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More RFS Exemption Requests Monroe Energy, Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Want Full RFS Waiver

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer) Pennsylvania’s governor and state refining interests are putting pressure on EPA to grant waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard program, just ahead of the

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Groups Ask Federal Judge to Freeze U.S. Refinery Waiver Program

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A group representing biofuel companies asked a federal judge on Tuesday to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop exempting small refineries from renewable fuel laws

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa Senator Says Expect Fewer Biofuel Waivers from Wheeler’s EPA

by Humeyra Pamuk (Reuters)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may issue fewer biofuel waivers to small refineries under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler than it did under its previous leadership,

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the Buzz from ABLC Global 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   It was, at times, not unlike the old trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and that was no coincidence, for there was optimism abounding

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 Midterm Elections—Implications for the Bioeconomy

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  And while the bioeconomy – biofuels, biobased products, chemicals, and more – enjoy bipartisan support, the new political landscape means that the

November 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Lobbying Is Up, and It Seems to Be Paying Off

Elvin Anawaguna (Roll Call/MSN)  Biofuel groups upped their spending on lobbying this year as they pressured lawmakers and the Trump administration on issues related to the Renewable Fuel Standard, which sets

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Another Year of Uncertainty for Biofuels

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine/Advanced Biofuels Association)  As we approach the end of 2018, we reflect on a year that was full of surprises for the biofuels industry. What stands out the

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

NFU Urges Administration to Honor Commitment to Biofuels

(National Farmers Union)  Throughout his campaign for and tenure as president, Donald Trump has consistently pledged to support American-grown biofuels. However, his administration has too often failed to follow through on

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Clean Octane Alliance Sees Open Road for Higher Blends

(Urban Air Initiative)  … South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke and Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend said an update to the master list of future federal regulatory actions called the

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA: Additional Small Refinery Petitions Filed for 2017, 2018

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released updated data on small refinery waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The new data shows that additional petitions were

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Rule Change Likely to Take Months, Even Years

by Charles Dunlap (The Mexico Ledger)  … “The question is whether there will be a restraining order prohibiting the rules to go forward or not,” Murphy (Steve Murphy, POET general manager at

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Senators to Trump Administration: Don’t Challenge California’s Clean Car Standards

(Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein) Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today was joined by 22 senators in calling on the Trump administration to end its challenge of California’s authority to set vehicle emission

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Dems Ask Trump Administration to Honor Renewable Fuel Standard Commitments

(Office of Congressman Ruben Gallego D-AZ))… Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Danny Davis (D-IL) led a letter signed by 17 of their colleagues to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Letter to EPA: Small Refinery Exemptions Destroy Demand for Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  New EPA dashboard confirms more than 300 million gallons of lost demand for biodiesel  —  National Biodiesel Board (NBB) delivered a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

D.C. Circuit Will Be All Ears for RFS Arguments

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A panel of D.C. Circuit appellate judges today will hear yet another iteration of arguments over the Renewable Fuel Standard. The court has allowed

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Midterm Elections, RVO Decisions, and Lame Duck Tax Relief

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association)  … When testifying recently before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the acting administrator was judicious in answering questions about EPA’s small refinery exemptions

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB, ASA Ask President Trump to Support Biodiesel Producers, Soy Farmers

(National Biodiesel Board)  Allowing year-round use of E15 is a positive step for ethanol, but doesn’t support biodiesel  —  Today, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the American Soybean Association (ASA) wrote

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 2-EPA Details Broad Expansion of Biofuel Waiver Program

by Chris Prentice, Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published new data detailing how it drastically expanded a biofuels waiver program for oil refiners since President Donald Trump’s administration

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Security Group Makes Case for Car Rules as Trump Tweets

(Washington Examiner)  The military cost of defending oil trade routes makes a solid case for keeping in place strong fuel-economy standards, the group Securing America’s Future Energy said in a report released

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA to Make RFS Waiver Info Public

by Anna-Lisa Laca (AgWeb)  Over the past year, farmers and ethanol advocates alike have pressed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be more transparent when it comes to Renewable Identification Number

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Small Refinery Exemptions and Ethanol Demand Destruction

by Scott Irwin (FarmDocDaily)  Small refinery exemptions (SREs) represent the latest controversy to engulf the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  When the U.S. Congress first created the RFS in the Energy Policy

September 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Donald Trump Is Feeling the Heat From Midwestern Farmers

by Justin Worland (Time Magazine) On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made two big promises: renegotiating free trade agreements and helping corn growers by supporting ethanol.  …  As tensions over trade have

