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Attacks on RFS Intensify
December 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Oil interests are intensifying efforts to force changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  …  “Texas is already blending more than 9.7 percent!  Nationally, we’re blending more than 10 percent.  There’s …

RFA Slams Texas Governor for Requesting RFS Waiver
December 5, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for …

Take a Pass?
December 4, 2017 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Ahead of a Thursday meeting between Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other senior officials about biofuels policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally asked for a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver from …

Is E25 Legal in the Mini Cooper?
November 27, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  … In an over-simplified explanation, the EPA has claimed the legal authority to regulate ethanol blends under section 211(f) of the Clean Air Act, known as the “sub-sim” …

Biofuels Score Victory: EPA Rejects Petitions to Change Point of Obligation in RFS
November 27, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected several petitions to change the point of obligation in the Renewable Fuel Standard in a notice released on Wednesday ahead of a posting …

Ethanol Industry Focuses on RVP Waiver for E15
November 15, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Giving consumers year-round access to E15 fuel is a major focus of the ethanol industry.  Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, says getting the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver extended to …

RFA Statement on Pennsylvania Governor RFS Waiver Request
November 6, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the …

Letter from Washington: The Grand Alliance Flashes V for Victory in Renewable Fuels Fight
October 25, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a very busy week in Washington DC, the high point being a letter to seven senators sent late Thursday by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who took significant (and as …

NBB Holds Firm In Its Request for 2.5 Billion Gallons of Biomass-Based Diesel, 4.75 Billion Gallons of Advanced Biofuels
October 20, 2017 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA Letter Does Not Include a Commitment to Raise Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes  —  Yesterday the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of Data Availability (NODA), focusing on …

The Other General Waiver: RFS and Severe Economic Harm
October 13, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess and Scott Irwin ( of Illinois/farmdocdaily)  As discussed last week, the Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting data and feedback on the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels components of the Renewable Fuels Standard, including the …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019; Availability of Supplemental Information and Request for Further Comment (Deadline October 19, 2017)
October 4, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  This document provides additional data and an opportunity to comment on that data and potential options for reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or …

Refiners Make America-First Pitch to Cut Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 10:56 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  US independent refiners seized on protectionist themes and two key biofuel industry victories this year to argue regulators must reduce federally mandated blending of renewable fuels.
Refiners framed a US-first pitch to slash more than …

A Blustery Day in the Bioeconomy’s Billion Acre Wood: The Latest from EPA, POET, Fuels America, Calyxt, Eligo Bioscience, Queensland, Gevo, Virgin, and Unilever
October 4, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Headwinds — US road transport biofuels producers are up in arms this week. There are reports of  oil industry led-efforts within the EPA to create an export-subsidy RIN, cut biofuel targets with new “data,” and bypass EPA …

‘No Rationale for Further Reducing’ 2018 RFS RVO, RFA Says in Response to EPA Notice
September 26, 2017 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Today, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA), seeking comment on potential options for reductions in the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes beyond those …

RFA Says Ethanol Can Fill Fuel Need With Refining Capacity Down
September 1, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(WNAX Radio)  Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas has negatively impacted the nation’s oil refining capacity. Renewable Fuel Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says the ethanol industry has the fuel to fill that supply need …

EPA Extends a Waiver on Motor Fuel Contents to Apply Nationwide, Not Just to Texas
August 31, 2017 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday expanded the scope of an emergency waiver of Clean Air Act restrictions on motor fuel requirements, saying the waiver would apply …

EPA Can Improve Its Implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 Ways: BIO
May 22, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization called on the US EPA to “improve its implementation of RFS,” and noted six key improvements.

issue its annual Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the …

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 …

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) …

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 …

Ethanol a Hot Topic at ’17 Classic
March 6, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Andy Eubank (Hoosier Ag Today)  Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D) joined Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act last week, a bill that would …

RFA Statement on Senators’ Letter to EPA on E15 Volatility Regulation
February 22, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renwable Fuels Association) Today (February 17, 2017), five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more …

