Policy

February 15, 2018

Ethanol to aid engine efficiency improvements, emission reduction

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe RFA today hailed the release of two studies by the Department of Energy that find ethanol-based high octane fuels can deliver substantial fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions when paired with optimized internal combustion engines. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Growth Energy: More biofuels vital to improving US energy outlook

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyFederal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels says Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Opinion: Catalysts, Cleaning and Cook

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the magazine, including features about a catalyst to convert carbon dioxide to ethanol, bacterial control, biofilm removal and liquefaction efficiency. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Opinion: E15 Continues to Build Momentum

BY Mike O’Brien Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Growth Energy's Mike O'Brien outlines efforts and advances in the E15 market. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

In Depth: Sticking To It

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: The Food Safety and Modernization Act limits options for biofilm control, but chemical and service providers have overhauled their product lines and treatment avenues to comply. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

RFA CEO: Outlook for domestic ethanol industry is strong

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyWith record production, blending and exports for the U.S. ethanol industry last year, the outlook for the domestic ethanol industry isn’t just strong—it’s Ethanol Strong, said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, at the 23rd annual NEC. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

Opinion: Ambitious Policies Position Canadian Biofuels for Growth

BY Jim Grey Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: Jim Grey, of Renewable Fuels Canada, discusses Canada's biofuels success and what's coming. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

Report shows potential of emerging ethanol industry in Ecuador

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new report shows that Ecuador may be a promising new market for ethanol. The country currently has an E5 mandate that it is not meeting and its domestic sugar industry is looking to expand to non-food products, according to a USDA FAS GAIN report. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyU.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

Iowa to Pruitt: Unlock E15 to lower RIN prices

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyIowans have an answer for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s question of how to reduce RIN prices associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard—grant E15 the same RVP treatment as all other ethanol-blended fuels. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

Opinion: The Wisdom of Thumper

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE MARCH ISSUE: ACE's Ron Lamberty reviews a letter the Petroleum Marketers of America recently sent to the Federal Trade Commission. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Budget bill retroactively extends biofuel tax credits for 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Feb. 9, President Donald Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 into law. The two-year funding bill ends a brief government shutdown and includes retroactive tax extenders for several biofuel-related tax incentives. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

Grassley: RFS has minimal impact on success of refineries

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has released a memo produced by his energy policy staff that finds that RFS blending requirements and the cost of RINs have little to do with the success of refineries and were not factors in the PES bankruptcy. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

ICM: Corn ethanol opportunities in South America continue to grow

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Markets, Business, PolicySouth America is home to some of the world's largest producers of ethanol and has a long tradition of biofuels consumption. As the region's renewable energy policies evolve, ICM Inc. intends to provide solutions and services for the growing demand. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

RFA: Harvard professor says RVP parity will lower RIN prices

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyA recent paper from Harvard University Professor James H. Stock argues that the most direct way of lowering RIN prices is for the U.S. EPA or Congress to provide parity in the regulation of gasoline volatility (RVP) for E10 and E15. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

RFA: 31 states broke through so-called ‘blend wall’ in 2016

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyData released by the U.S. Department of Energy shows that gasoline consumed in 31 states contained more than 10.0 percent ethanol on average in 2016, proving once again that the so-called “E10 blend wall” continues to crumble. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Pruitt discusses E15 RVP waiver, RFS fuel pathway during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe RFS, a Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver for E15, and the pending advanced biofuel pathway for distillers sorghum oil were among the topics discussed during a Jan. 30 Senate hearing featuring testimony from U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

RFA responds to Trump’s State of the Union address

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuel Association has responded to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 30 State of the Union address. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the RFA, discussed how ethanol can benefit infrastructure, free trade and the economy. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

New leadership appointed to Governors’ Biofuel Coalition

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, have been appointed as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, a multi-state alliance aimed at providing regional leadership on biofuels policy. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

Philadelphia Energy Solutions blames RFS for bankruptcy

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Business, PolicyPhiladelphia Energy Solutions, the largest refinery on the East Coast, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, blaming its financial struggles on costs involved with complying with the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

Lack of transparency over small refiner exemptions undermines RFS

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThere is a troubling “lack of transparency” in EPA’s management of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s small refinery exemption provisions, according to a letter sent this week to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt by the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

January 24, 2018

Comment period on distillers sorghum oil NPRM closes Jan. 26

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe comment period on U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to qualify distillers sorghum oil as an advanced biofuel feedstock is set to close Jan. 26. The EPA first published the proposed rule in late December. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

EPA: Nearly 230 million cellulosic RINs generated in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 27.08 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

In Depth: A Straighter, Shorter Pathway

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyConfidence builds in overcoming the hurdles slowing corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol approvals. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

Opinion: RFA’s 2018 Biofuel Priorities to Help ‘Make America Great Again’

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Bob Dinneen looks ahead to 2018 and outlines RFA's priorities. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

In Depth: The Fundamentals of Fly-Ins

BY Keith Loria Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: The Washington, D.C., events provide opportunities for constituents to meet with lawmakers and help influence biofuels policy. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Opinion: More Countries Adopting Ethanol Policies

BY Bliss Baker Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: Bliss Baker looks at ethanol policies around the world. READ MORE

January 18, 2018

Opinion: Respecting the Law

BY David Hallberg Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE: David Hallberg discusses the U.S. Department of Energy's adherence to laws, and a proposal from the Urban Air Initiative to escape the aromatics dilemma. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

MEPs approve renewable energy, biofuel targets under RED II

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMembers of the European Parliament endorsed a set of proposals Jan. 17 that set new goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency and renewable transportation fuels. The proposals also cap first-generation biofuels and phase-out the use of palm oil. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Bolivia announces intent to establish E10 mandate at USGC seminar

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Bolivian government announced its intention to establish an ethanol blend mandate during a December seminar conducted by the U.S. Grains Council. The mandate is start at 10 percent in 2018 with goals of mid-level blends in coming years. READ MORE