Policy

January 21, 2019

RFA asks EPA to separate E15 provisions, RIN reform in rulemaking

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWith the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15, the RFA is urging the U.S. EPA to focus strictly on year-round E15 provisions in its forthcoming proposed rule and address RIN reform measures separately. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

USGC expands its ethanol offerings at Grains.org

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNew information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Iowa governor request funds for biofuel infrastructure program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has requested state funding to support the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program, which provides cost-share grants to help fuel retailers in Iowa install equipment needed to offer higher blends of biofuel. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

Wheeler: E15, RFS rulemakings could be delayed by shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn Jan. 16, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed that the agency currently plans to complete a rule allowing year-round E15 by June 1, but cautioned it will be unable to meet that deadline if the government shutdown continues. READ MORE

January 15, 2019

RFA launches E15 awareness campaign

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWith less than five months before the start of the summer driving season, the RFA has launched an awareness campaign to educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of E15 in anticipation of the blend being available year-round. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Iowa ethanol plants produce record 4.35 billion gallons in 2018

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyIowa ethanol plants saw another record-breaking year in 2018, producing 4.35 billion gallons. This was up from 4.2 billion gallons in 2017. While a record, 2018 production was below the 4.5 billion gallon capacity of Iowa’s ethanol producers. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

ACE to hold 2019 Washington, DC, fly-in April 2-3

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerACE has announced its 11th annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit will take place April 2-3. Fly-in attendees with meet with Trump administration officials to discuss E15, the RFS and high-octane fuels. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

USGC: Potential for growing ethanol markets in Nigeria, Ghana

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a market assessment mission to Nigeria and Ghana gauging the potential for U.S. ethanol exports to these countries. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

Global Bioenergies welcomes increased biofuel mandates in France

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGlobal Bioenergies welcomes the French deputies' vote for the country's 2019 finance bill, which stipulates an increase in the minimum amount of biofuels to be incorporated into motor vehicle fuel. The minimum will reach 8.2 percent in 2020. READ MORE

January 07, 2019

Ethanol industry confident in E15 timeline despite shutdown

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe partial government shutdown has now entered its third week. Although much of the U.S. EPA’s staff has been furloughed, many in the ethanol industry are hopeful the agency will be able to complete its E15 rulemaking by the June 1 deadline. READ MORE

January 07, 2019

USGC supports Bolivia’s plan to establish E10 mandate

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe USGC is supporting Bolivia with technical expertise to promote a consistent biofuel policy with a role of trade that will both increase local gross domestic product and become a potential export opportunity for the U.S. ethanol market. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

Study: Corn ethanol production has minimal effect on cropland use

BY University of Illinois, College of ACES Found In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new study co-authored by a University of Illinois researcher shows that the overall effects of ethanol production on land-use have been minimal despite the sharp increase in ethanol production over the past decade. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

EPA: 27.83 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.58 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 27.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

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

December 31, 2018

USGC supports the adoption of E10 mandate in Ontario

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn December 2017, Ontario announced it would consider doubling the current 5 percent ethanol mandate to a 10 percent ethanol mandate to meet its Climate Action Plan Goals of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. READ MORE

December 27, 2018

Opinion: Recognizing Today’s Reality to Shape a Better Tomorrow

BY Brian Jennings Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Increasing demand for ethanol, RFS reset and promoting exports among ACE's 2019 priorities. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

Opinion: Europe’s Next Biofuels Move

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Promoting European ethanol key to Europe's long-term environmental goals. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

In Depth: Ethanol's Impact

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Iowa’s status as the largest ethanol-producing state means its ethanol economy affects the entire industry. READ MORE

December 21, 2018

Opinion: Driving Opportunities to Expand the Market

BY Emily Skor Found In:Markets, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Growth Energy continues focus on growing markets for ethanol. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

EPA: 8 new small refinery waivers filed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the RFS, reporting that seven new waivers for the 2018 compliance year and one new petition for the 2017 compliance year were filed between Nov. 10 and Dec.18. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

ABC: Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard takes step forward

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Found In:Markets, Cellulosic, PolicyIn a significant development for the clean fuels sector, Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the Regulatory Design Paper reflecting a year of intensive consultation on the national Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

DOE opens FOA for $37M in new research, development grants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a second funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for fiscal year 2019. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

RFA: RFS2 ‘has unquestionably lived up to its promise’

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerEleven years ago, President George W. Bush signed into law what has become the single most successful clean fuels policy in the United States—the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Report: First ETBE made with US ethanol could reach Japan in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyJapan is expected to import 890 million liters (235.11 million gallons) of fuel ethanol this year, mostly in the form of ETBE, according to an annual biofuels report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

December 17, 2018

EPA sets 2019 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.77

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2019 at $1.77. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2018, which was set at $1.96 in December 2017. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

House passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 369 to 47 on Dec. 12. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Groups support soil carbon pilot program in Farm Bill

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:PolicyACE, Environmental Entrepreneurs, the NCGA, and the NRDC have issued a statement thanking the Farm Bill conferees for including a new pilot Environmental Quality Incentive Program in the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. READ MORE