Category: Policy

Iowa governor says Trump biofuel announcement delayed by Labor Day and Hurricane Dorian

Iowa governor says Trump biofuel announcement delayed by Labor Day and Hurricane Dorian

September 4, 2019 |

In Iowa, the governor says that President Trump’s attention is currently on Hurricane Dorian which will delay any announcements regarding increased biofuel demand in an effort to reduce the demand destruction caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent approval of 31 hardship waivers for small refiners. She also blamed the Labor Day three-day weekend as […]

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Petroleum industry concerned by Trump’s biofuel policy shift

Petroleum industry concerned by Trump’s biofuel policy shift

September 3, 2019 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the American Petroleum Institute seriously concerned about the White House’s shift in approach towards biofuels, especially by the possibility of increasing the biofuel mandate for 2020 ethanol and 2021 biodiesel. The API’s VP told Platts that the decision was arbitrary and rushed to boost biofuels blending, support more E85 and […]

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Brazil to allow more US ethanol under tariff-free program but only for a year

Brazil to allow more US ethanol under tariff-free program but only for a year

September 2, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the country has decided to allow tariff-free imports of US-origin ethanol under the same quota conditions as the past handful of years, but the trade regime has only been extended for a single year rather than two years like the last renewal. The current regime expired on Saturday. On the […]

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RFA submits comments to EPA on 2020 volume obligations

RFA submits comments to EPA on 2020 volume obligations

August 31, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., in formal comments submitted on Friday in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations, the Renewable Fuels Association called on the EPA to follow the law and make up for the lost blending volumes resulting from the numerous secretive refinery waivers granted by the agency. “There is […]

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Trump promises “giant package” via Twitter but no details or dates

Trump promises “giant package” via Twitter but no details or dates

August 29, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that President Trump took to Twitter to announce a “giant package” to help farmers impacted by the demand destruction for biofuels caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent approval of 31 small refinery hardship waivers. The tweet did not give details as to what the “giant package” would entail or when […]

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Democratic Candidates Promise Sweeping Changes in the U.S. Energy Sector – but What Can Actually Get Done?: New Report

Democratic Candidates Promise Sweeping Changes in the U.S. Energy Sector – but What Can Actually Get Done?: New Report

August 28, 2019 |

In New York, Raymond James issued an  in depth analysis of the the energy and climate/environmental policy proposals of the leading Democratic candidates. The focus is on the three candidates who are consistently leading the national and early-state primary polls: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, though we will […]

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Growth Energy members tell President Trump of plant closures from EPA decisions

Growth Energy members tell President Trump of plant closures from EPA decisions

August 27, 2019 |

In Washington, Growth Energy members, representing plants across the heartland, sent a letter to the White House urging immediate action to restore biofuel demand lost due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) continued abuse of small refinery exemptions. In their letter to President Trump, ethanol producers reinforced how important this issue is to rural communities […]

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Democrat Senators write EPA demand end to hardship waivers

Democrat Senators write EPA demand end to hardship waivers

August 26, 2019 |

In Washington, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, along with Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end the harmful abuse of small refinery hardship waivers […]

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Trump orders agencies to boost biofuel blending quotas for 2021

Trump orders agencies to boost biofuel blending quotas for 2021

August 25, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the backlash from biofuels and agriculture industries over the recent 31 small refinery waivers from the EPA has caused President Trump to request a push for more E15 beyond the more common E10 gasoline, and a request for the EPA “to give a 500 million gallon boost to the amount of conventional […]

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White House looking at several options to backtrack on EPA’s hardship waiver approvals

White House looking at several options to backtrack on EPA’s hardship waiver approvals

August 22, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that a cabinet meeting held at the White House on Thursday discussed several options to reduce tension in the farm belt following the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of 31 hardship waivers recently, including the reversal of some of those approvals. Another option is one that the ethanol industry has long called […]

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