April 03, 2020

EPA clarifies details of temporary enforcement policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA sent a letter to members of Congress on April 2 clarifying the temporary enforcement policy the agency announced on March 26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offering assurances the agency continues to enforce its regulatons. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

ePURE, EBB concerned COVID-19 will impact blending obligations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicySeveral European biofuel trade groups on March 24 sent a letter to the European Commission offiical leading the European Green Deal expressing concern EU member states may reduce blending obligations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe 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. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

More ethanol plants help produce hand sanitizers

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

April 01, 2020

OPINION: Finding hope in dark times

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerEmergencies like pandemics are times of disruption, trauma, and even fear. But they are also moments when people can come together to help each other. The reaction to COVID-19 from businesses and communities worldwide offers a bit of optimism. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

EPA, NHTSA fail to address high-octane fuel in SAFE Vehicles rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe 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. READ MORE

March 31, 2020

EPA: 36.77 cellulosic RINs generated in February

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

March 30, 2020

Trump signs $2 trillion CARES Act into law

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPresident Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law on March 27. The bill is the third COVID-19 stimulus packaged signed into law. A fourth stimulus package is in the works that could provide more targeted relief for renewable fuel producers. READ MORE

March 27, 2020

EPA issues guidance on future SRE actions, RFS compliance date

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA on March 27 announced it intends to develop an “appropriate implementation and enforcement response” to the Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling “after appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued." READ MORE