Policy

March 06, 2017

Governors ask Trump to support biofuels industry

BY Governors' Biofuel Coalition Found In:PolicyGovernors from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota ask Trump administration to remove barriers to higher ethanol blend use, enforce the RFS and update biofuels' lifecycle and emissions profiles. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Senate bill introduced to give E15 year-round market presence

BY EPM Staff Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe bipartisan Senate bill would extend the Reid vapor pressure waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, allowing retailers to sell E15 all year. The proposed law would expand consumer fuel choices and strengthen the nation's energy diversity. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Ethanol brings $2 billion per year to Minnesota's economy

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAccording to a new study, the state’s ethanol industry used 410 million bushels of corn, about one-fourth of the Minnesota crop, to produce 1.18 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.5 million tons of DDGS and 244 million pounds of corn oil in 2016. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

UNICA: REGS could limit US access to advanced biofuels

BY Leticia Phillips, UNICA Found In:Markets, PolicyUNICA asks EPA to clarify the biointermediate definition in its proposed REGS rule that updates several technical aspects of the agency's rules regarding the RFS. As written, the proposed rule would have unintended consequences, the group claims. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Retailers, marketers urge EPA to maintain point of obligation

BY NATSO Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAs the EPA public comment period on the RFS' point of obligation closed, truck stop owners trade association NATSO reported vast support to keep the program's current compliance structure. The group said most of the sector opposes a shift. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Trump reiterates support for ethanol, RFS

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn a letter to National Ethanol Conference attendees, the president reconfirmed his support for biofuels, while making it clear that his focus on reducing regulatory burdens on American businesses supersedes his defense of renewable energy. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

US drivers to rely on internal combustion for decades to come

BY Fuel Freedom Foundation Found In:Markets, PolicyAt best, alternative vehicles will account for 50 percent of the worldwide fleet by 2050, leaving hundreds of million of cars with internal combustion engines. Fuel Freedom argues all possible solutions must be advanced. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Ethanol advocates critical of EPA proposed RFS revisions in REGS

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:PolicyEPA's proposed revision to the RFS dubbed REGS for Renewable Enhancements and Growth Support Rule, is inadequate, says the RFA. The UAI focused several of its comments on the EPA's inadequate interpretation of the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

2017 global ethanol production forecast remains stable

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Markets, PolicyGRFA and F.O. Licht forecast 97.8 billion liters (25.84 billion gallons) of ethanol production globally, continuing a trend of incremental growth since 2013. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Ethanol trade groups congratulate, instruct new EPA chief

BY Tom BryanFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. EPA. While congratulating Pruitt, ethanol trade groups urged him not to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard, especially the program’s point of obligation. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Iowa to Pruitt: Don't change RFS point of obligation

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc. Found In:PolicyBroad Iowa coalition urges EPA nominee Pruitt to protect the RFS by rejecting the petition to change the successful program’s point of obligation from mostly large petroleum refiners to many fuel retailers. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Opinion: Blending the Rules

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, PolicyThe March edition of EPM answers questions about RVP and E30, says EPM's editor-in-chief. Other articles cover reconditioning of key back-end equipment, along with a new DDGS treatment. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Opinion: Celebrating Success, Finding Smartest Path Forward

BY Emily Skor Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy's annual leadership conference inspires and energizes, writes the organization's CEO in her March Drive column for Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

Opinion: President Trump: Putting American Energy First

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:PolicyTrump is all about American business, American energy and American innovation, writes RFA's president and CEO in his March View from the Hill column. He looks forward to working with the administration to boost domestically produced ethanol. READ MORE

February 15, 2017

In Depth: Passing the Test with Flying Colors

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Markets, PolicyGlacial Lakes challenge in Watertown, SD, demonstrates E30 is a winner. The midlevel ethanol blend caused no check engine lights, mileage was virtually unchanged and resulted in real savings. This feature appears in EPM's March print edition. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Indiana senator annouces vote against Pruitt nomination

BY Office of U.S. Sen. Donnelly Found In:PolicySen. Joe Donnelly expresses his concerns with Trump's nominee for EPA adminstrator, saying he cannot support a nominee who has sued the EPA "to stop the sale of E15 and praised the erosion of a policy...." READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Alberta awards $60 million to 31 bioenergy companies

BY Anna Simet Found In:Business, PolicyThrough its Bioenergy Producer Program, the government of Alberta has awarded $60 million to 31 different companies that have built or are in the process of constructing in-province bioenergy projects. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

In Depth: No Waiver? No Sense.

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Markets, PolicyThe ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer. This in-depth feature on the industry goal of changing the policy on Reid vapor pressure appears in the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Record biofuel production powers rural Iowa economy

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc. Found In:PolicyRecord Iowa ethanol and biodiesel production brings significant ethanol impact, according to ABF Economics study. IRFA's Shaw says trade barriers, low RFS levels stunted growth and 2017 should be better yet. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Opinion: Telling Our Story in DC

BY Brian Jennings Found In:PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol gives voice to its members through its Power by People campaign and events like the annual D.C. fly-in, writes its executive vice president in his Grassroots Voice column for the March issue of EPM. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Comment periods on 2 EPA RFS proposals to close in mid-February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month, including the proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule and the EPA's proposed denial of point of obligation petitions. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Opinion: Canada’s Climate Priorities

BY Jim Grey Found In:PolicyRenewable Industries Canada's chairman explains how biofuels will help his country meet its GHG reduction goals as part of its Paris climate change commitments in the March EPM Global Scene column. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Green Plains reports Q4, 2016 profits, good prospects for 2017

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyGreen Plains Inc. reported profitable fourth quarter and year-end results, with earnings before taxes and depreciation of $174.4 million and a net income of $10.7 million, or 28 cents per diluted share. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Opinion: HEI Takes Hard Look at Ethanol vs Aromatics

BY David Hallberg Found In:PolicyCandid discussions at the Health Effects Institute offer hope ethanol's positive emissions profile will be taken seriously, writes a UAI advisor and Siouxland Ethanol board member in the Clearing the Air column in the March EPM print edition. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Opinion: Point of Obligation Takes Center Stage in Hearing

BY Josh Andrews Found In:Business, PolicyThe director of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting weighs in on important policy issues to follow in his column on Business Matters appearing in the March print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

EIA revises 2017, 2018 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the February edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting U.S. fuel ethanol production will average 1.01 million barrels per day in 2017 and 2018, up slightly from 2016. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

USGC, RFA, Growth Energy urge action on China trade tariffs

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn a letter to President Donald Trump this week, the U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are asking for help addressing China’s implementation of protectionist trade barriers against ethanol and distillers grains. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

QRFA: Ethanol fuel tide carries all industries

BY Queensland Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyQueensland Renewable Fuels Association is addressing concerns and questions over the impacts of the ethanol fuel industry on other agricultural industries, such as grain and livestock, now that the Queensland ethanol fuels mandate is in force. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

ADM corn processing performs well in Q4; annual earnings down

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyArcher Daniels Midland Co. reported a strong fourth quarter, making up for what was described as difficult marketing conditions for much of 2016. ADM reported Q4 net earnings of $424 million. For the year, earnings before taxes were at $1.82 billion. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Ontario seeks comments on proposed RFS for gasoline

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOntario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has proposed establishing a renewable fuel standard (RFS) for gasoline that aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline by 5 percent by 2020. READ MORE