Policy

June 15, 2020

IRFA applauds funding for Iowa’s biofuel infrastructure program

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn June 14, the Iowa legislature authorized another year of funding for Iowa’s cost-share biofuel infrastructure program, a move that ensures access to biofuels will continue to grow throughout Iowa. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

USGC: E10 flows into Mexico following educational effort

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFive railcars of U.S. gasoline pre-blended at an E10 rate arrived in Guadalajara in May 2020, a direct success of the USGC's collaboration with the Mexican Association of Service Station Providers to demonstrate the benefits of increased ethanol use. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Ricketts proclaims June as ‘Renewable Fuels Month’ in Nebraska

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts Found In:Business, Policy, Retaileron June 12, at an afternoon press briefing, Gov. Pete Ricketts officially designated June 2020 as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska. The governor also highlighted three great reasons to use ethanol fuels when filling up a car or truck. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Opinion: Even When Hurt, Ethanol Producers Help

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyA roundup of the articles in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including stories on hand sanitizer; the future of E30; carbon capture and storage; the CO2 market, ethanol's digital transformation and an alternative to CIP caustics. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Opinion: Post-Pandemic Opportunities Emerge for Ethanol

BY Brian Healy Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S. Grains Council is working diligently to engage international stakeholders to convey the continued availability of U.S. ethanol. As travel restrictions ease, strategic in-country engagement will resume. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

RFA marks E15 anniversary, urges Trump to stand up for the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Renewable Fuels Association on June 11 marked the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s visit to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy by calling on him to reject requests from oil state governors to waive 2020 RFS blending requirements. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

Thune introduces bill to extend FDA hand sanitizer guidance

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicySen. John Thune, R-S.D., on June 11 introduced legislation that aims to extend the Food and Drug Administration’s temporary guidance on hand sanitizer production during the COVID-19 pandemic for at least two years. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

EPA urged to address treatment of biogenic emissions from crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 9 urging the agency to seek public comments on the regulatory treatment of biogenic CO2 from annual agriculture crops. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

USGC: Ethanol tariff reduction improves market access in Vietnam

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyA 5-percent point reduction on import tariffs for ethanol is expected to create opportunities for increased ethanol trade with Vietnam. According to the U.S. Grain Council, the Vietnam government aims to achieve a 10 percent ethanol blend mandate. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

BNDES launches credit program to aid Brazil’s ethanol producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) on June 4 announced the launch of a credit program designed to help support the country’s ethanol industry, which is being negatively impacted by falling fuel demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

In Depth: Ethanol Plants Producing to Protect

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. ethanol industry saw a shift during the pandemic, as many plants sold or donated ethanol to be used in hand sanitizer production. While the temporary market provided cash flow for some, helping the nation in a time of need motivated all. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Opinion: A Defining Moment for Ethanol

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThis spring, as the U.S. ethanol industry ratcheted back production by more than 45 percent, taking 8 billion gallons of capacity off line, it did anything but retreat from the COVID-19 crisis. It rose to the challenge, and stepped up to help. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

EIA slightly reduces forecasts for 2020, 2021 ethanol production

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 on June 9. Forecasts for ethanol consumption were also revised down. READ MORE

June 09, 2020

Biofuel, ag groups demand answers on ‘gap’ year SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of nine biofuel and ag groups sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 9 requesting more information about small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions the agency has reportedly received for past RFS compliance years. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

44 members of Congress urge Trump to deny RFS waiver requests

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 44 members of Congress sent a letter to President Trump on June 8 urging him to deny requests filed with the U.S. EPA by several governors seeking a waiver of 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

30-day comment period opens on RFS anti-backsliding proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA 30-day public comment period is now open on the U.S. EPA’s proposal to determine that no additional fuel control measures are necessary to mitigate air quality impacts of required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

Missouri biofuel entities now eligible for $200,000 grant

BY Missouri Department of Agriculture Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn June 4, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced the creation of the Biofuel Infrastructure Program to increase the availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel in the Show-Me State. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

Iowa legislature reauthorizes biofuel tax differentials

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Iowa legislature has reauthorized the Iowa biofuel tax differentials, helping boost biofuel demand and lower prices. the bill extends and modernizes fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of CAA regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on June 4 released a proposed rule that will require all future significant regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis (BCA). The RFS is among the CAA programs likely to be affected. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Grassley, Ernst urge FDA to revise hand sanitizer guidance

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicySens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued statements on June 3 announcing they will continue to push the FDA to provide needed flexibility for ethanol producers working to help the U.S. overcome shortages of hand sanitizer. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Bill would help farmers, foresters participate in carbon markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate on June 4. The bill aims to break down barriers for farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

OPINION: New normal is people saying ‘new normal’ all the time

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerRon Lamberty, senior vice president of ACE, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on fuel markets and consumer behavior and encourages fuel retailers to take advantage of the USDA's HBIIP program to offer higher blends of ethanol. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

UAI: EPA keeping ethanol from its true lower carbon value

BY Steve Vander Griend, Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, PolicyA recent NPRM issued by EPA proposes to penalize low carbon ethanol using a convoluted approach that would add CO2 emissions to an automobile manufacturer’s mileage and carbon emissions calculations. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

NWF asks EPA to approve RFS waiver requests

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyCollin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 29 urging the agency to approve requests to waive RFS blending requirements submitted by six governors. READ MORE

June 02, 2020

FDA updates hand sanitizer guidance

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration on June 1 updated guidance to provide additional clarification on the manufacturing and compounding of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

June 02, 2020

EPA: 1.05 billion RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released updated renewable identification number (RIN) generation data, reporting that 1.05 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, down from 2.74 billion generated during the same period of last year. READ MORE

June 02, 2020

IRS solicits comments on carbon capture credit proposed rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyA public comment period is now open on a proposed rule issued by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service on May 28 that aims to help businesses understand how legislation passed in 2018 may benefit those claiming carbon capture credits. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Iowa provide $100 million in COVID-19 relief to farmers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on May 29 that the state will provide $100 million in COVID-19 relief for Iowa farmers. She also discussed the impact the pandemic is having on the state’s ethanol producers. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Renewable energy advisory committee to meet June 4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting via WebEX on June 4. The meeting will be the final of REEEAC's current term. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

USGC: Indonesia removes ethanol ban

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. ethanol can now enter the Indonesian market by way of pre-blended fuel, following the recent removal of a ban on pre-blended product entering the country. This change creates a potential market of more than 200 million gallons. READ MORE