American Ethanol Powerboat Captain Killed in Crash

Cindy Zimmerman American Ethanol, Boats, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Uncategorized

Captain Keith Holmes of the American Ethanol Cat Can Do Racing Team was killed in a crash Sunday during the St. Clair River Classic offshore powerboat race in Michigan.

The owner of CK Motorsports and throttleman of the American Ethanol Cat Can Do Catamaran, Holmes was considered one of the world’s premier offshore powerboat racers. Holmes was a strong supporter of ethanol and Growth Energy was a strong supporter of him.

“The entire Growth Energy family is shocked and saddened at this terrible news, and we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Keith’s family, friends, and loved ones,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Keith was the ultimate competitor out on the water, with nearly three decades of racing experience, competing in over 150 races with 86 victories across the United States. He was a passionate champion for biofuels, but more importantly, he was an amazing person: full of life, energy, and kindness.”

Last year, Holmes testified on Capitol Hill about the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment, preserving America’s energy security and providing a high-octane boost to marine engines.

American Ethanol, Boats, Ethanol, Growth Energy, Uncategorized

Court Decision Sides with Ethanol Industry

Cindy Zimmerman Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA, RFA

U.S. biofuels interests were pleased with an appeals court ruling Friday that ‘EPA erred in how it interpreted the “inadequate domestic supply”
waiver provision’ of the Renewable Fuel Standard in setting volume obligations.

The Americans for Clean Energy v. Environmental Protection Agency ruling by the court vacates EPA’s decision to reduce the total renewable fuel volume requirement in 2016 and remands the rule to EPA for further consideration.

We hold that the “inadequate domestic supply” provision authorizes EPA to consider supply-side factors affecting the volume of renewable fuel that is available to refiners, blenders, and importers to meet the statutory volume requirements. It does not allow EPA to consider the volume of renewable fuel that is available to ultimate consumers or the demand-side constraints that affect the consumption of renewable fuel by consumers.

“We are still reviewing the decision, but the fact the court has affirmed our position that EPA abused its general waiver authority by including factors such as demand and infrastructure in a waiver intended to be based solely on available supply is a great victory for consumers and the RFS program,” said Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen.

The National Corn Growers Association calls the ruling “a win for farmers, the biofuels industry, and consumers” which affirms that the EPA did not follow the law when it reduced the 2014-2016 renewable fuel volumes below levels intended by Congress. “The court held that EPA was wrong to interpret the phrase ‘inadequate domestic supply’ to mean ‘inadequate domestic supply and demand.’ We agree with the Court that effectively adding words to the law through this interpretation simply exceeds EPA’s authority.”

Americans for Clean Energy includes a number of organizations, including the American Coalition for Ethanol, BIO, Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers and the Renewable Fuels Association.

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RFA Revs Up for Sturgis

Cindy Zimmerman Ethanol, Ethanol News, Motorcycle, RFA, Sturgis

Ten percent ethanol is the official fuel of the Buffalo Chip Campground for the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Aug. 4-13 in Sturgis, S.D.

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is teaming up with the Buffalo Chip for the ninth consecutive year to promote the benefits of high-octane, low-cost ethanol to the motorcycling community and offer free fuel for bikers.

It will be first Sturgis rally for all motorists to take advantage of a recently opened permanent 93 octane, 10% ethanol fueling station, donated by RFA at the Buffalo Chip Campground, open 24 hours a day to all vehicles, not just motorcycles.

As in previous years, RFA will again sponsor Free Fuel Happy Hours at the rally, providing a free tank of 93 octane E10 for motorcycles. The free tank giveaway will be held Aug. 8-Aug. 10, from 1-3pm MT each day at the Buffalo Chip Campground. RFA will also have a presence throughout the campground with banners, commercials on the jumbotrons and addressing the concert crowd each night.

At the rally, RFA will also sponsor the tenth annual Legends Ride on Aug. 7, which has raised nearly $500,000 for charity since its inception, and will have giveaways, including a free t-shirt with the 2017 RFA .

Read more from RFA.

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Motorcycle, RFA, Sturgis

Perdue Remarks on Bilateral Talks in Mexico

jamie johansen Ag group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, International, NAFTA, Trade

While meeting with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today held a teleconference for U.S. media.

The two leaders engaged in bilateral talks, including a panel discussion with U.S. and Mexican producers, several agricultural site visits, and a joint press conference – seeking to build on the U.S. and Mexico’s well-developed track record of collaboration on agricultural trade issues, and on the personal relationship forged when Perdue hosted Calzada in Savannah, Ga., last month.

You can find his complete remarks and questions from media here: Secretary Perdue Remarks from Mexico

Ag group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, International, NAFTA, Trade

Train the Trainer Webinar Next Week

Cindy Zimmerman Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety

The Renewable Fuels Association and TRANSCAER® are jointly hosting their fourth ethanol safety seminar this year for ethanol emergency response teams on Wednesday, August 2.

