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Life Cycle Analysis Expert

What does a life cycle analysis expert do? First, let’s define life cycle analysis. A life cycle analysis (LCA) is an essential tool in establishing baseline environmental impacts from a specific process, product, or infrastructure, and can also connect economic and social impacts depending on the end goal. Ideally the main outcome of an LCA […]

Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS)

What do renewable fuels standards expert or renewable fuels standards consultants do?   Congress created the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. This program was authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (RFS) and expanded under the Energy […]

Ethanol Expert

What do ethanol experts or ethanol consultants do?   Ethanol, also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol, and drinking alcohol, is a simple alcohol produced by the fermentation of sugars with yeast, or by a petrochemical process.  Ethanol is most commonly consumed as a drinking alcohol, but it also has medical applications such as antiseptics or disinfectants. It is also used […]

Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) mission is to protect human health and the environment. They are charged with delivering on that mission by using the best scientific information available.  We can all agree that is an important mission, but have they written off ethanol as helping them achieve that mission? To understand this […]

Bio-fuels versus Bio-chemicals or simply put … Value versus Volume

The 1973-oil crisis or the fuel price panic after Hurricane Katrina including other geopolitical considerations across the globe has sparked an urgent interest in achieving a transition from non-renewable carbon resources to renewable bio-resources. The primary reason for this paradigm shift is attributed towards a desire for a self-sustainable society. Soon after mandates followed, such […]

EPA Extending Compliance Deadlines for 2013 Renewable Fuels Standards

This is something all of the biodiesel and ethanol producers should know since it can affect investor certainty and may indicate a change in the proposed 2014 numbers.   A direct final rule was issued and posted on the EPA’s website today extending the compliance deadlines for the 2013 Renewable Fuels Standards: http://epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/rfs-compliance-extension-final-rule-06-06-14.pdf   New […]

Heating Oil Direct Final Rule Re-Issued 09/24/13 – Published 10/22/13

Quick View of EPA’s New Heating Oil  Rule (Stress on Heating Oil) Many of you biofuels producers have probably already gotten wind of the new Heating Oil Rule the EPA was finally able to re-issue September 24, 2013 as a direct final rule and was published in the Federal Register yesterday, October 22, 2013. It was initially […]

Marketing Your RINs

History How many of you remember the evil little 38 digit numbers from RFS1? What about the world before EMTS? Did you ever have nightmares…about spreadsheets, covered in red or yellow…highlighting potential duplicates or overlapping gallons? Not many of us made it through with our sanity intact…maybe none of us did, actually…perhaps that remains to […]