No Impact on RFS Expected from Regulation Freeze

Cindy Zimmerman

As soon as he took office, President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on regulations that were promulgated by the federal government before he took office, including the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) requirements for this year under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which were announced in late November. In a statement, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen said the …

EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA

Nebraska Ethanol Board Elects Executive Committee

Cindy Zimmerman

The Nebraska Ethanol Board has elected new officers for 2017. Mike Thede, who farms near Palmer, Nebraska, and represents general farming, was elected chairman of the board. Jan tenBensel, who farms south of Cambridge, Nebraska, and represents wheat, was appointed vice chairman. Mark Ondracek, business manager for Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union #464 and represents labor, maintains his seat as …

Ethanol, Ethanol News

New RFA Brochure on 2017 FFVs

Cindy Zimmerman

General Motors is the number one maker of Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) for the 2017 model year (MY2017), according to a new brochure released this week by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). For MY2017, GM has 17 FFV model offerings, followed by Ford/Lincoln/Mercury with 12 FFV models available and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep with nine. Toyota offers two FFV models for MY2017, while …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Flex Fuel Vehicles, RFA

Trump EPA Nominee Questioned on RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt answered questions about his support of renewable fuels during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President-elect Donald Trump. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, asked Pruitt about his commitment to uphold the congressional intent of the Renewable …

Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, RFA, RFS

Ethanol Industry Thanks Trump in New Ad

Cindy Zimmerman

The renewable fuels industry is thanking incoming President Donald Trump with a new television ad airing this inauguration week. The new ad will be airing during MSNBC’s Morning Joe program and will also appear on digital channels. “Donald Trump’s campaign united millions of voters who care deeply about America’s leadership on clean, homegrown energy,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Fuels America, RFA

New UN Report Shows Food vs Fuel Fallacy

Cindy Zimmerman

A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food prices declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, down 1.5 percent from 2015. That included a steady decline in cereal prices- which includes maize or corn – which fell 9.6 percent from 2015 and were down 39 percent from their 2011 peak. …

corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, Food prices, International, RFA

Iowa 2017 Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced the winners of this year’s Ethanol and Biodiesel Marketing Awards during the Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa Annual Meeting in Des Moines on Jan. 11th. Charlie Good, owner/operator of Good & Quick in Nevada, received the 2017 Secretary’s Ethanol Marketing Award. Charlie Good not only offers E15 for vehicles in the …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Retailers

New USDA Report on Lifecycle GHG Balance for #Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

A brand new USDA analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, greater than previous estimates and something the ethanol industry has been saying for years. Unlike other studies of GHG benefits, which relied on forecasts of future ethanol production systems and expected impacts on the farm sector, the new “Life-Cycle Analysis …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, USDA

China Imposing Duties on U.S. DDGS

Cindy Zimmerman

Almost exactly one year after initiating anti-dumping countervailing duty investigations into U.S. produced distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has announced anti-dumping and countervailing duties beginning today. The decision comes just ten days after action by the Chinese government to increase tariffs on imported U.S. ethanol from 5 to 30 percent. “The U.S. Grains Council …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, International, USGC

#Ethanol Production Starts 2017 with New Record

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. ethanol production started 2017 the way it ended 2016 – with a new record. According to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged an unprecedented 1.049 million barrels per day the week ending January 6, 2017 — an increase of 6,000 barrels from the last week of 2016’s now-broken record …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA