Policy

October 18, 2021

Senators ask USDA to explain delay in COVID-19 aid for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of eight senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Oct. 18 expressing concern that the biofuel sector has yet to receive any of the $700 million in COVID-19 relief announced by the agency in June. READ MORE

October 18, 2021

RFA comments seek to foster export competitiveness

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association late Friday submitted comments to the International Trade Administration responding to questions posed about the U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy. READ MORE

October 18, 2021

ACE thanks Argonne for 2021 GREET model updates

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol expresses its appreciation toward U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory scientists for updates to the GREET model, which is used to audit the energy and environmental affects of transportation fuels. READ MORE

October 18, 2021

Iowa Corn, IRFA: Biofuels can help lower prices at the pump

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn Oct. 15, the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking his administration to take three immediate steps to expand market opportunity for E15 and lower prices at the pump. READ MORE

October 14, 2021

RFA to Biden: Low-carbon fuels can solve pump price concerns

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerIn response to media reports that the White House has been meeting with oil industry officials to discuss solutions to recent higher gas prices, the RFA is reminding President Biden that low carbon ethanol can help reduce prices at the pump. READ MORE

October 14, 2021

Groups tell CARB ethanol can help reach carbon-neutrality

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn joint comments submitted last week to CARB, a group of ag and biofuel organizations and companies highlighted the role renewable fuels like ethanol can and should play in helping the state achieve its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045. READ MORE

October 14, 2021

Opinion: Ag Carbon Accounting—Coupled with CCS—Changes the Game

BY Tom BryanFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyWhile highlighting the potentially transformative impact of coupling carbon capture and sequestration with sound agricultural GHG accounting, Ethanol Producer Magazine's editor previews the feature articles in the publication's November edition. READ MORE

October 13, 2021

FDA withdraws temporary policies on alcohol for use in sanitizers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 13 announce the withdrawal of three guidance documents that created temporary policies related to the production of alcohol-based hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective Dec. 31, 2021. READ MORE

October 13, 2021

Granholm, Ossoff visit LanzaTech innovation hub, plant site

BY LanzaTech Found In:Business, PolicyLanzaTech and LanzaJet welcomed Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Senator Jon Ossoff to the Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. The faciity is expected to produce 10 MMgy of SAF and renewable diesel from ethanol. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Argonne National Laboratory releases 2021 GREET update

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 11 announced the 2021 release of the suite of GREET models, an analytical tool that stimulates the energy use and emissions output of vehicle and fuel combinations. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

Senate confirms Small to fill USDA Rural Development post

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. Senate on Oct. 7 voted to confirm Xochitl Torres Small as under secretary of rural development at the USDA. USDA Rural Development administers a variety of programs related to biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

EPA appoints Rod Snyder as EPA agriculture advisor

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Oct. 7, U.S. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the appointment of Rod Snyder to become EPA’s Agriculture Advisor. Snyder will lead outreach and engagement efforts with the agricultural community for EPA. READ MORE

October 12, 2021

In Depth: Export Expectations

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyEarly in the pandemic, U.S. exports of ethanol and DDGS declined. While exports haven’t quite reached pre-pandemic levels, they're back up, and growing demand for low-carbon fuel and protein should support increased use of both products worldwide. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on Sept. 30 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2021, which runs from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Minnesota takes initial steps to develop new Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Oct. 7 directed state agencies to explore ways to reduce climate change impacts from transportation fuels. As part of that effort, state agencies will begin work to develop a new Clean Fuel Standard for Minnesota. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Growth Energy petitions SCOTUS to review E15 ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy on Oct. 4 filed a petition with SCOTUS asking the court to review a July 2 decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that vacated a 2019 rule issued by the U.S. EPA allowing year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

October 11, 2021

Opinion: Biofuels Key to Lifting Up Sustainable Aviation

BY Emily Skor Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAs the U.S. ethanol industry prepares to apply its production capabilities to sustainable aviation fuels, Growth Energy is working hard to ensure that farm-based biofuels are positioned to lead the charge to decarbonize commercial air travel. READ MORE

October 08, 2021

In Depth: Carbon Counting on the Farm

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyAs the ethanol industry sets its sights on net-zero CI, it is calling for an accurate reconciliation of corn production’s CO2 balance. Finally, it appears that both growers and biofuel producers may soon be rewarded for climate-smart practices. READ MORE

October 08, 2021

Opinion: Canada's Big Election Winner: The Climate

BY Andrea Kent Found In:Business, PolicyCanada's early summer election was substantive on climate. Notably, both the Liberals and the Conservatives promised to implement the Clean Fuel Regulations, giving weight and momentum to the nation's low carbon fuel standard for liquid fuels. READ MORE

October 07, 2021

In Depth: Remaining On Track

BY Holly JessenFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyRail safety and compliance are issues ethanol producers can’t afford to ignore. Whether on private property or moving down the track, even small errors can be costly. Meanwhile, the ethanol industry's transition to DOT-117 rail cars is on schedule. READ MORE

October 07, 2021

Opinion: What the HEFF?

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Markets, Policy, RetailerIn a real-world demonstration of a hybrid electric flex-fuel vehicle, ACE is setting out to prove that that low- to net zero-carbon vehicles already exist, or could by combining the benefits of higher ethanol blends and existing hybrid platforms. READ MORE

October 01, 2021

REEEAC schedules meeting for Oct. 14

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced a virtual meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee is scheduled for Oct. 14. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

October 01, 2021

EPA approves RFS fuel pathway for Kansas ethanol plant

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyAccording to the EPA, corn ethanol produced via Kansas Ethanol’s dry mill process achieves a GHG reduction of 45.6 percent, while its grain sorghum ethanol process will achieve a 50 percent reduction. READ MORE

September 29, 2021

USDA launches climate-smart ag, forestry partnership initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA on Sept. 29 announced a new initiative to finance the deployment of climate-smart farming and forestry practices to aid in the marketing of climate-smart agricultural commodities. A public comment period is open through Nov. 1. READ MORE

September 29, 2021

Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 addresses biogas, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyThe implementation of a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) and expanded production and use of biogas are among the strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions discussed in the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021. READ MORE

September 29, 2021

ACE welcomes study that shows ethanol displaces aromatics

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol on Sept. 29 welcomed new findings published by Transport Energy Strategies on the role ethanol plays to displace harmful aromatics from gasoline blends and further reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. READ MORE

September 28, 2021

Lawmakers call on Biden, McCarthy to reject reductions to RFS RVO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 15 federal lawmakers on Sept. 28 sent a letter to President Joe Biden and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy expressing concern over reports that the upcoming RFS rulemaking will be damaging to the U.S. biofuels sector. READ MORE

September 27, 2021

Biofuel groups tell EPA ethanol can reduce vehicle GHG emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the U.S. ethanol industry are calling on the U.S. EPA to recognize how low-carbon, high-octane ethanol can reduce transportation GHGs in its proposed rule to set emissions standards for MY 2023-2026 light-duty vehicles. READ MORE

September 27, 2021

IRFA urges Biden not to walk away from ethanol

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on Sept. 24 sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns over media reports that his administration intends to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard conventional biofuel levels for 2020, 2021 and 2022. READ MORE

September 24, 2021

USDA funds ACE-led project to help farmers access LCFS markets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA on Sept. 24 awarded $7.5 million to a Regional Conservation Partnership Program led by ACE. The program will help secure farmers premier access to LCFS markets through the adoption of USDA climate-smart agricultural practices. READ MORE