Policy

August 14, 2017

UK releases 2016 ethanol data, REA calls for enforcement of E10

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released updated energy data, reporting that that ethanol accounted for 4.4 percent of gasoline and biodiesel accounted for 2.4 percent of diesel in 2016. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

EIA maintains 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration maintains its 2017 and 2018 ethanol production forecasts in its August Short-Term Energy Outlook. Ethanol production is expected average 1.02 million barrels per day in 2017, falling slightly in 2018. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

USGC recognizes Floss for 20 years of service

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council has recognized Craig Floss for 20 years of service. He currently helps build demand for U.S. ethanol exports around the world. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

NDSU: Ethanol contributes $623.4 million to ND economy annually

BY Haley Olson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyNorth Dakota’s ethanol industry contributes $623.4 million to the economy annually, according to a report from the North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

EU ethanol production expected to grow

BY Staff Report Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyA report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network expects bioethanol production in the European Union to increase in 2017 and 2018, despite a decline in bioethanol consumption since 2011. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Keller elected USGC chairman, first woman to hold the office

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyDeb Keller, a farmer from Clarion, Iowa, was elected as U.S. Grains Council chairman at the organization’s 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington. She is the first female selected for the role in the organization's history. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Green Plains explains Q2 decision to idle portion of its capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyGreen Plains Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting it idled approximately 50 million gallons of production capacity during the quarter due to low margins, increased corn prices and other factors. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

DOE announces additional MEGA-BIO award

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a fourth project up to $1.8 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. The new project will optimize a process for deconstruction of biomass into sugars and lignin. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Biofuel stakeholders speak out at hearing on 2018 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA held a hearing Aug. 1 on its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representatives of the biofuels industry criticized the agency's proposed cuts to the cellulosic RVO. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EPA offers listen-only call-in number for Aug. 1 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is offering a listen-only call-in number for its Aug. 1 hearing the proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 28, 2017

Court decision released on case against 2015 RFS

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:PolicyThe court agreed with the petitioners that the EPA erred in how it interpreted the “inadequate domestic supply” waiver provision. READ MORE

July 28, 2017

USGC: India tax change seen unlikely to impact ethanol imports

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIndia’s new tax structures for 1,200 goods and 500 services, in place as of July 1, are intended to simplify the country’s complex and hard-to-administer tax code but could have mixed effects on imports of U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Closing In On Cellulosic

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTom Bryan, president and editor in chief of Ethanol Producer Magazine, discusses the U.S. EPA's recent RFS rule, the cellulosic biofuels industry, and the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

EPA opens comment period on sugar beet GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has opened a comment period on its analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use in making biofuels. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Brazil delays decision to impose US ethanol import tariff

BY U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade, announced July 26 a 30-day delay of a decision on a pending proposal to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

ACE encourages ethanol advocates to submit comments on RFS

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol encourages ethanol advocates to utilize its Legislative Action Center to participate in the U.S. EPA’s comment period on the proposed renewable volume obligations for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Opinion: Pushing for Year-Round Access to E15

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has been pushing for a change that would ensure consumers have year-round access to E15. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Opinion: NASCAR, Growth Energy Salute Our Veterans

BY Emily Skor Found In:Business, PolicyAt Growth Energy, honoring our military is a tradition and, on July 1, we were proud to work with our partners at NASCAR and Richard Childress Racing to publicly express gratitude for our military service members, past and present. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

EPA: 22.94 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 22.94 million cellulosic RINs. The EPA estimates 9.29 billion RINs were generated so far this year. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Skor to testify at House joint committee hearing on biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor is scheduled to testify during a joint subcommittee hearing in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology July 25 that aims to examine federal funding of biofuel projects and the impact on the private sector. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

DOE: Membrane technology will improve biofuel production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Business, PolicyResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory set out to determine what could increase production speeds and improve the quality of biofuels and bioproducts. What they discovered is a new class of porous membranes. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Opinion: Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away?

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyRon Lamberty, senior vice president at the American Coalition for Ethanol, discusses a recent statement by Eddie O’Connor, CEO of Mainstream Renewable Power, that “Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.” READ MORE

July 21, 2017

EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn July 21, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in the Federal Register, officially opening a public comment period that runs through Aug. 31. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Ethanol groups continue support for RVP bill to expand E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyThe U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has decided not to consider the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, S. 517, before August recess. The bill aims to extend the 1 psi RVP waiver to gasoline blends of more than E10. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Romania expects to increase blending mandate by almost double

BY Staff Report Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyRomania expects a drastic decline in bioethanol production in 2017, but will increase its bioethanol blending mandate, according to the European Renewable Energy Directive. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Opinion: Decarbonizing Transportation to Meet Climate Goals

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:PolicyAs nations around the world begin implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, decarbonizing transportation becomes increasingly important in limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. READ MORE