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EPA issues RFS pathway approval for BP facility processing carinata oil

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By Erin Voegele

June 13, 2024

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The U.S. EPA on May 22 announced it has approved a RFS pathway for BP’s Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Washington, that will allow the facility to generate D5 advanced biofuel RINs for renewable diesel produced via the coprocessing of carinata oil.

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The SkyNRG Sustainable Aviation Fuel Market Outlook covers the current state and trends of the SAF market in the EU and U.K., the U.S. and rest of the world by assessing announcements of SAF projects and mapping out the capacity until 2050.

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A bipartisan group of 18 senators on June 11 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to boost RFS renewable volume requirements (RVOs) for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels in its upcoming 2026 rulemaking.

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Reps. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on June 10 launched the Congressional Sustainable Aviation Caucus, which aims to keep lawmakers informed on initiatives to improve aviation sustainability, including those related to SAF.

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The International Air Transport Association announced that its projections for a tripling of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) production in 2024 to 1.9 billion liters (1.5 million metric tons) are on track.

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The U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, including those with experience in the biofuels and agriculture industries.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a Summary Report from a September 2023 Request for Information (RFI) on building supply chains to meet Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge goals.

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The U.S. Treasury Department and IRS on May 29 released proposed guidance on two clean electricity tax credits created by the IRA. The proposal, however, fails to provide appropriate guidance for clean electricity produced from biogas and RNG.

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The USDA is seeking information from the public on protocols that may be considered for inclusion in a new Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program, the main program of the Growing Climate Solutions Act.

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With the power to simultaneously fuel our airplanes, recycle carbon dioxide, provide nutrition for animals and humans, and create jobs for millions of Americans, algae matters to the U.S. clean energy economy.

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The U.S. EPA’s OIG on May 22 issued a memorandum outlining gaps in oversight of the agency’s Wood Heater Program. The Alliance for Green Heat is calling on the agency to address systematic enforcement issues impacting the program.

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Neste welcomes the allowance of unrestricted sales of paraffinic diesel fuels according to the DIN EN 15940 fuel standard in Germany. The sales of unblended 100% renewable diesel had previously only been allowed in specific segments.

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The Engine Technology Forum on May 28 issued a statement calling on the U.S. EPA to propose and finalize robust 2026 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for biomass-based diesel before the end of the year.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on May 28 announced the renewal of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. The agency is also seeking nominations for committee membership.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on May 28 awarded funding to seven biomass with carbon removal and storage projects that will use plants and algae to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for permanent storage underground or in long-lived products.

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The House Committee on Agriculture on May 24 completed markup of its version of the 2024 Farm Bill and passed the proposed legislation by a 33-21 vote. Among the provisions included in the bill are those that support the SAF industry.

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Sens. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., on May 22 introduced the Renewable Natural Gas Incentive Act, which aims to create a $1 per gallon tax credit for renewable natural gas (RNG) sold for use as a transportation fuel.

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Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on May 22 sent a letter to President Joe Biden and U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the EPA amend its Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements.

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The U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $2.18 million in funding to four additional projects as part of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) 2023 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) call.

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The House Committee on Agriculture on May 17 released a discussion draft of its version of the 2024 Farm Bill, formally titled the “Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024.” The committee is scheduled begin markup of the bill on May 23.

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The U.K. Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) on May 15 released a statement highlighting the ongoing importance of biomass power in reaching the U.K.’s net zero goals.

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Timing is Everything

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By Tim Portz

May 21, 2024

While the Pellet Fuels Institute considered its federal policy strategy for 2024, we were committed to once again executing an in-person fly-in to build upon the relationships that we’ve been working to establish, and to expand our reach by finding new super fans within the House and Senate.

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The RFA and Growth Energy on May 20 filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting a review of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ November 2023 opinion regarding the U.S. EPA’s denial of several small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions.

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The Australian government on May 14 released its $22.7 billion 2024-2025 budget. The plan, in part, includes provisions that aim to support the commercialization of net-zero technologies, such as SAF and renewable hydrogen.

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The Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium, a consortium of the U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, has launched an effort that aims to gather community input on the development of new biomass processing facilities.

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More than 2.06 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, up from 1.84 billion generated during the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on May 16.

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The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on May 16, reporting that no new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the past month. A total of 38 SRE petitions remain pending.

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India’s Ministry of Power on May 14 issued a revised policy on biomass cofiring, announcing it will now require certain coal-based thermal power plants to begin cofiring 5% biomass within one year. The requirement ramps up to 7% two years later.

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The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) is continuing its efforts ensure Renewable Fuel Standard regulations do not undermine the ability of biogas-based fuels to help lower the carbon intensity of the U.S. transportation sector.

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A group of 25 trade organizations on May 15 sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the agency to release guidance for the 45Z clean fuels production tax credit along with any necessary updated GREET models.

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