Policy

November 01, 2018

Pacific Ethanol provides update of plant improvement activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter 2018 financial results, reporting reduce net sales and total gallons sold. During an investor call, the company provided an update of its plant improvement projects. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

USGC addresses Malaysian concerns about DDGS, prompts new demand

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyIn 2017, the U.S. Grains Council’s Kuala Lumpur office hosted a promotion program for U.S. DDGS in the region featuring a highly respected U.S. poultry nutritionist. The event helped create new demand in Malaysia for the ethanol coproduct. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

OMB reviews final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has delivered its final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel, to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the final rule is published. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Environmental groups petition EPA over RFS land-use regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA coalition of environmental groups have petitioned the U.S. EPA asking the agency to change how it accounts for land-use changes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Ethanol groups are speaking out against the claims included in the petition. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Showtime cohosts Heilemann, McKinnon to address NEC

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has announced that John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon, cohosts of Showtime’s popular political documentary series The Circus, are scheduled to speak together at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Regulatory barriers on agenda for biomass R&D committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will hold an opening meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 15-16. The meeting will address regulatory barriers impacting bioenergy growth. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

NFU urges administration to honor commitment to biofuels

BY National Farmers Union Found In:Business, PolicyNational Farmers Union has launched a radio ad buy urging President Donald Trump to keep his promises to family farmers by immediately implementing year-round E-15 and reversing the losses caused by the misappropriation of small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

DDGS sales to Turkey soar following USGC marketing programs

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyPromotion and market development for U.S. DDGS has been a mainstay of the U.S. Grains Council’s work for more than a decade, supporting a market of approximately 11 million metric tons exported annually for use in livestock feed. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

High-octane, low-carbon fuels can help meet CAFE/GHG standards

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe comment period on U.S. EPA’s SAFE Vehicles Rule closed on Oct. 26. More than 100,000 comments were filed on the rulemaking, with those in the biofuel industry stressing that high-octane, low-carbon ethanol can help meet emissions standards. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

Poet begins construction on new ethanol plant in Indiana

BY Poet LLC Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFollowing a strong directive from President Trump to lift the outdated regulations stifling E15 fuel, Poet is moving forward with full construction of a new biofuel facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. The facility is scheduled to be complete in 2020. READ MORE

October 26, 2018

EPA: 28.84 million cellulosic RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for September, reporting that 1.58 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 28.84 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

RFA hosts discussion to dispel E15 myths and misinformation

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association held a panel discussion Oct. 25 to address concerns and misconceptions about E15. The panel included auto industry experts, attorneys, air quality experts and boating and small engine experts. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Valero discusses ethanol acquisitions, E15 during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyValero Energy Corp. has released third quarter financial results, reporting lower operating income for its ethanol division. Overall, the company reported increased net income when compared to the same period of last year. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Automakers explicitly approve E15 for 93% of new 2019 vehicles

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyMore than 93 percent of 2019 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to the results of an annual analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the RFA. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

ACE asks government officials to help expedite E15 rulemaking

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings attended a roundtable discussion in Chancellor, South Dakota Oct. 25 with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and other officials to discuss the rollout of a rule to allow the sale of E15 year-round. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

US trade policy spotlighted at Export Exchange 2018

BY Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe challenges and opportunities surrounding transportation of U.S. feed grains to end-users in countries around the world was the topic of conversation at Export Exchange 2018 on Oct. 24, according to the RFA and Growth Energy. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

Export Exchange 2018 speakers highlight DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyUSDA and U.S. grains experts were laser focused on the outlook for U.S. corn and its coproducts—highlighting the importance of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS)—at Export Exchange 2018 in Minneapolis Oct. 23. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Feed grain buyers, suppliers arrive at Export Exchange 2018

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyMore than 200 international buyers and end-users of coarse grains and coproducts from upwards of 35 countries are arriving in Minneapolis for Export Exchange 2018, ready to meet with U.S. suppliers and service providers across the value chain. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

EPA: Additional small refinery petitions filed for 2017, 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released updated data on small refinery waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The new data shows that additional petitions were filed for 2017 and 2018 compliance years over the past month. READ MORE

October 18, 2018

OMB releases estimated timelines for EPA’s E15 rule, 2 RFS rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Trump Administration has released estimated timelines for the development of three U.S. EPA rulemakings that pertain to the Renewable Fuel Standard and year-round E15 sales, including one that includes a “reset” of statutory blending targets. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

RFA adds Hamburg as director of government affairs

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has officially welcomed Connor Hamburg to its staff as the director of government affairs. In this role, Hamburg will focus on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the renewable fuel industry and rural America. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

In Depth: Perfectly Planned

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: With proper planning, expansions can go relatively smoothly. Without it, large, unforeseen obstacles can increase costs, delay startups and derail projects. READ MORE

October 17, 2018

Opinion: Improving Ethanol’s Outlook

BY Chris Bliley Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Fuel economy standards help make the case for midlevel ethanol blends. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

House lawmakers ask EPA to stop issuing RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Oct. 15, a group of 19 democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the U.S. EPA expressing concern over the Trump Administration’s widespread issuance of waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

Opinion: How Lessons from Business Can Help Canada’s Climate Agenda

BY Andrea Kent Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Canada's business sector can help the country realize its climate goals. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

RFA to offer free E15 webinar

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has announced plans for a free webinar on Oct. 23 to discuss the recent proposal that will allow for year-round consumer access to 15 percent ethanol (E15). READ MORE

October 12, 2018

New pump labels in EU provide clarity on biofuels content

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe EU introduced a new, harmonized set of fuel labels Oct. 12 to give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles. The labels will help avoid misfueling and inform drivers, according to the European Commission. READ MORE

October 12, 2018

DOT rescinds ECP brake system requirements for HHFUT rail cars

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRecent action taken by the PHMSA and DOT has repealed a portion of a 2015 rulemaking that would have required certain trains carrying flammable liquids, including ethanol, to be equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake systems. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

EPA expected to begin rulemaking process to allow year-round E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicySupporters of the ethanol industry are speaking out to commend President Trump for his support of E15 and applaud news that the U.S. EPA is beginning a formal rulemaking process to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

USGC: Global trading partners recognize ethanol’s benefits

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyEleven markets have announced significantly expanded or completely new national ethanol policies in the last year—a momentous shift toward global ethanol adoption, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE