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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 […]

That Was Then. This is Now. The New Economics of Biogas Projects.

By Scott Warfield This is the seventh in a series of articles prepared by the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2. With respect to Susan E. Hinton for the great title, the economics of anaerobic digester projects to […]

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 […]

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 […]

The EPA’s Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

The EPA proposed the much anticipated Renewable Volume Obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on the morning of May 29, shortly before 10 a.m. The agency held true to the mandated timing of the proposal obligations in the consent decree for 2014 and 2015. The EPA also came through on the commitments it made […]

EPA Releases its Proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards on November 16, 2013

Please visit the following link to see a copy of the Proposed Rules the EPA released Friday. http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/documents/420f13048.pdf 2014 Statutory Volumes: Cellulosic: 1.75 bill gal Biodiesel: 1.5 bill gal Advanced Biofuel: 3.75 bill gal Total Renewable Fuel: 18.15 bill gal 2014 Proposed Volumes: Cellulosic: 17 mill gal Biodiesel: 1.28 bill gal Advanced Biofuel: 2.20 bill […]

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 […]