Category: Policy

Bipartisan group of 14 Senators asks USDA to allocate CCC funding to biofuel industry

Bipartisan group of 14 Senators asks USDA to allocate CCC funding to biofuel industry

April 8, 2020 |

In Washington, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and 12 of their Senate colleagues today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Group of 34 bipartisan Senators asks USDA to support farmers during COVID-19 crisis

Group of 34 bipartisan Senators asks USDA to support farmers during COVID-19 crisis

April 7, 2020 |

In Washington, 34 bipartisan Senators wrote a letter to Secretary of Agriculture urging the Administration to ensure the continuity of our country’s food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. “We write to ask that you take action to ensure the continuity of our country’s […]

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Switzerland regretting move to dump emergency ethanol reserves in 2018

Switzerland regretting move to dump emergency ethanol reserves in 2018

April 6, 2020 |

In Switzerland, Reuters reports that local press said the country shed its 10,000 metric ton emergency ethanol reserve in 2018 when it was privatizing its alcohol industry, but the move has left the country without needed supplies to produce disinfectants to battle COVID-19. Switzerland keeps emergency reserves of a wide range of food commodities. MPs […]

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U.S. biofuels industry asks for USDA funds to survive decreased demand from coronavirus

U.S. biofuels industry asks for USDA funds to survive decreased demand from coronavirus

April 5, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Reuters reports that a letter addressed to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue from representatives in the biofuels industry asked the Trump administration for funds to help survive the decreased demand prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The letter asks for funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation to help the biofuels […]

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European biofuels value chain concerned about derogation of biofuel policies

European biofuels value chain concerned about derogation of biofuel policies

April 2, 2020 |

In Belgium, last week a consortium of associations representing the European biofuels value chain wrote a letter to the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal to highlight the challenges the value chain is facing, especially the proposed derogations of biofuel blending mandates, saying they can provide both fuel as well as feedstock […]

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RFA slams EPA and DOT for ignoring ethanol in vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards

RFA slams EPA and DOT for ignoring ethanol in vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards

April 1, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation issued final regulations for 2021-2026 vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the final rule ignores the input of automakers, ethanol producers, farmers, environmental groups, retailers and others who called on the agencies to establish a pathway in the […]

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EPA blasts media for misreporting its COVID-19 policies

EPA blasts media for misreporting its COVID-19 policies

March 31, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says its mission is to protect human health and the environment, and during this time of unprecedented public health concerns, that mission is even more critical. On March 26, EPA released a temporary policy regarding the agency’s enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary policy is not […]

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EPA uses COVID-19 as excuse for bailing out refineries

EPA uses COVID-19 as excuse for bailing out refineries

March 30, 2020 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency does not intend to unilaterally revisit or rescind any previously granted small refinery exemptions issued for prior compliance years. As noted in the temporary policy on COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Assurance Program, EPA is focused on protecting our employees and ensuring continued protection of public health and the environment […]

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Ethanol and electric vehicle supporters come together on fuel plan

Ethanol and electric vehicle supporters come together on fuel plan

March 28, 2020 |

In Minnesota, more than 20 organizations including ethanol companies, agriculture associations, electric utilities and others have come together in the state to push a “technology-neutral” policy aimed at decarbonizing transportation, which has surpassed electricity production as the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to Aberdeen News. “Supporters say the idea, which is likely […]

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V4+ countries warn of ulterior motives for seeking biofuel blending cuts in Eastern Europe

V4+ countries warn of ulterior motives for seeking biofuel blending cuts in Eastern Europe

March 26, 2020 |

In Hungary, although the European Union committed to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels by 2020, one spectacular last subsidy is now in the works in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Biofuel producers from the V4+ countries say in some CEE Member States, governments are now considering suspending, or have already suspended, biofuel blending mandates […]

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