Policy

June 27, 2022

Growth Energy challenges EPA’s ‘alternative compliance’ approach

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy filed petitions for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s decision to excuse certain refineries from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 27, 2022

New grain ethanol plant under development in southern Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe government of Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, on June 20 announced an agreement with Brazilian biodiesel producer BSBios for the development of a grain ethanol plant that will process corn, wheat, triticale, rice and sorghum. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Growth Energy, ag groups urge passage of Michigan biofuel bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee on June 23 held a hearing to consider legislation that aims to create a tax credit for retailers that choose to sell higher ethanol fuel blends, such as E15 and E85. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Biofuel, ag groups comment on SEC climate disclosures rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy, RNG Coalition, NCGA, and ASA are among the ag and biofuel groups that have weighed in on a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rule that focuses on climate-related disclosures. READ MORE

June 23, 2022

Sugar Valley Energy receives sales and use tax exclusion

BY California Ethanol + Power Found In:Business, PolicyThe California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority has awarded Sugar Valley Energy a sales and use tax exclusion (STE) on more than $235 million of purchases related to the facility’s construction. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Fuels Institute paper explores the carbon benefits of biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Fuels Institute in June published a new white paper that discusses the carbon benefits of various biofuels. The paper also addresses matters related to policy, feedstocks availability, and vehicle and infrastructure constraints. READ MORE

June 22, 2022

Alto Ingredients receives $22.7 million grant from USDA program

BY Alto Ingredients Inc. Found In:Business, PolicyAlto Ingredients Inc. announced June 16 that it has received a $22.7 million cash grant from the USDA’s Biofuel Producer Program, which provided $700 million in relief to biofuel producers who experienced market losses due do to COVID-19. READ MORE

June 21, 2022

OMB’s spring regulatory agenda includes timelines for RFS rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has indicated it will release proposed rules related to the 2023 RFS RVO and state requests to allow summer E15 sales within the next several months. The agency will also soon finalize pending canola oil fuel pathways under the RFS. READ MORE

June 20, 2022

USGC helps remove barriers to US ethanol imports to Brazil

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, PolicySince the Brazil's imposition of its ethanol tariff rate quota (TRQ) in 2017, the USGC has undertaken several strategies to reverse the decision, including approaching possible in-country partners that could share trade interests. READ MORE

June 17, 2022

USGC: Targeted DDGS promotion efforts drive sales in Mexico

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyThe USGC has taken a targeted marketing approach to DDGS promotion in one region in western Mexico, recognizing that members of the Sonora Pork Producers Union and the Sonora Poultry Association could represent a market for 90,000 MT of DDGS. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

House passes biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives on June 16 voted 221 to 204 in favor of the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, a legislative package that includes funding for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 16, 2022

EPA: 3 SRE petitions currently pending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on June 16 published updated data on small refinery exemptions (SREs) filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard, reporting that only three SRE petitions are currently pending, down from 69 that were pending as of mid-May. READ MORE

June 14, 2022

Senators ask GAO if SRE denials require congressional review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySens. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.; Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are asking the GAO to determine whether the U.S. EPA’s June 3 denial of 69 SREs must be submitted to Congress for review under the Congressional Review Act. READ MORE

June 14, 2022

FEW speakers focus on carbon, new market opportunities

BY Tom Bryan and Katie Schroeder Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerSome of the biggest names in ethanol kicked off the general session of the 38th International Fuel Ethanol Conference & Expo on June 14 with discussions focused on policy, carbon and new market opportunities. READ MORE

June 13, 2022

House to vote on biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the Lower Food and Fuels Costs Act, a legislative package that includes funding for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. READ MORE

June 13, 2022

Study: Ethanol is a cost-effective way to decarbonize transport

BY ePURE Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerRenewable ethanol fuel blends are the EU’s current most cost-effective solution for decarbonizing the petrol and hybrid cars that will continue to be prevalent on Europe’s roads for a long time, according to new research. READ MORE

June 13, 2022

USGC helps create export demand for US ethanol

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, PolicyTo help countries cut their GHG emissions and to meet their Paris Climate Commitments, the U.S. Grains Council and its industry partners continue to advocate for ethanol as an option for the decarbonization of the transportation sector. READ MORE

June 10, 2022

Ohio governor asks EPA for permanent solution to summer E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerOhio Gov. Mike DeWine on June 10 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Regan asking that the agency permanently remove restrictions on E15 sales, allowing the fuel blend to be sold during the summer driving season. READ MORE

June 10, 2022

ACE introduces CI calculator to showcase ethanol’s GHG benefits

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyACE has introduced a new carbon intensity (CI) calculator to help its members understand the CI of their farms and ethanol operations along with a simplified version of the tool to raise awareness about factors impacting the CI of ethanol. READ MORE

June 10, 2022

Growth Energy testifies on CARB’s Advanced Clean Cars II regs

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley testified before the CARB response to its proposed Advanced Clean Cars II regulation, which sets a goal to acheve 100 percent zero-emission vehicles sales by 2035. READ MORE

June 09, 2022

Biden nominates McKalip to serve as chef ag negotiator at USTR

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyPresident Biden on June 8 announced his intent to nominate Doug McKalip to serve as chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The USDA, USTR and USGC have spoken out in support of his nomination. READ MORE

June 09, 2022

RFA fuels up for Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Renewable Fuels Association will have an active presence during the 38th annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo conference, taking place June 13–15 in Minneapolis. This year, RFA has three staff members speaking at the conference. READ MORE

June 09, 2022

Opinion: In 2022, Net-Zero is About More than Climate

BY Andrea Kent Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyCanada's long-awaited National Clean Fuel Regulations policy, while monumental, is just be one piece of the nation's energy security puzzle. Along with supporting policies, it could address climate and simultaneously support an economic transition. READ MORE

June 07, 2022

National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo opens call for speakers

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe call for speaker presentation ideas is now open for the 2022 National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo (NCCC) taking place Nov. 8-9, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. The NCCC will accept speaker abstracts through July 8. READ MORE

June 06, 2022

USDA publishes report on E15 challenges, opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerA report published by the USDA’s Office of Chief Economist assesses the future market opportunities and challenges for E15 and higher blends of ethanol, including a discussion of technical, regulatory, consumer acceptance, and economic challenges. READ MORE

June 06, 2022

DOE BETO releases 2020 R&D State of Technology report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in May released its “BETO 2020 R&D State of Technology” report, which provides a status of research and development efforts and assesses progress made toward BETO goals. READ MORE

June 06, 2022

Opinion: A Myth-Buster’s Job is Never Done

BY Emily Skor Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyDespite a wealth of data and decades of science on the benefits of bioethanol, incessant detractors continue to attack the renewable fuel. Fortunately, the facts are on ethanol's side, and we’ll continue to bust the myths and educate elected leaders. READ MORE

June 03, 2022

EPA issues final RVO, biointermediates rule and denies 69 SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA on June 3 finalized the 2021 and 2022 RFS RVOs, reduced the existing RVO for 2020, finalized regulations related to biointermediates, denied 69 SREs petitions, and proposed an alternative RIN retirment schedule for small refineries. READ MORE

June 03, 2022

USDA distributes $700M in COVID-19 aid for biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyThe USDA on June 3 announced it has distributed a combined $700 million in COVID-19 aid to 195 biofuel production facilities. More than $486 million of that aid was awarded to 62 producers located in socially vulnerable communities. READ MORE

June 01, 2022

DOE opens $59M FOA for advanced biofuels, ethanol GHG reductions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy on June 1 opened a $59 million funding opportunity to support the scale-up of integrated biorefineries and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction in first generation ethanol production. READ MORE