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April 12, 2021

Walz highlights biofuels infrastructure budget proposal

BY Office of Gov. Tim Walz Found In:Operations, Business, Policy, RetailerOn April 9, Gov. Tim Walz and supporters of Minnesota’s biofuels industry urged the passage of the Governor’s Biofuels Infrastructure Grant Program budget proposal in order to strengthen small businesses, support farmers, and reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

April 12, 2021

Opinion: Ready for Another Summer with Year-Round E15

BY Emily Skor Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAfter a year that most Americans would sooner forget, we’re heading into a new summer driving season with fewer headwinds, greater momentum and a groundswell of support for lower-carbon fuels. READ MORE

April 06, 2021

Indiana governor urged to veto anti-ethanol E15 labeling bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Indiana House and Senate have each passed a bill that aims to implement additional labeling requirements for fuel pumps that sell E15. Representatives of the ethanol industry are urging Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto the bill. READ MORE

April 05, 2021

FAPRI predicts increased demand for E15, higher ethanol exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe University of Missouri’s FAPRI in mid-March released its 2021 U.S. Agricultural Market Outlook, predicting an increase in demand for midlevel ethanol blends, a recovery in ethanol net returns, and increased exports over the next decade. READ MORE

April 02, 2021

Even amidst pandemic, Iowa E15 sales surge to new record in 2020

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerSales of E15 jumped 24 percent and set a new record in Iowa in 2020, despite the pandemic-related drop in overall fuel consumption, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue. E15 and E85 sales in other states generally held steady. READ MORE

April 01, 2021

OPINION: Infrastructure that makes a difference

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe RFA helped eight companies secure awards under the USDA's second round of HBIIP grants to support the installation of more than 100 new fuel dispensers at more than 20 sites spanning six states, according to RFA's Cassie Mullen. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

OPINION: One more time: Yes, you probably can E15. Really.

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerACE's Ron Lamberty discusses the potential impact of the U.S. EPA's proposed rule on E15 labeling and underground storage tank (UST) system compatibility. A public comment period on the proposal is open through April 19. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

OPINION: 20 Billion miles on E15

BY Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development at Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerGrowth Energy's Mike O'Brien is excited to announce another retail market milestone: Americans have surpassed 20 billion miles driven on E15. This milestone is a testament to the continued success of E15 at the pump. READ MORE

March 29, 2021

CHS expands E15 availability through additional fuel terminals

BY CHS Inc. Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerCHS Inc. has announced it will expand access to higher ethanol blend fuels by offering E15 through 10 additional fuel terminals starting in early April 2021. The company has offered E15 through its McFarland, Wisconsin, terminal since January 2021. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Bill includes Clean Cities funding to support alternative fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerLegislation introduced by the 32 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 11 could provide federal funding to support the development of alternative fuel infrastructure and expanded use of alternative fuel vehicles. READ MORE

March 18, 2021

Iowa names recipients of 2021 Renewable Fuel Marketing Awards

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerIowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig in February announced Burlington, Iowa-based Reif Oil Co., and Omaha, Nebraska-based Sapp Bros Inc. have been named the recipients the state’s 2021 Renewable Fuel Marketing Awards. READ MORE

March 15, 2021

USDA seeks public input on climate-smart ag and forestry strategy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA on March 15 announced it is opening a 45-day public comment period to gather input on its climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy, including several topics focused specifically on biofuels, bioproducts and renewable energy. READ MORE

March 12, 2021

EPA approves changes to allow year-round E15 in Kansas City

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. EPA on March 12 announced it has approved a change in fuel requirements that will allow E15 to be sold year-round in the Kansas City metro area. Representatives of the ethanol industry are applauding the EPA’s action. READ MORE

March 11, 2021

Bill introduced to establish clean fuels standard in Minnesota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerLegislation introduced in the Minnesota Legislature in March aims to establish a clean fuels standard (CFS) that would require a 20 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuel sold within the state by 2035. READ MORE

March 10, 2021

Opinion: Biofuels Can Help Biden Administration Meet Ambitious Climate Goals

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerConsiderable attention has been focused on President Biden’s call for widespread use of electric vehicles, but we shouldn't pit EVs against biofuels. We should leverage both. They can be combined to more seamlessly transition away from fossil fuels. READ MORE

