Kathleen M. Roberts

Kathleen M. Roberts

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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White House OMB Reviews Final Changes To Standards For Renewable Fuels

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a draft final rule for review to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that would reduce the amount of biofuels that must be...more

11/17/2015 - American Petroleum Institute Biofuel EPA Oil & Gas Renewable Fuel Standard

Open Meeting Of The Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Announced

On November 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting is intended...more

11/17/2015 - Biofuel Biomass DOE Energy Sector R&D

Senator Stabenow Introduces Legislation To Provide Tax Credits For Renewable Chemical Production

On November 10, 2015, Senator Stabenow (D-MI), along with Senators Coons (D-DE) and Franken (D-MN), introduced S. 2271, the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2015 to the Senate. If passed, the bill would amend the Internal Revenue...more

11/17/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Biomass Energy Research Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Proposed Legislation Tax Credits

California Changes Tax Law To Allow For Biodiesel Tax Exemption

On October 4, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1032, an act to amend Sections 60501 and 60505.5 of the Revenue and Taxation code, relating to taxation, into law. The bill adds biodiesel to the...more

10/27/2015 - Diesel Fuel Jerry Brown Revenue & Taxation Code Tax Exemptions

California Enacts Law To Use 50 Percent Renewable Electricity By 2030

On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 350, The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (the Act). The law will require the percent of electricity produced from renewable sources to increase...more

10/20/2015 - Electricity Energy Policy Energy Sector Jerry Brown New Legislation Renewable Energy

California Issues Draft Alternatives Assessment Analysis Guide

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued a draft of its Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guide. DTSC developed this guidance to help the regulated community conduct AA and regulatory...more

10/12/2015 - DTSC Safer Consumer Product Regulations Webinars

American Energy Innovation Act Of 2015 Introduced By Senate Democrats

On September 22, 2015, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Democratic Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) released...more

9/28/2015 - Clean Energy Incentives Renewable Energy

Biofuel CEOs Send Letter To President Obama Over EPA RFS Proposal

On September 16, 2015, 23 biofuel executives sent a letter to President Obama regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirement proposal. The revised RFS allows...more

9/28/2015 - Barack Obama Biofuel CEOs EPA Investors Renewable Fuel Standard

RFA Responds To Oregon’s Proposal To Use ILUC Emissions Under CFP

On September 15, 2015, Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) proposed using hypothetical indirect land use change (ILUC) emissions while calculating the carbon intensity of biofuels under the Clean Fuels Program...more

9/28/2015 - Biofuel Carbon Emissions Clean Fuels Program (CFP) Department of Environmental Quality ILUC Public Hearing

Gina McCarthy Speaks About The Future Of The RFS

On September 15, 2015, the head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, spoke at the Growth Energy Advocacy Conference about the need of the upcoming RFS rule to encourage long-term investment in advanced biofuels to successfully grow...more

9/22/2015 - Biofuel EPA Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Standard

USDA Announces State Finalists For Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Grants

On September 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the 21 state finalists for Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grants to add infrastructure to supply more renewable fuel to drivers. The program...more

9/22/2015 - Biofuel Energy Sector Federal Grants USDA

EPA Inspector General Releases Report On Need For Better Data For PGCCA

On September 15, 2015, the EPA Inspector General (IG) released a report criticizing EPA's use of unverified pollution prevention data for the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (PGCCA). The report, "EPA's...more

9/22/2015 - EPA Green Chemistry

DOE Requests Information About Algal Feedstocks For Future Program Planning

On September 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released a Request for Information (RFI) titled “High Yields through Productivity...more

9/16/2015 - Biofuel Biomass Energy Research DOE Request For Information

New Jersey Clarifies Definition Of Biofuels For Motor Fuel Tax Act Exemptions

On August 10, 2015, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) signed into law S.B. 2599/A-4121, an act concerning the definition of certain fuels and amending P.L.2010, c.22. The legislation clarifies New Jersey's Motor Fuel Tax Act...more

9/16/2015 - Biofuel Chris Christie Fuel Tax New Legislation

Novozymes CEO Peder Holk Nielsen Discusses Growth In Biofuel Industry

On September 7, 2015, Clean Technica published a conversation with Novozymes CEO Peder Holk Nielsen about opportunities for growth coming from the upcoming COP 21 Paris climate talks. Nielsen expressed a desire for a form of...more

9/16/2015 - Biofuel Carbon Emissions Climate Change Energy Sector Energy Tax Incentives Renewable Energy

DOE Announces Funding For Two Next-Generation Biofuel Projects

On August 27, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for two projects focused on the development of next-generation biofuels. Texas A&M University will receive up to $2.5 million to support its efforts in...more

9/7/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Biofuel DOE Oil & Gas

Farm Service Agency Announces Start Of BCAP Enrollment

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the start of enrollment for financial assistance through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to assist in growing new...more

9/7/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Biomass Biomass Energy Research Farms FSA Subsidies USDA

Two Malama Composites BioFoams Earn USDA Biobased Product Label

On August 26, 2015, Malama Composites, Inc. (Malama) announced that its Studio BioFoam® product had earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label. This news was followed by a second...more

9/7/2015 - Biobased Chemicals USDA

IRS Releases Guidance On Income Tax Treatment Of 2014 Biodiesel Mixture Credits

On August 18, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a notice containing tax code information for 2014 biodiesel tax credits. The focus of the notice is the treatment of credits under Internal Revenue Code Section...more

9/7/2015 - Diesel Fuel Excise Tax IRS Oil & Gas Tax Credits

BESC Announces Microbe That Significantly Improves Isobutanol Yields

On August 14, 2015, the Department of Energy's (DOE) BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) announced the creation of a microbe that increases isobutanol yields by a factor of ten. The study, published in Metabolic Engineering,...more

8/25/2015 - Biotechnology DOE Energy Sector Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Scientific Research

RFA Asks EPA To Allow Higher Ethanol Blends In Midwest Region After Refinery Outage Leads To High Prices At The Pump

On August 14, 2015, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) asked EPA to waive Reid Vapor Pressure requirements for E15 and to also allow E12 blending. Reid Vapor Pressure is a measure of gasoline's volatility and is regulated...more

8/25/2015 - EPA Ethanol Oil & Gas Renewable Fuel Trade Associations

USDA Invests In Rural Energy For America Program

On August 7, 2015, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in loans and grants to be distributed through its Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The $63 million is divided among 264 renewable energy and energy...more

8/17/2015 - REAP Renewable Energy Rural Development USDA

World’s Largest Succinic Acid Plant Opened In Canada

On August 6, 2015, BioAmber Inc. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd announced the opening of their joint succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario. This joint venture cost approximately $141.5 million to build and has a capacity of 30,000...more

8/17/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Canada

Open Meeting Of The Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Announced

On August 10, 2015, the Federal Register included a notice announcing an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee in Washington D.C. on August 27, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,...more

8/17/2015 - Biofuel Biomass DOE Research and Development Technical Standards USDA

Tax Credits For Renewable Chemical Production Introduced In The House

On July 29, 2015, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide credits for the production of renewable chemicals and investments in renewable chemical production facilities, and for other purposes (H.R. 3390)...more

8/10/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Biotechnology Chemicals Proposed Legislation Tax Credits

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