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EPA: 2.06 billion RINs generated in April

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By Erin Voegele

May 16, 2024

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More than 2.06 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, up from 1.84 billion generated during the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on May 16.

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The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on May 16, reporting that no new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the past month. A total of 38 SRE petitions remain pending.

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A group of 25 trade organizations on May 15 sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the agency to release guidance for the 45Z clean fuels production tax credit along with any necessary updated GREET models.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on May 14 upheld the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) set by the U.S. EPA for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance years 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 9 signed legislation that, in part, boosts funding for the state’s renewable fuel infrastructure program that helps retail fuel stations install equipment to supply higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel.

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Leaders of the U.S. ethanol industry are seeking to intervene in a legal challenge of the ReFuelEU Aviation Regulation, which effectively bans the use of renewable, crop-based biofuels like corn ethanol as a feedstock for SAF.

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The U.S. Grains Council’s Southeast Asia and Oceania team recently participated in two leading bioenergy conferences in the region, underscoring the pertinent role ethanol can play in emerging new-use areas for transportation decarbonization.

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U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., on May 1 released outlines for competing versions of the 2024 Farm Bill.

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The Treasury Department and IRS on April 30 released new guidance on the SAF tax credit and announced the launch of the 40BSAF-GREET 2024 model, which incorporates a pilot-program to encourage the use of climate-smart ag practices for SAF feedstocks.

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Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on April 24 signed a legislative package that includes a tax credit to support the production of SAF within the state. The tax credit applies to eligible SAF that achieves at least a 50% GHG emissions reduction.

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A coalition of 36 biofuel producers, ag groups, airlines and other SAF stakeholders on April 24 sent a letter to Agriculture Committee leaders in the House and Senate urging them to provide support for SAF in the upcoming Farm Bill.

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The USDA on April 23 awarded more than $43 million in grants through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to support projects that will increase the availability of domestic biofuels in 15 states.

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CoBank is predicting a positive outlook for ethanol in 2024 as plants capitalize on lower corn prices and improved margins, according to the company’s latest Quarterly Research Report, released April 11.

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EcoEngineers on April 15 announced the expansion of its services in compliance with the Canadian Clean Fuel Regulations. The company has been granted a scope extension by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

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The U.S. EPA on April 19 issued an emergency waiver allowing E15 to continue to be sold during the summer 2024 driving season. The action aims to provide relief from ongoing supply issues created by the war in Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East.

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Nearly 1.91 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in March, down from 1.92 billion generated during the same month of 2023, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on April 18.

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The U.S. EPA on April 18 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the past month. A total of 38 SRE petitions are now pending.

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U.S. Trade Representative Katherine C. Tai on April 17 discussed efforts to increase market access for U.S. ethanol in Brazil during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Finance focused on the Biden administration’s 2024 trade policy agenda.

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Rep. Zach Nunn, R-Iowa, on April 17 introduced bipartisan legislation to implement year-round E15 sales. The Year-Round E15 Act would allow for sales of E15 in 2024 across eight Midwestern states.

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on April 15 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to immediately issue an emergency waiver allowing E15 sales to continue during the summer 2024 driving season.

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A joint statement issued by President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minster KISHIDA Fumio on April 10 outlines the intentions of the two countries to cooperate on expanding the availability SAF including SAF made from ethanol.

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A coalition of 13 states on April 10 filed a lawsuit asking an appeals court to vacate a final rule that revises the petroleum-equivalency factor (PEF) for EVs, claiming the rule harms ethanol producers and other stakeholders.

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The Renewable Fuels Association on April 15 urged the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service to reconsider its plan to stop reporting farm acreage, yield and production estimates at the county level.

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Dozens of federal lawmakers are continuing to push the Biden administration to issue emergency waivers allowing E15 to be remain available during the summer 2024 driving season, in line with emergency waivers issued the previous two years.

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On April 121, 15 Iowa retailers asked the Biden administration to issue waivers to permit the sale of E15 during the 2024 summer driving season. Similar emergency waivers were issued in both 2022 and 2023.

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Colonial Oil Industries Inc. will pay a $2.8 million civil penalty and purchase and retire 9 million RINs at an estimated price of $12.2 million under a settlement agreement reached with the EPA and Justice Department related to CAA violations.

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Ethanol industry submits joint comments seeking permanent removal of Brazilian tariff on imported US ethanol

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By Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council

April 11, 2024

The Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy in April jointly submitted comments within the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade (CAMEX) regarding the Brazilian tariff on imported U.S. ethanol.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced the keynote speakers for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) being held June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Growth Energy launched a new ad campaign calling on the Biden administration to protect summer access to E15. The digital advertising campaign will run across multiple platforms, including key news sites and YouTube.

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Eight Midwest states now have federal approval to allow E15 sales year-round—but not until 2025. For proponents of the stepped-up blend, the regulatory victory is bittersweet, and their sights are set on a larger goal.

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