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May 15, 2020

Growth Energy urges EPA COVID-19 panel to examine air toxics

BY Erin VoegeleIn a letter to the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board, Growth Energy urged members of a new COVID-19 Review Panel to examine the impact of toxic gasoline additives on respiratory health, as well as the potential benefits offered by ethanol. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Aemetis upgrades Keyes plant, prepares for startup of RNG project

BY Erin VoegeleEric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis Inc., discussed steps the company is taking to produce pharmacopeia- and food-grade alcohol and provided updates of the company’s advanced biofuel projects during a first quarter earnings call held May 14. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

EPA opens comment period on fuels regulatory streamlining rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on May 14 officially opened the public comment period on its recently announced proposed rule to streamline and modernize its existing fuels regulations. Comments must be received by June 29. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released

BY BBI International BBI International and Biodiesel Magazine are pleased to announce that the agenda for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, set to take place Aug. 24-26, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released and is now available online. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

The door is open for ethanol producers and CCS

BY Roxby Hartley, EcoEngineers Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is making a lot of traction. California's LCFS has recognized CCS as a viable pathway to reduce emissions from transportation fuels and Congress has expanded the 45Q tax credit for carbon capture projects. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

EPA’s anti-competitive limits on ethanol blending are illegal

BY Urban Air Initiative Attorneys for a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture and clean fuel organizations filed their opening brief arguing that EPA regulatory barriers that prevent ethanol from competing for greater market share are illegal. according to the UAI. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem collaborate on plastics recycling

BY NOVA Chemicals Corp. NOVA Chemicals Corp. and Enerkem Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up, stocks fall for week ending May 8

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production was up more than 3 percent the week ending May 8 while ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by nearly 6 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 13. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

Pacific Ethanol gradually increases ethanol production volumes

BY Erin VoegeleNeil Koehler, president and CEO of Pacific Ethanol Inc., announced on May 13 the company is gradually increasing production as fuel demand increase and margins improve. The company is now operating at approximately 50 percent capacity. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

LucasE3 announces agreement to build corn ethanol plant in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleLucasE3 has announced an agreement with Brazil-based Maracajá Bioenergia to build a new corn ethanol plant in the northern region of the state of Mato Grosso near the municipality of Matupá. Construction is expected to start later this year. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

Gevo’s Luverne facility to remain idle

BY Erin VoegelePatrick Gruber, president and CEO of Gevo Inc., said on May 12 he expects the company’s biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, to remain idle for the remainder of the year. The company’s plant in Silsbee, Texas, however, continues to operate. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

ClearFlame joins RFA as newest member

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has announced ClearFlame Engine Technologies as the organization’s newest associate member. The company makes modificaitons to diesel engines that allows them to use 100 percent fuel ethanol. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

SCS approved as verification body for California LCFS

BY SCS Global Services SCS Global Services is now approved by CARB as a verification body for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. CARB recently added third-party verification requirements to the LCFS to ensure data completeness, accuracy, and conformance with the regulation. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

HEROES Act includes COVID-19 relief payments for biofuel plants

BY Erin VoegeleA fourth COVID-19 stimulus package known as the HEROES Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 12. The bill includes dedicated relief for biofuels producers by establishing the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

WASDE predicts rebound in corn use for ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA is predicting 5.2 billion bushels of corn will go to ethanol production during the 2020-’21 crop year, up 250 million bushels when compared to the estimated volume of corn that went to ethanol production during the 2019-’20 crop year. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

EIA increases 2020 ethanol production forecast

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its forecast for 2020 ethanol production, but lowered its prediction for 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released on May 12. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

UNICA: Ethanol revenues down nearly 50% in early April

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that ethanol revenue for mills in the south-central region of the country was down almost 50 percent during the first half of April due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

Groups ask Congress to provide COVID-19 relief for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 11 ag and biofuel groups sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on May 11 asking congress to provide COVID-19 relief for ethanol and biodiesel producers. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

70 Midwest mayors ask EPA to reject RFS waiver requests

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 70 mayors representing cities and towns in the Midwest sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 11 urging him to reject any requests to waive 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

Ag groups ask Congress to address GHG emissions from annual crops

BY Erin VoegeleThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition is asking lawmakers to direct the U.S. EPA to promptly publish a rule that states neither agricultural biomass nor woody biomass contribute to excess greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

Midwest AgEnergy evaluates options for Blue Flint ethanol plant

BY Midwest AgEnergy Group Midwest AgEnergy Group, the parent company of the Blue Flint, is evaluating alternative thermal energy and utility options after plans were announced to close Coal Creek Station, a power plant that provides water and steam to Blue Flint. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

US ethanol industry disappointed in new Colombian duties

BY U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association The Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism (MINCIT) has announced it will impose duties of $0.1997/gallon on U.S. ethanol exports to Colombia. The USGC, Growth Energy and RFA said the duties are unjustified. READ MORE

May 08, 2020

Electric cooperatives ask Congress to provide aid for ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThree dozen electric cooperatives and rural electric associations send a letter to 20 federal lawmakers on May 7 asking Congress to provide much-needed economic relief for rural America, which continues to suffer from the impacts of COVID-19. READ MORE

May 08, 2020

Noem, Walz urge EPA to reject RFS waiver request

BY Erin VoegeleLeaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 8 urging the agency to reject a recent request from five oil state governors to waive 2020 Renewable Fuels Standard blending obligations. READ MORE

May 08, 2020

IRFA encourages Iowa retailers to apply for HBIIP grants

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The USDA has released guidance on the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is offering support and encouraging Iowa fuel retailers to take steps now to streamline the application process. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

USDA to hold webinars on HBIIP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced it will hold a series of training webinars related to the recently announced $100 million in grants it plans to award through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Senators urge Trump to protect RFS, reject waiver requests

BY Erin VoegeleA bipartisan group of 24 senators sent a letter to President Trump on May 7 urging him to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard and immediately reject the RFS waiver requests filed with the U.S. EPA by several oil state governors last month. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

USTR report discusses barriers to US exports of ethanol, DDGS

BY Erin VoegeleThe USTR recently issued its 2020 National Trade Estimate, an annual report detailing foreign trade barriers faced by U.S. exporters of goods and services and USTR’s efforts to reduce those barriers. Ethanol and DDGS are among the products addressed. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

OPINION: Funds for higher ethanol blends in USDA’s HBIIP pocket

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol ACE took part in stakeholders’ meetings with USDA throughout the process of developing the HBIIP and emphasized single-store and small chain retailers as being critical to widespread availability and use of E15 and flex fuels. READ MORE

May 06, 2020

The Andersons restarts 2 ethanol plants

BY Erin VoegeleThe Andersons has resumed ethanol production at its ethanol plants in Albion, Michigan, and Denison, Iowa, after idling all five of its ethanol facilities in March due to falling liquid fuel demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

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