No Waiver? No Sense.
February 20, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The ethanol industry sees one-pound waiver for E15 as a no-brainer.  —  Perplexed about why E15 does not get a one-pound waiver? That’s a sign you clearly understand the …

Why The Ethanol Industry Should Fear President Trump
January 23, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes)  …  Trump’s pick to head the EPA — Scott Pruitt — has repeatedly fought against the RFS. As EPA Administrator, Pruitt would have the authority to invoke a waiver to lower …

More Pruitt Highlights
January 19, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  During the second half of more than six hours of questioning for Scott Pruitt, the EPA pick said he saw no reason to review the agency’s 2009 endangerment finding, …

Senate Committee Hearing Focuses on GAO’s RFS Reports
December 7, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Dec. 1, the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to discuss the U.S. EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and two Government …

EPA Sets Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price for 2017 at $2.00
December 6, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA recently published a notice to its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2017 at $2.00. The CWC price for 2016 was set in …

Summer Is Over: Bring on the Pumpkin Spice and the E15
September 23, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  September 22 marks the autumnal equinox and the official end of summer. But for approximately 330 gas retailers, the season ended last week, on September 16—a day …

BIO Submits Comments on Proposed 2017 Renewable Fuel Standards
July 20, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), on behalf of its member companies, … submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2017, and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2018. …

Nearly 42,500 Comments Filed on 2017 RFS Proposal
July 18, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, has …

RFA to EPA: Raise the Conventional Renewable Fuel 2017 RFS RVO to Statutory Requirement
July 15, 2016 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to EPA on its proposed 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVO), urging the agency to raise the requirement for conventional renewable fuel …

ACE Submits Comments to EPA on 2017 RFS
July 15, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(Fuel Marketer News)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed blending volumes for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE’s full comments can be …

House Hearing Focuses on RFS Implementation
June 27, 2016 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, …

RFS Policy Instability Continues to Chill Investment in Advanced Biofuels, BIO Says
June 22, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  EPA’s new methodology for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds in a new analysis released today. Investment patterns clearly demonstrate …

Inaction in Congress Helping Ethanol Right Now
May 4, 2016 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Ethanol also remains stuck in a battle with EPA over vapor pressure with 15% ethanol over the summer months. 10% ethanol, E10, has such a waiver so it …

Following-up on RFS Questions
February 11, 2016 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (Farm Doc Daily)  The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been a hot topic of late given the release of the final rule and its rather prominent feature leading up to the recent Iowa …

Ethanol: Does EPA’s RFS Ruling Meet Congress’s Intent?
January 25, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess (University of Illinois/AgFax) Today’s article completes the discussion of EPA’s final rule for the RFS. The previous articles in this series provided background on the RFS, a general review of the final rule and …

Questioning The Final RFS Rule, Part 2: The Meaning Of The Word ‘Supply’
January 15, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Coppess ( of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois)  This article looks specifically at EPA’s interpretation of the word ‘supply’ in the waiver provision ‘inadequate domestic supply’ and what Congress intended it to …

Industry’s Withering Critique of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Proposals for 2014, 2015, 2016: The Digested Version
July 31, 2015 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Heard dire comments like “POET expects to stop all future U.S. cellulosic investments if EPA’s proposed base renewable fuel requirements are not strengthened.”  Want to understand the substantive concerns on …

Why Is EPA Proposing to Continue Delaying the Arrival of Advanced Biofuels?
July 8, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biofuels Digest/Biotechnology Industry Organization)  … Stakeholders are all well aware of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) waiver provision that allows EPA to rewrite the statutory volumes after 2016, if it is required to …

Renewable Fuels Association Urges EPA to Get ”Back on Track” with Renewable Fuel Standard
May 26, 2015 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing support for a proposed legal agreement that sets specific deadlines for establishing …

Court Rejects Challenge to EPA E15 Regulation
October 27, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Oct. 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petition of review filed by the American Petroleum Institute and other groups challenging the …