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

It’s Time for Action to Unlock Growth of Biofuels in Kansas

by Jesse McCurry (Wichita Eagle/Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission & Producers Association)  … Our grains reach markets around the world and feed production at a dozen Kansas ethanol plants that produce nearly

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Bill Would Require EPA to Reallocate Biofuels Gallons Lost to Waivers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  While EPA remains in an impasse on requests to reallocate biofuels gallons lost to small refinery waivers of the Renewable Fuel Standard, a bipartisan

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Needs to Reallocate Gallons from RFS Waivers

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) : Incoming RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper addresses the small refiner exemptions issued by the U.S. EPA last year, and how they

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

New Analysis Shows RFS Waiver Price

by Kelly Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA’s small refinery waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard could cost the ethanol industry 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and close to $20

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA, Growth Energy Demand Transparency for Small Refinery Exemptions in New Lawsuit

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy today filed a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

An Open Letter to EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Consider this a blueprint for restoring the trust EPA has broken with farmers and rural America. 1. Make good on the president’s

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Trail President Speaks up for Ethanol Production

by Mikkel Pates (Forum News Service/Bismark Tribune)  Now more than ever, farmers who believe in the future of ethanol need to speak up for it, says Gerald Bachmeier, president of

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog — Ethanol Groups Seek EPA Documents on Small Refinery Waivers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Two leading ethanol interest groups and one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers asked a federal court on Thursday to force two federal agencies

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

USDA Stands With Ethanol on Waivers

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Federal Agencies Disagree on Accounting for Small-Refinery Waivers in 2019  —  EPA has made clear it is not considering public comments on small-refinery waivers and

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Senators Ask EPA to Increase Biodiesel Volumes

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A bipartisan group of nearly 40 U.S. Senators led by Patty Murray (D-WA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have sent a letter urging the Environmental Protection

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

AFBF Welcomes Boosts to Biofuels Volumes, but Cautions against Overuse of Small Refinery Waivers

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  Though pleased with EPA’s proposal to increase renewable fuel volumes, the American Farm Bureau Federation warned that the agency’s excessive use of small refinery waivers diminishes the

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

2019 Proposed RFS Volumes: The Deep-Dive Analysis

by Antoine Schellinger (Biofuels Digest)  In what has now become the final RFS2 issued policy under Scott Pruitt, there is no change from the policy established in the proposed and final

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

US Ethanol Industry Razzes 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard Proposal: The Why and the Who

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 2019 proposed US Renewable Fuel Standard proposed volumes attracted a major raspberry from the ethanol industry. As the American Coalition for Ethanol noted: “Unfortunately, EPA

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Shows Higher 2020 Biodiesel Volumes Are Achievable in Comments on Annual RFS Rule

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB also proposes multiple solutions to accounting for small refinery exempted volumes  —  Today, the National Biodiesel Board filed comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2019 and

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

How Progressives Can Reconnect with Rural Voters

by Patty Judge (Des Moines Register/Focus on Rural America)  … Many of the political elites on the coasts have argued that progressives should simply write off the rural Midwest because it

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Has Ethanol Hit Its Peak?

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle)  More than 15 billion gallons of ethanol flows into the U.S. fuel supply each year, big business for midwestern corn farms and a drag on oil

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Gets Local Perspective on Ag

by Seth Boyes (Dickinson County News)  Steffes Company in Milford played host to U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday Aug. 6.  …  “If you’re a member of Congress, you can’t keep your

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Pacific Ethanol Discusses Impact of Trade Barriers, EPA Actions

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Pacific Ethanol Inc. released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, reporting a slight increase in net sales. The company also discussed how current trade

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowans Tell EPA Chief President Made E15 Promise, It’s Time to Deliver

by O. Kay Henderson  (RadioIowa)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator met privately with Iowa commodity group leaders at the Iowa State Fair today — but Andrew Wheeler told reporters

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Ad Wars

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Renewable Fuels Association launched a weeklong ad campaign in Iowa on Monday, coinciding with Wheeler’s visit to the state’s annual fair. The ads

August 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Mr. President, Don’t Support Any ‘Deal’ That Undermines the RFS

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Real Clear Energy)  … The ethanol industry wants EPA to remove a regulatory barrier to higher ethanol blends. In exchange, the refining industry wants to sunset the

