RFA’s Custom Ethanol Motorcycle a Hit at #FEW18

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The slick, custom-made motorcycle that runs on 85% ethanol was a big hit at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop Tuesday and so was its creator Paul Teutul Jr., who spent two hours at the Renewable Fuels Association trade show booth taking photos with FEW attendees.

Teutul is the owner and master-designer of Paul Jr. Designs and one of the stars of Discovery’s American Chopper, which revealed the new bike during Monday night’s episode. In the process of designing the motorcycle for RFA, he became an ethanol advocate. “There seems to be a misnomer about ethanol and motorcycles. It is almost like people that ride motorcycles think ethanol messes up their bikes, and the research that I have done tells me that is just not true,” Teutul Jr. said.

The partnership with Teutul evolved from the RFA’s new Fuel Your Knowledge campaign aimed at educating bikers, boaters, and other small engine users about ethanol. RFA wants bikers to know that only ethanol blends up to E10 are approved by every motorcycle manufacturer, and the custom motorcycle simply demonstrates the functionality and compatibility of ethanol.

Chuck Zimmerman caught up with Paul Jr. at the RFA booth yesterday to learn all about the making of the ethanol bike and what he learned in the process. Interview with Paul Teutul Jr. at FEW18

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Pruitt Visits with Kansas Corn and Ethanol Producers

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt got an earful from Kansas corn and ethanol producers during a visit yesterday to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE) in Garnett.

After touring the plant Tuesday morning, Pruitt sat down with a roomful of farmers and ethanol supporters who told him they were “mad as hell” about EPA efforts they believe undermine the RFS law. The EPA administrator told the standing-room-only crowd that as regulators, EPA is not supposed to pick winners and losers. (Click for release from KS Corn)

According to a press release from EKAE, Pruitt defending his granting of “small refinery exemptions” but did says that EPA could reallocate the RINs lost from those waivers. He also said EPA is working hard behind the scenes to perform the legal work necessary to hopefully move ahead with a nationwide RVP waiver to allow year-round sales of E15.

Pruitt said he had “a candid and productive dialogue with Kansas corn and grain sorghum farmers on the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

After visiting EKAE, Pruitt toured a farm and formally announced that EPA has approved the registration submitted by Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC — a manufacturer of bio-isobutanol, as an approved fuel additive.

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Driving Ethanol Podcast from FEW18

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The past two years have been among the most challenging for the ethanol industry, and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has been at the front lines of the battles which are continuing stronger than ever.

In this edition of the Driving Ethanol podcast, Skor reflects on her two years at the helm of the industry organization and talks about what is going on today, particularly as it relates to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his granting of waivers to refineries. She outlines five major answers that Pruitt should provide to the industry during his travels this week meeting with farmers and ethanol producers in Kansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

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Ethanol Industry Awards Presented

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Ethanol industry excellence was honored at the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop during Tuesday’s general session.

Kristy Moore of KMoore Consulting received this year’s High Octane Award, which recognizes a person whose commitment and passion have benefited the ethanol industry. Moore was honored for her more than two decades of service in the industry, which includes working for Archer Daniels Midland and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “I am humbled to join the ranks of Tom Buis and Geoff Cooper by receiving this award,” she said.

Dr. Graeme Walker received the Award of Excellence in recognition of his more than 40 years of work in the areas of yeast and fermentation. The Scotsman dressed in traditional kilt was also celebrating his birthday as he received the award. “You might be asking yourself why is a Scotsman up here accepting this award? In fact, Scotland doesn’t have a particularly active ethanol industry but we have been making ethanol for over 500 years,” Graeme said. “The problem is we bottle it!”

In addition to these long time industry awards, some new awards were instituted this year at the workshop.

Pacific Ethanol, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co. (CVEC), Homeland Energy Solutions, and Al-Corn Clean Fuel were recognized for excellence with the first Ethanol Producer Awards from Ethanol Producer Magazine and BBI International.

Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley Inc., in Burley, Idaho received the new “Good Neighbor Award” for its active participation in community service programs.

“Board of the Year” went to CVEC, which produces beverage and industrial alcohol as well as ethanol and has also invested in Guardian Energy, which owns ethanol plants across the country.

Homeland Energy Solutions of Lawler, Iowa, won “Project of the Year” for its $42.7 million, 35 million gallon per year expansion completed last November.

Al-Corn Clean Fuel in Claremont, Minn., won “Collaboration of the Year,” for its work with engineering firm Karges-Faulconbridge Inc., on its 70-million gallon expansion of its ethanol plant.

Listen to the opening of the FEW general session and awards presented. FEW18 Opening session and awards
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Plenty for Ethanol Industry Panel to Discuss

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A panel discussion on “Surveying the Health of Renewable Fuels Policy under the Trump Administration” gave participants plenty to talk about during the opening session of the Fuel Ethanol Workshop on Tuesday in Omaha.

