Growth Energy sues EPA over small refinery exemptions


Growth Energy has filed a petition in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s failure to address small refinery exemptions in its 2019 RVO rulemaking, which was issued late last year.
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Aemetis wins $5 million CEC grant for Riverbank cellulosic plant


On Feb. 4, Aemetis Inc. announced that the California Energy Commission has issued a notice of proposed award (NOPA) for a $5 million grant to support the company’s proposed 12 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant under development in Riverbank, California.
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Valero reports increased ethanol production, reduced RIN costs


On Jan. 31, Valero Energy Corp. released fourth quarter and full-year 2018 financial results. The company’s ethanol segment reported a $27 million operating loss for the quarter and $82 million in operating income for the full year.
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RFA asks EPA to use RFS ‘reset’ rule to reallocate waived RVOs


The Renewable Fuels Association is calling on the U.S. EPA to use its upcoming RFS “reset” rule to reallocate renewable volume obligations (RVOs) impacted by recent small refinery exemptions, a 2016 lawsuit, and a recent bankruptcy settlement.
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ACE asks senators to confirm Wheeler’s E15, RFS intentions


ACE is urging members of the U.S. Senate to secure evidence on Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s intentions regarding E15 and the RFS's small refinery hardship exemptions before casting their confirmation votes.
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American drivers top 7 billion miles on E15


Drivers in the U.S. have reached another milestone: they’ve logged over 7 billion miles on E15. Mike O’Brien, Growth Energy’s vice president of market development, said the milestone proves E15 is a blend that consumers purchase time and time again.
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ARPA-E projects to develop sensors for bioenergy, agriculture


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy recently awarded nearly $6 million to four projects under its OPEN+ program for the Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture cohort team.
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Usask research turns ethanol waste into Alzheimer’s meds


A University of Saskatchewan research team’s quest to extract protein from thin stillage at Saskatchewan’s ethanol plants has yielded something far more valuable—a compound used in many countries to slow cognition loss in Alzheimer’s patients.
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AAEA: US corn ethanol has negligible effect on indirect land use


A new article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds no evidence to support earlier concerns about large indirect land use change effect of corn ethanol causing expansion in cropland and reduction in grasslands and forests.
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Poet’s Jive improves, rejuvenates asphalt


Poet has entered the asphalt market with its newest green alternative to fossil-fuel products. Poet’s Jive is a proprietary corn-oil-based product now being used by construction companies across the U.S. to modify or rejuvenate asphalt in roads.
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