Category: Policy

Governor Branstad signs Iowa biofuel funding, closing out challenging session for biodiesel

Governor Branstad signs Iowa biofuel funding, closing out challenging session for biodiesel

May 14, 2017 |

In Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad has signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. In 2016, Iowa’s biodiesel plants produced a record 305 million gallons of biodiesel, according to the National Biodiesel Board. A study by ABF Economics shows biodiesel activity generated about 3,800 […]

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US Ag Secretary Perdue unveiles USDA re-organization

US Ag Secretary Perdue unveiles USDA re-organization

May 11, 2017 |

In Washxington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue unveiled a re-organization, and announced the creation of a USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs as part of a broader reorganization of the department.  As part of a reorganization of USDA, Perdue also announced the standing up of a newly-named Farm Production and Conservation […]

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Democrat senators call for investigation into Carl Icahn

Democrat senators call for investigation into Carl Icahn

May 10, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), called on the heads of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate […]

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Indian PM wants advanced biofuels implementation to go faster

Indian PM wants advanced biofuels implementation to go faster

May 9, 2017 |

In India, the Prime Minister told those participating in a review of renewable energy programs and policies that he wants implementation of advanced biofuel production ramped up in order to achieve goals for 22.5% ethanol blending faster. Last week, Praj commissioned its first advanced biofuels plant in Gujarat while Indian Oil announced it is moving […]

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International Trade Commission determines biodiesel dumping by Argentina and Indonesia

International Trade Commission determines biodiesel dumping by Argentina and Indonesia

May 8, 2017 |

In Washington, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on Friday determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. As a result of the […]

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Wyden introduces Clean Energy for America Act 

Wyden introduces Clean Energy for America Act 

May 7, 2017 |

In Washington, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (Ore.) and colleagues introduced a clean energy tax reform package that includes a proposal for a technology neutral tax credit designed to encourage the development and production of advanced and cellulosic biofuels. Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) Executive Director Brooke Coleman said: “The Council and its […]

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US biofuels and grains industry supports Canada’s push towards a Federal Clean Fuel Standard

US biofuels and grains industry supports Canada’s push towards a Federal Clean Fuel Standard

May 4, 2017 |

In Washington, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) in submitting comments in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Discussion Paper on a Federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). Representatives of the three organizations just completed a visit to Canada to discuss that country’s newest environmental initiative […]

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Brazil to vote on ethanol import tariff Wednesday

Brazil to vote on ethanol import tariff Wednesday

May 3, 2017 |

In Brazil, northeastern sugar millers are concerned that the Ministry of Finance will work in favor of foreign ethanol imports from the US rather than protecting their domestic industry when the proposed reinstatement of an import tariff on ethanol comes up for a vote at the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The agriculture ministry […]

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Vietnam not likely to reach 2018 goal for E5 blending mandate

Vietnam not likely to reach 2018 goal for E5 blending mandate

May 2, 2017 |

In Vietnam, ethanol distilleries are running into technical troubles, which are putting into doubt the E5 blending mandate postponed until January 1, 2018. Currently, Tung Lam Co is the only ethanol producer nationally, with a capacity of 150,000 metric tons per year, far from enough to supply the national mandate. What’s more, its southern location […]

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Brazil looks to 20% ethanol import tariff but may draw US ire

Brazil looks to 20% ethanol import tariff but may draw US ire

May 1, 2017 |

In Brazil, the country’s agriculture minister is seeking up to a 20% import tariff on US ethanol following a surge in imports of 720 million liters during the first quarter of the year, five times higher than the same period last year. Sugar mills have favored sugar over ethanol during the past season as world […]

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