“All Summer Long” – Impacts on Refiners of an E-15 Summertime RVP Waiver

By Beth Hilbourn and John Auers Although a little late for this summer season, the question of whether or not to extend the 1 psi waiver to E-15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol)  in the summer time has again become a

What’s happening with the IMO’s 2020 Marine Fuel Rule?

By David St Amand, guest writer Mr. David St. Amand, President, founded Navigistics Consulting in 1994. Mr. St. Amand is a maritime economist/business analyst specializing in commercial shipping. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb

Fuels Regulations Streamlining

By Beth Hilbourn and Robert Auers Streamlining of federal fuel regulations by the EPA is currently in process, and the effort should be applauded by everyone impacted by the regulations. The streamlining effort encompasses regulations that date back to the

The Changing U.S. Refining Landscape

By Robert Auers and John Auers Last Friday, September 7, John Auers presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Energy and the Economy Conference here in Dallas, TX.  The title of the presentation was “The changing U.S. Refining Landscape”,

“The Song That Never Ends” – Cellulosic Biofuels

By Elizabeth Hilbourn and John Auers “This is the song that never ends, it goes on and on my friends, some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they continued singing it forever just because this is

“Changes” – U.S. Gulf Coast Petroleum Supply/Demand

By Elizabeth Hilbourn and John Auers We’ve written a lot about the “shale boom” and how that, along with other factors, has increased the competitiveness of the U.S. refining industry.  Taken together, these major developments have significantly altered the supply/demand

“Already Gone” – CAFE Becomes SAFE

By Elizabeth Hilbourn and John Auers Back in early April, we blogged of the Eagles song, “The Sad Cafe,” in recognition of an announcement by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt scrapping the 2022-2025 fuel economy standards for light duty vehicles. Since

“Secret Agent Man” – Federal Agencies Support Alternative Fuel Vehicles

By Elizabeth Hilbourn and John Auers The 1966 song by Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man” is a lot like the U.S. alternative fuels market in that whether they will live to see tomorrow depends on the support of the government. 

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Feedstock” – The Changing U.S. Gulf Coast Heavy Crude Market

By John Mayes and John Auers Driven by decades of massive investments in coking and hydrotreating expansions, the U.S. Gulf Coast consumes a large percentage of the global heavy crude output.  The investment was driven in turn by the rapid

A Visit to the Hill – Senate Investigates Higher Oil and Gasoline Prices

By John Auers I had the privilege of participating as a witness in a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last Tuesday. The stated purpose of the hearing was to “examine factors that are impacting