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Scholarships Provide Opportunity for Three to Attend National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) congratulates three young scholars who will be attending next week’s National Ethanol Conference at no cost, courtesy of the Bob Sather Memorial Scholarship. The three

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RFA Opposes Extending RFS Compliance Deadlines

In a virtual public hearing held today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association opposed the agency’s proposed extension of the 2019 and 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard

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RFA Thanks Senators for Efforts to Expand Ethanol Infrastructure

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) for reintroducing bipartisan legislation that would create a renewable fuel infrastructure grant program and ease certain

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RFA Releases Statistical Reports on 2020 Ethanol, Distillers Grains Exports

The Renewable Fuels Association today released two reports summarizing 2020 U.S. ethanol and distillers grains export and import data. These annual reports provide industry advocates, policymakers, the media and the

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Despite Pandemic and Trade Barriers, U.S. Ethanol Exports Top 1.3 Billion Gallons in 2020

U.S. ethanol exports totaled 1.33 billion gallons in 2020, down 9 percent from 2019 and the lowest volume since 2016, according to official government statistics released today. Still, according to

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RFA Thanks Senators for Urging Swift EPA Action on Small Refinery Waivers

A bipartisan group of 15 senators is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action to end the abuse of small refinery exemptions and restore integrity to the

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RFA’s Young Professionals Network Celebrates Key Milestone

After only six months of operation, the Renewable Fuels Association’s Young Professionals Network recently onboarded its 100th member. The YPN was formed last summer as an initiative to bring together

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In Two Weeks, National Ethanol Conference Will Make History

The 26th annual National Ethanol Conference begins two weeks from today, bringing an all-new format that will allow for more industry leaders to participate in what has always been the

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Statement from RFA, U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy on U.S. Ethanol Appeal Outcome in Peru

The Peruvian National Institute for the Defense of Free Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) Tribunal announced Friday that the U.S. ethanol industry and the U.S. government won

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Court Seeks Status Report on EPA Compliance with Order on Renewable Volumes

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to submit a status report every 60 days “on its progress in

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Scientists Find Corn Ethanol Reduces Carbon Emissions by Nearly 50%

A comprehensive new study by scientists from Harvard University, Tufts University and Environmental Health & Engineering Inc. shows that using corn ethanol in place of gasoline reduces greenhouse gas emissions

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Crappie Masters-RFA-NCGA Partnership Highlights Benefits of E10 in Marine Engines

Combating the myths that exist about the use of gasoline blended with 10-percent ethanol has been the primary goal of the partnership between Crappie Masters, the Renewable Fuels Association and

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D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

In response to an emergency motion filed Tuesday evening by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ordered that EPA’s action on Tuesday

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RFA Files Petition and Emergency Motion to Halt EPA’s Dark-of-Night Refinery Waivers

The Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday evening by the U.S. Environmental Protection

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RFA Will Fight EPA’s Illegal, Last-Minute Refinery Exemptions

The Renewable Fuels Association today harshly condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s unconscionable and unlawful decision to grant three more small refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard with just hours

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RFA Responds to EPA’s Last-Minute Actions on RFS, E15

With just four days remaining in the Trump administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced four actions related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and E15. First, in next

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RFA Thanks Senate Midwest Republicans for Backing Renewable Fuel Standard

The Renewable Fuels Association expressed gratitude today to seven Republican members of the Senate who called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to back down from rumored small refinery exemptions

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RFA Lauds House Biofuels Caucus for Speaking Out in Support of RFS

The bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus has called on President Trump to “direct EPA to immediately reject any pending waiver requests that do not meet the criteria established in Tenth Circuit

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RFA Thanks Senators for Leadership in Defending the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Renewable Fuels Association thanked a group of Democratic Senators today for calling on President-elect Joe Biden to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard and quickly reverse the

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Here’s How President-elect Biden Can Slash Carbon Emissions by 12 Million Metric Tons on Day One in Office

On “Day One” in office, President-elect Biden’s incoming administration can immediately secure 10.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending waiver requests from

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Tenth Circuit Court Plaintiffs Respond to Supreme Court Action

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit’s decision in RFA et al. v. EPA,  which overturned three inappropriately granted

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RFA Welcomes Bredenkamp to Government & Public Affairs Team

Dawson Hired as New Government Affairs, Communications Manager The Renewable Fuels Association today is pleased to announce that Troy Bredenkamp is joining the association’s staff as its new Senior Vice

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Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of

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RFA, Growth Energy Demand Transparency in Refinery Exemption Process

In a court filing today, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy continued to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to release the names

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Pulitzer Prize Winner, Energy Expert Daniel Yergin to Headline National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that Daniel Yergin, a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, will be a keynote speaker at the 26th annual

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RFA Completes a Decade of Ethanol Safety Training Leadership

The Renewable Fuels Association’s industry-leading safety program celebrates 10 years of national leadership this month. Over the past decade, RFA’s safety training has reached thousands of first responders, rail shippers,

