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Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River
August 22, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in Biofuels Digest (July 26 – The …

Special Report: Refiner Valero’s Secret Campaign against U.S. Biofuels Mandates
August 21, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  … As part of an extensive behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign, Valero played a key role in bringing these people and groups together around a policy proposal that could save the refiner hundreds of …

Biofuels Are Good for Iowa by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
August 21, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (River Cities’ Reader)  Q: How has your support for renewable fuels helped Iowa?  A:  Iowans breathe cleaner air and can chalk up a stronger, healthier economy thanks to renewable fuels. My …

EPA Public Hearing on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination September 6, 2017 in Washington DC; Comment period DEADLINE: October 5, 2017
August 21, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA will hold a public hearing on September 6, 2017 in Washington DC to hear public testimony on the Reconsideration of the Midterm Evaluation Final Determination.  EPA signed a Federal Register …

Pruitt, EPA Should Heed Court Ruling, Boost RFS Biofuel Blending Levels
August 18, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25 REsource) In a radio interview in Iowa late last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made pretty clear the rational that went into his agency proposing lower levels of cellulosic biofuels, advanced biofuels, and total renewable …

Tested, Proven and Driven – Ethanol Moving Forward
August 18, 2017 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The American Coalition for Ethanol celebrated its 30th annual conference this week by highlighting recent victories for the industry and embracing the challenges moving forward.
“We’re as close as we’ve ever been to getting …

Letter – We Are the Enemy
August 17, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swayze (The Public Opinion)  … In this case government verbally declared ethanol’s optimal, lower cost best performance blend E30 is illegal. Never before has a major industry resource so successfully quashed the competition by …

EPA Erred in Denying Renewable Fuel Hardship Exemption: Courts
August 16, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it denied Sinclair Oil Corp’s request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled …

EPA Interpretation of the “Inadequate Domestic Supply” Waiver for Renewable Fuels Ruled Invalid: Where to from Here?
August 11, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily/University of Illinois)  Three words–inadequate domestic supply–have taken center stage in the implementation of the RFS since 2014. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used a controversial definition of this …

EPA Chief: ‘Production Levels & Demand Matter’ in RFS Decision
August 11, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  … (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott) Pruitt said he doesn’t want his agency “being used” to spur the expansion of biofuel facilities.  READ MORE

EPA Administrator Signs Federal Register Notice Opening Comment Period for Mid-term Evaluation Reconsideration
August 10, 2017 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today EPA Administrator Pruitt has signed a Federal Register notice announcing that EPA is reconsidering whether the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas standards previously established for model years 2022-2025 are appropriate under section …

My Voice: EPA’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’
August 10, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Argus Leader)  …  On behalf of rural communities and family farmers, I am calling out the EPA and those who still drink the Kool-aid of EPA’s fraudulent assessments that E30 is …

Application of America-First Approach to RVOs Well-Intended, But Misses the Mark
August 9, 2017 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board)  The first action by the Trump administration on the Renewable Fuel Standard was much anticipated. The National Biodiesel Board and the entire biofuels industry eagerly awaited the 2018 renewable …

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God
August 9, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Brendan O’Connor (Splinter News/Special Projects Desk of Gizmodo Media Group)  In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel: affirming science. …

Democrats Look to Fit Electric Car Credits into EPA’s Ethanol Mandate
August 7, 2017 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel mandate could get a whole lot more complicated if Democrats are able to add electric cars to a credit program designed to boost corn …

Court Tells EPA to Enforce Obama Methane Pollution Rule
August 7, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) A federal court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday that it has to enforce an Obama administration methane pollution rule.
The order from Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia …

Processing Pathways
August 4, 2017 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Interest in cellulosic ethanol from corn fiber is piqued, as technology providers improve on their processes, increasing revenue stream possibilities for producers.  —  Some producers and technology developers in the …

A Better Fuel Mix Can Be ‘Made in America’
August 4, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Rick Santorum (Des Moines Register/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  … American ethanol now replaces more than 500 million barrels of imported oil annually and shields drivers from price manipulation by hostile forces within the …

