On March 30, 2015, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) submitted a petition to EPA seeking reconsideration and a request for stay of EPA's approval of the Argentinian Camara Argentina de Biocombustibles (CARBIO) Alternative Biomass Tracking Program. According to the NBB press release, EPA failed to provide an opportunity for public comment on the EPA decision and a lack of transparency as to how the Argentinian biodiesel producers will demonstrate compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). NBB notes that EPA's delay in establishing RFS volumes has destabilized the U.S. biodiesel industry and the anticipated influx of biodiesel, as a result of the CARBIO program approval, will only make the U.S. situation worse. NBB separately filed a lawsuit challenging EPA's alternate renewable biomass tracking requirements.Nat'l Biodiesel Bd. v. EPA, D.C. Cir. No. 15-1073 (Mar. 30, 2015). NBB asserts that EPA's approval of the CARBIO plan provides a new opportunity to review the tracking provisions that were included in a 2010 rulemaking.
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Extension of New York’s Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit
The New York State Clean Heating Fuel Tax Credit has been extended through 2020. The personal income tax credit, which was initially authorized in 2006, is provided to eligible taxpayers for biodiesel purchases used for residential space and water heating. For each percent of biodiesel blended with conventional home heating oil, a tax credit of $0.01/gallon is available up to a maximum of $0.20/gallon. A partial credit will be calculated for buildings with a shared oil storage tank for residential and non-residenti...
Guide to Measuring Biofuel Blending
As the global commitment to renewable energy sources grows, the importanceof using biodiesel as a blending component with diesel fuel has increased.Biodiesel consists of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) which are produced by thetransesterification of certain feedstock oils, such as soy, rapeseed, canola, and others.The biodiesel is then blended with diesel fuel at amounts required by the regulatoryagencies of different countries. It is important for fuel terminals and distributors, aswell as regulatory agencies,...
EPA Releases Proposed Rule On Renewables Enhancement And Growth Support
On October 3, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. This proposed rule includes suggestions to improve the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and related pro-renewable fuel regulations. Updated regulations included in the proposed rule include allowing biofuel producers to process feedstock and then convert the material into fuels at different facilities, and an expansion to the availability of high-ethanol fuel blends. The...
DC Water Taps Into Biodiesel’s Sustainability Benefits
Sustainability is more than a buzzword at DC Water. Ingrained throughout the agency, sustainability is in high gear at DC Water’s fleet division where biodiesel fuel powers all 230-diesel vehicles, and emissions are closely monitored. “Biodiesel just makes sense,” said Timothy Fitzgerald, Director Fleet Management for DC Water. “We switched to biodiesel in 2007 and have never looked back. It can be used in existing diesel engines, reduces emissions, and our drivers notice a big difference...
Brazil Backtracks From Plan To Increase Ethanol Use Through Tax Breaks
On August 24, 2016, Brazil`s government announced that it would not be extending a tax break on ethanol sales that is due to expire in December 2016. During the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, Brazil pledged to increase cane-based ethanol and biodiesel to nearly 18 percent of its total energy mix by 2030, requiring an increase in annual ethanol production from 30 billion liters in 2015/2016 to 50 billion liters in 2030. The loss of the ethanol tax break prevents biofuel from being cost competitive with gasoline, and...