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July 08, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks increase by 2%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production was up nearly 2 percent the week ending July 3, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol increased by more than 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 8. READ MORE

July 08, 2020

Biofuel groups file comments on EPA’s anti-backsliding proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed comments with the U.S. EPA on July 8 supporting the agency’s proposed anti-backsliding determination but criticizing the use of outdated and flawed data. READ MORE

July 08, 2020

Greenlane system will help Brazilian ethanol plant produce RNG

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Greenlane Renewables Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd. has signed a contract with a Grupo Cocal, a Brazlian sugar mill operator, to supply its PSA biogas upgrading system for the production of RNG. READ MORE

July 07, 2020

EIA increases forecasts for 2020, 2021 ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its forecasts for 2020 and 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released July 7. Forecasts for ethanol consumption were also revised up. READ MORE

July 07, 2020

RenovaBio marks important milestones, setbacks

BY Gabriel Miranda, EcoEngineers Ethanol markets in the U.S. and Brazil have been hit hard by the COVID pandemic, and demand has plummeted. The Brazilian government has proposed a reduced RenovaBio target for 2020 that trims the goal 50 percent, according to EcoEngineers. READ MORE

July 07, 2020

RFA adds Grain Densification International as associate member

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA on July 6 welcomed Grain Densification International as its newest Associate Member. Based in Granite City, Illinois, GDI produces 100 percent all-natural calf pellets, range cubes, creep feed and lick tubs using distillers grains. READ MORE

July 06, 2020

USDA: Exports of ethanol, distillers grains down in May

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 67.53 million gallons of ethanol and 601,029 tons of distillers grains in May, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on July 2. Exports of both products were down significantly. READ MORE

July 06, 2020

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on June 29 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program from crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. READ MORE

July 06, 2020

South Dakota ethanol supporters call on Trump to approve E30

BY South Dakota Farmers Union With the majestic Mount Rushmore as a backdrop, South Dakota ethanol supporters are calling on President Trump to take a “monumental step” by opening the world’s largest gasoline market to higher blends like E30, thus demolishing the blend wall. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

32 House members urge Trump to reject gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 2 sent a letter to President Trump calling on his administration to deny 52 gap year SRE petitions that have been filed in an attempt to circumvent a recent court ruling. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

Growth Energy Urges EPA to combat PM emissions with ethanol

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley has submitted comments to the U.S. EPA on the agency’s review of the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter (PM NAAQS). READ MORE

July 02, 2020

ACE: EPA misses opportunity to raise 2020 RVO as requested

BY American Coalition for Ethanol ACE CEO Brian Jennings has expressed his disappointment in the EPA for taking no action to follow through on ACE’s request to issue an interim final rule by July 1 to increase the RVO for 2020 to ensure 20.09 billion gallons of biofuel is blended. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

RFA: New video spotlights ethanol’s important coproducts

BY Renewable Fuels Association A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, including distillers grains, distillers oil, and captured carbon dioxide. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

Harvestone adds 4 more plants to its platform

BY Harvestone Group Harvestone Group has added four plants owned by Glacial Lakes Energy to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. The four plants represent 360 MMgy of production capacity. Harvestone's platform now handles more than 850 MMgy of production. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

UAI calls out EPA for failed PM reductions

BY Urban Air Initiative The Urban Air Initiative has filed comments with the EPA calling the agency's decision not to tighten air quality standards for particulate matter (PM) a shortsighted and technically flawed decision. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, weekly ending stocks fall by 4%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production was up approximately 1 percent the week ending June 26, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by more than 4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 1. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

EPA issues guidance for ethanol plants producing hand sanitizer

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on June 27 posted a document to its guidance portal that explains how fuel ethanol plants that are producing hand sanitizer to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic can do so without invalidating an existing efficient producer pathway. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

USGC celebrates USMCA as it enters into force

BY U.S. Grains Council U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement officially entered into force on July 1. The agreement represents a culmination of years of work to update and improve NAFTA, offering improved agricultural market accesses and fairer trade between the countries. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Ag, biofuel groups challenge EPA on SAFE Vehicles rule

BY National Farmers Union A broad coalition of ag and ethanol groups are challenging the Trump administration’s recent fuel efficiency rulemaking, on that grounds that it ignores the efficiency and of higher ethanol blends and fails to realize the promise of increased octane. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

OPINION: If you’re thinking about E15 and flex fuels, think fast.

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol If you’ve been thinking about stepping up, standing out from the competition, and growing your profits with higher ethanol blends, there may be no better time to make the change, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

ACE launches video series on HBIIP application process

BY American Coalition for Ethanol ACE has announced the first few in a series of short fuel marketer-focused videos on the flexfuelforward.com website and is launching a broader digital advertising campaign to help fuel retailers navigate that application process for HBIIP. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

UAI comments cite EPA’s obstacles to mid-level blends

BY Urban Air Initiative The Urban Air Initiative filed comments with the EPA calling on the agency to correct several crucial provisions impacting ethanol blends as part of a new rule designed to streamline regulations governing gasoline and diesel fuels. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

OPINION: HBIIP: Past the halfway point, what have we’ve learned?

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Believe it or not, we’re already at the halfway point in the 90-day application window for the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. RFA's Cassie Mullen reviews lessons that have been learned so far. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Reynolds signs biofuel tax differentials bill

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 30 signed a bill that will extend Iowa’s biofuel tax differentials for six years and announced her intention to use $7 million of Iowa’s federal CARES Act funding to expand the Iowa's biofuel infrastructure program. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Report: Ethanol, LCFS can help US meet net-zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleThe House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30 unveiled a climate crisis action plan that aims to serve as a congressional roadmap to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan shows ethanol can help meet that goal. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Sanitizer donated for distribution at RFA special events

BY Renewable Fuels Association Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has donated 1,000 bottles of its proprietary SIREtizer hand sanitizer to the Renewable Fuels Association, for free distribution at upcoming events. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Growth Energy champions ethanol blends in EPA update to fuel regs

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley submitted written comments to the U.S. EPA on its proposed “Fuels Regulatory Streamlining Rule.” He cautioned against changes that could impact market access to E15 and E85. READ MORE

June 29, 2020

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition urges EPA to reject gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 29 urging the agency to deny the 52 gap year SREs oil companies have filed in an effort to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal's Jan. 24 ruling. READ MORE

June 29, 2020

Rex resumes production at NuGen Energy plant in South Dakota

BY Erin VoegeleRex American Resources Corp. filed an 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on June 29 announcing it has resumed production at its NuGen Energy facility, a 150 MMgy ethanol plant located in Marion, South Dakota. READ MORE

June 29, 2020

Blue Flint plant advances CO2 project, receives $3.4M grant

BY Midwest AgEnergy Group Midwest AgEnergy Group, the parent company of Blue Flint, announced on June 25 the company has received a $3.4 million grant from the North Dakota Industrial Commission and is moving forward with a CO2 capture and storage project. READ MORE

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