Policy

March 03, 2020

Minnesota bill aims to require E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerLegislation recently introduced in Minnesota aims to increase the minimum biofuel content in gasoline sold within the state to 15 percent. If signed into law, the bill would make Minnesota the first state to require the use of E15. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

OPINION: HBIIP funds can ease transition to higher ethanol blends

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe UDSA recently made two important announcements related to ethanol that will have a positive impact on the future of the industry. The moves will both help drive demand for biofuels and assist retailers in delivering higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

March 02, 2020

Perdue memo directs USDA fleet to increase biofuel use

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a memo on Feb. 28 directing the USDA to acquire alternative fueled vehicles (AFVs), including those that can use E85 or biodiesel, when replacing conventionally fueled vehicles. READ MORE

March 02, 2020

Senators ask trump to challenge Tenth Circuit Court on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 13 senators that represent states with oil production and oil refining interests sent a letter to President Trump on Feb. 27 asking him to appeal a recent court ruling that will make it more difficult for refineries to qualify for a SREs. READ MORE

February 28, 2020

EPA: 1.45 billion RINs generated in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released Renewable Fuel Standard renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that more than 1.45 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 454,720 cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

USDA announces intent to offer $100 million in HBIIP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA published a notice in the Federal Register on Feb. 28 announcing a notice of funding availability (NOFA) of up to $100 million in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Wheeler: EPA will release new guidance on SRE program soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Feb. 27 the agency will soon issue new guidance on the RFS's SRE program related to the Tenth Circuit Court's Jan. 27 ruling that struck down three SREs previously issued by the EPA. READ MORE

February 26, 2020

Feb. 25 proclaimed ‘Premium E30 Day’ in South Dakota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerSouth Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem recently proclaimed Feb. 25 to be “Premium E30 Day.” Members of the South Dakota Farmers Union and Glacial Lakes Energy Cooperative joined together in Pierre, South Dakota, to celebrate the day. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

Udall, Grassley introduce bill targeting subsidies for Big Oil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicySens. Tom Udall, D-N.M, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced a bill on Feb. 25 that aims to update the nation’s antiquated public lands royalty system and ensure that taxpayers get fair returns on leases of public lands for oil and gas production. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

EPA delivers proposed rule on biogenic emissions to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyThe U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Feb. 24 focused on the treatment of biogenic carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act’s permitting programs. READ MORE

February 24, 2020

Ricketts asks automakers to design cars for higher ethanol blends

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts sent a letter to the CEOs of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. on Feb. 11 urging the automakers to increase production of passenger vehicles designed to run on higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

EPA: 23 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Feb. 21, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

February 21, 2020

Trump urged to declare waived RFS gallons will be recaptured

BY Rep. Steve King's office Found In:Business, PolicyRep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is urging President Trump to “make a declarative statement that a minimum of 15 billion gallons will be blended annually and that all gallons actually waived will be annually recaptured under the RFS.” READ MORE

February 20, 2020

USDA: Ag Innovation Agenda will benefit biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA unveiled its Agriculture Innovation Agenda on Feb. 20. The initiative, in part, aims to support renewable fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. This includes a goal to achieve market-driven blend rates of E30 by 2050. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Opinion: Driving Demand in 2020 and Beyond

BY Emily Skor Found In:Markets, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Emily Skor highlights Growth Energy's collaboration with biofuels supporters to promote ethanol, expand use of E15 and develop new export markets. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Trump nominates Benevento, Menezes to fill posts at EPA, DOE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyPresident Trump on Feb. 13 nominated Douglas Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA and Mark Wesley Menezes to serve as deputy secretary of energy. Both nominations are subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Opinion: Climate Change and Ethanol: Get the Facts Right

BY Andrea Kent Found In:Markets, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Myths and misinformation about ethanol and its effect on health and the environment need to be corrected to expand higher blends. READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Nebraska Ethanol Board to hold E15 workshop on Feb. 20

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Nebraska Ethanol Board's third E15 Retailer Workshop is coming up Feb. 20 in Lincoln. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

USDA’s McKinney speaks at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyTed McKinney, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, addressed the 2020 National Ethanol Conference Wednesday, offering kudos to the U.S. ethanol industry. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

Cooper delivers state of the industry at NEC

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO, said that while 2019 was a difficult year for the ethanol industry, there is reason for optimism in 2020. READ MORE

February 07, 2020

Ethanol’s health benefits take center stage at leadership forum

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe National Clean Fuels Technology and Health Effects Leadership Forum was held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6. The event brought to the forefront the health and environmental benefits ethanol offers. READ MORE

February 06, 2020

RFA reports detail ethanol, distillers grains exports in 2019

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has released a pair of reports summarizing 2019 U.S. ethanol and distillers grains export and import data. The reports illustrate the important role of U.S. ethanol and distillers grains in global trade. READ MORE

February 05, 2020

UCF researchers work to develop cleaner-burning renewable fuels

BY University of Central Florida Found In:Business, PolicyResearchers at the University of Central Florida are researching biofuels as part of a DOE initiative known as the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines. As part of that effort, they have determined that ethanol produces less soot than other biofuels. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

RFA analysis finds record E15 sales in 2019

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerA new RFA analysis found that approximately 500 million gallons of E15 were sold nationwide in 2019, setting a new record. However, sales would have been even stronger if not for the RFS compliance exemptions granted by EPA to dozens of refineries. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Washington House passes bill to create clean fuels program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe state of Washington is one step closer to enacting a clean fuels program that would limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per unit of transportation fuel to 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

OPINION: A new focus on infrastructure

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA has announced the creation of a new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. With rising demand for E15 , the announcement of this new program is perfectly timed, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

February 03, 2020

USDA recruits participants for trade mission to the Philippines

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA is recruiting U.S. exporters to participate in an agribusiness trade mission to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on April 20-23. Individuals interested in participating must apply to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service by Feb. 6. READ MORE

January 31, 2020

Groups comment on USDA’s new biofuel infrastructure program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol and Growth Energy are among the groups that submitted comments to the USDA regarding the development of its new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

Trump signs USMCA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyPresident Trump on Jan. 29 signed legislation implementing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The trade pact replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement and is expected to benefit U.S. ethanol producers. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

ACE announces dates, priorities for 2020 DC Fly-in

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol has announced the 12th annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit will take place April 2-3. Priorities of the event include defending the RFS from SREs and encouraging policies to support E15. READ MORE