Policy

October 31, 2019

Ethanol producers need to reduce their CI score—and quickly

BY Natasha Beilstein and Lei Zhu, EcoEngineers Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAs the value of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credit lingers around $200 per credit and the Renewable Fuel Standard RIN prices are ever-reducing, the importance of carbon intensity (CI) is more relevant than ever before. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Biofuel groups call on EPA to fix SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the biofuels industry expressed frustration with the EPA’s bait and switch regarding its supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on SREs during an Oct. 30 hearing in Michigan and called on the agency to fix the flawed proposal. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

Argonne National laboratory releases 2019 GREET model

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Argonne National Laboratory’s 2019 GREET (Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation) models include changes and updates to carbon calculations for land use change from the production of biofuels. READ MORE

October 30, 2019

EIA: SREs reduced renewable fuel blending requirements in 2018

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe 31 Renewable Fuel Standard SREs approved by the U.S. EPA on Aug. 9 for compliance year 2018 effectively eliminated 7.4 percent of the total RFS renewable fuel mandate for last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

Biofuel groups defend RFS, urge action on SREs during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change held a hearing Oct. 29 on the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019. Testimony primarily focused on the U.S. EPA’s mishandling of SREs. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

EPA posts call-in information for Oct. 30 hearing on SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for its Oct. 30 hearing on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking released Oct. 15 that seeks comments on how the agency should project the volume of SREs in future annual RFS rulemakings. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

Members of Congress urge Wheeler to change SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyNearly two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 23 urging him to reconsider the agency’s recently SRE proposal and uphold the White House’s commitment to farmers. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

USDA, DOE partner to promote rural energy, technology development

BY USDA Found In:Business, PolicyThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have announced a memorandum of understanding to promote rural energy and the development of technologies that will support and advance rural and agricultural communities and domestic manufacturing. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

House to hold hearing on EPA’s mismanagement of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change has announced plans to hold a legislative hearing on Oct. 29 focused on the U.S. EPA’s mismanagement of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Coalition challenges EPA on 2018 refinery waivers

BY Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyA coalition of biofuel and ag groups filed a petition Oct. 22 with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the EPA exempted certain unknown small refineries from 2018 RFS obligations. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Ethanol groups call Brazil’s ethanol TRQ a step backward

BY Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy, the USGC and the RFA expressed their disappointment with the news that the Brazilian government amended the recent Aug. 31st rule that raised the quota on U.S. ethanol imports under the tariff rate quota to 750 million liters per year. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

SREs addressed during White House cabinet meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA’s actions regarding SREs were addressed during an Oct. 21 meeting at the White House. Trump directed the EPA to “make sure the small refineries are happy” while USDA indicated farmers will be fine with the plan once they see it implemented. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

RFA: New court documents detail rampant EPA abuse of SRE program

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyNew court documents show that the EPA inappropriately granted RFS compliance exemptions to certain small refineries that did not even qualify for the waivers, and that there was division within in the Trump administration about its approach to SREs. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

$2.3 million DOE grant to advance ethanol fuel research

BY Purdue University Found In:Cellulosic, PolicyResearchers at Purdue University have received $2.3 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for their work to create computer models to simplify the design and construction of biorefineries. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

USDA biofuel infrastructure initiative to be up and running soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Policy, RetailerThe USDA hopes to have a new program up and running in early 2020 that will support retail sales of higher ethanol blends, including E15, according to statements made by U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky during an Oct. 17 hearing. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyU.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

EPA: 5 SRE applications filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 17 that shows the agency has received five SRE applications for compliance year 2019. All five applications are listed as pending. READ MORE

October 17, 2019

USGC: Ethanol exports down in 2018-’19 marketing year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council has released final export numbers for the 2018-’19 marketing year. Ethanol exports saw a small drop while U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports remained relatively flat. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Iowa biofuel, ag groups explain outrage over EPA’s SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the Iowa biofuels industry held a press briefing Oct. 16 to explain their outrage over the EPA’s Oct. 15 release of its SRE relief rule, explaining the rule did not accurately represent the deal they were briefed on Oct. 3. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Opinion: New Evidence on the Environmental Benefits of Biofuels

BY Emily Skor Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Growth Energy report highlights ethanol's environmental benefits as EPA contemplates RFS reset. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

EPA’s SRE deal falls short of industry expectations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA issued a supplemental rule Oct. 15 seeking comments on how it should project the volume of SREs in future RFS rulemakings. The rule fell short of industry expectations and demonstrated EPA's failure to follow past DOE SRE recommendations. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Greenfield Global takes steps to expand production

BY Greenfield Global Inc Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGreenfield Global Inc. has welcomed Quebec's pre-publication of draft regulations to set biofuel requirements for gasoline and diesel fuel, which would require E10 by 2021 and E15 by 2025. Greenfield also said it is considering expansion projects. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Opinion: Ontario: Canada’s Ethanol Powerhouse

BY Andrea Kent Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Ontario leads the way in adopting E15 and meeting Canada's climate goals. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

USDA deputy secretary speaks at Global Ethanol Summit

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyStephen Censky, deputy secretary of the USDA, delivered a keynote address during the second day of the Global Ethanol Summit on Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. His presentation focused on international collaboration. READ MORE

October 15, 2019

Global Ethanol Summit panel focuses on the economics of octane

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyDay two of the inaugural Global Ethanol Summit began with a panel discussion focused on the economic benefits of blending ethanol into gasoline. Panelists addressed ethanol's role as an octane booster in global fuel markets. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

USDA seeks applications for biorefinery loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, PolicyThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Applications for the current cycle of the loan guarantee program are due April 1. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

Brazilian official: Flex fuel hybrid vehicles are the future

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyMiguel Ivan Lacerda Oliveira, director of biofuels for the Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, said during the Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C., that the future of transportation is electric vehicles, but ethanol will still play a role. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

First Global Ethanol Summit begins in Washington, DC

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe first Global Ethanol Summit, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14 with presentations from USGC's Ryan LeGrand and Mike Dwyer. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

Opinion: No Giant Package Necessary

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Trump Administration's promised "giant package" is not a hand-out to the U.S. ethanol industry. READ MORE