Policy

December 03, 2018

Progress on trade deals could be good news for ethanol industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOver the past few days, the Trump Administration has announced progress on trade deals with Canada, Mexico and China that could have a positive impact on export markets for U.S. ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). READ MORE

December 03, 2018

ACE’s Lamberty discusses the benefits of E15 for retailers

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerWith the U.S. EPA expected to amend rules allowing year-round E15 sales next year, retailers don’t have a lot of time to decide whether to begin offering E15 prior to the 2019 summer driving season. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

EPA finalizes 2019 RFS RVOs, fails to address waiver, eRIN issues

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Nov. 30, the U.S. EPA released a final rule to set 2019 RVOs under the RFS. When compared to the proposed rule, the final rule increases the RVOs for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

RFA: Refiners could meet 95 RON standard without more ethanol

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:PolicyA new EIA study concludes that U.S. petroleum refineries would have “no problem” meeting a requirement to produce gasoline with a higher minimum octane rating (95 RON) beginning in 2022, and assumes refiners would not use more ethanol. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

Interest in E15 picks up among gasoline retailers

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerMike O’Brien, vice president of market development for Growth Energy, says that with seasonal restrictions on E15 sales potentially being lifted in time for next summer’s driving season, interest in selling E15 has increased among gasoline retailers. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

New tax, oversight bill aims to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, has released a tax and oversight legislative package that includes extensions for several biofuel-related tax credits, including those for renewable diesel and second-generation biofuels. READ MORE

November 27, 2018

Trade mission meetings seek to open South Korea for US ethanol

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. Grains Council and USDA officials traveling as part of a USDA Agriculture Trade Mission met with ethanol industry officials in South Korea earlier this month, urging them to reexamine the outlook for the country’s fuel ethanol use policy. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

ACE hopes to help grow Mexico’s ethanol market

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerFresh off a trip to Mexico to tout the benefits of ethanol to retailers, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty said interest in ethanol among the country’s retailers is piqued. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

ePURE: Europe’s new protein strategy needs fortifying

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe European Commission’s new proposals for reducing the EU’s so-called ‘protein deficit’ have missed a golden opportunity to highlight an important domestic producer of protein: crop-based ethanol production. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

In Depth: Closed Doors, Open Windows

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Tariffs in China and Brazil have deeply affected U.S. ethanol exports, but other markets remain, new ones are opening and opportunities still abound for the world’s lowest-cost octane. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Opinion: At the Mercy of the Markets

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about how tariffs are affecting ethanol exports, a look at potential railroad congestion, year-round E15 sales, and more. READ MORE

November 23, 2018

Opinion: Big Oil’s E15 Hypocrisy: Hello Pot, Meet Kettle

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: The Oil Industry's sanctimonious attacks on E15 are false. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Draft bill would sunset RFS, establish national octane standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, PolicyA discussion draft of the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act was released on Nov. 21. The bill aims to sunset the RFS and enact a national octane specification. Those in the biofuels industry are criticizing the bill for its treatment of the RFS. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

In Depth: Relieving the Pressure

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: There’s movement at last to obtain an RVP waiver for E15, but it might not come in time to make a difference next year. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Grassley weighs in on EPA’s expected RFS ‘reset’ rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has spoken out regarding a Nov. 20 Reuters report indicating the U.S. EPA plans to issue a rulemaking in January to “reset” the Renewable Fuel Standard targets, noting the action could further weaken the RFS. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

DOE awards $98 million in ARPA-E funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is awarding $98 million to support 40 transformative energy technology projects under ARPA-E's latest open funding opportunity. Biofuel-related projects are among those to receive funding. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

RFA: Americans give thanks for lower fuel, food prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerNearly 50 million travelers will take to America’s roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and ethanol is helping to lower the price they pay for gasoline. A new survey also shows the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is expected to hit an eight-year low. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Opinion: Increasing the Role of Advanced Biofuels in the US

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE:Brazilian sugarcane ethanol can be a major part of U.S. renewable fuels industry. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

UAI issues ‘Beyond a Reasonable Doubt’ research series on ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe UAI has announced the release of its “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” research series, which digs into the history, science and the public policy behind how we fuel our vehicles and aims to help readers understand why the use of ethanol is limited. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

ACE participates in Mexico City ethanol workshop

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAmerican Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty traveled to Mexico City in mid-November for the final ethanol technical workshop held this year for Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Demand destruction from small refinery waivers clear, continuing

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThere has been a media blitz lately by the oil industry saying that ethanol demand has been unaffected by the U.S. EPA’s rampant grants of RFS exemptions to small refineries. Don't be fooled by these claims, according to the RFA. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Opinion: Octane Enhancement Cannot Come from the Oil Barrel

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Toxic aromatics in gasoline should be replaced by ethanol to improve air quality and public health. READ MORE

November 16, 2018

EPA: No new small refinery waivers filed, approved in past month

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery hardship waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10. READ MORE

November 16, 2018

EPA approves efficient producer pathway for Indiana plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for The Andersons Clymers Ethanol LLC, allowing the facility to generate renewable identification numbers (RINs) for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

USGC DDGS promotion efforts in Taiwan lead to increased sales

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicySome of the new generation of livestock nutritionists in Taiwan lack of experience with U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The USGC organized a variety of DDGS promotional activities last year to better educate those nutritionists. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

Cooper brings passion for ag, biofuels to RFA leadership role

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerGeoff Cooper transitioned into the role of president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association last month. He recently discussed his goals for the organization and the ethanol industry with Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

European Parliament approves REDII

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with the European Council in June on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). READ MORE

November 13, 2018

USGC marketing results in additional corn, DDGS sales to Mexico

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyUtilizing Market Access Program funds, the USGC's Mexico office sponsored a group of cattle feeders from Mexico during a trade mission to Kansas in August 2017. The visit resulted in increased yellow corn and DDGS sales. READ MORE

November 12, 2018

UK publishes updated data on sustainable biofuel supply

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements. READ MORE