Policy

September 17, 2019

Walz signs executive order establishing biofuels council

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Sept. 16 establishing a Governor’s Council on Biofuels that will advise the governor and state agencies on the role of biofuels in reducing GHG emissions and recommend policies to foster growth. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Joana Hassan re-joins USGC as ethanol programs coordinator

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyJoana Hassan re-joined the U.S. Grains Council on August 26 as the ethanol programs coordinator at the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Hassan worked in the same position from September 2017 to June 2018. READ MORE

September 17, 2019

Opinion: Wondering What If

BY Steve Vander Griend Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Real-world fuels are needed as part of real-world testing to prove ethanol's worth in helping to boost octane and lower emissions. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Trump administration expected to release SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Trump Administration is expected to update an existing proposed RFS rulemaking this week to increase proposed 2020 RVOs, a move designed to quell outrage from the ag and biofuel communities over the administration's treatment of SREs. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

Comment period on Section 610 review of RFS closes Sept. 23

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act have approximately one week left to do so. A public comment period on the review closes Sept. 23. READ MORE

September 16, 2019

In wake of Saudi Attacks, ethanol can provide energy security

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyDrone attacks Sept. 14 in Saudi Arabia destroyed oil fields and caused a record spike in oil prices overnight, calling into question claims that increased U.S. oil production has made America energy independent. The RFA says ethanol can help. READ MORE

September 13, 2019

FAS: Columbian ethanol production expected to rise in 2019

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service’s annual Colombia Biofuels Report for 2019 says domestic ethanol production in the country is expected to rise in 2019, while imports of U.S. ethanol are expected to rise at a slower rate. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Colorado to evaluate feasibility of an LCFS program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyColorado has taken an initial step toward considering the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Colorado Energy Office issued a documented quote (DQ) Sept. 11 inviting bids from independent contractors to conduct a LCFS feasibility study. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Grassley receivers Growth Energy’s 2019 ‘Fueling Growth’ award

BY Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley Found In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was presented with Growth Energy’s 2019 “Fueling Growth” Award. Skor said. Grassley has been a steadfast advocate for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy throughout his time as a U.S. senator. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Canadian associations call for a national ‘Clean Fuel Strategy’

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyCanada’s national clean fuels associations forecast greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 50 million metric tons (Mt) per year by 2030 through greater production and use of renewable energy in Canada. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

NCGA files court motion in support of E15

BY National Corn Growers Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe National Corn Growers Association on Sept. 9 moved to intervene in an effort by big oil to challenge the EPA’s final RVP rule by filing a motion in support of the U.S. EPA and the final rule allowing for year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Report: Argentina ethanol production, consumption flat in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network predicts Argentina’s production and consumption of fuel ethanol will remain stable this year at approximately 1.1 billion liters (290.59 million gallons). READ MORE

September 09, 2019

Court denies NBB’s petition for review regarding 2018 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a judgement Sept. 6 denying three petitions for review filed regarding the U.S. EPA’s 2018 RFS rule, including one filed by the National Biodiesel Board. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

USDA solicits REAP applications for fiscal year 2020 funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA announced Aug. 30 it is seeking applications for fiscal year 2020 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agriculture producers and rural small businesses make renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

USGC: Vietnam biofuels conference leads to US ethanol exports

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyUsing Market Access Program funds, the U.S. Grains Council sponsored a joint Vietnamese ministry and U.S. industry ethanol conference in Ho Chi Minh City to share information on the new ethanol policy in Vietnam and the advantages of ethanol. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

Walz, Noem urge Trump to mitigate effects of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Trump Sept. 4 urging him to mitigate the effects of small refinery exemptions. Walz and Noem are the chair and vice chair of the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

USGC: Healy named director of global ethanol market development

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Business, PolicyThe USGC promoted Brian Healy to director of global ethanol market development, effective Aug. 14. Healy previously served as the manager of ethanol export market development. Prior to joining the USGC, Healy worked on ethanol issues at USDA FAS. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

MOU between EPA, IRS aims to improve biofuel tax fraud analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its websites Sept. 4 announcing a MOU with the Internal Revenue Service under which the agencies have agreed to share information in an effort to identify and respond to fraud related to renewable fuels. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Rex: South Dakota plant negatively impacted by corn availability

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyRex American Resources Corp. has released second quarter financial results, reporting continued challenging conditions for its ethanol operations. Production at the company’s South Dakota plant has been interrupted due to corn availability. READ MORE

September 03, 2019

Brazil raises quota on US ethanol to 750 million liters

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe government of Brazil announced Sept. 2 it has raised the quota on U.S. ethanol imports under the tariff rate quote (TRQ) to 750 million liters (198.13 million gallons), up from 600 million liters per year. READ MORE

September 03, 2019

USCIS urged to approve foreign investment in Aemetis project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA federal lawmaker from California is slamming the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service for its mishandling of an application submitted by Aemetis Inc. regarding foreign investment for its proposed Riverbank cellulosic ethanol project. READ MORE

September 03, 2019

Biofuels industry focuses on SREs in 2020 RFS RVO comments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe comment period of the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel closed Aug. 30. More than 5,600 comments were filed on the rulemaking. READ MORE

August 29, 2019

Trump teases work on policy package to boost ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerPresident Donald Trump issued a tweet Aug. 29 suggesting his administration is working on a “giant package” to boost demand for ethanol. He did not indicate what the timeframe for the release of that package might be. READ MORE

August 27, 2019

Comment period on proposed 2020 RFS RVOs closes Aug. 30

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel have less than a week to do so. READ MORE

August 27, 2019

Senators urge Wheeler to end abuse of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of seven Midwestern democratic senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Aug. 26 urging the U.S. EPA to end its harmful abuse of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

RFA: EPA ignored White House recommendation to reallocate SREs

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyDocuments obtained by the RFA show that the U.S. EPA ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump Administration to redistribute RFS blending obligations lost to SREs in the proposed rule for 2020 renewable volume obligations. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

Growth Energy members urge Trump to reallocate lost SRE volumes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyNearly 100 members of Growth Energy sent a letter to President Trump Aug. 26 urging him to call upon the U.S. EPA to honor his commitment to American biofuels and rural prosperity by restoring biofuel demand lost due to small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

Representatives urge GAO investigation of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA dozen members of Congress, led by Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro Aug. 21 urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office to examine the review and approval of SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

August 23, 2019

USGC team explores ethanol potential for Latin America

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council organized a trade team in July to connect representatives from national refineries, ministries of energy and other key stakeholders in Latin America with U.S. refiners currently blending ethanol with gasoline. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

Perdue memo shows options to boost ethanol following SRE outrage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyAn emailed memo dated Aug. 20 from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue obtained by Ethanol Producer Magazine outlines several actions federal officials are considering in response to backlash over the U.S. EPA’s Aug. 9 approval of 31 SREs. READ MORE