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Hubbell Wants More Support for Farmers Hurt by Trade War

by Rod Boshart (Sioux City Journal)  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell called out Gov. Kim Reynolds Saturday for not taking a more-aggressive public stance on behalf of Iowa farmers and rural

August 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Farmers Crowd in to Hear Minnesota Governor Candidates

by Don Davis (Forum News Service/Fairbault Daily News)  Minnesota’s five major governor candidates bent over backwards to show they are on farmers’ side during the first forum with them all. …

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Frustration Brews in the Ethanol Industry

by Dan Looker (Successful Farming) Lawsuits and EPA petitions are in the works.  —  … “I would say the status quo right now is unacceptable for the industry,” says Emily Skor,

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Oil’s Relentless Price Climb Brings Advanced Biofuels Back in Vogue

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For several years now we have seen a significant number of players pivoting from biofuels towards smaller but higher-value markets in chemicals, nutrition,  nutraceuticals, pharma, materials, flavorings,

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Unwinding the Perverse Arithmetic of Scott Pruitt’s Small Refinery Exemptions to the RFS

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists/Biofuels Digest)  … Here, we untangle the opaque way (former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott) Pruitt rigged the system for his fossil fuel friends and

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Time for EPA to Clean up the Mess It Made of the RFS

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Let’s be clear here. There are legitimate complaints from the biofuel industry because (acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew) Wheeler’s predecessor turned over

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Files Opening Brief Challenging 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB brief is the first to challenge EPA’s accounting for small refinery “hardship” exemptions in the annual RFS volumes  —  On Friday July 27, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Court to Hear RFS Refinery Waivers Case

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Appeals Court to Hear Whether EPA Followed Law Prior to Granting Exemptions  —  The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver will hear a Renewable

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

With Friends Like This… … EPA’s Proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support Rule

by Doug Sombke (Ethanol Producer Magazine/South Dakota Farmers Union)  South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke discusses how the EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule would hurt both the ethanol

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Sen. Ernst Questions CEQ Nominee on RFS and Year-Round E15

by AJ Taylor (KIOW)  Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) stressed the importance of biofuels to rural communities and the need to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during a Senate Environment and Public

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels

by Madelyn Beck (Harvest Public Media/KUNC)  … That’s because for the last few years, the EPA and the Department of Energy have been at odds, with taxpayer money creating a new

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Ergon – West Virginia’s Favor in RFS Claim Against EPA

(Ergon – West Virginia, Inc./Business Wire)  Ergon – West Virginia, Inc., Wrongfully Denied Small Refinery Hardship Relief  —  The United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit has vacated

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Did Trump’s Renewable Fuels Policy Really Cost Corn Growers $3.65 Billion in 2017?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, new evidence has appeared that a Trump Administration shift on US low carbon fuel policy may have cost US corn growers an estimated $3.65

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Dinneen Steps Down at RFA, Cooper Succeeds; EPA Hearings in DC; Organic Solar Cells; Lygos rockin’; Biomaterials Advance; Iffy News for Algae Tech.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … News spread like wildfire at the 2018 BIO World Congress in Philadelphia that Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of

July 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Admin Moves to Throw out RFS Waivers Suit

by Amanda Reilly (E&E News)  The Trump administration on Friday asked a federal court to throw out a lawsuit over EPA’s decision to exempt refiners from annual renewable fuel requirements.   Government

July 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

A Plan to Reallocate Waived Biofuels

(Red River Farm Network)  The ethanol industry will continue to pursue a fix for the damages brought on from EPA’s issuing of small refinery waivers. Ahead of a public hearing

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Not Happy with EPA RFS Reply

(The Hagstrom Report/The Fence Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency finally replied to a letter that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Brett Kavanaugh Could Be Good for Ethanol

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could be good news for the ethanol

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Departure Allows for ‘Reset’ between Trump and Ethanol

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  … The EPA also jettisoned a plan to incorporate an additional 1.5 billion gallons of biofuel requirements

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Schedules Hearing on Proposed RFS Rule for July 18 COMMENT DEADLINE August 17, 2018

by Erin Voegele  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Letter from Byzantium: Answers to Your Questions about Byzantine Biofuels Budgets and Policy Moves

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Yes, Virginia, there is cant, pettifoggery, self-dealing, obfuscation, and downright dirty pool when it comes

July 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Statement on EPA’s Proposed 2019 RFS Biofuels Levels

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) … “As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I also have concerns that EPA may

