Policy

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

First Global Ethanol Summit begins in Washington, DC

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe first Global Ethanol Summit, sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association, kicked off in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14 with presentations from USGC's Ryan LeGrand and Mike Dwyer. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

Opinion: No Giant Package Necessary

BY Ron Lamberty Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: Trump Administration's promised "giant package" is not a hand-out to the U.S. ethanol industry. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Governors urge Trump to extend RVP waiver to E30

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerRepresentatives of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump Oct. 8 urging him to use existing executive authority take four specific actions aimed and helping to restore and grow the U.S. agriculture and biofuel industries. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

USGC: Long-term engagement leads to DDGS sales in Ecuador

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe largest commercial feed producer in Ecuador imported 6,650 metric tons of U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) valued at $1.3 million in the first half of 2019 following an ongoing targeted marketing program by the USGC. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

EPA’s SRE proposal under OMB review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe supplemental rulemaking referenced by the U.S. EPA in an Oct. 4 announcement regarding its plans to reallocate RFS volume obligations waived through future SREs appears to be under White House Office of Management and Budget review. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

UK government to implement ethanol tariff in no-deal Brexit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.K. government announced Oct. 8 it will adjust tariffs on ethanol in the event of a no-deal Brexit in order to retain support for U.K. ethanol producers, noting the “supply of [ethanol] is important to critical national infrastructure.” READ MORE

October 08, 2019

UK liquid biofuel consumption up in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.K. government has announced liquid biofuels consumption reached 599 million liters (158.24 million gallons) during the second quarter of 2019, up 30 percent when compared to the same period of the previous year. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

BIO announces 2021 leadership transition

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that industry veteran Jim Greenwood will step down as president and CEO of the world’s largest biotechnology organization after the 2020 election. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

EPA to release supplemental rulemaking to account for future SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe EPA on Oct. 4 announced plans to release its much anticipated RFS relief package but provided few details. The agency said a proposed rule seeking public comment on how and at what levels it should account for future SREs will be issued soon. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

Ethanol producers, farmers detail negative impacts of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association hosted a conference call Oct. 3 to discuss how small refinery exemptions (SREs) are impacting ethanol plants and corn farmers and the urgent need for the White House release its biofuel relief package. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

Axne, Klobuchar urge USDA to study economic impact of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyReps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Oct. 1 requesting the USDA study the economic impact of the 85 SREs approved by the U.S. EPA for compliance years 2016, 2014 and 2018. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

Minnesota accepting applications for Governor’s Biofuels Council

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Business, PolicyMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz is seeking applicants for his newly formed Governor’s Biofuels Council. Members of the council will be representatives of agriculture, biofuels and transportation industries, as well as environmental and conservation groups. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

Corn growers urge Trump to reallocate SREs, uphold the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyCorn grower leaders representing more than 300,000 corn farmers from across the U.S. recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to uphold his commitment to U.S. farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

USDA: No actions expected under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced Sept. 27 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which coincides with fiscal year 2020. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

STB renews charter of RETAC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe STB published a notice Sept. 25 announcing it intends to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee. RETAC was established in 2008 and provides advice to the STB regarding the rail transportation of energy resources. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

RFA: What happens when an ethanol plant shuts down?

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe idling of an ethanol plant—even if temporary—sends damaging shockwaves throughout the entire community in which the facility operates, including the immediate loss of a local market for corn and a sudden drop in local corn prices. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

EPA: 1.65 billion RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.65 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 37.37 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Farm industry leaders speak out against SREs

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyAg leaders from Iowa and Ohio say there is no question SREs issued by U.S. EPA are hurting ethanol producers and farmers. Four farmers from the two states took part in a media call Sept. 26 to address the impact SREs are having on their industries. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

US-Japan trade agreement could benefit ethanol

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new trade agreement was reached Sept. 25 between the U.S. and Japan, our nation’s third largest agricultural export market. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the agreement includes a staged tariff elimination for ethanol. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

MnDOT report on decarbonizing transportation addresses biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerMnDOT released a report Sept. 18 that aims to get the state on track to meet future goals for reducing GHG emissions in accordance with state laws. It includes a variety of recommendations to guide state policy, including those focused on biofuels. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

RFA corrects Wheeler’s misstatements about ethanol demand, SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Sept. 25 criticizing statements he made during a Sept. 19 congressional hearing where he claimed SREs are not impacting the ethanol industry. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

EIA: Ethanol production falls to 3-year low

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyData released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 25 shows U.S. ethanol production for the week ending Sept. 20 slipped to an average of 943,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since April 2016. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

USDA: Final rule to speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA published a final rule Sept. 23 that allows agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Congressional Biofuels Caucus urges EPA to account for SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administration Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 20 urging the agency to account for SREs when setting annual RFS blending obligations. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Growth Energy: US biofuels help drive environmental progress

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has released a report examining the potential impact of U.S. biofuels in America’s clean energy future. It presents data on ag innovation, provides a review of recent studies, and illuminates gaps in EPA's understanding of biofuels. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

USGC: Taiwan goodwill mission members commit to DDGS purchases

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyTaiwan signed a memorandum of understanding Sept. 18 committing to purchase 5 million metric tons of U.S. corn and 500,000 tons of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), extending their stable buying commitment for another two years. READ MORE

September 23, 2019

Wheeler claims ethanol demand not impacted by SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler fielded questions on SREs and the potential of E30 during a Sept. 19 hearing on U.S. EPA science and technology held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. READ MORE

September 23, 2019

White House seeks information on US bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public input on the U.S. bioeconomy in an effort to inform notable gaps and vulnerabilities and to identify areas in which the bioeconomy could benefit from government attention. READ MORE