Policy

April 20, 2017

In Depth: FEW Technical Sessions Planner

BY Tim Portz and Tom Bryan Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyWith 30 panels—five at a time—at the world’s largest ethanol conference, attendees must pick their spots. This guide to FEW technical sessions appears in the May print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

ACE outlines ethanol priorities to EPA on regulatory reform

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:PolicyACE files comments to EPA's request for input on regulatory reforms. Comments accepted through May 15. READ MORE

April 10, 2017

Biofuel industry rejects Australian productivity report

BY Queensland RFA Found In:PolicyQueensland Renewable Fuels Association refutes the negative comments in the recent productivity commission report that said biofuel mandates impose unnecessary costs on farmers and consumers for 'negligible environmental benefit.' READ MORE

April 07, 2017

Ethanol polls show strong RFS support, refuting API ‘push poll’

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:PolicyRFA and Growth Energy cite different polls showing strong support for ethanol and the RFS to counter the American Petroleum Institute's latest poll findings. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Military veterans make up nearly one-fifth of ethanol workforce

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyAbout 19 percent of people working in ethanol are U.S. military veterans, compared to a national average of 7 percent across all sectors of the workforce. Per 100 workers, the ethanol industry employs twice as many veterans as the oil and gas sector. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

RFA: USDA county-level land use data counters NWF study

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:PolicyRFA analysis of cropland data in 180 counties where 199 grain ethanol plants are located finds the majority of counties saw cropland reductions as corn ethanol plants were built, refuting environmentalists' claims. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

Aromatics poisoning prompts partnership with Formula Drift racer

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:PolicyUrban Air Initiative is partnering with driver Alec Hohnadell this season to educate Formula Drift fans about improving air quality with ethanol. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

E15 infrastructure bill would add $35.9M to Minnesota GDP

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Assoc. Found In:Markets, PolicyMinnesota biofuels infrastructure bill would provide one-time funding of $12.5 million to install equipment necessary to story or dispense E15, enabling an estimated 150 retail stations to offer the fuel. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Opinion: Energy at Work

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyEthanol Producer Magazine editor-in-chief outlines the lineup of stories in the April print edition of the ethanol industry trade journal, which are also available for online viewing. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Opinion: Fighting Misinformation One Fact at a Time

BY Bob Dinneen Found In:PolicyRFA's president and CEO highlights key facts from the organization's annual industry outlook handbook in the View from the Hill column that appears in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 28, 2017

Opinion: To Win RFS Fights, We Must Stand United

BY Emily Skor Found In:PolicyGrowth Energy's CEO outlines the arguments to not change the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Drive column from the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

Opinion: LCFS to Drive New Advanced Biofuel Demand

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:PolicyUNICA spokesperson Phillips describes advanced biofuels' role in the updated California Low Carbon Fuel Standard in this Global Scene column from the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Opinion: UAI Coalition Challenges Clean Air Act Interpretation

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:PolicyThe Urban Air Initiative's Clearing the Air column in the April print issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine takes issue with how the U.S. EPA interprets its authority in the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

Ethanol shines in Nebraska agriculture

BY Nebraska Ethanol Board Found In:Business, PolicyNebraska ethanol board calls ethanol a bright spot in a bleak agriculture forecast, with new investments being made in several Nebraska ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

GRFA: IRENA report highlights key role for transport biofuels

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:PolicyIRENA report done for current G20 president notes the transport sector has lowest share of renewables today, but contributes a disproportionate share of CO2 emissions. GRFA calls for increased use of biofuels in global transport. READ MORE

March 22, 2017

ACE members visit DC to meet with lawmakers about ethanol

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol and over 70 of its members descended on the nation's capitol in late March for the organization’s 9th annual fly-in. The Renewable Fuels Standard and Reid vapor pressure relief topped their priority list. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Economists: Octane premium offsets ethanol energy penalty

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Markets, PolicyMuch of the analysis of the cost of ethanol relative to CBOB has ignored the potential benefit of the biofuel's octane-enhancing qualities. Looking at ethanol's energy penalty alone is misleading, say University of Illinois economists Irwin and Good. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

ASTM calls new 100 octane fuel spec groundbreaking

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Markets, PolicyASTM develops new standard for 100 octane fuel in record time. The specs open the way for engine designs that utilize higher ethanol blends to achieve more power, more efficiently. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Conference to examine low-carbon shortage, sustainability

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Business, PolicyOne-day conference in San Francisco to look at low-carbon fuels on the West Coast, international trade requirements and the need for secure sustainability certification for low-carbon fuels trading. READ MORE

March 10, 2017

US ethanol exports on record pace after strong 2016

BY EPM Staff Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. net exports of ethanol reached 838 million gallons, the second highest level ever, exceeded only in 2011. Shipments exceeded 1 billion gallons and imports totaled 215 million gallons. 2017 exports could set a record, projected at 1.46 billion. READ MORE

March 06, 2017

Governors ask Trump to support biofuels industry

BY Governors' Biofuel Coalition Found In:PolicyGovernors from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota ask Trump administration to remove barriers to higher ethanol blend use, enforce the RFS and update biofuels' lifecycle and emissions profiles. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Senate bill introduced to give E15 year-round market presence

BY EPM Staff Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe bipartisan Senate bill would extend the Reid vapor pressure waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, allowing retailers to sell E15 all year. The proposed law would expand consumer fuel choices and strengthen the nation's energy diversity. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

Ethanol brings $2 billion per year to Minnesota's economy

BY Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAccording to a new study, the state’s ethanol industry used 410 million bushels of corn, about one-fourth of the Minnesota crop, to produce 1.18 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.5 million tons of DDGS and 244 million pounds of corn oil in 2016. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

UNICA: REGS could limit US access to advanced biofuels

BY Leticia Phillips, UNICA Found In:Markets, PolicyUNICA asks EPA to clarify the biointermediate definition in its proposed REGS rule that updates several technical aspects of the agency's rules regarding the RFS. As written, the proposed rule would have unintended consequences, the group claims. READ MORE

February 22, 2017

Retailers, marketers urge EPA to maintain point of obligation

BY NATSO Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAs the EPA public comment period on the RFS' point of obligation closed, truck stop owners trade association NATSO reported vast support to keep the program's current compliance structure. The group said most of the sector opposes a shift. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

Trump reiterates support for ethanol, RFS

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn a letter to National Ethanol Conference attendees, the president reconfirmed his support for biofuels, while making it clear that his focus on reducing regulatory burdens on American businesses supersedes his defense of renewable energy. READ MORE

February 21, 2017

US drivers to rely on internal combustion for decades to come

BY Fuel Freedom Foundation Found In:Markets, PolicyAt best, alternative vehicles will account for 50 percent of the worldwide fleet by 2050, leaving hundreds of million of cars with internal combustion engines. Fuel Freedom argues all possible solutions must be advanced. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Ethanol advocates critical of EPA proposed RFS revisions in REGS

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:PolicyEPA's proposed revision to the RFS dubbed REGS for Renewable Enhancements and Growth Support Rule, is inadequate, says the RFA. The UAI focused several of its comments on the EPA's inadequate interpretation of the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

2017 global ethanol production forecast remains stable

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Markets, PolicyGRFA and F.O. Licht forecast 97.8 billion liters (25.84 billion gallons) of ethanol production globally, continuing a trend of incremental growth since 2013. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Ethanol trade groups congratulate, instruct new EPA chief

BY Tom BryanFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. EPA. While congratulating Pruitt, ethanol trade groups urged him not to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard, especially the program’s point of obligation. READ MORE