Policy

September 28, 2021

Lawmakers call on Biden, McCarthy to reject reductions to RFS RVO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 15 federal lawmakers on Sept. 28 sent a letter to President Joe Biden and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy expressing concern over reports that the upcoming RFS rulemaking will be damaging to the U.S. biofuels sector. READ MORE

September 27, 2021

Biofuel groups tell EPA ethanol can reduce vehicle GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the U.S. ethanol industry are calling on the U.S. EPA to recognize how low-carbon, high-octane ethanol can reduce transportation GHGs in its proposed rule to set emissions standards for MY 2023-2026 light-duty vehicles. READ MORE

September 27, 2021

IRFA urges Biden not to walk away from ethanol

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on Sept. 24 sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns over media reports that his administration intends to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard conventional biofuel levels for 2020, 2021 and 2022. READ MORE

September 24, 2021

USDA funds ACE-led project to help farmers access LCFS markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA on Sept. 24 awarded $7.5 million to a Regional Conservation Partnership Program led by ACE. The program will help secure farmers premier access to LCFS markets through the adoption of USDA climate-smart agricultural practices. READ MORE

September 23, 2021

Lawmakers urge Biden to uphold the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 22 republication members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 22 sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing disappointment in rumors that his administration is reversing course on its promise to uphold the RFS. READ MORE

September 23, 2021

Farm, biofuel leaders urge Biden to pull EPA back from the brink

BY Fuels America Found In:Business, PolicyAmerica’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on the White House to take immediate action to address reports that the U.S. EPA soon seek to destroy demand for billions of gallons of low-carbon biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 23, 2021

Biofuel symposium addresses Korea’s carbon-neutrality policy

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyTo create opportunities for an ethanol renewable fuel standard (RFS) in Korea’s carbon-neutrality scenario, the USGC USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Seoul and The Environment Daily News co-hosted a biofuel symposium on Sept. 8. in Seoul. READ MORE

September 23, 2021

Opinion: America’s EV Future Might Be Delayed by Reality

BY Tom BryanFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerPreviewing the feature articles in the October issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, Editor Tom Bryan questions the federal government's aggressive push for electric vehicles, a big topic at the American Coalition for Ethanol's recent conference. READ MORE

September 22, 2021

Grassley: RFS proposal rumored to be released Sept. 24

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, discussed the U.S. EPA’s upcoming rule to set Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs during a Sept. 21 press call, noting the agency is expected to release a proposed rule for public comment as soon as Sept. 24. READ MORE

September 22, 2021

USGC: US-India biofuels task force launched

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 10, the U.S.-India Biofuels Task Force was launched to encourage biofuels use in India to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote clean energy. India has set a goal to adopt E20 by 2025. READ MORE

September 22, 2021

In Depth: Matching For More

BY Melissa AndersonFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerThe Defour Group's Dean Drake, a former GM public policy analyst, says liquid fuels have a shared future with electric vehicles if ethanol blending methods, engine technology and policy can align. His plan involves match blending mid-level blends. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

STB renews Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee charter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe STB on Sept. 20 announced its intent to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the STB regarding rail transportation of energy resources, including biofuels. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

EPA’s OIG to audit agency oversight of RFS RIN market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA’s Office of Inspector General on Sept. 17 announced its intent to begin fieldwork on an audit of the agency’s oversight of the Renewable Fuel Standard renewable identification number (RIN) market. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

Growth Energy calls on Biden to uphold clean energy commitments

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyDuring Growth Energy’s virtual fly-in, 87 Growth Energy members sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to stand behind his promise to take clear action on climate change by supporting low-carbon biofuels and upholding the RFS. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

USGC showcases ethanol’s role in fuel decarbonization policies

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyA shifting fuel standard in Australia could allow a larger role for ethanol in that market. To better understand the changes, the USGC's Asia office presented “Ethanol: Decarbonization of Transport Fuel in the Bioeconomy” on Aug. 25. READ MORE

September 21, 2021

Opinion: As Nations Seek Carbon Neutrality, Demonstrating Ethanol’s Role Is Vital

BY Brian HealyFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Grains Council is keeping close tabs on the promising, untapped ethanol markets of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, and trying to proactively define the role ethanol can have in supporting the nations' long-term net zero carbon ambitions. READ MORE

September 20, 2021

EPA: 1.7 billion RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyMore than 1.7 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in August, up from 1.6 billion generated during the same period of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 20, 2021

Gevo, DOE lab apply GREET model to net-zero project

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently partnered with Gevo Inc. to perform a critical lifecycle analysis of its next-generation technology to produce liquid hydrocarbons, such as sustainable aviaition fuel (SAF). READ MORE

September 20, 2021

Opinion: Choosing America’s Farm Fields Over OPEC Oil Fields

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe key to cleaner and more affordable energy for American consumers lies not in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and Russia, but in the farm fields of our nation's heartland. Our leaders in Washington should be looking to American farmers for help. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

EPA: 3 new SRE petitions filed, 62 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 16 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that there are currently 62 SRE petitions pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 59 that were pending as of mid-August. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Iowa agency schedules public meetings on proposed CCS pipeline

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyA series of public informational meetings is under way in Iowa to inform landowners about a proposed CO2 pipeline under development by Summit Carbon Solutions. The pipeline is part of a CCS project that aims to sequester CO2 from ethanol plants. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

OMB schedules additional meetings on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe White House Office of Management and Budget has now scheduled 16 meetings with interested parties to discuss a proposed rule to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Poet pledges carbon neutrality by 2050

BY Poet Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyPoet has released its inaugural sustainability report, which outlines the company’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. One ESG goal aims to achieve net-carbon zero at the company's biorefineries by 2050. READ MORE

September 13, 2021

House Ag Committee advances $1B for biofuel infrastructure

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe House Agriculture Committee on Sept. 13 advanced its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which currently includes $1 billion in USDA funding to expand biofuel infrastructure to increase availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

September 13, 2021

Biofuel groups call on lawmakers to fix SAF legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyA group of nine biofuel and ag groups are calling lawmakers to fix major flaws in pending legislation that they say could leave American farmers and biofuel producers cut out of the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market. READ MORE

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