Biodiesel exec: More certainty needed

The chairman of the nation’s largest biodiesel producer is calling for more “certainty” in U.S. renewable energy policy. Jeff Stroburg of Iowa-based REG—Renewable Energy Group—says the down-to-the-wire extension of the biodiesel tax credit for 2014 is an example of the uncertainty the industry faces. “We’re glad to see that get passed—it’s unfortunate that we didn’t… Read more »

$5.6 million in advanced biofuels grants announced

USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Established in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program supports… Read more »

Ethanol production hits all-time high

Ethanol production has hit a new all-time record. During the week of November 21st, ethanol production advanced 1.2 percent to 982-thousand barrels a day.  According to the Renewable Fuels Association, that equates to 15.05 billion gallons on an annualized basis. Despite the increased production, ethanol inventories actually dropped 1.5 percent, reflecting continued good demand for ethanol. Photo… Read more »

RFA head: Elation over RFS announcement short-lived

The president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bob Dinneen, says his elation over the EPA’s recent announcement on the Renewable Fuels Standard was short-lived. “I feel a little bit like the receiver that just caught a Hail Mary pass at the end of regulation,” Dinneen says. “I’m elated in the end zone, but… Read more »

Northey hopeful EPA’s delay is a good sign

Reaction from ag leaders has been mixed following the EPA’s announcement that it is once again delaying its decision on 2014 ethanol blend requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says that while he is disappointed with the continued delays, he is hopeful that the EPA is reconsidering its… Read more »

Corn Growers CEO: EPA decision good and bad news

The chief executive officer of the National Corn Growers Association says there is both good and bad news in the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to put off finalizing ethanol blend volumes for the Renewable Fuels Standard.  The good news, says Chris Novak, is that the EPA took a step back from the lower ethanol blend… Read more »

EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, the agency says it will set the final 2014 volume standard next year, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes. Brian Jennings, executive… Read more »

Farm groups ask the President to intervene on RFS

Several farm groups have sent a letter to President Obama asking him, “to intervene with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard.” The letter states that when the RFS was established in 2005 it spurred American agriculture to build and expand feedstocks and… Read more »

Iowa biodiesel plant completes upgrades

Renewable Energy Group (REG) has completed upgrades to its 30-million gallon biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa. The upgrades will allow the plant to produce biodiesel from a wider variety of raw materials such as inedible corn oil, animal fats and greases.  That’s in addition to the refined vegetable oils the plant was originally designed to… Read more »

Two motor clubs endorse E15

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has received some welcome assistance in its ongoing battle with the AAA Motor Club over E15, the blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. AAA has repeatedly called for the suspension of E15 sales, saying it is potentially harmful to automobile engines.  It contends consumer confusion over E15… Read more »