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Renewable Fuel Standard Inaction Increasing GHG Emissions, Study Says

The EPA’s inaction on finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions of 21 million metric tons CO2 equivalent, according to a Biotechnology Industry Organization white paper. The white paper updates earlier published estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the agency’s … Read more »


McDonald’s, White Castle to EPA: Cut Corn Ethanol Mandate

The National Council of Chain Restaurants has urged the EPA to further reduce the levels of corn ethanol mandated under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In response to concerns about the RFS, the EPA last year proposed cutting corn ethanol levels for 2014 to 13.01 billion gallons from 13.8 billion gallons. … Read more »

EPA to Reconsider Cellulosic Ethanol Target

The EPA will reconsider its 2013 cellulosic ethanol target, Reuters reports. The move is a big win for oil industry groups, which have argued the rule mandates significantly more cellulosic ethanol than is available in the marketplace. The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute had petitioned … Read more »

Corn Ethanol Reduces GHG Emissions 32% Compared to Petroleum

Corn Ethanol Reduces GHG Emissions 32% Compared to Petroleum

Average corn ethanol reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent compared to average petroleum in 2012, according to a study commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and conducted by Life Cycle Associates. This estimate includes prospective emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC) for corn ethanol. When compared to … Read more »

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Frozen Food Industry Backs Fuel Standards, Biofuel Producers Blast EPA Proposal

The American Frozen Food Institute has urged the EPA to enact its proposal to slash mandated corn ethanol production by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014 while the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is warning the agency that the Renewable Fuel Standard proposal will hurt the biofuels industry. At the EPA’s hearing … Read more »

NREL Debunks 15% Ethanol Blend Car Damage Claims

There is no evidence that engines that use gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol component will experience engine failure, according to a report conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association. Review and Evaluation of Studies on the Use of E15 in Light-Duty Vehicles found that … Read more »

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EPA Proposes Slashing Ethanol Blend Mandate

The EPA is considering slashing the amount of ethanol that must be blended into US gasoline next year, marking a victory for refiners that say they cannot meet the statutory mandate. The proposal, if approved, would reduce the mandate to 15.21 billion gallons for renewable fuels in 2014 instead of … Read more »

Wendy’s, White Castle Demand Renewable Fuel Standard Repeal

Fast food chains White Castle and Wendy’s today will lobby Capitol Hill to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard on the grounds that fuel produced from soy, corn and other agricultural crops drives up food prices. The new campaign, Feed Food Fairness: Take RFS Off the Menu, is organized by the … Read more »

PwC: Fuel Standard Could Cost Restaurants Billions

PwC: Fuel Standard Could Cost Restaurants Billions

The use of corn-based ethanol required by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard mandate has dramatically distorted the market and increased costs throughout the food supply chain to the tune of billions of dollars, according a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, for the National Council of Chain Restaurants. NCCR commissioned PwC to study … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Carbon Surplus, Solyndra, Biofuel Mandate

A European Commission draft document urges the Climate Change Committee make a decision before the end of the year on a temporary fix to the short-term surplus of carbon credits in the EU ETS. The draft report also mentions the need for more lasting changes to the trading scheme, despite … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shell Arctic Drilling, DOI Offshore Oversight, 54.5 MPG Costs, UK Wind Power

Shell has permission from the DOI to begin preparatory work on its first well in the Arctic Ocean. Shell can put down as much as 1,400 feet of well casing in the Chukchi Sea to support the required blowout preventer and cannot drill into any subsurface formations that may contain … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Cellulosic Biofuels, Ethanol Quota, Calif. Water Pipelines, RGGI Targets

INEOS New Planet BioEnergy has become the first large-scale facility to receive EPA registrations for the production and sale of advanced cellulosic biofuels from non-food vegetative waste materials. The center is scheduled to begin production in the third quarter of 2012. At full production, it will produce eight million gallons … Read more »

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