Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA

chuck zimmerman

Well, here’s news that probably won’t upset too many people I know. I’m actually amazed that this didn’t happen much sooner. Of course this had to happen during a pretty much vacation week for the ZimmComm Team and many, many other folks. Here’s some industry reaction on the announcement. I think you can sum it up that everyone is pretty …

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EPA Releases 2019 Biofuel Proposal

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency released its proposal for 2019 biofuel obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Tuesday, maintaining the statutory level for corn ethanol while increasing advanced biofuels, but failing to address the small refinery exemptions that have decimated demand and effectively lowered the required amount of biofuels to be blended. Under the proposed rule, conventional renewable fuel volumes …

ACE, advance biofuels, Biodiesel, biofuels, corn, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, RFA, RFS

Groups Support Biodiesel Tax Credit

Cindy Zimmerman

A diverse group of trade associations are presenting a united front to Congress in support of maintaining and extending the current biodiesel blenders tax credit. Eight organizations joined the National Biodiesel Board in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), House …

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House Subcommittee Hearing on Advanced Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment held its fourth hearing this year aimed at addressing issues related to fuels and vehicles, this time focusing on advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Among those who testified at the hearing on Friday were Advanced Biofuels Association president Mike McAdams, National Association of Truck Stop Operators representative Robin Puthusseril, …

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Biodiesel Board Hires Two to Communications Positions

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) last week announced new Director of Communications Kaleb Little and Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications Paul Winters. Little has worked in various communications roles at the organization for more than eight years while Winters comes from fellow biofuels trade association Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). His most recent role at NBB was Senior Communications …

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Midwest Voters Want Trump to Protect RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

A new poll, funded by the National Biodiesel Board, shows that voters across three Midwestern states overwhelmingly say they support federal policies to encourage growth in biodiesel and renewable fuels use. In a survey of voters in Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota, respondents’ support cut across party lines, with more than two-thirds of Republicans and nearly three-quarters of Independents saying they …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NBB, RFS

Farm and Biofuel Groups Sue EPA Over Lost Gallons

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change its regulations to “account for lost volumes of renewable fuel resulting from the unprecedented number of retroactive small refinery exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations recently granted by EPA.” The petitioners are the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Growth …

ACE, Ag group, BIO, Biodiesel, corn, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, NBB, NCGA, NFU, RFA, RFS

2018 Biodiesel Seminar Tour Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

Biodiesel is going on tour this summer for a series of regional, one-day seminars designed to educate fuel wholesalers, distributors, retailers, marketers, fleets, municipalities, and other end users on the benefits and opportunities surrounding America’s first advanced biofuel. The Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) seminars, organized by the National Biodiesel Board and several industry sponsors, will be held in five major cities …

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Volvo Ocean Race Stays Sustainable Course with Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

Sustainable, local biodiesel is fueling the festivities as the Volvo Ocean Race ports in Rhode Island for its only North American stopover through May 20. A blend of 20 percent biodiesel (B20) is being used in vessels, generators and diesel-powered land vehicles throughout the 13-day event. The biodiesel for the event is supplied by Newport Biodiesel, a local biodiesel producer, …

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Renewable Energy Group Expands Ralston Plant

Carrie Muehling

Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has more than doubled the plant capacity at its Ralston, Iowa, facility. “We congratulate REG on this expansion of its flagship biodiesel plant in Ralston,” said Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. “We are fortunate that REG has its headquarters here in Iowa, and continues to invest heavily in biodiesel infrastructure, …

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