ACE Makes Case for Higher Ethanol Blends to Retailers

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is talking to fuel retailers about higher ethanol blends at the 2017 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) show this week in Chicago, with Bob O’Connor, Owner of Jetz Convenience Centers, on hand to help answer questions from a retailer point of view. Last November, Jetz became the first retailer to offer E15 to …

ACE, Ethanol, Retailers

Iowa Biofuels Interests Get White House Attention

Cindy Zimmerman

President Donald Trump called Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Wednesday to assure her that he continues to support the renewable fuels industry. “He reached out to me,” said Gov. Reynolds during a press conference in Iowa. “He made it clear that he stood with the Renewable Fuel Standard.” Gov. Reynolds also got a call from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who met …

Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFS

RFA Receives Grant for Ethanol Safety Training

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association has received a $50,000 federal grant to help continue the its ethanol safety training program efforts. The Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant, from the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, was awarded to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). RFA is among several partners in the grant. The grant, …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety

Report Finds Opportunities for Ethanol and DDG Exports

Cindy Zimmerman

A new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) says an increase in global ethanol mandates is creating additional export opportunities for the U.S. ethanol industry, but it depends on the ability to increase production and keep those markets open. According to Global Ethanol Mandates: Opportunities for U.S. Exports of Ethanol and DDGS, 26 countries have implemented blending mandates since …

Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, USDA

Iowa Fighting to Protect RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt Tuesday to express her concerns over the agency’s recent action to potentially lower biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2018 and 2019. After the meeting, Sen. Ernst said that while Pruitt has “insisted that the recent actions taken by the EPA are simply to …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Pink at the Pump Campaign Grows

Cindy Zimmerman

Missouri is now part of the Pink at the Pump™ campaign against breast cancer as Hometown Fuel across the Iowa border in Mercer joined the cause last week. The annual campaign is now active in six states – Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, and Virginia. Pink at the Pump™ is a partnership between Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), Iowa Corn …

Ethanol, Ethanol News

Senators and Governors Urge Support for RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

On Monday, four governors wrote to President Trump, and 34 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, both expressing concerns about proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Governors Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Eric Greitens of Missouri and Sam Brownback of Kansas urged the president to keep his promises to rural America …

Biodiesel, EPA, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NBB

ACE Hosts Latin America Trade Team

Cindy Zimmerman

A trade team from Latin America is on an ethanol tour this week sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), which included a visit to the Sioux Falls, South Dakota office of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Monday morning. The schedule for the group included several other stops in South Dakota, visiting an ethanol plant, a livestock farm to …

ACE, Ethanol, USGC

Study of RINs and Retail Gas Prices Finds No Relationship

Cindy Zimmerman

A new study by Informa Agribusiness Consulting finds that prices of the Renewable Identification Number (RINs) credits used for RFS compliance have not caused changes in retail gasoline prices The analysis, commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), looked at trends in the prices for conventional biofuel RINs and retail gasoline from 2013 to the summer of 2017. “Based on …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS, RINS

Corn Farmers Promoting American Ethanol in Talladega

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn growers from around the country are heading to Alabama this weekend to promote American Ethanol at “The Big One” in Talladega. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is partnering with corn farmers in Alabama, Kansas, Iowa and Michigan – to promote E15 American Ethanol all weekend in the popular Fan Zone exhibit area, nearby campgrounds, on-track signage, the pavement …

American Ethanol, corn, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NASCAR