Alternative Energy - Policy & Regulation

Industry Reacts To EPA’s Proposal To Retain RFS Compliance Obligation

On Nov. 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed denying a petition by a group of merchant oil refiners to change the point-of-obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

Nov 10, 2016

RFS Point-Of-Obligation Issue Fragmenting Downstream Sector

The federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has long been a contentious policy topic between oil, agriculture and biofuel industry trade groups and other industry stakeholders for over a decade. But recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set off a debate within the petroleum industry by suggesting that the point of obligation under the RFS be moved from refiners and importers of refined fuel products (i.e., defined as “obligated parties” under existing law) further downstream.

Oct 31, 2016

When EV Purchase Subsidies Go Wrong

In mid-September, the electric vehicle (EV) sector was shaken by news of subsidy fraud carried out by automotive manufacturers in China.

Stratas Advisors
Oct 17, 2016

Biofuels Barometer Confirms No Growth in EU Biofuels Consumption

The recently released 2016 Biofuels Barometer by EurObserv’ER confirms Stratas Advisors’ forecast that the EU is not on course to meet its 2020 target.

Stratas Advisors
Oct 12, 2016

WTO Upholds Ruling In Favor Of Argentina Over EU Biodiesel Dispute

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently confirmed an appeal it’s ruling partially in favor of Argentina in its dispute with the European Union (EU) over duties that the EU imposed on imported Argentine biodiesel three years ago.

Oct 11, 2016

Report Aims To Dispel Myth Of Blendwall, High RIN Prices

The paper found that, because small refiners were exempt from the RFS until 2012, obligated parties—i.e. refiners and importers of refined fuel products—hit the blend wall as early as 2010 and was past it by 2012.

Oct 10, 2016