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US Grains Council says ethanol fastest growing US ag export over past five years

US Grains Council says ethanol fastest growing US ag export over past five years

September 10, 2019 |

In Washington, analysis by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) showed that non-beverage ethanol has been the fastest growing U.S. agricultural export over the past five years, an achievement supported by Council and ethanol industry programming to promote import-facilitating policy development around the world. In 2018, U.S. ethanol exports totaled more than 6.1 billion liters (1.62 […]

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NBB and 33 members ask Trump to stop harming small biodiesel producers with hardship waivers

NBB and 33 members ask Trump to stop harming small biodiesel producers with hardship waivers

September 10, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and 33 of its members sent a letter to President Trump asking that he save small biodiesel producers harmed by his administration’s small refinery exemptions. The letter indicates that more than 200 million gallons of U.S. biodiesel production capacity has been idled as a result of policy instability. […]

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National Biodiesel Board frustrated with court backing EPA on hardship waivers

National Biodiesel Board frustrated with court backing EPA on hardship waivers

September 9, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) expressed frustration with a Court decision declining to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to properly account for its flood of retroactive small refinery exemptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit dismissed on technical grounds NBB’s petition on the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard rule. NBB […]

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Ethanol groups displeased with Brazil’s TRQ increase

Ethanol groups displeased with Brazil’s TRQ increase

September 5, 2019 |

In Washington, key ethanol groups are displeased with Brazil’s increase of 150 million liters per year in ethanol market access rather than removing the quota completely. Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy: “We appreciate the U.S. government’s efforts to raise the TRQ, however we are disappointed that Brazil did not remove their tariff completely to allow a fully […]

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IRS and EPA sign MOU to help reduce RIN fraud

IRS and EPA sign MOU to help reduce RIN fraud

September 5, 2019 |

In Washington, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and EPA that creates an agreement to share information about fuel production facilities and fuel program compliance to facilitate policy development, market understanding, data verification for renewable fuel credits, identification and reduction of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) fraud in […]

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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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DC district court rules EPA right in its 2014-2016 RFS rulemaking

DC district court rules EPA right in its 2014-2016 RFS rulemaking

September 2, 2019 |

In Washington, Courthouse News reports that a DC district court ruled last Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency was right in its rulemaking of the Renewable Fuel Standard, ruling against complaints by both the oil industry who said blending mandates for 2014-2016 were too high as well as the biofuel industry who said they were […]

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California congressman slams government agency for stalling Aemetis’ foreign investment

California congressman slams government agency for stalling Aemetis’ foreign investment

August 29, 2019 |

In Washington, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) slammed the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for its incompetence in handling a local request for investment which would bring an estimated 2,000 jobs to the Central Valley. Aemetis Technologies is planning to open a new manufacturing facility in Riverbank but is reliant on foreign investments to […]

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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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DOE announces $64 million for 25 university-led genomics research projects to boost bioenergy

DOE announces $64 million for 25 university-led genomics research projects to boost bioenergy

August 28, 2019 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. The plant research—12 projects totaling $29 million over three years—focuses on expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts.  The aim is […]

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