Policy

August 12, 2019

Petition filed challenging EPA’s limit to higher ethanol blends

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerA group of petitioners, including Urban Air Initiative and National Farmers Union, have filled a legal petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals requesting judicial review of an EPA rulemaking that would limit blends of ethanol higher than 15 percent. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

EPA approves 31 SREs, lowers 2018 RVO by 1.43 billion RINs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe EPA announced Aug. 9 it approved 31 of the 38 SREs that were pending for compliance year 2018. Eight remaining SRE petitions that were pending for compliance years 2016-2018 were denied, while one for 2018 was withdrawn or declared ineligible. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

Opinion: What’s the Plan to Increase Ethanol Use?

BY Brian Jennings Found In:Markets, Policy, RetailerFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Low Carbon Octane Standard could be the way to increase ethanol use beyond E15. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

Aemetis cuts carbon score of Keyes ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 8, reporting growth for its biodiesel business in India, outlining improvement projects underway at its corn ethanol plant, and discussing planned RNG and cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

O’Brien: Retailers, Prime the Pump set the stage for E15 adoption

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerFor retailers who are still looking to add E15 to their product mix, Growth Energy’s vice president of market development, Mike O’Brien believes there’s no better place to learn about and ask questions than the Prime the Pump program. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Green Plains reports positive impacts of improvement initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyDuring an Aug. 6 earnings call, Green Plains officials discussed progress with the Project 24 initiative, criticized Trump’s EPA and trade policies for harming the ethanol industry, and indicated the company continues to explore the sale of assets. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

SD Farmers Union meets with EPA official to discuss E30

BY South Dakota Farmer Union Found In:Business, PolicySouth Dakota Farmers Union, together with leaders from 13 South Dakota agriculture organizations, sat down with Gregory Sopkin, U.S. EPA Regional Administrator for District Eight Aug. 1 to discuss farm challenges and higher ethanol blends. READ MORE

August 05, 2019

EPA’s final SAFE Vehicles Rule under OMB review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA submitted its final Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Aug. 2. READ MORE

August 05, 2019

Report: EU ethanol consumption to increase in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA recent report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network discusses the current use of biofuels in the European Union and the potential for increased use in the future. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

Ernst works to include ethanol in transportation bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyThe Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act on July 30. The bill does not currently address ethanol, but Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the committee, is trying to change that. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

Opinion: Trips and Trump

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about Nebraska's importance to the ethanol industry, a review of the 2019 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo, and more. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

Opinion: A Historic Day for the Ethanol Industry

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: An inside look at President Trump's June visit to SIRE celebrating year-round E15. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

Opinion: Ethanol Improves Air Quality

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE AUGUST ISSUE: Nations around the globe need to follow Brazil, U.S.'s lead in ethanol adoption to lower GHG emissions. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Coalition seeks court action forcing EPA to account for SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PolicyAn agriculture and biofuels coalition has filed a petition asking the court to lift a stay it placed on joint petition filed in 2018 that urged the EPA to revise its RFS regulations for setting annual RVOs to account for retroactively issued SREs. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Ethanol groups focus on impact of SREs at RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, PolicyThe EPA held a hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the RFS. Representatives from a wide range of biofuel groups testified at the event. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

Bill aims to cut corn ethanol from RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., have introduced a bill that aims to prevent corn ethanol from participating in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFA called the bill ill-conceived legislation that will prop up Big Oil. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

Comment period officially opens on 2020 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set Renewable Fuel Standard 2020 RVOs and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel in the Federal Register July 29, officially opening a public comment period. Comments on the proposal are due Aug. 30. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

RFA extends ethanol invite as EPA head visits oil refinery

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has invited U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to visit an ethanol plant as a follow-up to his July 29 tour of Monroe Energy's oil refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania. READ MORE

July 25, 2019

Valero: Ethanol earnings down, renewable diesel earnings up in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyValero Energy Corp. released second quarter financial results on July 25, reporting mixed results for its biofuel segments. Income from the ethanol segment was down, but income from renewable diesel was up. Production volumes of both fuels increased. READ MORE

July 25, 2019

EPA posts call-in information for July 31 hearing on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for its July 31 hearing on the proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 25, 2019

Year-round E15 highlighted in MN Biofuels’ mid-year report

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association’s 2019 First-Half Report highlights the organization’s push to grow the use of E15 in Minnesota, and the impacts the 1-pound RVP waiver for the fuel has had on the state. READ MORE

July 25, 2019

ACE calls on EPA to rely on GREET model as it considers RFS RVOs

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyACE CEO Brian Jennings highlighted the important role corn ethanol could have in further reducing GHG emissions if properly valued under the RFS in a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler July 25. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

DOE confirms EPA ignored recommendations on SRE applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Department of Energy has confirmed at least one instance in which the EPA approved a SRE application despite DOE analysis that determined the refinery faced no disproportionate economic hardship due to compliance with its RFS obligations. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

New York publishes proposed rule to allow E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe New York Department of Agriculture and Markets published a proposed rule July 24 to allow E15 sales within the state. The move will soon open the nation’s fourth largest gasoline market to sales of the fuel blend. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

USDA: 48 organizations receive ATP funds to develop export market

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe USDA has announced awards of $100 million to 48 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). The U.S. Grains Council was one of the recipients, receiving over $6.8 million. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

EPA: 37.05 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMore than 1.67 billion RINs, including 37.05 million cellulosic RINs, were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in June, according to new data released by the U.S. EPA. RIN generation for the first half of the year reached nearly 9.64 billion. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

Growth Energy ad urges Trump to listen to rural America

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy launched a new ad campaign July 23 featuring a fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer who is asking Trump to ensure that the U.S. EPA considers the devastating impact some of the agency’s policies are having on family farms. READ MORE

July 22, 2019

ABFC issues new study on Clean Fuel Standard costs

BY Advanced Biofuels Canada Found In:Business, PolicyABFC has released a statement on the prospective costs of the proposed federal Clean Fuel Standard, reporting that market data shows the real driver of high fuel prices in British Columbia is related to crude oil production and refining. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

USDA: $400 million still available for REAP loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA announced July 18 that more than $400 million is still available for renewable energy system and energy efficiency loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Report shows optimism for fuel ethanol use in Korea

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA recently released report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Services Global Agricultural Information Network says South Korea may soon revise its regulations to allow the use of ethanol-blended fuel. READ MORE