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May 20, 2020

15 senators ask EPA to waive 2020 RFS blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 15 republican senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 19 urging the agency to grant petitions filed by six state governors last month that seek a waiver of 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

EPA proposal aims to improve transparency of guidance documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA has released a proposed rule that aims to establish consistent requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance documents. The agency said the rule will increase transparency and improve its process for managing guidance documents. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

CropEnergies reports record revenues for 2019-’20 fiscal year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessEuropean ethanol producer CropEnergies announced on May 13 the company achieved record revenues for the 2019-’20 financial year, which ended Feb. 29. Revenues are expected to fall during the current year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

EPA panel asked to review public health benefits of ethanol

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, PolicyThe Urban Air Initiative sent a letter to the COVID-19 Review Panel within the EPA’s Science Advisory Board asking them to look at the research that shows the impact gasoline additives have on tailpipe emissions and air pollution. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

RFA-USDA webinars to spotlight retailer infrastructure grants

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerIn cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association will host two webinars this month to help fuel retailers and others understand the new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. READ MORE

May 18, 2020

House passes HEROES Act, bill includes aid for biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe 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. READ MORE

May 18, 2020

SCOTUS denies petition to review RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe 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. READ MORE

May 18, 2020

USGC demonstrates how CDO creates favorable pigmentation in eggs

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessIn Mexico, the U.S. Grains Council is working with poultry producers to examine how U.S. corn distillers oil (CDO) can help achieve the darker yellow egg yolk desired by consumers and boost the immune systems of the chickens that lay those eggs. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

USDA now accepting applications for HBIIP

BY USDA Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerU.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. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

RFA: Fuel demand begins recovery, poll finds support for biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe 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. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

EPA delivers proposed rule to set 2021 RFS RVOs to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe 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. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

Wolf asks EPA to waive RFS blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 11 requesting that the agency exercise its waiver authority to reduce Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

Growth Energy urges EPA COVID-19 panel to examine air toxics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyIn a letter to the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board, Growth Energy urged members of a new COVID-19 Review Panel to examine the impact of toxic gasoline additives on respiratory health, as well as the potential benefits offered by ethanol. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Aemetis upgrades Keyes plant, prepares for startup of RNG project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessEric 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. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

EPA opens comment period on fuels regulatory streamlining rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe 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. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBBI 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. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

The door is open for ethanol producers and CCS

BY Roxby Hartley, EcoEngineers Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyCarbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is making a lot of traction. California's LCFS has recognized CCS as a viable pathway to reduce emissions from transportation fuels and Congress has expanded the 45Q tax credit for carbon capture projects. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

EPA’s anti-competitive limits on ethanol blending are illegal

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAttorneys for a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture and clean fuel organizations filed their opening brief arguing that EPA regulatory barriers that prevent ethanol from competing for greater market share are illegal. according to the UAI. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem collaborate on plastics recycling

BY NOVA Chemicals Corp. Found In:Coproducts, BusinessNOVA Chemicals Corp. and Enerkem Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production up, stocks fall for week ending May 8

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessU.S. ethanol production was up more than 3 percent the week ending May 8 while ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by nearly 6 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 13. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

Pacific Ethanol gradually increases ethanol production volumes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, BusinessNeil 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. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

LucasE3 announces agreement to build corn ethanol plant in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessLucasE3 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. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

Gevo’s Luverne facility to remain idle

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, BusinessPatrick Gruber, president and CEO of Gevo Inc., said on May 12 he expects the company’s biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, to remain idle for the remainder of the year. The company’s plant in Silsbee, Texas, however, continues to operate. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

ClearFlame joins RFA as newest member

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:BusinessThe Renewable Fuels Association has announced ClearFlame Engine Technologies as the organization’s newest associate member. The company makes modificaitons to diesel engines that allows them to use 100 percent fuel ethanol. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

SCS approved as verification body for California LCFS

BY SCS Global Services Found In:Business, PolicySCS Global Services is now approved by CARB as a verification body for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. CARB recently added third-party verification requirements to the LCFS to ensure data completeness, accuracy, and conformance with the regulation. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

HEROES Act includes COVID-19 relief payments for biofuel plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyA fourth COVID-19 stimulus package known as the HEROES Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 12. The bill includes dedicated relief for biofuels producers by establishing the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

WASDE predicts rebound in corn use for ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, BusinessThe USDA is predicting 5.2 billion bushels of corn will go to ethanol production during the 2020-’21 crop year, up 250 million bushels when compared to the estimated volume of corn that went to ethanol production during the 2019-’20 crop year. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

EIA increases 2020 ethanol production forecast

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessThe U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its forecast for 2020 ethanol production, but lowered its prediction for 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released on May 12. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

Groups ask Congress to provide COVID-19 relief for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 11 ag and biofuel groups sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on May 11 asking congress to provide COVID-19 relief for ethanol and biodiesel producers. READ MORE