Topics: Renewable Fuel Standard

Senate Panel Examines RFS

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week heard testimony discussing the current state of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. At the hearing, critics of the RFS argued that the assumptions upon which the program is based -- i.e., continuously increasing motor fuel demand -- are no longer valid and that the RFS should therefore be repealed or substantially revised. RFS supporters testified that the program is needed to increase the amount of renewable fuels in the United States, and said EPA was wrong to lower the statutory volume obligations for the 2016 compliance period. More

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. More

Litigation Surrounding RFS, Biofuels Heats Up

Two separate lawsuits have been filed in recent weeks challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) efforts to encourage more biofuels, including biodiesel, in the market. More


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. More

Biodiesel Update: Tax Credit and RFS Volume Numbers

NATSO is continuing its outreach to policymakers on Capitol Hill and the Administration regarding biodiesel policy. Additionally, NATSO met last week with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to discuss the forthcoming Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biodiesel volume obligations for 2014-2017. More

Biodiesel Update: Policymakers To Consider Important Choices on RFS, Biodiesel Blenders Tax Credit in Coming Weeks

In the coming weeks, policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the Obama Administration have important decisions to make regarding the future of biodiesel in the United States. As Congress considers whether to extend the biodiesel tax credit and who in the supply chain should be able to claim that credit (blenders or producers), officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are expected to release by Nov. 30 annual biodiesel volume obligations for 2014-2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard. More

NATSO Responds to EPA RFS Requirements for 2014-2016

NATSO filed comments July 27 with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency’s May proposal on its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016 as well as the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2017. More

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. More

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. More

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