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AddOver 11,000 comments filed on EPA's ethanol rules; White House also involved

In late 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed – for the first time ever – a slight slacking of the 2014 renewable fuel standard. The reason was that the US is coming up on the 'blend wall,' the overall level of ethanol in the national gasoline supply where adding any more biofuel would push the average blend in 'normal' gas above 10 percent. As we know, this is a contentious issue. So contentious that, as the EPA collects comments about the rule change, almost 1

19Oil company CEO, Senators asking questions about ethanol mandate, RIN rules

To paraphrase Valero Energy Company CEO Bill Klesse: Enough already on federal ethanol blend mandates!

9Ethanol RIN credits have climbed 2,000% this year, but where do they go now?

Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) could be a fantastic deal for investors – if the 2013 trend continues. RINs, part of a federal mandate that requires fuel producers to either make or buy ethanol or to buy RIN ethanol credits, have shot up to $1.25 a gallon. That's a wee bit higher than the price last December, when it dropped down to one cent a gallon. That means there's been a 2,000 percent price increase in prices since the beginning of the year!

AddLawmakers ask EPA to look into gas price increase as ethanol credits rise

A pair of US lawmakers told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that ethanol credits are leading to some deficits. Attempting to stem what they say could be an additional boost in gas prices prior to the busy summer-driving months, David Vitter (R-LA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) are raising questions, Reuters reports.

12Fraudster turned non-existent biofuel into luxury cars, sentenced to 12 years

Rodney Hailey, who was in the news last summer for selling more than $9 million in Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN) credits for biofuel that, well, didn't exist, has been sentenced to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

30More arrests in biodiesel RIN fraud cases

Alternative energy and cleantech have been a platform for political jabs and Congressional hearings in Washington over the past year – the Solyndra scandal, Chevrolet Volt post-crash-test battery fires, and Fisker Automotive's Department of Energy grant loan quickly come to mind. The latest one deals with companies committing fraud tied into the federal renewable fuel standard, and it's not pretty.

29Clean Green Fuels sold $9m worth of renewable fuel credits that didn't exist

This is a most interesting way to make nine million dollars: selling $9.1 million worth of renewable energy credits that you don't actually have.

11Toyota's most unusual eco-car concepts come from its "Revolution" Manager

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