Pacific Ethanol to Add Cellulosic Ethanol Production at Idaho Plant
August 4, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Wood and Josh Pedrick (Platts)  Pacific Ethanol plans to add cellulosic ethanol production at its Magic Valley, Idaho, plant and expects US Environmental Protection Agency approval by the end of 2017, the company’s CEO …

EPA Will Reject Change that Trump Backer Icahn Sought
August 3, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico)  The Trump administration plans to reject a proposal that would let oil refiners off the hook for complying with the federal ethanol mandate, a senior administration official told POLITICO, dashing the …

EPA Seeks Comment on Nominations to “Augmented” Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
August 3, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson and Campbell, PC)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register noticeon August 3, 2017, providing the names and affiliations of additional candidates currently under consideration for appointment to the Science Advisory Committee on …

Research Aims to ‘Co-Optimize’ Biofuels for Future Engines
August 3, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Agri-Pulse)  Research aimed at finding the right combination of fuels and engine technology that would maximize a car’s performance while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions has reached a milestone that ethanol advocates hope gets wider …

RFA Chief Says He’s Still Concerned RINs Market Is Being Manipulated
August 3, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Barber (Oil Price Information Service)  The head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) says the ethanol industry group remains concerned that “market manipulation” is a “significant factor” driving the price of Renewable Identification …

RNG Stakeholders Testify at EPA Renewable Fuel Volume Standard Hearing
August 3, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  Several renewable natural gas stakeholders attended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public comment hearing today on the 2018 Renewable Fuel Volume Standard Proposed Rule to advocate for RNG transportation fuel under …

Biofuels Drive Innovation
August 3, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Wesley K. Clark (Denver Post) … It is no accident that spikes in the cost of fuel have become further and farther between, despite near ceaseless turmoil in many regions of the world. Oil production …

EPA SAB to Review Biogenic Carbon Framework at August Meeting
August 2, 2017 – 10:10 am | No Comment

(Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August.
According …

Make-Ready: Decision Time at the Bioeconomy’s Gettysburg
August 2, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts are the headliners in a battle in and about Washington DC this week. You can call it what you want: it’s …

RFA Urges EPA to Increase Cellulosic Ethanol RVO
August 1, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen today urged the Environmental Protection Agency to increase its proposed cellulosic ethanol requirement to reflect growing bolt-on technologies at existing ethanol plants.
“We understand …

NBB Has Strong Showing at RFS Public Hearing, Calls for Higher Biodiesel Volumes
August 1, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing on the proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) had several witnesses testify before the EPA …

Notice of Opportunity To Comment on an Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Attributable to Production and Transport of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (Sugar Beets) for Use in Biofuel Production
July 28, 2017 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  In this notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting comment on its analysis of the upstream greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the production of Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (sugar beets) for use …

Federal Court Hands Ethanol Industry Big Victory on EPA Fuel Mandate
July 28, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  A federal appeals court on Friday handed the ethanol industry a major victory, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration fundamentally misinterpreted its authority under the national …

The Time Has Come for RFS Reform
July 26, 2017 – 9:32 am | No Comment

by Mike McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biofuels Digest) In December of 2007, President Bush—with overwhelming bipartisan support—signed the RFS2 into law. Since that time, it has become clear the law has worked for first-generation corn ethanol and …

Proposal on Biodiesel Regulations Concerning to Ethanol Producers
July 25, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (BH News Service/Daily Nonpareil)  … But it is the biodiesel part that really has people asking what is going on. The EPA has proposed that 2.1 billion gallons of diesel produced from sources …

Top 10 Storylines: Heard on the Floor at the 2017 BIO World Congress
July 25, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Industrial biotech’s biggest and grandest show, the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, opened today in Montreal and BIO itself was in the newsframe with a striking report debunking myths around …

OUR OPINION: EPA’s RFS Proposal Is Mixed Bag for Farm States
July 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Sioux City Journal)  Announcement earlier this month by the Environmental Protection Agency on new volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standards program produced a mixed bag of news for farm states like Iowa, Nebraska and South …

OPIS Publishes White Paper: “Implications for Revitalized Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol and U.S.-Produced Corn Ethanol”
July 24, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy recently launched RenovaBio, a program poised to take a radically new approach to expanding the production and use of biofuels in Brazil.
 
