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Will EPA Waived RFS Biofuels Volumes be Reallocated? (Ind. Report)
EPA,RFS
Date: 2018-06-22
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA will propose reallocating Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending obligations waived under its "hardship" exemption program to other refiners. The move would significantly increase the regulatory costs of those refineries that do not qualify for, or have not received, a waiver.

As previously reported, "hardship" waivers were intended for small refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and thos that suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: WSAU, Reuters, 20 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  EPA,  Hardship waiver,  Hardship Exemption,  


Butamax Isobutanol Registered as Drop-In Fuel (Ind. Report)
Butamax, US EPA
Date: 2018-06-20
The US EPA last week reported its approval of Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC registration for bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive at the rate of 16 pct or less as a "drop-in" fuel.

Butamax is a a 50/50 JV between BP and DuPont. Bio-isobutanol is made from renewable resources like corn, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is eligible for credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme, according to the EPA. (Source: Butamax, EPA, Renewables Now, 18 June, 2018) Contact: Butamax, Jan Koninckx, CEO, (302) 695-3216, www.butamax.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  isobutanol,  Butamax,  Biofuel,  Drop-In Fuel,  


"I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Notable Quote)
Trump,Ethanol
Date: 2018-06-08
On Wednesday in Washington, under pressure from US corn interests and farming state legislators, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry, sending US renewable fuel credit prices soaring more than 40 pct on Wednesday.

The White House had been poised to announce proposed changes to the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week after hosting months of difficult negotiations between representatives of Big Oil and Big Corn but delayed the announcement indefinitely. Even so, Trump brashly tried to sugar-coat defeat by exclaiming to his "base" -- "I did you a good favor for the farmers yesterday, right? We love the farmers. Right? (Source: devdiscourse, Various Media Sources, 6 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Ethanol,  Trump,  Biofuel,  


NCGA Commends Efforts to Protect RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
NCGA
Date: 2018-06-08
Following White House postponement of potential damaging changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard, NCGA President and North Dakota farmer Kevin Skunes thanked those who stood up for America's corn farmers.

"The nation's corn growers thank Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue for their advocacy and steadfast support for farmers, rural communities and renewable fuels. We greatly appreciate their efforts.

"With the expectation that the Administration was preparing to take drastic actions to unravel the RFS, farmers are very pleased those actions have been set aside and strongly encourage the Administration to keep the President's commitment to America's farmers and (leave) the RFS intact." (Source: NCGA, Wisc. AgConnection, 7 June, 2018) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuels,  NCGA,  


Notable Quote
RFS
Date: 2018-06-04
"Pruitt needs to understand that his actions to continue to grant (RFS "hardship") waivers, now retroactively, to oil refineries is undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard -- a program that Administrator Pruitt told Congress he was committed to upholding." -- Sen. Joni Ernst, (Iowa-R)

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Contact: Senator Joni Ernst, (2020 724-3264, https://contactsenators.com/iowa/joni-ernst

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Pruitt,  


EPA, Pruitt Challenged on RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Reg & Leg)
RFA,National Corn Growers Association
Date: 2018-06-01
Last Wednesday in Denver, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the National Corn Growers Association, the American Coalition for Ethanol and the National Farmers Union, brought suit in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals against the US EPA challenging several supposed "hardship waivers" the agency "secretly" issued to profitable refining companies.

in their action, the plaintiffs claim the federal agency, led by the increasingly controversial Trump appointee Scot Pruitt, awarded the waivers to two refineries owned by HollyFrontier Corp. and the Wynnewood Refining Co., a subsidiary of Carl Icahn's CVR Refining, without publishing the actions in the Federal Register and that the refineries were profitable and did not qualify for the waivers.

As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Various Media, NewsOK, 31 May, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver,  National Corn Growers Association,  RFA,  EPA Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  


Notable Quotes
RFS,EPA
Date: 2018-05-30
"(The) EPA is trying to undermine the RFS program under the cover of night. And there's a reason it has been done in secret -- it's because EPA is acting in contravention of the statute and its own regulations, methodically destroying the demand for renewable fuel." -- RFA Pres. Bob Dineen discussing the EPA's recent granting of numerous RFS "hardship" waivers.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Contact: RFA, Bob Dineen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  Bob Dineen,  RFA,  


Duly Noted
Advanced Biofuels Business Council
Date: 2018-05-28
According to Advanced Biofuels Business Council Exec. Director Brooke Coleman, "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is going against the President's commitment to rural America. If the EPA head keeps granting hardship waivers to the many refiners who have requested them, then the President's commitment to year-round use of E15 will be rendered useless. It's ridiculous for the EPA administrator to claim he's following the intent of the RFS and the President's commitment to it while at the same time granting those waivers."

