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September 16, 2021

EPA: 3 new SRE petitions filed, 62 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 16 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that there are currently 62 SRE petitions pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 59 that were pending as of mid-August. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

USDA raises forecast for corn yields

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA currently predicts U.S. corn yields will average 176.3 bushels per acre this year, up 1.7 bushels from the August forecast and up 4.3 bushels when compared to 2020, according to the agency’s latest Crop Production report, released Sept. 10. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

Iowa agency schedules public meetings on proposed CCS pipeline

BY Erin VoegeleA series of public informational meetings is under way in Iowa to inform landowners about a proposed CO2 pipeline under development by Summit Carbon Solutions. The pipeline is part of a CCS project that aims to sequester CO2 from ethanol plants. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

OMB schedules additional meetings on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe White House Office of Management and Budget has now scheduled 16 meetings with interested parties to discuss a proposed rule to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 16, 2021

UNICA: Ethanol sales down in August

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the production of anhydrous ethanol by mills in the south-central region of the country was up significantly during the second half of August. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks down 2%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by nearly 2 percent the week ending Sept. 10, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 15. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were down nearly 2 percent. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

EIA: US nameplate ethanol capacity expands by 168 MMgy

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. fuel ethanol nameplate production capacity increased between 2020 and 2021 despite a slight decrease in the number of ethanol plants, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 3. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Poet pledges carbon neutrality by 2050

BY Poet Poet has released its inaugural sustainability report, which outlines the company’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. One ESG goal aims to achieve net-carbon zero at the company's biorefineries by 2050. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Aemetis Biogas signs utility pipeline interconnect agreement

BY Neste Aemetis Inc. announced that its subsidiary Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the standard renewable gas interconnection agreement (SRGIA) with the PG&E and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E’s interconnection equipment. READ MORE

September 15, 2021

Chevron, Gevo announce intent to pursue SAF investment

BY Gevo Inc. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Gevo Inc. on Sept. 9 announced a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that would process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

September 13, 2021

House Ag Committee advances $1B for biofuel infrastructure

BY Erin VoegeleThe House Agriculture Committee on Sept. 13 advanced its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which currently includes $1 billion in USDA funding to expand biofuel infrastructure to increase availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

September 13, 2021

Biofuel groups call on lawmakers to fix SAF legislation

BY Erin VoegeleA group of nine biofuel and ag groups are calling lawmakers to fix major flaws in pending legislation that they say could leave American farmers and biofuel producers cut out of the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) market. READ MORE

September 13, 2021

USDA maintains 2021-’22 forecast for corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Demand and Supply Estimates report, released Sept. 10. Expected 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol, however, was revised down. READ MORE

September 13, 2021

RFA analysis: Retail gas prices not affected by RFS credits

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuel Standard’s compliance credit market mechanism does not have any impact on retail gasoline prices, according to a new analysis released on Sept. 13 by the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

EIA: Ethanol production up 2%, stocks down 3%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by 2 percent the week ending Sept. 3, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 9. Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol were down more than 3 percent. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Court denies request to rehear case vacating EPA’s E15 rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Sept. 9 denied a petition for rehearing filed by Growth Energy, RFA, and NCGA challenging a ruling handed down in July that vacated a 2019 rule issued by the EPA allowing year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Biden administration takes action to expand SAF production, use

BY Erin VoegelePresident Biden is taking action to increase the production of SAF to at least 3 billion gallons per year and reduce aviation emission by 20 percent by 2030. As part of that effort, DOE has announced $64.7 million in funding for 22 biofuel projects. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

USDA awards $25M loan to Red Trail Energy for CCS project

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Sept. 9 awarded a $25 million loan under the Rural Energy for America Program to Red Trail Energy LLC to support the construction of a carbon capture processing and storage facility at the company’s ethanol plant in North Dakota. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

RFA thanks lawmakers for biofuel inclusion in reconciliation bill

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked members of Congress in both chambers for incorporating infrastructure funding for higher ethanol blends into the pending budget reconciliation package. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

State corn checkoffs commit $1.25 to grow E85 in California

BY Nebraska Corn Board The Nebraska Corn Board, along with the corn checkoff programs from Kansas and Missouri, will provide California fuel retailers $1.25 million over the next year to increase availability of E85. Fuel will be supplied by Pearson Fuels. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Ag, biofuel groups tell CARB ethanol can help reach carbon goals

BY Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association In joint comments submitted last week to CARB, a group of ag and biofuel organizations and companies highlighted the role renewable fuels like ethanol can and should play in helping the state achieve its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Viridis Chemical provides update on improvement projects

BY Viridis Chemical LLC Viridis Chemical LLC has completed its Phase I capital improvement to produce USP grade biobased ethanol and has begun Phase II capital improvement to produce biobased ethyl acetate at its plant in Columbus, Nebraska. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

Missouri launches Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program

BY Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority On Sept. 2, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. READ MORE

September 09, 2021

EU ethanol producers increase production of hand sanitizer, feed

BY ePURE European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.57 billion liters of ethanol and 6.16 million metric tons of coproducts in 2020, according to audited data released on Sept. 8 by the industry group. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Biofuel groups oppose EPA motion to remand SREs without vacatur

BY Erin VoegeleGrowth Energy, RFA, NCGA, NBB, ACE and NFU on Sept. 7 filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit opposing the U.S. EPA’s Aug. 25 motion to remand, but not vacate, 31 SREs granted for RFS compliance year 2018. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

EIA maintains 2021, 2022 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintained its 2021 and 2022 forecasts for ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Sept. 8. The forecast for 2021 ethanol blending was reduced slightly. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Feenstra introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, on Aug. 24 introduced a bill that aims to establish a research, development and demonstration program for a commercially viable fuel cell system that uses biofuels as the main fuel source. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Gevo plans to add alcohol-to-hydrocarbon pilot to Luverne site

BY Erin VoegeleGevo Inc. on Sept. 7 announced plans to install an alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process pilot at its existing biorefinery located in Luverne, Minnesota. The company also recently filed environmental permits for its Net-Zero 1 project in South Dakota. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Axne secures $1 billion for biofuel infrastructure in draft bill

BY Office of Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on Sept. 8 announced that she has secured $1 billion for biofuels infrastructure in the House’s initial draft of the Build Back Better Act to support expanded availability and use of renewable fuels. READ MORE

September 08, 2021

Aemetis awarded permits for next phase of diary digesters

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. has been issued building permits by Stanislaus County in California to construct the next phase of dairy biogas digesters in the Aemetis Biogas Central Diary Digester Project, which will be connected to the company's ethanol plant. READ MORE

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