Should Brazil’s RenovaBio program adopt a Carbon Intensity …

Ethanol Blog: RFS Public Comment Period Opens Friday
July 21, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will officially open a public comment period on Friday on the latest renewable volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard, with the comment …

EPA Schedules Hearing on RFS Proposal for Aug. 1
July 12, 2017 – 10:59 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the …

EPA Targets Biofuel Imports and Biodiesel, HUH?
July 7, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA wants to cut imports of biofuels, but the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries are mystified as to why it’s getting into that arena, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports . …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
July 7, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer), commenting on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s calls for ethanol-free gasoline (E0):  A gallon of 91-octane gasoline with no ethanol will contain aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene and xylene. …

Pruitt Raises Idea of Higher Levels of Ethanol-Free Gasoline
July 7, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … (EPA Administrator Scott ) Pruitt also noted that EPA will be “assessing higher levels of ethanol-free gasoline.”
Ethanol-free gasoline translates into higher volumes of aromatic chemicals to raise …

Iowa Ethanol Supporters Push for Expanded E15 Access
July 7, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  Proponents call on Congress to support legislation to remove barriers to make E15 ethanol blend available year-round.  —  The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would change the language in …

AFPM Encouraged by EPA Proposed Changes to Biofuel Mandates
July 5, 2017 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR Newswire) Following the release of the 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson released the following statement:

“We are pleased the Environmental Protection …

RFS Proposal Stays the Course By Maintaining Conventional Biofuel Requirement at Statutory Level
July 5, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018. The agency proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 19.24 billion gallons (BG), …

NBB Statement on EPA’s RFS Proposal: This Ignores Reality and the Law
July 5, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Proposed Volume Requirements for Advanced Biofuels Fail to Recognize the Continued Growth of Industry  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal on the …

EPA Announces Proposed Volume Standards for 2018, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019
July 5, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On July 5, 2017 EPA issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for calendar year 2018.  EPA also proposed biomass-based diesel volume standards for calendar year …

Why High-Octane Gas Costs So Much More Than Regular
July 4, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Clifford Atiyeh (Car and Driver) …  As gas prices tumbled over the past three years, the premium-fuel premium skyrocketed from 35 cents per gallon in 2013 to 47 cents in 2015 and reached 50 …

TSCA Framework Rules Offer Manufacturers Regulatory Clarity
June 30, 2017 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(National Law Review) On the one year anniversary of major amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued three new “framework” rules on how it plans to prioritize and evaluate …

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in …

Watchdog Group Sues EPA to Access Communications with Icahn
June 28, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici (Reuters)  A U.S. watchdog group filed a lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to release communications with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who it says tried to …

Regulating the Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions from Biofuels Imposes High Hidden Costs on Fuel Consumers
June 28, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  … To penalize the carbon emissions from this so-called indirect land use change, the USEPA and California Air Resources Board include an indirect land use change factor when considering the …

Summertime Relief at the Pump
June 27, 2017 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Emily Skor  (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Federal fuel regulations play a major role. That’s because warm summer weather makes it tougher to hold down automotive emissions, so the U.S. EPA requires cleaner fuel blends …

California LCFS Guides Advanced Biofuels Industry
June 27, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Heather Zhang (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Carbon credit prices recover and multiple new pathways are certified as the state’s program gets back on track.  —  California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector …

Representatives Press Pruitt on Icahn’s Role in Shaping the RFS
June 26, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 21, democratic leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking him to detail policies and procedures the …

Trump’s Comments Please Ethanol Industry
June 23, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The ethanol industry was thrilled with President Donald Trump’s visit to Iowa this week where he put agriculture and biofuels in the spotlight.
“We’re here today to talk about how we’re going …

EPA Warned Fiat Chrysler about Diesel Defeat Devices in 2015
June 20, 2017 – 11:59 pm | No Comment

by Richard Read (WSET/The Car Connection)  In February, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ CEO, Sergio Marchionne, warned investors that his company could soon face a Dieselgate crisis of its own.
As it turns out, Marchionne had plenty of …

Coalition Promises ‘Vigorous’ Legal Action to Maintain Vehicle Emissions Standards
June 15, 2017 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  Leading a coalition of 13 attorneys general and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has given notice to the Trump administration that any effort …

Trump and the EPA Should Stay Out of Point of Obligation Fight
June 9, 2017 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by Gary Baise  (OFW Law/Morning Consult)  … Like the EPA, the vast majority of the liquid fuel industry is also strongly opposed to shifting the RFS point of obligation for a variety of regulatory and economic reasons. …

Siouxland Energy Is the Fourth Edeniq Customer to Receive an EPA D3 RIN Registration
June 9, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

(Siouxland Energy/Edeniq/BusinessWire)   Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a cellulosic technology company, and Siouxland Energy Cooperative (“Siouxland Energy”) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved Siouxland Energy’s registration of its 60 million gallon per …

$45B Annual Windfall for US Consumers with a Gasoline-Engine Overhaul? EPA Is Getting a Patent Worth Knowing about
June 9, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Patent & Trademark Office has just issued a “notice of allowance” for a patent by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency for a high efficiency, high …

Growth Energy Announces Ad Launch for E15 Fix
June 9, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy today announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers year-round. The bipartisan Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. …

ND Ethanol Plant Could Become First in US to Store Carbon Underground
June 7, 2017 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Ellie Potter (Grand Forks Herald) Red Trail Energy may soon be the first ethanol plant in the United States to store carbon dioxide underground as part of an environmental and economic effort.

Last month, U.S. …

Review of Auto Standards Raises Concerns From Former EPA Officials
June 6, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Iulia Gheorghiu (Morning Consult)    Former Environmental Protection Agency officials worry the Trump administration’s review of auto emissions standards could slow down U.S. innovation on fuel efficiency.
Stricter standards place a burden on automakers because of …

CFTC Says It Is Not Probing Icahn’s Activity in Biofuels Credits
June 6, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters)  The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission informed eight Democratic U.S. senators last month that it is not investigating biofuels credits after the lawmakers had urged it to probe billionaire Carl Icahn’s …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 6, 2017 – 11:55 am | No Comment

“Here we have EPA agreeing that higher ethanol blends can reduce emissions and acknowledging that engines and fuels must be looked at as an integrated system. Adjusting compression to address the slightly lower energy content …

Ethanol’s Biggest Advocate May Be EPA
June 6, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  In plot twist that may open the door to higher ethanol blends, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received an engine patent it has been pursuing for nearly a decade for …

Regs Under the Microscope
June 5, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Trump’s OMB has dramatically ramped up the number of EPA regulations it is reviewing and has begun taking lots more meetings to gather input from interested parties, Pro’s Alex …

Corn Ethanol Faces Its Limits under EPA Fuel Mandate
June 5, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Corn ethanol has reached its official limit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program, which means other less-developed, low-carbon fuels will have to step up to fill a 21 …

The RFS, Now and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Program
June 5, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The EPA administers the US Renewable Fuels Standards out of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, and management of the Standard has come under increasing scrutiny from critics of …

Forced Summer Hiatus Begins for E15
June 1, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  It’s June 1st, which means the kids are out of school, the pools are open, and E15 pumps in two-thirds of the nation are shutting down.
Today marks the official beginning of …

Invitation for Nominations to the Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee and Subcommittees — DEADLINE: June 30, 2017
May 25, 2017 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The BOSC is comprised of an Executive Committee and five supporting subcommittees. The subcommittees focus on Office of Research and Development (ORD)’s research programs: Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program; Chemical Safety …

Congress: E15 Waiver Hearing Still Coming and First Step on RFS Reform
May 25, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  It’s not scheduled yet, but Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso told reporters Wednesday that legislation allow year-round sale of gasoline blends with 15 percent ethanol would still get an EPW …

Trump’s Proposed Budget Includes Cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA
May 24, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  President Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed …

Rate of EPA Chemical Regulation Ramps Up Since Toxics Law Update
May 24, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Pat Rizzuto (Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.)  The Environmental Protection Agency has been regulating more new chemicals since the Toxic Substances Control Act was overhauled than it did before, according to a snapshot …

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up
May 22, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production.  —  The number to beat to …

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and ABA Books Release New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation
May 19, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the publication of New TSCA: A Guide to the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and Its Implementation, released today by the American Bar Association …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 18, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

