Policy

December 04, 2017

Abbott asks EPA to waive portion of RFS RVO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Dec. 1, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting a waiver of Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements, claiming the program is negatively impacting the state’s economy and employment. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

EPA: 19.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for October, announcing that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 19.23 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

USGC finds new buyer of US DDGS in Ecuador

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyEcuador’s imports of U.S. DDGS increased 296 percent year-over-year to 22,200 metric tons in 2016/2017, the direct result of the U.S. Grains Council’s work to introduce the feed grains coproduct to the nation’s livestock sector. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Ontario proposes increased blend mandate

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOntario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has released a proposal to update the province’s Ethanol in Gasoline Regulation, increasing the blending mandate from 5 to 10 percent by 2020. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

USGC, NCGA reiterate support for trade in South Korea, Mexico

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyLeaders of the U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association recently traveled to South Korea and Mexico to engage with customers and officials during a period of policy uncertainty in the U.S. corn industry’s No. 1 and No. 3 markets. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Hunter Valley biofuel facility to advance ethanol production

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking advanced biofuel technology. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

EPA finalizes 2018 RFS RVOs, 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has finalized the 2018 RFS RVO at 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuel, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, and 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

USGC: US DDGS exports to Vietnam resume

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyShipping containers containing 7,850 metric tons of U.S. DDGS arrived into the Port of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, between Oct. 25 and Nov. 10. The shipments were among the first orders filled since the country lifted its suspension of DDGS imports. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

USGC: Chinese, US delegations discuss fuel ethanol during forum

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyDelegates from U.S. and Chinese government agencies, biofuels companies and research institutes discussed fuel ethanol production, use and policy during the recent Sino-U.S. Advanced Biofuels Forum in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

European Parliament sets stage for a battle over biofuels

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe report adopted Nov. 28 by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee sets the stage for a real clash with EU Member States over how to decarbonize transport, according to ePURE. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

EPA maintains RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Nov. 22, the U.S. EPA denied several petitions requesting the agency initiate rulemaking to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Members of the biofuels industry have spoken out in support of the agency's action. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

In Depth: Injury Inventory

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Insurance claim data show certain incidents occur more often than others in the ethanol industry. Policies, culture and rapid emergency response can help prevent serious injuries. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

USGC, USDA explore future of ethanol exports to India

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Operations, Markets, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council recently participated in a USDA agricultural trade mission to India, led by new Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. READ MORE

November 20, 2017

GRFA: IEA World Outlook confirms need for biofuels

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:PolicyBliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently responded to the IEA's latest World Energy Outlook by highlighting the clear need for the increased blending of biofuels in transport fuels. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

House letter to EPA demonstrates support for biofuels

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy applauds Reps. Donald M. Payne, Jr., D-N.J., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., and 16 of their House colleagues for calling on U.S. EPA to increase the blending targets for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel in the final 2018 RVOs. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

Opinion: Brazil to Launch Ambitious Biofuels Program

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: RenovaBio will help Brazil meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

In Depth: Pollutant Powerplay

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Ener-Core’s power oxidation system draws energy from volatile organic compounds to produce heat and power, offsetting natural gas use. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Opinion: Is E25 legal in the Mini Cooper?

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Trouble with regulations often results from how regulating agencies interpret the language in the laws. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

RFA refutes PMAA’s claims in letter to Senate EPW chairman

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe RFA says the PMAA's claims that underground storage tanks at fueling stations cannot legally store E15 are “grossly overstated” and the group’s conclusion that RFS volumes should be reduced is “completely unfounded." READ MORE

November 15, 2017

USGC: China reallows exemption from value added tax for US DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAn announcement was posted last week on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website that the country would again allow U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to be imported without charging an 11 percent value added tax (VAT). READ MORE

November 15, 2017

In Depth: A New Reality

BY Lynn Knox Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Off-take agreements lose their financial appeal under a new provision taking effect at the end of next year. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

RFA, Growth Energy, USGC urge suspension of Brazil’s GSP status

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and U.S. Grains Council are asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to suspend Brazil’s designated country status under the Generalized System of Preferences. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

ACE: Video series on E15 and flex fuel retailers debuts

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol announced the first two in a series of fuel marketer-focused videos on the flexfuelforward.com website Nov. 13, part of a campaign to feature real world E15 and flex fuel retailer success stories. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Lawmakers ask FTC to investigate manipulation of RIN markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of six members of Congress wrote to the Federal Trade Commission on Nov. 7 asking the agency to investigate possible market manipulation in the renewable identification number (RIN) market. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Advanced biofuel companies thank Trump for commitment to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 19 advanced biofuel companies sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 8 thanking him for his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and outlining the need to set strong advanced and cellulosic targets in the 2018 RFS rule. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

US, Israel partner to develop cellulosic ethanol technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority on five energy projects, including one that aims to develop cellulosic ethanol technology. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

EPA registers Enerkem to sell cellulosic ethanol under the RFS

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyEnerkem Inc. has received approval from the U.S. EPA to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alberta, facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard. Enerkem expanded the Edmonton facility to produce ethanol earlier this year. READ MORE

November 06, 2017

Wolf asks EPA to waive 2017, 2018 RFS RVOs, RFA responds

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Nov. 2, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking for a nationwide waiver of the 2017 and 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume requirements (RVOs). READ MORE