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RFA Marks Four Decades of Industry Leadership

Association to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Throughout 2021 Forty years ago this month, a small group of innovative farmers and like-minded business leaders came together to officially found the Renewable Fuels

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RFA Applauds Ethanol Eligibility in COVID Relief Bill, Welcomes Tax Extenders

The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations and Coronavirus Relief Package, which explicitly includes renewable fuel producers as entities eligible to receive COVID-19 emergency relief aid. The

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Scholarships to Again Provide Students Access to National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Association is again partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the 26th annual National Ethanol Conference, taking place

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RFA Ready to Assist with New Round of USDA Infrastructure Grants

The U.S Department of Agriculture has announced another round of funding for its successful Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP, and the Renewable Fuels Association once again offers itself

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Farm, Biofuels, Trade Leaders Label Brazil Decision ‘Devastating’ For U.S. Ethanol

A statement from: Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO, U.S. Grains Council Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy Jon Doggett, CEO, National Corn Growers

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RFA: Ethanol Industry Needs Support, as COVID-19 Losses Near $4 Billion

With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, state and local governments are taking additional actions to limit travel and promote social distancing. In turn, consumption of ethanol-blended gasoline is rapidly

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RFA Thanks President-Elect Biden, Congratulates Vilsack on USDA Nomination

Today, President-elect Joe Biden nominated Tom Vilsack to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The following is a statement from Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Tom Vilsack

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EPA, DOJ Oppose Refiner Request for Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Decision on RFS Exemptions

In a filing submitted yesterday, the Department of Justice recommended against Supreme Court review of the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling earlier this year that invalidated several small refinery exemptions issued

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Biofuels Coalition Files Brief Challenging 31 Small Refinery Exemptions in 2018

The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union today filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision

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Registration Opens for 2021 National Ethanol Conference

Registration is now open for the Renewable Fuels Association’s 26th annual National Ethanol Conference, to be held in a fully digital format February 16-18. Those registering before the January 19

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RFA Review: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly All 2021 Vehicles, but FFV Offerings Continue to Slide

An annual analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that while nearly all new 2021 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to

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Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision

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2021 National Ethanol Conference Shifts to Digital Experience

The 26th annual National Ethanol Conference, held February 16-18, 2021, will feature a fully digital, interactive format for the first time ever, the Renewable Fuels Association announced today.  The industry’s

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RFA Congratulates President-Elect Biden

The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden on his victory, as projected by the Associated Press and others. The following is a statement from RFA President and CEO

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RFA Urges Low-Carbon/Clean Fuel Standard for Colorado Emissions Reduction

The internal combustion engine is “far from dead—the fuel just needs to be changed” with a low-carbon or clean fuel standard that can help Colorado slash greenhouse gas pollution, the

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Joint Statement from RFA and Growth Energy on Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in FOIA Lawsuit Regarding Small Refinery Exemption Transparency

Upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to adequately respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the biofuels industry regarding the small refinery exemption (SRE) program and

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RFA Seeks Certainty and Consistency in EPA Treatment of Flex Fuel Vehicles

In comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding emissions standard compliance calculations for Flex Fuel vehicles (FFVs), the Renewable Fuels Association supported the EPA’s new approach to

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RFA Calls on President Trump to Level the Playing Field for Ethanol Exports to Brazil

The Renewable Fuels Association yesterday called on President Trump to move forward in seeking reciprocity and fairness in ethanol trade policy with Brazil. In a letter to the president, the

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RFA: Oil-State Senators Ask EPA to Violate the Law, Ignore the Courts

The Renewable Fuels Association today blasted the latest attempt by oil refiners and their supporters in the Senate to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard. On Wednesday, a small group of

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National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center Joins RFA as Associate Member

The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) as its newest Associate Member. Located at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, NCERC is a nationally recognized center dedicated

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New Grants Support RFA’s Award-Winning Safety Education

The Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded $75,000 in grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s

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RFA Welcomes New Member Ascensus Specialties

Ascensus Specialties has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as a new Associate Member. Based in Bellevue, Wash., Ascensus Specialties is a chemical provider to industrial alcohol producers. It recently announced

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Ethanol Emergency Response Webinars This Week

The Renewable Fuels Association is offering two four-hour-long webinars this week, led by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive background in emergency management, firefighting and hazardous materials

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Bushel Joins RFA as Associate Member

The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed Bushel as its newest Associate Member. Bushel is a mobile technology company, based in Fargo, N.D., that powers apps and websites that facilitate simple

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Lallemand to Sponsor RFA Young Professionals Network in 2021

Today, the Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce that Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits has partnered with RFA as the title sponsor of the Young Professionals Network in 2021.

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RFA: New Infrastructure Grants Will Promote Higher Ethanol Blends

At a news conference today in southern Minnesota, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a series of grants as part of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, or HBIIP. 

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RFA Elects New Board Leadership, First Woman Chairperson

The Renewable Fuels Association today elected Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy Management LLC, as its new chairperson. McCaherty becomes the first female chairperson in the RFA’s history, and first

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RFA Applauds Movement Toward COVID Relief for Ethanol Producers

Late Thursday, the House of Representatives passed another COVID economic relief package, the HEROES Act II, which provides for $2.2 trillion in coronavirus relief and includes an important provision for

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RFA Applauds Movement Toward COVID Relief for Ethanol Producers

Late Thursday, the House of Representatives passed another COVID economic relief package, the HEROES Act II, which provides for $2.2 trillion in coronavirus relief and includes an important provision for

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RFA Applauds Movement Toward COVID Relief for Ethanol Producers

Late Thursday, the House of Representatives passed another COVID economic relief package, the HEROES Act II, which provides for $2.2 trillion in coronavirus relief and includes an important provision for

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RFA: New University Study on COVID-19 Impacts Underscores Need for Emergency Aid

As Congress and the administration continue negotiations on another potential COVID-19 relief package, a new study by university economists finds that ethanol producers will experience roughly $8 billion in losses

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RFA: New University Study on COVID-19 Impacts Underscores Need for Emergency Aid

As Congress and the administration continue negotiations on another potential COVID-19 relief package, a new study by university economists finds that ethanol producers will experience roughly $8 billion in losses

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RFA Applauds Introduction of Next Generation Fuels Act by Rep. Bustos

The Renewable Fuels Association today hailed the introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2020 by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), calling the legislation “the beginning of an exciting new

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RFA’s Virtual Heartland Tour Gives Congressional and Agency Staff an Inside Look at Ethanol Industry

Congressional staff and other federal and state decisionmakers got an up-close virtual look at the U.S. ethanol industry last week as part of the Renewable Fuels Association’s Virtual Heartland Tour.

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RFA Welcomes Orion Oil as Newest Associate Member

The Renewable Fuels Association welcomed Orion Oil as its newest Associate Member. Based in Miami, Fla., Orion Oil is a fuel distributor that also operates gas stations and convenience stores

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RFA Applauds Congressional Efforts to Enhance Transparency of Small Refinery Waiver Process

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce today unveiled the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, which contains provisions requiring more transparency and accountability in EPA’s process for evaluating small

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RFA Pleased with EPA’s Official Denial of ‘Gap Year’ Waiver Petitions

The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed the official denial by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of 54 “gap-year” small refinery exemption petitions and thanked President Trump for taking an active

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Joint Statement on Brazil Ethanol TRQ Announcement

After expiring on August 31 and a 20 percent tariff was temporarily applied to all U.S. ethanol, Brazil’s tariff-rate quota (TRQ) has been extended for a further 90 days starting

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RFA Testimony to EPA Advisory Committee Calls for Immediate Action on Delayed Decisions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to take concrete steps immediately to support U.S. ethanol producers and rural America in these troubled times, according to testimony provided today by Renewable

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Ethanol Coalition Welcomes Reports of ‘Gap-Year’ Waiver Petition Denials, Denounces Refiners’ Supreme Court Petition

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), National Farmers Union (NFU) and American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today welcomed news reports that President Trump has directed the

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RFA: July ethanol export data underscore need for immediate action on trade barriers

Government data published yesterday showed U.S. ethanol exports slumping to just 74 million gallons in July, down 38 percent compared to the same month last year and the lowest total

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Ethanol Safety Seminars Set for Sept. 1–3 in Frederick, MD

Local safety personnel, emergency responders and all others are invited to an ethanol safety seminar in Frederick, MD. Attendees can choose the date, as the seminar takes place on Sept.

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RFA Helps Retailers Across 21 States Apply for Grants for Infrastructure Projects Totaling Over $52 Million

The Renewable Fuels Association was pleased to help many retailers take advantage of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), which will make $86 million available

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RFA Urges Immediate EPA Action on ‘Litany’ of Outstanding RFS Issues

Citing the need for more certainty and stability in uncertain times, as well as the legal requirement to meet statutory deadlines, the Renewable Fuels Association today urged EPA Administrator Andrew

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RFA Welcomes Inclusion of Renewable Fuels in Senate Democrats’ Climate Plan

Today, the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a plan to build a “clean economy for the American people.” The report calls on Congress to, among other

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Farmers, Ethanol Producers File Court Brief Defending EPA’s Year-Round E15 Regulation

Responding to the oil industry’s effort to undermine the expansion of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol), the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and National Corn Growers Association on Friday filed

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Bipartisan House Coalition Joins White House, RFA in Demanding Level Playing Field with Brazil

With just two weeks remaining before Brazil is likely to impose a tariff of at least 20 percent on all fuel ethanol imports from the United States, a bipartisan coalition

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RFA Safety Programs the Hottest Ticket in Town

Within the course of a week, the Renewable Fuels Association provided ethanol safety training to nearly 600 participants across the United States and in nine other countries around the world.