Renewable Fuel Standard; Petitions for a Waiver Published in Federal Register
December 2, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register/Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA has received a number of petitions for a waiver of the renewable fuel standards that would apply in 2014. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical …

Ethanol Industry Refutes AAA Claims
October 29, 2013 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The American Automobile Association (AAA) is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to “lower the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline for 2014″ in order to “protect drivers by preventing …

Businesses Flock to White House ahead of Biofuel Rule
October 28, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Julian Hattem  (The Hill Reg Watch) Officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have been busy meeting with chemical and energy companies in recent days, ahead of the expected release of new …

US EPA’s 2014 RFS Volume Draft Proposal Misses the Boat
October 23, 2013 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) The U.S. EPA’s 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume obligation proposal is under review by the Office of Management and Budget, according to David Korotney with U.S. EPA. While EPA has …

Analysis: Brewing U.S. Ethanol Legal Battle Hinges on Meaning of ‘Supply’
October 21, 2013 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul  (Reuters)  The fate of a landmark U.S. requirement to blend increasing amounts of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline pool rests on the meaning of three words tucked into a mammoth law: unless …

Analyzing the Impacts of Big Oil’s RFS “Dream Scenario”
October 18, 2013 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) …Slashing the “renewable fuel” portion of the RFS from 14.4 BG to 13.0 BG could have the following impacts:
1.       Corn Prices Sink and Farm Income Falls
Cutting the requirement by 1.4 …

EPA Proposes Slashed Market for America’s Cleanest Fuel as Observers Ask “Why?”
October 16, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For industry observers, there is much that is mystifying in the EPA’s draft 2014 production targets for the US 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard.    But nothing more mystifying than the …

Corn Prices Pressured by Both Supply and Demand Factors
October 15, 2013 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Darrel Good and Scott Irwin  (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  Corn prices continue the long retreat from the peak of September 2012, declining to the lowest level since late August 2010. The most recent price weakness …

Brazil Ethanol Exports to U.S. at Risk if EPA Eases Blend Rule
October 14, 2013 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by Cezary Podkul and Fabiola Gomes  (Reuters)  U.S. imports of Brazilian sugar cane ethanol could be cut by more than half if a draft proposal to reduce next year’s U.S. biofuel blending mandate is enacted.
While …

EPA Considers U.S. Ethanol Mandate Cut Amid Complaints
October 14, 2013 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem & Lucia Kassai (Bloomberg)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend …

Burning Down the Rumor Mill on 2014 RFS Requirements: RVOs Must Reflect Statutory Authority
October 10, 2013 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  EPA’s proposed rule establishing 2014 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is expected to be published soon. Many believe the 2014 RVO will, for the …

Valero Implores Obama Administration to Waive Ethanol Mandate
September 12, 2013 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg/Fuel Fix)  Valero Energy Corp., the world’s largest independent refining company, called on the Obama administration to waive the country’s biofuel target immediately, saying the cost to reach it has skyrocketed.
“We need …

Run, Rufus, Run: Congress, 2013 and the Renewable Fuel Standard
September 6, 2013 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Today, we look at 2013-14, should Congress elect not to act — but leave the EPA and the markets to govern implementation of the existing law.
2014 Mandate
The EPA will ultimately …

Ethanol Industry Seeks Toned-Down Renewable Fuel Goals
April 9, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Ben Goad (The Hill E2Wire)  A key industry group is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ratchet back this year’s volume requirements for biofuel production, arguing the proposed standards are unrealistic.
In formal comments submitted Monday, …

Ethanol–Does the RFS Matter?
March 21, 2013 – 9:24 pm | No Comment

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (University of Illinois/FarmDocDaily)  …The suggestion to waive the mandate assumes that ethanol production and blending is motivated only by the RFS and that a lower mandate would result in less …

