House passes HEROES Act, bill includes aid for biofuel producers


The U.S. House of Representatives on May 15 voted 208 to 199 to pass a fourth COVID-19 stimulus package. The bill, known as the HEROES Act, would provide dedicated relief for biofuel producers by establishing the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program.
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USDA now accepting applications for HBIIP


U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky on May 15 announced that the USDA has launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants.
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SCOTUS denies petition to review RFS point of obligation issue


The Supreme Court on May 18 announced it has denied a petition filed by Valero Energy Corp. asking the court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released


BBI International and Biodiesel Magazine are pleased to announce that the agenda for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, set to take place Aug. 24-26, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released and is now available online.
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RFA: Fuel demand begins recovery, poll finds support for biofuel


The RFA on May 15 held a media call to discuss market impacts of COVID-19, recent polling results that show strong support for biofuels, the need for federal relief for biofuel producers, and barriers to hand sanitizer production.
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EPA delivers proposed rule to set 2021 RFS RVOs to OMB


The U.S. EPA has delivered its proposed rule to set 2021 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 2022 RVO for biomass-based diesel to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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Aemetis upgrades Keyes plant, prepares for startup of RNG project


Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis Inc., discussed steps the company is taking to produce pharmacopeia- and food-grade alcohol and provided updates of the company’s advanced biofuel projects during a first quarter earnings call held May 14.
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EPA opens comment period on fuels regulatory streamlining rule


The U.S. EPA on May 14 officially opened the public comment period on its recently announced proposed rule to streamline and modernize its existing fuels regulations. Comments must be received by June 29.
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Pacific Ethanol gradually increases ethanol production volumes


Neil Koehler, president and CEO of Pacific Ethanol Inc., announced on May 13 the company is gradually increasing production as fuel demand increase and margins improve. The company is now operating at approximately 50 percent capacity.
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LucasE3 announces agreement to build corn ethanol plant in Brazil


LucasE3 has announced an agreement with Brazil-based Maracajá Bioenergia to build a new corn ethanol plant in the northern region of the state of Mato Grosso near the municipality of Matupá. Construction is expected to start later this year.
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