Policy

January 14, 2021

EPA proposes to extend 2019, 2020 RFS deadlines

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is scheduled to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register on Jan. 15 extending certain Renewable Fuel Standard deadlines for compliance years 2019 and 2020. A public comment period is open through March 11. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

EPA finalizes determination on RFS anti-backsliding study

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced its final anti-backsliding determination for renewable fuels and air quality. The agency has finalized its proposed determination no additional measures are necessary to mitigate adverse air impacts from the RFS. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

Senators call on EPA to protect the integrity of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of seven republication senators from the Midwest sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Jan. 14 urging him to avoid making any decisions on SREs until the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling on the matter. READ MORE

January 14, 2021

Opinion: 4 Factors for Global Ethanol Growth

BY Brian Healy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyEthanol-producing countries should not be those with the most restrictive barriers to market entry. They should be our partners in opening global markets, instead of shutting their own markets down. Equitable tariff treatment is critical. READ MORE

January 13, 2021

House Biofuels Caucus urges Trump to reject SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMembers of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to President Trump on Jan. 12 urging him to direct the U.S. EPA to immediately reject any pending SRE requests that do not meet criteria established by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

Senators ask Biden to restore the integrity of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of six democratic senators sent a letter President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 11 urging his administration to support U.S. farmers and the biofuels industry by restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 12, 2021

ACE seeks assurance EPA complies with law on SRE decisions

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:PolicyACE sent a letter to the U.S. EPA Inspector General on Jan. 12 seeking assurance that the agency's potential last-minute action to grant a significant number of petitions for SREs under the RFS complies with federal law. READ MORE

January 11, 2021

Supreme Court to review Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Supreme Court announced on Jan. 8 it will review a Jan. 24, 2020 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that, if implemented nationally, would reduce the number of obligated parties that are eligible to apply for SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

January 11, 2021

RFA: Biden can slash carbon emissions by 12M tons on day one

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyOn “Day One” in office, President-elect Biden’s incoming administration can immediately secure 10.7 million metric tons of GHG reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending small refinery exemptions and implementing a 2017 court order. READ MORE

January 08, 2021

Groups reject EPA’s excuse for failing to comply with court order

BY Growth Energy, RFA, NBB, ACE, NCGA, NFU, and NSP Found In:Business, PolicyOn Jan. 7, a coalition of biofuels and ag trade groups filed its reply in support of its November 2020 motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion asks the court to enforce its 2017 decision on improper RFS waivers. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

IRS issues final rule for 45Q tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS on Jan. 6 issued final regulations regarding the section 45Q tax credit for qualified carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Capture Coalition said the rule provides overdue regulatory and financial certainty. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

OPINION: USDA HBIIP 2020 year-end free money clearance!

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure and Incentive Program has some money left over, and the agency is offering fuel retailers a rare second chance to submit applications. The current application period is open through Jan. 19. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

OPINION: Have equipment needs? These incentive programs can help

BY Robert White, vice president of industry relations, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerIntroducing higher blends of ethanol with the support of incentive programs might be a way for fuel retailers who need to install new equipment, convert or retrofit older equipment, or meet EMV compliance lower their equipment costs. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

NIST event to address 2 ethanol proposals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA notice published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology states that the combined 105th annual and 2021 Interim Meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures will address two issues related to E15 blends. READ MORE

January 05, 2021

RFA, Growth Energy demand transparency in SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyIn a court filing on Jan. 5, the RFA and Growth Energy continued to call on the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to release the names and locations of refineries granted exemptions from their RFS blending obligations. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

EPA issues proposed consent decree related to SRE court challenge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Jan. 4 published a notice of a proposed consent decree that would require the agency to issue a decision regarding a 2019 SRE petition filed by United Refining Co. by Feb. 19. A public comment period is open through Feb. 3. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on Dec. 23 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Trump signs COVID-19 relief, tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerPresident Trump on Dec. 27 signed a legislative package that includes tax extenders, $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, and government funding, averting a government shutdown and providing potential COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Manitoba increases ethanol, biodiesel blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Manitoba government on Dec. 22 announced that it will step up its ethanol and biodiesel blending requirements over the next two years, requiring E10 and B5 blends of gasoline and diesel by the start of 2022. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

In Depth: 45Q - The Drive to Qualify

BY Alex Tiller Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe road to qualifying for the 45Q tax credit can be confusing, with strict limitations on project phases and what constitutes start of construction. But, navigated properly, the credit is a promising opportunity. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

Opinion: Accelerating Demand

BY Brian Jennings Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe American Coalition for Ethanol is ready to execute on Accelerate, a roadmap for sparking new demand for ethanol. The plan is built around implementing new clean fuel policies, protecting what already exists and growing ethanol markets globally. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

House, Senate pass $900B COVID-19 relief package, tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate voted to approve a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package on Dec. 21. The legislation, which includes ag relief that could benefit biofuel producers, is expected to be signed by President Trump. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

Canada publishes proposed Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe government of Canada on Dec. 18 published proposed regulations for its Clean Fuel Standard. Final regulations are expected to be published next year, with the CFS scheduled to come into force on Dec. 1, 2022. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

USDA to open 30-day application period for HBIIP on Dec. 21

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA has announced it will open a new 30-day application period for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive program on Dec. 21. The RFA, Growth Energy and ACE say they are ready and willing to help retailers apply for the program. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

SCALE Act could help ethanol plants transport CO2 to customers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe SCALE Act was introduced on Dec. 16. It supports the buildout of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it can be utilized in manufacturing or safely and securely sequestered underground. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Biden to nominate Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPresident-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Michael Regan as his nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S EPA. Representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing hope that Regan will bring a change in philosophy to the agency. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

EPA: 66 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 17 reported five additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency seeking exemptions of RFS blending requirements. The status of three other SRE petitions appear to have been changed from “denied” to “pending.” READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Growth Energy urges Congress to extend biofuel tax provisions

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on Tuesday calling on Congress to include biofuels in any potential legislation to extend expiring tax provisions at the end of the year. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

Brazil’s 20% tariff on ethanol devastating to US biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. ethanol exports to Brazil are once again subject to a 20 percent tariff after the two countries failed to reach a trade agreement during a short-term extension of Brazil’s tariff-rate quota (TRQ) that expired in mid-December. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

RFA: Ethanol industry needs COVID-19 relief

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association on Dec. 16 said the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue to negatively impact the U.S. ethanol industry well into 2021. The group, however, expressed optimism in working with the upcoming Biden administration. READ MORE