Policy

November 25, 2019

Governors urge Trump to remove gasoline’s deadly aromatics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyLeaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 25 requesting that he urge the U.S. EPA to enforce a provision of the CAA that requires the reduction and elimination of toxic carcinogenic aromatics from gasoline. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Comment period on EPA’s SRE proposal closes Nov. 29

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThose who wish to weigh in on the EPA’s plan to reallocate future RFS volumes lost to small refinery exemptions (SREs) have less than one week left to do so. A public comment period on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking closes Nov. 29. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

USGC: Trade mission addresses ethanol in Nigeria, Ghana

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyTwo weeks following his keynote at the Global Ethanol Summit, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Cenksy led an agricultural trade mission to West Africa to help unlock new opportunities in the region, including ethanol. READ MORE

November 21, 2019

5 SRE applications filed for 2019, 2 declared ineligible for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA posted updated SRE data to its website on Nov. 21 showing that five new SRE applications have been filed for compliance year 2019 and two SRE petitions previously filed for compliance year 2018 have been declared ineligible. READ MORE

November 21, 2019

BIO, LCFC partner to promote state-based low carbon fuel policies

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition have announced a new joint initiative that aims to drive adoption of low carbon fuel policies in states. The groups aim to help decarbonize transportation. READ MORE

November 20, 2019

New York approves E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe New York Department of Agriculture and Markets published a notice of adoption in the New York State Register on Nov. 20 allowing the sales of E15 within the state. The move opens the fourth-largest fuel market in the U.S. to sales of E15. READ MORE

November 20, 2019

EPA seeks comments on E15 information collection request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA is seeking comments on a proposed extension of a recently expired information collection request regarding recordkeeping and reporting requirements associated with the agency’s waivers to allow certain vehicles to be fueled with E15. READ MORE

November 20, 2019

Opinion: Pounds, Petroleum and Promotion

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about improved corn oil yield, an update on ethanol exports to Mexico, and a recap of the first Global Ethanol Summit. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Poet-DSM halts Project Liberty production over RFS mismanagement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPoet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture of Royal DSM and Poet LLC, announced Nov. 19 it will pause production of cellulosic ethanol at Project Liberty and shift to R&D focused on improving operational efficiency. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Biofuel, bioenergy groups applaud release of GREEN Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe House Ways and Means Committee released a discussion draft of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act on Nov. 19. The draft includes several tax incentives to support biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Opinion: An Opportunity to Focus Forward

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: The Renewable Fuels Associations' National Ethanol Conferences promises a look at the future of the ethanol industry. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

In Depth: ‘Facilitating Connections’ in Mexico

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Mexico's E10 market has been slow to develop, but progress is being made. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Senators urge Trump to honor SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of six Midwestern senators send a letter to President Trump on Nov. 15 renewing their call for the administration to take corrective action in its RFS rulemaking to uphold the agreement reached between Trump and the senators on Sept. 12. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Welch, Udall introduce bills to gut the RFS, walk back E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyLegislation introduced on Nov. 14 aims to alter the RFS by phasing out the participation of corn ethanol in the program, capping ethanol content in gasoline, and altering mandates and eligible feedstocks for cellulosic and advanced biofuel. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Opinion: Washington, DC, is No Longer an Option

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: Mid-level blends are the future of the ethanol industry, and the U.S. government can't be trusted to promote their use. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

In Depth: Trade Talks

BY Matt Thompson Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE DECEMBER ISSUE: The Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, D.C., focused on worldwide markets and opportunities. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

66 industry associations ask Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA diverse group of 66 different trade associations representing industries as wide-ranging as realty, veterinary medicine, biofuels and railroads sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Nov. 11 asking them to act on a tax extenders package. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet Nov. 19-20

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Nov. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

November 12, 2019

Court dismisses ABFA’s petition for review of EPA SRE methodology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Nov. 12 dismissed a petition for review filed by the Advanced Biofuels Association challenging the U.S. EPA’s methodology for granting small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

November 11, 2019

Trump nominates Brouillette to serve as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyPresident Trump on Nov. 7 formally nominated current U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to serve as the next secretary of energy. Brouillette will replace current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

STB: RETAC meeting scheduled for Nov. 14

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has announced its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold a meeting Nov. 14 in Paducah, Kentucky, at 8:00 a.m. CST. The meeting is open to the public. READ MORE

November 08, 2019

Some states looking to end prohibition of E15

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerCalifornia and New York, two of the largest markets in the U.S. that don't currently allow the sale of E15, are exploring options of allowing retailers to sell the fuel. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine announced this week the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Senators urge EPA to accurately account for SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySeven senators representing the Midwestern states of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri and Indiana have each submitted comments to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to accurately account for small refinery exemptions in future RFS rulemakings. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

EPA grants request for reconsideration of Title V ethanol rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA announced Nov. 6 it is granting a request for reconsideration filed by the National Resource Defense Council in March 2009 related to the agency’s exclusion of ethanol plants from Title V permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

40 members of congress urge passage of biofuel tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerForty democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Richard Neal, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, on Nov. 6 urging action on the extension of several biofuel tax credits. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

Growth Energy official speaks at World Energy and Biofuels Event

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAt the World Ethanol and Biofuels Event in Brussels, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis shared his insight into the global markets landscape and provide an update on U.S. efforts to promote higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Senate interior appropriations bill requires EPA to act on eRINs

BY RFS Power Coalition Found In:Business, PolicyThe RFS Power Coalition applauded the passage of H.R. 3055 (116), the Senate’s Interior Appropriations bill. The Interior-EPA portion of the spending package includes a provision requiring the EPA to take swift action on existing eRIN applications. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

Biofuel, ag groups ask Trump to uphold SRE deal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA coalition of 60 agriculture and biofuel groups sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 4 urging him to fix the U.S. EPA’s flawed supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that describes the agency’s plan for reallocating future SREs. READ MORE

November 04, 2019

Governors urge EPA to reconsider SRE proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyLeaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 30 urging the agency to honor President Trump’s commitment to the RFS and criticizing the EPA’s supplemental rulemaking addressing SREs. READ MORE