EPA issues RFS RVO proposed rule, proposes to deny SRE petitions


The U.S. EPA on Dec. 7 released a proposed rule to revise 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs and set long-overdue RVOs for 2021 and 2022. In a separate action, the agency is proposing to deny more than 60 SRE petitions.
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USDA announces $800 million in support for biofuels


The USDA on Dec. 7 announced the agency will make up to $800 million available to support biofuel producers and infrastructure, including $700 million in pandemic relief and $100 million in infrastructure funding to support the use of higher blends.
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OMB reveals expected timeline for post-2022 RFS rule, other rules


The Biden administration has signaled its intent to publish a proposed rule setting RFS RVOs for 2023 and beyond next spring. A variety of other rulemakings impacting biofuel producers are also scheduled taken up by federal agencies in the near-term.
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US government urges Supreme Court to deny review of E15 case


The government on Dec. 8 filed a brief urging the SCOTUS to deny a petition seeking the review of a lower court’s decision to vacate an EPA rule allowing year-round E15. The brief points to alternatives to court review, such as a legislative fix.
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Growth Energy: E15 ready to fuel 98% of US miles traveled


Growth Energy on Dec. 13 released a new report showcasing nearly universal compatibility with fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol (E15) among vehicles on the road today. The report was prepared by Air Improvement Resource Inc.
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Corn LP to install ICM technology for high-protein production


ICM has signed a contract with Corn LP to install the Advanced Processing Package. APP includes four ICM technologies that work together to mechanically separate corn into clean piles of fiber, oil, solubles, protein and enhanced protein with yeast.
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USDA: WASDE maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol


The USDA maintained its forecast for 2021-’22 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Dec. 9. The 2021-’22 outlooks for corn supply, use and season-average farm price were also unchanged.
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Verbio commences operations at Iowa biorefinery


Verbio announced on Dec. 8 it has commenced production of RNG at its biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa. The company acquired the former cellulosic ethanol plant from DuPont in 2018. The facility is producing RNG from corn straw using Verbio technology.
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Farm, biofuel groups ask EPA to resolve summertime E15 barrier


To facilitate year-round sales of E15 nationwide, six national farm and biofuel organizations have asked the U.S. EPA to enact regulations requiring lower-volatility conventional gasoline blendstock in the summertime.
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Biofuel groups ask Congress to clarify SAF credit


Growth Energy, NBB, NATSO and SIGMA on Dec. 9 asked Congressional leaders to exclude fuels made by co-processing biomass with petroleum at oil refineries from proposed sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) tax incentives.
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EIA: Ethanol production up 5%, stocks up 1%


U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by more than 5 percent the week ending Dec. 3, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 8. Fuel ethanol stocks were up approximately 1 percent.
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USDA: US ethanol, distiller grains exports up in October


The U.S. exported 104.74 million gallons of ethanol and 1.06 million metric tons of distillers grain in October, according to data released by the USDA FAS on Dec. 7. Exports of both products were up when compared to the previous month.
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