WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s
rush to tackle climate change with new energy efficiency
standards on grocery-store freezers has drawn fire from
companies that in the past backed tighter benchmarks but say the
latest rules are technically flawed and could drive some
manufacturers out of business.
The rules could backfire by raising prices for users, who
may then opt to hold onto old, less efficient equipment,
according to a trade organization that has challenged the
regulations in federal court.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday sent its final targets for 2014 biofuel use to the White House as the long-delayed rule enters its last round of review before public release.
The Obama administration will now face a last-ditch round of lobbying from biofuel producers seeking changes to the rule and opponents of the renewable fuels mandate who hope regulators will stand firm on proposed cuts to the targets.
WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – The long wait for final 2014
federal biofuel use targets has compounded troubles for U.S.
biodiesel producers already hit by the Obama administration’s
preliminary plan to slash renewable fuel requirements.
Nearly nine months behind schedule, 2014 targets from the
Environmental Protection Agency could arrive in September at the
WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Information
Administration plans to release two reports in September
examining some of the issues surrounding a potential end to the
nation’s decades-old ban on most crude oil exports, the EIA’s
chief said on Monday.
Some lawmakers have pressed the EIA, the statistical arm of
the Department of Energy, to provide analysis on the
implications of relaxing or abolishing the ban, as debate over
the future of the moratorium has intensified.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. biofuel industry is urging the Obama administration to go beyond simply raising proposed targets for use of the fuels, making the case instead for fundamental changes to the government’s approach to the renewable fuel program.
There has been a flurry of meetings between biofuel backers and White House officials in advance of the release of the long-delayed targets for the use of renewable fuels this year, which are expected to reach the Office of Management and Budget for review within weeks.
WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. ethanol industry
pushed back on Wednesday against what they called a “one size
fits all” approach to proposed federal rules for shipping fuel
by rail, saying regulators must distinguish between the often
corn-based biofuel and crude oil.
Their calls follow an unveiling by the U.S. Department of
Transportation of proposed safety features for new tank cars
transporting fuel, and the phasing out of older cars considered
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency on Wednesday expanded the types of fuel that
can be used to satisfy the federal biofuel mandate, a move that
could play a role in the agency’s delayed targets for 2014
renewable fuel use.
The EPA finalized a plan allowing compressed natural gas and
liquefied natural gas produced using biogas from landfills,
manure digesters and sewage treatment plants to qualify as
cellulosic biofuel, fuel typically derived from sources like
grasses and wood.
WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – U.S. gasoline prices could
rise by up to 26 cents a gallon by 2017 if the Environmental
Protection Agency does not lower the ambitious targets in a
federal biofuel use mandate, the Congressional Budget Office
said on Thursday.
The non-partisan CBO said meeting the targets, set at a time
when gasoline use was expected to rise, would be a significant
challenge in the years ahead.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation that would set a deadline for Energy Department reviews of liquefied natural gas export applications, a move aimed at securing swifter approvals for shipping gas overseas.
The legislation, mostly backed by Republicans, would require the department to issue a decision 30 days after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has completed its environmental analysis of an LNG export project.
WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – Environmentalists on Monday
protested at the headquarters of the U.S. Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission, calling on the agency to stop approving
liquefied natural gas export facilities until the climate change
impacts of the projects are better understood.
The protesters blasted FERC’s refusal to consider the
greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the production,
processing and shipment of natural gas abroad and said FERC must
examine the matter before considering any new projects.