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June 10, 2020

In Depth: Ethanol Plants Producing to Protect

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. ethanol industry saw a shift during the pandemic, as many plants sold or donated ethanol to be used in hand sanitizer production. While the temporary market provided cash flow for some, helping the nation in a time of need motivated all. READ MORE

June 08, 2020

Missouri biofuel entities now eligible for $200,000 grant

BY Missouri Department of Agriculture Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerOn June 4, the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced the creation of the Biofuel Infrastructure Program to increase the availability of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel in the Show-Me State. READ MORE

June 05, 2020

Iowa legislature reauthorizes biofuel tax differentials

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Iowa legislature has reauthorized the Iowa biofuel tax differentials, helping boost biofuel demand and lower prices. the bill extends and modernizes fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

OPINION: New normal is people saying ‘new normal’ all the time

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerRon Lamberty, senior vice president of ACE, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on fuel markets and consumer behavior and encourages fuel retailers to take advantage of the USDA's HBIIP program to offer higher blends of ethanol. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

OPINION: USDA grant program aims to expand ethanol infrastructure

BY Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, RetailerRobert White, vice president of industry relations at the Renewable Fuels Association, is encouraging fuel retailers who are considering offering higher blends of ethanol to apply for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

Growth Energy celebrates first anniversary of year-round E15

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerMay 31 marks the first anniversary of the U.S. EPA’s final rule allowing American drivers to fuel up with E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol, year-round. The rule represented the culmination of a decade-long campaign. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Iowa legislature urged to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerAs Iowa’s elected leaders prepare to return to the state capitol and wrap up the 2020 legislative session, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members urge legislators to take action on key biofuel legislation. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

RFA-USDA webinars to spotlight retailer infrastructure grants

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerIn cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association will host two webinars this month to help fuel retailers and others understand the new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

USDA now accepting applications for HBIIP

BY USDA Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerU.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky on May 15 announced that the USDA has launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBBI International and Biodiesel Magazine are pleased to announce that the agenda for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, set to take place Aug. 24-26, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released and is now available online. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

EPA’s anti-competitive limits on ethanol blending are illegal

BY Urban Air Initiative Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerAttorneys for a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture and clean fuel organizations filed their opening brief arguing that EPA regulatory barriers that prevent ethanol from competing for greater market share are illegal, according to the UAI. READ MORE

May 08, 2020

IRFA encourages Iowa retailers to apply for HBIIP grants

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA has released guidance on the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is offering support and encouraging Iowa fuel retailers to take steps now to streamline the application process. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

USDA to hold webinars on HBIIP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA has announced it will hold a series of training webinars related to the recently announced $100 million in grants it plans to award through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

OPINION: Funds for higher ethanol blends in USDA’s HBIIP pocket

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Policy, RetailerACE took part in stakeholders’ meetings with USDA throughout the process of developing the HBIIP and emphasized single-store and small chain retailers as being critical to widespread availability and use of E15 and flex fuels. READ MORE

May 06, 2020

OPINION: Casey’s making big strides on E15

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development at the Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWhile some fuel retailers have over-promised and under-delivered when it comes to offering higher ethanol blends, industry leader Casey’s is putting its money where its mouth is and making good on its commitment to add E15 at stores across the U.S. READ MORE

May 05, 2020

Opinion: How to Make Sure the EU Doesn’t Backtrack on Biofuels

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerIn Europe, biofuels continue to be the predominant source of clean transportation fuels, and we will still need low-carbon fuels like ethanol beyond 2030. Policymakers need to make sure the Green Deal does not backtrack on this vision and progress. READ MORE

May 04, 2020

USDA to award $100 million under biofuels infrastructure program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA announced on May 4 it intends to make available up to $100 million in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to support activities designed to expand the availability and sale of ethanol and biodiesel. 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

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 29, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production hits new low, weekly ending stocks fall

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, RetailerU.S. ethanol production volumes were down slightly the week ending April 24. Weekly ethanol ending stocks, however, fell by nearly 5 percent after setting record highs for four consecutive weeks, according to data released April 29 by the EIA. 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

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

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 21, 2020

Iowa’s E15 sales up 38 percent in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, RetailerIowa’s E15 sales grew by 38 percent last year, reaching a record high of 47.4 million gallons, according to data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue in April. Sales of E30 and E85 blends also reached record highs. 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 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 01, 2020

Ethanol production falls to 6 year low, stocks set new record

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, RetailerU.S. ethanol production fell by more than 16 percent the week ending March 27 to an average of 840,000 barrels per day, the lowest level since September 2013, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 1. READ MORE

April 01, 2020

USDA solicits input related to its Agricultural Innovation Agenda

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA on April 1 published a notice seeking comments on the most important agricultural innovation opportunities to be addressed in the near and long term. The comments will inform efforts related to the agency’s Agricultural Innovaton Agenda. READ MORE