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Domestic Oil Production Growth and Lower Net Imports

ethanol  imports  oil  renewables  rfs34 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted April 30, 2013

Imports of crude oil have decreased significantly over the past four years as the U.S. has become more self-reliant in meeting its energy needs domestically. In fact, as the graph below shows, from the beginning of 2008 through the end of 2012 net U.S. oil imports have declined by more than 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) while domestic production has increased by almost 1.5 million bpd. In short, the increase in domestic production accounts for all of the reduction in imports and then some.

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Corn State Concern over Ethanol Mandate

biofuels  ethanol  rfs34  renewable fuel standard 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted April 11, 2013

Two members of the University of Illinois’ agricultural and consumer economics department have an article out this month that raises some important concerns about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  As agricultural economics experts at the flagship university of a farm-heavy state, which also is the third-largest ethanol-producing state in the country, their work merits a special mention.

First, Scott Irwin, chairman of the Agriculture Marketing Department, and Professor Darrel Good make some general observations about the RFS (sometimes also referred to as RFS2, for its 2007 revision), uncertainty surrounding potential higher compliance costs and where prices for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) may be headed under the RFS’ current framework:

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E15 and Check Engine Light Malfunctions

consumers  e15  epa  ethanol blends  rfs34 

Bob Greco

Bob Greco
Posted January 30, 2013

Earlier this week API highlighted new research by the Coordinating Research Council (CRC) on serious potential problems with vehicle fuel systems when operated on E15 fuel – gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.

In addition to CRC’s research, we want to call attention to a recent paper from Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) that was published by the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE).  This study examined the effects of E15 on malfunction indicator lights (MIL), also known as “check engine lights.”

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AAA: Not So Fast on E15

ethanol  energy policy  e15  consumers  regulation  renewable fuel standard  rfs34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 30, 2012

AAA says the EPA and retailers should stop the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, because it could damage vehicle engines and void car manufacturers’ warranties.

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Repeal the RFS

rfs34  regulation  epa  energy policy  domestic energy  cellulosic ethanol 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 27, 2012

End it, don’t mend it: That’s industry’s message to Congress on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco, during a conference call with reporters on problems with the program

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RINs Problem Requires a Solution

epa  regulation  renewable fuels standard  rfs34 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 27, 2012

The problem of fraudulent biodiesel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) – used to demonstrate compliance with federal mandates – continues

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