Senators want EPA to maintain a strong RFS

A bipartisan group of 37 senators is calling on the EPA to maintain a strong Renewable Fuels Standard. In a letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, the senators urged the agency to reverse course from its 2014 proposed rule which would lower the biofuels volume requirements in the RFS.  The senators said such a reduction… Read more »

Ethanol leader not convinced EPA understands concerns

One of the EPA’s top advisors on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) spoke Thursday at an Ethanol Forum in Omaha. Paul Argyropoulos, senior policy advisor in the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, talked about the recent consent decree which sets firm deadlines for proposing and finalizing the ethanol volume requirements for 2014, 2015… Read more »

Study looks at ethanol’s economic impact in Nebraska

Although the growth in Nebraska’s ethanol industry has plateaued in recent years, it continues to be a major contributor to the state’s economy. That’s the conclusion of a recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists.  They found that, during the past five years, the value of ethanol and dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS)… Read more »

RFS proposal by June 1: Final by November 30

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish the proposed Renewable Fuels Standard for 2015 by June 1st.  The final rule for 2015 and 2014 will be published by November 30th. The dates are contained in a consent decree between the EPA and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API)…. Read more »

Iowa biodiesel producers visit with state legislators

Biodiesel producers from across Iowa are at the state capitol today for their annual “Day on the Hill” lobbying event. Chad Stone, chairman of the Iowa Biodiesel Board and chief financial officer for Ames-based Renewable Energy Group, says the state of Iowa has been very supportive of the biodiesel industry. “Retailers incentives, producer incentives—and then… Read more »

NBB files petition to reverse EPA decision

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has filed a petition asking EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to reverse the EPA’s decision to streamline biodiesel imports from Argentina into the United States under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Biodiesel Board says the EPA’s decision in January would allow Argentinian biodiesel producers to “rely on a survey plan… Read more »

Ethanol promotion planned for Nebraska FFA Convention

The Nebraska Corn Board will promote the benefits of ethanol during the Nebraska State FFA Convention, which gets underway Wednesday in Lincoln. FFA’ers will able to visit an interactive Biofuels Mobile Education Center provided by the Corn Board.  The American Ethanol No. 3 Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon will also… Read more »

Iowa biodiesel plant changes hands

The Clinton County Bio Energy biodiesel plant in Clinton, Iowa has been sold to Tenaska, an independent energy company based in Omaha. The Clinton County plant, which is located on the Mississippi River, was owned by a group of local investors.  It has the capacity to produce ten million gallons of biodiesel per year. Financial… Read more »

Big year for ethanol exports

U.S. ethanol exports totaled 826 million gallons in 2014; a 33 percent increase over 2013. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says the number is second only to the 1.2 billion exported in 2011. U.S. ethanol imports totaled 73 million gallons in 2014 down 81 percent from the 377 million gallons imported in 2013. The U.S…. Read more »

National Ag Day celebrated

Today is National Ag Day being celebrated in many ways across the country. US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says U.S. agriculture is an incredible success, “Because of the extraordinary success of American agriculture, the rest of us have become free to pursue our hopes and dreams in a variety of other professions and occupations and jobs…. Read more »