Policy

April 10, 2020

OPINION: Support ethanol, now more than ever

BY Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyEmily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, is calling on the ethanol industry to rally together to ensure that financial assistance is available to farmers, workers, and rural businesses hit hardest by the crisis. READ MORE

April 09, 2020

USGC solicits applications for Ethanol A-Team

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council is soliciting applications for seven advisory teams (A-Teams), including the Ethanol A-Team. The application period is open through April 30. A-Team appointments for 2020-2022 will be announced in July. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

Court rejects challenge to SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 7 rejected two petitions filed by Wynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier on March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

Senators urge USDA to aid biofuel industry with CCC funds

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 15 senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on April 6 urging the USDA to use funds allocated to the agency’s Commodity Credit Corp. by the CARES Act to provide financial assistance to the biofuel industry. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

Poet idles 3 plants, delays startup of Shelbyville facility

BY Poet LLC Found In:Business, PolicyPoet announced April 7 it will idle production at its bioprocessing facilities in Chancellor, South Dakota; Ashton, Iowa; and Coon Rapids, Iowa, and delay the start-up of its new plant in Shelbyville, Indiana, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 06, 2020

ACE urges EPA to take action to support ethanol industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyACE sent a letter to the EPA on April 3 urging the agency to address the shortcomings in its implementation of the RFS and outlining three steps the EPA has the authority to take to mitigate the economic fallout from COVID-19 in the biofuels sector. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

EPA clarifies details of temporary enforcement policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA sent a letter to members of Congress on April 2 clarifying the temporary enforcement policy the agency announced on March 26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offering assurances the agency continues to enforce its regulatons. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

ePURE, EBB concerned COVID-19 will impact blending obligations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicySeveral European biofuel trade groups on March 24 sent a letter to the European Commission offiical leading the European Green Deal expressing concern EU member states may reduce blending obligations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

More ethanol plants help produce hand sanitizers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyTwo federal agencies relaxed regulations in March to allow producers of fuel ethanol help produce hand sanitizer to combat the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Several ethanol producers are already taking action help produce the much-needed product. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

OPINION: Finding hope in dark times

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerEmergencies like pandemics are times of disruption, trauma, and even fear. But they are also moments when people can come together to help each other. The reaction to COVID-19 from businesses and communities worldwide offers a bit of optimism. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

EPA, NHTSA fail to address high-octane fuel in SAFE Vehicles rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA and NHTSA released the final SAFE Vehicles rule on March 31. The rule sets CAFE and CO2 emissions standards for MY 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. The ethanol industry criticized the rule for failing to address high octane fuels. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

EPA: 36.77 cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA recently released RIN generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.54 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the month, including more than 36.77 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Trump signs $2 trillion CARES Act into law

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPresident Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law on March 27. The bill is the third COVID-19 stimulus packaged signed into law. A fourth stimulus package is in the works that could provide more targeted relief for renewable fuel producers. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA on March 27 announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued." READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA announces enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on March 26 announced g a temporary policy regarding EPA enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy applies to civil violoations duirng the outbreak. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

Opinion: Events and Ideas

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about bacteria research, cooling tower maintenance and cleaning, coverage of IRFA's January Renewable Fuels Summit, and more. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

Opinion: From the 3 E's to the 3 C's

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Touting ethanol as a source of clean octane, it's ability to reduce carbon, and allowing consumer choice in the marketplace. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Biofuel groups welcome Trump’s decision not to appeal SRE ruling

BY Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association Found In:Business, PolicyEthanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump Administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down certain small refinery exemptions under the RFS. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Opinion: The Case for 95 RON Now

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: A case for moving beyond the RFS to a 95 RON minimum octane standard. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

In Depth: Policy, Predictions and Positivity

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE APRIL ISSUE: Industry leaders at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in January looked back at 2019, offered predictions for 2020, and held hope for the ethanol industry’s future. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Oil refineries challenge Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyWynnewood Refining and HollyFrontier filed petitions with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 24 requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

USDA: Progress made on implementation of US-China trade deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on March 24 announced continued progress with the implementation of agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, including those related to DDGS. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

US, Brazil classify ethanol industry as essential during pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe governments of the two largest ethanol producing countries, the U.S. and Brazil, have each classified ethanol plant employees as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Maine enacts tax credit for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyMaine Gov. Janet Mills on March 18 signed a bill establishing a tax credit for renewable chemical production that provides an 8 cent per pound tax credit for eligible products beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

RFA: New report shows ethanol industry fueled by veterans

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerA study released this week on employment in the U.S. energy sector shows that America’s ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Ethanol producers help produce hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. government on March 18 relaxed regulations to allow producers of fuel ethanol and beverage alcohol to shift production to ethanol-based hand sanitizers. Days later, several ethanol plants are taking action to help combat COVID-19. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Senators urge Trump not to challenge court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter to President Trump on March 19 urging him not to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

USDA Rural Development implements remote operational status

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyUSDA Rural Development on March 20 announced that it has implemented enterprise-wide remote operational status, effective immediately, to help protect the health of employees, customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

Oil refiners to challenge Tenth Circuit Court decision on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyWynnewood and HollyFrontier filed a petition with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 19 announcing they will seek a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE