Policy

November 22, 2022

USDA seeks comments on implementation of climate-smart ag funds

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Inflation Reduction Act, signed by President Joe Biden in August, allocated nearly $20 billion to support climate-smart agriculture. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is now seeking comments inform how it will implement those funds. READ MORE

November 22, 2022

ACE: Latest round of HBIIP funding closed, more available soon

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA has closed its application period for the latest round of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. ACE assisted fuel retailers throughout the latest applicaiton window and is ready to assist with applications for upcoming funding. READ MORE

November 22, 2022

Ethanol, oil and ag groups support year-round E15 legislation

BY Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn a letter sent on Nov. 21 to U.S. Senate and House leadership, a broad coalition of energy and agriculture organizations called on Congress to quickly adopt legislation that would resolve inconsistent fuel volatility regulations. READ MORE

November 21, 2022

EPA announces members of ag, rural communities advisory committee

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan has announced the appointment of 20 members, including the new committee chair and committee vice-chair to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee. READ MORE

November 17, 2022

EPA: 4 new SRE petitions filed, 9 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 17 released updated SRE data, reporting that four new SRE petitions were filed under the RFS during the past month. According to the agency, 9 SRE petitions are now pending, up from five that were pending as of mid-October. READ MORE

November 17, 2022

EPA: 1.81 billion RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 17 released data showing nearly 1.81 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in October, up from 1.71 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

November 16, 2022

USDA clarifies information on eligible applicants for HBIIP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA has clarified information regarding eligible applicants for the current funding cycle of its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which opened in August. Applications for this round of HBIIP funds are due Nov. 21. READ MORE

November 16, 2022

Opinion: Ethanol is Ready to Truly Get Off the Ground

BY Tom BryanFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Business, PolicyEthanol Producer Magazine's editor previews the feature articles in the publication's December edition while reflecting on the rise of EVs, the promise of higher-level ethanol blends and the enormity of the industry's burgeoning SAF opportunity. READ MORE

November 15, 2022

Senate ag committee holds hearing on Farm Bill energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Senate Ag Committee on Nov. 15 continued its work to develop the 2023 Farm Bill with a hearing focused on rural development and energy programs, including HBIIP, REAP, the BioPreferred Program, and 9003 loan guarantee program. READ MORE

November 11, 2022

$1.5 billion in IRA funding strengthens DOE national laboratories

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Business, PolicyThe Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy, on Nov. 4 announced $1.5 billion from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to build and upgrade America’s national laboratories. READ MORE

November 10, 2022

EPA delivers proposed rule to set 2023 RFS RVOs to the OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Nov. 9 delivered its proposed rule to set RFS blending obligations for 2023 and beyond to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final stage before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

November 09, 2022

Ethanol associations issue unified message ahead of COP 27

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn an intentional commitment to support the global fight against climate change, the USGC, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), UNICA, UNEM (National Corn Ethanol Union) and ePURE have come together to underscore the importance of ethanol. READ MORE

November 08, 2022

Biofuel groups participate in Treasury roundtable on IRA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy are among the organizations that participated in a virtual roundtable with the U.S. Department of Treasury on Nov. 7 that focused on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. READ MORE

November 08, 2022

In Depth: Adding Thrust to Ethanol-Based SAF

BY Luke GeiverFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPolicy makers are incentivizing sustainable aviation fuel across the globe. Airlines are eagerly signing offtakes and taking every drop they can get. With other feedstocks in tight supply, ethanol-based SAF production is ready to soar. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

EPA to release 2023 RFS proposed rule by Nov. 30

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA and Growth Energy filed a notice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Nov. 4 agreeing to extend the Nov. 16 deadline for the release of a proposed rule to set 2023 RFS RVOs. That deadline is now set for Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

As COP27 convenes, RFA stresses ethanol’s low-carbon benefits

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association has a simple message for COP27 delegates: Ethanol is a low-carbon renewable fuel available today to help meet climate goals—and it’s well on its way to net-zero carbon emissions in the not-too-distant future. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

