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Missouri agency now accepting applications for biofuels infrastructure funding

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By Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority

July 17, 2024

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The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority on July 16 announced applications are available for the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program (BIIP). Applications are due Oct. 15.

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Growth Energy on July 10 celebrated another round of applications for the USDA’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), writing more than half of all applications submitted by site count.

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A new study by economists at UC Berkeley and the U.S. Naval Academy found California drivers could save 20 cents per gallon if the state allowed gas stations to sell E15 fuel – a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline approved in all 49 other states.

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The Michigan legislature on June 27 passed a $83 billion fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget package that includes a 5-cent-per-gallon tax credit for E15 fuel. Growth Energy has spoken out in support of the legislation’s E15 provisions.

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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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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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Growth Energy on April 15 celebrated another successful round of applications for the USDA’s HBIIP). During the most recent application window, Growth Energy helped write grant applications for 39 different retailers comprising 198 stores.

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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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Twenty-one drivers who fueled up with Unleaded 88 at a Holiday station in Plymouth during a two-hour promotion on April 11 were rewarded with prizes from the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM.

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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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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 latest issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine addresses distributed control systems (DCS), enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, diaphragm filter presses, and E15.

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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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IRFA: Iowa sets E15, biodiesel blending records in 2023

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

April 03, 2024

Data released by the Iowa Department of Revenue shows E15 sales increased 47% year-on-year to a record 178 million gallons. The report also found a record 68 million gallons of biodiesel was blended into Iowa diesel for 2023.

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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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Annual E15 sales in Minnesota hit a new record on 2023

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By Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association

March 14, 2024

Annual E15 sales in Minnesota reached a new milestone in 2023 with 127.56 million gallons reported sold, according to the latest data by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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RFA thanks House members for supporting year-round E15

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By Renewable Fuels Association

March 12, 2024

The Renewable Fuels Association on March 12 thanked a large, bipartisan group of 31 lawmakers who asked House leadership to advance a legislative solution that would allow the voluntary sale of lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 year-round nationwide.

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NATSO, representing truck stops and travel plazas, SIGMA: America's Leading Fuel Marketers, and the National Association of Convenience Stores on March 7 urged the U.S. EPA to authorize the summer sale of E15.

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Iowa lawmakers are continuing to press President Joe Biden and the U.S. EPA to allow year-round E15 sales during the summer 2024 driving season, via both the Midwest E15 rule and emergency waivers.

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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed confidence that the U.S. EPA will issue an emergency waiver to allow E15 to remain available this summer and discussed the USDA’s ongoing efforts with regard to SAF during a Feb. 28 congressional hearing.

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Data released on Feb. 29 by the EIA show that U.S. ethanol production and consumption rose nearly 2% in 2023 to reach their highest levels since 2019, while the blend rate hit a record 10.39%

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The U.S. EPA issued a final rule on Feb. 22 that will allow E15 to be sold year-round in eight Midwestern states beginning in 2025. The ethanol industry has welcomed the rule but is expressing disappointment in its delayed implementation.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Feb. 15 signed legislation that allows fuel retailers within the state to claim a fuel tax refund of up to 5 cents per gallon of E15 sold. The tax refund can be claimed for calendar years 2025 through 2029.

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Growth Energy on Feb. 20 submitted comments to CARB regarding the board’s proposed changes to California’s LCFS, noting that the proposed changes ignore plant-based fuel options that could immediately help the state reach its climate goals.

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In comments submitted to CARB on proposed amendments to that state’s LCFS, the RFA expressed concerns about a previously undiscussed sustainability certification program and the state’s continued delay in allowing sales of E15.

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ACE comments on CARB 2024 proposed amendments to LCFS

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By American Coalition for Ethanol

February 21, 2024

ACE has submitted comments to CARB regarding its 2024 proposed amendments to the LCFS. The comments focused on proposed “sustainability criteria” for crop-based biofuels, the need to approve E15 in California and the importance of E85 and FFVs.

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The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) Board approved 74 project applications totaling more than $3.4 million in cost-share funding for Iowa fuel retailers during its most recent quarterly board meeting.

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