New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US

In a memorandum dated October 15, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) stated that it plans to begin preliminary research on the lifecycle impacts of EPA’s renewable fuel standard.

Germany Drops Biofuel Plans

It’s been a tough week for corn ethanol producers and supporters of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). First, a new University of Tennessee report finds that the RFS and its ethanol mandates fall short on a number of environmental fronts, and that without mandated ethanol use the corn ethanol industry couldn’t survive commercially. The… Keep reading →

Domestic Oil And Gas Production

America’s energy revolution means … A United States that’s more energy self-sufficient – less dependent on others, more secure in the world and better positioned to help friends abroad Economic growth and job creation – and with the right policy choices, a golden opportunity to secure American prosperity well into the future A stronger U.S.… Keep reading →

Tankers Leave Oil Refineries As Strike Action Looms

The third in a series of posts on the intersection of energy development and policy and the pursuit of climate goals. Last week: The Clean Power Plan’s flawed approach in the energy sector and the role of increased natural gas use in improving air quality. Today:  The impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard and federal… Keep reading →

U.S. Government Releases Over $5 Billion In Aid For Home Heating Bills

NERA Economic Consulting has a new study warning of potentially dire economic impacts from continued implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), as written into law by Congress. NERA set up its study that way for good reasons: Despite abundant evidence that RFS mandates for ever-increasing ethanol use in the nation’s fuel supply are detached… Keep reading →

Tankers Leave Oil Refineries As Strike Action Looms

Finalized federal requirements for ethanol use in 2014, 2015 and 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are scheduled to come out later this year. As EPA completes work on them, the interests of American consumers should be put ahead of special ethanol interests. At the same time, policymakers should recognize that the RFS is… Keep reading →

AAA 400

NASCAR racing team owner Richard Childress has an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer this week in which he renders a full-throttle endorsement of E15 gasoline and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the federal program that requires more and more ethanol be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. Childress focuses on the specially formulated E15 (98… Keep reading →

Ethanol Industry Threatened By Midwest Drought

Motorcycles aren’t designed to use higher ethanol-blend fuels like E15, and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) warns that using E15 in a motorcycle can void its warranty. There’s serious concern about inadvertent misfueling, as well as the possibility that the push for more E15 in the fuel supply could out E0 (gasoline containing zero ethanol).… Keep reading →

Farmland Tapped For Oil In The Midwest

With EPA last week proposing ethanol-use requirements for 2014, 2015 and 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the ethanol industry no doubt will keep lobbying to foist increasing amounts of higher-ethanol blend fuels like E15 and E85 on the motoring public. This, despite studies that have shown E15 can harm engines and fuel systems… Keep reading →

EPA Strikes Middle Ground In Setting Renewable Fuel Obligations


Beating its self-imposed June deadline by one business day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed “renewable volume obligations” (RVOs) for 2014-2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program last Friday.

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