RFA, allies urge Congress to act swiftly to avoid rail shutdown

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association and nearly 200 other organizations representing a broad swath of the agricultural value chain have urged Congress to act quickly to prevent a rail strike and service shutdown on Nov. 19. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

Growth Energy to Treasury: Use accurate LCA method for SAF credit

BY Growth Energy Found In:Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn Nov. 4, Growth Energy sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on implementation of Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 tax credits for SAF. The letter urges regulators to use accurate, science-based lifecycel carbon assessement methods. READ MORE

November 07, 2022

Opinion: Sugarcane Ethanol’s Ongoing Benefit to California

BY Leticia Phillips Found In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, Policy, RetailerThe future is bright for sugarcane ethanol, as it is poised to help meet LCFS goals while reducing the carbon intensity of hard-to-electrify sectors. Plus, new markets for the low-CI biofuel, including green hydrogen production, look promising. READ MORE

November 06, 2022

In Depth: Shedding Light on Biointermediates

BY Katie Schroeder Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyShoring up its provisions on biointermediates, the EPA is catching up with new and envisioned biofuel production goals. Following a workshop on the topic, Ethanol Producer Magazine spoke with a policy expert to learn more. READ MORE

November 03, 2022

Biofuel groups call GAO report on SREs shoddy, obsolete

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyRepresentatives of the biofuels industry are slamming a report on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s small refinery exemption (SRE) program released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Nov. 3, calling the report shoddy and obsolete. READ MORE

November 03, 2022

Opinion: Emergency E15 Waivers Provided Relief to American Drivers

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWhile E15 use continued uninterrupted in the summer of 2022, a policy or regulatory vehicle to make its year-round availability permanent is still needed. The Renewable Fuels Association and its allies are working on multiple paths forward. READ MORE

November 02, 2022

Biofuel, ag groups praise EPA’s decision to reverse SREs

BY Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association and American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy, RFA, ACE and NFU on Nov. 1 filed a motion to intervene in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the U.S. EPA’s decision to deny 69 petitions from refineries seeking small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

November 02, 2022

In Depth: Advancing Policy In Parallel

BY Katie Schroeder Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Drive Clean Initiative and Next Generation Fuels Act are simultaneously finding support in the ethanol industry. Both aim to usher in higher blends of ethanol, but via different mechanisms. One effort rides on low-carbon, the other high octane. READ MORE

November 01, 2022

IEA report outlines growth potential for liquid biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe International Energy Agency on Oct. 27 released its World Energy Outlook 2022. The report, in part, predicts global biofuel consumption could more than double by 2030 and continue to increase through 2050. READ MORE

October 28, 2022

ePURE: EU keeps CO2-netural fuels on the radar

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyNegotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission have provisionally agreed to a plan that targets the phase out the internal combustion engine by 2035. They did not, however, entirely dismiss the contribution of renewable fuels. READ MORE

October 27, 2022

USDA seeks public input on IRA’s biofuel infrastructure funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA will host a virtual listening session on Nov. 3 that focuses on Section 22003 of the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides $500 million in biofuels infrastructure funding. A 30-day public comment period is also being opened. READ MORE

October 26, 2022

Bioenergy Week fosters industry relationships across the Americas

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyIn late September, U.S. Grains Council ethanol staff traveled to Asunción, Paraguay, to take part in the ninth Bioenergy Week of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP). During the event, the USGC discussed ethanol and its benefits. READ MORE

October 24, 2022

EPA: 1.72 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that 1.72 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs) were generated under the RFS in September, up from 1.62 billion generated during the same month of last year. READ MORE

October 24, 2022

EPA: 1 new SRE petition filed, 5 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 20 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that one new SRE petition was filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the past month. According to the agency, five SRE petitions are now pending. READ MORE