Policy

June 20, 2017

FEW panelist joins discussion via live feed from Mexico

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyKristy Moore, principal for KMoore Consulting, was live via Skype from Mexico during the Exports Update general session panel at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Minneapolis. Mexico recently announced it will allow E10 blends. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Dinneen laments policy barriers, praises ethanol industry at FEW

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, told attendees of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo that the industry needs to work to increase ethanol demand. It’ll be driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard, he said. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Bayrock, Cooper receive 2017 FEW awards

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper received the High Octane Award and Dennis Bayrock was recognized with the Award of Excellence during the the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Two Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship recipients were also named. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

US ethanol organizations applaud Mexico’s adoption of E10

BY Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission has announced a change that will increase the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended in gas supplies from 5.8 percent to 10 percent, except in the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Opinion: Tested. Proven. Driven.

BY Brian Jennings Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: The American Coalition for Ethanol's annual conference is coming up Aug. 15 to 17 in Omaha. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

Opinion: Winning the battle against climate change

BY Jim Grey Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Governments in Canada appear poised to take the steps necessary to provoke further reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and Canada’s ethanol industry is likely to have a feature role in the policy response. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

USGC: Trade agreements a good deal For US feed grains

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyTrade equals huge success for exports of U.S. feed grains in all forms, particularly to the 20 countries with which the United States has a free trade agreement (FTA), according to the U.S. Grains Council. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

DOE names new director of ORNL

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Business, PolicyU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced the appointment of Thomas Zacharia as the new Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was unanimously selected by the UT-Battelle board of governors to succeed Thom Mason. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

Opinion: Higher ethanol blends key to driving farm economy

BY Doug Sombke Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: RFA caps corn ethanol at 15 billion gallons per year and we have reached and exceeded that level. Future growth must meet true demand, and that demand is blocked by unnecessary, arbitrary and baseless regulations. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Biofuel groups applaud senate hearing RVP waiver bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 14, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on legislation that aims to extend the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to gasoline blends that contain more than 10 percent ethanol. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Hazlett selected to lead USDA Rural Development agencies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett to lead USDA’s Rural Development agencies. Hazlett, who’s title will be assistant to the secretary for Rural Development, will report directly to Perdue. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

UNICA: CTC’s genetically modified sugarcane approved

BY UNICA Found In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyIn Brazil, CTNBio - National Biosafety Technical Commission, has approved the commercial use of the first genetically-modified sugarcane developed by the Brazilian sugarcane breeding and technology company Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

In Depth: Understanding API tank requirements

BY Cassandra Thomason Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Carbon credit prices recover and multiple new pathways are certified as the state’s program gets back on track. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Opinion: OSHA rescinds union walkaround memo

BY Ryan Funk Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: The U.S. Department of Labor has confirmed that an Obama administration OSHA memorandum permitting union or community organization representatives to take part in OSHA workplace. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Red Trail Energy moves forward with carbon capture research

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyRed Trail Energy LLC in Richardton, North Dakota, will move forward with phase two of its research into a carbon capture and storage program, following a U.S. EPA decision to grant North Dakota regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Biofuel groups urge support for legislation benefiting E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA group of 28 biofuel producers and trade associations recently sent a letter to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, urging them to support a bill that extends the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to E15. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Poll: Motorcycle owners are confident in fueling decisions

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has released a survey showing that motorcyclists in the U.S. are extremely confident in selecting the fuel that meets their needs at the pump, and satisfied with the performance of their fuel, including regular unleaded blends of E10. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

In Depth: California LCFS guides advanced biofuels industry

BY Heather Zhang Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Carbon credit prices recover and multiple new pathways are certified as the state’s program gets back on track. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

Senate hearing scheduled on bill to extend RVP waiver to E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is scheduled to hold a full committee hearing June 14 on legislation that aims to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. READ MORE

June 12, 2017

Poll: Small engine owners power up on ethanol blends

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy released a new survey showing that U.S. small engine owners are pleased with the performance of their fuel and find it easy to pick the best option, including regular unleaded blends of 10 percent ethanol (E10). READ MORE

June 12, 2017

Growth Energy announces ad launch for E15 fix

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy recently announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers year-round. READ MORE

June 08, 2017

Senators ask EPA to explain Icahn’s role in shaping the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn June 6, a group of five senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting any information the agency has on Carl Icahn’s role in crafting policy and regulations at the EPA, particularly regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 08, 2017

European ethanol achieves higher GHG savings in 2016

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyEuropean renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 66 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) savings over fossil petrol in 2016, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

USDA, DOE open $9 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy are making up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to support the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and biobased products. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

RFA analysis: RFS has been ‘tremendous success’ since adoption

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMore than a decade after the original Renewable Fuel Standard was signed into law, tremendous progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

ACE policy update highlights RVP push

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol held a webinar June 6 to update the ethanol industry on policy issues a few months into Donald Trump’s presidency. Not surprisingly, Reid vapor pressure ranked at the top of the list of barriers. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Fungal enzymes team up to more efficiently break down cellulose

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA team led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara has found for the first time that early lineages of fungi can form complexes of enzymes capable of degrading plant biomass. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement

BY Anna Simet Found In:Business, PolicyIn what he described as a move to fulfill his duty to protect America and its citizens, President Donald Trump has officially begun the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

RSB report outlines 2016 achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. A total of 17 countries are now represented in the program. READ MORE

June 01, 2017

June 1 marks beginning of RVP control season limiting E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyJune 1 marks the beginning of the U.S. EPA’s summer ozone control season, which prevents E15 from being sold in more than two-thirds of U.S. gasoline markets through Sept. 15. READ MORE