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

American Ethanol Teams With Universal Technical Institute

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy has announced a new partnership between its American Ethanol program and Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. As part of the agreement, Growth Energy will support the student resource center at UTI’s NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina. “Growth Energy will be a …

American Ethanol, Ethanol, Growth Energy

HERO BX Partners With Iowa Renewable Energy for Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

Lake Erie Biofuels, doing business as HERO BX, has announced a partnership to manufacture and market biodiesel from the Iowa Renewable Energy plant in Washington, Iowa. HERO BX Founder & CEO Samuel P. “Pat” Black, III, said, “It has been my ambition to expand the biodiesel expertise harvested from our flagship plant in Erie, PA, nationwide much like has already …

Biodiesel

Program Can Help Biodiesel Industry Meet FSMA Requirements

Cindy Zimmerman

Glycerin is a byproduct of biodiesel production that is often sold to be used as an animal food ingredient. As such, it must comply with the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) guidelines that go into effect this September, so the Iowa Biodiesel Board has developed a biodiesel Food Safety Program to help producers get into compliance with the new …

Biodiesel, livestock feed