Topics: Ethanol

President to Lift Ban on Year-Round Sale of E-15

President Donald Trump is expected Oct. 9 to lift a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, a senior White House official told reporters. The move will be coupled with restrictions on biofuel credit trading sought by merchant refiners like Valero Energy Corp and PBF Energy Inc. Those rules would be aimed at retailers and oil majors accused by merchant refiners of driving up cost of complying with biofuels blending laws. More

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. More

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. More

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). 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

FTC Revises Rules for Gasoline Dispenser Labels Members Only Join or Login

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. More

2016 Market Preview: Biodiesel and Ethanol

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

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. More

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). More

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. More

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