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European ethanol producers raise new legal challenge to EU aviation-fuel legislation

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By ePure

February 21, 2024

BusinessPolicy

European renewable ethanol producers have launched a new legal challenge, now directed to the EU’s RefuelEU Aviation Regulation, charging that it improperly excludes crop-based biofuels from the effort to reduce GHG emissions from air transport.

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More than 1.89 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in January, up from 1.76 billion generated during the same month of 2023, according to a data released by the U.S. EPA on Feb. 15.

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The RFA on Feb. 15 thanked a bipartisan group of 43 lawmakers who sent a letter to the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Lifecycle Analysis Interagency Working Group, asking them to meet their March 1 deadline for updates to the GREET model.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America welcomed nearly 850 attendees from over 20 countries to connect with key players from the biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industries at the Clean Fuels Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Forum addresses development of CFS in New York

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By Clean Fuels NY Coalition

February 14, 2024

Clean Fuels NY Coalition, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Delta Air Lines, and the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association Hosted an informational forum New York about a Clean Fuel Standard.

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Legislation currently pending in Washington state aims to require airport operators to make a minimum 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to private jets owned by individuals or businesses once certain conditions are met.

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Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development on Jan. 25 approved $11.72 million in tax abatements for a 120 MMgy renewable diesel and SAF project under development by Edgewood Renewables LLC.

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Legislation introduced in the New Jersey Senate on Jan. 29 aims to establish a low-carbon transportation fuel standard (LCTFS) that would reduce the average carbon intensity (CI) of gasoline and diesel by 10% below a 2019 baseline by 2030.

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Biomass Magazine has announced the general session speakers for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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SAF Magazine, in collaboration with CAAFI, has announced the addition of an extra day to the 2024 North American SAF Conference & Expo. The event will now take place Sept. 11-13, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

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Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Jan. 22 introduced the Farm to Fly Act, a bill that aims to accelerate the production and development of SAF.

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The U.S. EPA’s 2023 RFS data shows that U.S. production of biomass-based diesel – including biodiesel, renewable diesel, SAF, and heating oil – reached 4 billion gallons in 2023, according to Clean Fuels Alliance America.

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The U.S. EPA published updated renewable identification number (RIN) data on Jan. 18, reporting that nearly 23.75 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2023, up from 21.35 billion RINs generated in 2022.

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In a letter submitted to the Biden administration on Jan. 16, the RFA laid out recommendations for ensuring that the best available science and data are used in determining eligibility for the SAF tax credit established in the IRA.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine and BBI International announced that they are now accepting speaker presentation proposals for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. The event will be held June 10-12, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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A new government report focuses on advancing biotechnology; improving U.S. data infrastructure and accessibility; and sustainably growing the bioeconomy across the nation's climate, energy, biomanufacturing, health, agricultural, and environment sectors.

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More than 1.99 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in November, up from 1.95 billion generated during the same period of last year. Total RIN generation for the first 11 months of 2023 reached 21.55 billion.

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The government of British Columbia on Dec. 11 released regulations for its revamped low carbon fuels program, becoming the first jurisdiction in North America to require the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

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SAF Magazine in collaboration with CAAFI, has announced the 2024 North American SAF Conference & Expo will take place Sept. 11-13, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event is accepting abstract submissions through May 10.

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On Nov. 30, 2023, the New York Times ran an article about the role bioethanol made from corn will play in building a market for SAF. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor submitted a letter in response disputing several claims made in the article.

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Biomass Magazine on Dec. 6 released the agenda for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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DOE: Reducing carbon emissions through US SAF

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By U.S. Department of Energy

December 04, 2023

In an article published in Open Access Government, Reyhaneh Shenassa, chief engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, explains how U.S. sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) will reduce aviation carbon emissions.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Nov. 30. The meeting is open to the public, but registration is required.

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President Joe Biden on Nov. 16 signed a temporary spending package, averting a government shutdown that was set to begin at midnight on Nov. 17. The stopgap bill includes a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Reps. Nikki Budzinski, D-Ill., and Zach, Nunn, R-Iowa, on Nov. 15 announced the introduction of a bill that aims to update the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Assistance loan guarantee program.

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 14 voted 336 to 95 to approve a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown. The stopgap bill includes a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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A stopgap spending bill released by House Republicans on Nov. 12 includes a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill, which expired on Sept. 30, 2023. The extension would remain in place through Sept. 30, 2024.

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Rep. Max Miller, R-Ohio, on Nov. 7 introduced the bipartisan Farm to Fly Act, which aims to create new markets for U.S. agricultural products and strengthen domestic production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority has issued Virgin Atlantic with a permit to fly a world-first transatlantic 100 percent SAF flight. Virgin Atlantic plans to fly across the Atlantic from London Heathrow to New York JFK on Nov. 28.

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Co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus on Nov. 2 reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act, which aims to require the U.S. EPA to update its greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for all renewable fuels under the RFS.

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