Iowa Legislature Urged to Renew Biofuel Tax Differentials

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Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) members are urging state lawmakers to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials before the end of this legislative session. House File 2279 and Senate File 2403 would extend and modernize fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends, which are set to expire on June 30, 2020. With the passage …

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RFA Decries “Gap Year” Refinery Waiver Requests

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The Renewable Fuels Association is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to deny the latest attempt by the petroleum industry to circumvent the 10th Circuit Court decision which severely limits small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by seeking past-year waivers from renewable volume obligations. In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper …

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Ethanol and Oil State Senators Compete for EPA Help

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During a hearing last week before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was pushed by senators on both sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard for a commitment to helping them. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), who spearheaded a letter to Wheeler from oil state senators, expressed his dissatisfaction with the 10th circuit court decision regarding small …

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ACE Calls on EPA to Maintain RFS

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to resist calls for to waive or significantly reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). “None of the requests from governors, senators, and attorneys general for EPA to waive the RFS this year have been accompanied by the evidence, which is required by the law …

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Illinois Zein Protein Plant Switches to Hand Sanitizer

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Global Impact Innovation (GII) has switched from producing Zein protein to producing and delivering hand sanitizer at mass-scale in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zein protein from corn has a variety of industrial and food uses. Since beginning production in mid-April 2020, GII has manufactured and delivered close to 100,000 gallons of sanitizer with a significant portion of its early …

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USDA Food Safety Using Nebraska-made Sanitizer

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Nearly 7,000 gallons of Nebraska-made sanitizer has been donated for use by USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) employees around the country responsible for ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and egg products. There are 6,500 FSIS field offices across the nation. The USDA’s initial request included 6,500 gallons of hand sanitizer but deliveries have continued as the need remains …

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Senate Bill Would Help Biofuels Producers

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Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MI) have introduced bipartisan legislation to provide emergency relief to ethanol producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would allow USDA to reimburse biofuel producers through the Commodity Credit Corporation for their feedstock purchases in the first quarter of this year. According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), as of May 19, …

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ACE to Co-Locate Annual Meeting with Fuel Ethanol Workshop

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will be co-locating its 33rd annual conference this year in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) & Expo on August 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the economic hardship it’s brought to bear on the ethanol industry, ACE believes hosting this year’s gathering in association with …

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RFA Hosting Webinars on USDA Retailer Infrastructure Grants

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USDA began accepting applications Friday for grants from the new Higher Ethanol Blends Infrastructure Program, or HBIIP, and the Renewable Fuels Association is hosting two webinars this month to guide fuel retailers and others in the process. “U.S. ethanol producers today are facing the worst economic conditions in the industry’s 40-year history due to COVID-19; once the pandemic is over …

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Ethanol Report 5-15-20

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the U.S. ethanol industry, slashing production by half and leading to the idling of scores of plants across rural America. But there are positive signs that demand is starting to increase again. Meanwhile, Congress is considering a new aid package with help for biofuels, the Renewable Fuel Standard is facing …

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