EPA Zeros Out 2012 Cellulosic RVO – Recognizes Phantom Fuels
March 12, 2013 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevna issued the following statement following the withdrawal of its Petition for Waiver of the 2012 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirements:
“We appreciate the …

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Petitions EPA to Waive 2012 Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate
January 2, 2013 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers/PR NewsWire)    The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to waive the 2012 cellulosic biofuel mandate, citing a lack of domestic supply available …

Renewable Fuel Standard Benefits Consumers, Economy
December 20, 2012 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Tadd Nicholson  (Chillicothe Gazette)   …Blending corn ethanol into gasoline reduces our reliance on foreign oil, helping to meet our nation’s goal of energy independence. In 2011, thanks in part to corn ethanol, the …

Ethanol Still Faces Choppy Seas
December 19, 2012 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Caldwell (  …Though Friday’s ruling, on paper, should keep ethanol production chugging along, that doesn’t mean the sector — which has itself been under pressure from drought-fueled higher corn prices — will see choppy …

Brighter Horizon for Biofuels
December 11, 2012 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuel industry breathed a big sigh of relief last month when the EPA declined several governors’ petitions to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard. Then, after a herculean …

Texas Farm Bureau Conference Exposes Rift on Ethanol
December 6, 2012 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by J.B. Smith (  …“It’s farmers vs. ranchers,” said McLennan County Farm Bureau president and delegate Kevin Huffman in an interview.
Huffman, who raises cattle, corn, wheat and cotton near McGregor, opposed both amendments but said …

Ethanol Use in Gasoline Production Would Be the Same with or without RFS Waiver
December 6, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Daryll Ray and Harwood D. Schaffer (Southwest Farm Press/University of Tennessee)  …On November 16, 2012, the EPA denied the request of Governor Perdue and others. The short story is that while the EPA recognizes …

25x’25 Commends EPA Decision to Uphold RFS
November 16, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) In response to the EPA decision today upholding volume requirements of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, 25x’25 Co-chairmen Read Smith and Bart Ruth issued the following joint statement:
“EPA’s decision today finding no evidence that …

Renewable Fuels: Notices–Denial of Requests for a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard
November 16, 2012 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  In August 2012, Governors from several States requested a waiver of the national volume requirements for the renewable fuel standard program (RFS) pursuant to Section 211(o)(7) of the Clean Air Act. …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?
October 25, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … United States   Concerns over the price impacts of a devastating US drought have led to call for a waiver in the US Renewable Fuel Standard volumetric targets. Proposed waivers have …

Rain Dancing on Wall Street, Main Street and Elm Street
October 23, 2012 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As drought, recession, and capital starvation form a perfect storm, will advanced biofuels be thrown under the bus?  Industry leaders say that dropping biofuels production targets will not reverse impacts …

RFS Waiver Would Have Minor Effect on Corn Price in Short Term
October 16, 2012 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An October report from the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute concludes that a reduction in the renewable fuel standard wouldn’t greatly reduce corn prices in the 2012/’13 crop …

Study: Waiving RFS Could Increase Feed Costs for Livestock, Poultry Producers
October 15, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   Waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in 2013 could actually result in higher net feeding costs for livestock and poultry producers, according to a new analysis conducted by Cardno-ENTRIX and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association …

Renewable Energy: Not Just a Nice Idea
October 14, 2012 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dale (Star Tribune) Commentaries: Considered in context, it’s clear that ethanol has an important role to play.
A commentary about corn ethanol published in the Star Tribune this summer was disappointing (“Too much corn is …

The RFS: It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It
October 8, 2012 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This summer’s drought in the farm belt raised real fears about food supplies and prices. But some in the livestock, poultry and meat processing industries are using …

Corn Price Decline Less Than 1% With Full RFS Waiver
October 8, 2012 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Corn and Soybean Digest)  A full waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) conventional biofuel requirement might reduce corn prices by just 0.5% (4¢/bu.) in 2012-2013, according to a new analysis conducted by the Food and Agriculture …

