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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE October 18, 2019

Top Story

White House Biofuel Plan

Lawmakers, groups slam EPA ethanol plan

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 17, 2019

The Senate’s top advocate for biofuels yesterday rejected EPA’s latest proposal to maintain nationwide ethanol volumes, saying the agency failed to deliver on President Trump’s promises to corn farmers.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters he won’t accept anything less than Trump’s promise earlier this month to offset biofuel waivers granted to small refineries by increasing mandates on others. [ read more … ]

Wisconsin Farmers, Ethanol Producers Say EPA Proposal Won’t Ensure Needed Demand

By Hope Kirwan, Wisconsin Public Radio  •    •  Posted October 17, 2019

Wisconsin ethanol producers and corn farmers say they’re frustrated with the Trump administration’s lack of follow-through on a promised boost for ethanol.  Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced they would be updating the Renewable Fuel Standardprogram to make sure the required amount of ethanol is mixed into fuel in 2020. The move was meant to make up for an increased number of exemptions for oil refineries that have hurt demand for ethanol.
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US biofuel makers say EPA deal does not fully account for refinery waivers

By Meghan Gordon, S&P Global  •    •  Posted October 17, 2019

The fine print of the Trump administration’s proposal to expand next year’s biofuel mandate to account for small refinery waivers landed with a thud in the ethanol industry, meaning no end in sight for the policy debate and supply/demand uncertainty for both biofuel makers and oil refiners. Biofuel groups said Wednesday that the proposal would not ensure that 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol gets blended into the US fuel supply next year, as the Environmental Protection Agency had promised when it struck a deal earlier this month to ease farm-state anger over the small refinery waivers. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Fiat Chrysler faces $79M fine for fuel economy shortfall

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted October 17, 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV faces a $79.4 million civil penalty for failing to meet federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017, according to new data. This marks the second year in a row that FCA has been hit with such a penalty. Last year, the Italian American automaker paid a $77.3 million fine for failing to meet the model year 2016 standards. [ read more … ]

Commentary

South Dakota Farmers Union Says RFS “Fixes” Lack Vision and Progress

By Karla Hofhenke, SDFU Executive Director  •    •  Posted October 17, 2019

“We simply cannot allow agriculture and ethanol to be defined by the RFS– we can do so much more. In addition to destroying demand through the waivers from RFS obligations, EPA is attempting to make sure the industry never grows beyond current levels.” Sombke said along with not fully re-allocating volumes waived in this proposal, previously, in the E15 rvp rule, EPA also capped blends at the 15% level, making it illegal to blend at 20 or 30%, which is where the highest value is in terms of octane and emission reductions. Sombke referenced the fact Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth made this very point in a recent article calling on the environmental and health communities to take another look at E30.  But the cap on E15 and restrictions of the RFS have severely limited the industry’s ability to provide those benefits. By making the national debate all about the RFS, Sombke said, it creates constant uncertainty and divisiveness, dragging ethanol and corn through the mud in the process. [ read more … ]

 

 

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