Ethanol Report with #RFANEC Highlights

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Orlando was the site of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) 24th annual National Ethanol Conference February 11-13, 2019. As always, the event was loaded with headline speakers and information on the latest industry issues.

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, we have some of the highlights from #RFANEC, including comments from RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper, former Sen. Tom Daschle, USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, RFA’s Robert White, Paul Teutul Jr., RFA senior strategic advisor Bob Dinneen

Photos, audio and video from the conference can be found on this AgNewsWire virtual newsroom.

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USDA Deputy Secretary Stresses Ethanol Support

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USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky visited the 2019 National Ethanol Conference in Orlando this week to stress the administration’s strong support of ethanol.

“You have very strong advocates in Sec. Perdue, myself and all of us at USDA who are working on your behalf as well as President Trump, who has also been a strong supporter – as you all know – of U.S. corn farmers and the U.S. ethanol industry,” said Censky in his address.

Censky talked about the efforts of EPA to complete at rule allowing year-round sales of E15 by summer, and said there is an option of the government potentially using “discretionary enforcement” of the summertime ban if there is a delay.

The deputy secretary also talked about trade challenges and farm bill implementation during his address and meeting with reporters. Listen below.

NEC19 USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky address

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Ethanol Industry Awards at #RFANEC

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) presented its annual Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE) – and a special recognition award to former RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen – at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC).

RFA’s Industry Award recognizes companies or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the U.S. fuel ethanol industry through technology innovative, market development, consumer education, policy advocacy, and other efforts. Open since 2005, EKAE is a 48 million gallon per year ethanol plant and renewable diesel biorefinery in Garnett, Kan.

The RFA staff was successful in surprising Bob Dinneen with a special award for his 30 years leading the organization. Dinneen stepped down from his role as CEO in October to become Senior Strategic Advisor as Geoff Cooper was promoted to president.

Dinneen’s award was teed up with video clips from friends, colleagues and members of Congress who offered their praise of the “Reverend of Renewables,” as he was dubbed years ago by the Wall Street Journal.

Listen to the awards presentation here:
NEC19 Industry Awards

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House Members Urge Extension of Biodiesel Tax Incentive

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Nearly four dozen members of Congress sent a letter this week asking House leadership to adopt a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive as soon as possible.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) thanked the 44 House of Representatives members, led by Reps. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) for sending the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

“Biodiesel and renewable diesel producers testified before the House Ways & Means Committee last spring and worked with Congress all year to make a case for resolving the off-again, on-again nature of tax incentive eligibility. A multi-year extension of biodiesel and renewable diesel incentives will provide the industry the certainty it needs to continue to generate economic and environmental public benefits,” the letter states.

“The letter demonstrates the strong, bipartisan support for a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive now, in order to provide biodiesel producers, blenders and retailers the opportunity to plan and expand the market for biodiesel,” said Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs. “That expansion would deliver economic and environmental benefits to drivers, consumers, farmers and others all along the value chain.”

The biodiesel tax incentive was retroactively renewed for 2017 in February of last year but left expired for 2018 and beyond.

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Former Sen. Tom Daschle Shares Passion for Ethanol

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Tom Daschle of South Dakota been an advocate for ethanol and other biofuels for over three decades, as both a U.S. representative and senator in the 1980s and 1990s, and continuing since then as an advisor, consultant and author on issues such as climate change, food security and renewable energy policy.

As Founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, Daschle advises clients on economic, policy and political issues and remains passionate about renewable energy.

Speaking at the Renewable Fuels Association National Ethanol Conference in Orlando this week, Daschle talked about the incredible growth he has seen in the ethanol industry over the past three decades and the great respect he has for the people who have stayed the course and made it what it is today.

Listen to Daschle’s address and interview with Agri-Pulse reporter Ben Nuelle below.

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2018 was Tough Year With Big Wins for Ethanol

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Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 National Ethanol Conference attendees today that while the U.S. ethanol industry had a “tough year” in 2018, it “continued to deliver huge wins for consumers,” including lower gas prices, cleaner air, a more secure energy supply, and increased job creation. As part of his State of the Ethanol Industry report, Cooper also outlined RFA’s plans driving future growth and creating new market opportunities for American-made ethanol.

