Policy

April 14, 2021

UAI: EPA provides some clarity on mid-level blends in court

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerA three-judge-panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments on April 13 that the U.S. EPA did not go far enough when it extended the 1 pound RVP waiver to allow year-round E15. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

Opinion: Ethanol’s Role in Future Fuels

BY Brian Jennings Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyNearly three years of behind-the-scenes coalition building has paid dividends with the introduction of the “Future Fuels Act” in Minnesota, the first clean fuel standard legislation in a Midwest state. READ MORE

April 14, 2021

2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerEthanol Producer Magazine has announced the preliminary agenda for the 2021 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place July 13-15, 2021 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. READ MORE

April 13, 2021

Court hears oral arguments in case challenging year-round E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 13 heard oral arguments in a case filed by oil interests challenging the U.S. EPA’s June 2019 final rule to allow year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

April 13, 2021

Biofuel companies urge Biden to set GHG reduction goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyNovozymes, Poet LLC, and Quad County Corn Processors are among 310 businesses and investors that have signed an open letter to President Biden urging his administration to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. READ MORE

April 13, 2021

Opinion: Europe Still Needs Ethanol

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyUnder almost any scenario, including those foreseen by the European Commission, the EU car fleet will continue to need low-carbon liquid fuels like renewable ethanol. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

House Biofuels Caucus urges EPA to prioritize RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerMembers of the House Biofuels Caucus, led by Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on April 8 sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to prioritize the Renewable Fuel Standard and the use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

Washington Senate passes Clean Fuel Standard bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Washington Senate on April 8 voted 27 to 20 in favor of H.B. 1091, a bill that aims to establish a state-wide CFS. The amended legislation will now be considered by the House, which passed an earlier version of the bill on Feb. 27. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

Walz highlights biofuels infrastructure budget proposal

BY Office of Gov. Tim Walz Found In:Operations, Business, Policy, RetailerOn April 9, Gov. Tim Walz and supporters of Minnesota’s biofuels industry urged the passage of the Governor’s Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program budget proposal in order to strengthen small businesses, support farmers, and reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

Opinion: Ready for Another Summer with Year-Round E15

BY Emily Skor Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAfter a year that most Americans would sooner forget, we’re heading into a new summer driving season with fewer headwinds, greater momentum and a groundswell of support for lower-carbon fuels. READ MORE

April 11, 2021

Opinion: Full Coverage

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyEditor Lisa Gibson previews the May edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

April 08, 2021

Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee to meet April 22

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Surface Transportation Board has announced a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will be held on April 22 virtually via zoom. The meeting is open to the public, but advanced registration is required. READ MORE

April 08, 2021

DOE offers $61.4 million for biofuel, bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe DOE on April 8 announced it will award $61.4 million to support the development and demonstration of bioenergy projects, including those focused on marine and aviation fuels, cellulosic sugars, separations technologies, wood heating, and RNG. READ MORE

April 06, 2021

Indiana governor urged to veto anti-ethanol E15 labeling bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Indiana House and Senate have each passed a bill that aims to implement additional labeling requirements for fuel pumps that sell E15. Representatives of the ethanol industry are urging Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto the bill. READ MORE

April 05, 2021

FAPRI predicts increased demand for E15, higher ethanol exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe University of Missouri’s FAPRI in mid-March released its 2021 U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook, predicting an increase in demand for midlevel ethanol blends, a recovery in ethanol net returns, and increased exports over the next decade. READ MORE

April 05, 2021

USGC: Southeast Asia DDGS demand grows in 2020

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyIn the 2020 calendar year, more than one out of every three metric tons of DDGS leaving the United States headed for ports in Southeast Asia and Oceania, illustrating how increased marketing efforts in the region by USGC have paid off. READ MORE

April 01, 2021

Aemetis announces new LCFS pathway, launches CCS subsidiary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAemetis Inc. on March 31 announced CARB has approved a new LCFS pathway for ethanol produced at its Keyes, California, plant using dairy biogas. The following day, the company announced the launch of a carbon capture subsidiary. READ MORE

April 01, 2021

ADM plans restart of 2 ethanol dry mills

BY ADM Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyADM on April 1 announced plans to restart ethanol production at its Vantage Corn Processors dry mills in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska. The plants are expected to begin corn grind immediately. READ MORE

April 01, 2021

OPINION: Infrastructure that makes a difference

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFA helped eight companies secure awards under the USDA's second round of HBIIP grants to support the installation of more than 100 new fuel dispensers at more than 20 sites spanning six states, according to RFA's Cassie Mullen. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

Biden releases $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyPresident Biden on March 31 released a $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, officially titled the American Jobs Plan. Biofuel/bioproducts and carbon capture and storage (CSS) are each briefly addressed in the plan. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

Biofuel groups, states file amicus briefs in SCOTUS SRE case

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe ABFA, RNG Coalition, NBB and a group of eight states on March 31 filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to affirm the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

March 31, 2021

OPINION: One more time: Yes, you probably can E15. Really.

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerACE's Ron Lamberty discusses the potential impact of the U.S. EPA's proposed rule on E15 labeling and underground storage tank (UST) system compatibility. A public comment period on the proposal is open through April 19. READ MORE

March 30, 2021

USDA expects no actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on March 25 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

March 29, 2021

USGC seeks applications for Ethanol A-Term members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council has announced it is now accepting applications for its seven Advisory Teams (A-Teams), including the Ethanol A-Team, for the 2021-2023 term. Applications can be submitted through April 30. READ MORE

March 29, 2021

Oil state senators urge EPA to waive RFS blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA group of 13 republican oil state senators on March 25 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to use its general waiver authority to reduce Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. READ MORE

March 26, 2021

EIA to release new monthly biofuels data

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration announced March 25 that it will release expanded monthly biofuels data through a new report—the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update. The first edition of the report will be published March 31. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Bill includes Clean Cities funding to support alternative fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerLegislation introduced by the 32 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 11 could provide federal funding to support the development of alternative fuel infrastructure and expanded use of alternative fuel vehicles. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

CRA commends Regan for meeting with ag groups

BY Corn Refiners Association Found In:Business, PolicyJohn Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association, has commended U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan's efforts to engage agricultural organizations following an introductory meeting organized by Regan in late March. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

USDA to provide COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA on March 24 announced its intent to provide COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers as part of its USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, which aims to distribute relief resources more equitably. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

EPA issues final rule to extend RFS compliance deadlines

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA on March 23 published a rule extending the RFS compliance and attest engagement deadlines for 2020. The attest engagement deadline for 2021 was also extended, along with the 2019 compliance and attest engagement deadlines for small refiners. READ MORE