EPA Finalizes RFS Renewable Fuel Volumes

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the finalized rule for required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019, and biomass-based diesel for 2020. The key elements of the final rule include maintaining the “conventional” renewable fuel volumes, primarily met by corn ethanol, at the current 15-billion gallon level set by Congress for 2019; increasing …

ACE, Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, NBB, NCGA, RFA, RFS

Study Finds Refiners Can Increase Octane Without Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

A new Energy Information Administration (EIA) study has found that U.S. petroleum refineries would be able to produce gasoline with a higher minimum octane rating (95 Research Octane Number, or “RON”) beginning in 2022 without using more ethanol meet such an octane standard. The study, conducted by oil industry consulting firm Baker & O’Brien, determined “refiners would simply increase reformer …

Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Octane, RFA

Al-Corn Clean Fuel Support MN FFA

Cindy Zimmerman

Al-Corn Clean Fuel has been recognized by the Minnesota FFA Foundation for the company’s support of programing throughout southeast and southern Minnesota. The partnership between Al-Corn Clean Fuel and the Minnesota FFA Foundation allows for scholarship funds to assist 58 FFA chapters in select programs, including service projects. “The leadership skills acquired by the next generation of agricultural leaders through …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, FFA

RFA CEO Calls Out Big Oil’s E15 Hypocrisy

Cindy Zimmerman

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 …

Commentary, E15, Ethanol, Oil, Opinion, RFA

Driving Ethanol Performance Value

Cindy Zimmerman

Growth Energy is celebrating ten years of advocating for ethanol since it was created in 2008. This edition of the Driving Ethanol podcast is the second in a series of three focusing on a decade of accomplishments for the organization. This episode reflects on how Growth Energy has proven ethanol’s performance value through the high profile American Ethanol partnership with …

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Refinery Exemptions Continue to Destroy Demand

Cindy Zimmerman

With the latest news that Chevron received a hardship refinery exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a new analysis showing just how destructive the EPA waivers are. RFA Chief Economist Scott Richman says the 19 small refinery exemptions granted retroactively for the 2016 compliance year, and the 29 for 2017, have impacted both …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Renewable Fuels Association, RFA

ACE Completes 6th Mexico Ethanol Workshop

Cindy Zimmerman

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty traveled to Mexico City this month for the sixth and final ethanol technical workshop held this year for Mexican petroleum equipment installers and retailers. The workshops were a joint effort of the U.S. Grains Council and the Mexican Association of Service Station Suppliers (AMPES) to educate retail station owners about …

ACE, Ethanol, Ethanol News

Enogen Means Energy for Feed and Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

The same trait that makes Enogen corn hybrids great for ethanol production is also good for livestock feed. The higher levels of the alpha-amylase enzyme in these hybrids help break down sugar into energy more efficiently which benefits both ethanol producers and cattle. “The Enogen technology and how it gains efficiencies and makes the ethanol plant money is similar in …

Audio, corn, Enogen, Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, livestock feed, NAFB, Syngenta

House Bill Would Replace RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) and Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX) are proposing new legislation that would replace the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with the 21st Century Transportation Fuels Act. In a discussion draft released last week, the congressmen proposed a “transition from the RFS beginning in 2023 to a national octane specification” which they say would create “new market opportunities for …

Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy, RFS

Get in the Holiday Spirits with E-Nog

Cindy Zimmerman

As the holiday season is set to kick into high gear this week, The Auto Channel salutes the ethanol industry and farmers with a delicious ethanol-inspired drink – E-Nog. Executive VP Marc Rauch says just simply use a cinnamon-flavored whiskey instead of brandy to your favorite basic egg nog. “If you already like egg nog, you’ll go crazy for E-NOG,” …

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