Comment Period Open for RFS Volume Obligations

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 2017, and requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2019, was published in the Federal Register Friday, officially opening the comment period on the proposal. Comments must be received on or before August 31, 2017. EPA is also planning a public hearing on the proposal …

EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Op-Ed Urges Brazil to Reject Ethanol Tariffs

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen teamed up with former UNICA Chief Representative Joel Velasco to pen an op-ed for Brazilian newspaper Estado de S.Paulo urging the country’s leaders to resist returning to failed protectionist policy over ethanol. “As the primary advocates for our respective industries, we fought many impassioned battles over trade and tax policy,” wrote Dinneen …

Brazil, Ethanol, Ethanol News, International

Ethanol Supporters Disappointed in E15 Bill Delay

Cindy Zimmerman

It was no surprise that the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works decided last week not consider the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517) before August recess, given the strong opposition to the bill by committee leadership, but it was still a disappointment to the industry which has vowed to continuing fighting for the legislation to allow …

ACE, corn, E15, Ethanol, Government

15 Year Celebration for Glacial Lakes Energy

Cindy Zimmerman

Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) this week celebrated its 15th anniversary and a recently completed unit train shipping facility at its 100-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Watertown, SD plant. “For the past 15 years, we are proud to have made a significant contribution to our local economy, the value-added agriculture industry, our national energy security and ultimately to consumers,” …

Ethanol, Ethanol News

New E15 Ad Runs in Roll Call

Cindy Zimmerman

As Congress continues to struggle with getting any real work done this year, the Renewable Fuels Association is remaining ever hopeful that lawmakers will pass a fix to allow 15% ethanol to be sold year round. An ad in the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call today calls on Congress to pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, sponsored by …

E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Industry Preparing for August 1 EPA Hearing

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing in Washington, DC on Tuesday, August 1 for the recently released proposed rule for volume levels of ethanol and biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018 and 2019. As with previous RFS hearings, all of the major stakeholders are planning to attend and let EPA know what they like …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS

Imports of U.S. Ethanol to Brazil Soar

Cindy Zimmerman

As Brazil continues to consider tariffs on imported ethanol from the United States, the country just keeps importing more, remaining by far the top destination in the world for U.S. ethanol. According to government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Brazil imported 64.3 million gallons (mg) of U.S. ethanol in May, bringing the total for the first five …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports

Happy 5th Birthday E15

Cindy Zimmerman

It was five years ago this week that Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco 66 in Kansas, made history by becoming the first retailer in the nation to offer 15% ethanol (E15) for sale to motorists. Since that time, the growth of E15 availability has expanded, with nearly 900 stations in 29 states currently offering the fuel blend. “Thanks in part …

E15, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Siouxland Ethanol Improves Efficiency with Energy Recovery

Cindy Zimmerman

Siouxland Ethanol is only one month into a new MSW Energy Recovery (MER) project and already results have exceeded expectations. The Nebraska-based ethanol plant reports that natural gas usage for the month of June was lowered by 17.8%, from 23,200 BTU’s per gallon to 19,058 BTU’s per gallon, which will result in nearly $1 million in savings on an annualized …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Low Carbon Fuel Standard