EPA to release supplemental rulemaking to account for future SREs


The EPA on Oct. 4 announced plans to release its much anticipated RFS relief package but provided few details. The agency said a proposed rule seeking public comment on how and at what levels it should account for future SREs will be issued soon.
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The Andersons, Marathon Petroleum combine ethanol interests


The Andersons Inc. and Marathon Petroleum Corp. have merged four ethanol entities with and into The Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC. The Andersons and Marathon Petroleum own 50.1 percent and 49.9 percent of TAMH, respectively.
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USDA: US ethanol exports reach 122.52 million gallons in August


The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released August export data on Oct. 4, reporting that the U.S. exported 122.52 million gallons of ethanol and 1.12 million tons of distillers grains during the month.
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Little Sioux Corn Processors to add FQT’s protein technology


Little Sioux Corn Processors announced Sept. 30 it will install Fluid Quip Technologies’ patented Maximized Stillage Co-Products (MSC) system at its Marcus, Iowa, ethanol plant. This will be the seventh installation of MSC technology worldwide.
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Minnesota accepting applications for Governor’s Biofuels Council


Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is seeking applicants for his newly formed Governor’s Biofuels Council. Members of the council will be representatives of agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as environmental and conservation groups.
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USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program


The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced Sept. 27 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which coincides with fiscal year 2020.
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DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects


The U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products.
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STB renews charter of RETAC


The STB published a notice Sept. 25 announcing it intends to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. RETAC was established in 2008 and provides advice to the STB regarding the rail transportation of energy resources.
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UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales down in first half of September


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released ethanol production and sales data for the first half of September. Ethanol production reached 2.37 billion liters (626.09 million gallons), with sales at 1.3 billion gallons.
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Ethanol producers, farmers detail negative impacts of SREs


The Renewable Fuels Association hosted a conference call Oct. 3 to discuss how small refinery exemptions (SREs) are impacting ethanol plants and corn farmers and the urgent need for the White House release its biofuel relief package.
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