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32 House members urge Trump to reject gap year SREs
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:51 AM

A bipartisan group of 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 2 sent a letter to President Trump calling on his administration to deny 52 gap year SRE petitions that have been filed in an attempt to circumvent a recent court ruling.

Growth Energy Urges EPA to combat PM emissions with ethanol
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:50 AM

Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley has submitted comments to the U.S. EPA on the agency’s review of the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter (PM NAAQS).

ACE: EPA misses opportunity to raise 2020 RVO as requested
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:46 AM

ACE CEO Brian Jennings has expressed his disappointment in the EPA for taking no action to follow through on ACE’s request to issue an interim final rule by July 1 to increase the RVO for 2020 to ensure 20.09 billion gallons of biofuel is blended.

RFA: New video spotlights ethanol’s important coproducts
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:43 AM

A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, including distillers grains, distillers oil, and captured carbon dioxide.

Harvestone adds 4 more plants to its platform
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:41 AM

Harvestone Group has added four plants owned by Glacial Lakes Energy to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. The four plants represent 360 MMgy of production capacity. Harvestone's platform now handles more than 850 MMgy of production.

UAI calls out EPA for failed PM reductions
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:38 AM

The Urban Air Initiative has filed comments with the EPA calling the agency's decision not to tighten air quality standards for particulate matter (PM) a shortsighted and technically flawed decision.

EIA: Ethanol production up 1%, weekly ending stocks fall by 4%
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:14 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up approximately 1 percent the week ending June 26, while weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell by more than 4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 1.

EPA issues guidance for ethanol plants producing hand sanitizer
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:13 AM

The U.S. EPA on June 27 posted a document to its guidance portal that explains how fuel ethanol plants that are producing hand sanitizer to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic can do so without invalidating an existing efficient producer pathway.

USGC celebrates USMCA as it enters into force
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:10 AM

U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement officially entered into force on July 1. The agreement represents a culmination of years of work to update and improve NAFTA, offering improved agricultural market accesses and fairer trade between the countries.

Ag, biofuel groups challenge EPA on SAFE Vehicles rule
Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:07 AM

A broad coalition of ag and ethanol groups are challenging the Trump administration’s recent fuel efficiency rulemaking, on that grounds that it ignores the efficiency and of higher ethanol blends and fails to realize the promise of increased octane.

OPINION: If you’re thinking about E15 and flex fuels, think fast.
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:48 AM

If you’ve been thinking about stepping up, standing out from the competition, and growing your profits with higher ethanol blends, there may be no better time to make the change, according to the American Coalition for Ethanol.

ACE launches video series on HBIIP application process
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:11 AM

ACE has announced the first few in a series of short fuel marketer-focused videos on the flexfuelforward.com website and is launching a broader digital advertising campaign to help fuel retailers navigate that application process for HBIIP.

UAI comments cite EPA’s obstacles to mid-level blends
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:09 AM

The Urban Air Initiative filed comments with the EPA calling on the agency to correct several crucial provisions impacting ethanol blends as part of a new rule designed to streamline regulations governing gasoline and diesel fuels.

OPINION: HBIIP: Past the halfway point, what have we’ve learned?
Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:05 AM

Believe it or not, we’re already at the halfway point in the 90-day application window for the USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. RFA's Cassie Mullen reviews lessons that have been learned so far.

Reynolds signs biofuel tax differentials bill
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:09 AM

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 30 signed a bill that will extend Iowa’s biofuel tax differentials for six years and announced her intention to use $7 million of Iowa’s federal CARES Act funding to expand the Iowa's biofuel infrastructure program.

Report: Ethanol, LCFS can help US meet net-zero goal
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:07 AM

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30 unveiled a climate crisis action plan that aims to serve as a congressional roadmap to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan shows ethanol can help meet that goal.

Sanitizer donated for distribution at RFA special events
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:03 AM

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has donated 1,000 bottles of its proprietary SIREtizer hand sanitizer to the Renewable Fuels Association, for free distribution at upcoming events.

Growth Energy champions ethanol blends in EPA update to fuel regs
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:02 AM

Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley submitted written comments to the U.S. EPA on its proposed “Fuels Regulatory Streamlining Rule.” He cautioned against changes that could impact market access to E15 and E85.

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition urges EPA to reject gap year SREs
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:44 AM

The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 29 urging the agency to deny the 52 gap year SREs oil companies have filed in an effort to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal's Jan. 24 ruling.

Rex resumes production at NuGen Energy plant in South Dakota
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:43 AM

Rex American Resources Corp. filed an 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on June 29 announcing it has resumed production at its NuGen Energy facility, a 150 MMgy ethanol plant located in Marion, South Dakota.

Blue Flint plant advances CO2 project, receives $3.4M grant
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:40 AM

Midwest AgEnergy Group, the parent company of Blue Flint, announced on June 25 the company has received a $3.4 million grant from the North Dakota Industrial Commission and is moving forward with a CO2 capture and storage project.

NGFA, NFU, and HIA join Biogenic CO2 Coalition
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:37 AM

The National Grain and Feed Association, National Farmers Union, and Hemp Industries Association have joined the Biogenic CO2 Coalition, a group pressing the U.S. EPA for fair, science-based treatment of annual crops.

Ernst blocks nomination of deputy EPA administrator over SREs
Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:21 AM

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced she will block the nomination of Doug Benevento to serve as deputy administrator of the U.S. EPA until the agency discloses exactly how it plans to deal with gap year SRE petitions under the RFS.