Are High Grain Prices Good for Anyone?
October 2, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Roy Roberson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Sounds like a good deal for grain growers and a bad one for livestock producers and consumers, but are such high prices really good for any of us?
• …

Requests to Waive the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Aftermath of the 2012 Heat Wave and Drought
September 21, 2012 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Ned Stowe (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) In the wake of the devastating heat wave and drought which covered much of the United States this year, it has become clear that there will be less …

Response To EPRINC Study: “Ethanol’s Lost Promise”
September 19, 2012 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  About EPRINC: EPRINC is a non-profit group funded by Big Oil, staffed by former oil company employees, and directed by a board of trustees that is a veritable who’s-who …

RFS Waiver Comment Period Extended
September 13, 2012 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a 15 day extension of the comment period on the requests for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), who filed for …

Ethanol Mandate Waiver: Decks Stacked Against Petitioners
September 11, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Marlo Lewis (  The Governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The petitioners hope thereby to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record …

Analysis: U.S. Bankers Say, Love or Hate It, Ethanol Here to Stay
September 6, 2012 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Christine Stebbins  (Reuters) …”Ethanol demand is the linchpin of the current pricing model that we have,” said Michael Swanson, agricultural economist at Wells Fargo, the largest commercial bank lender to U.S. farmers. “It’s a …

Ethanol Stays in Gasoline Even If Mandate Ends
August 28, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Ethanol, the best-performing energy commodity this year, is cheaper than gasoline, encouraging refiners to use the biofuel even if President Barack Obama’s administration ends a requirement to do so.
A 49 …

Biofuels Lobby Asks Obama to Keep US Ethanol Mandate Amid Drought
August 28, 2012 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Eight groups representing a cross section of the US biofuels industry asked the White House on Monday to keep the ethanol mandate in place, despite governors’ calls to shrink it in response to a …

A Waiver that Wouldn’t Be Wise
August 27, 2012 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Adam Monroe (News Observer)  Last week Gov. Beverly Perdue filed a waiver request for the Renewable Fuel Standard, one of the nation’s most successful energy policies and of critical importance to North Carolina’s economy, …

Biofuels Group: Big Oil Also behind Ethanol Waiver Requests
August 27, 2012 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill/E2Wire)  …Monte Shaw, executive director with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, credits the uptick in gubernatorial and congressional interest to oil groups viewing 2013 as the last chance to nix the …

Ethanol Waiver May Lower Corn But Raise Gas Prices
August 23, 2012 – 9:27 pm | No Comment

by Bertha Coombs (CNBC)  Calls are growing to suspend the federal ethanol production mandate next year, as the worst drought in more than half a century has devastated the corn crop in the U.S. The …

Request for Comment on Letters Seeking a Waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard
August 22, 2012 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  On August 20, 2012, EPA issued a request for comment on letters seeking a waiver of the volume requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Governors of Arkansas and North Carolina …

Ethanol RINs Slide on Waiver Fears
August 22, 2012 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Janet McGurty  (Reuters) Renewable fuel credit prices fell across the board on Tuesday as fears of an ethanol waiver roiled the Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) market.
Benchmark E12 RINS, referring to RINs created in 2012, …

US EPA Seeks Input on Ethanol Mandate Waiver Requests
August 22, 2012 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  * EPA to gather public comment for 30 days
* EPA must make decision on ethanol waivers by November
* Petitioners must show mandate causing severe economic harm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said it …

Drought Sparks Intense Fight over RFS Waiver
August 20, 2012 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Talk of a possible renewable fuel standard (RFS) waiver request became a reality in mid-August, when the U.S. EPA was officially petitioned. The clock starts on a 90-day deadline …

Who’s on the List? The U.S. EPA Pegs a Handful of Cellulosic Producers to Contribute to Next Year’s RFS Goal
August 4, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In June, the U.S EPA issued its proposal to reduce the coming year’s cellulosic biofuels volume target for the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The RFS goals set by Congress …