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April 21, 2021

EIA: Weekly ethanol production flat, stocks down slightly

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production was flat the week ending April 16, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 21. Fuel ethanol stocks were down slightly from the previous week. READ MORE

April 21, 2021

Senators urge Regan to uphold the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleA dozen senators on April 20 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan requesting that he continue his commitment to support farmers and rural communities by upholding and restoring confidence in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 21, 2021

Hydro-Thermal adds ESS sales manager

BY Hydro-Thermal Corp. Hydro-Thermal Corp. has added Joel Gerstner to its team as the ethanol, sweetener and starch (ESS) sales manager. In this position, he will have responsibility for the sales, support, and management functions of the ESS team with a focus on growth. READ MORE

April 20, 2021

Former political leaders urge 50-state strategy on green energy

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 50 former House and Senate leaders representing 42 states on April 20 sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate advisor, in support of the administration’s dedication to building back better for a green future. READ MORE

April 20, 2021

Bill to expand, extend 45Q tax credit introduced in House

BY Erin VoegeleReps. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.; Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio; and Carol Miller, R-W.V., on April 19 joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in announcing a bill to improve and extend the 45Q tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration. READ MORE

April 20, 2021

Eco-Energy begins construction on California ethanol terminal

BY Eco-Energy Eco-Energy has started construction on its ethanol distribution facility located in Stockton, California. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in March 2022 and will be the eleventh ethanol distribution terminal constructed by Eco-Energy. READ MORE

April 20, 2021

Clariant, Pertamina collaborate on advanced biofuels assessment

BY Clariant Clariant is working with Indonesia's state-owned oil and gas corporation, Pertamina, since 2018 to evaluate and test the feasibility of Clariant's sunliquid technology to process available regional feedstocks in Indonesia into the cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

April 19, 2021

Ethanol groups comment in support of proposed UST, E15 label rule

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the U.S. ethanol industry on April 19 filed comments with the U.S. EPA in support of the agency’s proposed rule that would modify or eliminate current fuel pump labeling requirements for E15. READ MORE

April 19, 2021

EPA rule to rescind CAA cost-benefit analysis regs sent to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is taking action to rescind a Trump-era rule finalized in December 2020 that changed the way the agency considered the costs and benefits of all significant Clean Air Act rulemakings, including those related to the RFS. READ MORE

April 19, 2021

ICM to upgrade distillation system at Lakeview Plymouth Energy

BY ICM Inc. ICM Inc. has signed an agreement with Lakeview Plymouth Energy LLC to upgrade the ethanol producer’s distillation system and convert its high-pressure distillation system to ICM’s proprietary lower-temperature vacuum distillation. READ MORE

April 19, 2021

RFA: Ethanol emergency response webinars this week

BY Renewable Fuels Association The RFA is offering four-hour-long webinars on April 21 and April 22, led by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive background in emergency management, firefighting and hazardous materials response. READ MORE

April 19, 2021

Gevo's RNG project achieves financial closing

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced on April 15 that it has closed a $68.155 million “Green Bond” private activity bonds offering to finance the construction of its dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Northwest Iowa. READ MORE

April 16, 2021

EPA: No new SRE petitions filed for second consecutive month

BY Erin VoegeleData released by the U.S. EPA on April 15 shows that for the second consecutive month, no new SRE petitions have been filed with the agency. The EPA has also not taken any action on the 66 SRE petitions that have been pending since mid-February. READ MORE

April 16, 2021

CVEC celebrates 25th anniversary

BY Erin VoegeleChippewa Valley Ethanol Co., a 50 MMgy ethanol plant located in Benson, Minnesota, is celebrating a new milestone. April 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the company’s fuel ethanol and industrial alcohol manufacturing. READ MORE

April 15, 2021

UNICA: Ethanol production falls 9% for 2020-’21 harvest season

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was down nearly 9 percent during the 2020-’21 harvest season, which ended March 31, but was still the third highest production volume on record. READ MORE

April 15, 2021

ACE urges for a technology-neutral approach to infrastructure

BY American Coalition for Ethanol As Congress considers infrastructure legislation, ACE CEO Brian Jennings urges lawmakers to take a technology-neutral approach when making investments to accelerate the nation’s transition to clean energy in the transportation sector. READ MORE

April 15, 2021

RFA safety programs earn recognition for 9th consecutive year

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association has received its ninth TRANSCAER National Achievement Award for training first responders and others in ethanol emergency response safety, for its work performed in 2020. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

EIA: Ethanol production down 4%, stocks fall by 1%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 4 percent the week ending April 9, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 14. Fuel ethanol stocks were also down nearly 1 percent. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

Axne: House infrastructure package should support biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, on April 14 sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and chairs of four House committees urging them to provide support for biofuels in the upcoming infrastructure package. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

DOE to hold webinar on $61.4 million FOA for biofuels on April 16

BY Erin VoegeleThe DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced it will host a webinar on April 16 that will be of interest to those who may apply to topic area one of the agency’s recently announced $61.4 million FOA for biofuel and bioenergy projects. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

UAI: EPA provides some clarity on mid-level blends in court

BY Urban Air Initiative A three-judge-panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments on April 13 that the U.S. EPA did not go far enough when it extended the 1 pound RVP waiver to allow year-round E15. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

Praj to develop ethanol plant for Godavari Biorefineries

BY Praj Industries Praj Industries has announced an order to set up India’s largest capacity syrup based ethanol plant from a Godavari Biorefineries Ltd. in Karnataka. As a part of this project, Praj will expand existing ethanol manufacturing capacity at the site. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International Ethanol Producer Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place July 13-15, 2021 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. READ MORE

April 13, 2021

Court hears oral arguments in case challenging year-round E15

BY Erin VoegeleA three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 13 heard oral arguments in a case filed by oil interests challenging the U.S. EPA’s June 2019 final rule to allow year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

April 13, 2021

Biofuel companies urge Biden to set GHG reduction goal

BY Erin VoegeleNovozymes, Poet LLC, and Quad County Corn Processors are among 310 businesses and investors that have signed an open letter to President Biden urging his administration to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. READ MORE

April 13, 2021

Minnesota Corn commits $1M to ethanol infrastructure grants

BY Minnesota Corn Growers Association The Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and Minnesota Corn Growers Association have announced a commitment of $1 million to a future state biofuels infrastructure grant program that would expand access to higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

House Biofuels Caucus urges EPA to prioritize RFS

BY Erin VoegeleMembers of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on April 8 sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to prioritize the Renewable Fuel Standard and the use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

Washington Senate passes Clean Fuel Standard bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe Washington Senate on April 8 voted 27 to 20 in favor of H.B. 1091, a bill that aims to establish a state-wide CFS. The amended legislation will now be considered by the House, which passed an earlier version of the bill on Feb. 27. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

Walz highlights biofuels infrastructure budget proposal

BY Office of Gov. Tim Walz On April 9, Gov. Tim Walz and supporters of Minnesota’s biofuels industry urged the passage of the Governor’s Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program budget proposal in order to strengthen small businesses, support farmers, and reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

April 09, 2021

USDA increases forecast for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA increased its forecast for 2020-’21 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released on April 9. The outlook for feed and residual use was also increased. READ MORE

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