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June 01, 2020

Iowa provide $100 million in COVID-19 relief to farmers

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on May 29 that the state will provide $100 million in COVID-19 relief for Iowa farmers. She also discussed the impact the pandemic is having on the state’s ethanol producers. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Renewable energy advisory committee to meet June 4

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting via WebEX on June 4. The meeting will be the final of REEEAC's current term. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Pacific Ethanol announces leadership succession plan

BY Pacific Ethanol Inc. Pacific Ethanol Inc. has announced its increased focus on high-quality alcohol production and its leadership succession plan. Mike Kandris has been appointed co-president and co-CEO. Current President and CEO Neil Koehler will retire in September. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

USGC: Indonesia removes ethanol ban

BY U.S. Grains Council U.S. ethanol can now enter the Indonesian market by way of pre-blended fuel, following the recent removal of a ban on pre-blended product entering the country. This change creates a potential market of more than 200 million gallons. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

EPA completes RFS anti-backsliding study, proposes no actions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on May 29 issued a rulemaking that proposes to determine that no additional appropriate fuel control measures are necessary to mitigate air quality impacts of required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

OPINION: USDA grant program aims to expand ethanol infrastructure

BY Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association, is encouraging fuel retailers who are considering offering higher blends of ethanol to apply for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

Growth Energy celebrates first anniversary of year-round E15

BY Growth Energy May 31 marks the first anniversary of the U.S. EPA’s final rule allowing American drivers to fuel up with E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol, year-round. The rule represented the culmination of a decade-long campaign. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

UAI testimony to EPA cites obstacles to mid-level blends

BY Urban Air Initiative In testimony May 28 before the U.S. EPA, Urban Air Initiative Director Trevor Hinz called on the agency to correct several crucial provisions impacting ethanol blends as part of a new rule designed to streamline fuel regulations. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

US ethanol production increases by 9%, stocks fall by 2%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. fuel ethanol production increased by more than 9 percent the week ending May 22, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by nearly 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 28. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Rex: Production resumes at One Earth Energy ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleStuart Rose, executive chairman of Rex American Resources, announced on May 28 the company’s One Earth Energy ethanol plant in Gibson City, Illinois, has resumed operations after idling earlier this year due to market impacts caused by COVID-19. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

USDA launches B&I CARES Act loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on May 22 it is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet working capital needs during the pandemic. Biofuel producers who meet eligibility requirements are among those who can apply. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Noem, Walz urge Congress to provide COVID-19 relief for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the Governors Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to congressional leadership on May 28 urging direct support for renewable fuel producers in the fourth COVID-19 relief package that is currently making its way through Congress. READ MORE

May 28, 2020

Growth Energy testifies on EPA fuel regulations

BY Growth Energy Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley on May 28 testified at the EPA’s hearing on its proposed rule to streamline fuel regulations. He cautioned against any changes that would negatively impact E15 availability. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion

BY Erin VoegeleThe Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on May 18 announced it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

USDA: Corn use for ethanol falls to 434 million bushels in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for May, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production fell to 412 million bushels in March, down from both the previous month and March 2019. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Iowa legislature urged to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association As Iowa’s elected leaders prepare to return to the state capitol and wrap up the 2020 legislative session, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members urge legislators to take action on key biofuel legislation. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

PNNL: Onboard separation technology set to improve fuel economy

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory A technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition asks EPA to reconsider delay in rulemaking

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition released a video on May 27 highlighting the need for a rulemaking to clarify the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from the processing of annual agricultural crops. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

Ernst, Grassley urge FDA to clarify hand sanitizer guidelines

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the FDC on May 26 urging the agency to clarify its temporary policy for the manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

Senate committee approves bioeconomy R&D bill

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on May 20 passed the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2020. The bill, S. 3734, aims to strengthen and broaden engineering biology. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

RFA asks EPA to deny secretive ‘gap year’ RFS waiver requests

BY Renewable Fuels Association The Renewable Fuels Association on May 22 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to deny new petitions submitted by refiners for past-year waivers from their renewable volume obligations. READ MORE

May 22, 2020

USDA publishes final rule for 9003 loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service on May 18 published a final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing Assistance Program in the Federal Register. READ MORE

May 22, 2020

USDA seeks sanitizer from Nebraska-based operation

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board A vision between two ethanol advocates to use excess ethanol to make hand sanitizer for Nebraskans has now became a nationwide effort. Nearly 7,000 gallons of Nebraska-made sanitizer has been donated to the USDA through the initiative. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

EPA: SRE petitions filed for compliance years 2019, 2020

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on May 21 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency; one for compliance year 2019 and one for compliance year 2020. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

UNICA: April ethanol sales down nearly 30 percent

BY Erin VoegeleUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data showing ethanol sales by mills in the country’s south-central region were down 29 percent in April. Sales in both domestic and export markets were down. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

ePURE: EU ethanol production is vital to ag, climate goals

BY ePURE Experts agree that achieving the EU Green Deal will require a massive increase in bioenergy, so it is important that we rely on renewable energy sources that are sustainable, preserving Europe’s biodiversity and protecting its food security. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

Researchers create hybrids of 6 yeast species

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison GLBRC researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a method to combine traits from up to six different yeast species in a single hybrid strain—a yeast that could carry more tools for a specific job, such as producing biofuels. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Ethanol production increases by 8%, stocks fall by 2%

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. ethanol production for the week ending May 15 was up nearly 8 percent while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by more than 2 percent, according to data released on May 20 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Wheeler discusses RFS waivers, SREs during Senate hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe RFS, SREs and EPA rulemakings to classify biomass as carbon neutral were among the topics discussed during a May 20 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works focused on oversight of the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Biofuel feedstock reimbursement act introduced in US Senate

BY Ron Kotrba Legislation was introduced May 19 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, which would provide assistance to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from the health crisis. READ MORE

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