That the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association would come out fighting after the 2013 annus horribilis was to be expected. When Bob Dinneen, a man they’ve come to call the Reverend in these parts because of his full throttle evangelisin’ on the blendstock’s position in the USA, took the stage to deliver the keynote opening address to the 2014 National Ethanol Conference last week, the packed auditorium knew broadly what to expect.
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By Tim Worledge | February 27, 2014 02:49 PM Comments (0)
By John Kingston | January 28, 2014 12:01 AM Comments (0)
A few notes from the world of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard:
By News Desk | December 30, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (0)
When the Environmental Protection Agency released modification in the 2014 application of the renewable fuel standard, it was only the start of the process. The lobbying still goes on, as Herman Wang discusses in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & Environment.
By Herman Wang | November 21, 2013 04:20 PM Comments (2)
Much of the rhetoric surrounding the US Renewable Fuel Standard centers around the notion of home-grown fuels enhancing American energy security and independence.
That puts Leticia Phillips in a bit of a delicate situation, as she advocates for Brazilian sugar cane ethanol’s place in the US renewable fuel mix.
Phillips is the North American representative for UNICA, the Brazilian sugar cane industry association. And though lawmakers and the Obama administration have played up their support for domestically produced biofuels, Phillips said Brazilian ethanol has an ace up its sleeve: its lower life-cycle emissions, when compared to US corn-derived ethanol.
By John Kingston | October 28, 2013 03:22 PM Comments (0)
This is how the whole concept of a “war room” works in Washington.
The AAA — that’s now the formal name, but it used to be the American Automobile Association — sent out a press release today that landed in my mailbox at 12:05 pm Eastern time. The release said that the Environmental Protection Agency should reduce the 2014 renewable fuels mandate, which it has signaled it will do, because of concerns that the 10% blend wall would be hit, creating “a possible surge in gas prices or the increased use of potentially damaging E15 gasoline.”
The time of the response by the Renewable Fuels Association: 12:24 pm, just 19 minutes later. That’s what a “war room” does.
By John Kingston | October 15, 2013 05:43 PM Comments (1)
By Herman Wang | October 10, 2013 12:24 PM Comments (0)
The complicated politics of the Renewable Fuel Standard were on full display Wednesday, as an Iowa Republican — a member of a party generally favorable to the oil industry — vehemently defended the biofuels blending mandate, while a Vermont Democrat — from a party traditionally aligned with alternative fuels advocates — bashed it.
The differing opinions, presented at a forum hosted by National Journal in Washington, illustrate how tricky it could be to reform the law, which the oil industry has long sought to eliminate.
The issue does not neatly fall along political lines, but rather geographical.
By John Kingston | October 7, 2013 09:34 AM Comments (0)
There was a slightly wide-eyed story in The New York Times last week about a new venture to sell gas from landfills directly to the retail market for fueling natural gas vehicles. No doubt, the project by T. Boone Pickens-backed Clean Energy Fuels is unique, because the fuel is being given a brand name — Redeem — its ties to landfills are being openly touted, and now it has the publicity coup of a story in the country’s most respected newspaper.
But the story only briefly touched on what is clearly the primary reason for this venture: the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and the larger national Renewable Fuel Standard.
By News Desk | October 1, 2013 02:50 PM Comments (0)
Ron Binz, who was nominated by President Obama to be the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked that his name be withdrawn this morning. It was shocking and it wasn’t.
Not shocking because his opponents mounted a clearly coordinated and ultimately successful campaign against him, viewing him as anti-coal and overly pro-renewables, an effort that had picked up a great deal of momentum in recent weeks. Shocking because… well, normally, who would care so passionately about who heads the FERC?
By Matt Kohlman | September 17, 2013 02:15 PM Comments (1)
A year and a half ago, the New York Knicks thrust a complete unknown named Jeremy Lin into their lineup. He put up Michael Jordan-esque numbers for longer than expected, wreaked havoc with opposing game plans and became a global phenomenon known as “Linsanity.” That same pattern of a sudden rise of an unknown has played havoc this year in refined products trading. Right down to a popular nickname — “RINsanity.”
At the Platts Oil Forum in Chicago on September 12, I talked about the effect of RINs on US refined products in 2013. RINs stands for Renewable Identification Numbers, and they are used to track renewable fuel usage throughout the supply chain.