EPRINC and IER Co-Host Virtual Workshop on “Understanding the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Rule for Automobiles”

On July 27, 2020, the Energy Policy Research Foundation and the Institute for Energy Research jointly hosted a virtual workshop on the recently adopted regulation setting fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks. 

Current and former officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), representatives from the auto industry, EPRINC and IER staff, and a cross section of stakeholders discussed the new rule  and its broader implications for energy markets and the future of the U.S. auto industry. 

The video recording of the workshop can be accessed here, and the presentation from Heidi King is here and the one from Max Pyziur is here.

 

Understanding California’s High Transportation Fuel Prices
EPRINC has published a report “Understanding California’s High Transportation Fuel Prices.”  California’s  transportation fuel specifications are among the most stringent in the United States targeting both reductions in so-called criteria pollutants and reductions in green house gas emissions. Max Pyziur, EPRINC downstream expert, provides an assessment of the costs of the California standards. The  report can be downloaded here.

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EPRINC Issues Report on Technical Constraints and Cost Risks to the Renewable Fuel Standard

Max Pyziur and Lucian Pugliaresi on Technical Constraints and Cost Risks from the Renewable Fuel Standard

Under US law, increased volumes of biofuels must be blended into gasoline and diesel fuels. A variety of factors, including future demand for transportation fuels, falling crude oil prices and technological constraints, are all providing new challenges to successfully implementing the biofuel mandate.

This EPRINC assessment demonstrates that the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) requirements create considerable long-term costs, risks, and uncertainties to fuel producers, and are likely to raise transportation fuel costs substantially.

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Presentations from EPA’s November 12 Brown Bag Lunch and the 2014 Condensate and Naphtha Forum

Posted below are two recent presentations by Lou Pugliaresi and Trisha Curtis.  Lou presented on the potential for and uncertainties surround U.S. condensate exports at the 2014 Condensates and Naphtha Forum in Doha, Qatar.

Trisha presented before EPA staff at the Agency’s Brown Bag lunch on November 12.  Her presentations addressed the background and fundamental issues of crude oil by rail shipments in the United States.

 

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