ACE urges EPA to take action to support ethanol industry


ACE sent a letter to the EPA on April 3 urging the agency to address the shortcomings in its implementation of the RFS and outlining three steps the EPA has the authority to take to mitigate the economic fallout from COVID-19 in the biofuels sector.
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EPA, NHTSA fail to address high-octane fuel in SAFE Vehicles rule


The EPA and NHTSA released the final SAFE Vehicles rule on March 31. The rule sets CAFE and CO2 emissions standards for MY 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks. The ethanol industry criticized the rule for failing to address high octane fuels.
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Ace approved to generate D3 RINs from corn kernel fiber ethanol


To participate in the RFS program and generate RINs, renewable fuel producers must meet the registration requirements in Title 40 CFR Part 80. With the EPA approval, Ace Ethanol can now produce ethanol from corn kernel fiber and generate D3 RINs.
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Ethanol production falls to 6 year low, stocks set new record


U.S. ethanol production fell by more than 16 percent the week ending March 27 to an average of 840,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since September 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 1.
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USDA: Ethanol exports reach 194.16 million gallons in February


The U.S. exported 194.16 million gallons of ethanol and 852,904 tons of distillers grains in February, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on April 2. Exports of both products were up when compared to February 2019.
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EPA: 36.77 cellulosic RINs generated in February


The U.S. EPA recently released RIN generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.54 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the month, including more than 36.77 million cellulosic RINs.
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More ethanol plants help produce hand sanitizers


Two federal agencies relaxed regulations in March to allow producers of fuel ethanol help produce hand sanitizer to combat the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Several ethanol producers are already taking action help produce the much-needed product.
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KAAPA idles Ravenna facility, continues operations in Minden


KAAPA Ethanol sent a letter to stakeholders on March 31 announcing the company is idling its ethanol plant in Ravenna, Nebraska, due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. KAAPA plans to continue operations at its Minden, Nebraska, facilty.
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Rex idles One Earth Energy plant in Illinois


Rex American Resources announced on April 1 it has idled its Illinois-based One Earth Energy ethanol plant due to market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility is the second owned by Rex to idle.
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USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda


The USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda.
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