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NEWS UPDATE October 17, 2013

RFS 3.0? Biofuel law experts pitch reform plan

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 17, 2013

The time may be ripe for a “renewable fuel standard 3.0,” a pair of biofuel law experts say in a new analysis funded by a BP PLC-backed bioenergy research institute. In a paper that will soon be published in the New York University Environmental Law Journal, the experts pitch a revamped RFS that would give U.S. EPA the power to make permanent changes to annual renewable fuel targets and modify the annual target for ethanol based on corn supplies, eliminate a specific category for cellulosic biofuels, and allow national forestland-derived wood to count for credit. “The RFS is the most groundbreaking and proactive renewable energy policy currently in place in the U.S.,” wrote Timothy Slating and Jay Kesan, researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who are affiliated with the Energy Biosciences Institute. But, they say, “there are beneficial changes to its statutory and regulatory structure that could be made.” [ read more … ]

Delta’s refinery challenges EPA over renewable fuel targets

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted October 17, 2013

A refinery owned by a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc. is challenging U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel mandate for this year, warning that the levels set by the agency will continue to force it to purchase costly ethanol credits. In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Monroe Energy LLC said it anticipates spending “tens of millions of dollars” over the next several months in acquiring the credits because it does not blend its own ethanol into gasoline. The refinery called EPA’s requirement “absurd” because it requires the nation overall to blend more ethanol than the market can handle. [ read more … ]

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