Policy

August 13, 2018

Pacific Ethanol discusses impact of trade barriers, EPA actions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPacific Ethanol Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting a slight increase in net sales. The company also discussed how current trade barriers and the U.S. EPA’s administration of the RFS are impacting ethanol demand. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

Comment period on 2019 RFS proposal closes this week

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe public comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closes Aug. 17. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

ACE pushes for year-round E15 while Wheeler visits Iowa

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyACE is featuring an Iowa retailer to elevate the need for year-round approval of E15 with a paid print advertisement in the Des Moines Register this week as Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler pays a visit to the state. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

RFA ad campaign calls on EPA to support Iowa farmers

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyCoinciding with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s visit to Iowa, the RFA is launching a week-long ad campaign in the state, urging the agency to follow the direction of President Trump by maintaining a strong RFS and allowing year-round E15. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

The Andersons reports strong performance for ethanol group

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe Andersons Inc. released second quarter 2018 financial results on Aug. 7, reporting improved performance for the company’s ethanol group and the company as a whole. The ethanol group reported a 30 percent year-over-year increase in pretax income. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

USDA solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

August 08, 2018

Biofuel and farm leaders mark 13th anniversary of the RFS

BY Fuels America Found In:Business, PolicyThirteen years ago, Aug. 8, the Renewable Fuel Standard was signed into law, sparking a new era of U.S. biofuel leadership that continues to support rural jobs, increase energy security, and deliver clean, affordable options at the fuel pump. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

USGC joins USDA trade mission to promote ethanol

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council and ethanol industry partners added an octane enhancer to the USDA’s Agricultural Trade Mission to Indonesia in July, led by USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

DOE seeks input on needs related to biomass catalyst scale-up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has opened a request for information (RFI) that aims to help it understand current needs related to catalyst development for the conversion of biomass and waste streams. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

RFA: US ethanol exports on pace to shatter record

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGovernment data released Aug. 3 show that U.S. ethanol exports through June stood at 927.7 million gallons (mg), up 33 percent from the first half of 2017 and on pace to shatter last year’s record of 1.38 billion gallons (bg). READ MORE

August 06, 2018

Bipartisan bill promotes biogas, CCUS technology

BY Rep. Scott Peters’ Office Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyRep. Scott Peter, D-Calif., and David Young, R-Iowa, recently introduced the bipartisan Carbon Utilization Act of 2018, which promotes biogas and carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies. READ MORE

August 03, 2018

USGC explores potential ethanol demand in Chile and Argentina

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIncreased global bioethanol use is only a well-constructed policy decision away in markets like Argentina and Chile. The USGC traveled to both countries in June to investigate their existing ethanol markets and discover how to boost demand. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

EPA, NHTSA address high-octane fuels in CAFE/GHG rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the ethanol industry are applauding the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOT for addressing the potential of high-octane fuels in their proposed rule to set new fuel economy and tailpipe greenhouse gas standards for model year 2021-2026 vehicles. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

Emerging markets for ethanol discussed at USGC meeting in Denver

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Business, PolicyIn a global trade environment challenged by tariffs and tensions, emerging markets for grains and ethanol provided a bright spot for U.S. farmers, agribusinesses and industry officials at the USGC's 58th Annual Board of Delegates meeting in Denver. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

Wheeler: EPA to create public ‘dashboard’ on RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyActing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, small refinery hardship waivers, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15, and issues related to agency transparency during a Senate hearing Aug. 1. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

Trump reiterates support for year-round E15 sales at Iowa event

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyPresident Trump indicated his administration is “very close” to implementing a Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver allowing for year-round sales of E15 at an event in Dubuque, Iowa, July 26. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

UK opens public consultation on potential introduction of E10

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn July 20, the U.K. Department of Transportation opened a public consultation on whether and how it should introduce E10 fuel. The country currently allows gasoline blends that contain up to 5 percent ethanol. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

EPA: 25.57 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.6 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 25.57 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

ACE continues work with service station owners in Mexico

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAmerican Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty recently traveled to Chihuahua, Mexico, for the fourth of six technical ethanol workshops the U.S. Grains Council is holding for Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

House subcommittee holds hearing on RINs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn July 25, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing that aimed to educate members of the subcommittee on renewable identification numbers (RINs) and the role RINs play in the RFS. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

DOE aims to develop CO2 infrastructure for ethanol, power plants

BY Nebraska Public Power District Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyNebraska Public Power District is participating in a Department of Energy study that aims to develop an integrated carbon dioxide collection, transportation, and storage infrastructure in the Midwest for ethanol facilities and nearby power plants. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 23, 2018

Ernst questions CEQ nominee on RFS, year-round E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, questioned Council on Environmental Quality nominee Bridget Neumayr on her support for the Renewable Fuel Standard and E15 during a U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing July 19. READ MORE

July 23, 2018

Annual Canadian biofuels report highlights provincial data

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyAdvanced Biofuels Canada announced the release of the Biofuels in Canada 2018 report, which updates and expands upon the last annual report by Navius Research released in 2017 and in 2016 in partnership with Clean Energy Canada. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

Farmers press Trump administration on biofuels in new ad

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyA new television ad launched today by Growth Energy, the nation’s top ethanol advocate, casts a spotlight on the repeated calls from rural America for pro-biofuel policies from President Trump and the U.S. EPA. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

DOE launches new lab partnering service

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Representatives of the biofuel industry testify at RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMembers of the biofuels industry testified at a July 18 hearing held by the EPA on its 2019 RFS proposal. Many discussed the misuse of waivers and expressed hope that the EPA’s new leadership will hold up the administration’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Grassley, Iowa delegation ask Wheeler to meet with Iowans on RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and the entire Iowa Congressional delegation have invited U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Iowa to meet with those who are counting on the agency to uphold President Trump’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

EPA posts call-in number for July 18 hearing on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released call-in information for the July 18 hearing on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE