Policy

September 14, 2020

EPA denies gap year SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA announced Sept. 14 it will deny “gap-year” small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions filed by oil refineries in an effort to circumvent a January 2020 ruling by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

EPA to update E15 labels, clarify E10 pumps can distribute E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerPresident Trump on Sept. 12 posted a tweet stating that subject to state approval, the ethanol industry will be allowed to use E10 pumps to distribute E15. The U.S. EPA said it will update E15 labels as part of that effort. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

Brazil extends TRQ on ethanol for 90 days

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. government on Sept. 11 announced that bilateral trade discussions on ethanol with Brazil will take place over a 90-day period starting on Sept. 14. During that time, Brazil will extend its previous TRQ for U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

CCC urges passage of comprehensive energy legislation

BY Carbon Capture Coalition Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Carbon Capture Coalition, along with 72 other organizations, sent a letter to Senators on Sept. 11 urging them to pass the American Energy Innovation Act this Congress. In addition, 35 coalition members sent a letter to the House. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Senate fails to advance COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate on Sept. 10 failed to advance a $300 billion COVID-19 relief package that contained $20 billion in ag support and an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, two provisions that could have provided relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

DOE opens RFI on bioenergy workforce development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 8 issued a request for information (RFI) regarding bioenergy workforce-development methods and tools available, as well as those needed in the U.S. Responses can be filed through Nov. 2. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

RFA testimony calls for immediate action on delayed EPA decisions

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA needs to take concrete steps immediately to support U.S. ethanol producers and rural America in these troubled times, according to testimony provided by the RFA to EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

ACE: Ethanol producers get candid about what’s next

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThis year’s ACE 33rd annual conference is taking place online live from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Central on Sept. 16. The final segment will feature a panel of ethanol producers discussing how they've adapted their business to cope with current events. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

EIA lowers 2020, 2021 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly reduced its forecasts for 2020 and 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released Sept. 9. Forecasts for ethanol blending were also lowered. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Senate releases $300 billion COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Sept. 8 the U.S. Senate will vote this week on a $300 billion COVID-19 relief bill. The bill does not contain dedicated relief for biofuels, but does contain provisions that could benefit some biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Biofuel, ag groups welcome reports of gap year SRE denials

BY Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union and American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyRFA, NCGA, NFU and ACE on Sept. 9 welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the U.S. EPA to reject dozens of “gap year” SRE petitions and denounced an effort to have the Tenth Circuit Court's SRE ruling reviewed by the Supreme Court. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

AFBF: Trump, Biden outline agricultural priorities

BY American Farm Bureau Federation Found In:PolicyA new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerDoug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

Biofuel plant managers urge Trump to reject gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 93 biofuel plant managers, farm organizations and biofuel stakeholders sent a letter to President Trump on Sept. 8 urging him to stand in defense of the RFS and call on the U.S. EPA to reject gap year SRE petitions. READ MORE

September 04, 2020

Ethanol export data underscores need for action on trade barriers

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGovernment data published on Sept. 3 showed U.S. ethanol exports slumping to just 74 million gallons in July, down 38 percent compared to the same month last year and the lowest total for July in six years, according to the RFA. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

USDA expects no actions under FFP for crop year 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Crop announced on Aug. 28 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

IRFA: With Brazilian market in jeopardy, Trump urged to deny SREs

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, PolicyWhile no official announcement from Brazil has been made, the deadline for Brazil to extend the tariff-free quota for U.S. ethanol has passed, and Brazil has also not readopted its former position of tariff-free ethanol trade between the two nations. READ MORE

September 02, 2020

Report quantifies impact of the Minnesota Bioincentive Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota has released the results of a new analysis that shows Minnesota’s Bioincentive Program is working to generate significant economic and job benefits for the state’s biobased industrial product companies. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

EPA proposes to update regs for PIPs to increase ag productivity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 1 released a proposed rule that would allow PIPs created through biotechnology to be exempt from existing regulations if they meet certain criteria. The EPA said the change would increase agricultural productivity. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

CCC urges House to add carbon capture language to upcoming bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Carbon Capture Coalition on Aug. 31 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives asking lawmakers to look for opportunities to include Section 503 of the House Energy and Commerce’s CLEAN Future discussion draft in any upcoming legislation. READ MORE

August 31, 2020

USDA implements OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA on Aug. 31 announced the implementation of the agency’s OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative and released new information on rates and terms that will help lenders apply for loan guarantees under the four affected loan guarantee programs. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for July, reporting that 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 1.51 billion RINs generated in June. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

RFA helps retailers in 21 states apply HBIIP grants

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFA was pleased to help many retailers take advantage of the USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which will make $86 million available to fueling stations to support the availability and sale of higher biofuel blends. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

Opinion: Empowering Ethanol to Make Europe’s Green Deal Real

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Markets, Policy, RetailerTo unleash the potential of ethanol in Europe, the EU should raise the bar on GHG reduction targets, allow for more flexibility to decarbonize today's fuels, foster innovation, double down on sustainability and deploy E10 use across member states. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

In Depth: Narrower Access Into Brazil

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn top of the slowdown, the world’s No. 2 ethanol nation is holding strong on policies that check robust U.S. imports. In addition to its tariff rate quota, tough feedstock traceability requirements place another roadblock in front of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production, ending stocks increase by less than 1%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. ethanol production and weekly ethanol ending stocks each increased by less than 1 percent the week ending Aug. 21, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 26. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

EPA seeks input on F-factor for E85 FFVs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA published notice on Aug. 26 requesting comment on sources and analytical approaches on which to base an EPA determination of an updated weighting factor (F-factor) for E85 flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) for model years 2021 and later. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

EC launches public consultation on potential revision of REDII

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyThe European Commission in August launched a public consultation on the potential revision of the 2018 Renewable Energy Directive to better align the policy with the EU's new Green Deal and its goal of making the EU climate neutral by 2050. READ MORE