Joel Kurtinitis in an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register:  These aren’t just farmers and businessmen, they’re chemists and biologists and engineers, too. There’s an immense amount of research behind ethanol production, fuel blending, …

With the RFS in doubt, Ethanol Pros Need the EPA to Back off
May 18, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Joel Kurtinitis (Des Moines Register)  … The RFS is an oddball issue that sees free-market libertarians allying with big oil corporatists, and liberal Democrats with Corn Belt Republicans — proof of the time-honored adage that politics …

Senators Call on SEC, EPA, CFTC to Investigate Trump Advisor Carl Icahn for Possible Insider Trading, Market Manipulation in Renewable Fuel Credit Market
May 18, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren)  U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), called on the …

EPA Approves Fuel Pathway for REG Geismar
May 17, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA recently posted a notice to its website approving a fuel pathway for Renewable Energy Group Inc.’s Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery. The plant can now generate D5 advanced biofuel …

Senate Republicans Urge Vote on Pro-Ethanol Bill
May 17, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  Republican lawmakers from corn-producing states are hoping to get a vote on a pro-ethanol bill as soon as possible after striking a deal ahead of last week’s failed repeal of …

Biofuel Groups Ask EPA to Ease Regulatory Burdens
May 17, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Several biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol production and use.
On Feb 24, …

National Biodiesel Board Submits Comments to Ease the Administration of the Renewable Fuel Standard for Biodiesel Producers
May 17, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)   Today (May 16, 2017) the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” …

Helping Trump Help Bioenergy
May 17, 2017 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Cleantech Conservative/Biofuels Digest)  … The Trump Administration’s two recent Executive Orders on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” and especially, “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” (March 28 & April 25, …

RFS Proposal Sent to White House
May 12, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The 2018 proposed renewable volume obligations in the Renewable Fuel Standard were sent to the Office of Management and Budget at the White House late Thursday, according to …

Icahn’s Pig in a Poke
May 11, 2017 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Members of the U.S. Senate are questioning whether Carl Icahn’s lobbying to change the Renewable Fuel Standard creates an ethics conflict with his role as advisor in the …

NBB Asks for Higher Biodiesel RVO
May 9, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by  Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is working with the Trump Administration to increase the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for biodiesel.
NBB vice president of federal affairs Anne Steckel says the …

RFA Fires Back at Boat Makers over E15 Claims
May 9, 2017 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jason Huffman (Politico’s Morning Agriculture)  The Renewable Fuels Association has kicked off an advertising campaign intended to combat lobbying efforts by the National Marine Manufacturers Association against mandated blending rates. NMMA is expected to …

Pruitt Considering Senate-Sought Ethanol Waiver
May 9, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may have opened a path for Senate Republicans to appease a small bloc of their caucus seeking a year-round waiver to sell 15 percent ethanol fuel …

Ethanol Report on Trade Issues and Trump Administration
May 8, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) … In this episode, we get a Washington update from Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen, focusing on recent trade developments and the Trump Administration. Dinneen comments on President …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

Renewable Fuels Are Part of an ‘America First’ Energy Plan
May 4, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Brian Jennings (The Hill/American Coalition for Ethanol)   … By every measure, increasing the production and use of homegrown renewable fuels has spurred economic growth for U.S. farmers and supported high-skill, high-wage jobs in rural …

Boating Leaders Ask Trump to Change Ethanol Policy
May 4, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Todd Masson (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)  Boating and fishing industry leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday asking the administration to reexamine the Renewable Fuel Standard that dictates how much of the …

Renewable Fuel Grows, Sets Records
May 3, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Lynn Grooms (Agri-View)  Supply and demand of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel are expected to continue their rise this year despite continued challenges and uncertainties. Executives from organizations representing renewable-fuel producers recently provided …

ACE Urges Ethanol Advocates to Participate in EPA Regulatory Reform Comment Period
May 1, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly …

Consumers and Farmers Burned by EPA Regulations on Renewable Fuel
April 27, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (The Hill) As the days grow longer and the mercury rises, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should take action to eliminate an irrational summertime regulation that hurts both farmers and millions of Americans …

One Step Forward
April 26, 2017 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  … I can tell you firsthand that for the first time in four years, both House and Senate staff are pushing all stakeholders to come to the table to …

