Policy

May 04, 2020

Opinion: Ethanol: Innovation Through the Now, Near and Next

BY Jennifer Aurandt-Pilgrim Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyIn these uncertain times, employing the “Now, Near and Next” approach can help companies prioritize investments in technology and innovation. Partnering with vendors and innovators to share in the investment and risk is critical. READ MORE

May 02, 2020

In Depth: Midwest Low-Carbon Biofuels Standard Pitched

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA coalition assembled by the Great Plains Institute is working to bring a policy like California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard to the Midwest. With an inclusive approach, the group asks states to support credit generation for an array of clean fuels. READ MORE

May 01, 2020

OPINION: Ethanol dominates in clean air contest

BY Chris Bliley, Growth Energy Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that a sharp uptick in biofuel consumption is vital to holding temperature changes below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Growth Energy's Chris Bliley notes biofuels provide other benefits as well. READ MORE

May 01, 2020

Biofuels groups send letter to EPA opposing API’s RFS petition

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRFA, ACE, NCGA and NFU sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 1 opposing the American Petroleum Institute’s April 6 petition that requests the agency reconsider the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard final rule. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

North Dakota offers $15M low-interest loans to ethanol producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOfficials in North Dakota on April 30 announced the launch of a low-interest loan program that will provide ethanol producers located within the state up to $15 million to help weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

ARENA seeks input on bioenergy roadmap

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Business, PolicyOn behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency is seeking input from stakeholders in Australia’s bioenergy sector to underpin the development of the Bioenergy Roadmap. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

Convenience, fuel retailers seek expanded SBA loan access

BY NACS Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerNACS, NATSO, PMAA and SIGMA recently sent a letter to U.S. House and Senate leaders requesting access to small business loans under the CARES Act for convenience and fuel retailers fighting to feed and supply America during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

Opinion: Don’t Lose Heart or Courage

BY Brian Jennings Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn the wake of COVID-19, ACE leader asks producers to find courage and confidence in the unabated value of octane, coproducts, low-carbon markets, and the strength of a more diversified business model. READ MORE

April 29, 2020

Americans for Prosperity urges Trump to waive 2020 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA coalition of 24 organizations, including Americans for Prosperity, sent a letter to President Trump on April 28 urging him waive Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements for the remainder of the year. READ MORE

April 28, 2020

Bill authorizes $600 million to support biofuel infrastructure

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerRep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, on April 28 announced the introduction of the Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020. The bill aims to provide funding for installing and converting fuel pump infrastructure to deliver higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard regulations delayed by COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Canadian government announced on April 24 it will delay publication of proposed regulations for the liquid fuel class of its Clean Fuel Standard until fall 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

Ethanol blends save lives through reduced vehicle emissions

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Business, PolicyEthanol blends save lives through reduced vehicle emissions. That is the conclusion of a new peer reviewed technical paper that validates previous research efforts by the UAI that find when ethanol is added to gasoline, it reduces toxic emissions. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

2020 FEW moved to Omaha, date changed to Aug. 24-26

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBBI International has announced that the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has been moved due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Originally scheduled for mid-June in Minneapolis, the FEW is now rescheduled to take place Aug. 24-26 in Omaha. READ MORE

April 22, 2020

Supreme Court to consider RFS point of obligation case on May 15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider whether it will review a challenge to the Renewable Fuel Standard point of obligation on May 15. Court documents related to the challenge were distributed to the Justices on April 22. READ MORE

April 22, 2020

API petitions EPA to revise 2020 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe API on April 6 sent a letter to U.S EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler petitioning the agency to reconsider and revise its final rule that set 2020 RVOs under the RFS and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

April 22, 2020

ISU study projects dramatic losses for ethanol industry

BY Iowa State University Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyA new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University projects economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak will mean steep losses for Iowa agriculture, including over $2 billion each for the hog and ethanol sectors. READ MORE

April 20, 2020

RFA provides update on COVID-19 impacts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe RFA estimates half of U.S. ethanol production capacity is offline. During a conference call held April 20, representatives of the ethanol industry discussed the impact COVID-19 is having on biofuel producers and stressed the need for federal aid. READ MORE

April 20, 2020

USDA: $19 billion COVID-19 program provides no relief for biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA on April 17 announced a $19 billion COVID-19 relief program to assist farmers, ranchers and consumers. Despite requests from representatives of the biofuels industry, the package provides no relief for ethanol producers. READ MORE

April 20, 2020

Ethanol industry could see $10 billion in losses due to COVID-19

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerAs the COVID-19 pandemic and crude oil glut continue to ravage world fuel markets, U.S. ethanol sales in 2020 could fall by more than $10 billion and the industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) could drop by nearly one-third. READ MORE

April 20, 2020

Governors urge USDA to help biofuel producers survive COVID-19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe governors of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on April 17 urging the agency to allocate funding to the biofuel sector to help address the economic harm caused by COVID-19. READ MORE

April 17, 2020

EPA: 26 SRE petitions now pending for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA released update small refinery exemption (SRE) data on April 16, reporting that one additional SRE petition has been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019. READ MORE

April 17, 2020

RFA to EPA: Oily waiver request deserves speedy rejection

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyThe oil refining industry’s latest attempt to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard should be rejected immediately, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in an April 17 letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. READ MORE

April 16, 2020

Five oil state governors ask the EPA to waive 2020 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe governors of Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah and Louisiana have sent letters to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking the agency to waive 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements due to market impacts caused by COVID-19. READ MORE

April 16, 2020

UNICA asks government to help prevent ethanol industry collapse

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, is asking the Brazilian government to take action to help prevent the nation’s sugar and ethanol industry from collapsing due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 15, 2020

Report: Biofuel jobs up 2% in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Officials recently published the 2020 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, which determined U.S. biofuel jobs grew by approximately 2 percent last year. READ MORE

April 15, 2020

ePURE informs EU of challenges caused by COVID-19

BY ePURE Found In:Business, PolicyEuropean renewable ethanol producers have asked the European Commission to consider addressing challenges that have arisen from shifting market conditions as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. READ MORE

April 14, 2020

ACE urges USDA to use CARES Act funding to aid ethanol producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyAmerican Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on April 13 urging the USDA to utilize funding in the recently-enacted CARES Act to provide emergency assistance to ethanol producers. READ MORE

April 14, 2020

USDA unveils tool to help rural communities address COVID-19

BY USDA Found In:Business, PolicyU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on April 13 unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 13, 2020

EPA releases proposal to streamline existing fuels regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA released a proposed rule on April 13 that aims to streamline and modernize the agency’s existing fuels regulations. The proposed rule makes some slight modifications to the RFS, but idoes not make substantive changes to the program. READ MORE

April 10, 2020

House Biofuels Caucus urges Perdue to help biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on April 10 urging him to use funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry. READ MORE