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NEWS UPDATE November 26, 2014

Ethanol, Fighting for Its Life, Gets a Temporary Reprieve

By Matthew Philips, Bloomberg Businessweek  •    •  Posted November 26, 2014

The oil industry has made no secret of its wish to add this third waiver, says Coleman. In the mid-2000s, when the Renewable Fuel Standard was first devised and implemented, opponents in Congress tried to put forth legislation that would have allowed the oil industry to sidestep it by not making the investments to accommodate more biofuels into the gasoline supply. At some point this year, the White House seems to have realized that by adding the third waiver, it would’ve been following the same path as prescribed by some of the renewable fuel industry’s staunchest enemies. [ read more … ]

Supporters Petition Chicago for E15 Ordinance

By Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel   •    •  Posted November 26, 2014

The Chicago City Council is on the verge of passing the “Chicago Clean Air Choice Ordinance,” which was proposed by city aldermen earlier this year, but the oil industry is fighting it. The ordinance allows city drivers to choose 15% ethanol at the pump. The original ordinance was introduced last summer, while the enhanced ordinance includes an exemption for filling stations selling less than 850,000 gallons of fuel per year and provides a phase-in period of nearly a year. [ read more … ]

Comment: The 2014 RFS Rule Left Out in the Cold

By Brent Erickson, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted November 25, 2014

The RFS was designed to increase advanced biofuel production and use – not to preserve the status quo of oil’s domination of the transportation fuel supply. If the volumes are based on gasoline consumption rather than biofuel production, it will fundamentally undermine the RFS’s policy support for advanced biofuel commercialization and put the program on a flat trajectory that only benefits oil refiners.
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10 Policy Proposals to Improve the Renewable Fuel Standard

BY SCOTT MCKEE, STUART ILER, Bipartisan Policy Center  •    •  Posted November 26, 2014

In the time since the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was first passed into law in 2005 (and later expanded in 2007), domestic biofuels production has risen and renewable fuels have increased as a percentage of the total U.S. transportation fuels supply. At the same time, persistent challenges in courts and in the implementation of the enacting laws have complicated the RFS, keeping it at the forefront of energy policy discussions. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) additional delay of the 2014 rule and the associated compliance volumes is a further indicator that improvements to the RFS are needed. [ read more … ]

Fuels America Coalition Speaks Out on RFS’s Future

By: Kevin Adler, OPIS  •    •  Posted November 26, 2014

EPA’s announcement on Friday that it will delay its finalization of the 2014 RFS and combine it with rulemaking for the 2015 and 2016 program mandates is a relief for the biofuels industry, in the sense that the 2014 proposal “was highly problematic,” said one member of the Fuels America coalition today, but he added that the industry is far from complacent about what will be the outcome when the new rules are created. [ read more … ]

China needs $145B annual investment to meet 2030 targets — report

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted November 26, 2014

China must invest $145 billion per year in technologies to increase its use of renewable energy to meet the goals laid out in the recent U.S.-China climate deal, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. An annual additional injection of $54 billion above business as usual would enable the share of renewable energy in China’s energy mix to hit 26 percent, according to the report from IRENA with support from the China National Renewable Energy Centre. The report is part of IRENA’s goal to double the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix by 2030. [ read more … ]

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