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March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on March 27 announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued." READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Pacific Ethanol to idle more than 60% of capacity by end of March

BY Erin VoegelePacific Ethanol on March 27 said it is idling capacity in response to the unprecedented decline in gasoline and ethanol demand due to the impacts of COVID-19 and announced it is providing high-quality alcohol for the production of hand sanitizer. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA announces enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic

BY U.S. EPA The U.S. EPA on March 26 announced g a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy applies to civil violoations duirng the outbreak. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

Rex idles NuGen plant, explores carbon sequestration project

BY Erin VoegeleRex American Resources released fiscal fourth quarter financial results on March 26. The company announced a potential carbon sequestration project under development at its One Earth Energy plant in Illinois and discussed the impact of COVID-19. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

USDA appoints Jekanowski, Wu to leadership positions

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced the appointment of Mark Jekanowski as chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board and David Wu as deputy assistant secretary for administration. Both previously served at the USDA in other positions. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

Bion brings scientific expertise to RFA membership

BY Renewable Fuels Association Bion has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as an associate member. Bion, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a testing company that specializes in analytical standards, reference material, and proficiency testing programs. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Kcoe Isom hosts crisis planning webinar

BY Matt ThompsonKcoe Isom hosted a webinar on March 24 that discussed crisis planning and employee communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also discussed emergency family and medical leave and offered tips for working remotely. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Biofuel groups welcome Trump’s decision not to appeal SRE ruling

BY Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association Ethanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump Administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down certain small refinery exemptions under the RFS. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

USGC issues letter to export customers on COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Grains Council on March 23 published a letter to its global customers that provides answers to questions related to the continued operations of U.S. grain production and export facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

CropEnergies supplies ethanol for use in disinfectants

BY Erin VoegeleEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies has announced plans to alter its operations and partially shift production from fuel ethanol to neutral alcohol in order to help meet the need for disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

The Andersons shuts down ethanol plants for extended maintenance

BY The Andersons Inc. The Andersons announced March 24 that it will idle its Element ethanol plant in Colwich, Kansas, for an extended maintenance and repair period and will take spring maintenance shutdowns at the four facilities owned by its joint venture with Marathon. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Oil refineries challenge Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleWynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier filed petitions with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

USDA: Progress made on implementation of US-China trade deal

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on March 24 announced continued progress with the implementation of agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, including those related to DDGS. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

US, Brazil classify ethanol industry as essential during pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleThe governments of the two largest ethanol producing countries, the U.S. and Brazil, have each classified ethanol plant employees as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Maine enacts tax credit for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleMaine Gov. Janet Mills on March 18 signed a bill establishing a tax credit for renewable chemical production that provides an 8 cent per pound tax credit for eligible products beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

RFA: New report shows ethanol industry fueled by veterans

BY Renewable Fuels Association A study released this week on employment in the U.S. energy sector shows that America’s ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Ethanol producers help produce hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. government on March 18 relaxed regulations to allow producers of fuel ethanol and beverage alcohol to shift production to ethanol-based hand sanitizers. Days later, several ethanol plants are taking action to help combat COVID-19. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Senators urge Trump not to challenge court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter to President Trump on March 19 urging him not to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

USDA Rural Development implements remote operational status

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA Rural Development on March 20 announced that it has implemented enterprise-wide remote operational status, effective immediately, to help protect the health of employees, customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Study shows environmental benefit of ethanol vehicles

BY Matt ThompsonA recent study by researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center explores the environmental benefits of decarbonizing the U.S. light duty transportation fleet, and the role ethanol can play in limiting global temperature increases. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

RFA: Casey’s becomes 5,000th station to offer E85

BY Renewable Fuels Association The number of fuel stations now offering Flex Fuel E85 has reached an important milestone. A Casey’s store in Ankeny, Iowa, has become the 5,000th station nationwide to sell E85, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

Oil refiners to challenge Tenth Circuit Court decision on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleWynnewood and HollyFrontier filed a petition with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 19 announcing they will seek a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

UNICA releases updated data, helps fight COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released ethanol production and sales data for February and has announced its members are donating alcohol for use in hand sanitizer to help contain the spread of COVID-19. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

Ocean Park: 2019 ethanol mergers and acquisitions below average

BY Matt ThompsonLast year’s low margins impacted mergers and acquisitions in North America’s ethanol industry, according to a report released by Ocean Park. Total North American ethanol capacity bought and sold during 2019 was the second lowest in five years. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

Biofuels Caucus urges Trump to let court ruling on SREs stand

BY Erin VoegeleThe bipartisan Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to President Trump on March 17 urging the administration to forgo an appeal of the Tenth Circuit Court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Ethanol industry seeks to protect employees during pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleThe ethanol industry is struggling with demand destruction resulting from COVID-19, an oil price war, ongoing trade disputes, and SREs. “Folks, this is not going to be good, and our biggest concern by far is our people," said Al-Corn CEO Randy Doyal. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

EPA: 25 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on March 19, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Recovering phosphorus from DDGS can help reduce pollution

BY Marianne Stein, University of Illinois A new study from University of Illinois examines the best way to recover phosphorus from dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) as a co-product, which can then potentially be used as fertilizer for corn and soybean production. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

SIRE navigates ‘uncharted territory’ of COVID-19, falling prices

BY Erin VoegeleMike Jerke, president and CEO of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, dicusses ways in which his company is working to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak while protecting employees and ensuring plant operations can continue. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

Coalition urges EPA to not appeal Tenth Circuit Court decision

BY Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and National Farmers Union The coalition that won a unanimous court decision against the U.S. EPA continued its call for the agency to not appeal the decision by launching a new social media campaign aimed at encouraging policymakers and the EPA to do the right thing. READ MORE

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