerns about its practice of issuing small refinery waivers that exempt small refineries from their obligations under the RFS — even small refineries that are owned by profitable refining entities such as Andeavor. More

NATSO, Others Continue to Pursue Tax Extenders

Incoming Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told Politico that he has "very little interest in the Ways and Means Committee" for tax extenders, "except maybe for a couple," which could include the biodiesel tax credit. More

NATSO, Others Urge Congress to Renew Tax Extenders

NATSO joined nearly 60 organizations representing a variety of business, energy, transportation, and agriculture stakeholders in urging Congress to renew expired tax incentives through the end of 2019 before the 115th Congress adjourns. More

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Drivers Drivers to Remain Critical Even as Autonomous Technology Grows Members Only Join or Login

Autonomous technologies are continuing to make headlines. A handful of new startups, such as Waymo, as well as most major Class 8 manufacturers, including Paacar, Daimler and Volvo, are already testing autonomous technology. While the technology could be used to improve safety and, potentially, create self-driving vehicles, many within the trucking industry believe drivers will remain necessary. Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations, compared autonomous technology within the trucking industry to that used in the airline industry. Although auto-pilot technology could fly the plane, pilots must oversee the operations and take over the controls when necessary. “If something goes wrong outside of a catastrophic event, you have a while to deal with that event,” he said while speaking during NATSO Connect 2018. “I can’t imagine at this point the federal government will say to go ahead and take the driver out of the driver’s seat.” More

EPA Sends 2019 Biofuel Mandates to White House

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its final renewable volume obligations for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This marks the final step before EPA's proposed 2019 renewable fuel mandates are finalized. NATSO will meet with OMB to discuss the proposal in the coming days. More

Republicans Seek to Repeal EV Tax Credit

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Congressional Republicans are making another attempt to kill the federal tax credit for electric vehicles, after it was left out of their November 2017 tax plan. More than 57,000 households claimed the non-refundable Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit for tax year 2016, up from 42,868 in 2015. The total value of credits reached $375.1 million for all claims in 2016 and $251.6 million in 2015. More

NATSO Files Comments on EPA CAFE Standards

NATSO on Oct. 26 filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency in response to the Agency's proposed changes to fuel economy requirements that were previously finalized by the Obama Administration. NATSO expressed support for the agency’s efforts to tie Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards to today’s market realities while also providing the agency several ideas for how it could improve a new standard to better achieve its regulatory objectives. More

NATSO ANALYSIS: Trump Administration Pursuing Year-Round E15, RIN Transparency Measures Members Only Join or Login

Over the last two years, there has been an extraordinary amount of uncertainty and volatility in renewable fuels and Renewable Identification Number (RINs) markets. This largely has been due to the Trump Administration's desire to "thread the needle" and develop a policy solution that makes both the renewable fuels community and the refining industry happy. NATSO and the retail fuels community have generally been stuck in the middle. More

Better Manage Your RINs with the Alternative Fuel Council's RIN Management Service

NATSO and the Alternative Fuels Council have launched a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and manage their RINs. More