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Open Letter From Iowan Biofuel Producers Urges Protection Of RFS

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 6, 2018, a coalition of biofuel producers wrote to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) urging them to reach out to President Trump to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. EPA,...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: April 2018 #2

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Agriculture.com discussed ag group efforts ahead of White House meetings on biofuels. The Kansas City Star reported on potential meetings between ag state representatives and the White House on Chinese tariffs....more

Italy Earmarks EUR 4.7bn for Biofuel Incentives in the Transport Sector

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Ministerial Decree governing the new support scheme for use of biomethane and other advanced biofuels in the transport sector (Decree) was published in the Official Gazette on March 19, 2018 and entered into force on...more

Bioenergy Australia And QUT Make Case For Government Policies Driving Bioenergy Industry

On March 28, 2018, Bioenergy Australia and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) released “Biofuels to bioproducts: A growth industry for Australia.” The paper calls for the implementation of a Five-Point Plan...more

ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification Allows Commercialization Of Drop-In Jet Fuel

ASTM International’s energizing fuels division recently passed an Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure that will allow jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially...more

EPA Requests Comment On Registration Of Isobutanol As A Gasoline Additive

On March 29, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a Federal Register notice it is seeking public comment on the use of isobutanol in gasoline. EPA specifically seeks comment on issues to consider...more

Dismissal of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Case Appealed Amidst Program Extension

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Appeal in POET II could complicate California Air Resources Board’s proposed LCFS amendments. In the case commonly referred to as POET II, petitioner POET, LLC, a biofuels manufacturer, challenged the Low Carbon Fuel...more

USDA Publishes Biobased Economy Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its report on the economic impact of the biobased economy. The report, titled “Indicators of the U.S. Biobased Economy,” reviews data from 2011 and 2016 to analyze trends in...more

Valtra Delivers New Tractors Filled With 100 Percent Renewable Fuel

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 12, 2018, Valtra, a leading tractor manufacturer in the Nordic countries, announced that Neste MY Renewable Diesel would be used as the start-up fuel for all new tractors. All new Valtra tractors will be delivered...more

Industry Coalition Sends Letter On Farm Bill To Congressional Agricultural Committee

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 6, 2018, a coalition of over 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to the Agricultural Committee leaders in the House and Senate urging the reauthorization of and stable mandatory funding for the energy...more

RFS Reform Bills Introduced In Congress

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 8, 2018, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced companion legislation (S. 2519, H.R. 5212) in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, to reform the...more

DOE Awards $10.6 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Crop Research

On February 25, 2018, the University of Illinois announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $10.6 million grant for the Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) project. The project...more

European Commission Approves €4.7 Billion Support Scheme For Advanced Biofuels

On March 1, 2018, the European Commission announced the approval of a €4.7 billion Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced biomethane, for use in the transport...more

DOE Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session

The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting an Advanced Algal Systems Listening Session from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on June 13, 2018, in Seattle, Washington. During the listening session, BETO will seek feedback...more

NREL Seeks Biorefinery Survey Respondents

Researchers at the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are seeking responses to a survey on biorefinery operations. Yimin Zhang, an environmental engineer at NREL, and Marshall Goldberg, a subcontractor for NREL,...more

EU Launches Antidumping Investigation On U.S. Bioethanol

On February 20, 2018, the European Commission (EC) issued a notice of initiation of an expiry review of antidumping (AD) measures applicable to imports of U.S. bioethanol. The AD duty that has been in place since 2013 was...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Jury Function in Criminal Proceeding

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a defendant – convicted in a criminal proceeding of knowingly and willfully making false statements to investors, regulators, an outside accountant and...more

Neste Announces WestCAT To Operate On MY Renewable Diesel

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 13, 2018, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced that the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCAT) will operate exclusively on Neste MY Renewable DieselTM. WestCAT is a California public transportation...more

DOE Announces Release Of Peer Review Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the release of its 2017 Project Peer Review Report. The report contains recommendations provided during the March 2017...more

Congress Approves U.S. Blender’s Credit For 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

As explained in the notice issued by Neste, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), with President Trump’s signing of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892), the blenders tax credit was...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 6

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Work Already Underway. Since the passage of the bipartisan budget deal this past Friday, House and Senate Appropriations Committees have already begun...more

Neste Renewable Fuels Reduces GHG Emissions By 8.3 Million Tons

On February 5, 2018, Neste, a member of BRAG, announced that the use of its renewable fuels in place of fossil fuels resulted in a reduction of 8.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The significant...more

USDA Cancels Farm-To-Fleet Biofuel Program

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced in the Federal Register that it has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)...more

Section 9003 Biorefinery and Renewable Chemical Loan Program Gains Momentum - USDA Program Proves to Be Viable Commercialization...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (Section 9003 Program) had an unprecedented year in 2017, issuing numerous conditional...more

NBB Announces New Report On Biodiesel Benefits

On January 22, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that a new study on lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects of biodiesel updates and reaffirms the benefits of using the renewable fuel. ...more

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