Japan approves US-Japan Trade Agreement


U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued a statement Dec. 4 confirming Japan’s Diet, its bicameral legislature, has approved the recently signed U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which includes a staged tariff reduction for ethanol.
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Bunge, BP launch BP Bunge Bioenergy joint venture in Brazil


Bunge Ltd. and BP plc announced Dec. 2 they have completed the formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia, a 50:50 joint venture that combines the two companies’ Brazilian bioenergy and sugarcane ethanol businesses.
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Rex: NuGen plant in South Dakota impacted by corn shortages


Rex American Resources Corp. officials reported improving crush spreads and said its ethanol operations are currently running at a profitable rate during a Dec. 4 earnings call. The company's NuGen plant, however, is being impacted by corn shortages.
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USDA to undertake seven trade missions in 2020


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced seven trade missions in 2020 meant to promote U.S. agricultural goods to overseas markets. Four of the destinations will be first-time visits for the organization.
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UNICA: Brazilian corn ethanol production up significantly


UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that nearly three-fourths of the sugarcane processed during the first half of November went to ethanol production. The group also said corn ethanol production is up significantly.
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Senators urge EPA to ensure RFS won’t be undermined by SREs


A group of nine senators, led by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sent a public comment letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in late November expressing concern over the agencies proposal to account for future small refinery exemptions (SREs).
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Senate confirms Brouillette as energy secretary


The U.S. Senate voted 70-15 on Dec. 2 to confirm Dan Brouillette as energy secretary following his Nov. 7 nomination by President Trump. Brouillette previously served as deputy energy secretary under former Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
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RFA stresses ethanol benefits at UN Climate Change Conference


Low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change, the Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders in Madrid at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25.
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California Ethanol & Power granted sales and use tax extension


California Ethanol & Power LLC was recently granted by unanimous vote a four-year extension for a sales and use tax exclusion (STE) by the Board of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority.
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Report debunks claims regarding RFS impact on endangered species


Growth Energy has released a new report authored by Ramboll that demonstrates how claims on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s alleged impact on endangered species “relies on unsupported assumptions and speculation.”
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