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46 lawmakers urge Biden to ensure continued availability of E15

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By Erin Voegele

4 hours ago

PolicyE15

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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The Startup World Cup, the world’s largest startup pitch competition, will select one winner from Pitch Day at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo to compete in the Startup World Cup Finale.

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Nearly 1,000 farmers, ethanol industry workers and other supporters from across the country sent a letter to President Biden on April 3 calling on his administration to take action to allow continued access to E15 this summer.

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The RFA is urging federal officials to use a 30-year time frame to account for LUC emissions as they work to complete the upcoming 40BSAF-GREET model, which will be used to calculate emissions reductions for the SAF tax credit.

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The U.S. EPA has rescheduled a planned webinar on the biogas regulatory reform rule (BRRR) provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The webinar, originally scheduled for April 4, will now take place April 12 from 11:00-3:30 p.m. ET.

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The USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced on March 25 that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2023, which runs from Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration on April 1 opened a $269 million funding opportunity under its Airport Improvement Program. SAF infrastructure projects are among those eligible for the funding.

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The Renewable Fuels Association on March 28 filed a petition to intervene in support of a legal challenge brought by European ethanol producers against the European Union’s FuelEU Maritime Regulation.

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Legislation introduced in the Illinois Senate aims to create a technology-neutral clean fuel standard (CFS) that would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 20% by 2038.

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Growth Energy, RFA, NCGA, AFBF, NFU, and NSP on March 26 sent a letter to the U.S. EPA calling on Administrator Michael Regan to act swiftly on an emergency waiver for E15 sales.

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Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird on March 19 announced she would drop the state’s E15 lawsuit against the U.S. EPA following the agency’s promulgation of a final rule to allow year-round E15 sales in eight Midwestern states, including Iowa.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management in March issued a notice of intent (NOI) to launch a Voluntary Carbon Dioxide Removal Purchasing (CO2RP) Challenge.

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U.S. Grains Council staff recently traveled to Maputo, Mozambique and met with high-ranking government officials from the U.S. and Mozambique to discuss the country’s intention to implement a 10 percent ethanol fuel blend by August.

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The U.S. EPA on March 21 released updated RIN data, reporting that nearly 2.02 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in February, up from 1.91 billion generated the previous month and 1.76 billion generated in February of last year.

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The U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on March 21, reporting that one new SRE petition has been filed under the RFS in the past month. A total of 36 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 35 that were pending as of mid-February.

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US farm, biofuel leaders seek certainty on SAF

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By Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association

March 21, 2024

A multi-state coalition of biofuel leaders and farm advocates called on President Biden’s Treasury Department to swiftly resolve any questions standing in the way of efforts to scale up U.S. production of SAF.

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The U.S. EPA on March 20 released final national pollution standards for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty vehicles for MY 2027-2032 and beyond. The standards fail to address the GHG reduction potential of ethanol.

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Reps. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Darin LaHood, R-Ill, led two letters to the Biden administration urging greater action in developing new markets for biofuels exports and calling on officials to work toward the repeal of Brazil’s ethanol tariffs.

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President Joe Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan on March 19 recognized National Agriculture Day by honoring the farmers and ranchers who produce our nation’s food, feed, fuel and fiber.

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The Michigan Senate Committee on Energy and Environment on March 14 held a hearing to consider legislation introduced last year that aims to create a tax credit to support the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor on March 18 joined global biofuel industry leaders on a panel at S&P Global’s CERAWeek to discuss the changing biofuels supply chain and the role that ethanol will have in further decarbonizing the transportation sector.

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The U.S. EPA on March 15 denied a petition filed by the American Fuel & Petroleum Manufacturers in December 2023 seeking a partial waiver of the 2023 cellulosic biofuel renewable volume obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on March 11 each introduced legislation that aims to allow facilities generating renewable electricity from forest biomass, such as woodchips or sawdust, to participate in the RFS.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on March 15 released the 2023 Billion-Ton Report (BT23), which shows that the U.S. could sustainably triple its production of biomass to more than 1 billion tons per year.

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