Tag: Iowa

Second Siouxland Ethanol plant shuttered as post-SRE bloodbath continues

Second Siouxland Ethanol plant shuttered as post-SRE bloodbath continues

September 17, 2019 |

In Iowa, the Des Moines Register newspaper reports that a second Siouxland Ethanol plant has been shut on the back of demand destruction for ethanol resulting from the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent approval of 31 small refinery hardship waivers. The company’s board of directors specifically pointed the finger at the EPA and Trump Administration policy […]

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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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REG teaming on B100 pilot for the City of Ames

REG teaming on B100 pilot for the City of Ames

September 3, 2019 |

In Iowa, the Ames Tribune newspaper reports that the Renewable Energy Group has teamed with Optimus on a B100 trial for the city of Ames. The pilot project will trial the use of B100 in five city vehicles to test whether the fuel could be used year-round, with fossil diesel used for ignition before switching […]

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New research shows 78% of Iowa voters support boosting the RFS

New research shows 78% of Iowa voters support boosting the RFS

September 3, 2019 |

In Iowa, new public opinion research shows a decisive 78 percent of voters in Iowa support expanding biofuel usage in the U.S. through the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. In addition, 77 percent of voters said it’s important to them that the president keep his promises on supporting the RFS. The Iowa Biodiesel Board commissioned the […]

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Iowa governor planning Washington fly-in over EPA-led ethanol demand destruction

Iowa governor planning Washington fly-in over EPA-led ethanol demand destruction

August 27, 2019 |

In Iowa, Radio Iowa reports that the governor is planning an emergency fly-in to Washington along with other Midwest governors to tell President Trump face-to-face about the impacts the Environmental Protection Agency’s hardship waivers are having on the ethanol industry and the communities it supports. The governor has recently been appointed Trump’s Iowa reelection campaign […]

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Iowa’s governor and ag secretary write EPA administrator outlining damage waivers have on ethanol industry

Iowa’s governor and ag secretary write EPA administrator outlining damage waivers have on ethanol industry

August 21, 2019 |

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SRE’s) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Reynolds and Naig also extended an invitation to Administrator Wheeler to come to Iowa and see the devastating […]

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Coalition of governors call on EPA to reform CO2 emissions calculations on biofuel feedstocks

Coalition of governors call on EPA to reform CO2 emissions calculations on biofuel feedstocks

August 8, 2019 |

In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prioritize reform clarifying that CO2 emissions from agricultural feedstocks are not pollutants subject to regulation under the federal Clean Air Act. The letter […]

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Plymouth Energy suspends ethanol production until market improves

Plymouth Energy suspends ethanol production until market improves

July 30, 2019 |

In Iowa, the board of Plymouth Energy has decided to suspend production until further notice due to negative margins, absent a deal with China or a serious pullback in production. All existing corn contracts on the books will be honored.  An orderly and timely process will take place to honor all purchase contracts of grain […]

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Green Plains CEO sees significant industry consolidation on the horizon

Green Plains CEO sees significant industry consolidation on the horizon

July 30, 2019 |

In Iowa, Reuters reports that the CEO of Green Plains feels the ethanol industry is at its breaking point between a drop in ethanol export demand from China due to the ongoing US-Sino trade war and continued issuance of hardship waivers for small oil refineries under the Renewable Fuel Standard. He said that some ethanol […]

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Iowa State establishes bioenergy research farm

Iowa State establishes bioenergy research farm

July 4, 2019 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University is highly dedicated to bioenergy crops and has established a bioenergy research farm just southwest of Ames, coined as the Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research (SABR) Farm. SABR is funded by the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) out of the University of Illinois. Corn and soybeans were planted […]

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