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RFA Supports White House Consideration of Reciprocal Tariffs on Imports of Brazilian Ethanol

The Renewable Fuels Association today expressed its support for President Trump’s announcement Monday that his administration is considering reciprocal tariffs on fuel ethanol imports from Brazil. The country’s existing tariff

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RFA and Ethanol Once Again Fuel Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Renewable Fuels Association returns this month to the famous Buffalo Chip Campground to help host the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Sturgis, S.D. In

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Anniversary Report Details Success of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Commemorating the 15th anniversary of President George W. Bush’s signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which created the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Renewable Fuels Association today released a

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RFA Provides USDA a Roadmap to Renewable Fuel Growth

The Renewable Fuels Association this week responded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s request for comment on its Agriculture Innovation Agenda (AIA). Regarding renewable fuels, the agenda calls for Increased

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RFA Launches Young Professionals Network

In order to meet the needs of an evolving workforce in the ethanol industry, the Renewable Fuels Association has launched the Young Professionals Network (YPN), a new program geared toward

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In Virtual Hill Visits, RFA Hears from Lawmakers, Administration Officials

The Renewable Fuels Association’s summer Board of Directors meeting concluded Wednesday with more than a dozen virtual Capitol Hill visits. Board members had the chance to hear from senators, House

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RFA’s Ed Hubbard Appointed to Key USDA Trade Advisory Committee

Renewable Fuels Association General Counsel Ed Hubbard has been appointed to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds,

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RFA Analysis: Ethanol Industry’s COVID-Related Economic Losses Already Top $3.4 Billion, Could Reach Nearly $9 Billion by 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has already led to more than $3.4 billion in lost revenues for the U.S. ethanol industry, according to an economic analysis released today by the Renewable Fuels

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Ethanol Safety Seminar Set for July 25 in Amelia, VA

Local safety personnel, emergency responders and all others are invited to a July 25 ethanol safety seminar in Amelia, Virginia, about 40 miles southwest of Richmond. The event is being

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Last-Chance Webinar Offers Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Help

The Renewable Fuels Association is hosting a free webinar for all interested parties on Thursday to provide details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP).

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Act Now! Infrastructure Grant Application Deadline One Month Away

With the USDA’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) deadline just one month away, the Renewable Fuels Association reminds retailers and other interested parties that any further delays may threaten

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RFA Supports EPA’s Proposed ‘Anti-Backsliding’ Determination, but Says Agency Used ‘Outdated and Unreliable’ Modeling

In comments submitted today to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association expressed support for the Agency’s proposal to determine that no additional measures are necessary to mitigate “potential

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RFA Welcomes Grain Densification International as Associate Member

The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed Grain Densification International (GDI) as its newest Associate Member. Based in Granite City, Ill., GDI produces 100% all-natural calf pellets, range cubes, creep feed

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RFA Thanks House Members for Opposing Gap-Year Refinery Waivers

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a bipartisan group of 32 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for calling on President Trump to reject so-called “gap-year” refinery exemptions under

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New Video Spotlights Ethanol’s Important Co-Products

A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, primarily distillers grains used in livestock

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RFA Welcomes Inclusion of Low Carbon Fuel Standard in Select Committee Recommendations

Today, Democrats on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive action plan to promote a clean energy economy and combat climate change. The report, which lays

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Sanitizer Donated for Distribution at RFA Special Events

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE), an ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has donated 1,000 bottles of its proprietary SIREtizer hand sanitizer to the Renewable Fuels Association, for free distribution

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Governors to EPA: Drop the Gap-Year Waivers

Members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition today urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to drop the 52 retroactive “gap-year” RFS waivers requested recently by oil refiners. The Renewable

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Senators Call on EPA to Reject Gap-Year Refinery Waivers ‘Outright’

Echoing the grave concern expressed by the Renewable Fuels Association and others, a bipartisan group of 16 Senators today called on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to outright

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EPA Considering 52 “Gap Year” Refinery Waiver Petitions; RFA Responds

In response to rising public outcry for greater transparency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today disclosed that 52 new petitions have been received from small refineries seeking retroactive exemptions from

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Popular RFA Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars Now a Virtual Experience

The Renewable Fuels Association has conducted nearly 300 in-person Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars across the country.  Due to current circumstances and social distancing guidelines, the RFA now will be offering

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RFA Webinar Seeks to Train Safety Trainers

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER, is hosting a free Ethanol Emergency Response “Train the Trainer” webinar on Tuesday, June 23. The webinar will take place from noon

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RFA Calls on President to Reject Refinery Waivers

In an open letter to President Trump timed to today’s anniversary of his appearance at an Iowa ethanol plant, the Renewable Fuels Association called on him to reject attempts to

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Export Exchange 2020 Postponed to 2021

A joint statement from Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper, U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Ryan LeGrand and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, regarding the postponement of

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U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Demand Answers on Retroactive EPA Exemptions

In a letter today, America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to offer answers on a new effort to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard

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RFA Thanks Bipartisan Group of 44 Representatives for Defending RFS

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked 44 members of the House of Representatives for urging President Trump to “stand with our farmers and rural economies during this challenging time and

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RFA: FDA Sanitizer Guidance Brings Clarity But Won’t Resolve Shortage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Monday night issued revised guidance on the production of ethanol for hand sanitizer.  The following is a statement from Renewable Fuels Association President and

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RFA Thanks Governors’ Biofuels Coalition for Renewable Fuels Aid Push

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, led by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, for sending a letter to Senate and House

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RFA Calls on EPA to Deny Secretive “Gap Year” Refinery Waiver Requests

The Renewable Fuels Association on Friday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deny new petitions submitted by refiners for past-year waivers from their renewable volume obligations. In a letter

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RFA Thanks Sens. Grassley, Klobuchar for Renewable Fuel Feedstock Reimbursement Act of 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar for introducing bipartisan legislation to provide much needed emergency relief to ethanol producers hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RFA-USDA Webinars to Spotlight Retailer Infrastructure Grants

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association will host two webinars this month to help fuel retailers and others understand the new Higher Blends Infrastructure

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ClearFlame Joins RFA as Newest Member

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to welcome ClearFlame Engine Technologies as the organization’s newest Associate Member. Based in Chicago, ClearFlame Engine Technologies is a technology company providing a patented

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RFA Welcomes Inclusion of Renewable Fuel Emergency Relief Measures in HEROES Act

The Renewable Fuels Association today welcomed the inclusion of the “Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program” in the HEROES Act unveiled today by House Democrats. RFA said the program would provide vital

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U.S. Ethanol Industry Disappointed in New Colombian Duties

The Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism (MINCIT) this weekend announced it will impose duties of $0.1997/gallon on U.S. ethanol exports to Colombia. The following is a joint statement

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RFA, Other U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Ask Congress for COVID-19 Relief

America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on House and Senate leaders to ensure the next round of COVID-19 relief does not overlook U.S. ethanol and biodiesel production. The joint

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RFA Thanks Senators for Letter to President Defending Renewable Fuel Standard

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a bipartisan group of 24 U.S. senators, led by Sens. Tina Smith, Joni Ernst, Debbie Stabenow and Chuck Grassley, for sending a letter to

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Now’s the Time to Fight for the Ethanol Industry

With the Senate returning to work in Washington this week and the House to follow soon, the Renewable Fuels Association is calling on all grassroots supporters of the renewable fuels

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RFA Welcomes Details on USDA Infrastructure Grant Program

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more details on a $100 million grant program for activities designed to expand the availability and sale of higher blends of ethanol like

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Coalition Opposes API Petition on 2020 RFS Obligations

A coalition of ethanol and farm groups today sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing the American Petroleum Institute’s recent petition requesting reconsideration of the 2020 Renewable Fuel

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For Eight Years Running, RFA Safety Programs Earn National Recognition

The Renewable Fuels Association has received the TRANSCAER National Achievement Award in recognition of extraordinary achievement by the organization or a team in support of the TRANSCAER initiative, a national

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Trenton Agri Products Will Become First Demonstration Site for Ethanol Industry Project to Expand Pollinator Habitat

In celebration of Earth Day, the Renewable Fuels Association and Renewable Fuels Nebraska today announced that Trenton Agri Products (TAP) in Trenton, Nebraska will become the first demonstration site for

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New RFA Analysis: Ethanol Industry Could See $10 Billion in Losses Due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic and crude oil glut continue to ravage world fuel markets, U.S. ethanol sales in 2020 could fall by more than $10 billion and the industry’s contribution

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USDA Aid Package Misses Opportunity to Help America’s Struggling Ethanol Industry

This evening, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $19 billion aid program. While the package will help the nation’s farmers and ranchers, it does not provide any assistance to

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RFA to EPA: Oily Waiver Request Deserves Speedy Rejection

The oil refining industry’s latest attempt to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard should be rejected immediately, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper stated in a letter today to

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Oil State Governors Wrong to Target Renewable Fuel Standard, Rural Jobs

The governors of five oil states—Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah and Louisiana—sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency late Wednesday asking the agency to waive renewable volume obligations under

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RFA Thanks House Biofuels Caucus for Leadership and Standing up for Renewable Fuels Industry

The Renewable Fuels Association thanked the bipartisan House Biofuels Caucus today for urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to utilize funds made available to USDA as part of the recently

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RFA Thanks Senators for Standing Up for America’s Renewable Fuel Workers

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a bipartisan group of senators for asking Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to ensure USDA uses funding recently appropriated under the CARES Act to

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RFA: Final Fuel Economy Rule a Missed Opportunity for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation issued final regulations for 2021-2026 vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the final rule

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RFA: EPA Stall Tactic on Tenth Circuit Decision Just Delays the Inevitable

As part of a package intended to “protect the nation’s gasoline supply in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it intends to wait until

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Renewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

Ethanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that

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New Report Shows Ethanol Industry Fueled by Veterans

A study released this week on employment in the U.S. energy sector shows that America’s ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of

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Bion Brings Scientific Expertise to RFA Membership

The data and analysis firm Bion has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as an Associate Member. Bion, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., is a testing company that specializes in analytical

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Flex Fuel Spreads Its Reach, as Casey’s Becomes 5,000th Station to Offer E85

The number of fuel stations now offering Flex Fuel E85 has reached an important milestone, as a Casey’s store in Ankeny, Iowa, became the 5,000th station nationwide to sell E85.

