Kathleen M. Roberts

Kathleen M. Roberts

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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Coalition Sends Letter To Trump On Ethanol Policy Changes

On March 7, 2017, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump requesting the Administration’s support for changes to various federal policies to strengthen biofuels production and expand markets for...more

3/23/2017 - Biofuel Energy Sector Ethanol

DOE Announced Biomass Technical Advisory Meeting

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

3/22/2017 - Biofuel Biomass DOE Research and Development USDA

RFA Publishes Report On U.S. Ethanol Industry

On February 22, 2016, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) published the results of a study on the impact of the ethanol industry on the U.S. economy. The study, which was commissioned by ABF Economics, found that the U.S....more

3/15/2017 - Biofuel Ethanol Renewable Fuel

DOE Publishes Report On Biorefinery Optimization Workshop

On February 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of the Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report. The report provides an overview of the...more

3/14/2017 - Biofuel Biotechnology DOE Renewable Energy

DOE Announces Recipients Of $5.9 Million In Funding For CO2 Utilization Strategies

On February 22, 2017, the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy announced seven recipients of $5.9 million in funding to develop novel ways to use carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from coal-fired power plants. The projects will focus...more

3/9/2017 - Biofuel Biomass DOE Funding Opportunities

Iowa Biofuel Industry Urges EPA To Reject RFS Point Of Obligation Petition

On February 16, 2017, a coalition of Iowa farmers, renewable fuel producers, and retailers urged Scott Pruitt, just prior to his being confirmed as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, to protect the...more

3/2/2017 - Biodiesel Biofuel EPA Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard

USDA Extends Comment Period On Biobased Product Categories For Federal Procurement

On February 21, 2017, USDA announced in the Federal Register that the comment period for the Designation of Product Categories for Federal Procurement proposed rule had been extended. The proposed rule aims to amend the...more

2/28/2017 - Bioproducts Biotechnology Public Comment USDA

Senators Send Letter To White House Counsel Regarding Carl Icahn Concerns

On February 13, 2017, seven democratic Senators sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn requesting details on Carl Icahn’s role in the Trump Administration and the extent of his influence over the Renewable Fuel...more

2/27/2017 - Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard Trump Administration

Illinois State Senators Introduce Legislation To Boost Biobased Economy

On February 9, 2017, Illinois State Senators Andy Manar and Chapin Rose introduced legislation aimed at growing Illinois’ biobased economy by providing incentives under the Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Program...more

2/21/2017 - Biobased Chemicals Biotechnology Chemicals Proposed Legislation Tax Credits

CSPA Sends Letter To Trump On Safer Choice Program

On January 24, 2017, the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express its commitment to working with Trump and his administration and to outline its top priorities,...more

2/14/2017 - CSPA EPA FIFRA Trump Administration

Ontario Seeks Input On RFS Discussion Paper

On January 11, 2017, the Government of Ontario released a discussion paper titled “Developing a Modern Renewable Fuel Standard For Gasoline in Ontario,” which provides context for the new RFS requirements. ...more

2/8/2017 - Canada Greenhouse Gas Emissions Ontario Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard

U.S. Air Force Announces $55 Million For Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory issued a $55 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to establish additional Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capabilities to increase the...more

2/7/2017 - Biofuel Funding Opportunities Renewable Fuel US Air Force

EPA Seeks Comments On GHG Analysis Of Sugar Beets For Biofuel Feedstock

On January 18, 2017, Christopher Grundler, the Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), signed a notice inviting comment on its analysis of the upstream...more

2/6/2017 - Biofuel Comment Period EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard

DOE Releases U.S. Energy And Employment Report

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), which aims to aid in providing a more complete definition and quantification of energy employment across...more

2/3/2017 - Biofuel DOE Ethanol Renewable Fuel

EPA Delays Effective Date of 2017 RFS Requirements

On January 26, 2017, EPA published a final rule delaying the effective date of 30 EPA regulations, including the RFS Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018 final rule....more

2/2/2017 - Biodiesel Biofuel Biomass EPA Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Denies APFM’s Petition For Cellulosic Waiver

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrote to the American Petrochemical and Fuel Manufacturers (AFPM) denying its petition for partial supplemental waiver of the 2016 cellulosic biofuel...more

2/2/2017 - Biofuel EPA Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard

AkzoNobel Launches Global Chemicals Start-Up Challenge

On January 16, 2017, AkzoNobel announced the launch of Imagine Chemistry, which provides start-up firms, students, research groups, and career scientists an opportunity to collaborate with AkzoNobel experts to solve real-life...more

1/31/2017 - Biobased Chemicals Biotechnology Chemicals

Third Party Auditor May Lose Ability to Verify RINs

On January 4, 2017, EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke Genscape’s ability to verify Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) as a third party auditor under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Quality Assurance Program (QAP)....more

1/30/2017 - EPA Quality Assurance Programs Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard

Petition For Waiver Of 2016 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirements

On December 28, 2016, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) submitted a petition requesting that EPA waive the cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements for the 2016 compliance year citing an inadequate...more

1/30/2017 - Biofuel EPA Renewable Fuel

USDA Issues A Notice of Available Funds For The Farm-To-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive

On December 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) published in the Federal Register a notice of available funds regarding the Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI) for companies...more

1/11/2017 - Biofuel Renewable Fuel USDA

DOE Announces Recipients Of $12.9 Million In Funding For Biofuels, Bioproducts, And Biopower Project

On December 28, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that six projects had been selected for a funding opportunity of up to $12.9 million titled “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing...more

1/10/2017 - Biofuel Biomass DOE Funding

EPA Extends Comment Period On REGS Rule And RFS Point Of Obligation Petitions

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two announcements in the Federal Register regarding an extension of the comment period for the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule...more

1/9/2017 - Biodiesel Biofuel EPA Renewable Fuel Renewable Fuel Standard

China To Double Ethanol Production by 2020

On December 5, 2016, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) published a five-year plan that aims to increase ethanol production to four million tons by 2020 despite the government maintaining strict control over the use...more

12/22/2016 - Biofuel China Ethanol

EPA Convenes Hearing On Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule

On December 6, 2016, EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. The proposed rule would update the regulatory structure to allow biofuel producers to process and convert biomass at...more

12/20/2016 - Biofuel EPA Ethanol Renewable Fuel

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