Policy

March 24, 2020

US, Brazil classify ethanol industry as essential during pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe governments of the two largest ethanol producing countries, the U.S. and Brazil, have each classified ethanol plant employees as essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

Maine enacts tax credit for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyMaine Gov. Janet Mills on March 18 signed a bill establishing a tax credit for renewable chemical production that provides an 8 cent per pound tax credit for eligible products beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. READ MORE

March 24, 2020

RFA: New report shows ethanol industry fueled by veterans

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerA study released this week on employment in the U.S. energy sector shows that America’s ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Ethanol producers help produce hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. government on March 18 relaxed regulations to allow producers of fuel ethanol and beverage alcohol to shift production to ethanol-based hand sanitizers. Days later, several ethanol plants are taking action to help combat COVID-19. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Senators urge Trump not to challenge court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter to President Trump on March 19 urging him not to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

USDA Rural Development implements remote operational status

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyUSDA Rural Development on March 20 announced that it has implemented enterprise-wide remote operational status, effective immediately, to help protect the health of employees, customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

Oil refiners to challenge Tenth Circuit Court decision on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyWynnewood and HollyFrontier filed a petition with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 19 announcing they will seek a rehearing en banc of the court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

Biofuels Caucus urges Trump to let court ruling on SREs stand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe bipartisan Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to President Trump on March 17 urging the administration to forgo an appeal of the Tenth Circuit Court’s Jan. 24 ruling that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

Ethanol industry seeks to protect employees during pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe ethanol industry is struggling with demand destruction resulting from COVID-19, an oil price war, ongoing trade disputes, and SREs. “Folks, this is not going to be good, and our biggest concern by far is our people," said Al-Corn CEO Randy Doyal. READ MORE

March 19, 2020

EPA: 25 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 March 19, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

ACE: Economic stimulus needed amid COVID-19 market fallout

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyAs the COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., threatening American lives and adversely impacting the nation’s economy, the transportation fuel sector will be especially hard hit. Declines in consumer gasoline use will shrink demand for corn ethanol. READ MORE

March 17, 2020

Grassley: Biofuel industry is ‘very nervous’

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, fielded questions on COVID-19 and the biofuels industry during a media call held March 16. In his comments, Grassley said the industry is “very nervous.” He also addressed the Tenth Circuit Court ruling on SREs. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

Canada ratifies USMCA trade agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Canadian Parliament approved the U.S-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement on March 13. The trade pact, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, has now been ratified by all three countries. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 lowers corn demand, ethanol price

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA report from University of Illinois Extension shows weak demand for corn for ethanol use in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ethanol production will fall dramatically, it predicts, with gasoline consumption expected to be down about 20 percent. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

USGC postpones all international travel in response to COVID-19

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn response to the developing situation with COVID-19, the USGC said it will postpone all international travel and carefully review all within country travel until the end of March. USGC's Washington, D.C., headquarters remains open. READ MORE

March 16, 2020

RFA calls for White House to act as COVID-19 roils energy markets

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe ethanol industry is being adversely affected not only by the economic constraints caused by the coronavirus, but also by the oil price war, ongoing trade disputes and EPA’s small refinery waivers, according to the RFA. READ MORE

March 13, 2020

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet March 24-25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development and Technical Advisory Committee for March 24-25. The meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Red Trail Energy to begin drilling well for carbon sequestration

BY Office of Sen. John Hoeven Found In:Operations, Coproducts, PolicySen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced March 11 that Red Trail Energy will begin the drilling of a stratigraphic well, designed with the intent to be permitted as a Class VI injection well and used to sequester CO2 from the company’s ethanol plant. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Rural leaders urge Trump to uphold court’s ruling on SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of rural leaders held a media call on March 11 urging the Trump administration to uphold the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs) and quickly apply it nationwide. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Senators question EPA nominee on agency’s SRE policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyThe U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on March 11 to consider the nomination of Douglas Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA. During the event, Benevento was on the EPA's SRE policy. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Executive order expands Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order on March 10 that sets a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and outlines several steps the state will take to combat climate change, including expanding Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Groups urge administration not to appeal court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the biofuels industry are speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to seek an extension of the deadline to challenge the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Jan. 24 decision that struck down three SREs. READ MORE

March 09, 2020

Court extends deadline to challenge SRE ruling until March 24

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Trump administration will have 15 additional days to decide whether to challenge a Jan. 24 ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

Biofuel groups urge Trump not to challenge court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives and supporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out against reports that President Trump will appeal a Jan. 24 decision handed down by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down three SREs approved by the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

March 06, 2020

USDA issues rule on Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. and Farm Service Agency published a final rule on March 2 implementing changes to the agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), as required by the 2018 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Inhofe offers amendment to cap RIN prices, issues letter to EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., on March 3 filed an amendment to the American Energy Innovation Act that aims to cap RIN prices. On the same day, he led a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to continue to issue SREs. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Perdue appoints Brand to lead USDA Rural Development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyU.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Feb. 28 announced the appointment of Bette Brand to serve as USDA Rural Development Deputy. Brand replaces former Rural Development Deputy Donald “DJ” LaVoy following his retirement. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Wheeler: EPA to announce response to court ruling on SREs soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on March 4 that the agency will soon announce its response to a recent court ruling that struck down three SREs and expressed hope the announcement will quell recent RIN price spikes. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

UK opens public consultation on introduction of E10

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyThe U.K. Department for Transport opened a public consultation on March 4 on a proposal to allow E10 to be sold within the country. The U.K. currently limits the ethanol content of gasoline to 5 percent. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

Perdue discusses state of rural economy with House Ag Committee

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerU.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefed the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on the state of the rural economy on March 4, and during the discussion spoke briefly about how USDA is supporting the country’s ethanol industry. READ MORE