Judges Give EPA the Side Eye on Waiver Authority
April 25, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA got caught in a cross-fire of skepticism at the D.C. Circuit Monday over its use of general waiver authority to lower RFS volumes for 2016, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports …

Biofuels Supporters, Opponents Spar During EPA Teleconference
April 25, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael Schneider (Oil Price Information Service)  Supporters and opponents of biofuels expressed predictably contrasting viewpoints during a teleconference held today by EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR).
The call was held to solicit input on …

NBB Argues for Higher Advanced-Biofuel Volumes Before the D.C. Court of Appeals
April 24, 2017 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Americans for Clean Energy, et al., v. Environmental Protection Agency  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the …

Science Draws a Crowd
April 24, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  … Hundreds of thousands of people across the country (and internationally) gathered on Earth Day for the March for Science, defending the role of science in policy-making and protesting the Trump …

Intersecting Trends of Oil and Ethanol
April 24, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick C. Miller (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Is the growth in shale oil production a potential boost for ethanol? The theory goes that because the light crude produced from fracked shale produces lower-octane gasoline, greater oil …

Ethanol Consumption Shatters Blend Wall in 2016
April 24, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Neulle (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  Gasoline consumed in the United States in 2016 contained more than 10 percent ethanol on average for the first time ever. This is according to an analysis of U.S. …

Capitol Crude: The US Oil Policy Podcast–Oil Refiners and Renewable Fuels in the Trump Era
April 24, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon (Platts)  Have refiners’ hopes for a quick rollback of the US biofuel mandate by the Trump administration fizzled out? The industry judged two early appointments as signs of the president’s …

RFA Tells EPA to Keep RFS on Track
April 24, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a letter today to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on track in 2018.
“The ethanol industry was highly …

EPA Head: Obama Created False Choice ‘Between Jobs and the Environment’
April 14, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Olivia Beavers (The Hill)  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that Americans don’t have to pick between jobs and the environment, accusing the Obama administration of making people believe they had …

ACE Outlines Ethanol Priorities to EPA on Regulatory Reform Agenda
April 14, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(KTIC Radio) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment addressed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking him for establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations …

Automakers Hope to Reach U.S. Deal on 2025 Vehicle Emissions
April 13, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by David Shepardson (Reuters) A trade group for automakers said on Tuesday it hopes to reach a deal with California and the Trump administration over vehicle fuel efficiency standards.
Mitch Bainwol, chief executive of the Alliance of …

EPA Seeks Public Input on Trump’s Regulatory Reform Agenda DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
April 13, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Tim Devaney (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is searching for Obama-era regulations to repeal.
The EPA’s regulatory reform task force, established by President Trump’s Feb. 24 executive order, is seeking public input on …

Exclusive: Inside Edge – Trump Advisor Icahn’s Big Bet against Biofuels Credits
April 12, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by  Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/KFGO)  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s oil refining company, CVR Energy, made a massive bet in 2016 that prices for U.S. government biofuels credits would fall – just before Icahn …

The Quest to Capture and Store Carbon – and Slow Climate Change — Just Reached a New Milestone
April 11, 2017 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  A new large-scale technology has launched in Decatur, Illinois that, by combining together corn-based fuels with the burial of carbon dioxide deep underground, could potentially result in the active removal …

RFS: New Revenue Stream for Biomass Facilities?
April 11, 2017 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Bob Cleaves (Biomass Power Association/Biomass Magazine)  … Unbeknownst to many in the biomass power sector, there may be a role for biomass power producers to play in the RFS. Electric vehicles (EVs) represent an increasing …

Trump on Ethanol: Supportive, but Few Comments
April 11, 2017 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Anderson (Argus Leader)  President Donald Trump has never tweeted about ethanol.  In the course of tens of thousands of posts on his social media platform of choice, the president has posted about oil …

It’s Not the Tax, It’s the EPA.
April 10, 2017 – 10:46 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (Axios-Axios Generate) Axios’ Amy Harder asked an administration official about the prospects of a carbon tax, given that it has been rumored as a possible policy the White House could embrace. The official …

New Coalition Launches To Fight for US Renewable Fuel Standard
April 10, 2017 – 10:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Main Street Energy Alliance has launched to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to resist the efforts of a small group of special interests including Valero, Monroe Energy …

