Policy

July 03, 2019

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced June 28 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

CoBank: Ethanol margins to remain low in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyA new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division July 2 finds that operating margins for ethanol producers will likely remain weak for the remainder of 2019. The outlook for exports, however, is more optimistic. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Gasolinegate: Decades of flawed emission reports endanger public

BY Farmers Union Enterprises Found In:Business, PolicyThe 263 million gasoline vehicles on American roadways are emitting significantly more harmful emissions than being reported, and the U.S. EPA is ignoring the dangers of toxic compounds in gasoline, according to a new report released this week. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

OPINION: Retailers and E15 infrastructure

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe EPA recently removed a key regulatory barrier to year-round E15 sales. The Renewable Fuels Association is ready to assist retailers, marketers, terminal operators and others who want to take a serious look at offering the fuel blend. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySeveral U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Trade deal opens EU to more ethanol imports from South America

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new trade agreement reached June between Mercosur, a South American trade bloc consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the European Union is expected to impact ethanol producers in both regions. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

EIA to update data reporting for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking a three-year extension with changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System. The proposed changes include those related to biofuels reporting. Comments are due July 24. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

USGC bids fond farewell to Tom Sleight

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyTom Sleight, long-time USGC president and CEO, hands over the organization’s reins this week to Ryan LeGrand. His legacy includes a strong global team consciously built over decades to take on the challenges of a dynamic market development portfolio. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

USGC: Vietnam ethanol producer purchases equipment, US corn

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe sole ethanol producer in Vietnam is preparing to test U.S. corn as a feedstock with a hammer mill purchased during a mission to the United States in June. The mission is one part of the USGC's efforts to support the country's E5 mandate. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Senators urge EPA to block attempts to roll back use of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyA group of nine republican senators representing U.S. oil-producing and refining states are urging U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to block attempts to roll back the agency’s’ use of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Wehrum leaves EPA, Isdal becomes deputy assistant administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyU.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum will leave his post at the agency at the end of June. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal will become acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Rooney introduces bill to repeal the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyRep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., introduced legislation June 21 that aims to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard. Rooney cited the impact of ethanol on boat engines and the U.S. EPA’s rule to allow year-round E15 sales as the reasons for his action. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

Senators ask EPA to update ethanol science to improve trade

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 11 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 25 urging the agency to update an outdated environmental analysis on ethanol in order to improve foreign sales opportunities. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

EPA opens Section 610 review of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register June 24 announcing it has opened a review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. A public comment period is open through Aug. 22. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

EPA updates SRE data, 38 SRE applications now pending for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyAnother small refinery exemption (SRE) application for the Renewable Fuel Standard’s 2018 compliance year has been declared ineligible or withdrawn, according to updated SRE data posted to the U.S. EPA website on June 24. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

NCGA ups pressure on EPA to follow Trump’s lead on ethanol

BY National Corn Growers Association Found In:PolicyThe National Corn Growers Association began airing an advertisement June 20 calling on the U.S. EPA to follow President Trump’s commitment to farmers and stop giving Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to big oil companies. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

Report: E10 could save UK drivers £100 million in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA reported released June 11 by the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol found that the immediate introduction of E10 in the U.K. market could save drivers approximately £100 million ($126.44 million) in 2020. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

Opinion: Hardship or Handout? The Facts are Clear

BY Emily Skor Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Legislators on both sides of the aisle voice concerns about small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Opinion: Canada’s CFS: Success is in the Details

BY Andrea Kent Found In:PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Making sure Canada's Clean Fuel Standard lives up to expectations requires ironing out the details. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Opinion: Queen for (75,000 Barrels or Less) a Day

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Small refinery exemptions are helping the oil industry, hurting ethanol. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

Bill aims to reform EPA’s SRE process, increase transparency

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019 on June 13. The bill aims to bring transparency and predictability to the U.S. EPA’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

EIA increases 2019, 2020 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe EIA's Short-Term Energy Outlook for June features increased forecasts for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production. The agency now predicts ethanol production will average 1.04 million barrels per day in 2019 and 1.05 million barrels per day in 2020. READ MORE

June 14, 2019

In Depth: Around the World

BY Brian Healy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Several countries are making legislative changes that bode well for U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 13, 2019

ABFA: Letter urges EPA to finalize provisions in REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA group of 15 companies sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum June 12 urging the agency to finalize provisions in the proposed REGS rule to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers for the production of certain biofuels. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

RFA provides behind-the-scenes information on Trump’s SIRE tour

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFA held a media call June 12 to provide behind-the-scenes information on President Donald Trump’s June 11 visit to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in celebration of the U.S. EPA’s recent rule to allow year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Growth Energy intervenes in AFPM’s challenge of E15 rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit June 12 to intervene in support of the U.S. EPA’s rule allowing year-round E15 sales. AFPM filed a lawsuit June 10 challenging the rule. READ MORE