Argus Biofuels & Feedstocks 2016
October 18-20, 2016 - London UK

Fed subsidies support GHG emitting fuels

The Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, recently released a study on energy subsidies. The study, titled "Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008," offers a comparison of subsidies the federal government provided to fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy spanning from fiscal year 2002 through fiscal year 2008. During this seven year period, the researchers found that approximately $72 billion in subsidies were provided to benefit the fossil fuels industry, while only $29 billion in subsidies were provided for renewable sources of energy. Of that $29 billion, $16.8 billion specifically benefitted corn-based ethanol.READ MORE

Harkin drops indirect land use amendment

In a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson pledged that indirect land use rules related to biofuels would reflect the uncertainty of the science used to develop them. On Tuesday, Harkin introduced an amendment to H.R. 2996, the Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of2010, which would abrogate funding for the EPA's implementation of any rule limiting production or use of biofuels based on indirect land use.READ MORE

DOE explains NEPA applicability to Loan Guarantee Program

The U.S. DOE hosted the second Webinar in a series being held with the intent to provide guidance for completing applications for the DOE Loan Guarantee Program, as amended by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The first Webinar, held Sept. 8, emphasized key attributes that may positively influence a project's financial and technical evaluations during the Loan Guarantee Program application review process. The second Webinar was held Sept. 23 and explained the intent of the National Environmental Policy Act, its applicability to the Loan Guarantee Program, its most significant concerns and the type of data needed to support the NEPA section of applications.READ MORE

Partnership means patented technology can produce food and fuel

The partnership between Colorado-based PureVision Technology Inc., a renewable technology developer, and Australian microbiology company Microbiogen means PureVision's fractionation technology can produce biofuel and protein products simultaneously in biorefineries, according to the company. PureVision's patented fractionation process separates cellulosic biomass into three streams inside one pressurized reaction chamber, according to the company. The extraction technique removes and recovers the hemicellulose and lignin in two liquid fractions, leaving a solid fraction containing relatively pure cellulose or fiber. The process can be done in a single step, or several, depending on the desired product.READ MORE

Study finds RFS2 will result high compliance costs for producers

A new study recently commissioned by the National Corn Growers Association found that the U.S. EPA's proposed rule for the second stage of the renewable fuel standard (RFS2) is likely to result in high-up front and recurring compliance costs for ethanol producers. The study, titled "Compliance Costs Associated with the Proposed Rulemaking for the Renewable Fuels Standard," was completed by Informa Economics. In May the EPA released its proposed rule for the RFS2, which lays out the agency's strategy for achieving the renewable fuel mandates and compliance standards established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). EISA ultimately requires the use of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2022.READ MORE

EPA leaves ethanol out of GHG reporting program

The U.S. EPA has finalized its rule which will require greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters to collect data and report emissions levels on an annual basis, but has decided not to include ethanol producers on its initial list of emitters. In its proposal, released in March, the EPA included the ethanol industry as one of the main categories of GHG emitters. However, in response to comments submitted after the agency's released proposal, the EPA has decided to remove ethanol from its list of source categories while it further evaluates comments and options.READ MORE
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