USDA Offers More Biofuels Infrastructure Grants

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S Department of Agriculture has announced another round of funding for its successful Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. Approximately $22 million is being made available for retailers to add higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85. The application window will be open for 30 days starting December 21 and ending January 19. Ethanol organizations are offering help …

ACE, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

DOJ Opposes Supreme Court Review of RFS Waivers Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The Department of Justice has recommended against a Supreme Court review of the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling earlier this year that invalidated several small refinery exemptions issued by EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The DOJ filed its response Wednesday to a petition submitted in September by oil refineries HollyFrontier Corporation and CVR Energy asking the Supreme Court to review …

ACE, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA

Renewable Energy Group Announces Changes

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. this week announced organizational changes in its senior leadership team intended to “accelerate the company’s performance as a leader in a rapidly growing industry.” Chad Stone will move from the Chief Financial Officer position into a newly created role of Senior Vice President, Commercial Performance, overseeing the company’s planning, scheduling and optimization functions to drive commercial …

Biodiesel, biofuels, REG, renewable diesel

Farm & Biofuel Groups Ask Court to Enforce EPA Ruling

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm and biofuels leaders say it’s way past time for EPA to act on a court order from 2017 and they are going back to the court to make it happen. A coalition of biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Monday asking the court to enforce its …

ACE, Ag group, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NBB, NCGA, NFU, RFA

Kansas Biofuels Head Offers Post Election Views

Cindy Zimmerman

The president and CEO of Renew Kansas Biofuels Association gave his post-election analysis during the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City’s November 12 webinar. Ron Seeber, who is also president and CEO for the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Ag Retailers Association, summed up results for races on both the state and federal level. “Kansas is still very …

Audio, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Syngenta’s Thatcher Provides Post-Election Insight

Cindy Zimmerman

Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Manager of Federal Government and Industry Relations for Syngenta, provided her perspective on the “churn of the election” during the company’s media summit this week. She does expect the presidential outcome to drag on for a while, but during her presentation, Thatcher used the assumption of a Biden presidency for her outlook. In the biofuels space, …

Audio, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Farm Policy, Syngenta

MN Governor’s Biofuels Council Recommends LCFS

Cindy Zimmerman

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels this week released its consensus report on the steps needed to grow Minnesota’s biofuels industry and get the state back on track to meet renewable energy goals, including a plan for the adoption of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). In the report to Gov. Tim Walz, the council recommends “a low-carbon fuel standard …

ACE, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Low Carbon Fuel Standard, RFA

Iowa Groups Ask Candidates to Oppose EV Legislation

Cindy Zimmerman

The Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) are asking all candidates in Iowa running for federal office to take a stand against the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 recently introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. IBB and IRFA says the legislation would restrict the sale of vehicles that can use biofuels as soon …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Ethanol News

National Labs Find Sugars Key for Biofuels Feedstocks

Cindy Zimmerman

Researchers are finding that sugar content is as important as size when it comes to producing biofuels from woody biomass. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), have been studying the size and growth rate of trees, as well as the amount of sugars that can be produced from …

biofuels, biomass, Research

Ethanol Remains Top Priority with New NCGA President

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s a new year for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) with new president John Linder of Edison, Ohio who took over the post on October 1. Linder, along with his brother, Mike, and wife, Cheryl, run a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed in central Ohio. In addition to traditional row crop …

Audio, biofuels, corn, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA