Policy

April 17, 2018

McConnell introduces the Hemp Farming Act of 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, PolicyOn April 12, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, legislation that aims to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Senators ask EPA to cease issuing RFS ‘hardship’ waivers

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office Found In:Business, PolicySens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the RFS. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

Japan to allow imports of ETBE made from US corn ethanol

BY U.S. Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and their member organizations welcome the news April 17 that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. READ MORE

April 17, 2018

RICanada applauds Ontario’s move to E10

BY Renewable Industries Canada Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyBuilding on the success of current biofuel mandates, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) applauds Ontario’s leadership in increasing blending requirements for ethanol in gasoline to 10 percent by 2020. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

New UK biofuel targets take effect April 15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn the U.K., the new Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation came into force on April 15, requiring fuel companies to nearly triple the amount of renewable fuel they supply by 2032. The new regulations also introduce incentives for waste-based fuels. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

Hearing explores the possibility of a fuel performance standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing titled “High Octane Fuels and High Efficiency Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities” on April 13. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor testified at the event. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

USGC answers ethanol questions from Mexico service station owners

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAs Mexico’s energy sector continues to evolve, the U.S. Grains Council is running a series of technical workshops there to answer questions from local service station owners about how to utilize and profit from using ethanol. READ MORE

April 13, 2018

Senators issue statement against EPA attacks on RFS

BY Sen. Chuck Grassley's office Found In:Business, PolicyIn response to a January letter sent by Sens. Grassley, Thune, Blunt, Fischer and Ernst, EPA has again confirmed that oil refiners aren’t negatively impacted by compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Draft 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn April 12, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K Michael Conaway, R-Texas, released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. The legislation reauthorizes many bioenergy-related programs, but provides them with only discretionary funding. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

EPA gives North Dakota power to regulate underground CO2 storage

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Business, PolicyNorth Dakota became the first state to receive federal approval to regulate underground storage of carbon dioxide April 10. The approval puts North Dakota in control of carbon storage within its boarders and is expected to benefit ethanol producers. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

USGC: US ethanol exports hit monthly record

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. recorded the highest-ever monthly exports total for ethanol in February 2018 at 218.7 million gallons, according to data from the USDA. Exports so far this marketing year are up 6 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

ACE addressing ethanol marketing challenges at NEB Forum

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyACE board member and past board president Ron Alverson of Dakota Ethanol spoke April 12 at the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s 2018 Emerging Issues Forum about assessing new markets based on ethanol’s low carbon emissions benefits. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Trump pledges support for year-round E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn April 12, President Donald Trump pledged his support for allowing year-round sales of E15. Representatives of the ethanol industry are speaking out in support of his announcement. READ MORE

April 11, 2018

Perdue discusses RFS waivers during Senate hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue briefly addressed the U.S. EPA’s misuse of Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waivers during an April 11 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture. READ MORE

April 09, 2018

Senators ask Trump to stop EPA from misusing waiver authority

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn April 9, five republican senators from the Midwest sent a letter to President Trump asking him to direct the U.S. EPA to stop misusing waivers that are exempting large oil refining companies from meeting their legal obligations under the RFS. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

USDA: No Q2 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program during the second quarter of 2018. The next quarterly estimate regarding the FFP is expected to be released by July 1. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

IRFA to Grassley and Ernst: Tell Trump to fulfill promise on RFS

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyWith a White House meeting set for Monday to discuss the future of the RFS, Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers are urging Sens. Grassley and Ernst to tell president Trump that undermining the RFS would be a declaration of war on rural America. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

USGC: APEC roadmap supports development of global ethanol markets

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council is working alongside the U.S. government and with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to share the U.S. experience in constructing a national ethanol policy with markets quickly growing throughout the Asia-Pacific rim. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

Court approves PES bankruptcy settlement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn April 4, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the U.S. EPA’s proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions that allows the bankrupt refiner to waive a significant portion of its RVOs under the RFS. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

ACE: New video addresses gasoline retailer E15 liability concerns

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol released a controversial new video April 5, addressing fuel retailer concerns about potential liability for vehicle damage from the new E15 fuel. The video can be found on the flexfuelforward.com website. READ MORE

April 05, 2018

RFA FOIA request demands answers on EPA small refiner bailout

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association hassubmitted Freedom of Information Act requests to both the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy in pursuit of more information and transparency regarding the recent issuance of RFS compliance exemptions to refiners. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Biofuel groups condemn EPA’s decision to award waiver to Andeavor

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySupporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out in response to reports that the U.S. EPA has awarded small refinery waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard to large refiners. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

USGC opens application period for advisory teams

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Grains Council is now accepting applications for the organization’s advisory teams, known as A-teams, for the 2018-2020 term. The application deadline is April 27. A-team appointments will be finalized in July. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

EPA opens public comment period on isobutanol fuel registration

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is seeking public comment on any aspect of the use of isobutanol in gasoline in response to a fuel registration application filed by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC. The public comment period ends April 30. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Refineries given RFS waivers is ‘outrageous abuse of the statute’

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyReuters has reported that EPA has exempted several refineries owned by one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies, Andeavor, from compliance with the 2016 RFS RVOs. The RFA called the waiver "an outrageous abuse of the statute." READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Upcoming GHG/CAFE rulemaking an opportunity for high-octane fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn April 2, the U.S. EPA announced the completion of its midterm evaluation process for GHG emission standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025. The agency determined that current standards should be revised. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

China enacts retaliatory tariff on US ethanol, 127 other products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyChina is placing tariffs on 128 products imported from the U.S., including a 15 percent tariff on ethanol, effective immediately. The tariffs are in response to President Trump’s decision to place duties on imported steel and aluminum products. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

IRFA: Iowa blender pump program runs short of funding

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyDue to rising retailer interest in offering higher blends of biofuels, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program awarded all of its remaining FY18 funds during its third quarter meeting on March 27. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

Ethanol groups oppose proposed PES RVO settlement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives the ethanol industry are speaking out in opposition to a proposed court settlement between the U.S. EPA and Philadelphia Energy Solutions that would waive a significant portion of PES’s RVOs under the RFS. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

USDA report shows impact of US biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released a new report that measures economic growth, job creation and household income from biofuel and bioenergy production, along with future growth in renewable chemicals and biobased products. READ MORE