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Confirms 33 Small Refinery Waiver Applications

(Argus Media)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering applications to waive 2017 federal fuel blending requirements from 33 refiners this

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Releases Proposed 2019 RFS RVOs, Fails to Address Waivers COMMENT DEADLINE: August 17, 2018

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 26, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule that aims to require 19.88

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE-Trump’s EPA Ignored Energy Department Calls to Limit Biofuel Waivers

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ignored recommendations from the Department of Energy

June 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Barrasso Statement on Forthcoming Biofuel Mandate for 2019

(Office of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY))  U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW),

June 26, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Drain the Swamp: Fire Pruitt at EPA

(The Courier) … Yet (Iowa Senator Joni) Ernst’s recent attack against Pruitt at a Washington energy forum was triggered over

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

House Members Demand Answers from EPA on RFS, Waivers

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On June 20, 12 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA to Propose 19.88 bln Gallon Biofuels Mandate, up 3 pct – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose setting a 19.88-billion-gallon biofuels blending mandate in 2019 under the

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects

(U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment)  … A number of exogenous policies have greatly impacted

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Considers Delaying Friday Biofuel Announcement: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering delaying its widely anticipated announcement on

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 2-EPA to Propose Reallocating Waived Biofuels Volumes to Other Refiners-Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters/Successful Farming)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose reallocating biofuel blending obligations waived under its small

June 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Won’t Reallocate Exempt Biofuel Obligations without Congress

by Jarrett Renshaw   (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it will not reallocate exempt biofuel obligations under the small

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Ag Committee Restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title Funding

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 13, the Senate ag committee approved the its version of the 2018 Farm Bill

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Senators Hope to Reap Farm Bill Amendments

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Senate Agriculture Committee will take up amendments to the farm bill today, but negotiations

June 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt Heads out on Ethanol Visit

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to travel to Kansas this morning, where he’ll stop

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

RFS Changes on Hold

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  ASSUME DEAL DEAD: Sen. Joni Ernst’s decision to lay into embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over his

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

A Blueprint for Keeping Midwest Dollars in the Midwest

by Dave VanderGriend (Urban Air Initiative/ICM/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Urban Air Initiative President Dave VanderGriend says increasing the availability of ethanol blender

June 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm and Biofuel Coalition Demands that EPA Account for Lost Volumes Due to Secretive, Retroactive Small Refinery Exemptions

(Growth Energy)  Coalition Petitions EPA to Revise the Way It Calculates Annual Renewable Fuel Obligations; EPA Is Failing to Comply with

June 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Grants Refiners Biofuel Credits to Remedy Obama-Era Waiver Denials

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustain RFS as Important Tool in GHG-Reduction Strategy

(Solutions from the Land)  One of the three pillars of climate-smart agriculture is actions that farmers can take to reduce

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Farm Groups Sue EPA over Refineries’ Biofuels Exemptions

by Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  A coalition of ethanol and farm groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Officials to Meet on Biofuel Policy Changes – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  Top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of Energy and Agriculture plan to

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

E15 Year-Round: Mixed Messages from RFS, RINs Meeting

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews Publications)  It was good news and bad news for corn growers and ethanol proponents after President Donald

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

NFU Asks Pruitt to Allow Summertime E15 Sales

(National Farmers Union/Wallaces Farmer)   NFU President Roger Johnson says year-round use of E15 would have significant benefits for farmers and

May 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Grassley Points to Need to Change RFS Waivers Language

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, would like to see administrative changes made to how EPA

May 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Large U.S. Refiner Marathon Seeks Biofuel Hardship Waiver – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice  (Reuters/Daily Mail)  Marathon Petroleum Corp, the second-biggest refining company in the United States, has asked

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Climate Change Is Real,’ Automakers Declare To Trump

by Ryan Felton (Jalopnik)  Major automakers are still reeling from the sudden realization they’ve collectively succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome, after they buddied up

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Waiver Wire: Why Is the Biofuels Industry up in Arms about Oil Refinery Waivers?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But they’re part of the Washington dialogue this month, waivers and easy outs, since reports surfaced

May 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

The Interaction of the Clean Air Act, California’s CAA Waiver, Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, Renewable Fuel Standards and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Trump Administration is taking a new look at Obama Administration era Co2 regulations.  On

May 21, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biotechies Riding Herd on Biofuel Policy Uncertainties

by Mikkel Pates (Agweek)  Ag technology promoters are pedaling hard for biofuels-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to make life livable