Looking at the long term, Cooper outlined that the RFA’s vision for the future includes not only strengthening the RFS, but also pursuing a high-octane fuel standard. “The RFS and a high-octane, low carbon fuel program are not mutually exclusive,” he said. “Rather, they can work in concert, not in conflict, to assure air quality improvements, carbon emissions reduction, and consumer savings for decades to come.”

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RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide this week at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando.

The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary on what to expect in 2019. The publication also features a detailed listing of every fuel ethanol plant in the country, along with production capacity.

The Pocket Guide to Ethanol contains much of the same information as the Outlook, but in an abbreviated format and smaller size.

“For 18 years, RFA’s annual Outlook publication has served as the ‘Ethanol Bible,’ full of the facts, figures, and analysis that inform our advocacy and outreach efforts,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “This year’s Outlook is especially useful in offering insight into the impacts of small refiner exemptions and trade wars on our markets in 2018, but also highlights the good news of expanded retail offerings of E15 and flex fuels, record ethanol exports, and ethanol’s incredible impact on job creation and the economy.”

Cooper will be giving his first State of the Ethanol Industry address as RFA President and CEO today at 8:30 am Eastern. The address will be streamed live on the RFA Facebook page and posted here afterwards.s

Click on links for on-line copies of the 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide to Ethanol copies.

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Welcome to the 2019 National Ethanol Conference

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) 2019 National Ethanol Conference is kicking off today in Orlando with the theme “Powered with Renewed Energy.”

The annual golf tournament and networking tour are underway first off this morning. The tour is visiting Leu Gardens, an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis recognized as an historical landmark in Orlando. The venue includes palms, flowering trees, azaleas, vines, bromeliads and tropical philodendrons.

The annual golf tournament is sponsored this year by Bioleap, which provides innovative technical solutions and complete engineering services to the renewable fuels industry.

RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper got the golf tournament off on a shotgun start and in this interview he talks about what is in store when the conference officially gets underway with the general session on Tuesday morning, including the annual State of the Industry report, which he will be delivering for the first time. Interview with Geoff Cooper, RFA CEO

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Lowest Weekly Ethanol Production Since 2017

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Ethanol production for the week ending February 1 was the lowest the industry has seen in over 15 months.

According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production fell to 967,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 40.6 million gallons per day, which was down 45,000 b/d (4.4%) from the previous week. This was the lowest weekly production level since October 2017. The four-week average ethanol production rate declined to 1.015 million b/d, the lowest since April 2018, equivalent to an annualized rate of 15.56 billion gallons. Weekly production was 8.5% lower than the level a year ago, while the four-week average was 3.8% lower.

Ethanol stocks dropped to 23.9 million barrels. Stocks were relatively steady in most regions but fell in the Gulf Coast, reversing an increase the previous week.

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Study Finds RFS2 Has Reduced GHG Emissions

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A new study finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has succeeded in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions more than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) original expectations.

The analysis, conducted by Life Cycle Associates and commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Foundation, concludes that there has been nearly 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction since 2007, compared to EPA’s expectation of 422 million metric tons.

Using the latest available data and modeling tools, the study found that the conventional ethanol consumed in 2018 reduced GHG emissions by 43 percent compared to petroleum, even when hypothetical “land use change” are included. That compares to EPA’s initial projections that conventional ethanol would achieve only a 20 percent GHG reduction versus petroleum.

“As this study demonstrates, renewable fuels like ethanol are an incredibly effective tool for reducing GHG emissions,” said Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “As the new Congress turns its focus to climate change and efforts to reduce GHG emissions, we encourage lawmakers to recognize and build upon the incredible success of the RFS.”

The 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction achieved under the RFS is equivalent to the GHG savings that would result from removing roughly half of the nation’s automobiles from the road for a full year or shutting down 154 coal-fired power plants for a year, according to EPA.

Life Cycle Associates Managing Director Stefan Unnasch will be presenting this report on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at RFA’s National Ethanol Conference in Orlando.
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