The panel included Geoff Cooper, executive vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA); American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings; and John Fuher, vice president of government affairs for Growth Energy.

As EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was at the same time visiting the East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant, he was brought up numerous times during the panel regarding the agency granting of small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “Frankly, he needs to get his ass chewed by ethanol advocates and farmers,” Jennings said of Pruitt.

Listen to the discussion here. FEW18 Industry Panel

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Growth Energy CEO Keynotes #FEW18

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Two years ago, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor was brand new to the job and the Fuel Ethanol Workshop was her first public introduction to the ethanol industry. Today, Skor keynoted the industry event again as an ethanol professional who has been seasoned by fighting for the fuel during some very difficult battles.

“The battles ahead are tougher, and higher-stakes, and we need to remind ourselves that we have what it takes to win,” said Skor. “And we’ll keep on fighting, from the EPA to the halls of Congress, where other oil-backed lawmakers have already announced their latest plans for so-called reforms of the RFS.”

Skor highlighted the victories over the past year and the challenges the industry continues to face. Listen here:
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NFU Raises Concerns About EPA REGS Rule

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The National Farmers Union (NFU) and South Dakota Farmers Union are raising concerns that a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule would ban the use of E16 or higher blends of ethanol in non-flexible fuel vehicles.

The organizations sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt this week urging EPA not to finalize the proposed rule, Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS), as it is written.

“If the REGS rule were finalized as proposed, it would codify a ban on E16+ fuel blends in non-flexible fuel vehicles,” said the letter. “This would unduly restrict use of ethanol’s ‘clean octane’ in the U.S. gasoline market, inflicting severe damage on the nation’s family farmers, and the public health and welfare.”

“The most cost effective and environmentally safe way for EPA to comply with Section 202(l) (of the Clean Air Act) is to encourage the widespread use of EXX/E30 blends in 98 – 100 RON higher octane gasoline…This is consistent with automakers’ requests to support higher octane fuels. Unfortunately, the REGS proposed rule would do the exact opposite—it would prevent their use.”

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American Chopper Unveils Ethanol Bike

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The highly anticipated debut of the custom Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) ethanol motorcycle created by Paul Jr. Designs on Discovery Channel’s American Chopper revealed a masterpiece with a patriotic theme that runs on E85.

“The bike encapsulated everything we were hoping to get,” said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. “Patriotic theme, running on 85 percent ethanol, E85 – it’s perfect.”

Bike designer Paul Teutel Jr. said it was easier than he expected to make the chopper run on E85. “The only thing we had to do was up the jets about 30 percent and advance the timing a little bit and the thing runs like a top.”

Teutel says the whole effort is to help educate people about ethanol. “The same way I got educated about ethanol through the process of building a bike for RFA,” he said. “It’s about public awareness and letting them know that ethanol is a good product – matter of fact it’s a very good product and it works very well in motorcycles.”

The custom motorcycle is the centerpiece for RFA’s new consumer-focused educational campaign called “Fuel Your Knowledge” to educate and inform consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in boats, motorcycles, lawn and garden equipment and other off-road engines.

Teutel was with White last night at a viewing party in Omaha for the big reveal and today will be at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop meeting and greeting folks at the RFA booth from 11 am to 1 pm. The bike will be on display at the booth as well.

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DuPont Opens Industrial Biosciences Global Headquarters

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially opened the doors of its renovated global business headquarters last week in Wilmington, Delaware.

“At this new facility, we have hundreds of people working toward a more sustainable future by innovating biobased solutions that are better, safer and more renewable. These technologies go into products that are used in everyday life,” said William Feehery, president of DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “The redesigned and upgraded laboratories and office spaces are incubators for some of DuPont’s most groundbreaking work.”

The revitalization of Building E353 is part of a more than $200 million investment in the Experimental Station campus, which began in 2016 and encompasses about 50 buildings, with over 2 million square feet of space.

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American Chopper to Debut RFA Ethanol Bike

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The custom RFA motorcycle designed by Paul Jr is located right in the middle of that crowd of bikers!

The custom Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) motorcycle created by Paul Jr. Designs will be revealed to the world on Discovery Channel’s American Chopper tonight at 10 pm Eastern time.

Discovery Channel crews filmed the unveiling of the RFA custom motorcycle earlier this year at East Kansas Agri-Energy in Garnett, Kansas and a crowd of more than 500, mostly on motorcycles, were part of the show. The bike will be the centerpiece of a RFA’s new “Fuel Your Knowledge” educational campaign to inform consumers about the proper use of ethanol-blended fuels in boats, motorcycles, and other small engines.

The custom chopper will also be on display this week at the RFA booth in the Fuel Ethanol Workshop trade show, and Paul Jr. is scheduled to stop by for a visit Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm.

Learn more about RFA’s American Chopper promotion in these recent interviews with RFA Vice President for Industry Relations Robert White.

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