Nebraska Farmers Make the Case for Higher Blends of Ethanol
April 7, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Steve White (Nebraska.TV) Pres. Trump says he wants to end job–killing regulations on ethanol, and area farmers suggest a good place to start. “Allow E15 to be sold as normal gasoline, moving forward with that is …

Feature: Ethanol RINs Rebound as Prospects Fade of Quick RFS Reform
April 6, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon and Wes Swift (Platts)  RINs bottom out March 2 after four-month slide; EPA may hold 2018 mandate steady, start easing in 2019; Point of obligation debate fades into background  — Refiners’ and petroleum marketers’ hopes …

Foxx: Reducing CAFE Goals Would Be ‘Setback’
April 6, 2017 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lynch (The Detroit News)  Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said he believes a rollback of fuel efficiency standards for cars would be a mistake, and that the regulatory framework for self-driving …

Singular Focus … Waiting for EPA
April 6, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Oil companies, gas station operators and other organizers of the just-launched Main Street Energy Alliance wanted to speak with a single voice in the intensifying wonky debate over which types …

BP and DuPont’s Bio-Isobutanol Joint Venture, Butamax, Acquires Ethanol Facility in Kansas
April 3, 2017 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, has announced the acquisition of Nesika Energy and its ethanol facility in Scandia, Kansas. Butamax will now start engineering work to add …

Ethanol Advocates Work to Boost Demand
April 3, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Nat Willilams (Iowa Farmer Today)   … (Barry) Frazier (president of Center Ethanol) was among biofuels advocates speaking at a conference of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization here. More than 500 college students …

Smoking Gun Found in Biofuels’ Billion Dollar Baby Brawl?
April 3, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  But almost nothing about the Billion Dollar Baby Brawl has been standard fare as Aemetis, Edeniq, a string of investors and more lawyers than you can easily chain to …

UAI Challenges CRC Ethanol Study, Calls Test Procedures Flawed
March 31, 2017 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Urban Air Initiative is calling the results of a new Coordinating Research Council emissions study “one more example of the biased and flawed testing procedures used to penalize ethanol.”
The ethanol advocacy …

Bioeconomy under the Radar
March 30, 2017 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Leaders Tout Potential Growth, Challenges for Renewable Refinery Products  —  … Whether it is spoons, Coke bottles or carpets made out of corn, livestock enzymes for pharmaceuticals, or John …

Fighting Misinformation One Fact at a Time
March 30, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RFA’s president and CEO highlights key facts from the organization’s annual industry outlook handbook in the View from the Hill column  —  …  The handbook dives into …

UAI Coalition Challenges Clean Air Act Interpretation
March 27, 2017 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For decades, the U.S. EPA has insisted that it gets to decide how much ethanol can be used in gasoline. If ethanol producers want higher ethanol blends …

Fuel Economy Rules: Someone Is Listening
March 27, 2017 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex …

CARB Finds Vehicle Standards Are Achievable and Cost-Effective
March 27, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(California Air Resources Board)  CARB votes to move forward with greenhouse gas reductions and zero emission programs through 2025; action sets the table for accelerating programs post-2025  —  Today (March 24, 2017) California re-affirmed its …

2017-’18 RVOs Assumed Intact as Regulatory Freeze Deadline Passes
March 22, 2017 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  March 21 represents the end of the 60-day freeze period on new regulations pending review, implemented by the incoming U.S. administration Jan. 20. Among the regulations on hold during the …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

National Farmers Union Passes Resolution to Support E30 Use
March 20, 2017 – 8:16 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union called for the U.S. EPA to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the group’s annual meeting held last …

Senators Urge Trump to Maintain RFS Point of Obligation
March 20, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Nearly two dozen U.S. senators have signed a letter advising President Trump not to change the federal biofuels program’s longtime compliance protocol.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., today led …

Icahn Bets against Renewables Market He Wants Trump to Overhaul
March 20, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Zachary Mider and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg)  Special adviser to president urges change in EPA rule; ‘It’s bothersome that one guy can control RIN markets’  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor and adviser to President …

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And All of You Enviros, too! Trump Thumps, Dumps in New Budget
March 20, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine.  In Washington, the White House released …

