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IRS issues guidance on registration for 45Z Clean Fuel Production Tax Credit

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By Erin Voegele

June 18, 2024

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS have issued guidance on how to register for the Section 45Z Clean Fuel Production Tax Credit, encouraging fuel producers who may be eligible for the credit to apply for registration as soon as possible.

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The Renewable Fuels Association and National Farmers Union on June 17 filed a lawsuit  in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. EPA’s recently finalized light- and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards.

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Industry responds to Brazil upholding 18% tariff on US ethanol

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

June 18, 2024

The Foreign Trade Chamber at Brazil’s Ministry of the Economy has upheld an 18% tariff on U.S. ethanol. RFA, Growth Energy and USGC expressed disappointment in the decision and said they will continue to work to rectify the unfair tariff treatment.

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The government of Australia on June 13 announced it is seeking public comments on ways it can incentivize a domestic low carbon liquid fuel (LCLF) industry, with an initial focus on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel.

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The U.S. EPA has approved an efficient producer pathway for Elite Octane LLC’s corn ethanol plant located in Atlantic, Iowa. The approval allows the facility to generate RINs under the RFS for non-grandfathered volumes of ethanol.

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on June 12 announced it will provide a EUR 60 million loan to Ukraine-based Lan-Oil LLC to support the development of a greenfield ethanol project.

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The SkyNRG Sustainable Aviation Fuel Market Outlook covers the current state and trends of the SAF market in the EU and U.K., the U.S. and rest of the world by assessing announcements of SAF projects and mapping out the capacity until 2050.

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The Philippines Department of Energy in May enacted a new policy that allows fuel retailers to increase blending to E20 on a voluntary basis. The country implemented an E10 mandate in 2013.

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The Renewable Fuels Association on June 11 released a study documenting the economic and environmental benefits of the world’s first plug-in electric hybrid flex fuel vehicle (PHEFFV).

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Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley delivered keynote remarks at the 40th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop, emphasizing ethanol’s pivotal role in growing the broader American bioeconomy.

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Navigating Complexities

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By Danielle Anderson and Kari Buttenhoff

June 11, 2024

The top concerns for third-party verification bodies in state low carbon fuel programs.

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Reps. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on June 10 launched the Congressional Sustainable Aviation Caucus, which aims to keep lawmakers informed on initiatives to improve aviation sustainability, including those related to SAF.

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The U.S. DOT’s NHTSA on June 7 issued a final rule setting new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. Growth Energy said the agency has again missed the opportunity to recognize the importance of high-octane, low-carbon ethanol.

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The EU has committed to carbon-reduction goals centered around E10 blending across its member states. The USGC recently sent a delegation to the region to build relationships with industry stakeholders and policymakers in support of that goal.

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The International Air Transport Association announced that its projections for a tripling of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) production in 2024 to 1.9 billion liters (1.5 million metric tons) are on track.

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The U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, including those with experience in the biofuels and agriculture industries.

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The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a Summary Report from a September 2023 Request for Information (RFI) on building supply chains to meet Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge goals.

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A Food, Feed and Fuel Manifesto

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By David Carpintero

June 05, 2024

The EU is entering a new political era, with voters electing a new Parliament and Member States sending new commissioners to Brussels. During this period of change, the ethanol industry is working to help build awareness of the fuel’s benefits.

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In May, another high-stakes legal challenge to the RFS was rebuffed, establishing some important precedents and putting the program on solid footing for the future.

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The USGC, Latin American Energy Organization and Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture have partnered to train government officials and industry and refinery representatives on the benefits of ethanol.

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The USDA is seeking information from the public on protocols that may be considered for inclusion in a new Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program, the main program of the Growing Climate Solutions Act.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on May 28 announced the renewal of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. The agency is also seeking nominations for committee membership.

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ePURE has announced the release of new research that points to 100% renewable Superethanol-E85 as a viable replacement for fossil fuels to reduce carbon dioxide emissions produced by transport.

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The House Committee on Agriculture on May 24 completed markup of its version of the 2024 Farm Bill and passed the proposed legislation by a 33-21 vote. Among the provisions included in the bill are those that support the SAF industry.

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The U.S. Grains Council on May 21 received notice of additional funding from the USDA under its Regional Agriculture Promotion Program. The award will disperse $17 million to the USGC for use in developing U.S. export markets.

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Kansas Corn Growers Association members are celebrating the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard which is entering its 15th year. While the RFS was enacted in 2005, its expansion in 2007 (RFS2) led to the significant impact of renewable fuels to the nation’s economy and environment.

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The U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $2.18 million in funding to four additional projects as part of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) 2023 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) call.

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The House Committee on Agriculture on May 17 released a discussion draft of its version of the 2024 Farm Bill, formally titled the “Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024.” The committee is scheduled begin markup of the bill on May 23.

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The RFA and Growth Energy on May 20 filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting a review of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ November 2023 opinion regarding the U.S. EPA’s denial of several small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions.

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The Australian government on May 14 released its $22.7 billion 2024-2025 budget. The plan, in part, includes provisions that aim to support the commercialization of net-zero technologies, such as SAF and renewable hydrogen.

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