March 09, 2021

OPINION: 20 billion miles and counting

BY Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerAfter a tough year marked by unprecedented challenges, the biofuel sector is hitting the ground running with exciting progress on higher ethanol blends, said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, noting that 20 billion miles have now been driven on E15. READ MORE

March 09, 2021

Opinion: Ethanol: The Original Solar Energy

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Policy, RetailerMother Nature has already given us an extraordinary solar panel that covers several hundred million acres of cropland in America’s breadbasket, where energy absorbed from the sun is stored for later use in a perfect battery: an ear of corn. READ MORE

March 08, 2021

Research shows E30 is safe for long-term use in non-FFVs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerNebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 8 announced that research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services clearly demonstrates that E30 is safe for long-term use in non-FFVs. READ MORE

March 03, 2021

Biofuel infrastructure, GHG modeling bills introduced in House

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerCo-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus on March 3 introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to expand access to higher biofuel blends and fully recognize the environmental benefits of renewable fuels. READ MORE

March 03, 2021

OPINION: Now is the perfect time to add E15

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerDespite a lack of federal grant programs and higher ethanol prices, ACE's Ron Lamberty says now is the perfect time to add E15. Adding the fuel blend, he says, can help retailers offer a higher octane fuel at a lower pump price than competitors. READ MORE

March 03, 2021

OPINION: Conference panel looks at challenge of retailer future

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerOne of the biggest challenges facing fuel marketers is the shifting political scene and the current historic drive toward electric vehicles, according to Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

February 26, 2021

OPINION: E15 expansion stays on track despite pandemic

BY Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development at Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerDespite the COVID-19 pandemic, E15 availability continued to increase last year. The U.S. saw a 10 percent of retail sites offering E15 in 2020, and the fuel is now offered at more than 2,300 stations in 30 states. READ MORE

February 23, 2021

Ethanol industry applauds Senate confirmation of Vilsack

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerTom Vilsack is once again leading the USDA. The Senate on Feb. 23 voted 92 to seven to confirm him as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack, a former two-term governor of Iowa, served as ag secretary during all eight years of the Obama administration. READ MORE

February 22, 2021

USDA predicts 0.5% growth in corn use for ethanol through 2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA predicts that corn use for ethanol will remain relatively flat, increasing by 0.5 percent over the next decade, according to data released by the agency in February as part of its long-term agricultural projections through 2030. READ MORE

February 17, 2021

Bill aims to make E15 Minnesota’s standard gasoline blend

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe Minnesota Senate’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy held a hearing on Feb. 17 to consider SF 944, a bill introduced on Feb. 11 that aims to boost the minimum biofuel content in gasoline to 15 percent. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

Minnesota bill would incentivize sales of E15 and higher blends

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA bill recently introduced in the Minnesota legislature aims to provide gasoline dealers with a refundable 5 cent per gallon tax credit for sales of gasoline blended with between 15 percent and 85 percent ethanol. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

Ethanol industry generated $35B in GDP, supports 300,0000 jobs

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, Policy, RetailerEven after experiencing a drop in demand due to the COVID pandemic, the U.S. ethanol industry still had a significantly positive impact on the U.S. economy in 2020, according to the annual ethanol industry economic impact study released by RFA. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

Ethanol provides essential energy for meeting global challenges

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, Policy, RetailerJust as ethanol has played an essential role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the low-carbon fuel will also serve as essential energy for combatting climate change, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper said Feb. 16 at the 26th annual NEC. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

Iowa biofuel standard would create jobs, grow economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerLegislation recently introduced in Iowa that aims to establish a state biofuels standard would create more than 3,500 new jobs and generate nearly $550 million in household income by 2026, according to a study released by the IRFA on Feb. 15. READ MORE

February 12, 2021

RFA: RFS has slashed GHG emissions by nearly 1 billion tons

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA new analysis from a renowned carbon accounting firm finds that the greenhouse gas emission reductions achieved under the Renewable Fuel Standard far exceed the reductions originally projected by U.S. EPA. READ MORE