Policy

June 12, 2019

Senators ask EPA to end SRE approvals, reallocate waived volumes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA dozen democratic senators, led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to end approval of unjustified SRE applications and reallocate waived volumes. READ MORE

June 12, 2019

Senators urge EPA to process eRIN applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of nine senators, led by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeff. Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 11 urging the agency to act on pending applications for electric fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Trump celebrates E15 rule with visit to SIRE

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerPresident Donald Trump visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, a 110 MMgy ethanol plant located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 11 to celebrate the final rule issued by the U.S. EPA May 31 to lift restrictions on year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

From FEW: 45Q represents opportunity for ethanol

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyUnder new size specifications for the 45Q tax credit, almost all ethanol plants are eligible, said Jamey Cline, in business development for Christianson PLLP, during a carbon market panel discussion during the 2019 FEW in Indianapolis. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

AFPM challenges E15 rule, RFA intervenes in support of EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyAmerican Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit June 10 challenging the U.S. EPA’s May 31 rule to allow year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Letter urges EPA to process pending RFS fuel pathway applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 21 members of Congress, led by Reps. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 4 urging the agency to take action on pending RFS fuel pathways. READ MORE

June 11, 2019

Cooper delivers FEW keynote from Iowa ahead of Trump’s visit

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, PolicyThe 2019 FEW kicked off June 11 with RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper delivering his keynote address remotely from Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy. President Trump visited SIRE later in the day to celebrate the approval of year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

NCERC hosts visitors as part of American Congressional Exchange

BY National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center Found In:Business, PolicyThe National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center hosted Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., during the last week in May in an effort known as the American Congressional Exchange Program. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

RFA: Your source for E15 information that matters

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerWith the recent decision by the U.S. EPA to allow the year-round sale of E15 retailers need information and technical resources they can trust. The Renewable Fuels Association is serving as a source of that information. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

OPINION: OK, so NOW can I sell E15 all year?

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerWith the U.S. EPA's rule allowing year-round sales of E15 now in place, the American Coalition for Ethanol discusses fearmongering over equipment compatibility and helps explain what retailers need to do to begin offering the fuel blend. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

OPINION: RFA reminds of tools to help retailers sell E15

BY Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerAfter years of waiting for approval of year-round E15 sales, the Trump Administration has given its final approval for the year-round sale of E15. The RFA offers several resources designed to help retailers offer the fuel blend. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

OPINION: The road to securing E15 year-round

BY Alec Caso, communications association at Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy takes a look back on its efforts to pave the road for year-round E15 sales. Following a May 31 rule issued by the U.S. EPA, drivers across the U.S. have a choice to fuel up with the cleaner, more affordable fuel option all year long. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

UAI: Ethanol reduces emissions connected to heart disease, asthma

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, PolicyA new study finds that ethanol blends reduce particulate matter coming out of the tailpipe, which in turn reduces overall toxic emissions. The study was conducted by the University of California Riverside and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Letter urges extension of 3 biofuel-related tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerReps. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, and Josh Harder, D-Calif., authored a letter June 3 urging the House Ways and Means Committee to retroactively extend several expired biofuel tax credits. The letter was signed by 17 additional members of the House. READ MORE

June 03, 2019

RFA discusses future impact of E15 rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFA hosted a conference call on June 3 to discuss the expected impact of the U.S. EPA’s rule to allow year-round sales of E15 on the ethanol industry and fuel retail markets. The call also addressed expected legal challenges to the rule. READ MORE

June 03, 2019

Casey’s General Stores accelerates E15 store openings

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy and Casey’s General Stores have announced that Casey’s will expand its E15 offering to more than 60 new sites this summer. The company attributed this rapid expansion to the EPA's May 31 approval of year-round E15 sales. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

EPA finalizes E15 rule, steps back approach to RIN market reform

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe EPA released its final E15/RIN market reform rule May 31. The rule extends the RVP waiver to E15. It also includes reforms to the RIN market compliance system, although those changes are less severe than those originally proposed by the agency. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

Nebraska passes renewable fuels infrastructure bill

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts recently signed a bill creating a renewable infrastructure grant program. The bill creates a grant program to provide financial assistance to retailers who undertake projects to dispense and store E15 or higher blends. READ MORE

May 30, 2019

European ethanol again scores higher GHG savings

BY ePURE Found In:Business, PolicyEuropean renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 71 percent greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2018, well above the minimum legal requirements, according to new certified data from producers. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Bill would increase SRE transparency, reallocate waived volumes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyReps. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., introduced legislation May 23 that aims to increase transparency surrounding Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery exemptions (SREs) and ensure any waived volumes are reallocated. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

ACE revisits Tijuana to discuss ethanol with fuel retailers

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAmerican Coalition for Ethanol Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty recently returned to Tijuana,Mexico, to discuss ethanol with fuel retailers. The trip marks his 11th ethanol marketing workshop in Mexico over the past year and a half. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Duckworth urges investigation into EPA’s abuse of biofuel waivers

BY Office of Sen. Tammy Duckworth Found In:Business, PolicySen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., asked the U.S. EPA OIG to launch an independent investigation into whether top EPA officials violated the law by inappropriately exempting a number of oil refineries from having to use legally required levels of biofuel. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

EPA: 33.68 million cellulosic RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that more than 1.69 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 33.68 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Argonne updates model to help bioenergy developers conserve water

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory recently released an updated version of its Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources (WATER), an online computer model meant to help bioenergy developers preserve critical resources. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

House Biofuels Caucus asks EPA to split E15, RIN reform rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe House Biofuels Caucus sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler May 20 expressing support for year-round sales of E15 and urging the agency to complete its proposed RIN reforms in a separate rulemaking. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

ACE elevates low carbon white paper to Senate Ag Committee

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyACE CEO Brian Jennings highlighted the scientific and economic opportunities U.S. farmers and biofuel producers hold to support climate change mitigation and get the rural economy back on track in a letter to Senate Ag committee leaders. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Ricketts pumps E15, proclaims May as Renewable Fuels Month

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn May 17, Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska during a ceremony a local fuel station. Following the official proclamation, the governor stepped up to the pump to fill customers’ tanks with E15. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

CARB: Cleaner fuels offset 3 billion gallons of diesel under LCFS

BY California Air Resources Board Found In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyNew 2018 data from the California Air Resources Board indicates that, to date, the state's LCFS has replaced 3.3 billion gallons of diesel with cleaner fuels. The data also shows fuel producers are in 100 percent compliance with the LCFS. READ MORE