Policy

October 03, 2018

UK consumption of liquid biofuels up during second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyNew data released by the U.K. government shows the country increased its overall consumption of liquid biofuels during the second quarter of 2018. Consumption of ethanol, however, was down slightly. READ MORE

October 03, 2018

USGC welcomes trade agreement between US, South Korea

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyLeaders from the United States and South Korea signed an updated United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) on Sept. 24, a move welcomed by the U.S. Grains Council, a long-time partner with the Korean feed and livestock industries. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

EPA: 31.29 million cellulosic RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that 1.75 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 31.29 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

US, Mexico, Canada reach trade deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Oct. 1, the U.S. government announced it has reached a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. The new agreement is named the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

CARB votes to approve several changes to LCFS program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 27, the California Air Resources Board approved several amendments to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, including one that sets a new carbon intensity target for fuel sold within the state. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

USGC helps open new market for US DDGS in Ecuador

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyUtilizing Market Access Program funds, the U.S. Grains Council’s Western Hemisphere Office has opened up a new market for U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) in Ecuador by working directly with a major buying group. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

NFU urges Trump administration to allow year-round E15

BY National Farmers Union Found In:Business, PolicyNational Farmers Union is urging the President to follow through on his promises to support American family farmers and the biofuel industry by allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline and ceasing undue hardship waivers to oil refiners. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Letter urges EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe owner of a biomass power facility in California is asking the U.S. EPA to process applications from biomass power producers who want to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Minnesota congressman tours Syngenta R&D site

BY Syngenta Found In:Business, PolicyRep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., recently toured the Syngenta Seeds Stanton, Minnesota, R&D facility and North America Seedcare Institute and participated in a discussion on the future of biofuels, including home-grown American ethanol. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

OPINION: Brown drops an easy climate win in California

BY Mike Lewis, Pearson Fuels Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 21, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 558, a California bill authored by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva that was designed to better leverage California’s fleet of flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). READ MORE

September 27, 2018

Perdue rings closing bell at NYSE in honor of ag community

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn Sept. 26, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of the contribution farmers, ranchers, foresters and agricultural producers make to the U.S. economy. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Ethanol groups testify on the benefits of high-octane fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the RFA, Growth Energy and ACE were among those who testified at a Sept. 25 public hearing on a proposed rule to set new fuel economy and tailpipe GHG standards for model year (MY) 2021-2026 vehicles. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

EPA approves E30 pilot for state of Nebraska vehicles

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts Found In:Business, PolicyOn Sept. 25, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that the U.S. EPA has approved a project to study the use of higher ethanol blends. In the pilot program, the state of Nebraska will study the use of E30 in conventional vehicles owned by the state. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

USGC: Vietnam biofuels conference supports increased ethanol use

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyEthanol provides a win-win for domestic stakeholders in Vietnam and the U.S. ethanol industry, as recently discussed during the first U.S. Grains Council biofuels conference conducted in the country. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

CARD: Trade disruptions cost Iowa ethanol producers $105 million

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new study by researchers at Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development has determined current trade disruptions are having a significant impact on the state’s economy, including its ethanol industry. READ MORE

September 25, 2018

USGC: US ethanol exports set new record

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyPartnering with the RFA, Growth Energy and USDA’s FAS, the USGC has been able to help promote corn ethanol sales globally for a new export record in marketing year 2016/2017 of nearly 1.4 billion gallons. READ MORE

September 24, 2018

USGC: DDGS market continues to diversify

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, PolicyMajor market disruptions dominate the headlines and often spur negative price trends, but buyers around the world continue to expand purchases of U.S. DDGS, according to data from the USDA and analysis by the USGC. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

USGC: South Korean trade team focuses on ethanol potential

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFuel ethanol would benefit South Korea’s economy and environment, but the nation currently lacks a national blend mandate. A September trade team, organized by the USGC, offered South Korean decision-makers information on ethanol's benefits. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

EPA releases data on small refinery hardship waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released new data on small refinery hardship waivers confirming the agency has, to date, waived volumes equal to approximately 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) for 2017 and 790 million RINs for 2016. READ MORE

September 19, 2018

Growth Energy, USGC, RFA express support for E10 in the UK

BY Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to the United Kingdom's Department of Transport as it considers implementing a nationwide E10 ethanol blend. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Summertime restrictions on E15 end Sept. 16

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe summertime restriction of E15 sales lifted on Sept. 16, allowing customers across the nation to once again access the fuel blend. Representatives of the ethanol industry are working to ensure barriers to year-round sales will be lifted soon. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

STB: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has announced the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee meet Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. The committee addresses issues related to the rail transportation of energy resources, including ethanol. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

DOE funds 6 projects for co-optimization of engines and fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research, with $10.1 million funding six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Grassley receives Growth Energy’s 2018 Fueling Growth Award

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office Found In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was recently presented with Growth Energy’s 2018 Fueling Growth Award. Grassley has been a steadfast advocate for ethanol and environmentally-friendly alternative energy throughout his time as a U.S. Senator. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

Trump urged to restore integrity to RFS, allow year-round E15

BY Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyIn a letter to President Trump Sept. 12, several farm and biofuel groups urged the administration to act immediately to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and allow year-round sales of E15 and other mid-level ethanol blends. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Bill aims to require reallocation of waived RFS volumes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyReps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have introduced a bill that aims to reallocate waived renewable fuel obligations and require the U.S. EPA to disclose refineries that received small refinery hardship waivers. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Growth Energy hosts 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, DC

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyOn Sept. 10, Growth Energy kicked off its 9th Annual Biofuels Summit in Washington, D.C., where nearly 150 ethanol supporters will advocate to lawmakers on behalf of the ethanol industry for a strong RFS, year-round E15 sales and access to markets. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

EPA’s refiner waivers could cost ethanol industry $20 billion

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyEconomists at University of Missouri's FAPRI have found that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the EPA continues to award small refinery waivers. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

In Depth: LCFS Matures

BY Tim Albrecht Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Amendments to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard could lead to favorable changes for the ethanol industry. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

USDA: No 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn Aug. 31, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar. READ MORE