Op-Ed: Pruitt, EPA Should Heed Court Ruling, Boost RFS Biofuel Blending Levels

Source: By Ernie Shea, 25x25 • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

Pruitt’s characterization of EPA and its role in setting the RFS RVOs does not set well with renewable fuel advocates because it seems to run contrary to a federal appellate court ruling earlier this month that found that the EPA was wrong in previous years when it set lower biofuel levels. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that EPA exceeded its authority in previous years when the agency interpreted the law establishing the RFS as giving it the authority to reduce biofuel mandates if it determined there was insufficient infrastructure to deliver it.

Letter – We are the enemy

Source: By Orrie Swayze, Watertown Public Opinion • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

As well-intentioned as E15 promotion is, America’s big vision for ethanol morphed into a petty “We got to get to E15 first” very small vision. Tragically, nearly all ethanol, corn and political leaders adapted quickly to this new small ethanol vision. Really, they tread over a sacred American tradition when simply surrendering to government (EPA’s) propaganda. In this case government verbally declared ethanol’s optimal, lower cost best performance blend E30 is illegal. Never before has a major industry resource so successfully quashed the competition by having the competition declared illegal by government. Interestingly with the permission of the people.

Tharaldson Ethanol wins USDA REAP funding to support expansion

Source: By Erin Voegele , Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Tharaldson Ethanol LLC plant in Casselton, North Dakota, is being awarded $341,000 in federal funding to expand the facility through the addition of a new fermenter and cooling tower cell. The funds will be used as part of a more than $3.4 million expansion to the plant. The award is being made under USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program. The grant program helps farmers, ranches, and rural businesses implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

Op-Ed: More is Less

Source: By Doug Durante, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

A curious myth follows ethanol around like a slow-growing weed in the yard beginning to encroach on living space. I am referring to the notion that we need ethanol-free gasoline. As a boat owner, I have seen this nonsense perpetuated for years—claims that ethanol is corrosive and causes everything from phase separation to clogged fuel lines.

Iowa Helps Ethanol Plant In Brazil

Source: By WHO • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

Last week, a new biofuel facility called FS Bioenergia opened up in Matto Grosso, Brazil, with the collaboration of the Iowa-based Summit Agriculture Group and Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril.

Iowa-Based Company Begins Ethanol Production in Brazil

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

Brazil’s first large-scale corn ethanol plant launched production this week and already has announced plans for additional expansion, according to a news release from the company. The 60-million-gallon plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso, initially is expected to produce 6,200 tons of corn oil and 170,000 tons of dried distillers grains. However, the plant operated by Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group and Brazilian agribusiness Fiagril, is expected to double production in 2018, according to a news release.

EPA gathers consumer data as it rethinks GHG standards

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

U.S. EPA is gathering data on consumer preferences and jobs as it reconsiders the feasibility of greenhouse gas standards for motor vehicles. The Trump administration announced last week it will take public comments and hold a public hearing on changing the standards for model years 2021 to 2025, though the schedule hasn’t yet been set

Novozymes reports sales growth for bioenergy division

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Sales in the bioenergy division during the first half of 2017 grew by 7 percent organically, and by 9 percent in Danish krones (DKK) when compared to the first half of last year. During the second quarter, sales in the division grew by 8 percent organically and 10 percent in DKK. The bioenergy division accounted for 18 percent of company sales during the first half of this year.

Brazil may place tariff on U.S. ethanol

Source: By Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times • Posted: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Brazil’s leaders will decide by the end of this month whether to slap a 20 percent tariff on American ethanol, a step that analysts say largely is driven by the country’s desire to freeze out foreign products for its own economic and industrial gain. The move, which appears likely, would come on the heels of China also slapping harsh tariffs on U.S. ethanol and related products earlier this year.

Trump’s trade policies haven’t hurt Iowa, but there’s a missed opportunity

Source: By Erin Murphy, Sioux City Journal • Posted: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Agriculture in Iowa may not be hampered by shifts in international trade policy under President Donald Trump. But at least one trade decision made by the Trump administration likely created a missed economic opportunity for Iowa farmers and ag businesses, state ag leaders and experts say.