Policy

September 13, 2021

RFA analysis: Retail gas prices not affected by RFS credits

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuel Standard’s compliance credit market mechanism does not have any impact on retail gasoline prices, according to a new analysis released on Sept. 13 by the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Court denies request to rehear case vacating EPA’s E15 rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Sept. 9 denied a petition for rehearing filed by Growth Energy, RFA, and NCGA challenging a ruling handed down in July that vacated a 2019 rule issued by the EPA allowing year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Biden administration takes action to expand SAF production, use

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyPresident Biden is taking action to increase the production of SAF to at least 3 billion gallons per year and reduce aviation emission by 20 percent by 2030. As part of that effort, DOE has announced $64.7 million in funding for 22 biofuel projects. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

USDA awards $25M loan to Red Trail Energy for CCS project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA on Sept. 9 awarded a $25 million loan under the Rural Energy for America Program to Red Trail Energy LLC to support the construction of a carbon capture processing and storage facility at the company’s ethanol plant in North Dakota. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

RFA thanks lawmakers for biofuel inclusion in reconciliation bill

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe Renewable Fuels Association today thanked members of Congress in both chambers for incorporating infrastructure funding for higher ethanol blends into the pending budget reconciliation package. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Ag, biofuel groups tell CARB ethanol can help reach carbon goals

BY Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn joint comments submitted last week to CARB, a group of ag and biofuel organizations and companies highlighted the role renewable fuels like ethanol can and should play in helping the state achieve its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Missouri launches Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

BY Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn Sept. 2, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Biofuel groups oppose EPA motion to remand SREs without vacatur

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy, RFA, NCGA, NBB, ACE and NFU on Sept. 7 filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit opposing the U.S. EPA’s Aug. 25 motion to remand, but not vacate, 31 SREs granted for RFS compliance year 2018. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Feenstra introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyRep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, on Aug. 24 introduced a bill that aims to establish a research, development and demonstration program for a commercially viable fuel cell system that uses biofuels as the main fuel source. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Axne secures $1 billion for biofuel infrastructure in draft bill

BY Office of Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerRep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on Sept. 8 announced that she has secured $1 billion for biofuels infrastructure in the House’s initial draft of the Build Back Better Act to support expanded availability and use of renewable fuels. READ MORE

September 07, 2021

Lawmakers urge support for biofuels in reconciliation package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA group of nine democratic lawmakers on Sept. 2 sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to include support for biofuels in the upcoming reconciliation package. READ MORE

September 07, 2021

OMB schedules 12 meetings related to review of RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe White House Office of Management and Budget has scheduled 12 meetings with interested parties to discuss a proposed rule to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 02, 2021

USGC: Higher ethanol blends can benefit Latin America

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USGC's Latin America office in August hosted hosted Evolution Toward E15, a program to help inform policy makers and industry representatives across Latin America of the benefits of transitioning to higher blend levels. READ MORE

September 01, 2021

OPINION: The reports of E15’s death…

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerDespite recent legal setbacks, ACE is confident E15 will continue to be sold. It's been 10 years since the U.S. EPA first approved a waiver allowing the fuel blend, and the oil industry has been fighting against the availability of E15 ever since. READ MORE

September 01, 2021

EPA seeks to reconsider 31 SREs approved in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Aug. 25 filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asking the court to remand, without vacatur, 31 SREs approved by the agency for RFS compliance year 2018 under the Trump administration in 2019. READ MORE

September 01, 2021

E10 now available in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.K. officially adopted an E10 blend as the standard grade of gasoline on Sept. 1, a change that the U.K. Department for Transport said could cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 750,000 metric tons per year. READ MORE

September 01, 2021

OPINION: Mid-year E15 update

BY Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development at Growth Energy Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerLabor Day weekend is here, signaling the close of another summer season for E15. This year, of course, hasn’t been without its setbacks, but despite this – E15 remains on track for growth, according to Growth Energy. READ MORE

September 01, 2021

ACE calls for legislative hearing on Next Generation Fuels Act

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyACE is calling for a hearing on the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021. The hearing would allow lawmakers learn to how the bill could remove market barriers to ethanol and would provide an opportunity to discuss how the bill can be improved. READ MORE

August 31, 2021

OPINION: EPA should help retailers provide US energy security

BY Robert White, vice president of industry relations, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNatural disasters and other factors often remind us how fragile our fuel supply is. For that reason, RFA is encouraging the U.S. EPA to allow more flexibility when it comes to fuel options and the myriad regulations fuel retailers face. READ MORE

August 31, 2021

EIA: US biofuel capacity, feedstock consumption down in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyU.S. biofuel production capacity was down in June, falling to 20.732 billion gallons per year, down from 20.792 billion gallons per year in May. Total feedstock consumption was at 26.166 billion pounds in June, down from 26.768 billion pounds in May. READ MORE

August 31, 2021

IRFA issues open letters to Sanders, Cruz on RFS, ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe IRFA Aug. 27 issued open letters to Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. The letter to Sanders urges him to rethink his support for the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, while the letter to Cruz asks him to revisit his stance on ethanol and the RFS. READ MORE

August 30, 2021

USDA forecasts $2.4 billion in US ethanol exports for FY 2022

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe USDA predicts fiscal year (FY) 2021 ethanol exports will be at $2.2 billion, down $60 million when compared to FY 2020. Moving into FY 2022, however, U.S. ethanol exports are expected to reach $2.4 billion, up $200 million from FY 2021. READ MORE

August 30, 2021

ITA aims to make US clean technologies exports more competitive

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on Aug. 30 announced it is seeking public comments to help inform development of its U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy. READ MORE

August 30, 2021

EPA delivers proposed rule to set RFS RVOs to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Aug. 26 delivered a proposed rule to set annual volume and percentage standards under the RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

August 30, 2021

RFA: EPA can help reduce Hurricane Ida’s fuel price shock

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWith Hurricane Ida impacting the nation’s liquid fuel supply and distribution, the Renewable Fuels Association is uring the U.S. EPA to take two quick and simple steps that can extend fuel supplies and reduce price spikes expected at the fuel pump. READ MORE

August 26, 2021

Bustos introduces bill to create high-octane fuel standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerRep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., on Aug. 24 introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021, a bill that, in part, aims to establish a high-octane, low-carbon fuel standard. Bustos introduced similar legislation in September 2020. READ MORE

August 26, 2021

Opinion: What the EU’s New Climate and Energy Revolution Means for Biofuels

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyEU policymakers must understand that unleashing the true potential of crop-based ethanol and creating a policy environment that can spark investment in advanced ethanol are must-have components of any realistic roadmap to carbon-neutrality. READ MORE

August 26, 2021

USGC: Ethanol can reduce GHG emissions in New Zealand

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyEthanol’s GHG reduction benefits could help New Zealand lower emissions by 30 percent by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050, the U.S. Grains Council and industry partners told that country’s policymakers in comments submitted last month. READ MORE

August 25, 2021

Vehicle emissions standards should address high-octane fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the ethanol industry called on the U.S. EPA to address high-octane, low-carbon fuels as part of its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for 2023-2026 light-duty vehicles during a hearing held Aug. 25. READ MORE

August 24, 2021

Colombia delays reinstatement of E10 mandate

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe government of Colombia has delayed plans to reinstate its E10 blend mandate until January 2022. The blend mandate will be set at E6 in September, October and November, increasing to E8 in December. READ MORE