Ethanol Report on RFA Leadership Succession

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has announced a change in leadership for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association. Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO in October 2018, while current President and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s Senior Strategic Advisor. In this edition of The Ethanol Report, Dinneen talks …

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ACE Hopeful EPA Will Return to RFS Law

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American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) senior vice president Ron Lamberty testified at the public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “With the departure of the previous EPA Administrator, I hope EPA will take this opportunity to return to implementing the RFS as intended by …

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Dinneen to Step Down as RFA CEO

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is marking the beginning of a new era. The Reverend of Renewables is climbing into the backseat of the ethanol organization and allowing Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper to drive. Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO in October 2018, while current President and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of …

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Growth Energy Urges EPA to Correct RFS Course

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Growth Energy is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to chart a “major course correction on annual biofuel targets.” The proposed rule raises the total 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by 3 percent over the 2018 requirement, and maintains a 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional biofuels like corn ethanol, but does nothing to address the 2.25 billion gallons worth of …

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RFA Asks EPA to Fix Pruitt Damage to RFS

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is imploring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use the 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) rulemaking process “to fix the extensive damage done to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by former Administrator Scott Pruitt.” “Administrative cuts to the RFS have resulted in significantly lower RIN prices, reduced corn and ethanol demand, avoided legal obligations for …

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EPA Waivers Make Deep Cuts in RFS

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The latest data from the Environmental Protection Agency shows just how much the small refiner exemptions have resulted in demand destruction, even more than estimated just a few months ago. According to an analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) updated from April, the waivers have resulted in “effectively lowering the 2017 required volume of renewable fuels by 1.37 billion …

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Ethanol Report on EPA Changes

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Ethanol industry stakeholders were relieved to see Scott Pruitt depart from the Environmental Protection Agency on July 5 and deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler appointed as acting chief. With a Supreme Court justice nominee on the table, it is unlikely President Trump will be moving too quickly to nominate a new EPA administrator, so Wheeler will probably have the job for …

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RFS Volumes Hearing Next Week

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will have a public hearing next week in Ypsilanti, MI on July 18 to receive comments on the proposed rule “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020.” Parties wishing to testify at the hearing should notify the “FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT” person listed in the Public Hearing Notice by …

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Plymouth Energy Fueling Monarchs

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Lakeview Plymouth Energy in Merrill, Iowa is the latest ethanol plant to become a monarch fueling station. The plant has dedicated two acres of green space on plant grounds to monarch habitat which was seeded last June 2017 and this summer is seeing its first strong growth of milkweed plants, which monarch butterflies need for egg laying. “At Lakeview Plymouth …

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“Grit Wins” is Theme for 2018 ACE Conference

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The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has opened registration and released the agenda for its 31st annual conference August 15-17 at the Renaissance Depot Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This year’s “Grit Wins” conference theme and programming are reflective of the attacks oil refiners have launched on ethanol this year. The general session panels will include updates from ACE leadership, a …

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