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U.S. EPA recommends lowering 2020 biofuel mandates retroactively

Agency not confirming or denying sources' statements

Reuters — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended retroactively lowering biofuel blending mandates for 2020, two sources familiar with the matter said, after the agency on Thursday sent a proposal on the mandates to the White House for review. The move could provide immediate relief to oil refiners that have to comply with the

Bipartisan U.S. bill aims to eliminate corn ethanol volume mandate

Reuters – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation last week that would eliminate a national mandate requiring oil refiners to blend corn-based ethanol into their fuel mix — a proposal that would slam corn growers and is likely to face vehement opposition from the farm lobby. Republican Senator Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania and







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U.S. Supreme Court backs refineries in biofuel waiver dispute

Top court overturns ruling against EPA granting waivers

Reuters — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday made it easier for small oil refineries to win exemptions from a federal law requiring increasing levels of ethanol and other renewable fuels to be blended into their products, a major setback for biofuel producers. The justices overturned a lower court decision that had faulted the U.S.

Storage tanks at a PBF Energy refinery at Delaware City, Delaware on Aug. 21, 2015. (File photo: Reuters/Charles Mostoller)

U.S. refiners amass biofuel liability as Biden mulls relief

Open RIN positions could hit refiners' earnings

New York | Reuters — U.S. merchant refiners have amassed up to a US$1.6 billion shortfall in the credits they will need to comply with U.S. biofuel laws, according to a Reuters review of corporate disclosures, an apparent bet that the Biden administration could let them off the hook or that credit prices will fall.


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U.S. lawmakers to propose tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel

Fuel from plant oils, animal fats would qualify

New York | Reuters — U.S. lawmakers plan to introduce a bill on Thursday that would create a tax credit for lower-carbon sustainable aviation fuel, which they hope will slash emissions of greenhouse gases from the aviation industry. The legislation, seen by Reuters, would impose a tax incentive of up to US$2 for every gallon

A West Coast Reduction worker inspects a shipment being delivered to their location for export at the Port of Vancouver.

Renewable diesel boom highlights challenges in clean-energy transition

As the industry scrambles to meet new demand, agriculture could benefit

Reuters – For 17 years, trucker Colin Birch has been hitting the highways to collect used cooking oil from restaurants. He works for Vancouver-based renderer West Coast Reduction, which processes the grease into a material to make renewable diesel, a clean-burning road fuel. That job has recently got much harder. Birch is caught between soaring