Groups Hail Recall of EPA’s Federal Fuel Economy and Emissions Rules
March 20, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the High Octane Alliance called the Trump Administration’s recall the fuel economy rule “an important first step in achieving realistic reductions in fuel consumption.”
Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said …

National Academies Report Finds Future Biotechnology Products May Overwhelm Agencies
March 14, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On March 9, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) published a report entitled Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, prepared by the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products …

Pruitt Allies Lobby on EPA’s Ethanol Mandate
March 13, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) … Glenn Coffee and Crystal Coon, through their firm, Coffee Group, filed paperwork this week with Congress to represent Oklahoma-based gasoline station and convenience store owner QuikTrip Corp. on issues related to …

Cars Seen Missing U.S. Mileage Targets for First Time Since 2004
March 13, 2017 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Beene (Bloomberg)  Regulator report shows U.S. fleet to fall below mileage target; Results may feed debate over Obama auto-efficiency standards  —  Cars and light trucks from the 2016 model year will be the first …

Public Citizen Files Complaint Alleging Trump Adviser’s Activities May Have Violated Federal Lobbying Laws
March 13, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Public Citizen)  Carl Icahn and His Businesses Haven’t Registered As Lobbyists Yet Continue to Influence Government Policy  —  Icahn Enterprises, CVR Energy and their related affiliates appear to be in violation of the Lobbying Disclosure …

Do Scott Pruitt’s Statements on CO2 and Global Warming Misrepresent Scientific Consensus?
March 13, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Alex Kasprak (Snopes)  EPA administrator Pruitt told CNBC that he does not agree that carbon dioxide is “a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” arguing that scientists are still debating the …

‘Purest Definition of a Conflict’: Icahn’s $126 Million Gain on Biofuel Deal Draws Criticism
March 8, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ari Natter, and Bill Allison (Bloomberg)  Investor Carl Icahn is also unpaid adviser to White House; Value of Icahn CVR Energy stake grew after biofuel deal  —  Carl Icahn’s stake in a …

Battle Brewing over Ethanol Program Post 2022
March 7, 2017 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan H. Harsch (Agri-Pulse)  Ethanol already supplies over 10 percent of the U.S. gasoline market and the fuel’s share is growing. Yet Congressman Bill Flores, who wants to see ethanol capped at 9.7 percent of the …

RNG, Cellulosic Fuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard
March 7, 2017 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Susan Olson (BioCycle Magazine)  Because of an all-time high waiver credit value paired with strong advanced RIN prices, renewable natural gas could fetch $35/MMBtu in 2017. Since 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mandated …

Trump to Undo Vehicle Rules That Curb Global Warming
March 7, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Coral Davenport (New York Times) The Trump administration is expected to begin rolling back stringent federal regulations on vehicle pollution that contributes to global warming, essentially marking a U-turn to efforts to force the American …

Smith and Loebsack Introduce Bill to Broaden Fuel Choices for Retailers and Consumers
March 7, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(Office of Congressman Adrian Smith) Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation today to broaden fuel choices for retailers and consumers by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

Trump Administration a Wild Card for Ethanol Industry
March 7, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  With production on the rise, there’s anxiety over unknown policy shifts.  —  …  While there are positive indicators for 2017 — corn prices are forecast to be stable and the …

Governors Press Trump: Coalition Asks for Ethanol Policy Changes
March 7, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The Governors’ Biofuels Coalition on Monday asked President Donald Trump to support a number of changes to federal law to support biofuels production.
In a letter signed by Nebraska …

Senate Bill Introduced to Give E15 Year-Round Market Presence
March 6, 2017 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A bipartisan trio of Senators introduced a bill today that would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, a move that would give E15 year-round market …

Letter: Need Clear Picture of Fuel Standards
March 6, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Wichita Eagle)  Kansans deserve a clear picture of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s future, and a recent letter did the RFS a disservice (“Winners, losers in U.S. fuel policy,” Feb. …

Growth Energy Releases New Analysis on Reasons Why Not to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard PO
March 3, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Growth Energy has released economic analysis that it says “identifies numerous problems” associated with changing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) point of obligation.
The US ethanol trade body strongly supports EPA’s proposed denial to move …