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Renewable Fuels Coalition Launches Campaign Calling for EPA Not to Appeal 10th Circuit Decision

With the need for a decision only days away, the coalition that successfully won a unanimous court decision against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continued its call for the agency

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RFA Welcomes New Member Barchart

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that Barchart has recently joined the organization as a new Associate Member. Based in Chicago, Barchart is a global provider of market

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As Coronavirus Roils Energy Markets, RFA Calls for Immediate Action from White House

With the coronavirus affecting so many Americans and causing so many questions and concerns about the national economy, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper today released the following

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Ethanol, Farm Groups Respond as Administration Mulls Appeal of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

On March 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit approved requests by the U.S. Department of Justice, HollyFrontier, and CVR Energy for an extension of the deadline

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U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge President Trump Stand by RFS

America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on President Trump to immediately speak out against reports from within the administration that the White House may bow to a misinformation campaign

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RFA Thanks USDA for Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Grant Program, Fleet Directive

While speaking to participants at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled the details of a new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. Under the

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RFA Welcomes Bill Targeting Big Oil’s Big Subsidies

Today, Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Tom Udall of New Mexico introduced a bill that that takes a step toward ending subsidies for oil and gas companies. Renewable Fuels

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RFA Ethanol Safety Seminar Coming to Reno

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER®, will host one-day ethanol safety seminars in Reno this month. The free seminars are funded through a Federal Railroad Administration/TRANSCAER grant. The

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RFA, ISDI Hosting Steel Drum 101 and Ethanol Safety Seminar in Davenport

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with the Industrial Steel Drum Institute and TRANSCAER®, will host safety training in Davenport, Iowa early next month. The free seminars are funded through

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RFA Welcomes Trump Administration’s Bold Vision for Renewable Fuels

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced an Ag Innovation Agenda that includes supporting “renewable fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, and biomass. Increase biofuel feedstock production and biofuel production efficiency and

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Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Honored with RFA’s 2020 Industry Award

The Renewable Fuels Association presented Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, or SIRE, with the 2020 Industry Award today at the 25th annual National Ethanol Conference. RFA’s Industry Award is presented annually

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RFA’s Cooper Calls on Industry to ‘Focus Forward’ at 2020 National Ethanol Conference

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper addressed attendees of the 25th annual National Ethanol Conference in Houston today, painting a clear picture of the hardships faced in 2019

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25th Annual National Ethanol Conference Welcomes President George W. Bush

The Renewable Fuels Association was honored to welcome George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, to the 25th Annual National Ethanol Conference today in Houston. By championing

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RFA’s 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide Help Industry Focus Forward

The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide today at the 25th annual National Ethanol Conference—two publications and a major event that are known around

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RFA Partners with Field to Market to Launch Industry Pilot Project to Expand Pollinator Habitat

The Renewable Fuels Association, Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Nebraska Corn (comprised of the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association) and Pheasants Forever, Inc. today announced the launch of

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New Study: Despite Policy Challenges, Ethanol Industry Significantly Benefited Economy in 2019

Policy obstacles—especially ongoing trade disputes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries —dampened the U.S. ethanol industry’s economic contributions in 2019,

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RFA Reports Detail Ethanol, Distillers Grains Exports in 2019

The Renewable Fuels Association today released a pair of reports summarizing 2019 U.S. ethanol and distillers grains export and import data. Through a series of charts and graphics, the reports

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RFA Analysis Finds Record E15 Sales in 2019

A new Renewable Fuels Association analysis found that approximately 500 million gallons of E15 were sold nationwide in 2019, setting a new record and proving that the Trump administration’s elimination

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RFA Responds to USDA on Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

The Renewable Fuels Association today submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s request for information on the agency’s new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which was created to

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RFA & NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2020 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

The 2020 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association signed on as co-title sponsors for

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USDA Under Secretary for Trade to Address National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will speak at the 25th Annual National

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Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to granting small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals

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RFA Mourns Industry Pioneer Raymond Defenbaugh

The Renewable Fuels Association mourns the loss this week of longtime board member Raymond Defenbaugh, who was a founding member, president, CEO, and chairman of Big River Resources, with facilities

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RFA’s Cooper Offers Outlook for Ethanol’s Future at Iowa Summit

As the keynote speaker at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit today, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper shared four ethanol predictions for the new decade and recapped the

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RFA Lauds Senate Passage of USMCA

