ACE Opens Scholarship Program, Recognizes 2020 Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

As the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Scholarship Program opens for 2021-2022 academic year applications, the organization congratulates the 2020 scholarship recipients who each received a $1,000 scholarship through the program to help further their education. Kaelyn Drury is from Blue Hill, Nebraska, and is attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she studies Nutrition Science. Kaelyn is …

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Renewable Fuels Nebraska Names Interim Director

Cindy Zimmerman

The board of Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) has named Pam Miller interim executive director, effective earlier this month. Pam has been involved in the ethanol industry since 2004. At that time, she was an elected official, serving as a county commissioner in Northeast Nebraska. As such, she created the Dakota County Economic Development Committee. A thorough SWOT analysis of the …

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EPA Supports 10th Circuit Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced support for last year’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decision and interpretation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small-refinery exemption provisions. This conclusion, prompted by a detailed review following the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in the case, represents a change from EPA’s position before the Tenth Circuit. The change …

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Summit Agricultural Group Announces Major Carbon Project

Cindy Zimmerman

Summit Agricultural Group has announced the creation of Summit Carbon Solutions, expected to be the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project. The goal of Summit Carbon Solutions is to accelerate the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other carbon dioxide emission sources throughout the Midwestern region of the United States. When …

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Biofuels Caucus Introduces RFS Integrity Act

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) led the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in introducing bipartisan legislation last week to ensure transparency and predictability to the Environmental Protection Agency’s small refinery exemption (SRE) process. The Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act would require small refineries to submit a petition for a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) hardship exemption by June 1st …

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Biofuels Groups Oppose General RFS Waivers

Cindy Zimmerman

Biofuels organizations filed comments this week opposing requests from refiners, several state governors, and an environmental organization that the Environmental Protection Agency waive 2019 and 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes. “None of the petitions provides the required evidence that the RFS itself is causing economic or environmental harm. In fact, the requests point to the continuing coronavirus emergency as the …

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ACE Testifies on MN Bill to Set E15 Standard

Cindy Zimmerman

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty shared his insights on E15 equipment compatibility with existing infrastructure during a virtual hearing yesterday in the Minnesota Legislature on a bill which would increase the state’s minimum biofuel content in gasoline to 15 percent. Lamberty’s testimony focused on clearing up misconceptions about equipment needed to sell E15, particularly underground …

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ACE Elects 2021 Executive Committee

Cindy Zimmerman

During its first quarter meeting this week, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Board of Directors elected its Officers and Executive Committee for 2021. Dave Sovereign, Chairman of Golden Grain Energy’s Board, accepted the nomination of President of the ACE Board. He replaces Duane Kristensen, who served as the President of ACE’s Board of Directors for the past three years. …

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Senators Reintroduce Biofuels Infrastructure Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) this week reintroduced bipartisan legislation to create a renewable fuel infrastructure grant program and streamline regulatory requirements to help fuel retailers sell higher blends of ethanol. The Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act would authorize $500 million over 5 years for infrastructure grants for fuel retailers and direct the Administrator …

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Senators Reintroduce Adopt GREET Act

Cindy Zimmerman

Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) this week reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act which would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. Specifically, the bill would require EPA to adopt the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model for both fuels. EPA …

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