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April 03, 2020

EPA clarifies details of temporary enforcement policy

BY Erin VoegeleThe 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

USDA seeks extension of a survey that gathers ethanol data

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service has requested a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection that, in part, provides data on the production of fuels from agricultural commodities. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

ePURE, EBB concerned COVID-19 will impact blending obligations

BY Erin VoegeleSeveral 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 02, 2020

USDA: Ethanol exports reach 194.16 million gallons in February

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 194.16 million gallons of ethanol and 852,904 tons of distillers grains in February, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on April 2. Exports of both products were up when compared to February 2019. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

KAAPA idles Ravenna facility, continues operations in Minden

BY Erin VoegeleKAAPA Ethanol sent a letter to stakeholders on March 31 announcing the company is idling its ethanol plant in Ravenna, Nebraska, due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. KAAPA plans to continue operations at its Minden, Nebraska, facilty. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

Greenfield Global helps fight the spread of COVID-19

BY Greenfield Global Inc. Greenfield Global Inc., a producer of ethanol, speciality alcohols and solvents, has been producing and shipping vital alcohols and solvents at a record pace to combat the worldwide spread of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

ADM commits $1 million to aid in COVID-19 response

BY ADM ADM has committed approximately $1 million to various organizations involved in the fight against COVID-19. ADM also has available funds for employees who have been adversely affected in this difficult time under its Colleague Emergency Fund. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

Valero contributes $1.8 million to COVID-19 response efforts

BY Valero Energy Corp. Valero Energy Corp. announced March 19 that the Valero Energy Foundation has committed $1.8 million to support organizations on the front lines helping people most in need primarily in cities where the company operates. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Ethanol production falls to 6 year low, stocks set new record

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production fell by more than 16 percent the week ending March 27 to an average of 840,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since September 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 1. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleThe 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 VoegeleTwo 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 Emergencies 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

April 01, 2020

Ace approved to generate D3 RINs from corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY BBI International To participate in the RFS program and generate RINs, renewable fuel producers must meet the registration requirements in Title 40 CFR Part 80. With the EPA approval, Ace Ethanol can now produce ethanol from corn kernel fiber and generate D3 RINs. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Rutter’s continues operations during crisis

BY Matt ThompsonAs the coronavirus crisis forces people to stay at home and fuel prices plunge, retail stations remain open and are doing their best to weather the storm. Rutter's is being impacted by the outbreak, but plans to continue to add E15 in the future. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

Kurita Water Industries announces merger of its US subsidiaries

BY Kurita Water Industries Kurita Water Industries has completion of the merger of its consolidated subsidiaries in the United States, including U.S. Water Services Inc., Texas-based Kurita America Inc., Fremont Industries LLC, and Global Water Services Holding Co. Inc. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

USDA projects 8% increase in US corn acreage for 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA expects U.S. farmers to plant 97 million acres of corn in 2020, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from 2019. Compared with 2019, planted acreage for corn is expected to be up or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating states. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

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

BY Erin VoegeleThe 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 VoegeleThe 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 31, 2020

Gevo to push forward with project funding amid COVID-19 layoffs

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. has suspended production at its bioreifnery in Luverne, Minnesota, due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the economy and has terminated 30 employees. Gevo expects to continue engineering efforts related to a renewable hydrocarbon plant. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

Same-store gasoline sales start to show impact of COVID-19

BY OPIS U.S. gas station operators are bracing for the impact of COVID-19 on fuel sales, as same-store gasoline sales were down 2.4 percent nationwide for the week ending March 14, when compared to the same week last year, according to OPIS Demand Report. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

Fiber separation successfully commercialized by Weighty Corn

BY Weighty Corn LLC Weighty Corn LLC’s first commercial implementation of its fiber separation process at Pannonia Bio Zrt’s 130 MMgy fuel ethanol plant in Dunaföldvár, Hungary, has been deemed a success. The company hopes to implement the technology at other plants. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Trump signs $2 trillion CARES Act into law

BY Erin VoegelePresident 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 30, 2020

COVID-19 reduces demand for fuel, ethanol plants cut production

BY Erin VoegeleEconomists at the University of Illinois on March 26 published an analysis illustrating how COVID-19 is reducing demand for transportation fuels, including ethanol. Meanwhile, several plants have announced they will idle or reduce production. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Marquis Energy continues operations during COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleHennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy sent a letter to its farmers and community members on March 27 announcing the company’s ethanol plant is “economically and logistically positioned to remain open" despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 30, 2020

Corn use for fuel ethanol reaches 469 million bushels in January

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for March, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production for January was down from the previous month, but up from January 2019. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleThe 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

Pacific Ethanol to idle more than 60% of capacity by end of March

BY Erin VoegelePacific Ethanol on March 27 said it is idling capacity in response to the unprecedented decline in gasoline and ethanol demand due to the impacts of COVID-19 and announced it is providing high-quality alcohol for the production of hand sanitizer. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA announces enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic

BY U.S. EPA The 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 26, 2020

Rex idles NuGen plant, explores carbon sequestration project

BY Erin VoegeleRex American Resources released fiscal fourth quarter financial results on March 26. The company announced a potential carbon sequestration project under development at its One Earth Energy plant in Illinois and discussed the impact of COVID-19. READ MORE

March 26, 2020

USDA appoints Jekanowski, Wu to leadership positions

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced the appointment of Mark Jekanowski as chairman of the World Agricultural Outlook Board and David Wu as deputy assistant secretary for administration. Both previously served at the USDA in other positions. READ MORE

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