Policy

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

EPA denies gap year SRE petitions

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced Sept. 14 it will deny “gap-year” small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions filed by oil refineries in an effort to circumvent a January 2020 ruling by Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. 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 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 10, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops. 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

Biofuel plant managers urge Trump to reject gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 93 biofuel plant managers, farm organizations and biofuel stakeholders sent a letter to President Trump on Sept. 8 urging him to stand in defense of the RFS and call on the U.S. EPA to reject gap year SRE petitions. 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

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

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

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 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 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

August 20, 2020

EPA: 12 more SRE petitions filed, 98 now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Aug. 20 released updated SRE data, showing that small refiners have filed 12 additional SRE petitions, including nine “gap year” petitions. A total of 98 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 86 that were pending as of July 16. READ MORE

August 20, 2020

Brazil reduces biodiesel blend to 10% for September, October

BY Erin VoegeleThe Brazilian government announced on Aug. 13 that the blend requirement for biodiesel sold at the pump will be temporarily lowered from 12 percent to 10 percent for the months of September and October. READ MORE

August 18, 2020

Trump says he’ll talk to EPA about RFS, SREs

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump on Aug. 18 verbally committed to speaking to the U.S. EPA regarding the RFS and SREs during a visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to participate in a disaster recovery briefing on the derecho windstorm that devastated the state Aug. 10. READ MORE

August 18, 2020

Iowa ag, biofuel groups press Trump on need for strong RFS

BY Erin VoegeleThe Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and Iowa Biodiesel Board published an open letter to President Trump on Aug. 18 expressing the need for robust and stable markets for crops and biofuels. READ MORE

August 17, 2020

Study: Ag crops don’t contribute increase atmospheric GHG levels

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition has released a scientific literature review that confirms biogenic CO2 emissions from annual agriculture crops do not contribute to elevated greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. READ MORE

August 17, 2020

EPA ‘reset’ recommendation addresses RFS, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleA group of six former U.S. EPA administrators are calling for a “reset” of the agency as it approaches its 50th anniversary. The RFS and a potential federal LCFS among the issues discussed in a report released on the effort. READ MORE

August 17, 2020

Wheeler discusses expected delays in 2021 RVOs, gap year SREs

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Aug. 11 said work is ongoing to review gap year SRE waivers and issue a proposed rule to set 2021 RVOs under the RFS. He was unable, however, to specify when those tasks will be complete. READ MORE

August 07, 2020

Biofuel fraudster gets 7 years for scamming US gov’t, customers

BY U.S. Department of Justice A jury convicted David Dunham, owner of Smarter Fuel in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, and co-owner of Allentown-based Greenworks Holdings, of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and defraud the U.S., wire fraud, filing false tax documents and obstruction. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

US DOE announces $97 million for bioenergy R&D

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. Some funding is going toward SAF and algae projects, to name a few. READ MORE