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 James Bambino | January 31, 2014 02:44 PM Comments (0)
The recent polar vortices sweeping down from Canada have frozen much of the US to its core over the past month, driving home heating costs through the (drafty) roof, across the Midwest, Northeast and now the Southeast.
But the bugbear behind the dangerously tight natural gas market may come as a surprise to many. Sure, we’re exporting more NGLs and the frigid temperatures are eating away at stocks. That is free markets and good old fashioned supply and demand fundamentals at work, right?
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 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 Sean Bartlett | September 10, 2013 02:15 PM Comments (0)
Since the European Commission first proposed a number of changes to the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) last October, both sides of the biofuel debate in Europe have battled their corners ahead of what are likely to be key changes to legislation for the regional and indeed global biofuel landscapes, up to the year 2020 and beyond.
A plenary vote, scheduled for September 11, will see the European Parliament agree on its position on several key components of renewables laws, before heading into three-way negotiations with the Council of Ministers and the EC.
Ahead of the vote, industry bodies, non-governmental organizations and other interested parties have pushed hard to air their points of view on a subject that has wide-reaching economic, environmental and social implications.
By Jonathan Kingsman | August 16, 2013 10:54 AM Comments (0)
There has been much discussion recently regarding what appears to be a surge in sugar consumption in Asia, particularly in China and Indonesia, accompanied by a corresponding surge in raw imports.
Compared to earlier this year, analysts have marked up their estimates for combined Chinese and Indonesian raw sugar imports by as much 1.5 million-2.0 million mt, and even that may not be enough. Sugar statisticians consider 2-3% as a normal annual rate of growth in sugar consumption; this compares to Chinese mills sales that are so far this crop year up 29% year-on- year. Has consumption growth really gone off the scale or is something else going on here?
By John Kingston | July 23, 2013 04:18 PM Comments (2)
It must be great to be the AAA. Everybody in the US ethanol business wants you to like them.
That’s why a war of words erupted over the past few days as to whether the AAA, the country’s leading group representing motorists, likes ethanol or hates it. The idea that the AAA is not a fan of at least one usage of ethanol is an easy conclusion to reach, given that the organization late last year made it quite clear that it had issues with E15, gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend.
By Gary Gentile | June 18, 2013 04:57 PM Comments (0)
The circus is coming to town.
Instead of elephants and trapeze artists, there will be motorcyclists throttling their Harleys and antique cars circling the US Capitol. They have more than spectacle in mind. They will be protesting the existence of a fuel called E15, gasoline blended with 15% ethanol.
The fuel is sold in only a handful of stations nationwide, but is touted by ethanol backers as the safety valve that will allow more renewables to be blended with gasoline. Currently, most light vehicle engines only carry a warranty for use with a 10% ethanol blend — E10. But declining gasoline demand, combined with rising biofuel blending mandates means the country will hit a “blend wall” sometime in 2014.