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EU Launches Antidumping Investigation On U.S. Bioethanol

On February 20, 2018, the European Commission (EC) issued a notice of initiation of an expiry review of antidumping (AD) measures applicable to imports of U.S. bioethanol. The AD duty that has been in place since 2013 was...more

PNNL Researchers Convert Ethanol To Butadiene In Single Step

On January 23, 2018, DOE announced that researchers at PNNL have developed a catalyst capable of converting ethanol directly into butadiene. Butadiene is the building block for nearly every major synthetic plastic or rubber...more

Brazil Considers Removing Ethanol Tariff

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According to Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi, Brazil is considering lifting the 20 percent tariff on ethanol imports from the U.S.. Demand for ethanol in Brazil has increased due to record-high gasoline prices. ...more

Japan Proposes To Revise Its Fuel Ethanol Policy

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On January 2, 2018, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) issued a Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) report on Japan’s fuel ethanol policy. According to the report, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and...more

Whiskey Aging Emissions: Supreme Court of Kentucky Addresses Whether Clean Air Act Preempts Common Law Claims

The Supreme Court of Kentucky addressed whether common law claims filed related to air emissions were preempted by the Clean Air Act. See Brown-Forman Corporation and Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. v. Miller, 2017. The...more

NREL Researchers Optimize Microbial Pathway To Biobased Fuels And Chemicals

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On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) resulted in the successful modification...more

Ontario Issues Proposed Amendments In Support Of Biofuels

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On November 29, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Ministry) issued proposed amendments to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation (O. Reg. 535/05) and the Greener Diesel -- Renewable Fuel Content...more

Grain, Ethanol Industry Send Letter To U.S. Trade Representative On Brazil Ethanol Tariff

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On November 14, 2017, the Governors' Biofuels Coalition announced that grain and ethanol industry stakeholders, including the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and Growth Energy, sent a letter to...more

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources’ Plant For Cellulosic Ethanol Production

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On October 12, 2017, Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, announced that Flint Hills Resources, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), received approval from...more

Ethanol Producers Turn to Alternatives

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If ethanol production remains relatively high for the remainder of 2017, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration currently expects, 2017 will set a record for annual ethanol production. Upon first reading, that may...more

Flint Hills Resources Installs Co-Product Technologies

On August 14, 2017, Flint Hills Resources, a member of the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®), announced that construction is underway to install a new, bolt-on technology, known as Maximized Stillage...more

UAI Challenges CRC Study On Vehicular Emissions

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On March 29, 2017, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) released a statement claiming that the Coordinating Research Council’s (CRC) study on fuel emissions was biased and flawed. According to UAI, the match blending of test fuels...more

Second Generation Ethanol More Cost-Effective In The Long Term

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On March 14, 2017, researchers from the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE) published a study focused on quantifying the economic and environmental impacts of second generation biofuels, based on...more

Coalition Sends Letter To Trump On Ethanol Policy Changes

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On March 7, 2017, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sent a letter to President Trump requesting the Administration’s support for changes to various federal policies to strengthen biofuels production and expand markets for...more

Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Broaden Ethanol Fuel Choices

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On March 2, 2017, Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) reintroduced legislation to expand the current Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to include E15 motor vehicle fuel. The Consumer and Fuel...more

RFA Publishes Report On U.S. Ethanol Industry

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On February 22, 2016, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) published the results of a study on the impact of the ethanol industry on the U.S. economy. The study, which was commissioned by ABF Economics, found that the U.S....more

Senators Send Letter To Pruitt On Volatility Regulations

On February 17, 2017, several Republican Senators sent a letter to Scott Pruitt, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, to confirm their willingness to work with Pruitt to grow the nation’s economy and...more

Joint Letter To Trump On China’s Trade Barriers

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On February 7, 2017, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump to request the Administration’s assistance in addressing China’s recent...more

UAI Petitions EPA To Withdraw Flawed Emissions Model

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On January 25, 2017, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), along with the Energy Future Coalition and the states of Kansas and Nebraska, filed a request for correction of information petitioning EPA to correct its models on motor...more

DOE Releases U.S. Energy And Employment Report

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER), which aims to aid in providing a more complete definition and quantification of energy employment across...more

USDA Releases Report On Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance Of Ethanol

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On January 12, 2017, USDA released a report on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol, titled “A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol.” The study reviewed industry and...more

India Launches Biofuel-Run Bus Service

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On December 5, 2016, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) launched the Aapli bus service, India’s first green bus service, in Nagpur, which includes five buses that will run on ethanol biofuel. Nitin Gadkari, the Union...more

China To Double Ethanol Production by 2020

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On December 5, 2016, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) published a five-year plan that aims to increase ethanol production to four million tons by 2020 despite the government maintaining strict control over the use...more

What Does the Future Hold for the Renewable Fuel Standard?

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The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is one of many policies facing an uncertain future as power changes hands in the federal government. While it’s impossible to know exactly what to expect from President-Elect Trump and the...more

EPA Convenes Hearing On Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule

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On December 6, 2016, EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. The proposed rule would update the regulatory structure to allow biofuel producers to process and convert biomass at...more

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