The EPA’s proposed 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) targets ethanol consumption at 15 billion gallons but without addressing gallons that will be lost to waivers to oil refineries, the target is fictitious, said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.   Read More

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Colin Peterson are the latest members of Minnesota's congressional delegation to criticize the EPA's failure to account for gallons of ethanol that will be lost from the agency's ongoing issuance of renewable volume obligation (RVO) waivers to oil refineries.

Sen. Tina Smith, who has pressed for expanded use of renewables, said the EPA-announced target of 19.88 billion gallons—required under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)—does not specify how refiners will make up for the gallons lost from controversial EPA-granted waivers . Read More

Scandals Haven't Beaten Pruitt. A Biofuel Policy Fight Might Sen. Chuck Grassley has warned that he would call for Pruitt's resignation if the latter did not stop handing out secret RVO waivers.  Read More

Ethanol Summit Getting Industry, Environmental Regulators On Same Page State regulators and biofuel industry leaders want Minnesota companies to be able to grow quickly and create jobs without sacrificing environmental standards . Read More

EPA Ignored DOE Calls To Limit Waivers Reuters says the EPA has not followed all of the Department of Energy's recommendations on waivers to oil refineries Read More

Business And Farm Leaders Seek Relief From Limits On Biofuels M ore than 100 business and farm leaders across seven Midwest states called on regulators to lift restrictions on the sale of ethanol . Read More

Lawmakers Demand Answers From EPA On Failed Implementation Of RFS The group of 12 lawmakers are also seeking information about the EPA’s retroactive awarding of RINS . Read More

E15 Sales In MN Hit Record 23 Million Gallons E15 sales in the first four months of 2018 have already exceeded the volume recorded for the whole of 2017. Read More

ADM, DuPont To Develop, Produce And Market Cellulase Enzymes Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber. Once the fiber is broken down, more sugars can be liberated and then fermented into ethanol, helping grain-based ethanol producers get more out of existing feedstocks. Read More

Enogen Corn From Syngenta In Over 30 Plants Syngenta has agreements in place with more than 30 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 3 billion gallons . Read More

Consumers Agree E15 Barrier Is Unnecessary In a poll of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult, four out of five respondents said they believe the federal government should allow E15 to be sold year-round. Read More