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Is the Renewable Fuel Standard enough to spur progress in advanced biofuels? Probably not.

Production of cellulosic biofuel is expected to fall nearly 7 billion gallons short of meeting the statutory Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume for this type of advanced biofuel in 2018, which has...Government grant and loan guarantees, not the Renewable Fuel Standard, have been essential in spurring progress in the cellulosic biofuel industry.
Published 2018.10.18: Blog Post

EPA sets a first in accurately accounting for GHG emissions from waste biofuel feedstocks

In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...In a rule released last month, EPA became the first regulatory body to accurately account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from displacing waste, residue, and byproduct biofuel feedstocks from pre-...
Published 2018.09.17: Blog Post

Where does the U.S. stand on biofuels now?

The Trump administration has voiced general support for the country’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), but how its implementation of the RFS would differ from previous administrations has so far...The messages on cost, greenhouse gas emissions, and latitude in interpreting the statute may not be entirely consistent, but one thing is clear: U.S. EPA is now intent on dialing down RFS obligations...
Published 2017.07.11: Blog Post

Is the EPA setting biodiesel mandates too high?

Regulators’ recent proposal for 2017-18 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) mandates continue the EPA’s trend of requiring increased blending of biomass-based diesel (BBD, a category that includes...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is setting mandates for biomass-based diesel unsustainably high, based on our research.
Published 2016.08.22: Blog Post

Comments on RFS 2017-2018

ICCT comments to the U.S. EPA on proposed volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2017 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2018. View on Scribd
Published 2016.07.11: News

Projected availability of fats, oils, and greases in the U.S.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2 was established in 2007 with the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on foreign oil. Each year, the EPA is responsible for proposing future...
Published 2016.07.11: Publication

EPA proposal for Renewable Fuel Standard 2017 volumes

On May 18, 2016 EPA released the pre-publication version of its proposed rule for volume standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program in 2017, as well as the biomass-based diesel (BBD)...
Published 2016.06.03: Publication

An unexpected tax bill for imported palm oil biodiesel

On December 18, 2016, the U.S. Congress passed a slew of renewable energy tax extenders, including a two-year extension of the Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit and the Second Generation Producer...Palm biodiesel imports can now expect to continue reaping the benefits of two incentives originally intended to promote clean domestic energy.
Published 2016.01.25: Blog Post

Final EPA rule for Renewable Fuel Standard 2014–2016 volumes

On November 30, 2015 EPA released its final rule for volume standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program in 2014-2016 as well as the biomass-based diesel volume for 2017. This final rule...
Published 2015.12.11: Publication

Isn't that a lot of biodiesel?

EPA’s recently released proposal for 2014-2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes includes a substantial amount of growth for biomass-based diesel (BBD). The proposal is for 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9...A new study assesses biodiesel feedstock availability in the U.S. and finds that annual domestic supply growth is modest. We comment on these findings in light of EPA's proposal to increase biomass-...
Published 2015.08.17: Blog Post

Comments on RFS 2014-2016 RVO

ICCT comments to the U.S. EPA on proposed volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard program for 2014–2016 and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2017. Download PDF. View on Scribd. More documents by the...
Published 2015.08.10: News

A Guide for the Perplexed to the Indirect Effects of Biofuels Production

Over the past decade, the concept of indirect land use change (ILUC) has come from obscurity to become a primary concern for biofuels policy. In the U.S., the Renewable Fuel Standard and California's...
Published 2014.09.04: Publication

Is the Renewable Fuel Standard inadvertently driving up U.S. palm oil imports?

If you’re reading this on your lunch break, take a look at the ingredients label on your cookies. Chances are you’ll see one or a combination of soybean oil, palm oil, and canola oil, perhaps...About a third of all U.S. soybean oil goes into biodiesel that the RFS requires to be blended into diesel fuel. That's soybean oil that's no longer available to use in food products, leading to...
Published 2014.09.02: Blog Post

The new RFS pathway: Revenue opportunities for EVs and utilities

The ICCT is teaming up with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan for a webinar discussion of the new Renewable...
Published 2014.08.27: Event

Does biodiesel really need a tax credit?

Prices of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)—essentially tradable credits used for compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—have hovered around 50 cents since early this year for all...The behavior of RIN prices is starting to make it look as if the biodiesel tax credit is not only redundant but may actually be creating windfall profits for the industry.
Published 2014.07.31: Blog Post

Let’s update US fuel policy to promote electric vehicles (Part II)

We’ve argued elsewhere (see here and here) that the U.S. should take steps to include renewable electricity for electric vehicles under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last week, EPA took a small...Last week EPA finalized a new pathway for biogas electricity used in electric vehicles, a step that could potentially open up new avenues to incentivizing more types of low carbon fuels in...
Published 2014.07.08: Blog Post

A conversational guide to Renewable Identification Numbers in the RFS2

The U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) promotes the use of biofuels in road transportation fuel through volume mandates, which increase each year under the regulation. The Environmental Protection...
Published 2014.05.08: Publication

How the Renewable Fuel Standard works

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been in the spotlight recently, as competing demands mount to increase or decrease the mandated volume of biofuel that must be blended into gasoline and diesel...
Published 2014.02.11: Publication

Technical barriers to the consumption of higher blends of ethanol

As part of an ongoing effort to facilitate debate on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), the Bipartisan Policy Center commissioned a research paper from the ICCT on technical barriers to the use of...
Published 2014.02.04: Publication

Comments on EPA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 2014 standards for RFS2

ICCT comments on “2014 Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (EPA–HQ–OAR– 2013–0479; FRL–9900-90-OAR) Summary ICCT supports EPA’s proposed 2014 volumes of...
Published 2014.01.30: News