Ankeny Casey’s Becomes 5,000th Station to Offer E85

Cindy Zimmerman

The number of fuel stations now offering Flex Fuel E85 has reached an important milestone this week as a Casey’s store in Ankeny, Iowa, became the 5,000th station nationwide to sell E85. “Reaching the 5,000-station mark is a significant achievement for the ethanol industry and our partner in the retail sector,” said Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. …

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Ethanol Report 3-23-20

Cindy Zimmerman

Coronavirus is making its presence felt in the ethanol industry. Many ethanol plants are on the verge of closing as margins have become non-existent with lower gas prices and declining demand for transportation fuel nationwide. In this episode of The Ethanol Report, we hear from Renewable Fuels Association Chief Economist Scott Richman about the price and demand picture, three ethanol …

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Coronavirus is Latest Threat to Ethanol Industry

Cindy Zimmerman

The impact that coronavirus is having on the energy markets is just the latest threat to the solvency of the U.S. ethanol industry, coming on top of weather, trade disputes and small refinery waivers that hurt producers last year. In a media conference call Thursday, Renewable Fuels Association leaders discussed the impact of these hits on ethanol producers and the …

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Coalition Launches Drop the Appeal Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

The Trump Administration needs to make a decision by March 23 whether to appeal the unanimous 10th Circuit Court decision against the EPA’s small refinery exemption program, and the coalition that brought the case has launched a new social media campaign urging the administration to drop the appeal. The coalition, made up of the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers …

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RFA Calls on Administration as Ethanol Prices Drop

Cindy Zimmerman

As gas prices go, so goes the price of ethanol, and right now the industry is being adversely affected by the economic constraints caused by the coronavirus, the oil price war, ongoing trade disputes and EPA’s small refinery waivers. “While the policy response to turbulence in the energy markets has so far focused largely on supporting crude oil producers, we …

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Ethanol Report 3-16-20

Cindy Zimmerman

What a difference a month can make! A month ago, the ethanol industry was celebrating the 10th Circuit Court decision that would require EPA to severely limit its small refinery exemptions, and coronavirus was still a problem somewhere else. Last week, just as COVID-19 started to fully hit the fan here in the United States, the Trump Administration snatched defeat …

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Ethanol Case Groups Disappointed in Appeal Extension

Cindy Zimmerman

The four organizations involved in the case against the Environmental Protection Agency over granting of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are disappointed the Trump Administration has been granted more time to consider an appeal of the court decision siding with the plaintiffs. The petitioners in the case—the Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Coalition …

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Ethanol Industry Anxiously Awaits EPA Decision on SREs

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol stakeholders were hopeful that an announcement would be made on Friday about how EPA will deal with the recent court ruling on small refinery exemptions, but Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Geoff Cooper says they are anxiously awaiting that decision. “We don’t know what exactly what EPA is going to do, but we know what they should …

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Senators Claim Court Decision Jeopardizes Refineries

Cindy Zimmerman

A group of senators from oil-friendly states sent a letter to President Trump last week claiming that if the recent 10th Circuit Court decision on small refinery exemptions is allowed to stand it “will jeopardize nearly all small refineries” in the country. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chairman Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) spearheaded the letter urging the …

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Legislation Would Target Oil Subsidies

Cindy Zimmerman

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced legislation this week to update the nation’s antiquated public lands royalty system and ensure that taxpayers get fair returns on leases of public lands for oil and gas production. Introducing the bipartisan Fair Returns for Public Lands Act of 2020, Grassley said, “Low royalty rates on oil produced on federal lands …

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