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Growth Energy writes more than half of fourth-round HBIIP grant applications

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By Growth Energy

July 10, 2024

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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 OMB on July 5 published its 2024 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan, which outlines rulemakings and other actions under development by federal agencies related to the RFS, biofuel infrastructure, CO2 pipeline safety, and wood heating.

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Ethanol blender pump grants available in South Dakota

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By South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development

July 01, 2024

The South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development is accepting applications for the Blender Pump Grant program to encourage the use of ethanol blended fuels. The program has been allowed $500,000. Applications are due Aug. 31.

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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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Increased use of lower-carbon liquid fuels in light-duty vehicles would lead to larger and faster reductions in GHG emissions than EPA’s recently finalized EV-forcing tailpipe emissions standards, according to a new study.

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Growth Energy new ad campaign invites consumers across the Midwest to lower their emissions and their costs by picking Unleaded 88 at the fuel pump. The campaign lets drivers know that “nature will thank you” for choosing Unleaded 88.

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On the heels of continued growth in E85 volumes, General Motors has certified new flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) for the 2025 model year. FFVs can use gasoline, E85 or any blend of the two, according to Pearson Fuels.

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This Memorial Day weekend, AAA projects 38.4 million drivers will hit the road over the holiday. Growth Energy estimates that U.S. consumers would collectively save up to $115 million in fuel costs this weekend by choosing Unleaded 88 (E15).

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The Renewable Fuels Association is launching its Ethanol Days of Summer Contest. The contest will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day, offering participants weekly chances to win $300 in free fuel.

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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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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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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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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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Iowa awards $3.4M to retailers to offer higher biofuel blends

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

February 02, 2024

On Jan. 30, Iowa’s cost-share Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) awarded $3.4 million in grants for 74 applicants that will add E15 to retail sites and one applicant to add a biodiesel terminal in Iowa.

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Growth Energy released updated data on Jan. 29 showing that American drivers recently surpassed a massive milestone: 100 billion miles driven on E15. The fuel blend is saving U.S. motorists an average of up to 15 cents per gallon at the pump.

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Growth Energy announced on Jan. 24 that it wrote 49% of all HBIIP grants for fuel retailers seeking infrastructure funding from the USDA’s HBIIP to install equipment that would allow them to sell E15.

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The Renewable Fuels Association’s annual review of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements indicates that E15 is explicitly approved by the manufacturer for use in approximately 95 percent of model year 2024 cars and light trucks.

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The attorneys general of Iowa and Nebraska on Dec. 13 asked a U.S. District Court in Iowa to require the U.S. EPA to “promptly” finalize rulemaking to allow year-round E15 sales in eight Midwestern states.

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The USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service in mid-2024 is expected propose a rule to codify the policies and procedures for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, according to information released by the White House OMB.

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Naig encourages nominations for Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards

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By Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

December 01, 2023

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging Iowans to nominate fuel marketers in their communities for the Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards, which recognize retailers that go above and beyond in their efforts to promote biofuels.

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The attorneys general of Iowa and Nebraska on Nov. 29 filed a motion for summary judgement with a U.S. District Court in Iowa regarding the U.S. EPA’s failure to act on petitions filed by eight Midwestern governors to allow year-round E15 sales.

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Sen. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., on Nov. 24 called on the Biden administration to finalize rulemaking that would allow E15 to be sold year-round in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Sheetz is celebrating Thanksgiving week by reducing Unleaded 88 gas prices to $1.99 a gallon at all Sheetz locations that carry this fuel grade in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Growth Energy recently calculated that, to date, American motorists have logged 90 billion miles on E15, proof positive that this more affordable, higher biofuel blend is the right choice for consumers.

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USDA Rural Development Senior Advisor Cindy Axne on Nov. 7 announced that USDA is awarding a $2.25 million grant to Golden Grain Energy LLC, an ethanol plant near Mason City, Iowa, to increase the availability of domestic biofuels.

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Growth Energy submitted comments on Oct. 26 to CARB as part of its effort to revise the state’s cap and trade regulations. The comments call on CARB to approve the use of E15 and update unscientific, outdated lifecycle calculations.

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The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association concluded a six-month E15 promotional campaign at Twin Cities metro-area gas stations on Oct 19. Throughout the campaign, MN Bio-Fuels partnered with KS95 FM to promote Unleaded 88 to consumers.

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The latest issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine tackles thermal energy storage, the rise of all-renewable E85, ACE’s annual conference, the return of a familiar face, and a wild new use for distillers grains.

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The American Coalition for Ethanol’s grassroots advocacy is focused on expanding ethanol use. As 2023 comes to an end, the group organization takes inventory of its efforts.

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