RFA to Lawmakers: Thanks for Letter to EPA

Carrie Muehling

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is applauding lawmakers for support of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). RFA thanked a bipartisan group of 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prospectively restore RFS volumes lost to small refinery exemptions. In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the House group also asked …

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Biofuels Industry Still Awaits Waiver Package

Cindy Zimmerman

It’s been almost a month since President Donald Trump tweeted that “Farmers are going to be so happy when they see what we are doing for Ethanol” and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue told crowds at Farm Progress Show about “small refinery waiver mitigation efforts” underway that President Trump “really wants to announce himself.” Secretary Perdue expressed the frustration that many …

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Davis Introduces Small Refinery Exemption Fairness Act

Cindy Zimmerman

As farmers and biofuel producers continue to wait for a promised “small refinery waiver mitigation efforts” from the administration, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week introduced the Small Refinery Exemption Fairness Act of 2019, which would require the EPA Administrator to use the average number of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) granted in the previous three calendar years when formulating …

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Clariant Signs 2nd License for Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

Cindy Zimmerman

Clariant and ORLEN Południe have signed a license agreement on sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol technology. The announcement represents a significant strategic milestone for Clariant as this second license agreement for its sunliquid technology is another successful step to commercialize its highly innovative and sustainable technology. For ORLEN Południe, the agreement supports the intention to realize a full scale commercial plant for …

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Ethanol Report on Energy Security

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a new study that shows the Renewable Fuel Standard saves drivers money at the gas pump every day and also enhances energy security by greatly reducing or even eliminating the blow to our nation’s drivers when global oil production is disrupted. The analysis, by independent economist and energy expert Dr. Philip K. Verleger, …

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Sen. Grassley Hopes Trump Biofuels Plan Coming Soon

Cindy Zimmerman

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) believes President Trump is getting tired of dealing with the biofuels small refinery waiver issue and he expects a plan will be announced soon. During a call with reporters, Sen. Grassley said the biofuel industry demands are very simple. “We want 15 billion gallons to be 15 billion gallons…so that means basically you can waive all …

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Farmer-Owned Iowa Ethanol Plant Idled

Cindy Zimmerman

Siouxland Energy Cooperative has idled production at its ethanol production facility in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Board decided to halt production due to the Administration’s recent grant of small-refinery exemptions (SREs) to many large oil refineries, which has undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard and reduced ethanol demand by 4 billion gallons. Kelly Nieuwenhuis, President of the Board, said: “The Administration’s …

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RFA CEO Says Saudi Attack Shows Need for Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Drone attacks on Saturday in Saudi Arabia that knocked out more than 5 percent of global oil supply and caused a major spike in oil prices on Monday spotlight the need for real energy security by diversification of the liquid fuel supply, according to Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “The crude oil and gasoline price spikes following …

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Ethanol Production Holding On

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. ethanol production continues to stay above one million barrels per day on average this year, but just barely. According to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending Sept. 6, ethanol production averaged 1.023 million barrels per day (b/d)— equivalent to 42.97 million gallons daily. Output expanded by 10,000 b/d, or 1.0%, from the previous …

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USDA Lowers Corn Use for Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

The September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates out Thursday from USDA reduced the outlook for U.S. corn production and for the amount of corn used to produce ethanol. This month’s 2019/20 U.S. corn outlook is for reduced production, lower corn used for ethanol, and slightly higher ending stocks. Corn production is forecast at 13.799 billion bushels, down 102 million …

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