Posts Tagged ‘Clean Fuels Clearinghouse’

EPA Feedback Survey

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Stakeholder Survey Results

To following graphs summarize the results from a recent stakeholder feedback survey.  These results are being shared with EPA in an effort to assist with proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Would you like more information about Clean Fuels Clearinghouse? You may contact us at 575-377-3369 or email us at sales@cfch.com.

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Coming Up Short

Coming Up Short

By: Kris Bevill
From the November 2009 Ethanol Producer Magazine

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As the U.S. EPA ponders comments submitted in response to its proposed rule for the second stage of the renewable fuel standard, cellulosic biofuel producers wonder how they will produce enough fuel to meet a 2010 mandate, and what will happen to the industry if they don’t.

The U.S. EPA’s proposed rule for the second stage of the renewable fuel standard (RFS2) is filled with complicated issues that address everything from indirect land use impacts to definitions of feedstocks and greenhouse gas emission reduction rates. A final rule is not expected from the EPA until at least Dec. 1 and could possibly be delayed until next year due to the complexity of the issues being addressed. Nevertheless, in its proposal, the agency calls for 2010 mandate requiring 100 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel to be produced and, so far, there is no indication the agency plans to lessen the volume requirement.

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About Clean Fuels Clearinghouse

Clean Fuels Clearinghouse (CFCH) is best known as the home of RINSTAR®, the nation’s only private sector registry for renewable fuels and the associated credits known as Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs. Interacting with over 500 companies throughout the renewable fuel supply chain daily, RINSTAR is recognized as the leader in the marketplace for RIN management and validation services. As a private sector, third party verifier, RINSTAR has conducted due diligence and facilitated the trading of over 12 Billion Gallon-RINs. The registry provides its membership with the highest level of confidence possible in the market for renewable fuel credits.

Respected throughout the industry as the thought leaders in the field of advanced renewables and low carbon fuels, CFCH interacts as a stakeholder with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and such state agencies as the California Air Resource Board (CARB). A combination of unique experiences and practical industry insight position CFCH to guide its clients through the challenges associated with regulatory change.

Clayton McMartin and Melissa Donovan founded CFCH in 2001 with the mission of “Delivering Business Solutions for Cleaner Fuels”. McMartin holds degrees in Petroleum and Chemical Engineering and Donovan a degree in Computer Science. For more information about CFCH contact us at 575-377-3369.

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RIN Credits, Ethanol Blending and the 800-pound Gorilla

RIN Credits, Ethanol Blending and the 800-pound Gorilla

By: Ron Kotrba
From the April 2009 Ethanol Producer Magazine


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Renewable energy credit prices are on the rise as ethanol blend economics remain poor and the year-end reporting date looms. EPM talks with Clayton McMartin, president of Clean Fuels Clearinghouse, about renewable identification number credits, industry consolidation, and the oil industry’s 800-pound gorilla, Valero Energy Corp., which can no longer be ignored.

The 800-pound gorilla in the room finally announced itself in early February. For months, speculators have been trying to figure out which ethanol companies will buy out which ethanol plants during this period of crushing economic recession and potential ethanol industry consolidation. Aside from food companies, what other industry made record profits in 2008 and could logically purchase distressed ethanol production facilities? The oil refiners—they who are obligated to blend ethanol into their supplies as mandated under the federal renewable fuels standard (RFS). On Friday, Feb. 6, VeraSun Energy Corp. “took out the trash”—that’s public relations lingo for releasing bad news on a Friday, with the understanding that there will be little coverage of it until at least Monday. The same day, VeraSun issued a press release titled, “VeraSun Energy Obtains ‘Stalking Horse’ Bid From Valero for Five Facilities; Files Motion Seeking Authority to Sell Substantially All Assets by March.” Read the rest of this entry »

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EPA rolls out RINs Moderated Tracking System

EPA Rolls Out RINs Moderated Tracking System

By: Ron Kotrba
From the March 2009 Web Exclusive Ethanol Producer Magazine

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The U.S. EPA held a Webinar on Feb. 25 to explain its development of a Moderated Tracking System that will accurately and securely track renewable identification number (RIN) credits.

A RIN is a 38-character numeric code that’s generated by the producer or importer of renewable fuel; it represents gallons of renewable fuel produced/imported and is assigned to batches of renewable fuel that are transferred (change of ownership) to others. RINs are valid for the calendar-generated, or the following year.

RINs currently apply to the ethanol industry; however beginning in 2010 RINS will also apply to the biodiesel industry.

The EPA is developing MTS to track the generation, distribution and sale of RINs as a way to help accurately enforce the mandates under the renewable fuels standard enacted in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007. The market-based renewable fuels registry RINSTAR has been working with the EPA to help develop a federal register through which all RIN transactions would flow to ensure accurate and honest reporting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spot Ethanol Prices Flat as Supply, Demand in Balance

Spot Ethanol Prices Flat as Supply, Demand in Balance

By: George Orwel
February 2009 DTN Refined Fuels

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NEW YORK (DTN) — Spot ethanol prices rose slightly on Friday from the levels seen Thursday, but there wasn’t much change for the week as traders weighed lower corn prices against higher gasoline values.

In fact, in the ethanol swaps market, prices came off about 3cts, driven largely by the weaker corn market. But physical cargoes of ethanol for late January to early February delivery to Chicago traded at $1.57 and $1.59 gal, reflecting a session gain of 2cts and up 1.5cts for the week.

In the New York Harbor, physical cargoes traded 3cts higher for the session and 1.5cts higher for the week. Houston prices were discussed between $1.68 and $1.70 a gal, although no trade was reported. In the West Coast, most of the discussions on cargoes going to Las Vegas and a few to Phoenix, Ariz., with just a few to California. Read the rest of this entry »

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RIN Registry, Trades, Prices Continue to Grow

RIN Registry, Trades, Prices Continue to Grow

By: Ron Kotrba
January 2009 Ethanol Producer Magazine Web exclusive post Feb. 2, 2009

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Clayton McMartin, president of Clean Fuels Clearinghouse and the RINSTAR renewable fuel registry, was a guest on Bob Taylor’s live webcast show Jan. 27. Prior to the interview, more than 200 questions were submitted for McMartin to answer.

A year ago, McMartin said RINSTAR’s member companies totaled approximately 25, and since then, the registry has grown to include more than 140 members. In 12 months, RINSTAR has validated more than 500,000 trades, and renewable identification number (RIN) prices have gone from the 2 to 3 cent range to 15 cents on the market. “Most importantly, we’ve helped companies throughout the industry profit from this emerging market,” McMartin said.

Taylor placed the submitted questions in one of four categories: general program, compliance and penalties, the new renewable fuels standard (RFS2) and renewable fuels standard 1.5 (RFS1.5), and the economy and marketplace. Taylor then chose questions to ask McMartin during the one-hour show based on frequency. Read the rest of this entry »

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