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EPA Sends Final Targets For 2014 Biofuel To OMB

On August 22, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and formal publication in the Federal...more

New NREL Study Shows New Potential For Lignin

On August 20, 2014, DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced a new NREL study demonstrating a potentially more economical way to use lignin to make renewable fuels and products....more

EPA Extends 2013 RFS Compliance Deadline, Again

On July 31, 2014, EPA again extended the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) annual compliance reporting and attest engagement reporting deadlines for obligated parties under the law. The Agency issued a direct final rule...more

RFS Update: EPA Indefinitely Extends 2013 RFS Compliance Deadlines, Final 2014 RFS Still Awaited

As reported in a previous blog, EPA in June extended the compliance and attest engagement reporting deadlines for the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to September 30, 2014 and January 30, 2015 (respectively). Today, EPA...more

Current Ethanol Blending Mandate Generates Interesting Opponents and Forces Delay

An increasingly pitched battle between business and agricultural interests over the blending of ethanol in gasoline has turned its focus to EPA’s rulemaking mandate which sets the minimum volume of renewable fuel sold...more

Energy And Commerce Chair Working On RFS Reform

Reportedly, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) plans to introduce a bill to modify the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The bill is expected to be introduced soon after EPA releases its...more

White House Weighs Higher EPA 2014 RFS Targets To Help Climate Efforts

On July 15, 2014, Inside EPA reported that "the White House is examining options for reversing EPA's proposed cuts to several renewable fuel standard (RFS) production targets in order to promote biofuels that create fewer...more

EPA Issues New RFS Rule; Expands Advanced Biofuel Pathways

On July 2, EPA published a final rule that amends three separate sets of regulations relating to fuels. These regulations clarify the number of cellulosic biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) that may be generated...more

Renewable Fuels Pathways Final Rule

On July 2, 2014, EPA released a signed, pre-published version of its final rule for "Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Pathways II and Modifications to the RFS Program, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Requirements, and E15 Misfueling...more

CBO Issues Report On RFS Compliance Through 2017

On June 26, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a 38-page report on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), "The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond." The report examines potential compliance...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update

With legislative efforts to reform or repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) on hold after the Environmental Protection Agency proposed paring back required blended levels of biofuel (renewable volume obligations or...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: June 2014 #2

With most of the energy sector’s attention focused this month on what the Environmental Protection Agency is doing with its proposed 111(d) rule regulating carbon emissions, less was said about what the agency did not do:...more

Georgia Tech Renames Institute Of Paper Science And Technology The Renewable Bioproducts Institute

Georgia Tech has announced that it is renaming its Institute of Paper Science and Technology the Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI). According to the announcement, the school has committed to doing the following to further...more

EPA Plans To Issue Several Actions That Will Impact The Biofuels Industry

On Friday, May 23, 2014, EPA published its semi-annul regulatory agenda (Agenda) indicating the Agency's upcoming priorities and timelines. A copy of the Agenda is available online. According to the Agenda, EPA plans to issue...more

Sixth Circuit Greenlights Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held this week that the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in providing funding for a cellulosic ethanol...more

The Anti-Energy Tax Incentives Caucus of the GOP

A growing number of Republican members of Congress, fueled by the Tea Party and conservative groups like the Club for Growth, are renouncing energy tax incentives for the fossil fuel and the renewable energy industries. ...more

OMB Reviewing RFS Pathways Rule As Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Activity Remains High

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reportedly received the final rule on "RFS Pathways II and Technical Amendments to the RFS2 Standards" (RFS Pathways II rule) from EPA. This is the last step in the...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - April 2014

South Carolina General Assembly - The S.C. House and Senate are on furlough for the remainder of this week and will return on April 29. The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee on Ethics Reform will meet...more

Biofuels Law Alert: IRS Addresses the Identity of the "Producer" in Contract Manufacturing Arrangements

Last week the IRS released an internal memorandum addressing which of the parties to a contract manufacturing arrangement for biodiesel is treated as the “producer” of the biodiesel for certain federal tax purposes....more

EPA To Review And Improve RFS Fuel Pathways Process

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will take approximately the next six months to evaluate and improve the petition process for new fuel pathways under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard...more

What To Expect from the Environmental Commodity Markets in 2014

“In the US, there are two regulatory programs that require blenders and refiners to mix a certain percentage of biofuels into their traditional supply of crude oil,” said Brisson. “We’ve seen a number of issues in 2013 with...more

2014 Top Energy & Environmental Regulatory Issues

In This Issue: - Environmental Protection Agency ..NAAQS ..Tier 3 & 4 Standards ..Stormwater Control ..Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation ..Clean Water Act Expansion ..Renewable Fuels...more

EPA Proposes Reducing Renewable Fuel Mandate, Citing Market Issues and Technical Constraints

Several aspects of the Agency’s proposal raise issues for industry to address in comments and explore in the rulemaking process. Background and Summary - On November 29, 2013, the US Environmental Protection...more

President Obama's Action Plan on Climate Change and Its Relevance for the United Arab Emirates

The Patton Boggs Climate Change, Energy and Resources practices, in conjunction with a number of international consultancies, can help companies take advantage of the opportunities the international component of the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 3, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of the Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

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