Policy

May 15, 2019

USGC promotes DDGS, ethanol during USDA ATM to Taiwan

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyUSGC members and staff participated in a recent trade mission to engage targeted Taiwan customers, connect them with U.S. suppliers to capture additional demand for products like U.S. DDGS and encourage increased ethanol use. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Opinion: Ethanol: Let’s Ride the Wave

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Making ethanol part of the "green wave" by debunking environmental misinformation. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Petition urging automakers to make more FFVs seeks signatures

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA grassroots effort is underway to help convince automakers to continue to produce FFVs. To date, nearly 750 people have signed an online petition. Organizers of the effort are hoping to grow that number to at least 10,000. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

California certifies 2 plants for corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc., Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, PolicyEdeniq Inc. announced May 13 that the California Air Resources Board approved its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber. The customers are Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

STB: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet May 15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has announced its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting May 15 in Washington, D.C. The RETAC provides advice to STB related to the transportation of energy resources by rail. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

CFDC report: What’s in our gasoline is killing us

BY Clean Fuels Development Coalition Found In:Business, PolicyA report released by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition calls emissions from gasoline one the biggest health threats facing the American public. The report links a range of diseases to carcinogenic compounds refiners use to increase octane. READ MORE

May 09, 2019

EIA reduces 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe EIA released the latest edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook May 7 reducing its forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. The agency now predicts ethanol production will average 1.03 million barrels per day in 2019. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

EPA issues guidance on registration of corn kernel fiber pathways

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe EPA has released guidance on how to demonstrate that an analytical method for determining the cellulosic converted fraction of corn kernel fiber co-processed with starch at a traditional ethanol plant satisfies applicable regulatory requirements. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

POET ads to shine a spotlight on America’s farm crisis

BY Poet LLC Found In:Business, PolicyThe world’s largest biofuel producer, Poet LLC, is launching a major advertising campaign urging leaders in the nation’s capital to confront the economic crisis in rural America and support crop-based products like ethanol to revitalize farm income. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

EPA delivers proposed rule with 2020 RVOs, ‘other changes’ to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and “other changes” to the RFS program. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

Representatives urge EPA to stop issuing SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 35 representatives, led by Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler May 7 urging the agency to stop issuing SREs to large or unqualified refiners. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

Maine governor vetoes bill limiting ethanol blending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyMaine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed legislation on May 2 that aimed to prohibit the sale of fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. The bill targeted the potential sale of E15, which is not yet available for retail purchase within the state. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Bill introduced to overhaul renewable fuel, energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicySen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation May 2 that aims to overhaul the federal tax code and consolidate the current 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions. Several biofuel and bioenergy groups support the bill. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Letter asks EPA to use RFS reset rule to lower ethanol RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and 14 colleagues sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler April 30 asking him to use the agency’s upcoming RFS reset rule to limit future RVOs for conventional biofuel to less than 10 percent of gasoline demand. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

OPINION: Are we almost there?

BY Ron LambertyFound In:Operations, Markets, Policy, RetailerRon Lamberty, American Coalition for Ethanol, compares the path to widespread E15 use year-round to a summer family road trip. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

OPINION: Prepare for the future

BY Robert WhiteFound In:Operations, Business, Policy, RetailerIt is more important than ever that as equipment changes are considered, retailers are thinking of all the possibilities that come into play over the course of those equipment lifespans. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

Advanced Biofuels Canada report shows record GHG reduction

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyA report commissioned by Advanced Biofuels Canada shows record reduction in GHG emissions. READ MORE

April 30, 2019

USGC: Mexico, Canada stay top markets

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyRecently released data from the USDA and the USGC show that Mexico and Canada remain strong markets for corn exports, and show benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. READ MORE

April 29, 2019

Biofuel groups weigh in on EPA’s E15/RIN reform proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe comment period on U.S. EPA’s E15/RIN market reform rule closed April 29. Several biofuel trade groups filed comments in support of E15, but expressed opposition to the agency’s proposed RIN market reforms. READ MORE

April 29, 2019

EPA denies requests to extend comment period on E15/RIN rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA has denied two requests to extend the comment period for its proposed E15/RIN market reform rule. The agency said “extending the comment period would hinder the agency’s ability to make a decision in a timely manner.” READ MORE

April 29, 2019

EIA: US exports record volume of ethanol in 2018

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe United States exported 112,000 barrels per day (b/d) of fuel ethanol in 2018, surpassing the record high of 91,000 b/d set in 2017. At the same time, U.S. imports of fuel ethanol decreased about 30 percent in 2018 to less than 4,000 b/d. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

ABFA files for injunction against EPA to prevent additional SREs

BY Advanced Biofuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe ABFA filed a motion April 24 for a preliminary injunction to prevent EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler from granting any additional small refinery exemptions (SREs) until the resolution of its pending lawsuit against EPA. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Iowa legislature provides FY 2020 funds for blender pump program

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn April 23, the Iowa legislature funded another year of Iowa’s cost-share blender pump program, which provides cost-share grants to Iowa retailers wishing to upgrade fueling infrastructure to offer E15, E85 and/or biodiesel blends. READ MORE

April 23, 2019

EPA: 32.61 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that nearly 1.59 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 32.61 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 22, 2019

Comment period on E15/RIN market reform rule to close April 29

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerMembers of the public who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed E15/RIN market reform rule have less than one week to do so. The comment period on the proposal closes April 29. As of April 22, more than 25,000 comments have already been filed. READ MORE

April 22, 2019

NFU: EPA’s REGS rule could limit mid-level ethanol blends

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerNational Farmers Union President Roger Johnson sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler April 17 expressing concern that the agency’s proposed REGS rule will make it harder for retailers to sell higher level blends of ethanol. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Lawmakers urge robust funding for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerMore than 50 federal lawmakers have spoken out to encourage members of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide robust fiscal year 2020 funding for Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

EPA: 40 SRE applications now pending for compliance year 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions on April 18, reporting that there are now 40 pending SRE applications for compliance year 2018, up from 39 that were pending as of March 28. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

California Ethanol & Power wins $10 million tax credit

BY California Ethanol & Power LLC Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn April 17, California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE&P) announced that it was awarded a $10 million income tax credit as part of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) California Competes program. READ MORE