Brazil Upholds 18% Tariff on U.S. Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite appeals from the U.S. government, ethanol exporters and importers, Brazil’s Ministry of the Economy (CAMEX) has chosen to continue its 18 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol. U.S. ethanol interests, with support from the Brazil Association of Fuel Importers (ABICOM) and the U.S. government, previously submitted comments advocating for permanent tariff removal during a public consultation period that ended on …

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RFA and NFU File Separate Lawsuit Over EV Mandate

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association and National Farmers Union have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging recently finalized light- and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards. This action is separate from the lawsuit filed last week by National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, and American Petroleum Institute to “ensure that …

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Study Shows Plug-in Hybrid Flex Fuel Vehicle Advantages

Cindy Zimmerman

A new study released by the Renewable Fuels Association this week documents the economic and environmental benefits of the world’s first plug-in electric hybrid flex fuel vehicle (PHEFFV), concludes that it offers distinct advantages over fully electric vehicles. Last year, RFA converted a 2022 Ford Escape plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to a flex fuel vehicle capable of operating on gasoline …

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FEW Awards Honor Industry Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy Management and former Renewable Fuels Association chair, was recognized with this year’s Women in Ethanol Award (WIE) at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) Tuesday. McCaherty was awarded this honor during the second annual award ceremony. Ethanol Producer Magazine recognized women within the ethanol industry and highlighted the crucial role women play …

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U.S. Ethanol Exports Jump in April

Cindy Zimmerman

For only the second time in history, U.S. ethanol exports in April exceeded the 200-million-gallon (mg) mark, increasing 34% to 214.2 mg, the highest volume since the record set in March 2018, according to the latest Trade Monitor report from the Renewable Fuels Association. Canada continued to be the largest importer for the 37th consecutive month, taking in 62.3 mg, …

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Ethanol Exports Set Records and Celebrate Anniversary

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. exports and total usage of ethanol hit record highs last week, just as the Energy Information Administration marked the first anniversary of including ethanol export estimates in its Weekly Petroleum Status Report. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) was instrumental in getting EIA to include the additional data, according to RFA Chief Economist Scott Richman. “Prior to May 2023, EIA’s …

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Ethanol Report on Days of Summer

Cindy Zimmerman

When it’s summertime, the driving is easier with ethanol. As millions of Americans are looking ahead to summer vacations and family road trips, high fuel prices may be a concern, but ethanol is helping to keep prices lower than they might be otherwise, and the Renewable Fuels Association notes that higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 offer even lower …

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RFA Safety Program Continues Winning Streak

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association safety program continues its winning streak, receiving its 12th consecutive National Achievement Award from TRANSCAER, a national hazardous materials safety coalition. In addition, RFA’s Director of Safety and Technical Programs Missy Ruff received an Individual Recognition Award for her efforts. “The U.S. ethanol industry continues to maintain an excellent safety record, which is a direct result …

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Ethanol Groups Petition Supreme Court Over SRE Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association, together with Growth Energy, filed a petition in the Supreme Court of the United States Monday requesting review of a Fifth Circuit Court opinion on proper venue for challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a November 2023 decision, the Fifth Circuit concluded that it …

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Court Rejects Oil Industry Challenge to RFS

Cindy Zimmerman

A D.C. Circuit Court ruling on Tuesday upholds EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standards for 2020-2022 and rejects the oil refining industry’s challenges to the rule. The Court found that EPA acted appropriately in setting RFS standards for those years, including a supplemental volume requirement to comply with a 2016 D.C. Circuit Court decision. “Once again, renewable fuel producers claim that EPA’s …

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