North America

September 17, 2020

EPA: 7 new SRE petitions filed, including 5 gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has published updated SRE data that reflects the denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions announced by the agency on Sept. 14. The data also shows seven new SRE petitions have been filed in recent weeks, including five new gap year SREs. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

House to vote on bill that aims to increase SRE transparency

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act during the week of Sept. 21. The bill includes the provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Prometheus Fuels licenses ORNL ethanol-to-jet-fuel process

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by ORNL researchers. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis. READ MORE

September 15, 2020

Letter urges EPA to comply with GOA investigation of SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleSeven federal lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Sept. 15 expressing disappointment with the agency’s failure to cooperate with the Government Accountability Office’s investigation into the SRE waiver process. READ MORE

September 14, 2020

NBB launches digital ad campaign

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s latest national advertising campaign hit airwaves in September with biodiesel and renewable diesel education aimed at key decision makers on the benefits of these advanced fuels. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

USDA maintains forecast for 2020-‘21 soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast for 2020-’21 soybean use in biodiesel production its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Sept. 11. Forecasts for soybean production, beginning stocks and ending stocks were lowered. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

USDA seeks input on ‘ready to go’ innovations to meet AIA goals

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA announced on Sept. 10 it is seeking input on the most innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet the goals of the agency’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

DOE opens RFI on bioenergy workforce development

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 8 issued a request for information (RFI) regarding bioenergy workforce-development methods and tools available, as well as those needed in the U.S. Responses can be filed through Nov. 2. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Senate fails to advance COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate on Sept. 10 failed to advance a $300 billion COVID-19 relief package that contained $20 billion in ag support and an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, two provisions that could have provided relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Senate releases $300 billion COVID-19 relief package

BY Erin VoegeleMitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Sept. 8 the U.S. Senate will vote this week on a $300 billion COVID-19 relief bill. The bill does not contain dedicated relief for biofuels, but does contain provisions that could benefit some biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Biofuel, ag groups welcome reports of gap year SRE denials

BY Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union and American Coalition for Ethanol RFA, NCGA, NFU and ACE on Sept. 9 welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the U.S. EPA to reject dozens of “gap year” SRE petitions and denounced an effort to have the Tenth Circuit Court's SRE ruling reviewed by the Supreme Court. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

AFBF: Trump, Biden outline agricultural priorities

BY American Farm Bureau Federation A new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Doug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

ARPA-E funds 6 projects supporting the biofuels supply chain

BY Erin VoegeleARPA-E on Sept. 1 announced the award of $16.5 million for six projects that aim to bridge the data gap in the in the biofuel supply chain by quantifying feedstock-related GHG emissions and soil carbon dynamics at the field-level. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

USDA: US biodiesel exports top 48,000 metric tons in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. exported 48,053.8 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of greater than B30 in July, down from 69,666.8 metric tons in June and 55,221.7 metric tons in July 2019, according to data released by the USDA FAS on Sept. 3. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

Iowa groups urge Perdue to champion reform of SRE program

BY Erin VoegeleThe Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Soybean Association are imploring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to champion reform of the RFS small refinery exemption (SRE) program during his Sept. 3 visit to Iowa. READ MORE

September 02, 2020

EIA: US biodiesel production at 151 million gallons in June

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 151 million gallons in June, down slightly from the previous month but up when compared to the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 31. READ MORE

September 02, 2020

Report quantifies impact of the Minnesota Bioincentive Program

BY Erin VoegeleThe Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota has released the results of a new analysis that shows Minnesota’s Bioincentive Program is working to generate significant economic and job benefits for the state’s biobased industrial product companies. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

Report addresses impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted ethanol and biodiesel producers in Canada. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

EPA proposes to update regs for PIPs to increase ag productivity

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 1 released a proposed rule that would allow PIPs created through biotechnology to be exempt from existing regulations if they meet certain criteria. The EPA said the change would increase agricultural productivity. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

Yield10 Bioscience, GDM to evaluate new yield traits in soybean

BY Yield10 Bioscience Inc. Yield10 Bioscience Inc.on Aug. 11 announced that it has signed a three-year non-exclusive research agreement with GDM, a company specialized in plant genetics based in Gibson City, Illinois, to evaluate novel yield traits in soybean. READ MORE

August 31, 2020

USDA implements OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on Aug. 31 announced the implementation of the agency’s OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative and released new information on rates and terms that will help lenders apply for loan guarantees under the four affected loan guarantee programs. READ MORE

August 28, 2020

ABO appoints new executive director

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization’s board of directors on Aug. 20 announced the selection of Rebecca White as the ABO’s new executive director, effective Oct. 1. White is a recognized leader in the algae industry. READ MORE

August 27, 2020

EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for July, reporting that 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 1.51 billion RINs generated in June. READ MORE

August 26, 2020

DOE: US biodiesel production at 1.9 billion gallons in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy published data on Aug. 24 showing that 1.9 billion gallons of biodiesel was produced in the U.S. in 2018. Facilities producing the fuel were located across 34 states. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Iowa provides COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers, retailers

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Aug. 25 that the state is allocating approximately $100 million of federal CARES Act relief funds to seven ag programs to offset the impact of COVID-19. Approximately $22.5 million of that will support biofuels. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Biden announces commitment to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleDemocratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Aug. 25 issued a statement describing his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and criticizing the Trump Administration’s administration of the program. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Climate plan addresses potential of biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate Democrats Climate Committee released a new report on Aug. 25 that details how climate action by Congress can create new jobs and grow the U.S. economy. Biofuels and bioenergy are among the topics discussed. READ MORE

August 24, 2020

NBB ad campaign urges Trump to reject ‘gap’ SRE petitions

BY National Biodiesel Board The NBB has launched a radio advertising campaign in six Midwestern states, urging President Trump to keep his promise on the RFS. The ads will run for two weeks in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. READ MORE

August 21, 2020

EPA seeks nominations for Science Advisory Board, SAB committees

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees. Nominations are due Aug. 31. READ MORE