Energy

Agriculture historically has provided food and fiber to America. Now, with the development of new biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, and with greater commercial interest in wind and solar energy, America’s farms and ranches are increasingly seen as a promising source of clean, renewable, home-grown energy. This role is expected to take on increasing prominence in years to come, given mounting concerns over oil prices and availability, and the environmental and geo-political implications of America’s continued reliance on foreign sources of fossil fuels.

Replacing the use of imported petroleum with domestically produced sources of energy made from biomass, would address many economic, environmental and national security issues. Development of a biomass industry will also ensure that U.S. agricultural producers have profitable new markets for their products, and that agricultural land is kept in productive use. Emphasis should be placed on the development of alternative fuels from agricultural commodities, livestock manures, forest products, agricultural crop residues, food processing byproducts, waste stream products, and other biomass products.

  • 12/01/2015
    On Monday, the EPA announced Renewable Fuel Standard mandates for 2016 that fall below Congressionally specified amounts. EPA will require mixing 18.11 billion gallons of total biofuels—corn-based ethanol, biodiesel, and cellulosic ethanol—into the nation’s gasoline supply next ...
  • 08/11/2015
    On Friday, USDA announced $63 million for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install or improve renewable energy systems. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), created in the 2008 Farm Bill, issues loans or grants to individuals and companies looking to enhance ...
  • 02/24/2015
    USDA is allocating $280 million to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program ( REAP ) to assist rural agricultural producers and small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems. Application deadlines vary by project type and the type of assistance ...
  • 11/25/2014
    Last week, EPA issued Federal Register notice stating the Agency will not finalize the 2014 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of the year. This announcement follows a public notice and comment period on the proposed rule, published in Nov. 2013. ...
  • 08/26/2014
    Last Friday, EPA submitted the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). There is no clearly defined timeline for OMB to complete its review. Some have speculated OMB may wait until after the election while others note OMB completed the review of the 2013 ...
  • 08/05/2014
    Last week, EPA announced an extension to two compliance and reporting deadlines for the 2013 Renewable Fuels Standard. The new deadline for compliance and reporting for the 2013 RFS will not be due until 30 days and 90 days, respectively, following publication of the final rule establishing ...
  • 06/17/2014
    EPA announced a three-month extension to the compliance deadline for the 2013 renewable fuel standards (RFS), which now runs through September 30th. The original February 28th deadline, which required petroleum companies to demonstrate they were in compliance with the previous year’s ...
  • 05/28/2014
    EPA expects to submit the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the week, and the final RFS rule is still anticipated to be released on June 20. EPA released a proposal last fall to cut the 2014 RFS by approximately 3 billion gallons. ...
  • 02/11/2014
    The intersection of the Farm Bill passing, propane shortages, and new life in the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) conference have resulted in a flurry of attention on rural infrastructure issues in recent days.
    The recently passed Farm Bill includes a provision for an updated study on ...
  • 12/17/2013
    Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Coburn (R-OK) introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013 , which would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standards’ (RFS) requirements for the amounts of ethanol blended into gasoline. Representatives Goodlatte (R-VA), Costa (D-CA), Welch (D-VT), and ...
  • 11/19/2013
    EPA published a proposed rule calling for a reduction in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program for 2014. The proposed reduction calls for blending 15.21 billion gallons of ethanol into conventional fuels, which is below the congressional mandated 18.15 billion gallons for 2014. The proposed ...
  • 08/13/2013
    EPA announced its 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) volumes last week which increase the total RFS volume slightly from 2012 levels, while reducing requirements for cellulosic ethanol. Notably, EPA’s announcement indicated that the agency anticipates it will propose increased flexibility ...
  • 07/16/2013
    The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down a 2011 EPA rule that temporarily postponed regulation of biogenic carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. In its rule, EPA put off for three years regulating biogenic sources such as biomass, ethanol, and manure management ...
  • 06/25/2013
    On Monday the Supreme Court declined to hear a case (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers v. EPA) brought by a coalition of automobile manufactures and fuel companies that sought to limit the use of E15 in fuel. The groups challenged a partial EPA waiver that allowed E15 to be used in certain cars ...
  • 12/13/2012
    EPA announced last week that it had declined a request by several state governors to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard. In turning down the waiver request, EPA said that the economic analyses it conducted in conjunction with USDA and the Department of Energy did not find evidence of “severe ...
  • : 12/23/2009
     
     
     
    December 23, 2009
     
    Dear Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell,
    On behalf of the National Association of State Departments ...
    : NASDA Letter to Senate Leadership - Expiration of Biodiesel Tax Credit
    : Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
    : NASDA President Ed Kee
    NASDA Letter to Senate Leadership - Expiration of Biodiesel Tax Credit Download 97KB, PDF
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