Policy

May 10, 2018

Senators seek answers on CVR waiver from Pruitt, Icahn

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyOn May 8, a group of senators sent letters to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CVR Energy Chairman Carl Icahn to request information on reports that the EPA granted CVR an economic hardship waiver under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Growth Energy taps industry veteran to head global markets

BY Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyGrowth Energy has appointed Craig Willis as its senior vice president of global markets, effective June 1. In this new role, Willis will oversee the organization’s market development efforts to increase ethanol’s footprint both at home and abroad. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Bright future for both ethanol and EVs, Dinneen tells Congress

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyElectric vehicles can play a complementary and synergistic role with ethanol-based, high-octane liquid fuels, providing American drivers with even greater choice and better environmental performance in the future, according to the RFA. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

Trump to allow year-round E15 sales, attach RINs to exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyPresident Donald Trump hosted a meeting May 8 on the RFS at the White House. During the meeting, attendees agreed to allow year-round sales of E15, to abandon plans to pursue a price cap on RINs, and to allow RINs to be assigned to exported biofuels. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Growth Energy’s retail partners call on Trump for RVP relief

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyE15 retailers from across the country are urging President Trump to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency follows through on his commitment to allow fuel containing 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Retailers ask Trump to allow year-round sales of E15

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyToday fuel retailers offering E15 in 11 states sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to immediately instruct the EPA to follow through on his pledge to allow year-round sales of E15 before summer restrictions begin on June 1. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Growth Energy presses for White House leadership on biofuels

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyAn open letter to President Trump in Monday’s editions of the New York Times, New York Post, and Wall Street Journal urges the president to “unleash rural growth by cutting the red tape holding back homegrown energy.” READ MORE

May 04, 2018

USDA solicits applications for Repowering Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA is soliciting applications for up to $5 million in funding under its Repowering Assistance Program, which helps eligible biorefineries use biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to create heat or power. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

Iowa legislature approves funding for state blender pump program

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn May 2, the Iowa Legislature voted to secure another year of funding for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program—a move that will spur economic activity across the state and support Iowa farmers. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

Groups ask EPA to prioritize cellulosic pathway approvals

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyToday five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking the agency to shift administrative time and staff away from demand-destroying Renewable Fuel Standard exemptions and toward pathway approvals for cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

May 03, 2018

DOE offers $12 million for Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Business, PolicyThe DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office has released a multi-topic funding opportunity announcement. Topic five of the FOA will be jointly funded by DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office as a part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines initiative. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

ABFA challenges EPA’s RFS small refinery exemptions in court

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Advanced Biofuel Association has submitted a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to sue U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, challenging EPA’s process for granting RFS small refinery hardship waivers. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Growth Energy ad campaign rallies Midwest behind E15 fix

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new radio ad launched May 2 by Growth Energy reminds listeners across the heartland that it’s “make or break time” for the rural economy. The radio spot encourages listeners to call on President Trump to lift restrictions limiting E15 sales. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

Poet radio ad: E15 would mean big gains for America’s farmers

BY Poet LLC Found In:Business, PolicyA new radio ad from Poet LLC lets farmers know “POET shares President Trump’s commitment to farm families.” President Trump’s plan to lift restrictions on E15 use during the summer driving season would improve the bottom line for farmers. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

EIA: US exported a record amount of fuel ethanol in 2017

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. exported nearly 1.4 billion gallons of fuel ethanol in 2017, surpassing the previous record of 1.2 billion gallons set in 2011. U.S. imports of ethanol in 2017 increased compared with 2016 but remained relatively small at 77 million gallons. READ MORE

May 01, 2018

Biofuels key to success of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard

BY Renewable Industries Canada Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyCanada’s two largest biofuels stakeholders—Renewable Industries Canada and Advanced Biofuels Canada—released the results of a new study April 30 on the economic impact of Canada’s upcoming Clean Fuel Standard. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

Senators urge EPA to allow year-round E15 sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA group of senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt April 30 outlining the benefits of year-round E15 sales. The letter follows remarks made by President Donald Trump on April 12 in support of a year-round waiver for E15. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes EPA handout to Icahn

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicySupporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out to condemn reports that the U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt granted an undisclosed small refiner “hardship” waiver to a refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn. READ MORE

April 30, 2018

EIA: Subsidies for renewables down as tax credits diminish

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:PolicyFederal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56 percent decline from FY 2013. READ MORE

April 27, 2018

Pruitt grilled on Capitol Hill while Cruz 'sideshow' held on lawn

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Business, PolicyThe debate in Washington, D.C., over RFS was in full force April 26 as U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was grilled at a House committee hearing on his issuance of waivers while Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with refinery and steel workers on the lawn. READ MORE

April 27, 2018

RFA to CARB: Ethanol plays a key role in LCFS success story

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyEthanol has played a key role in the success of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and is poised to make even greater contributions to the state’s climate policy objectives if certain regulatory actions are taken to allow greater market access. READ MORE

April 26, 2018

EPA: 20.98 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.98 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Perdue questioned on RFS, waivers, E15 during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuel Standard, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief and the U.S. EPA’s misuse of small refiner hardship waivers were among the topics discussed during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing held on April 24. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Opinion: Crafting Coproducts

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE MAY ISSUE: Editor in Chief Tom Bryan previews the magazine, including feature articles about coproducts, carbon capture, dryer safety, and a preview of the upcoming International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

EPA seeks nominations for MSTRS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which is designed to provide the Clean Air Advisory Committee with independent advice on programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

RFA: Small refiner waivers lowered 2016, 2017 RVOs significantly

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Business, PolicyEPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations for 2016 and 2017 have effectively lowered the volumetric obligations by at least 1.6 billion gallons, according to an analysis by the RFA. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

In Depth: Enhanced Oilfield Opportunities

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE MAY ISSUE: The amended 45Q tax credit makes selling carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery a viable strategy for some ethanol plants. With an interconnected pipeline infrastructure, the opportunity grows. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

EPA: Biomass from managed forests is carbon neutral

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Business, PolicyOn April 23, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that in future regulatory actions biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production at stationary sources. READ MORE

April 23, 2018

Opinion: Ethanol is Embraced Beyond US Borders

BY Emily Skor Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE MAY ISSUE: Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor focuses on worldwide ethanol demand and acceptance in this month's column. READ MORE

April 20, 2018

Opinion: Europe’s Renewables ‘Multipliers’ Only Subtract

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE MAY ISSUE: ePure's Emmanuel Desplechin writes his column about Europe's renewables policies and the loopholes that reduce their impact. READ MORE