EPA delivers proposed rule for 2019 RFS RVOs to OMB

On May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment.
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Trump to allow year-round E15 sales, attach RINs to exports

President Donald Trump hosted a meeting May 8 on the RFS at the White House. During the meeting, attendees agreed to allow year-round sales of E15, to abandon plans to pursue a price cap on RINs, and to allow RINs to be assigned to exported biofuels.
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AEC urges House to oppose elimination of Farm Bill’s energy title

On May 14, the Agriculture Energy Coalition sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the elimination of a stand-alone energy title and exclusion of mandatory funding for energy programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.
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Senators seek answers on CVR waiver from Pruitt, Icahn

On May 8, a group of senators sent letters to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CVR Energy Chairman Carl Icahn to request information on reports that the EPA granted CVR an economic hardship waiver under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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EIA revises 2018, 2019 ethanol production forecasts in May STEO

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the May edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, slightly altering its ethanol production forecasts for 2018 and 2019.
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WASDE: Corn use for ethanol up in 2018-‘19

The USDA has released the May edition of its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, predicting the corn crop will reach 14 billion bushels this year, down from last year with a lower forecast area and yield.
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Pacific Ethanol reports improving margins

Pacific Ethanol Inc. released first quarter 2018 financial results on May 8, reporting improved margins and an increase in total ethanol gallons sold. Net sales were also up for the quarter.
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St. James High School students visit Guardian Energy

Students from St. James High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville, Minnesota, May 2 to learn more about homegrown renewable energy. The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant.
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Growth Energy taps industry veteran to head global markets

Growth Energy has appointed Craig Willis as its senior vice president of global markets, effective June 1. In this new role, Willis will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad.
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ACE congratulates Petro Serve USA on new E15 location

American Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty spoke at Petro Serve USA’s grand opening of its facility in Valley City, North Dakota, May 11 to congratulate the company on offering more consumers E15 and higher ethanol blends.
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USGC helps expand export potential for DDGS, ethanol to Ecuador

In Ecuador, the USGC is successfully helping swine and poultry producers improve their feed formulations using U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and is exploring how U.S. ethanol can help the country meet its blend mandate.
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DOE funds 2 biofuel projects through BRDI

On May 9, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $3 million in funding for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).
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BIO report profiles 100 renewable chemical technology companies

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a new report, “Renewable Chemical Platforms Building the Biobased Economy,” to document the rapid expansion of renewable chemical platforms and applications around the world.
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Bright future for both ethanol and EVs, Dinneen tells Congress

Electric vehicles can play a complementary and synergistic role with ethanol-based, high-octane liquid fuels, providing American drivers with even greater choice and better environmental performance in the future, according to the RFA.
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Growth Energy announces White Energy as newest member

Growth Energy has welcomed White Energy as a new member. One of the nation’s largest ethanol producers, White Energy operates three state-of-the-art ethanol production facilities with the capacity of more than 300 MMgy.
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USGC: First full cargo of US DDGS arrives in Tunisia

A combination of competitive prices and market-specific educational efforts from the U.S. Grains Council has driven the continued expansion of demand for U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles and U.S. corn in the Middle East and Africa region.
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