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January 17, 2020

USDA: November ethanol exports at 107 million gallons

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released November export data on Jan. 7, reporting the U.S exported approximately 107.28 million gallons of ethanol and 911,569 tons of distillers grains during the month. READ MORE

January 17, 2020

Mexico court rules against E10 implementation, not E10 product

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The Mexico Supreme Court has ruled against a regulation allowing for higher ethanol content in gasoline, based on the way in which the Energy Regulatory Commission implemented the change in 2017. The ruleing was not against E10 itself. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

USDA seeks input on new biofuel infrastructure incentive program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Jan. 16 launched a request for information (RFI) seeking public input to aid in the creation of its new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which aims to expand the availability of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Senate passes USMCA

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate passed legislation implementing the revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Jan. 16 by a vote of 89 to 10. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump for his signature. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

EPA: 21 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Jan. 16, reporting that five new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 16 petitions that had been filed as of Dec. 19. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Gov. Reynolds highlights recent wins in IRFA address

BY Matt ThompsonIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds highlighted recent positive developments for the biofuels industry during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s 2020 summit. She also spoke about her plan to increase funding for the state's biofuel infrastrcuture program. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules against E10 regulation

BY Erin VoegeleMexico’s Supreme Court announced on Jan. 15 that it has determined the Energy Regulatory Commission’s unilateral move to modify the country’s fuel standard to allow 10 percent ethanol blends is unconstitutional. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Censky discusses infrastructure grant program at IRFA Summit

BY Matt ThompsonDeputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky told attendees of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit that “there are some really positive things that are happening that are going to be great for the biofuels sector.” READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Shaw opens 2020 IRFA Summit with optimism

BY Matt ThompsonMonte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off the 2020 IRFA Summit in Altoona, Iowa, by acknowledging the difficulties 2019 brought to the biofuels industry, but also expressing optimism for recent policy changes. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Trump signs phase one trade agreement with China

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump signed a phase one trade agreement with China on Jan. 15. The agreement will take effect within 30 days and includes a commitment by China to purchase agricultural products over the next two years, including ethanol and DDGS. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

EIA predicts ethanol production will remain flat through 2021

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its December forecast that U.S. ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day in 2020 in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, published on Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

ePURE to EU: Don’t abandon existing biofuels

BY ePURE As the EU reframes important environment and energy legislation under the European Green Deal, it should not abandon clean, proven and cost-effective solutions such as sustainable renewable fuels and LPG. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Gevo secures biogas supply

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has contracted with three dairies to provide manure that the company will convert into renewable natural gas (RNG). Combined, these three dairies expect to generate approximately 350,000 MMBTU biogas each year. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Aemetis acquires partially complete ethanol plant in Kansas

BY Erin VoegeleAemetis has purchased a partially complete ethanol plant in Kansas. While the company previously said it would convert the facility to cellulosic production, Aemetis Chairman and CEO Eric McAfee said there are currently no plans to build at the site. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

RenovaBio takes off

BY Gabriel Miranda, EcoEngineers RenovaBio, Brazil’s new national biofuels policy, became official on Dec. 24. The program details a model for carbon emission reduction that improves the role of biofuels in Brazil’s energy matrix, according to EcoEngineers. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

DOE to provide $75 million for bioenergy crops research

BY U.S. Department of Energy On Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient to changing environmental conditions. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

USGC: Workshops educate Mexican gas station owners on ethanol

BY U.S. Grains Council As 2019 drew to a close, so did the second successful year of a workshop series the U.S. Grains Council has conducted with the Mexican Retailer Service Station Association to promote increased use of ethanol. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

GAO to investigate EPA’s small refinery exemption program

BY Erin VoegeleThe Government Accountability Office issued a letter to a dozen members of Congress on Jan. 10 announcing it will review matters relating to the approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

Inslee urges Washington legislature to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle on Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

ACE appoints Fosheim as director of member and industry relations

BY American Coalition for Ethanol The American Coalition for Ethanol has appointed Nick Fosheim, former executive director of South Dakota’s Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, to serve as director of member and industry relations. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

RFA 2020 safety webinar series kicks off

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER, is hosting a free ethanol safety “Train the Trainer” webinar on Jan.14, for ethanol emergency response teams. This will be the first of four such webinars in 2020. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

January WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its 2019-’20 forecast for corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Jan. 10. The forecast for corn production increased slightly. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

UK funds 4 advanced biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. Department for Transport recently announced funding to support four advanced biofuel projects, including those that aim to produce low carbon aviation fuel, fuel for heavy goods vehicles, and cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

Nebraska Corn Board, Casey’s partner on higher ethanol blends

BY Nebraska Corn Board The Nebraska Corn Coard has provided grant funds through its blender pump incentive infrastructure program to help Casey's General Stores upgrade existing fuel pumps at 12 locations to offer Unleaded88, a 15 percent ethanol blend. READ MORE

January 17, 2020

In Depth: Caustic CIP Optimization

BY Dennis Bayrock FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: CIP brings unique challenges to ethanol, but they can be overcome. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

USDA recruits participants for trade mission to North Africa

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is recruiting interested U.S. exporters for its first 2020 trade mission, which will take place in Casablanca, Morocco, on March 16-19. The mission will focus on boosting U.S. agricultural exports to all of North Africa. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Harvestone welcomes Corn LP to its platform

BY Harvestone Group Harvestone Group recently announced another ethanol production facility has transitioned to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Corn LP, a 75 MMgy ethanol plant in Goldfield, Iowa, transitioned onto the Harvestone platform on Jan. 1. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Green Plains sells interest in JGP Energy Partners

BY Matt ThompsonGreen Plains Inc. has sold its interest in JGP Energy Partners LLC, an import and export fuel terminal in Beaumont, Texas. Green Plains held a 50 percent interest in the joint venture, and sold its share for $29 million, plus working capital. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

EPA sets 2020 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.80

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its website Jan. 8 announcing the Renewable Fuel Standard cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2020 is $1.80. The price is slightly higher than the 2019 CWC price, which was set at $1.77 in December 2018. READ MORE

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