USDA Deputy Secretary Stresses Ethanol Support

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USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky visited the 2019 National Ethanol Conference in Orlando this week to stress the administration’s strong support of ethanol. “You have very strong advocates in Sec. Perdue, myself and all of us at USDA who are working on your behalf as well as President Trump, who has also been a strong supporter – as you all …

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Groups Submit Comments on E15 by 2025 in Ontario

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Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) jointly submitted comments to the Canadian Province of Ontario supporting the expansion of biofuels blending to implement a 15 percent renewable content in gasoline by 2025. “For decades now, North American farmers and ethanol producers have continued to benefit from tariff-free borders,” the comments noted. “With an existing North American supply chain, …

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ACE Urges Senators to Press Wheeler on Ethanol Issues

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) wants senators to get some promises from Andrew Wheeler before they vote to confirm him as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. ACE CEO Brian Jennings sent a letter to U.S. Senators this week asking them to “secure tangible documentation on two critically important ethanol issues” – finalizing a Reid vapor pressure (RVP) rule …

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EIA Report Makes Case for Higher Ethanol Blends

Cindy Zimmerman

Forecasts calling for higher fuel prices in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2019 (AEO2019) makes the case for higher ethanol blends and lower cost options like E15 at the pump, according to Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. “Consumers deserve cleaner, more affordable options, and that’s exactly what higher ethanol …

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RFA Asks EPA to Prioritize E15 Over RIN Reform

Cindy Zimmerman

With the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to focus first on rulemaking for year-round E15 provisions and wait to address RIN reform measures in a separate action. With just 133 days remaining before the summertime prohibition on E15 sales begins, RFA …

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Ethanol Stakeholders React to Wheeler Hearing

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Ethanol industry organizations commended Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for his commitment to getting a rule allowing year-round sales of E15 (15% ethanol blended fuel) before the start of this year’s summer driving season but still expressed some concerns. “We were encouraged to hear Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler commit to completing the year-round E15 regulatory fix before the summer driving …

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Wheeler Affirms Commitment to E15 Timetable

Cindy Zimmerman

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler confirmed the agency’s commitment to getting a rule on year-round E15 out in time for the summer driving season, as long as the partial government shutdown allows it to happen. “We’re still on schedule for that, (but) we’re not able to work on it during the government shutdown,” said Wheeler during a hearing before the …

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RFA Launches E15 Awareness Campaign

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has kicked off a new campaign aimed at educating consumers and policymakers about the benefits of E15 in anticipation of the blend being available year-round. The campaign started this week with digital ads on The Washington Post and the launch of a new consumer-facing web site. The ads, with the tagline “E15. Clean. Affordable. Domestic. …

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President Includes Ethanol in Farm Bureau Speech

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It took a while to get there, but President Donald Trump did mention ethanol in his speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention Monday. “We’re ensuring that ethanol remains a vital part of America’s energy future with E15 and we’re making it available year round, all 12 months, that’s a big difference for the farmers,” said Trump. …

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RFA CEO Calls Out Big Oil’s E15 Hypocrisy

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In an editorial this week, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Geoff Cooper called out the hypocrisy of oil interests when it comes to allowing year round sales of 15% ethanol, E15. Noting that “hell hath no fury like Big Oil scorned,” Cooper debunks all of the oil industry’s dire warnings in response to President Trump’s recent decision calling …

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