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked the U.S. Senate for passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a crucial trade pact that will benefit U.S.  ethanol producers and rural economies across

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RFA Hails First Phase of U.S.–China Trade Agreement

With today’s signing of the first part of the new U.S.–China trade agreement, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper released the following statement. “We are very optimistic about

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RFA 2020 Safety Webinar Series Kicks Off

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER, is hosting a free ethanol safety “Train the Trainer” webinar on Tuesday, January 14, for ethanol emergency response teams. This will be

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As Iran Crisis Drives Oil Prices Higher, Ethanol Delivers Relief at the Pump

Tensions in the Middle East have inflamed global oil markets, sending Brent crude oil futures over $70 per barrel and pushing U.S. gasoline futures to a nine-month high. Analysts expect

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RFA Congratulates Badger State Ethanol on Billion-Gallon Breakthrough

The Renewable Fuels Association today congratulated member company Badger State Ethanol, which recently produced its one-billionth gallon of ethanol.  The dry-mill ethanol plant in Monroe, Wisc., began production in October

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RFA Applauds House Approval of USMCA

The Renewable Fuels Association today lauded a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives approving the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a crucial trade pact that will benefit U.S.  ethanol producers

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RFA: EPA Rule Won’t Prevent Further RFS Erosion by Waivers

The Renewable Fuels Association today expressed disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule for 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements, arguing that the rule opens the door for small

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RFA Technical Expert to Lead Safety Coalition

Missy Ruff, director of safety and technical programs for the Renewable Fuels Association, was selected to chair the executive committee of the National TRANSCAER Task Group, the managing body for

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RFA Welcomes Deal to Extend Biofuel Tax Provisions

The Renewable Fuels Association thanks congressional leaders for renewing and extending important renewable fuel tax provisions in its tax extenders agreement reached early Tuesday morning. Specifically, the amendment would retroactively

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Packed Agenda Will Keep Attendees Busy at National Ethanol Conference

With a theme of “Focus Forward,” the 25th annual National Ethanol Conference is quickly shaping up to be the can’t-miss industry event of the year, featuring world-renowned speakers, discussions on

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RFA Stresses Ethanol Benefits at U.N. Climate Change Conference

Low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change, the Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders this week in Madrid at the U.N. Climate Change Conference,

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RFA Urges EPA to Respect Congressional Intent and President Trump’s Commitment on the RFS

For the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the choice should be clear and simple when it comes to implementing blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Just follow the law. That

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RFA Review of 2020 Vehicle Models Reveals Good News for E15, Bad News for Flex Fuels

A new analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that nearly all new 2020 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use

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New York Approves E15, Giving Drivers a Lower-Carbon, Lower-Cost Fuel Choice

The Renewable Fuels Association today praised the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets for its decision to allow E15 sales in the state as a win for the state’s

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William “Bill” Kristol to Provide Political Insight at National Ethanol Conference

Political analyst and commentator Bill Kristol will provide his unique and entertaining brand of political insight and prognostication during a special luncheon at the 2020 National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable

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RFA Thanks Senators for Standing Up for Renewable Fuel Standard

The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a group of Senators representing Midwest states for their comments to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Senators—Deb Fischer (R-Neb.),

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High-Power Flex Fuel Jeep Wrangler Shows Off Ethanol in Vegas

This week at the massive SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Renewable Fuels Association and Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs unveiled a one-of-a-kind project that highlights the many benefits of

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Rural Leaders Ask President Trump to Uphold Biofuel Promise

A broad coalition of biofuel and farm advocates today sent a letter to the White House calling on President Trump to fix a flawed proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency,

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RFA to EPA: RFS Proposal Fails on Several Levels

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper Wednesday morning told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that its weak proposal to counter the damaging effects of small refinery exemptions from

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RFA: Refinery Waivers Undermine Renewable Fuels, Rural Economy and Government Transparency

The massive increase in small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard has eroded demand for ethanol and forced numerous plants to idle or shut down, according to testimony

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RFA Receives Grants for Ethanol Safety Education

The Renewable Fuels Association has recently been awarded grants to support its safety education program through on-site seminars and Internet webinars. Both grants were received via the association’s work with

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Joint Statement from RFA, U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy on Brazil’s Ethanol Tariff Rate Quota

The Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy expressed their disappointment with the news that the Brazilian government amended the recent August 31st rule that raised the quota

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Coalition Challenges EPA on 2018 Refinery Waivers

A coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organizations filed a petition Tuesday afternoon with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which

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New Court Documents Detail Rampant EPA Abuse of Small Refinery Exemption Program

Newly available court documents assert that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inappropriately granted Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance exemptions to certain small refineries that did not even qualify for the

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Scholarships Help Bring Students to National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the 25th annual National Ethanol Conference, scheduled for Feb.

