Policy

April 15, 2019

In Depth: FEW Technical Sessions Planner

BY Ethanol Producer Magazine Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE MAY ISSUE: The 2019 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo offers concurrent panel discussions. This guide will help attendees plan which ones to take in. READ MORE

April 12, 2019

EPA seeks comments on SRE portion of proposed REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA announced April 12 that it will reopen the comment period on one aspect of proposed rule issued in 2016 in an effort to “expand transparency surrounding the small refinery exemption program and provide further opportunity for input.” READ MORE

April 12, 2019

Grassley asks for clarity on DOE’s review of SRE applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry on April 11 asking for clarity on the U.S. Department of Energy’s review process concerning Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery exemption (SRE) applications. READ MORE

April 11, 2019

USGC seeks applications for Ethanol A-team members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council recently announced it is soliciting applications for its seven Advisory Teams, known as A-teams, for the 2019-2021 term. This includes the organization’s Ethanol A-team. Applications are due April 26. READ MORE

April 11, 2019

ACE introduces fuel retailers to ethanol at forum in Mexico

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty recently traveled to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital and largest city of the southeast Mexico state of Chiapas, to peak at an ethanol technical forum for petroleum equipment installers and fuel retailers. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

EIA predicts increased ethanol blending this summer

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EIA has released the April edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, maintaining its March forecast for 2019 and 2020 ethanol production and predicting increased ethanol blending during the upcoming summer driving season. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

USDA lowers forecast for corn use in ethanol in April WASDE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has reduced its 2018-’19 forecast for corn use in ethanol by 50 million bushels, to 5.5 billion bushels, in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released April 9. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

USGC mission investigates DDGS potential in Ireland, UK

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council is preparing to help buyers and end-users in Ireland and the U.K. learn how dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) can help meet their feed demand needs while adjusting to market conditions and a new trade environment. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

RFA: New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyA new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Minnesota offers funding for bioenergy, biochemical pilot plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering funding to help advance bioenergy and biochemical production technologies to the pilot scale through its AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Study: Non flex fuel vehicles benefit from ethanol blends

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA newly published study finds that most vehicles on the road today can adapt to mid-level ethanol blends, helping cars run more efficiently while reducing greenhouse gas emissions along with other pollutants. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Fuels Institute study explores national high-octane standard

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerA report released by the Fuels Institute, a research group that studies issues effecting vehicle and fuel markets, outlines ethanol’s potential in helping the nation achieve a high-octane fuel (HOF) standard. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

DOE offers $59 million for advanced vehicle technologies research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has opened a $59 million funding opportunity that aims to accelerate advanced vehicle technologies research. Clean Cities coalition-led alternative fuels projects are eligible to apply for a portion of that funding. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn March 29, the USDA Commodity Credit Corp. announced it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018, which runs from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

DOE: Journal issue addresses challenges to bioenergy production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe DOE has announced a compendium of new research that explores how grinding, sifting, drying, pelletizing and chemically treating biomass before it reaches the biorefinery could help solve big challenges plaguing today's bioenergy industry. READ MORE

April 03, 2019

OPINION: Be ready for high octane future fuels

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerOne reason station owners have decided to install dispensers meeting UL specifications for E25 or E85 is the possibility a higher-octane, higher ethanol blend will be used by automakers to meet CAFÉ and/or GHG regulations sometime in the near future. READ MORE

April 03, 2019

Wheeler addresses SREs, RVO reallocations during recent hearings

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told federal lawmakers April 3 it would be difficult for the agency to reallocate biofuel volumes waived by small refinery exemptions (SREs), even if Congress provided a legislative mechanism to do so. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

USDA: Study shows significant GHG benefits of corn ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA released a new study April 2 that finds GHG emissions from corn ethanol are about 39 percent lower than gasoline. When ethanol is produced at natural gas-powered plants, GHG emissions are even lower, approximately 43 percent below gasoline. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

OPINION: What’s behind the growing terminal availability of E15?

BY Mike O’Brien, Growth Energy vice president of market development Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerConsumer demand for E15—also known as Unleaded 88—has been driving E15 retail adoption for the past few years, and that in turn has caused an explosion of growth on the terminal front. More than 100 terminal offer E15 today, up from five in 2017. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

E15 expansion, consumer adoption driving terminal growth

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy announced that consumers have surpassed 8 billion miles on E15, known to consumers as Unleaded 88—a fuel blended with 15 percent renewable biofuel that is approved for all cars 2001 and newer. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

ACE fly-in begins with EPA Q&A

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerACE's Washington, D.C., fly-in opened April 2 with a Q&A session with U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum. The event is scheduled to include more than 120 meetings on Capitol Hill and will focus on E15 and small refinery exemptions. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

Biofuel groups express support for E15, argue against RIN reform

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn March 29, the U.S. EPA held a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on its proposed rule to allow year-round sales of E15 and enact RIN market reforms. Members of the biofuel industry were among those to offer testimony at the event. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

EPA approves a small refinery exemption for compliance year 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyData released by the U.S. EPA on March 28 indicates the agency has approved another small refinery exemption under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2017, bringing the total number of approved waivers for the compliance year to 35. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

EPA seeks input on E15 information collection request extension

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of a proposed extension of an existing information collection request (ICR) related to E15 it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

ACE returns to Monterrey for a more in-depth ethanol forum

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAmerican Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty marked his second trip to Mexico this year with a return visit to Monterrey to speak at an ethanol technical information forum for Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers. READ MORE

March 22, 2019

Growth Energy urges DOT to expedite ethanol rail shipments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn March 22, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the agency to help expedite rail delivery of biofuels amid historic flooding in the Midwest. READ MORE

March 22, 2019

EPA: 32.02 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that nearly 1.49 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 32.02 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

EIA: US ethanol stocks reach record high 24.412 million barrels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyData released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration March 20 indicates weekly U.S. ending stocks of fuel ethanol set a new record the week ending March 15, reaching 24.412 million barrels. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

USGC: Ethanol, DDGS exports up during 2018-‘19 marketing year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAnalysis recently released by the U.S. Grains Council shows U.S. exports of ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) were up significantly during the first four months of the 2018-’19 marketing year. READ MORE