Coleman says the RFS renewable fuel obligation rule for 2019 is expected out soon but if the waivers keep getting granted, then the numbers called for in that rule don't mean anything because refiners aren't held accountable to them. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., www.advancedbiofuels.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Business Council ,  EPA,  Pruitt,  RFS,  


Growth Energy Comments on EPA, USDA RFS Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2018-05-25
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement before Thursday's meeting between the US EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss President Trump's plan to preserve U.S. biofuel production:

"We're pleased the USDA is taking up the president's call to action and pressing for an immediate E15 fix, before the start of the summer driving season. As Secretary (Sonny) Perdue has noted, a flood of illegitimate waivers from the EPA has resulted in 'demand destruction' for U.S. farmers at a time when rural communities can least afford it. Even petroleum giants like Marathon are now expecting 'small refinery' handouts.

"Regulators should, instead, focus on the president's plan to reallocate lost biofuel gallons that were siphoned away by EPA waivers. President Trump promised to protect statutory targets under the Renewwable Fuel Standard (RFS), and we support Secretary Perdue's efforts to ensure the EPA upholds that commitment to rural families.

"There is no reason to delay action or attach unrelated gimmicks designed to benefit a few refinery owners. EPA Administrator (Scott) Pruitt should stand by his word in 2017, when he vowed not to pursue an export scheme that would cannibalize demand for U.S. biofuels, destroy farm income, and spark retaliatory tariffs against the entire fuel and farm supply chain." (Source: Grwoth Energy, SCD, 24 May, 2018)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  


Marathon Petroleum Requests EPA , RFS Biofuel Waiver (Ind. Report)
Marathon Petroleum
Date: 2018-05-23
Reuters is reporting that Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum last year asked the EPA for a hardship waiver exempting one of its refineries from U.S. Biofuels RFS legislation. The Reuters report did not identify the individual facility, or the portion of a facility, the waiver would cover or if the waiver was granted.

Marathon's smallest refinery is a 93,000 bpd facility in Canton, Ohio. As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Reuters, Seeking Alpha, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Marathon Petroleum, Corporate, (419)421-3070, (419) 425-7040, www.marathonpetroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


Grassley Warns Pruitt to Shape-Up or Ship-Out (Notable Quote)

Date: 2018-05-18
Iowa's senior senator Chuck Grassley (R) is calling for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to support the Trump Administration's biofuels policies, the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and the biofuels industry in general. Failing Pruitt's support, Grassely said he'd call for Pruitt's resignation.

"I'm done playing around. I've supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he will have broken Trump's promise and should step down and let someone else do the job of implementing Trump's (biofuel) agenda. Trump was elected with an agenda; Pruitt was not elected," Grassley said.

Grassley's position is in response to growing farm-state frustration with the EPA's management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compelling refiners to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol. Iowa is a top producer of both corn and ethanol. (Source: Wallaces Farmer, Others, Bloomberg, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  Scott Pruitt,  Biofuels,  


NFU Comments on White House Renewable Fuel Standard Meeting (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-05-11
In Washington, following Wednesday's White House meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and future of the biofuel industry, the National Farmers Union (NFU) issued the following comments:

"While there are certainly positives coming out of this meeting, there are several major potential pitfalls that will need to be mitigated as the administration sets out to implement these policies.

"(The) Farmers Union supports the administration's promises to make E-15 available for year-round use, yet it is absolutely essential we move our transportation fuel market into higher blends of ethanol like E-30. We also appreciate that a cap will not be put on RIN prices, as this would disincentivise the blending of homegrown, renewable fuels in our transportation fuel sector.

"However, this agreement contains no offset for the dozens of hardship waivers that the administration has handed out to oil refiners. These have waived up to 1.6 billion gallons in RFS volume requirements, effectively destroying demand for the surplus of corn that is keeping farm prices low for farmers. The agreement also includes a particularly detrimental plan to assign RIN credits to biofuel exports, which would both devastate domestic demand for biofuels and likely provoke our trading partners into retaliation.

"We urge the (Trump) administration to immediately begin implementing a plan that expands use of higher blends of ethanol, as our nation's family farmers need to be rid of burdensome stocks to start earning a decent price from the market. The administration must also avoid any plan that includes RIN credits for biofuel exports and pursue actions that restore the demand for biofuels that was lost as a result of hardship waiver handouts."

The meeting concluded with an agreement to allow year-round use of E15 gasoline, a limit on RFS 'hardship waivers' being handed out to refiners, and the possibility that RIN credits could be applied to exports of renewable fuel. No cap on RIN prices, nor any offset for the hardship waivers that were handed out to large refiners were included in the agreement. (Source: National Farmers Union, The Pig Site, 10 May, 2018) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, https://nfu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard ,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  E-15,  National Farmers Union,  


Notable Quote -- USGC Comments on RFS, RINs Reallocation
USGC
Date: 2018-05-09
"We appreciate the Trump Administration's strong support of the Renewable Fuel Standard, but the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is concerned any move that would relate RINs to exporting ethanol could be severely detrimental to the competitiveness of ethanol exports and would harm the U.S. grains industry.

"We believe RINs for exported ethanol could be perceived as an export subsidy, against our World Trade Organization obligations. They could put a target on our back globally. We are already seeing the impact of trade policy barriers on ethanol exports and we would like to have the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) look at the implications of export credits for RINs." -- Tom Sleight, US Grains Council, Pres., CEO , 9 May, 2018 Contact: USGC, (202) 789-0789, www.grains.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  US Grains Council,  Biofuel,  RINs,  Ethanol,  


Andeavor Claims Major 2016-17 RFS Obligations Savings (Ind. Report)
Andeavor,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-05-09
Following on our coverage of Philadelphia Energy Solutions bankruptcy, the company's owner, Andeavor, one of the largest U.S. refining companies has reported saving approximately $100 million over the past two years primarily due to a reduction in the RINs obligation for the 2016 and 2017 compliance periods for some of the company's inland refineries.

The Andeavor announcement late on Monday came after Reuters reported last month that the EPA granted the company a "financial hardship waiver" that freed its smallest refining facilities from the regulation. Andeavor recorded net profits of $1.4 billion in 2017.

Andeavor's EPA hardship exemptions freed the company's refineries in North Dakota, Utah and New Mexico from having to blend biofuels or purchase RINs for the 2016 compliance period. The company did not explicitly credit small refinery exemptions for the savings, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Andeavor, Reuters, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, [endlink]www.pes-companies.com[endlink]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  


ABFA Seeks Ruling on Pruitt's RFS Refinery Exemptions (Reg & Leg)
Advanced Biofuels Association
Date: 2018-05-02
Reuters is reporting the Washington, DC-based biofuels trade group Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC. to rule whether the Trump administration's U.S. EPA and its administrator Scott Pruitt violated the law in granting a growing number of small refineries exemptions under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), according to a court filing.

"ABFA members are concerned that Administrator Scott Pruitt is granting these exemptions in an arbitrary and capricious manner to undisclosed parties behind closed doors with no accountability for its decision-making process," Michael McAdams, the head of the trade group, said in a statement. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Association, Reuters, May, 2018) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres., www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Association,  RFS,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  Scott Pruitt,  


EPA Waivers Lower Ethanol Production, says RFA (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-04-30
The US EPA has granted Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)waivers to dozens of refineries over the last couple of years. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) analyzed the EPA's own compliance data and found that the exemptions lowered volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 million gallons over that time period. The volume lost over the last two years is ten times greater than the collective losses from 2013-2015, according to the RFA. The EPA reportedly has not disclosed the number of waivers it has granted and how much blending volume those exemptions effectively erased.

According to the RFA, "The EPA data strongly implies that small refiner exemptions have effectively lowered the 2017 required volume of renewable fuels by 1.1 billion gallons, or six percent." (Source: US EPA, NAFB, Others, 28 April, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  RFA,  RFS,  Ethanol Blend,  

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