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Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

Is Cellulosic Ethanol All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

December 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EPA has long promoted cellulosic ethanol as the future of biofuels, but technical challenges have kept production far below targets. A recent rule change allows renewable natural gas to qualify as cellulosic biofuel even though RNG is not cellulosic, but this helps the EPA to appear to be meeting their goals.[read more]

Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude

November 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.[read more]

Cellulosic Ethanol

November 13, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Ethanol and Fuel Standards

The hand-wringing and soul-searching that has gone on at the United States Environmental Protection Agency regarding a proposed reduction in the amount of ethanol to be blended in the gasoline in 2014 is emblematic of a policy based on optimistic projections divorced from reality.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This Would Have Been Simply Impossible Without the Establishment of the Renewable Fuel Standard'

October 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Renewaable Fuel Standard Effects

The Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to introduce increasing volumes of biofuels into the US liquid transportation fuel system. The standard has been expanded over time with greater focus given to advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol that do not use food crops as a direct feedstock.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Consumers, Not the Federal Government, Should Determine What Goes in their Cars'

October 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Consumer Choice and Fuel Regulation

The always-ugly battle between US oil refiners and the biofuels industry over EPA’s renewable fuel standards heated up again recently when 31 oil executives sent a letter to President Obama urging EPA to stick with fuel blending volumes proposed last November.[read more]

New Biogas Rules in the RFS

August 6, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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New Biogas Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) that improves opportunities for biogas to be utilized as a vehicular fuel. They did this by qualifying it as an advanced cellulosic biofuel.[read more]

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Can the Complexities of Sugarcane Ethanol Imports Lead to Increased Carbon Emissions?

April 7, 2014 by John Miller
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Ethanol Imports and Emissions

The ‘Renewable Fuel Standard’ (RFS) requires blending biofuels into motor fuels annually to reduce petroleum consumption and associated carbon emissions. Since 2010 RFS compliance has included Brazil sugarcane ethanol imports. Do these imports actually achieve RFS carbon reduction requirements?[read more]

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Impacts of the EPA Certifying Sugarcane Ethanol as an 'Advanced Biofuel'

January 8, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA and Sugarcane Certification

The EPA certified Brazil sugarcane ethanol as an ‘advanced biofuel’ in 2010. This made Brazil imports eligible for U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard annual compliance. What are the impacts of this EPA action on U.S. fuel markets and associated carbon emissions?[read more]

Our Holiday Wish List

December 24, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

Energy Wish List

Heading into the New Year, it’s clear the decisions confronting lawmakers and EPA regulators on the RFS will have a great impact on our world’s journey towards decreasing greenhouse gases and improving energy security. Here’s our wish list for the presents we’d like to see in 2014.[read more]

EPA’s RFS Proposal is a Step Backwards on Clean Energy Path

December 5, 2013 by Leticia Phillips
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EPA Regulation

Since the beginning of the RFS program, the EPA had been a strong supporter of the role Brazilian sugarcane ethanol plays supplying Americans with sustainable fuel. That's why it came as a shock that the EPA has proposed to drastically reduce the volumes of advanced fuels for the 2014 RFS.[read more]

Putting Renewable Fuels Back on Track

November 20, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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There are a lot of folks who want to tell a simple, black and white story about biofuels and the Renewable Fuels Standard. The RFS either needs to be dashed on the rocks or anchored in a safe harbor never to be touched. The truth is not that simple.[read more]

EPA's Ethanol Adjustment Falls Short of Reform

November 20, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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The EPA has proposed significant adjustments to the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. The headline change was a nearly 3 billion gallon reduction in the required biofuel volume for next year. However, less than half of that reduction was truly discretionary.[read more]

Is An Ethanol Compromise on the Horizon?

November 4, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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If ethanol producers and advanced biofuels developers are convinced that fossil fuels get a better deal from the federal government, it would be a simple matter to replace these programs with the same incentives received by oil and gas producers and petroleum refiners.[read more]

The US Corn-to-Ethanol Program

October 15, 2013 by Willem Post
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The subsidy-laden corn-to-ethanol program, beneficial to farmers and their suppliers, ethanol plant builders and owners, and politicians, appears to degenerate into a multi-billion net loss for the rest of society, and to inflict a net harm to the environment.[read more]

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Busting Big Oil Myths on the RFS and Ethanol, Part II: Food Prices

May 30, 2013 by Geoff Cooper
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ethanol production vs. food prices

Part II in a series of Big Oil myth-busters on the RFS and ethanol, this post takes aim at another oft-repeated fable: the old “food versus fuel” canard. The facts demonstrate the absurdity of these claims.[read more]