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NEWS UPDATE April 13, 2015

EPA says it will get back on schedule in issuing rules for biofuels

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted April 13, 2015

“We will be back on the statutory timeline,” Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said during a press call Friday. “Our goal is to provide the market with the certainty it needs to continue to grow renewable fuel volumes.” As for why the EPA got off track to begin with, Grundler said that it was largely because the gasoline supply hit the so-called “blend wall” in 2014. But the new agreement does not in any way resolve the difficult issue of how EPA will set volume requirements that balance the competing demands of the petroleum and renewable fuel industries. Furthermore, the 2005 renewable fuels legislation calls for vastly increasing the use of ethanol made from cellulosic materials, which would only make it more difficult for EPA to resolve the “blend wall” problem. [ read more … ]

EPA, oil groups settle lawsuit over RFS deadlines 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted April 12, 2015

In a tentative settlement with oil trade groups, U.S. EPA has agreed to a timeline to propose and finalize renewable fuel mandates this year. Under the agreement, EPA would propose renewable fuel standard volumes for 2014 and 2015 by June 1 and finalize the standards by Nov. 30. The settlement would resolve the lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers last month over EPA’s failure to issue standards for 2014 and beyond. EPA also announced that, while not part of the consent decree, it would issue the 2016 RFS mandates on the same schedule. [ read more … ]

U.S. EPA strikes deal on biofuel blending targets with oil groups

BY AYESHA RASCOE, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 13, 2015

Oil refiners who have complained that federal regulators missed deadlines to issue rules on blending renewable fuels into the nation’s supply of gasoline and diesel fuel are set to get long-awaited targets from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under a deal the EPA announced on Friday with two oil industry groups who had sued it over persistent past delays, the EPA said it will propose draft biofuel use targets for 2015 by June 1. [ read more … ]

EPA, oil groups reach settlement on ethanol mandate

By Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted April 13, 2015

As part of the settlement announced Friday, the EPA will propose blending levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2015 by June 1, and a final rule outlining the volumes for 2014 and 2015 by the end of November. The 2014 figures, which are now on track to be completed two years after they were due, will reflect how much renewable fuel was actually consumed last year. The EPA said it would finalize the 2016 figures before the end of the year, even though that was not part of the agreement. The EPA is supposed to finalize the blending levels by Nov. 30 of the preceding year. [ read more … ]

Sen. Cruz pressed to back ethanol, acknowledge oil subsidies

By Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted April 13, 2015

Ethanol supporters from Iowa are pressing presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz to support an ethanol mandate requiring the largely corn-based fuel to be included into the country’s motor fuel supply. In a letter Wednesday, America’s Renewable Future said the Texas Republican is wrong when he says subsidies do not exist for the oil industry. Cruz has said he supports ethanol but opposes the blending mandate known as the Renewable Fuel Standard because there is enough demand for the fuel without the federal government’s involvement. [ read more … ]

EPA Approves Imports of Argentinian Biodiesel While US Industry Limps Along

By Jessie Stolarl, EESI  •    •  Posted April 13, 2015

Despite these successes, biodiesel has felt the chilling effects of the uncertainty of the RFS going forward. Therefore, it was no surprise that the U.S. biodiesel industry replied with consternation when the EPA approved a streamlined process for imports of Argentinian biodiesel, requested by Argentina’s biofuels association, CARBIO, in January. It is estimated that the move could bring 600 million gallons of Argentinian biodiesel into the U.S. market a year, approximately 34 percent of total U.S. production in 2014 (at 1.75 billion gallons). [ read more … ]

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