Policy

August 18, 2017

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting more than 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

New study shows RFS offers substantial benefits to the US economy

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyEconomists at Iowa State University have completed a new economic modeling study that will be published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The study finds that the Renewable Fuel Standard has substantially benefited the U.S. economy. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

Opinion: A Major Moment for Ethanol in Europe

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Emmanuel Desplechin, secretary general of the European Renewable Ethanol Association, talks about current European policy and what it means for ethanol. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

STB seeks nominations for biofuel candidate to fill RETAC vacancy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board is seeking candidates to fill two vacancies on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, including one representing the biofuels industry. Suggestions for candidates are due Aug. 30. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

USGC: Exports of US feed grains in all forms setting records

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyExports of U.S. feed grains in all forms (GIAF) are up 20 percent year-over-year from September-June to 96.9 million metric tons, according to data from the USDA and analysis by the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

ACE conference addresses barriers to blending more ethanol

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyFuel consumers and retailers are looking for more options and higher octanes, according to the three speakers on the Aug. 17 general session panel of the American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference in Omaha. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Tharaldson Ethanol wins USDA REAP funding to support expansion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Tharaldson Ethanol LLC plant in Casselton, North Dakota, is being awarded $341,000 in federal funding under USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program to support the addition of a new fermenter and cooling tower cell. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Nebraska governor delivers keynote at ACE Annual Conference

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Business, PolicyNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts delivered the keynote address to the American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference Aug. 16 in Omaha. He praised the industry on its work, encouraged strong policy support and discussed the importance of ethanol. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

ACE’s annual conference opens with export discussion

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council Advisory Team for Ethanol hopes to increase the volume of exported ethanol to 2.3 billion gallons by 2026, which is double export projections for this year. Last year, exports exceeded 1 billion gallons. READ MORE

August 14, 2017

UK releases 2016 ethanol data, REA calls for enforcement of E10

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released updated energy data, reporting that that ethanol accounted for 4.4 percent of gasoline and biodiesel accounted for 2.4 percent of diesel in 2016. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintains its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts in its August Short-Term Energy Outlook. Ethanol production is expected average 1.02 million barrels per day in 2017, falling slightly in 2018. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

USGC recognizes Floss for 20 years of service

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council has recognized Craig Floss for 20 years of service. He currently helps build demand for U.S. ethanol exports around the world. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

NDSU: Ethanol contributes $623.4 million to ND economy annually

BY Haley Olson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyNorth Dakota’s ethanol industry contributes $623.4 million to the economy annually, according to a report from the North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

EU ethanol production expected to grow

BY Staff Report Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network expects bioethanol production in the European Union to increase in 2017 and 2018, despite a decline in bioethanol consumption since 2011. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Keller elected USGC chairman, first woman to hold the office

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyDeb Keller, a farmer from Clarion, Iowa, was elected as U.S. Grains Council chairman at the organization’s 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington. She is the first female selected for the role in the organization's history. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Green Plains explains Q2 decision to idle portion of its capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyGreen Plains Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting it idled approximately 50 million gallons of production capacity during the quarter due to low margins, increased corn prices and other factors. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

DOE announces additional MEGA-BIO award

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a fourth project up to $1.8 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. The new project will optimize a process for deconstruction of biomass into sugars and lignin. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Biofuel stakeholders speak out at hearing on 2018 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA held a hearing Aug. 1 on its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representatives of the biofuels industry criticized the agency's proposed cuts to the cellulosic RVO. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EPA offers listen-only call-in number for Aug. 1 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is offering a listen-only call-in number for its Aug. 1 hearing the proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 28, 2017

Court decision released on case against 2015 RFS

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:PolicyThe court agreed with the petitioners that the EPA erred in how it interpreted the “inadequate domestic supply” waiver provision. READ MORE

July 28, 2017

USGC: India tax change seen unlikely to impact ethanol imports

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIndia’s new tax structures for 1,200 goods and 500 services, in place as of July 1, are intended to simplify the country’s complex and hard-to-administer tax code but could have mixed effects on imports of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Closing In On Cellulosic

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTom Bryan, president and editor in chief of Ethanol Producer Magazine, discusses the U.S. EPA's recent RFS rule, the cellulosic biofuels industry, and the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

EPA opens comment period on sugar beet GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has opened a comment period on its analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use in making biofuels. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Brazil delays decision to impose US ethanol import tariff

BY U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, announced July 26 a 30-day delay of a decision on a pending proposal to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

ACE encourages ethanol advocates to submit comments on RFS

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol encourages ethanol advocates to utilize its Legislative Action Center to participate in the U.S. EPA’s comment period on the proposed renewable volume obligations for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Opinion: Pushing for Year-Round Access to E15

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has been pushing for a change that would ensure consumers have year-round access to E15. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE