Policy

September 21, 2020

EPA delivers final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA delivered its final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 17. OMB review marks a final step before a rulemaking is released publicly. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Censky to leave USDA, resume post at American Soybean Association

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA announced on Sept. 18 that Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky will step down on Nov. 8 to resume his post as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a position he previously held for 21 years. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

Growth Energy rallies biofuel champions at DC summit

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyDuring a virtual event Sept. 14-17, over 150 participants heard from Growth Energy experts and guest speakers in preparation for meetings with legislators and congressional staff in 87 offices representing 15 states. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

Stabenow criticizes plan to bail out oil refiners with USDA funds

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is speaking out to criticize the Trump administration over reports that it plans to use $300 million in USDA funding to bail out small oil refineries that are denied small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

European ethanol industry launches new E10 consumer resource

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, Policy E10info.eu, a new online resource for consumer information about the widely available E10 fuel blend, launched on Sept. 17 as part of a broader effort to highlight the importance of renewable ethanol to EU climate goals. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

EPA: 7 new SRE petitions filed, including 5 gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has published updated SRE data that reflects the denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions announced by the agency on Sept. 14. The data also shows seven new SRE petitions have been filed in recent weeks, including five new gap year SREs. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

House to vote on bill that aims to increase SRE transparency

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act during the week of Sept. 21. The bill includes the provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

FEW general sessions address policy, production

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerDiscussions during the general session of the 2020 virtual Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo focused on the RFS, SREs, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. ethanol industry, its product mix and operations. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Skor focuses on the road ahead in FEW keynote

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, Retailer“What a year we’ve had,” Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, said in her keynote address at the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. She discussed the many challenges the U.S. ethanol industry currently faces. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Letter urges EPA to comply with GOA investigation of SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySeven federal lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 15 expressing disappointment with the agency’s failure to cooperate with the Government Accountability Office’s investigation into the SRE waiver process. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Brazil sets 2020 RenovaBio goal at 14.53 CBios

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy on Sept. 10 set the 2020 goal for the country’s recently launched national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, at 14.53 million decarbonization credits (CBios). The 2021 target was set at 24.86 million CBios. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Proposal aims to lift regulation barring E15 sales in Kansas City

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced it will hold a public hearing on Nov. 4 to consider the revocation of an existing regulation that prevents the sale of E15 in the Kansas City area during the summer months. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

EPA denies gap year SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA announced Sept. 14 it will deny “gap-year” small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions filed by oil refineries in an effort to circumvent a January 2020 ruling by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

EPA to update E15 labels, clarify E10 pumps can distribute E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerPresident Trump on Sept. 12 posted a tweet stating that subject to state approval, the ethanol industry will be allowed to use E10 pumps to distribute E15. The U.S. EPA said it will update E15 labels as part of that effort. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

Brazil extends TRQ on ethanol for 90 days

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. government on Sept. 11 announced that bilateral trade discussions on ethanol with Brazil will take place over a 90-day period starting on Sept. 14. During that time, Brazil will extend its previous TRQ for U.S. ethanol. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

CCC urges passage of comprehensive energy legislation

BY Carbon Capture Coalition Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Carbon Capture Coalition, along with 72 other organizations, sent a letter to Senators on Sept. 11 urging them to pass the American Energy Innovation Act this Congress. In addition, 35 coalition members sent a letter to the House. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Senate fails to advance COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate on Sept. 10 failed to advance a $300 billion COVID-19 relief package that contained $20 billion in ag support and an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, two provisions that could have provided relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

DOE opens RFI on bioenergy workforce development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 8 issued a request for information (RFI) regarding bioenergy workforce-development methods and tools available, as well as those needed in the U.S. Responses can be filed through Nov. 2. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

RFA testimony calls for immediate action on delayed EPA decisions

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA needs to take concrete steps immediately to support U.S. ethanol producers and rural America in these troubled times, according to testimony provided by the RFA to EPA’s Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

ACE: Ethanol producers get candid about what’s next

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThis year’s ACE 33rd annual conference is taking place online live from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Central on Sept. 16. The final segment will feature a panel of ethanol producers discussing how they've adapted their business to cope with current events. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

EIA lowers 2020, 2021 ethanol production forecasts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly reduced its forecasts for 2020 and 2021 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released Sept. 9. Forecasts for ethanol blending were also lowered. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Senate releases $300 billion COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Sept. 8 the U.S. Senate will vote this week on a $300 billion COVID-19 relief bill. The bill does not contain dedicated relief for biofuels, but does contain provisions that could benefit some biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Biofuel, ag groups welcome reports of gap year SRE denials

BY Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union and American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyRFA, NCGA, NFU and ACE on Sept. 9 welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the U.S. EPA to reject dozens of “gap year” SRE petitions and denounced an effort to have the Tenth Circuit Court's SRE ruling reviewed by the Supreme Court. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

AFBF: Trump, Biden outline agricultural priorities

BY American Farm Bureau Federation Found In:PolicyA new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerDoug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

Biofuel plant managers urge Trump to reject gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 93 biofuel plant managers, farm organizations and biofuel stakeholders sent a letter to President Trump on Sept. 8 urging him to stand in defense of the RFS and call on the U.S. EPA to reject gap year SRE petitions. READ MORE

September 04, 2020

Ethanol export data underscores need for action on trade barriers

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGovernment data published on Sept. 3 showed U.S. ethanol exports slumping to just 74 million gallons in July, down 38 percent compared to the same month last year and the lowest total for July in six years, according to the RFA. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

USDA expects no actions under FFP for crop year 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Crop announced on Aug. 28 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. READ MORE