Policy

September 07, 2018

USDA: No 2018 actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Business, PolicyOn Aug. 31, the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. announced that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2018. The program encourages the domestic production of biofuels from surplus sugar. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

Opinion: On-Site, Automated and Efficient

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, automation, plant morale and more. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK ethanol plant to shut down Sept. 30 due to E10 delay

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyU.K.-based Vivergo Fuels Ltd. has announced plans to idle its 420 MMly (110 MMgy) ethanol plant, citing a difficult trading environment and delays in the introduction of E10 into the U.K. marketplace. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

EPA asked to process RIN applications for biomass, biogas power

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Business, PolicyOn Sept. 6, 111 organizations, including the American Biogas Council and Biomass Power Association, sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Opinion: EPA Needs to Reallocate Gallons from RFS Waivers

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Incoming RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper addresses the small refiner exemptions issued by the U.S. EPA last year, and how they affect the ethanol market. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Opinion: Nobody Wins When Countries Erect Trade Barriers

BY Bliss Baker Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recaps recent trade barriers and explains their implications. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Making America Great Again Starts with the States

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE: Dave VanderGriend, president of Urban Air Initiative, doesn't mince words in his column this month, calling out EPA for what he says is collusion with the oil industry. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Report: Ethanol production in Brazil to increase 9% in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Network provides an update of Brazil’s biofuel industry, predicting the country’s ethanol production will reach 30.755 billion liters this year. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

RFA, Growth Energy file lawsuit over RFS exemption records

BY Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy Found In:Business, PolicyThe Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy filed a lawsuit in federal district court Aug. 30, alleging that the U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy have improperly denied agency records requested by RFA, Growth Energy and others. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

USDA memo encourages EPA to account for small refinery waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyA recent memo sent to the U.S. EPA by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist shows the USDA believes the EPA should account for the impact of small refinery hardship waivers in its annual Renewable Fuel Standard rulemaking. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

NCGA says USDA trade aid not enough, calls for RFS, E15 support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released details on the $12 billion in aid it previously announced would be provided to assist farmers who have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs. The NCGA said the plan will provide little relief to corn farmers. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

EPA, NHTSA open 60-day comment period on SAFE Vehicles Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyOn Aug. 24, the EPA and NHTSA published the SAFE Vehicles Rule in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day comment period on the proposed rule, which addresses the potential of high-octane fuels. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

USGC: Trade talks with key grains partners keep Washington busy

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyAs Washington, D.C., confronts the peak of its infamous August weather, trade talks have also heated up, with officials from Mexico, China and the European Union in town to meet with their counterparts. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

EPA: 26.35 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.71 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 26.35 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Senators ask EPA to increase RVOs for advanced biofuel, biodiesel

BY Sen. Patty Murray's office Found In:Business, PolicyOn Aug. 23, a bipartisan group of 39 senators sent a letter to the EPA urging the agency to increase volume obligations for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel and appropriately account for small refinery hardship waivers in the 2019 RFS rule. READ MORE

August 22, 2018

USGC: Conference highlights burgeoning markets for US corn, DDGS

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyBuilding industry relationships and developing opportunities for U.S. agriculture in Southeast Asia were the goals of the 2018 Southeast Asia U.S. Agriculture Cooperators Conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, cosponsored by the USGC and others. READ MORE

August 21, 2018

New alliance aims to expand use of high-octane biofuels

BY National Farmers Union Found In:Business, PolicyNational Farmers Union, Farmers Union Enterprises and the Urban Air Initiative have formed a strategic alliance to expand the use of American-grown biofuels. The three groups intend to pursue a broad spectrum of advocacy and advertising activities. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

More than 290,000 comments filed on 2019 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe public comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass based diesel, closed Aug. 17. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe USDA is soliciting fiscal year 2019 applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

ACE releases white paper on low carbon benefits of corn ethanol

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol announced the official release of a white paper Aug. 17 entitled “The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol,” coinciding with a general session panel at the 31st annual ACE conference. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

Opinion: Branding and Policies, With a Little Production

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the September issue, including features on E15 branding, corn oil extraction, regulations and safety. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Grassley: EPA not pursuing plan to attach RINs to biofuel exports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA is no longer considering a plan would allow renewable identification numbers (RINs) to be applied to exported volumes of biofuels, according to remarks made by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, during an Aug. 15 press call. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

ACE leadership kicks off 31st annual conference in Minneapolis

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol kicked off the first day of sessions for the 31st annual conference in Minneapolis with a discussion on the progress being made and work that remains to expand market access for ethanol. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Opinion: RVP Season Ends, New Identity for E15 Begins

BY Emily Skor Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor praises the organization's Prime the Pump initiative and the work it's done to brand E15. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

In Depth: Violation, Education and Documentation

BY Tim Albrecht Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Up-to-date knowledge of environmental permits and laws, as well as thorough record keeping, can prevent noncompliance that results in costly penalties. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Report discusses Colombia’s recent move to an E10 mandate

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network discusses Colombia’s recent decision to increase its biofuel blend mandate to 10 percent. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Ag groups urge Congress to quickly complete work on Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Business, PolicyMore than 150 ag groups and businesses sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Agriculture urging them to complete work on the 2018 Farm Bill before the Agricultural Act of 2014 expires on Sept. 30. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Opinion: A Reality Check on Clean Mobility

BY Emmanuel Desplechin Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: EPure's Emmanuel Desplechin emphasizes the important role ethanol must play in reducing Europe's transportation emissions. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

In Depth: Outside OSHA’s Umbrella

BY Tim Albrecht Found In:Operations, Business, PolicyFROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE: Organizational standards and safety strategies can help eliminate incidents that fall outside the coverage of OSHA regulations. READ MORE