Policy

January 20, 2020

EPA: 19.75 billion RINs generated in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released updated renewable identification number (RIN) generation data showing more than 1.74 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in December, bringing total RIN generation for 2019 to 19.75 billion. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Opinion: All the Wrong MOVES

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: EPA's MOVES model contains serious flaws and could heavily impact the industry as EPA conducts anti-backsliding study. READ MORE

January 17, 2020

Mexico court rules against E10 implementation, not E10 product

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Mexico Supreme Court has ruled against a regulation allowing for higher ethanol content in gasoline, based on the way in which the Energy Regulatory Commission implemented the change in 2017. The ruleing was not against E10 itself. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

USDA seeks input on new biofuel infrastructure incentive program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA on Jan. 16 launched a request for information (RFI) seeking public input to aid in the creation of its new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which aims to expand the availability of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Senate passes USMCA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate passed legislation implementing the revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Jan. 16 by a vote of 89 to 10. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump for his signature. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

EPA: 21 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Jan. 16, reporting that five new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 16 petitions that had been filed as of Dec. 19. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Gov. Reynolds highlights recent wins in IRFA address

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds highlighted recent positive developments for the biofuels industry during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s 2020 summit. She also spoke about her plan to increase funding for the state's biofuel infrastrcuture program. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Mexico’s Supreme Court rules against E10 regulation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyMexico’s Supreme Court announced on Jan. 15 that it has determined the Energy Regulatory Commission’s unilateral move to modify the country’s fuel standard to allow 10 percent ethanol blends is unconstitutional. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Censky discusses infrastructure grant program at IRFA Summit

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerDeputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky told attendees of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit that “there are some really positive things that are happening that are going to be great for the biofuels sector.” READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Shaw opens 2020 IRFA Summit with optimism

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerMonte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off the 2020 IRFA Summit in Altoona, Iowa, by acknowledging the difficulties 2019 brought to the biofuels industry, but also expressing optimism for recent policy changes. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Trump signs phase one trade agreement with China

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyPresident Trump signed a phase one trade agreement with China on Jan. 15. The agreement will take effect within 30 days and includes a commitment by China to purchase agricultural products over the next two years, including ethanol and DDGS. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

ePURE to EU: Don’t abandon existing biofuels

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAs the EU reframes important environment and energy legislation under the European Green Deal, it should not abandon clean, proven and cost-effective solutions such as sustainable renewable fuels and LPG. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

RenovaBio takes off

BY Gabriel Miranda, EcoEngineers Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyRenovaBio, Brazil’s new national biofuels policy, became official on Dec. 24. The program details a model for carbon emission reduction that improves the role of biofuels in Brazil’s energy matrix, according to EcoEngineers. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

GAO to investigate EPA’s small refinery exemption program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Government Accountability Office issued a letter to a dozen members of Congress on Jan. 10 announcing it will review matters relating to the approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

Inslee urges Washington legislature to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle on Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

EPA sets 2020 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.80

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its website Jan. 8 announcing the Renewable Fuel Standard cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2020 is $1.80. The price is slightly higher than the 2019 CWC price, which was set at $1.77 in December 2018. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Suncor challenges EPA ruling to deny its SREs applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOil refiner Suncor Energy U.S.A. Inc. has filed a petition for review with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA’s decision to rule its refinery complex located in Commerce City, Colorado, is ineligible to receive SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Report shows how a Midwest clean fuels policy should be designed

BY Great Plains Institute Found In:Business, PolicyA new report details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. It recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that will benefit producers, consumers, agricutlure and others. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

Valero, AFPM ask SCOTUS to consider RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyValero Energy Corp. and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have asked the U.S. Supreme 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

January 02, 2020

EPA: 32.68 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, PolicyThe USDA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.45 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 32.68 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

OPINION: 2019 brought some good ethanol news for retailers

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAs we enter this new decade of the 2020s, the future looks incredibly bright for higher blends of ethanol. RFA's Cassie Mullen highlights several experiences in 2019 that will no doubt lead to continued expansion in the new year. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program on Dec. 27. The program provides quarterly payments to producers of eligible advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Report discusses Japan’s ethanol demand, use

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides insight into Japan’s fuel market and shows potential for increased imports of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

New York producer expresses optimism for E15

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerTimothy Winters, president and CEO of Western New York Energy, said New York’s approval of E15 is an important step for the state’s ethanol industry. WNYE is working with the RFA and Growth Energy to educate consumers and retailers on E15. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USDA: No actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced Dec. 12 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

Trump signs spending bills, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerPresident Trump signed two legislative packages into law on Dec. 20, avoiding another government shutdown. The packages include all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills and tax extenders legislation that will benefit biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

EPA: 6 new SREs filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Dec. 19, reporting that six new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 10 petitions that had been filed as of Nov. 21. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

House passes USMCA trade agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement on Dec. 19 by a vote of 385 to 41. The trade pact, which was signed by the three countries in November 2018 to replace NAFTA, is expected to benefit ethanol producers. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

EPA finalizes 2020 RVOs, SRE rule; disappoints biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerA final rule released by the EPA on Dec. 19 includes a slight boost in the 2020 RFS cellulosic biofuel RVO. The rule also maintains EPA’s much criticized proposed plan to account for future SREs—a move slammed by members of the biofuels industry. READ MORE