Ethanol Strong at ACE Fly-in

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol‘s 11th annual fly-in was another great success, with nearly 75 grassroots members attending, including ethanol producers, retailers, investors, corn growers, service and product providers, and others from 14 states (including DC) as well as one from London, England. There were 23 new fly-in participants this year. Split into teams of 2-4 people, the group visited …

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Sen. Grassley Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy

cindy zimmerman

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was honored at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) in Washington DC this week with the Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Bioenergy. Accepting the award, Grassley said he was honored, but noted that his “work’s not done yet.” The Iowa senator, who has been a champion of renewable energy for decades, gave a fiery address …

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USDA Deputy Censky Addresses Ethanol Topics

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky addressed members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) meeting in Washington DC this week, just a day after the agency released a new study showing the significant greenhouse gas benefits of corn-based ethanol compared to gasoline. Censky talked about that study, as well as many other topics of interest to the farmers and ethanol …

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USDA Study Shows Big Ethanol Benefits

Cindy Zimmerman

A brand new study out yesterday from USDA finds greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol are almost 40 percent lower than gasoline, and could be as high as 43 percent, when ethanol is refined at natural gas-powered refineries. The study, led by Dr. Jan Lewandrowski of USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist, and published in the journal Biofuels, supports findings …

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ACE Fly-in Comes at Critical Time for Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The Midwest continues to experience the devastating impact of flooding, EPA has proposed a rule that would allow year-round sales of E15, and Small Refinery Exemptions are still being granted. That’s just a few of the critical issues facing corn farmers, ethanol producers and fuel retailers as the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) holds its 11th annual DC Fly-in. ACE …

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Industry Stakeholders Discuss Distillers Feed Products

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently held the first Distillers Feed Products Nutrition Roundtable, bringing together livestock and poultry producers, animal nutrition experts, and ethanol technology providers to discuss the changing number and nutrient profile of distillers feed products. As the profile of distillers feed products change, challenges and opportunities arise. Beef, pork, poultry, and dairy experts, Drs. Dan …

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Ethanol Producers United in Comments to EPA

Cindy Zimmerman

Four ethanol producers representing plants in four different states made “substantially similar” points at hearing Friday on proposed regulatory changes related to retail sales of 15% ethanol blended fuel (E15) and the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Substantially similar, otherwise known as “sub-sim”, is a term used in the EPA proposal relating to the …

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EPA Hearing Witnesses Stress Problem of SREs

Cindy Zimmerman

Small refinery exemptions were not the topic of an EPA hearing Friday in Michigan, but many witnesses used precious seconds of their allotted three minutes to comment on how they are impacting an already stressed ethanol industry. “While RFS small refinery exemptions (SREs) are not the explicit subject of this rulemaking or today’s hearing, we feel compelled to remind EPA …

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EPA Grants Another Small Refinery Waiver

Cindy Zimmerman

With a new waiver announced this week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has now granted a total of 35 small-refinery exemption (SRE) from the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance year. Another 39 requests are still pending for 2018 exemptions. “If these exemption trends continue, they will fully and completely undermine the RFS at the expense of rural America and …

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