Policy

November 19, 2020

Growth Energy outlines 2021 biofuel policy priorities

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor has outlined the biofuels industry’s top federal priorities for 2021, highlighting key measures that elected leaders must take to protect the climate, revitalize rural communities, and offer consumers choice at the pump. READ MORE

November 18, 2020

Bill forces EPA to act on RFS pathway, registration petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyReps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., on Nov. 18 introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act, which aims to force the U.S. EPA to act on outstanding RFS pathway and registration applications. READ MORE

November 18, 2020

UK 10-point plan addresses SAF, move to zero-emissions vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.K. government on Nov. 18 issued its 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which addresses sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and an accelerated phase-out of the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

USGC provides comments on ethanol trade barriers to USTR

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council on Nov. 5 submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative highlighting significant trade barriers facing exports of U.S. coarse grains, ethanol and co-products. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

USDA accepting comments on information request related to HBBIP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA is accepting comments on a proposed information collection request related to the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The agency said the collected information would identify eligible applicants seeking funds through the HBIIP. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

Nodel, IncubEx launch RIN futures and options, new REC contracts

BY Nodel Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyNodal Exchange and IncubEx on Nov. 17 announced the successful launch of eight new renewable identification number (RIN) futures and options contracts, plus seven new renewable energy certificate (REC) contracts. READ MORE

November 16, 2020

IEA expects global biofuels production to rebound in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe global biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency in early November, with production down approximately 11.6 percent when compared to 2019. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

Supreme Court extends deadline for EPA response to SRE challenge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10 granted a motion filed by the U.S. EPA seeking a one-month extension to its deadline to file a response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking the review of an SRE ruling. READ MORE

November 10, 2020

2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo goes virtual

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine has announced that the 14th Annual Biomass Conference & Expo will be taking place 100 percent virtual, March 15-17, 2021. The deadline to submit a presentation abstract is Nov. 13, 2020. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

USDA: Corn use for ethanol to increase slightly through 2030-‘31

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA on Nov. 6 released select commodity tables from its USDA Agricultural Projections to 2030 report, which is scheduled to be released in full in February 2021. The report predicts a slight growth in corn use for ethanol over the next decade. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

Biofuel groups congratulate Biden and Harris

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe RFA and Growth Energy have spoken out to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory, noting they look forward to working with the upcoming administration to advance the use of biofuels. READ MORE

November 09, 2020

Growth Energy highlights advantages of ethanol in California

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board following an Oct. 14-15 workshop on the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In its comments, Growth Energy urges the agency to expand the use of higher biofuel blends. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

EPA seeks extension in SRE challenge filed with US Supreme Court

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 4 filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a one-month extension to file its response to a petition filed by HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining in September seeking a review of a lower court's ruling on SREs. READ MORE

November 05, 2020

ACE welcomes LCFS recommendation in Minnesota report

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol has spoken out in support of a report issued by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Biofuels in early November that recommends the state implement a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

November 04, 2020

European Commission begins surveillance of ethanol imports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe European Commission on Nov. 4 announced it is beginning surveillance of imports of fuel ethanol into the European Union. ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association, has spoken out in support of the Commission’s action. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels submits recommendations

BY Minnesota Department of Agriculture Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Governor’s Council on Biofuels has given Gov. Tim Walz its consensus report on the steps needed to grow Minnesota’s biofuels industry and get the state back on track to meet renewable energy goals. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

USGC: New trade pacts needed to drive future grains exports

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe 20 countries with which the United States has formal free trade agreements (FTAs) bought 41 percent of all U.S. ag exports and 61 percent of all U.S. coarse grains and co-products exports in 2019, according to the USGC. READ MORE

October 30, 2020

USGC: US-Vietnam MOU aims to expand ethanol use in Vietnam

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council and Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) signed an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) in late October on expanding the use and availability of ethanol in Vietnam. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

Gas car ban would have disproportionate impact on biofuels, ag

BY Agricultural Retailers Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Oct. 27, the Agricultural Retailers Association, a member of the Transportation Fairness Alliance, released a new study that analyzes the impacts of increased electric vehicle penetration on U.S. biofuels, agriculture and the economy. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

Opinion: Promise and Peril: California’s EV-Only Policy

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAny EV solution should consider a combined approach of the available alternatives and technologies. It is important to remember that vehicles powered by ethanol are already among the best performers in the world and are helping to reduce GHG today. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

Growth Energy: Biofuels can help meet ag innovation goals

BY Growth Energy Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has submitted comments to the USDA as part of USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda, regarding readily available technologies that enable our domestic agriculture sector to increase production while reducing its environmental footprint. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

Ethanol groups request summary judgement in FOIA lawsuit on SREs

BY Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy and the RFA have filed a motion with the U.S. Court for the District of Columbia to issue a summary judgement in a lawsuit related to the U.S. EPA's failure to respond to several FOIA requests on its SRE program. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

In Depth: Biofuels Barrier

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, PolicyClimate goals in the European Union place a 7% cap on crop-based biofuels, a standard that renewables organizations, both in Europe and the U.S., say is unnecessary and not backed by science. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Ethanol groups urge EPA to increase F-factor for E85 FFVs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the American Coalition for Ethanol submitted comments to the U.S. EPA on Oct. 26 regarding the E85 flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) weighting factor (F-factor) for model year (MY) 2021 and later vehicles. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Letter urges EPA to recognize de minimis nature of biogenic CO2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA group of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 19 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking recognizing the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural crops. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Ethanol Producer Magazine releases 2021 media kit

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerEthanol Producer Magazine the leading publication for the ethanol industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Ethanol Producer Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

In Depth: FEW Online

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyVirtual for the first time, the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo united the global industry for premier content and networking opportunities in mid-September. It was a meaningful coming together for an industry still in recovery. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

In Depth: Low-Carbon Connections

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyAs sustainability and low-carbon commodities become increasingly sought out, several companies are working to connect grain buyers—like ethanol plants—and growers who practice sustainable farming. It's a promising trend for biofuels and agriculture. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Opinion: Just Getting Started

BY Emily Skor Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyWith numerous headwinds facing U.S. farmers and biofuel producers, the expansion of higher-level blends offers a ray of hope that promises to fuel growth for years to come. Skor says: 'Drive demand for ethanol and propel this industry forward.' READ MORE

October 23, 2020

RFA urges Trump to enact reciprocal tariffs on Brazilian ethanol

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyRFA says it has become clear that Brazil no longer shares the American industry’s desire for free and open biofuel markets. Thus, the association is urging Trump to move forward with reciprocal tariffs on ethanol imports from Brazil. READ MORE