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GAO Says Renewable Fuel Standard ‘Broken,’ American Petroleum Institute and Advanced Biofuels Association Say Don’t Change Point of Obligation

The Renewable Fuel Standard is unlikely to meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions or expanding the nation’s renewable fuels sector, according to two Government Accountability Office reports.

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EPA Raises Renewable Fuel Requirements, But Can It Survive Trump?

The EPA has raised the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the nation’s gasoline supply, drawing an immediate attack from the oil industry. The final Renewable Fuel Standards, announced last week, raise the levels from 18.11 billion gallons this year to 19.28 billion gallons in 2017. This … Read more »

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EPA Proposes Denying Oil Refiners’ Renewable Fuel Standard Petition

The EPA has proposed denying several petitions by oil refiners to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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EPA Proposes Renewable Fuel Standard Program Changes, Cracks Down on RFS Violators

The EPA this week proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard that the agency says will support market growth of ethanol and other biofuels in the US. The proposal would allow biofuel producers to partially process renewable feedstocks at one facility and further process them into renewable fuels at another … Read more »

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EPA Didn’t Report Renewable Fuel Standard Impacts, Inspector General Says

As part of the US Renewable Fuel Standard program, the EPA is required to report to Congress every three years on the affect of the biofuels mandate. The agency hasn’t made a report since 2011, according to a report from the EPA’s Office of Inspector General. The Aug. 18 report, … Read more »

EPA’s 2017 Biofuels Proposal Draws Ire from Big Oil, Big Ag, Biofuels Industry

EPA’s 2017 Biofuels Proposal Draws Ire from Big Oil, Big Ag, Biofuels Industry

The EPA’s 2017 proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements, announced yesterday, would require refineries to blend 18.8 billion gallons of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline supply next year.

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Despite Lawsuits, EPA Investigation, Renewable Fuel Standard ‘Not Doomed’

In the latest efforts to repeal the US biofuel mandate, last week the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers both filed lawsuits challenging the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend corn-based ethanol with gasoline. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) established … Read more »

EPA Mandates Biofuel Volumes for 2016, Big Oil and BIO Attack Requirements

EPA Mandates Biofuel Volumes for 2016, Big Oil and BIO Attack Requirements

The EPA finally announced the long-delayed biofuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2014, 2015 and 2016, boosting the volume of renewable fuels that must be blended into US gasoline, compared to the levels the agency proposed in June. Neither the biofuels industry nor the oil … Read more »

EPA to Review Biofuels Mandate

The Renewable Fuel Standard’s effectiveness has long been called into question by the oil industry. Now it’s the subject of an EPA internal investigation, as the agency launches its own review of the environmental benefits of the biofuels mandate, which requires refiners to blend corn-based ethanol with gasoline. According to … Read more »

Renewable Fuel Standard Proposal Released

Renewable Fuel Standard Proposal Released

The EPA on Friday released the long-delayed proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program that would reduce the levels of biofuels blended into conventional fuel but still require small increases over the next few years. The EPA is proposing to establish 2014 standards at levels that reflect … Read more »

EPA Delays Renewable Fuel Mandate

The EPA on Friday delayed finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard until next year. The rule tells refiners how much biofuels must be blended into the US fuel supply. Last year the agency proposed reducing the amount of ethanol blended into the US fuel supply for the first time since … Read more »