Policy

July 01, 2020

EPA issues guidance for ethanol plants producing hand sanitizer

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on June 27 posted a document to its guidance portal that explains how fuel ethanol plants that are producing hand sanitizer to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic can do so without invalidating an existing efficient producer pathway. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

USGC celebrates USMCA as it enters into force

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyU.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement officially entered into force on July 1. The agreement represents a culmination of years of work to update and improve NAFTA, offering improved agricultural market accesses and fairer trade between the countries. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Ag, biofuel groups challenge EPA on SAFE Vehicles rule

BY National Farmers Union Found In:Business, PolicyA broad coalition of ag and ethanol groups are challenging the Trump administration’s recent fuel efficiency rulemaking, on that grounds that it ignores the efficiency and of higher ethanol blends and fails to realize the promise of increased octane. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

OPINION: If you’re thinking about E15 and flex fuels, think fast.

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerIf you’ve been thinking about stepping up, standing out from the competition, and growing your profits with higher ethanol blends, there may be no better time to make the change, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

ACE launches video series on HBIIP application process

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerACE has announced the first few in a series of short fuel marketer-focused videos on the flexfuelforward.com website and is launching a broader digital advertising campaign to help fuel retailers navigate that application process for HBIIP. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

UAI comments cite EPA’s obstacles to mid-level blends

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, PolicyThe Urban Air Initiative filed comments with the EPA calling on the agency to correct several crucial provisions impacting ethanol blends as part of a new rule designed to streamline regulations governing gasoline and diesel fuels. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

OPINION: HBIIP: Past the halfway point, what have we’ve learned?

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerBelieve it or not, we’re already at the halfway point in the 90-day application window for the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. RFA's Cassie Mullen reviews lessons that have been learned so far. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Reynolds signs biofuel tax differentials bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 30 signed a bill that will extend Iowa’s biofuel tax differentials for six years and announced her intention to use $7 million of Iowa’s federal CARES Act funding to expand the Iowa's biofuel infrastructure program. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Report: Ethanol, LCFS can help US meet net-zero goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30 unveiled a climate crisis action plan that aims to serve as a congressional roadmap to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan shows ethanol can help meet that goal. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Sanitizer donated for distribution at RFA special events

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicySouthwest Iowa Renewable Energy, an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has donated 1,000 bottles of its proprietary SIREtizer hand sanitizer to the Renewable Fuels Association, for free distribution at upcoming events. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

Growth Energy champions ethanol blends in EPA update to fuel regs

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley submitted written comments to the U.S. EPA on its proposed “Fuels Regulatory Streamlining Rule.” He cautioned against changes that could impact market access to E15 and E85. READ MORE

June 29, 2020

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition urges EPA to reject gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 29 urging the agency to deny the 52 gap year SREs oil companies have filed in an effort to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal's Jan. 24 ruling. READ MORE

June 29, 2020

NGFA, NFU, and HIA join Biogenic CO2 Coalition

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Business, PolicyThe National Grain and Feed Association, National Farmers Union, and Hemp Industries Association have joined the Biogenic CO2 Coalition, a group pressing the U.S. EPA for fair, science-based treatment of annual crops. READ MORE

June 26, 2020

Ernst blocks nomination of deputy EPA administrator over SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced she will block the nomination of Doug Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA until the agency discloses exactly how it plans to deal with gap year SRE petitions under the RFS. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Senators urge EPA to reject 52 ‘gap year’ SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 25 urging him to reject the 52 gap year SRE petitions recently filed by small refineries in an effort to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court's January ruling. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Biofuel groups urge Congress to extend tax biofuel credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerSix biofuel trade groups sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee on June 19 expressing support for the proposed extension of tax incentives for advanced biofuels that were included in the GREEN Act. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

ePURE: GHG reduction performance of EU ethanol reaches new high

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyProduction and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members delivered an average of more than 72 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuels in 2019, according new certified data released in June. READ MORE

June 24, 2020

Biofuels, bioenergy to benefit from Growing Climate Solutions Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTestimony offered during a June 24 hearing held by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to consider the Growing Climate Solutions Act explains how the bill could benefit the biofuel and bioproducts industries. READ MORE

June 23, 2020

Proposal aims to add flexibility to Japan’s ethanol target

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyJapan has opened a public comment period on a proposal that aims to increase the GHG emission value for gasoline and expand the list of conditions under which an unfulfilled ethanol target can be carried into the following fiscal year. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

EPA: 52 ‘gap year’ small refinery exemption petitions filed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on June 18 released updated small refinery exemption data that shows small refiners have filed 52 “gap year” SRE petitions for RFS compliance years 2011 through 2018 in an effort to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court’s January ruling. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

EPA appoints Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on June 17 announced the appointment of 33 members to its Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the agency on a range policy issues related to agriculture and rural communities. READ MORE

June 17, 2020

Bill compels EPA to act on RFS pathway, registration petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicySen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced a bill that aims to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations under the RFS that the EPA has failed to take action on and set a deadline for the agency to act on future pathway and registration petitions. READ MORE

June 17, 2020

Trump urged to ensure implementation of China trade agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicySeveral biofuel producers and trade groups are among the nearly 200 organizations that sent a letter to President Trump on June 16 calling on him to ensure the continued implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement. READ MORE

June 17, 2020

Grassley discusses SRE gap filings, future of RFS program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, discussed issues related to the post-2022 Renewable Fuel Standard, retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs), and COVID-19 relief for the ag community during a media call held June 16. READ MORE

June 16, 2020

House hearing focuses on COVID-19 recovery for energy sector

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing Jun 16 focused on ways to revive the energy industry, which has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Biofuels were briefly discussed during the event. READ MORE

June 16, 2020

Wheels keep turning on innovations for efficient, clean vehicles

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Business, PolicyTop scientists, engineers, and analysts with the Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative are examining how simultaneous improvements to fuels and engines can improve efficiency and reduce emissions and costs. READ MORE

June 15, 2020

IRFA applauds funding for Iowa’s biofuel infrastructure program

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn June 14, the Iowa legislature authorized another year of funding for Iowa’s cost-share biofuel infrastructure program, a move that ensures access to biofuels will continue to grow throughout Iowa. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

USGC: E10 flows into Mexico following educational effort

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFive railcars of U.S. gasoline pre-blended at an E10 rate arrived in Guadalajara in May 2020, a direct success of the USGC's collaboration with the Mexican Association of Service Station Providers to demonstrate the benefits of increased ethanol use. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Ricketts proclaims June as ‘Renewable Fuels Month’ in Nebraska

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts Found In:Business, Policy, Retaileron June 12, at an afternoon press briefing, Gov. Pete Ricketts officially designated June 2020 as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska. The governor also highlighted three great reasons to use ethanol fuels when filling up a car or truck. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Opinion: Even When Hurt, Ethanol Producers Help

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyA roundup of the articles in the June issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine, including stories on hand sanitizer; the future of E30; carbon capture and storage; the CO2 market, ethanol's digital transformation and an alternative to CIP caustics. READ MORE