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FROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Celebrating year-round E15, U.S. Water and Kurita join forces, and Berry named new NEB administrator.
By Ethanol Producer Magazine | July 30, 2019

President Trump visits SIRE
President Donald Trump visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11 to celebrate the Reid vapor pressure waiver issued to E15 on May 31.

During his speech, Trump said E15 sales are predicted to more than double this year. “…The fuel you produce brings down prices at the pump for millions of American drivers. Those savings go straight into the pockets of hard working families all across our land.”

Representatives of Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the American Coalition for Ethanol were among those who attended the SIRE event.

“As we join President Trump in Iowa today, we thank him for directing EPA to allow year-round sales of E15,” said Brian Jennings, CEO of ACE. “EPA’s decision is good news for the ethanol industry, farmers, and American consumers. Finally, retailers don’t have their hands tied when it comes to offering a lower-cost, higher-quality E15 fuel to their customers during the summer months.”

Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the RFA, released a statement ahead of the SIRE event thanking Trump for keeping his promise to remove the “unnecessary and ridiculous regulatory barrier that prohibited the summertime use of E15 in most of the country.”

“President Trump understands that ethanol plants like SIRE are important economic engines in rural America, supporting good-paying jobs and bolstering the farm economy,” Cooper said.

Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, expressed gratitude to Trump for delivering on his promise to unleash the power of E15 year-round. “The approval of year-round E15 is an incredible milestone for the biofuels industry, and the result of over a decade of hard work by Growth Energy, our members, our congressional champions, and folks all across rural America who made their voices heard.”

U.S. Water Services Joins Kurita Water Industries Ltd. 
U.S. Water Services Inc. has joined Kurita Water Industries Ltd., an international water management company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The acquisition was announced in early February and was effective March 26.

“The closing of this transaction represents a new and exciting chapter for U.S. Water,” said LaMarr Barnes, U.S. Water CEO. “The Kurita Group represents world-class leadership, technology and investment in innovation in the water and environmental solutions industry. Together with the existing Kurita Group companies in North America (Kurita America Inc. and Fremont Industries), we will leverage our technologies and build a solid foundation to offer our customers advanced solutions and capabilities to meet their unique water and energy needs.”

Nebraska Ethanol Board Welcomes New Administrator
Roger Berry has been named administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

Berry is from Nebraska, farmed in the state and has served in senior positions in agricultural organizations. Most recently, he spent over three years as director of market development at the Nebraska Corn Board. In that role, Berry worked with NEB staff to carry out ethanol promotion events, spoke about ethanol markets and policy at industry conferences and was involved in industry ethanol policy discussions. He replaces Sarah Caswell as NEB administrator.