Tag: Washington

January biomass diesel production and imports down 63% on the month

January biomass diesel production and imports down 63% on the month

February 21, 2017 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration said January production and imports of biomass diesel fell more than 63% from December to just 125.8 million gallons due to a lack of demand from the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 2017 RFS calls for 2 billion gallons of biomass diesel this year but production and imports were 2.9 […]

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Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

February 21, 2017 |

In Washington, five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more difficult to sell ethanol blends above 10% year-round. The senators asked the administrator to extend the 1-psi RVP waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends, “to […]

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Ethanol production falls to seven-week low of 1.04 million barrels per day

Ethanol production falls to seven-week low of 1.04 million barrels per day

February 15, 2017 |

In Washington, Energy Information Administration data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association showed ethanol production averaged 1.04 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 43.68 million gallons daily last week. That is down 15,000 b/d from the week before and a seven-week low. The four-week average for ethanol production dipped to 1.05 million b/d for an annualized […]

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DDGS exports reached second-highest ever during 2016 at 11.48 million tons

DDGS exports reached second-highest ever during 2016 at 11.48 million tons

February 15, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. exports of distillers grains totaled 11.48 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, down 10 percent from 2015’s record-high but still the second-highest on record, according to a 10-page summary of 2016 ethanol co-product trade data published by the Renewable Fuels Association. DDGS exports were shipped to 50 countries on five continents last […]

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Dem Senators send letter to White House Counsel demanding clarification on Icahn’s role

Dem Senators send letter to White House Counsel demanding clarification on Icahn’s role

February 14, 2017 |

In Washington, in a letter sent to White House Counsel Don McGahn Monday, a group of Senators demand to know what role oil refining executive Carl Icahn is playing in President Donald Trump’s White House, how he affected the selection of Scott Pruitt to be Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, and to […]

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Think tank releases treatise arguing against RFS

Think tank releases treatise arguing against RFS

February 13, 2017 |

In Washington, Downsizing Government has issued a treatise arguing for the elimination of biofuel blending policies, taking aim at the Renewable Fuel Standard in general. It claims the top-down approach of a mandate rather than voluntary blending that would maximize consumer benefits instead distorts the economy and that Congress should therefore end it. The please […]

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Ethanol production begins to fall in face of negative crush margins

Ethanol production begins to fall in face of negative crush margins

February 9, 2017 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration said ethanol producers have begun responding to shrinking crush margins by cutting production last week, falling to an average of 1.055 million gallons per day from 1.061 million bbl/day but consumption was only 875,000 bbl/day, boosting stocks that weigh on prices. Even though consumption was well below production, it […]

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RFA teams with Growth Energy and USGC to ask Trump to go to bat with China

RFA teams with Growth Energy and USGC to ask Trump to go to bat with China

February 9, 2017 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the US Grains Council have written a joint letter to President Trump asking for the Administration’s assistance in urgently addressing China’s recent implementation of protectionist trade barriers that are shutting out U.S. exports of ethanol and distillers dried grains (DDGS). They say China’s recent actions are […]

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Net ethanol exports set new record at 1.01 billion gallons in 2016

Net ethanol exports set new record at 1.01 billion gallons in 2016

February 8, 2017 |

In Washington, net exports of ethanol from the United States set a new record of 1.01 billion gallons in 2016, according to a new eight-page summary of 2016 ethanol trade data published by the Renewable Fuels Association. Gross U.S. ethanol exports totaled 1.05 billion gallons in 2016, second only to 2011’s record of 1.19 billion […]

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Buffett and Icahn go head-to-head over RFS point of obligation

Buffett and Icahn go head-to-head over RFS point of obligation

February 8, 2017 |

In Washington, Warren Buffett is going head-to-head with Carl Icahn over the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The two billionaires are on opposite ends of the policy, with Buffett’s BNSF railroad heavily invested in transport of ethanol while Icahn has been calling for changes to the RFS due to compliance costs for its independent […]

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