Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion
Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:32 AM

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on May 18 announced it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

USDA: Corn use for ethanol falls to 434 million bushels in March
Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:30 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for May, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production fell to 412 million bushels in March, down from both the previous month and March 2019.

Iowa legislature urged to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials
Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:28 AM

As Iowa’s elected leaders prepare to return to the state capitol and wrap up the 2020 legislative session, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members urge legislators to take action on key biofuel legislation.

PNNL: Onboard separation technology set to improve fuel economy
Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:25 AM

A technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system.

Biogenic CO2 Coalition asks EPA to reconsider delay in rulemaking
Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:24 AM

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition released a video on May 27 highlighting the need for a rulemaking to clarify the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from the processing of annual agricultural crops.

Ernst, Grassley urge FDA to clarify hand sanitizer guidelines
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:38 AM

Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to the FDC on May 26 urging the agency to clarify its temporary policy for the manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate committee approves bioeconomy R&D bill
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:35 AM

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on May 20 passed the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2020. The bill, S. 3734, aims to strengthen and broaden engineering biology.

RFA asks EPA to deny secretive ‘gap year’ RFS waiver requests
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:31 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association on May 22 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to deny new petitions submitted by refiners for past-year waivers from their renewable volume obligations.

USDA publishes final rule for 9003 loan guarantee program
Saturday, May 23, 2020 2:25 AM

The USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service on May 18 published a final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing Assistance Program in the Federal Register.

USDA seeks sanitizer from Nebraska-based operation
Saturday, May 23, 2020 2:22 AM

A vision between two ethanol advocates to use excess ethanol to make hand sanitizer for Nebraskans has now became a nationwide effort. Nearly 7,000 gallons of Nebraska-made sanitizer has been donated to the USDA through the initiative.

EPA: SRE petitions filed for compliance years 2019, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020 6:23 AM

The U.S. EPA on May 21 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that two additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency; one for compliance year 2019 and one for compliance year 2020.

UNICA: April ethanol sales down nearly 30 percent
Friday, May 22, 2020 6:22 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data showing ethanol sales by mills in the country’s south-central region were down 29 percent in April. Sales in both domestic and export markets were down.

ePURE: EU ethanol production is vital to ag, climate goals
Friday, May 22, 2020 6:07 AM

Experts agree that achieving the EU Green Deal will require a massive increase in bioenergy, so it is important that we rely on renewable energy sources that are sustainable, preserving Europe’s biodiversity and protecting its food security.

Researchers create hybrids of 6 yeast species
Friday, May 22, 2020 6:05 AM

GLBRC researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a method to combine traits from up to six different yeast species in a single hybrid strain—a yeast that could carry more tools for a specific job, such as producing biofuels.

Ethanol production increases by 8%, stocks fall by 2%
Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:38 AM

U.S. ethanol production for the week ending May 15 was up nearly 8 percent while weekly ethanol ending stocks fell by more than 2 percent, according to data released on May 20 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Wheeler discusses RFS waivers, SREs during Senate hearing
Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:37 AM

The RFS, SREs and EPA rulemakings to classify biomass as carbon neutral were among the topics discussed during a May 20 hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works focused on oversight of the U.S. EPA.

Biofuel feedstock reimbursement act introduced in US Senate
Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:31 AM

Legislation was introduced May 19 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, which would provide assistance to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from the health crisis.

15 senators ask EPA to waive 2020 RFS blending requirements
Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:29 AM

A group of 15 republican senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 19 urging the agency to grant petitions filed by six state governors last month that seek a waiver of 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements.

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:53 AM

The American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska.

EPA proposal aims to improve transparency of guidance documents
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:52 AM

The EPA has released a proposed rule that aims to establish consistent requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance documents. The agency said the rule will increase transparency and improve its process for managing guidance documents.

CropEnergies reports record revenues for 2019-’20 fiscal year
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:48 AM

European ethanol producer CropEnergies announced on May 13 the company achieved record revenues for the 2019-’20 financial year, which ended Feb. 29. Revenues are expected to fall during the current year, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EPA panel asked to review public health benefits of ethanol
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:45 AM

The Urban Air Initiative sent a letter to the COVID-19 Review Panel within the EPA’s Science Advisory Board asking them to look at the research that shows the impact gasoline additives have on tailpipe emissions and air pollution.

RFA-USDA webinars to spotlight retailer infrastructure grants
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:43 AM

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association will host two webinars this month to help fuel retailers and others understand the new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP.

House passes HEROES Act, bill includes aid for biofuel producers
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:07 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives on May 15 voted 208 to 199 to pass a fourth COVID-19 stimulus package. The bill, known as the HEROES Act, would provide dedicated relief for biofuel producers by establishing the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program.

SCOTUS denies petition to review RFS point of obligation issue
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:06 AM

The Supreme Court on May 18 announced it has denied a petition filed by Valero Energy Corp. asking the court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

USGC demonstrates how CDO creates favorable pigmentation in eggs
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:03 AM

In Mexico, the U.S. Grains Council is working with poultry producers to examine how U.S. corn distillers oil (CDO) can help achieve the darker yellow egg yolk desired by consumers and boost the immune systems of the chickens that lay those eggs.

USDA now accepting applications for HBIIP
Saturday, May 16, 2020 7:34 AM

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky on May 15 announced that the USDA has launched an online portal to begin accepting applications for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program grants.

RFA: Fuel demand begins recovery, poll finds support for biofuel
Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:43 AM

The RFA on May 15 held a media call to discuss market impacts of COVID-19, recent polling results that show strong support for biofuels, the need for federal relief for biofuel producers, and barriers to hand sanitizer production.

EPA delivers proposed rule to set 2021 RFS RVOs to OMB
Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:41 AM

The U.S. EPA has delivered its proposed rule to set 2021 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 2022 RVO for biomass-based diesel to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Wolf asks EPA to waive RFS blending requirements
Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:39 AM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on May 11 requesting that the agency exercise its waiver authority to reduce Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements.

Growth Energy urges EPA COVID-19 panel to examine air toxics
Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:38 AM

In a letter to the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board, Growth Energy urged members of a new COVID-19 Review Panel to examine the impact of toxic gasoline additives on respiratory health, as well as the potential benefits offered by ethanol.

Aemetis upgrades Keyes plant, prepares for startup of RNG project
Friday, May 15, 2020 6:23 AM

Eric McAfee, chairman and CEO of Aemetis Inc., discussed steps the company is taking to produce pharmacopeia- and food-grade alcohol and provided updates of the company’s advanced biofuel projects during a first quarter earnings call held May 14.

EPA opens comment period on fuels regulatory streamlining rule
Friday, May 15, 2020 4:12 AM

The U.S. EPA on May 14 officially opened the public comment period on its recently announced proposed rule to streamline and modernize its existing fuels regulations. Comments must be received by June 29.

Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released
Friday, May 15, 2020 4:10 AM

BBI International and Biodiesel Magazine are pleased to announce that the agenda for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, set to take place Aug. 24-26, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released and is now available online.

The door is open for ethanol producers and CCS
Friday, May 15, 2020 4:06 AM

Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is making a lot of traction. California's LCFS has recognized CCS as a viable pathway to reduce emissions from transportation fuels and Congress has expanded the 45Q tax credit for carbon capture projects.

EPA’s anti-competitive limits on ethanol blending are illegal
Friday, May 15, 2020 4:01 AM

Attorneys for a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture and clean fuel organizations filed their opening brief arguing that EPA regulatory barriers that prevent ethanol from competing for greater market share are illegal. according to the UAI.

NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem collaborate on plastics recycling
Friday, May 15, 2020 3:59 AM

NOVA Chemicals Corp. and Enerkem Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics.

EIA: Ethanol production up, stocks fall for week ending May 8
Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:57 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up more than 3 percent the week ending May 8 while ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by nearly 6 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on May 13.

Pacific Ethanol gradually increases ethanol production volumes
Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:56 AM

Neil Koehler, president and CEO of Pacific Ethanol Inc., announced on May 13 the company is gradually increasing production as fuel demand increase and margins improve. The company is now operating at approximately 50 percent capacity.

LucasE3 announces agreement to build corn ethanol plant in Brazil
Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:53 AM

LucasE3 has announced an agreement with Brazil-based Maracajá Bioenergia to build a new corn ethanol plant in the northern region of the state of Mato Grosso near the municipality of Matupá. Construction is expected to start later this year.

Gevo’s Luverne facility to remain idle
Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:50 AM

Patrick Gruber, president and CEO of Gevo Inc., said on May 12 he expects the company’s biorefinery in Luverne, Minnesota, to remain idle for the remainder of the year. The company’s plant in Silsbee, Texas, however, continues to operate.

ClearFlame joins RFA as newest member
Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:49 AM

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced ClearFlame Engine Technologies as the organization’s newest associate member. The company makes modificaitons to diesel engines that allows them to use 100 percent fuel ethanol.

SCS approved as verification body for California LCFS
Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:42 AM

SCS Global Services is now approved by CARB as a verification body for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. CARB recently added third-party verification requirements to the LCFS to ensure data completeness, accuracy, and conformance with the regulation.

HEROES Act includes COVID-19 relief payments for biofuel plants
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:51 AM

A fourth COVID-19 stimulus package known as the HEROES Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 12. The bill includes dedicated relief for biofuels producers by establishing the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program.

WASDE predicts rebound in corn use for ethanol production
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:50 AM

The USDA is predicting 5.2 billion bushels of corn will go to ethanol production during the 2020-’21 crop year, up 250 million bushels when compared to the estimated volume of corn that went to ethanol production during the 2019-’20 crop year.

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