Corn use for ethanol falls to 245 million bushels in April
Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:17 AM

The USDA recently released its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report for June, reporting that corn use for fuel ethanol production fell to 245 million bushels in April, down significantly from both the previous month and April 2019.

USGC staff share US commitment to exports during IGC
Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:16 AM

More than 380 grain traders, industry representatives and policymakers from 50 countries gathered virtually to discuss the current state of global grain trade during the annual International Grains Conference on June 10.

Senators urge EPA to reject 52 ‘gap year’ SRE petitions
Friday, June 26, 2020 6:18 AM

A bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 25 urging him to reject the 52 gap year SRE petitions recently filed by small refineries in an effort to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court's January ruling.

Biofuel groups urge Congress to extend tax biofuel credits
Friday, June 26, 2020 6:16 AM

Six biofuel trade groups sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee on June 19 expressing support for the proposed extension of tax incentives for advanced biofuels that were included in the GREEN Act.

UNICA: Ethanol production, sales down in second half of May
Friday, June 26, 2020 6:15 AM

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was down significantly during the final half of May, while ethanol sales were down nearly 30 percent when compared to the same period of 2019.

ePURE: GHG reduction performance of EU ethanol reaches new high
Friday, June 26, 2020 6:13 AM

Production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members delivered an average of more than 72 percent greenhouse gas (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuels in 2019, according new certified data released in June.

EIA: Ethanol production up 6%, weekly ending stocks down 2%
Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:00 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up more than 6 percent the week ending June 19, while ethanol stocks fell by nearly 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 24.

Biofuels, bioenergy to benefit from Growing Climate Solutions Act
Thursday, June 25, 2020 6:58 AM

Testimony offered during a June 24 hearing held by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to consider the Growing Climate Solutions Act explains how the bill could benefit the biofuel and bioproducts industries.

Praj, Sekab partner on biofuels, biochemicals from forest residue
Thursday, June 25, 2020 6:56 AM

Praj Industries and Sekab E-Technology AB, Sweden signed a cooperation agreement to upgrade and commercialize base technology to produce advanced biofuels and biochemicals from forest residue as feedstock.

Proposal aims to add flexibility to Japan’s ethanol target
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:36 AM

Japan has opened a public comment period on a proposal that aims to increase the GHG emission value for gasoline and expand the list of conditions under which an unfulfilled ethanol target can be carried into the following fiscal year.

ADM to expand production of industrial alcohol in Clinton, Iowa
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:33 AM

To help meet continuing high demand for hand sanitizer, ADM on June 23 announced it is significantly increasing production of industrial alcohol at its Clinton, Iowa, corn processing complex. The new capacity will be available on an on-demand basis.

USGC: Containerized shipping recovering from COVID-19 shortages
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:30 AM

Due to heavy container traffic between the United States and Asia, 2020 has been a rollercoaster for containerized shipping following the outbreak of COVID-19 in January. Containerized grain shipment, however, have started to recover.

EPA: 1.26 billion RINs generated in May
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:58 AM

The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.26 billion RINs were generated under the RFS during the month, down from 1.72 billion generated during the same month of 2019.

IRFA: Absolute Energy seeds monarch fueling station
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:57 AM

Absolute Energy, an ethanol plant near St. Ansgar, Iowa, is one step closer to providing crucial habitat for monarch butterflies. Plant employees recently completed a seeding of its Monarch Fueling Station.

NFB: COVID-19 loss to Nebraska ethanol industry could top $1.3B
Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:51 AM

Analysis conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau indicates the state’s agricultural economy could face nearly $3.7 billion in losses from COVID-19, including a $1.303 billion loss for the Nebraska ethanol industry.

CoBank: US ethanol industry will consolidate, diversify
Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:49 AM

Excess production capacity and reduced demand will force the U.S. ethanol industry to transform its business model to create more value and improve its operational efficiency, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange.

EPA: 52 ‘gap year’ small refinery exemption petitions filed
Friday, June 19, 2020 6:12 AM

The U.S. EPA on June 18 released updated small refinery exemption data that shows small refiners have filed 52 “gap year” SRE petitions for RFS compliance years 2011 through 2018 in an effort to circumvent the Tenth Circuit Court’s January ruling.

EPA appoints Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee members
Friday, June 19, 2020 6:09 AM

The U.S. EPA on June 17 announced the appointment of 33 members to its Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the agency on a range policy issues related to agriculture and rural communities.

RFA ethanol emergency response seminars now a virtual experience
Friday, June 19, 2020 5:42 AM

The RFA has conducted nearly 300 in-person Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars across the country. Due to current circumstances and social distancing guidelines, the RFA now will be offering four-hour-long webinars through 2020.

US ethanol production up slightly, weekly ending stocks down 2%
Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:19 AM

U.S. ethanol production was up slightly the week ending June 12, while weekly ethanol ending stocks were down approximately 2 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 17.

Bill compels EPA to act on RFS pathway, registration petitions
Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:08 AM

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced a bill that aims to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations under the RFS that the EPA has failed to take action on and set a deadline for the agency to act on future pathway and registration petitions.

Trump urged to ensure implementation of China trade agreement
Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:07 AM

Several biofuel producers and trade groups are among the nearly 200 organizations that sent a letter to President Trump on June 16 calling on him to ensure the continued implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Agreement.

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