Wheeler claims ethanol demand not impacted by SREs


U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler fielded questions on SREs and the potential of E30 during a Sept. 19 hearing on U.S. EPA science and technology held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
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Bill would require EPA to account for SREs in RVO rulemakings


Legislation introduced by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., on Sept. 18 would require the U.S. EPA to account for small refinery exemptions (SREs) when formulating annual Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations.
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White House seeks information on US bioeconomy


The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public input on the U.S. bioeconomy in an effort to inform notable gaps and vulnerabilities and to identify areas in which the bioeconomy could benefit from government attention.
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Ernst discusses SRE deal as Trump meets with Big Oil senators


Trump is set to continue discussions Sept. 19 regarding the SRE reallocation proposal by meeting with Senators representing Big Oil. Meanwhile, Sen. Joni Ernst R-Iowa, said she needs to see the proposal in writing before she can announce her support.
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Walz signs executive order establishing biofuels council


Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Sept. 16 establishing a Governor’s Council on Biofuels that will advise the governor and state agencies on the role of biofuels in reducing GHG emissions and recommend policies to foster growth.
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Grassley discusses SRE reallocation proposal during media call


Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, indicated the biofuels industry represented a united front at recent White House meetings related to SREs but stressed he will not announce support for the resulting policy package until it is finalized on paper.
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UNICA: Hydrous ethanol production sets new record


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up more than 10 percent during the second half of August, with hydrous ethanol production setting a new record.
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RFA: New study stresses ethanol’s benefits for energy security


A new study shows that the RFS not only saves drivers money at the gas pump every day, but also enhances energy security by greatly reducing or even eliminating the blow to our nation’s drivers when global oil production is disrupted.
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ORLEN Poludnie to license Clariant’s sunliquid technology


Clariant and ORLEN Południe signed a license agreement Sept. 20 for sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. Under the agreement, ORLEN Południe plans to install the sunliquid technology at a site in Poland integrated with a petroleum refinery.
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Gevo secures wind power for its Luverne plant


Gevo Inc. announced Sept. 16 it secured the supply of 5 MW of fully renewable electricity for its biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, from an affiliate of Juhl Energy. The electricity generated from wind will be wired directly to the plant.
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