Purdue Tackles Biorefinery Blockage Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

A team led by Purdue University scientists is receiving a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to solve the problem of biomass flow for biorefineries. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and compacts while moving through augers, forcing costly shutdowns for cleaning and repairs. …

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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 …

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Ethanol Report on EPA Lawsuits

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has joined a coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups in a lawsuit against EPA over lost volumes of renewable fuel resulting from retroactive small refinery exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations. RFA is also a petitioner in a lawsuit filed last week over three specific small refinery exemptions granted by the agency. “EPA Administrator …

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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 …

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Poll: 80% Say E15 Should be Sold Year Round

Cindy Zimmerman

As 15% ethanol fuel became unavailable June 1, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released a new poll that shows American consumers are frustrated by the lack of choice that stems from the summertime prohibition on E15. In a recent poll of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult, almost 80 percent of respondents said they believe the federal government should allow …

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More Ethanol Demand Destruction from EPA

Cindy Zimmerman

The biofuels industry was disturbed to hear news reports this week that the Environmental Protection Agency is continuing to destruct demand for ethanol and corn with more “small refinery” exemptions. Reuters reported that EPA created nearly $34 million worth of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits and handed them over to HollyFrontier, along with an additional undisclosed amount of RINs to …

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E15 Gone Today Despite Trump Promises

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s June 1 and fuel retailers in the majority of the country who were selling 15% ethanol blends yesterday can’t today because of what President Trump calls “unnecessary and ridiculous” summertime E15 restrictions. With the deadline approaching yesterday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig joined the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) in calling on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to use …

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Iowa Corn Fuels Travelers with Beef and E85

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Corn growers have hit the road to help summer travelers fill up with corn-fed beef and homegrown fuel. The Iowa Corn-fed Summer Road Trip offers directions for travelers with flex-fuel vehicles to find fuel retailers offering E85 near the state’s best restaurants for corn-fed burgers and tenderloins. The map also includes some of Iowa’s summer corn-fed events, like the …

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Ethanol Coalition Suing EPA Over Refinery Waivers

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of farm and ethanol organizations has filed a lawsuit over the Environmental Protection Agency’s “secretive small refinery exemptions.” The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and National Farmers Union (NFU), with support of Farmers Union Enterprises, filed the suit late Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th …

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Ethanol Report on Biker and Boater Education

Cindy Zimmerman

A custom-made motorcycle will be the centerpiece of a new educational campaign by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) to inform consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in boats, motorcycles, and other small engines. RFA has partnered with American Chopper‘s Paul Teutul Junior to design a custom bike that will be unveiled on June 11 and be part of …

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