May 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Policy Adds to Agricultural Market Uncertainty

by Pat Westhoff (Columbia Tribune)  … Biofuel policy decisions also have the potential to have large impacts on commodity markets and farm

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Will Battle Between ‘Big Corn’ And ‘Big Oil’ Stall Next Generation Biofuels?

by Aaron Smith and Vincent Smith (Investor’s Business Daily)  … The most immediate impact of the RFS wars is to focus attention

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Looking Back on Platts 7th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference

(Biofuels International)  Struggles and triumphs of the biofuels industry were brought into sharp focus at the Platts 7th Annual Biofuels Conference in

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels Prevail?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Trump in a pickle: support his beleaguered EPA Administrator over oil refinery bailouts, or rally his

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 2-Trump Biofuel Policy Overhaul to Include Fewer Refinery Waivers – Source

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The Trump administration will scale back the use of biofuels waivers for small refineries and

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Demand Destruction Part 2? Allowing Exports to Count Toward RFS Compliance

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association) … Simply put, allowing exported ethanol to count toward compliance with an oil company’s RFS

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Deal or No Deal– Either Way We Need to Keep Moving

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … First of all the export RIN issue does raise trade questions but

May 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Groups Ask EPA to Prioritize Cellulosic Pathway Approvals

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today (May 3, 2018) five Midwest biofuels associations sent a letter to the EPA asking

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

US EPA Climate Changing on RFS?

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  At ABFA, we’ve been keeping our eyes on the U.S. EPA during the first

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-U.S. Refiners Reap Big Rewards from EPA Biofuel Waivers

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s expanded use of waivers to free small refineries from the nation’s biofuels

May 9, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Tentative agreement struck during a White House negotiation; Refiners could benefit with biofuel exports allowed

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Pruitt’s Renewable Fuel Attacks Cost Him GOP Support in Congress

by Mike Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  As the drip, drip of Pruitt scandals becomes a deluge, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s supporters

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Carl Icahn’s Refinery Investment Has Rebounded by $1.4 Billion, Boosted by Trump Energy Policy

by Tom DiChristopher  (CNBC)  -Shares of CVR Energy have more than doubled since August, resulting in a $1.4 billion paper

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Debate over the RFS Is Playing out on the Political Stage: The Public Discussion Rarely Considers American Consumers.

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuels industry found itself in an unusual position for much of the past 12

May 7, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In their letter to the EPA, a group of midwestern biofuels groups noted, “Both the volume and expeditious manner in

May 4, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Growth Energy Ad Campaign Rallies Midwest Behind E15 Fix

(Growth Energy)  A new radio ad launched today by Growth Energy reminds listeners across the heartland that it’s “make or break time” for

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Is Budget Report Language Cause of RFS Waivers?

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, mentioned on Tuesday he wants to change language in recent

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Update 2-White House Sets Meeting with Senators on Biofuels Next Week -Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/Successful Farming)  The Trump administration has invited a group of U.S. senators to the White House early next

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Biofuel Group Asks U.S. Court to Review EPA’s Refinery Waivers

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)   A biofuels trade group asked a federal court on Tuesday to rule whether the U.S. Environmental Protection

May 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Rounds, Thune Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Pushing EPA Administrator Pruitt for Year-Round E15 Waiver

(Office of Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.))  U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today joined 16 of their Senate colleagues

May 2, 2018 Read Full Article

California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik)  Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. EPA Grants Biofuels Waiver to Billionaire Icahn’s Oil Refinery – Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Washington Insider: Biofuels Mandates Under Pressure

(DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Oil state partisans, including certain refiners, have raged about a credit-trading market within the program that they

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC. This time, the response has been

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Data Shows Small Refiner Waivers Have Lowered 2016, 2017 RFS Blending Obligations by 1.6 Billion Gallons

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   EPA’s recent actions in exempting small refineries from their Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Refinery Workers Return to Capitol Hill to Rally for Renewable Fuel Standard Reform

(United Steelworkers/PR Newswire)  The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that on Thursday, April 26, about 100 workers from independent merchant oil

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

The New War Over Ethanol, And How It Might Affect You

by F. Todd Davidson (Forbes)  A seemingly small action from the Environmental Protection Agency could spark a new war between Big Oil

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Delays, Ethanol Waivers Worry SD Sen. Rounds

by Barry Amundson (Grand Forks Herald)  U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D, is concerned about two major issues that can affect farmers and

