The U.S. EPA announced it is delaying finalization of the long-awaited 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015. EPA’s formal announcement can be accessed at http://epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm.
While a bad proposed rule has been withdrawn, uncertainty for biofuels producers and investors continues.
On November 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. The bioenergy and biomass sectors have been weighing in with their thoughts and assessment of the revised Framework. See what our partners have had to say:
25x’25 Statement on EPA’s Revised Biogenic Carbon Assessment Framework
NAFO Statement: EPA Carbon Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions
Biomass Power Association Welcomes Carbon Clarification
On November 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources. The Framework reflects the findings and recommendations from reviews of a prior draft document. The EPA is now requesting a peer review of the revised Framework. The document continues to reflect the complexity involved in establishing a methodology to calculate the impact of biogenic emissions. Biomass stakeholders are encouraged to review the state guidance memo and the Framework report at the EPA’s website: http://epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/biogenic-emissions.html.
The Southeastern Sun Grant Center will host a regional conference — “Southern Crossroads: Progress In Biomass Production, Processing and Use“. It will be held February 2-4, 2015 at the Hotel at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. The conference will highlight recent advances in the science and technology contributing to the deployment of advanced biofuels and bioproducts from agricultural and forest systems.
The October 2014 edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News has been posted. Please take a moment to review this month’s SBN News for a National Bioenergy Day wrap-up, U.S. military activities in sustainability, latest news on the Renewable Fuel Standard, and bioenergy news and project development activities from around the region. Take a look at photos from the September 30 and October 10 IBSS Woody Biomass Whistle Stop Tour in Columbus, MS and Knoxville, TN and the October 22 Murray State University event featuring agricultural hemp, the Bio-Burner 500 and bioenergy experts.