Policy

March 26, 2018

ACE 2018 fly-in marks a decade of advocacy on Capitol Hill

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol and 70 of its grassroots members met with members of Congress and U.S. EPA officials last week in Washington, D.C., during the organization’s 10th anniversary fly-in. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

China considers retaliatory tariff on ethanol, 127 other products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe government of China has announced it is considering enforcing duties on 128 U.S. products, including a 15 percent duty on U.S. ethanol, in response to President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Colombia increases ethanol blend mandate to E10

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Colombian government increased its national blend mandate for ethanol to E10 as of March 1, 2018, according to an announcement by the country’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, the government authority that regulates biofuels policy. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Scientists say California can get tougher on clean fuels

BY Union of Concerned Scientists Found In:Business, PolicyCalifornia can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher target for its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new report. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month, including approximately 20.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Ernst urges ACE DC fly-in attendees to stay vigilant

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol and its grassroots members were joined by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on day two of its 10th annual fly-in. Ernst reiterated her commitment to defending the RFS and being a champion for biofuels. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

Comment period opens on proposed PES RIN settlement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn March 16, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a 10-day public comment period on a proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions over its Renewable Fuel Standard compliance obligations. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

ACE DC fly-in underscores RFS importance to rural America

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol and 70 of its grassroots members are in Washington, D.C., as part of the organization’s 10th annual fly-in March 21-22. The two-day event includes more than 120 scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

Ethanol industry recognizes farmers on National Agriculture Day

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. celebrated National Agriculture Day March 20. President Donald Trump, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and representatives of the ethanol industry all spoke out to express appreciation for American agriculture and American farmers. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Energy for America Program funding. The program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

In Depth: Biting the Bullet on Major Replacements

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Ten-year inspections, and sometimes outright failures, focus attention on needed capital investments in long-term assets. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

Opinion: Thoughts on Brazil’s Temporary Tariff-Rate Quota for Ethanol

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Leticia Phillips of UNICA offers details on the rationale behind Brazil's limit on ethanol imports. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Senators ask Trump to dismiss RFS waiver cap, request meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn March 15, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump opposing proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW releases technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event will be held June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Opinion: Regulatory Fixes Will Open the Market to Ethanol Quickly

BY Adam Gustafson Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Adam Gustafson, attorney with Boyden Gray and Associates, explains how EPA could easily remedy issues with RINs. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Governors ask Trump to reject proposals that would weaken the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn March 15, a group of five Midwestern governors send a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reject proposals designed to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically those recently proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biofuel groups advocate for tax credit extensions at hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on post tax reform evaluation of recently expired tax provisions. Several representatives of the biofuels industry offered testimony at the event. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Export Exchange 2018 scheduled for Oct. 22-24 in Minneapolis

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyExport Exchange 2018 has been set for Oct. 22 to 24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event will focus on timely topics related to exports of U.S. corn, sorghum, barley, distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and related products. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

EPA proposes to settle RFS obligation with PES

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has proposed to settle with Philadelphia Energy Solutions over its Renewable Fuel Standard compliance obligations, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on March 12. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

EIA increases 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the March edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, increasing its ethanol production forecasts for 2018 and 2019. Ethanol consumption is also expected to grow through 2019. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

Bill aims to dismantle RFS, limit biofuel blending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Biofuel plant managers ask Trump to protect RFS from Cruz

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn March 7, managers at more than 150 U.S. biofuel plants sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging the White House to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard from efforts by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to alter the program. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Letter urges reauthorization of energy title in next Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn March 6, a group of more than 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate Agricultural Committee leaders urging them to reauthorize and fund energy title programs in the next Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Secretary Perdue administers oath of office to Bill Northey

BY USDA Found In:Business, PolicyU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office to Bill Northey March 7 at the Annual Iowa Ag Leaders Dinner. Northey previously served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, a position he had held for more than 11 years. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Positive US ethanol margins are driving ethanol production growth

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyEstimated ethanol production margins at U.S. corn ethanol plants averaged 22 cents per gallon (gal) in 2017. Last year was the fifth consecutive year that margins have averaged more than 20 cents/gal. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

RFA: RIN price cap for E15 waiver ‘deal’ bad for ethanol, corn

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyAny action to artificially cap renewable identification number (RIN) prices in exchange for an RVP waiver allowing year-round sale of E15 would be bad deal for rural America and the nation’s consumers, according to a new economic analysis. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

RFA: Ethanol production, blending set new records in 2017

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyData released March 1 by the Energy Information Administration confirms that the U.S. ethanol industry produced a record amount of high-octane, low-carbon renewable fuel in 2017, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

Trump hosts industry meeting on RFS, no deal reached

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn March 1, President Trump met with a variety of stakeholders from the biofuels and refining industries to continue the discussion on the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

March 01, 2018

Analysis: 10-cent RIN cap would be ‘catastrophic’ for biofuels

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyA new analysis issued by University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin finds that the impact of a 10-cent cap on RIN prices, as proposed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, would be “catastrophic” for the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

EPA unresponsive to letter on agency position on RIN prices

BY Office of Chuck Grassley Found In:Business, PolicyU.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has released a copy of a letter sent to the U.S. EPA in January asking the agency about its previous assessments that RIN prices do not affect the success of refiners. The EPA has not responded to the letter. READ MORE