EPA delivers proposed rule with 2020 RVOs, ‘other changes’ to OMB


The U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and “other changes” to the RFS program.
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Representatives urge EPA to stop issuing SREs


A bipartisan group of 35 representatives, led by Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler May 7 urging the agency to stop issuing SREs to large or unqualified refiners.
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Bill introduced to overhaul renewable fuel, energy tax credits


Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation May 2 that aims to overhaul the federal tax code and consolidate the current 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions. Several biofuel and bioenergy groups support the bill.
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The Andersons: Profitable Q1 for ethanol, Element startup in Q3


Pat Bowe, president and CEO of The Andersons, has announced a profitable first quarter 2019 for the company's ethanol group and confirmed its Element ethanol plant in Kansas is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
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Maine governor vetoes bill limiting ethanol blending


Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed legislation on May 2 that aimed to prohibit the sale of fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. The bill targeted the potential sale of E15, which is not yet available for retail purchase within the state.
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DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D


The DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources.
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Pacific Ethanol reports improved margins, considers asset sales


Pacific Ethanol Inc. held an earnings call to discuss first quarter 2019 financial results May 2. The company reported significant improvement when compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 but is continuing to consider the sale of production assets.
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Katzen to design corn ethanol plant in Brazil


Katzen International Inc. announced April 29 it will design a new corn ethanol plant in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil. Construction on the 74 MMgy plant is underway, with startup expected in mid-2020.
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Letter asks EPA to use RFS reset rule to lower ethanol RVOs


Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and 14 colleagues sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler April 30 asking him to use the agency’s upcoming RFS reset rule to limit future RVOs for conventional biofuel to less than 10 percent of gasoline demand.
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Growth Enegy: New Mexico becomes 31st state to offer E15


On May 1, Growth Energy announced that New Mexico is the newest state to offer consumers greater choice at the fuel pump with the availability of E15—a fuel blended with 15 percent renewable ethanol.
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