Biodiesel #1 for Green Fleets

Cindy Zimmerman

And the survey says …. biodiesel is the top alternative fuel choice for fleet trucks. According to the latest Fleet Purchasing Outlook study conducted by the NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, 75 percent of fleet respondents planning to acquire trucks in 2018 anticipate maintaining or increasing use of diesel engine powered trucks, indicating that diesel is …

Biodiesel, Fleet, Trucks

Report Says Icahn Refinery Received RFS Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

Reuters published an exclusive report today citing two anonymous sources who claim EPA granted a small refinery hardship exemption to CVR Energy, owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, the power behind last year’s attempt to dilute the Renewable Fuel Standard by changing the point of obligation. CVR Energy just released its 1st quarter earnings last Thursday, posting a net income of …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Oil, RFS, RINS

RFA Urges CARB to Use More Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is urging the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to allow greater market access for ethanol blended fuel to help the state reach its climate policy objectives. According to comments submitted by RFA, ethanol has played a key role in the success of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and could do more if certain regulatory …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, RFA

Ethanol Report on Pruitt and the RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt has been “unapologetic” under questioning this week about granting dozens of small refinery hardship exemptions, and Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen believes he will continue to do so unchecked. In this edition of the Ethanol Report, Dinneen talks about how the exemptions have effectively cut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Ethanol Report, RFA, RFS

Pruitt Provides Vague Answers About RFS Exemptions

Cindy Zimmerman

The budget for the Environmental Protection Agency was the topic of two separate House hearings Thursday, but lawmakers spent the majority of the time addressing other concerns with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was brought up immediately by House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment Chairman John Shimkus of Illinois, who made it clear he would …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFS

RFS Architects Question EPA Waivers

Cindy Zimmerman

Two former senators who played key roles in developing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are calling on Congress to investigate the EPA’s recent waivers to major refiners and failure to follow the law. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Jim Talent (R-MO) say EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s granting of multiple small refinery hardship waivers skirts the law and threatens to undermine the …

Biodiesel, RFS

Growth Energy Thrilled with Automotive Training Partnership

Cindy Zimmerman

A new partnership between the American Ethanol program and the biggest automotive technical institute in the country is an important step forward in Growth Energy‘s mission to show consumers the many benefits of high octane biofuels. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says the new partnership is with Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, …

Audio, automotive, Education, Ethanol, Growth Energy

Cellerate® Can Help Ethanol Producers Access New Markets

Cindy Zimmerman

As ethanol plants seek new ways to be more competitive, Cellerate® process technology offers an opportunity for ethanol producers to access new markets and increase ROI potential for co-products, which has been demonstrated by the success of Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP). According to Syngenta, performance results achieved at QCCP to date through combining Cellerate with Enogen® corn include: a …

corn, Distillers Grains, Enogen, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Syngenta, technology

EPA Data Shows Waivers Have Lowered RFS Obligations

Cindy Zimmerman

An analysis of EPA data by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) shows that small refinery exemptions for 2016 and 2017 have cost at least 1.6 billion gallons of biofuels in lost blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The volume of lost blending obligations for these two years is 10 times the collective volume of lost volume from 2013-2015. …

Audio, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

Ag Reporters Grill EPA Chief on RFS Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faced a grilling from agricultural reporters Tuesday about the agency granting waivers exempting refineries from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations and why it is taking so long to decide on allowing year round use of 15% ethanol in all markets. The embattled administrator, who faces Congressional hearings this week where he will likely be questioned on …

Audio, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NAFB