Court extends deadline to challenge SRE ruling until March 24


The Trump administration will have 15 additional days to decide whether to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA.
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Minnesota bill aims to require E15


Legislation recently introduced in Minnesota aims to increase the minimum biofuel content in gasoline sold within the state to 15 percent. If signed into law, the bill would make Minnesota the first state to require the use of E15.
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Versalis to restart Italian cellulosic ethanol plant


Versalis, the chemical subsidiary of Italian oil and gas company Eni, announced in February that the cellulosic biorefinery it acquired from the Mossi & Ghisolfi Group in 2018 will restart operations during the first half of 2020.
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UK opens public consultation on introduction of E10


The U.K. Department for Transport opened a public consultation on March 4 on a proposal to allow E10 to be sold within the country. The U.K. currently limits the ethanol content of gasoline to 5 percent.
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EIA: Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol set new record


U.S. weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol set a new record at 24.964 million barrels the week ending Feb. 28, breaking the previous record set only two weeks earlier, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on March 4.
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Perdue discusses state of rural economy with House Ag Committee


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefed the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on the state of the rural economy on March 4, and during the discussion spoke briefly about how USDA is supporting the country’s ethanol industry.
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Inhofe offers amendment to cap RIN prices, issues letter to EPA


Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., on March 3 filed an amendment to the American Energy Innovation Act that aims to cap RIN prices. On the same day, he led a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to continue to issue SREs.
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Perdue appoints Brand to lead USDA Rural Development


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 28 announced the appointment of Bette Brand to serve as USDA Rural Development Deputy. Brand replaces former Rural Development Deputy Donald “DJ” LaVoy following his retirement.
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Biofuel groups urge Trump not to challenge court’s SRE ruling


Representatives and supporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out against reports that President Trump will appeal a Jan. 24 decision handed down by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA.
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Pacific Ethanol to sell ownership interest in Pacific Aurora LLC


Pacific Ethanol Inc. announced on March 3 that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its 74 percent ownership interest in Pacific Aurora LLC to the Aurora Cooperative Elevator Co., which currently owns 26 percent of the facility.
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