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Where Do Biofuels Stand? You Can’t Always Get What You Want

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Despite efforts by President Donald Trump to settle a long-running dispute between ethanol backers and

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Bailout Number Two

by John Siciliano and Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner Daily on Energy)  …The other big bailout concern is the Environmental Protection Agency’s

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump’s EPA Argues More People Will Die in Car Accidents unless California Fuel Rules Are Weakened

by Evan Halper (Los Angeles Times)  The Trump administration is embracing a curious — and some would say dated —

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm State Senators Tell EPA to Stop Giving Big Oil Refiners a Pass on Biofuels Rules

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) Bipartisan senators on Tuesday asked the EPA to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive Report: The Federal Biofuel Mandate ‘Has Failed To Achieve Its Policy Goals’

by Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)  The federal biofuel mandate “has failed to achieve its policy goals while imposing significant other costs

April 19, 2018 Read Full Article

King Tells Iowa RFA: “I Want Ethanol sold TO, THROUGH, and BEYOND the E15 Blend.”

(4-Traders)  Congressman King Pledges Continued Biofuel Support to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association  —  Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

REX American: A Good To Great Ethanol Company

(Viking Analytics/Seeking Alpha)  REX consistently outperforms its peers in making ethanol profitably. REX has zero debt, a large cash position, and has

April 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Exclusive: Chevron, Exxon Seek ‘Small Refinery’ Waivers from U.S. Biofuels Law

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Global energy giants Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil have asked U.S. regulators for exemptions

April 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Industry Calls on EPA to Eliminate Secrecy

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Submits FOIA Request to Ensure RFS Transparency  —  The National Biodiesel Board submitted a Freedom of Information Act

April 13, 2018 Read Full Article

In Boost for Farmers, Trump Says He May Allow E15 Gasoline Sales All Year

by Jeff Mason (Reuters)  U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration may allow the sale of gasoline containing 15

April 13, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Trump to Put Biofuel Reform Push on Ice, for Now: Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Trump administration will delay any moves to reform the nation’s biofuel policy for about three months,

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

RFS Wrangling Continues: GOP Senators Ask for Small-Refiner Waiver Suspension

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Details have yet to emerge from a planned meeting at the White House on

April 10, 2018 Read Full Article

White House Plans to Hold RFS Meeting Monday

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  The White House plans to hold a Monday meeting to discuss possible changes to the Renewable

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Biofuels Battle – Senator Moves to Expand Small Refiner Exemption

by Jarrett Renshaw, Chris Prentice  (Reuters)  Lawmakers spearheading efforts to reform U.S. biofuels regulations are considering a blanket waiver for all small

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The Houston Chronicle’s James Osborne reported an unnamed executive for one refining company describing the feeding frenzy for exemptions from

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Groups Bristle as EPA Frees Refiners from Biofuels Law

by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the request of 25 small refineries to

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Bankruptcy Judge Lets Refiner off the RFS Hook

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A Delaware Bankruptcy judge approved a consent decree between EPA and bankrupt refiner Philadelphia Energy

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Grassley Slams EPA RFS Waivers

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Sen. Chuck Grassley joined corn growers and ethanol producers in slamming a report Tuesday

April 4, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Leader: EPA Eroding RFS — Assistant to President Says Search Continues for a Win-Win Proposal

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)   A special assistant to President Donald Trump on agriculture said Wednesday, “the search for

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Bill Aims to Dismantle RFS, Limit Biofuel Blending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

New Study: Nearly 50,000 Iowa Jobs Tied to Biofuels

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  With a White House meeting being held last week to discuss the fate of the Renewable

March 6, 2018 Read Full Article

API Urges EPA Not to Exempt Small Refiners from US Biofuel Mandate

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The American Petroleum Institute has come out against a campaign by small refineries to avoid their obligations

February 15, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog Harvard Professor: Year-Round E15 Sales Would Reduce Biofuel Credits Costs

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  As debate rages on about whether the price of biofuels credits in the Renewable

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The biofuels-related portion of the 2018 election campaign season is off to a  quick start with Jeff Broin, founder and CEO

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Broin Brings E15 Message to Pence Summit at Trump Hotel

(The Fence Post/Hagstrom Report)  Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, the South Dakota company that builds and manages ethanol plants,

February 2, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Pushes Unified National Fuel Emissions Standard

by Miranda Green (The Hill)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing for a unified national fuel emissions standard for automobiles, a

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

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