The “Train the Trainer” webinars, funded through a Federal Railroad Administration / TRANSCAER® grant, are designed to train a group of individuals, who can then turn around and pass that information along to provide entire communities with the knowledge necessary to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency.

The webinar is open to all professional individuals above the technical level of training who are interested in learning how to teach ethanol emergency response. All webinars are held from 12pm to 2 p.m. ET. Registration is free, but is limited to the first 100 attendees per webinar. Certificates of attendance will be awarded following the completion of the safety seminar.

Click here to register.

Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, safety

Brazil Delays Tariff Decision

Cindy Zimmerman Brazil, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, Growth Energy, RFA, USGC

The U.S. ethanol industry is encouraged by a 30 day delay by the Executive Management Committee of CAMEX, Brazil’s Chamber of Foreign Trade in making a decision on a proposed 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports.

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) President and CEO Tom Sleight, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued a joint statement on the delay, stressing the impact such an action would have.

“This decision should not be taken lightly, as imposing tariffs on U.S. ethanol imports will hurt Brazilian consumers by driving up their costs at the pump. Additionally, this action on U.S. ethanol imports will go against Brazil’s own longstanding view that ethanol tariffs are inappropriate and will harm the development of the global ethanol industry,” said the organization leaders. “We will continue to work towards educating Brazilian policymakers on how misguided this tariff would be, which would harm consumers by denying them access to the lowest cost, cleanest and highest octane source of fuel in the world. This proposal, if implemented, would have wide-ranging and long-standing impacts on both our industries and the global fuel supply.”

The proposal would allow 500 million liters annually of U.S. ethanol imports (132.1 million gallons) before triggering the tariff.

Brazil, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Exports, Growth Energy, RFA, USGC

REG Celebrates Project Upgrade

Kelly Marshall Biodiesel, REG

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the upgrades at their Eden, Germany biorefinery. The upgrades included 2.5 million € for a new biodiesel distillation column and a thermal oil heater.

“This investment is another milestone in REG’s European strategy to be a leader in delivering high quality biofuels,” said Jean Scemama, Vice President, REG Energy Europe. “Within this strategy, Emden is positioned to perform well with deep water access to receive and deliver products by vessel and can now meet or exceed the highest quality standards required by our customers.”

A YouTube video of the project is available here.

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New Additives Make Biodiesel Cleanest Fuel

Kelly Marshall Biodiesel, blends, NBB

The California Air Resource Board has certified a biodiesel additive that has been tested and proven as the cleanest fuel with the lowest emission in the U.S. The additive will be used along with California’s CARB diesel formulation and will reduce every measurable regulated emission for the new B20 blend that will be branded VESTA 1000.

“Biodiesel has been a key to help California meet its intense carbon reduction goals. With this announcement, America’s Advanced Biofuel will continue to deliver a cleaner burning, American made alternative under the state’s low carbon fuel standard,” said Donnell Rehagen, National Biodiesel Board CEO. “Biodiesel will gladly take the role as the cleanest certified diesel fuel available.”

VESTA 1000 will ensure compliance with the January 1, 2018 implementation of CARB’s Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation by reducing NOx by 1.9 percent and particulate matter by 18 percent compared to CARB diesel fuel.

Biodiesel, blends, NBB

Broin Honored by BIO

Cindy Zimmerman BIO, Ethanol

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) this week honored POET founder Jeff Broin will receive the 10th annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology. The award was presented Monday during the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, added, “Jeff Broin is one of the great innovators and entrepreneurs in the industrial biotechnology sector. He ranks among the most influential leaders in agriculture as well. Biofuels have created new markets for agricultural products and rejuvenated rural America. Jeff Broin has positioned POET at the forefront of developing cellulosic ethanol and improving the economics of biofuel production.”

Jeff Broin led the growth of POET from a small 1-million-gallon facility 30 years ago to the current POET network of 28 biorefineries in 7 states with 1,800 team members.

BIO, Ethanol

Fuel Ethanol Production Keeps Growing

Cindy Zimmerman Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government

The first half of 2017 has seen new records for weekly ethanol output and inventories, according to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Today in Energy brief. The report shows a five percent increase over 2016 in U.S. weekly ethanol production, which has averaged 1.02 million barrels per day (b/d) for the first six months of 2017.

On a weekly basis, U.S. ethanol production set a record of 1.06 million b/d in the week of January 27, 2017, and it has averaged near or above 1 million b/d in every week of 2017 except for a few weeks in April, when ethanol plants typically undergo seasonal maintenance. If ethanol production remains relatively high through the second half of the year, as EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) expects, 2017 will set a new record for annual fuel ethanol production.

U.S. ethanol plant capacity increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, reaching a nameplate capacity of approximately 15.5 billion gallons per year in January. Annual ethanol production is able to exceed capacity this year because production capacity has likely been added since the January 2017 capacity survey date, and many ethanol plants are able to operate at levels beyond their nameplate production capacity.

Read more from EIA.

Energy, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government