Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator


On Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month.
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Iowa ethanol plants produce record 4.35 billion gallons in 2018


Iowa ethanol plants saw another record-breaking year in 2018, producing 4.35 billion gallons. This was up from 4.2 billion gallons in 2017. While a record, 2018 production was below the 4.5 billion gallon capacity of Iowa’s ethanol producers.
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EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements


The U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels.
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CropEnergies reports reduced revenues, earnings for Q3


European ethanol producer CropEnergies AG recently released financial results for the first nine months of its fiscal year, reporting reduced revenues and earnings when compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year.
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Assets of former Ineos Bio plant to be sold piecemeal via auction


Equipment associated with the former Ineos Bio Energy 8 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant and 6 MW bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Florida, are being sold piecemeal via a timed auction ending Jan. 15, according to the Maas Companies.
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BNDES provides financing for ethanol pipeline project in Brazil


In Brazil, the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) has announced an agreement with Logum Logística SA under which it will provide R$1.81 billion ($487.8 million) in financing to expand ethanol pipeline and storage infrastructure.
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ACE to hold 2019 Washington, DC, fly-in April 2-3


ACE has announced its 11th annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in and Government Affairs Summit will take place April 2-3. Fly-in attendees with meet with Trump administration officials to discuss E15, the RFS and high-octane fuels.
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IRFA welcomes new policy director


The IRFA has announced Nathan Hohnstein as its new policy director. His responsibilities will include overseeing state policy, supporting IRFA’s political and PAC programs, and working on state and federal regulatory affairs, among other duties.
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USGC: Potential for growing ethanol markets in Nigeria, Ghana


The U.S. Grains Council recently conducted a market assessment mission to Nigeria and Ghana gauging the potential for U.S. ethanol exports to these countries.
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Global Bioenergies welcomes increased biofuel mandates in France


Global Bioenergies welcomes the French deputies' vote for the country's 2019 finance bill, which stipulates an increase in the minimum amount of biofuels to be incorporated into motor vehicle fuel. The minimum will reach 8.2 percent in 2020.
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