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RFA Statement on EPA Supplemental  Proposal for 2020 RVO

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a supplemental proposal regarding the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligation, seeking to ensure that the conventional renewable fuel standard is not eroded by small

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Ringneck Energy Joins RFA as Newest Producer Member

Ringneck Energy of Onida, S.D. has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as its newest producer member, the association announced, with CEO Walt Wendland being elected to the RFA Board of

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Registration Opens for RFA’s 25th Annual National Ethanol Conference

Registration is now open for the Renewable Fuels Association’s 25th annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC), to be held Feb. 10-12, 2020, in Houston. This year, with the theme “Focus Forward,” attendees will have the

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RFA: President’s Renewable Fuels Plan a Crucial Step Forward

The Trump Administration announced today that it is taking action to begin reversing the damage done to rural America by refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Today’s plan

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Survey Finds Strong Opposition to EPA Oil Refinery Waivers, Strong Support for RFS

Registered voters oppose the Trump administration’s actions to exempt oil refineries from renewable fuel blending obligations by a margin of nearly two to one, according to new polling data released

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What Happens When an Ethanol Plant Shuts Down?

The idling of an ethanol plant—even if temporary—sends damaging shockwaves throughout the entire community in which the facility operates, including the immediate loss of a local market for corn and

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Ethanol Again Fuels Winners of Crappie Masters National Tournament

For the fifth consecutive year, the winning team of the Crappie Masters National Championship powered their boat with clean, renewable ethanol. The 2019 season concluded last week with Robert Carlile

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Ag Deputy Secretary Censky To Keynote Global Ethanol Summit In Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed late Wednesday that Deputy Secretary Steve Censky will speak at the Global Ethanol Summit (GES) in Washington, D.C., scheduled for Oct. 14-15. The Summit,

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RFA Corrects EPA Misstatements About Ethanol Demand and SREs in House Testimony

In a letter sent today to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association noted several misstatements in testimony offered recently to the House Committee on

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RFA Thanks Lawmakers for Letter to EPA on Restoration of Waived RFS Volumes

September 23, 2019 – The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a bipartisan group of 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives for asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to

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New Study Stresses Ethanol’s Benefits for Energy Security

A new study shows that the Renewable Fuel Standard not only saves drivers money at the gas pump every day, but also enhances energy security by greatly reducing or even

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In Wake of Saudi Attacks, Ethanol Can Help Provide Real Energy Security

September 16, 2019 – Drone attacks Saturday in Saudi Arabia destroyed oil fields and caused a record spike in oil prices overnight, again calling into question claims that increased U.S.

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All Drivers are Winners in Third Annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest

Last week’s Labor Day holiday signaled the unofficial end of summer and the official end of the Renewable Fuels Association’s third annual “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest. During the three-month

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RFA Welcomes The Greenbrier Companies

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that The Greenbrier Companies has joined the organization. The Greenbrier Companies, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of

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RFA, USGC and Growth Energy Comment on New Brazil Tariff Rate Quota

Brazil announced it has raised the quota on U.S. ethanol imports under the tariff rate quote (TRQ) up from 600 million liters per year to nearly 750 million liters per

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EPA’s Final 2020 Volume Obligations Must Restore Lost Gallons

August 30, 2019—In formal comments submitted today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2020 renewable volume obligations, the Renewable Fuels Association called on the EPA to follow

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Internal White House Documents: EPA Ignored Trump Administration Recommendations to Redistribute Small Refinery Waived Volumes

August 26, 2019 – Documents obtained by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) show that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ignored strong recommendations from within the Trump Administration to redistribute Renewable

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Ethanol Demand Destruction Clear to See as Consumption Wanes, Prices Fall and Plants Close

August 22, 2019 – In a letter sent Thursday morning to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Renewable Fuels Association challenged the federal agency on its claim there

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RFA Statement on EPA and Demand Destruction from Refinery Exemptions

August 20, 2019 – Today, an EPA spokesperson said there was “zero evidence” of demand destruction for ethanol due to the numerous refinery exemptions allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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RFA to Australia: Choose Ethanol, Not Petroleum Reserve

August 15, 2019 – In a letter sent today, the Renewable Fuels Association encouraged Australia’s energy minister to strongly consider U.S. ethanol imports as a cleaner, more affordable alternative to

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RFA Safety Webinar Seeks to Train Trainers

August 14, 2019 – The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER®, is hosting a free ethanol safety “Train the Trainer” webinar on Tuesday, August 20, for ethanol emergency response

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More Refiner Bailouts: A Broken Promise that Will Haunt Rural America

August 9, 2019 – Calling it a significant broken promise on the part of President Trump that will hurt rural America at the worst possible time, the Renewable Fuels Association

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E15 Sales Up Following Removal of Summertime Barrier, But RFS Refiner Exemptions Suppress Expansion

August 8, 2019 – Data released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Commerce prove that the marketplace is already responding to President Trump’s elimination of a decades-old regulatory barrier severely

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Coalition Seeks Court Action Forcing EPA to Account for Lost Biofuel Volumes

July 31, 2019 – An agriculture and biofuels coalition has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to lift a stay it placed on a

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