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Farm, Biofuels, Trade Leaders Label Brazil Decision Devastating For U.S. Ethanol

December 17, 2020

The U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association issued the following statement in response to the Brazilian government’s decision to let the current tariff rate quota (TRQ) expire, replacing it with a 20 percent tariff on all imports of U.S. ethanol: “Brazil’s decision to impose a 20 percent […]

Legal Issues Surrounding RFS Small-Refinery Exemptions Persist

December 11, 2020

On Tuesday, DTN’s Todd Neeley reported that, “A coalition of ethanol and agriculture interests asked a federal court on Monday to vacate EPA’s granting of 31 small-refinery exemptions in 2018, alleging the agency did not conduct the proper review of those requests. In all, the groups asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to restore about 1.43 billion […]

FAS Report: Corn Ethanol Production Booms in Brazil

October 20, 2020

A report earlier this month from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Corn Ethanol Production Booms in Brazil, stated that, “Plentiful, and generally cheap, corn supplies in Brazil’s Center-West region have enticed investment in the corn ethanol sector over the last few years. There are currently 16 corn ethanol plants in the Center- West states of Mato Grosso, Goias, and Mato […]

Rep. Bustos Introduces Next Generation Fuels Act

September 28, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association today hailed the introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2020 by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), calling the legislation “the beginning of an exciting new era in transportation fuels policy.” By establishing a high-octane, low-carbon fuel requirement, the bill would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater engine efficiency, and encourage […]

President Trump Instructs EPA to Deny Retroactive (“Gap-Year”) SRE (Small-Refinery Exemption) Waiver Requests

September 10, 2020

Reuters writers Stephanie Kelly, Jeff Mason and Jarrett Renshaw reported on Tuesday that, “U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed that dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws be denied amid concerns the issue could cut into his support in the Farm Belt, three sources familiar with the decision said. “The move, in the form of a direction […]

“Fragile” Farm Economic Conditions Persist, as Ethanol Waiver Concerns Remain

August 25, 2020

Wall Street Journal writer Kirk Maltais reported on Saturday that, “Following a growing season last year filled with battering rainfall and bitter trade wars, U.S. farmers hoped 2020 would provide them an opportunity to make up some ground. Instead, the situation has grown worse for many as prices remain depressed. “Despite a wind storm tearing through Midwestern farms last week and drought conditions in isolated […]

Ethanol Production Profits During the COVID Pandemic

August 15, 2020

It is widely acknowledged that the U.S. ethanol industry has been negatively impacted by the COVID pandemic.  The plight of ethanol producers has prompted calls for financial relief from the Federal government (Neeley, 2020a).  The latest aid package for the economy passed by the U.S. Senate, the Heals Act, provides $20 billion in additional support […]

Department of Energy Finishes Recommendation on Retroactive RFS Exemption Requests

August 6, 2020

Reuters writer Stephanie Kelly reported this week that, “The U.S. Department of Energy has recommended that some of the oil refiners that applied for retroactive exemptions from the nation’s biofuel blending law be granted partial relief, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. “The move could help bring those refining companies into compliance with a court ruling earlier this […]

Revisiting Corn Use for Ethanol

July 21, 2020

Stronger export numbers and lower acreage boosted corn prices since the end of June.  Concerns about demand weakness in ethanol production emerged recently.  A recovery in economic activity helped ethanol plants ramp up production as gasoline demand increased.  A resurgence in virus incidences threatens ethanol production over the short run and injects uncertainty into long-run […]

EPA Receives 52 Retroactive SREs (Small-Refinery Exemption) Requests

June 19, 2020

Reuters writer Stephanie Kelly reported on Thursday that, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received 52 new petitions for retroactive biofuel blending waivers that, if granted, would help bring oil refiners into compliance with a court ruling this year, EPA data showed on Thursday. “The new pending applications for blending exemptions are for compliance years 2011 through 2018. […]