Policy

February 12, 2019

Advanced biofuel producers ask Congress to extend tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA group of advanced biofuel producers are urging leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means to extend two tax credits that are critical to the development and deployment of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

February 12, 2019

RFA: Ethanol industry makes important contribution to US economy

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. ethanol industry faced a number of regulatory and marketplace challenges in 2018, but continued to make a remarkable contribution to the nation’s economy, according to a new study released at the RFA's 24th annual NEC. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

RFA releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyAt the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known as go-to sources for reliable information and data on America’s ethanol industry. READ MORE

February 11, 2019

Growth Energy hosts 10th annual ELC Conference

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyThe 10th Annual Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference concluded after three days at the Terranea Report in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Over 400 attendees attended the event, which featured industry experts and Growth Energy staff. READ MORE

February 08, 2019

USGC Chart of Note: Sales to Korea since KORUS have set records

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAccording to the USGC, South Korea has been buying U.S. grains in all forms at explosive rates since KORUS went into effect in 2012. Since that time, Korea has set or broken sales records for purchases of ethanol, DDGS, corn and sorghum. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Minnesota offers grants for biofuel blending infrastructure

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has opened the application process for biofuel blending infrastructure grant funding under its Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program. The deadline for submission is 4:00 pm Central time April 5. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Simmons sworn in as assistant secretary of DOE’s EERE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a new leader. Daniel Simmons was recently sworn in assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. READ MORE

February 07, 2019

Finland to require 30% biofuel, 10% advanced biofuel by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, PolicyOn Feb. 6, the Parliament of Finland voted in favor of a law that aims to require transportation fuel to be comprised of 30 percent biofuel by 2030, with advanced biofuels accounting for 10 percent of transportation fuel by the same year. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

NACS favors giving consumers options at the pump

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerAccording to the NACS, the ability to sell E15 gives retailers the chance to offer their customers a wider range of fuel options. More retailers are expected to offer the fuel blend once it can be sold year round. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

RFA: RFS2 has reduced GHG emissions by 600 million metric tons

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyA new study released Feb. 6 finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with nearly 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction since 2007. READ MORE

February 05, 2019

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s nomination to head the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerOn Feb. 5, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted 11 to 10 to advance the nomination of Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the post of administrator of the agency. The full Senate will now consider his nomination. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Growth Energy sues EPA over small refinery exemptions

BY Growth Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has filed a petition in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s failure to address small refinery exemptions in its 2019 RVO rulemaking, which was issued late last year. READ MORE

February 01, 2019

American drivers top 7 billion miles on E15

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerDrivers in the U.S. have reached another milestone: they’ve logged over 7 billion miles on E15. Mike O’Brien, Growth Energy’s vice president of market development, said the milestone proves E15 is a blend that consumers purchase time and time again. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

RFA asks EPA to use RFS ‘reset’ rule to reallocate waived RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association is calling on the U.S. EPA to use its upcoming RFS “reset” rule to reallocate renewable volume obligations (RVOs) impacted by recent small refinery exemptions, a 2016 lawsuit, and a recent bankruptcy settlement. READ MORE

January 31, 2019

AAEA: US corn ethanol has negligible effect on indirect land use

BY Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds no evidence to support earlier concerns about large indirect land use change effect of corn ethanol causing expansion in cropland and reduction in grasslands and forests. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

Growth Energy, USGC submit comments on Ontario’s E15 goal

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council recently submitted joint comments to the Canadian Province of Ontario supporting the expansion of biofuels blending in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, which calls for the adoption of E15 by 2025. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

ARPA-E projects to develop sensors for bioenergy, agriculture

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy recently awarded nearly $6 million to four projects under its OPEN+ program for the Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture cohort team. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

ACE asks senators to confirm Wheeler’s E15, RFS intentions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerACE is urging members of the U.S. Senate to secure evidence on Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s intentions regarding E15 and the RFS's small refinery hardship exemptions before casting their confirmation votes. READ MORE

January 25, 2019

Growth Energy: Report underscores need for higher ethanol blends

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFederal forecasts in the U.S. EIA's newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019) underscore the importance of delivering cleaner, lower cost options to the fuel pump, said Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

UAI: Test fuels are not representative of real-world fuels

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerAn analysis commissioned by the Urban Air Initiative and completed by Future Fuel Strategies looked at nearly 100 vehicle emissions studies and concluded that the test fuels used often do not match the real-world fuels available to consumers. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

Aemetis: USCIS approves EB-5 Phase II funding for Riverbank plant

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAemetis Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service has issued an I-924 Exemplar Approval for its $50 million EB-5 Phase II funding related to the Aemetis Riverbank cellulosic biorefinery project in California. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

In Depth: On Tap

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Retailers preparing for year-round E15 have options for pumps, financing and marketing. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

Opinion: See You in the Sunshine

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Policy, RetailerFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, options available to retailers who want to add E15, a look at loadout area safety improvements, and more. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

In Depth: California Carbon Check

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: With values better than 1.6 cents per gallon per point, driving down carbon intensity brings a nice payback in the Golden State. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

Opinion: Powered with Renewed Energy

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: The RFA looks forward to facing challenges and seizing opportunities at this year's NEC. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

Koda Energy urges EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyShakopee, Minnesota-based Koda Energy LLC is urging the U.S. EPA to promptly process applications to allow biomass power facilities to participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard program by generating e-renewable identification numbers (eRINs). READ MORE

January 22, 2019

In Depth: Out of Harm’s Way

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: A fatal fire at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in 2016 prompted the facility to make changes and encourage other plants to do the same. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

Opinion: Octane on ‘Sesame Street’

BY Doug Durante Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Striving for higher-octane fuels shouldn't mean saying goodbye to the RFS. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

RFA asks EPA to separate E15 provisions, RIN reform in rulemaking

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWith the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15, the RFA is urging the U.S. EPA to focus strictly on year-round E15 provisions in its forthcoming proposed rule and address RIN reform measures separately. READ MORE

January 21, 2019

USGC expands its ethanol offerings at Grains.org

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNew information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org, according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE