Policy

October 18, 2017

RFA receives federal grant for ethanol safety training program

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has received a $50,000 federal grant to help continue the RFA’s ethanol safety training program efforts. The grant provides hazmat training for volunteer or remote emergency responders. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Opinion: Washington state—An Opportunity for Higher Ethanol Blends

BY Emily Skor Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Washington adopted the Clean Air Rule on Sept. 15, 2016, to cap and ultimately reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Senators, governors advocate for strong biomass-based diesel RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicySeveral senators and governors are taking action to urge the Trump administration to ensure strong 2018 and 2019 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) are set under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: The Land of Sweetness

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: When unbranded E15 takes volume away from oil companies, oil company fuel slates will have to add E15. That’s when it’s going to be the land of sweetness. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Study: Biofuels Key in Reducing GHG Emissions

BY Jim Grey Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: At the end of the day, ethanol is the only low-carbon, renewable fuel alternative for gasoline available at commercial scale. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ABFA members oppose proposed cuts to RFS RVOS in letter to Trump

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Oct. 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to a recent proposal issued by the U.S. EPA that could result in lower blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

RFA: Analysis shows no relationship between RINs, gas prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyDespite continued claims by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard, prices of the renewable identification numbers used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline prices, according to Informa Agribusiness Consulting. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ACE hosts Latin American trade group on ethanol tour

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a Latin American trade team organized by the U.S. Grains Council at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based office Oct. 16 as part of the group’s pre-tour prior to the Ethanol Summit of the Americas in Houston. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Ohio plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Marathon Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

RFA celebrates National Farmers Day

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyOct. 12 is celebrated as National Farmers Day. On this day of recognition, the Renewable Fuels Association would like to thank and honor farmers for their service, especially USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

DOT awards hazardous materials planning and training grants

BY U.S. Department of Transportation Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing three separate hazardous materials training related grants totaling $23.87 million. A portion of the funding supports ethanol safety training. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

ACE helps retailers ask EPA to level the playing field for FFVs

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol is helping fuel marketers and retailers urge the U.S. EPA to use the midterm evaluation of the 2022-2025 model year vehicle emissions and efficiency standards to level the playing field for flex fuel vehicles. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Ethanol groups comment on CAFE-GHG standards

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and American Coalition for Ethanol have all submitted public comments to U.S. EPA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration stressing the benefits of high-octane ethanol fuels. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

GRFA: IEA report highlights continued demand growth for biofuels

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has reacted to the International Energy Agency’s latest medium-term outlook on renewable energy by noting that once again projections are anticipating continued increased growth in demand for conventional biofuels. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Senators urge Pruitt to issue strong 2018 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 38 senators have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to ensure the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements promote growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and the U.S. economy. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Senators question Wehrum on his support for the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Oct. 4, the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works held a hearing to consider President Trump’s nominations to fill several government posts, including those at the U.S. EPA. The RFS was among the topics discussed during the hearing. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

EPA opens comment period on proposal to reduce 2018, 2019 RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Oct. 4, the U.S EPA published a proposal that that could reduce 2018 and 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Federal Register, officially opening a 15-day comment period. Comments are due Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Biofuel groups ask Trump to continue to grow the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Oct. 3, a group of biofuel supporters sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern over the U.S. EPA’s recent proposal that could reduce 2018 and 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

ACE partners on EPA Smart Sectors program

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol is participating in the U.S. EPA’s Smart Sectors program to provide a platform for collaboration with regulated sectors to help the agency develop forward-thinking ways to improve environmental outcomes. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

USGC: Canada top market for US feed grains, coproducts

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyCanada is a top trading partner for U.S. feed grains and coproducts like ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) thanks to geography and strong trade policy, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

STB renews charter of RETAC, schedules Oct. 19 meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has published notices announcing its intent to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee and scheduling the next meeting of the RETAC for Oct. 19. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

USGC: Marketing programs pay off for US coproducts in Turkey

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council has announced Turkey is the second largest buyer of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in the 2016-‘17 marketing year with 1.29 million metric tons of imports, nearly double the total from last marketing year. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

Final BFC panel looks to the future

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Business, PolicyJamey Cline, business development director for Christianson PLLP, spoke about the immediate future of grant opportunities during the final panel of the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 28 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

Skor responds to reports EPA may change policy on RINs, exports

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor is speaking out regarding emerging media reports of an effort by oil refiner Valero to encourage the U.S. EPA to attach renewable identification numbers (RINs) to exported biofuel, primarily corn-based ethanol. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

Judge rules EPA to release more documents on ethanol test fuels

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, PolicyA judge rules that the Urban Air Initiative should have access to more EPA documents discussing test fuels. The D.C Federal Judge made the ruling in regards to a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) Urban Air filed. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

Siouxland Ethanol speaks at governor’s conference

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol member plant Siouxland Ethanol LLC brought biofuels to the forefront at the 15th annual Tri-State Governors’ Conference. The governors of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota participated in the event. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

BFC keynote addresses policy, technology, economy

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association discussed market trends and their effects on biofuels policies at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis, noting its tough to predict the future. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Grassley floor speech criticizes EPA proposal to reduce RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 and 2019 renewable volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE