Kathleen M. Roberts

Kathleen M. Roberts

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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USDA Now Accepting Applications For Loan Guarantees

On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for loan guarantees up to $250 million through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased...more

7/28/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Loan Guarantee Solicitation Renewable Fuel USDA

Proposed Rule Exempts Six Biobased Chemicals From Additional CDR Requirements

On July 22, 2015, EPA announced a proposed rule for the Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data. If enacted, this rule will exempt the following six biobased chemicals from...more

7/28/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Chemicals EPA Reporting Requirements

DOE Looking For Additions To Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee

As reported in last week's update, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy put out a call for nominations for candidates to join the Biomass Research and Development (R&D)...more

7/28/2015 - Advisory Committee Biomass Biomass Energy Research DOE Energy Sector Renewable Energy USDA

Department Of Energy Awards $18 Million To Algae Biofuel Projects

On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18 million in funding for six projects to develop bioproducts and biofuels from algae. The funding is intended to reduce the cost of algae-based biofuels to less...more

7/23/2015 - Biofuel DOE PACE

Senators Sign Letter Of Support For Consistent Federal Biomass Policy

On June 30, 2015, 46 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the EPA, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and USDA stating that "[f]ederal policies across all departments and agencies must remove any uncertainties and contradictions...more

7/15/2015 - Biomass DOE Energy EPA Renewable Energy USDA

Master Limited Partnership Parity Act Reintroduced To House And Senate

On June 24, 2015, the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 1656) was reintroduced in the House and the Senate. The legislation would provide investors in renewable energy projects with tax breaks that are currently...more

7/7/2015 - Corporate Taxes Energy Projects Energy Sector Energy Tax Incentives Investors Master Limited Partnerships Partnerships Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy

New York Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan

On June 25, 2015, the 2015 New York State Energy Plan was released, outlining a 40 percent reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from 1990 to 2030 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The aggressive plan would...more

7/7/2015 - Energy Consumption Energy Efficiency Energy Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Renewable Energy

DOE Announces $55 million To Fund GENSETS And TERRA Programs

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $55 million in funding for projects to accelerate biomass development and develop generator technologies under the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy...more

6/27/2015 - Biomass Biomass Energy Research DOE Energy Projects Energy Sector Federal Funding

Australia Reaches Agreement To Tax Biodiesel And Ethanol

On June 17, 2015, the Australian government made a bipartisan agreement to tax Australian-produced biodiesel and ethanol. Cleaner fuel grants for renewable and biobased diesel fuels will end by July 1, 2015, as will the...more

6/26/2015 - Australia Biofuel Energy Sector Ethanol Excise Tax Renewable Energy

USDA Announces Biobased Products Report And Changes To Biobased Programs

On June 17, 2015, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the release of a report to congress that builds on the Why Biobased? report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014. The new report, An...more

6/26/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Department of Agriculture Energy Sector Farm Bill Information Reports Renewable Energy USDA

USDA Is Now Accepting Applications From States For Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership

On June 12, 2015, the USDA began accepting applications for grants under the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). Through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), BIP will provide up to $100 million in grants to support...more

6/22/2015 - Biofuel Energy Sector Ethanol Federal Grants Grants Oil & Gas Renewable Energy USDA

USDA Issues Final Rule Amending Voluntary Labeling Program For Biobased Products

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued final amendments to the regulations concerning the Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products. The rule is intended to incorporate statutory amendments...more

6/22/2015 - Biobased Chemicals Final Rules Labeling Manufacturers USDA

EPA Methodology For Small Refinery Exemption Upheld

On June 2, 2015, federal appellate judges decided that EPA's methodology for evaluating small refineries (those with crude oil throughput averaging 75,000 barrels or less per day) for exemptions from the RFS program was fair....more

6/19/2015 - Clean Air Act Energy Sector EPA Oil & Gas Refineries Renewable Fuel

California Passes Bill To Ban Biobased Microbeads

On May 22, 2015, the California State Assembly passed the Plastic Microbeads Nuisance Prevention Law, a bill designed to ban the use of microbeads in beauty products and prevent the environment harm that occurs when they...more

6/19/2015 - Contamination Cosmetics Inland Waterways New Legislation

RSB Votes To Approve Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria And Compliance Indicators

On June 1, 2015, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) voted to pass the new Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators standard. The standard was approved as an optional module for those undergoing...more

6/19/2015 - Biomass Energy Sector

EPA Announces Public Hearing For 2014, 2015, And 2016 RFS

On June 4, 2015, EPA published a notice in the Federal Register for a Public Hearing on the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. ...more

6/19/2015 - Energy Sector EPA Public Meetings Renewable Fuel Standard

House Committee Holds Markup Hearing On TSCA Modernization Act Of 2015

On June 2 and 3, 2015, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a markup hearing for the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) after years of progress on Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform. ...more

6/19/2015 - Congressional Investigations & Hearings EPA Legislative Committees TSCA TSCA Modernization Act

EPA Announces 2014, 2015, and 2016 RFS Volumes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the volume requirements and associated percentage standards that would apply under the RFS program in calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016 for cellulosic biofuel,...more

6/1/2015 - Biofuel EPA Renewable Fuel Standard

Bank Of America Announces $600 Million Green Bond

On May 14, 2015, Bank of America (BoA) announced that it has issued a $600 million bond to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This is the second time that BoA has offered green energy bonds. In 2013, BoA...more

5/25/2015 - Bank of America Green Energy Low Carbon Fuel Standard Renewable Energy

Role Of Biomass Questioned For Clean Power Plan

In a May 8, 2015, letter, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) requested that EPA reconsider its decision to treat biomass as having zero emissions under the proposed Clean Power Plan (Plan). The Senators...more

5/24/2015 - Biomass Biomass Energy Research Clean Energy EPA

Roundtable On Sustainable Biomaterials Proposes Low Risk ILUC Standard

On April 29, 2015, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) released a draft standard titled "Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators" that will allow producers to show that they generate biofuels...more

5/11/2015 - Biofuel Biomass Energy Research Energy Sector

Biomass Technical Advisory Committee Announces Public Meeting

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee published a notice in the April 30, 2015, Federal Register announcing an open meeting that will provide advice and guidance...more

5/11/2015 - Biofuel Biomass DOE Energy Sector Public Meetings

Parliament Finalizes EU Biofuels Reform Rule

On April 28, 2015, the European Parliament approved a draft law restricting crop-based biofuels in order to encourage production of advanced biofuels with low-risk ILUC and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ...more

5/11/2015 - Biofuel Energy Sector EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Pending Legislation

EPA Requests Comment On Analysis Of Carinata Oil Feedstock

On April 24, 2015, EPA released a Federal Register notice inviting comment on analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced during the production and transport of Brassica carinata (carinata) oil feedstock for use...more

5/4/2015 - Biofuel Comment Period Energy Sector EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Oil & Gas

USDA Announces Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy Grants

On April 22, 2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by announcing that USDA "is providing more than $112 million in loans and grants to help rural communities build and upgrade...more

5/4/2015 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors Federal Grants Government-Guaranteed Loans Infrastructure Rural Development USDA

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