Policy

November 11, 2019

Trump nominates Brouillette to serve as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPresident Trump on Nov. 7 formally nominated current U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to serve as the next secretary of energy. Brouillette will replace current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

STB: RETAC meeting scheduled for Nov. 14

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has announced its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting Nov. 14 in Paducah, Kentucky, at 8:00 a.m. CST. The meeting is open to the public. READ MORE

November 08, 2019

Some states looking to end prohibition of E15

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerCalifornia and New York, two of the largest markets in the U.S. that don't currently allow the sale of E15, are exploring options of allowing retailers to sell the fuel. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine announced this week the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Senators urge EPA to accurately account for SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySeven senators representing the Midwestern states of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Indiana have each submitted comments to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to accurately account for small refinery exemptions in future RFS rulemakings. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

EPA grants request for reconsideration of Title V ethanol rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA announced Nov. 6 it is granting a request for reconsideration filed by the National Resource Defense Council in March 2009 related to the agency’s exclusion of ethanol plants from Title V permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

40 members of congress urge passage of biofuel tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerForty democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Richard Neal, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, on Nov. 6 urging action on the extension of several biofuel tax credits. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

Growth Energy official speaks at World Energy and Biofuels Event

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAt the World Ethanol and Biofuels Event in Brussels, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis shared his insight into the global markets landscape and provide an update on U.S. efforts to promote higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Senate interior appropriations bill requires EPA to act on eRINs

BY RFS Power Coalition Found In:Business, PolicyThe RFS Power Coalition applauded the passage of H.R. 3055 (116), the Senate’s Interior Appropriations bill. The Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision requiring the EPA to take swift action on existing eRIN applications. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

Biofuel, ag groups ask Trump to uphold SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA coalition of 60 agriculture and biofuel groups sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 4 urging him to fix the U.S. EPA’s flawed supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that describes the agency’s plan for reallocating future SREs. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

Governors urge EPA to reconsider SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyLeaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 30 urging the agency to honor President Trump’s commitment to the RFS and criticizing the EPA’s supplemental rulemaking addressing SREs. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Ethanol producers need to reduce their CI score—and quickly

BY Natasha Beilstein and Lei Zhu, EcoEngineers Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAs the value of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credit lingers around $200 per credit and the Renewable Fuel Standard RIN prices are ever-reducing, the importance of carbon intensity (CI) is more relevant than ever before. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Biofuel groups call on EPA to fix SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the biofuels industry expressed frustration with the EPA’s bait and switch regarding its supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on SREs during an Oct. 30 hearing in Michigan and called on the agency to fix the flawed proposal. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Argonne National laboratory releases 2019 GREET model

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Argonne National Laboratory’s 2019 GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) models include changes and updates to carbon calculations for land use change from the production of biofuels. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

EIA: SREs reduced renewable fuel blending requirements in 2018

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe 31 Renewable Fuel Standard SREs approved by the U.S. EPA on Aug. 9 for compliance year 2018 effectively eliminated 7.4 percent of the total RFS renewable fuel mandate for last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

Biofuel groups defend RFS, urge action on SREs during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change held a hearing Oct. 29 on the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019. Testimony primarily focused on the U.S. EPA’s mishandling of SREs. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

EPA posts call-in information for Oct. 30 hearing on SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for its Oct. 30 hearing on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking released Oct. 15 that seeks comments on how the agency should project the volume of SREs in future annual RFS rulemakings. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

Members of Congress urge Wheeler to change SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyNearly two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 23 urging him to reconsider the agency’s recently SRE proposal and uphold the White House’s commitment to farmers. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

USDA, DOE partner to promote rural energy, technology development

BY USDA Found In:Business, PolicyThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have announced a memorandum of understanding to promote rural energy and the development of technologies that will support and advance rural and agricultural communities and domestic manufacturing. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

House to hold hearing on EPA’s mismanagement of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change has announced plans to hold a legislative hearing on Oct. 29 focused on the U.S. EPA’s mismanagement of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Coalition challenges EPA on 2018 refinery waivers

BY Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyA coalition of biofuel and ag groups filed a petition Oct. 22 with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the EPA exempted certain unknown small refineries from 2018 RFS obligations. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Ethanol groups call Brazil’s ethanol TRQ a step backward

BY Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy, the USGC and the RFA expressed their disappointment with the news that the Brazilian government amended the recent Aug. 31st rule that raised the quota on U.S. ethanol imports under the tariff rate quota to 750 million liters per year. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

SREs addressed during White House cabinet meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA’s actions regarding SREs were addressed during an Oct. 21 meeting at the White House. Trump directed the EPA to “make sure the small refineries are happy” while USDA indicated farmers will be fine with the plan once they see it implemented. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

RFA: New court documents detail rampant EPA abuse of SRE program

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyNew court documents show that the EPA inappropriately granted RFS compliance exemptions to certain small refineries that did not even qualify for the waivers, and that there was division within in the Trump administration about its approach to SREs. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

$2.3 million DOE grant to advance ethanol fuel research

BY Purdue University Found In:Cellulosic, PolicyResearchers at Purdue University have received $2.3 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for their work to create computer models to simplify the design and construction of biorefineries. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

USDA biofuel infrastructure initiative to be up and running soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Policy, RetailerThe USDA hopes to have a new program up and running in early 2020 that will support retail sales of higher ethanol blends, including E15, according to statements made by U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky during an Oct. 17 hearing. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyU.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

EPA: 5 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 17 that shows the agency has received five SRE applications for compliance year 2019. All five applications are listed as pending. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

USGC: Ethanol exports down in 2018-’19 marketing year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council has released final export numbers for the 2018-’19 marketing year. Ethanol exports saw a small drop while U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports remained relatively flat. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Iowa biofuel, ag groups explain outrage over EPA’s SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the Iowa biofuels industry held a press briefing Oct. 16 to explain their outrage over the EPA’s Oct. 15 release of its SRE relief rule, explaining the rule did not accurately represent the deal they were briefed on Oct. 3. READ MORE