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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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RFA Urges EPA To Address RFS Small Refiner Waivers and Court Remand

July 31, 2019 – In oral testimony presented at a public hearing today in Ypsilanti, Mich., the Renewable Fuels Association urged the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that its 2020

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Ethanol Returns to Sturgis

RFA Continues Collaboration at World-Famous Motorcycle Rally July 30, 2019 — The Renewable Fuels Association is once again partnering with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 79th annual Sturgis

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RFA Extends Ethanol Invite as EPA Head Visits Oil Refinery

July 29, 2019 — The Renewable Fuels Association has invited U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to visit an ethanol plant as a follow-up to his tour of a

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Feinstein, Toomey Seek to Prop Up Big Oil

July 26, 2019 — Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have once again introduced legislation to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard, this year called the Restore Environmental Sustainability

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RFA, Hauk Designs to Showcase Ethanol Benefits with E85 Flex-Fuel Off-Road Project

JULY 25 – The Renewable Fuels Association and the legendary Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs are collaborating on a project that highlights the many benefits of using ethanol fuel blends

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DOE Response to Sen. Grassley Shows EPA Ignored Recommendations on Small Refiner Exemptions

JULY 24, 2019 – A recent letter from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) confirms that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ignored DOE recommendations regarding

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New University and Government Reports Set the Record Straight on Ethanol’s GHG Benefits

Two new academic studies released this week provide further evidence that grain-based ethanol is significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and call into question the reliability of recent “land use change”

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Are EPA’s Proposed RFS ‘Obligations’ Actually Just Suggestions?

2020 RFS Proposal Turns Blind Eye to Refinery Exemptions and Court-Ordered Remand By neglecting to prospectively reallocate small refinery exemptions and blatantly ignoring a court order to restore improperly waived

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Sensor Application Company MoistTech Joins RFA

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce that Florida-based MoistTech has recently joined the organization as an Associate Member. The company offers technical equipment that uses near-infrared technology

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Registration Open For First-Ever Global Ethanol Summit

With the goal of engaging a broad array of global ethanol leaders about the benefits of expanding global ethanol use, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Growth Energy and the Renewable

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RFA Welcomes New Member Mole·Master

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce that Mole·Master Services Corp. has recently joined the organization. Based in Marietta, Ohio, Mole·Master Services Corp. is a worldwide leader in

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RFA Applauds Senate Bill Focusing on Small Refiner Exemptions from RFS

WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the RFS Integrity Act of 2019.  The bill sets a June 1 deadline for small refiners to submit

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RFA’s Missy Ruff Receives National Safety Award

Missy Ruff, Technical Services Manager for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), this week received the 2018 TRANSCAER Chairman’s Award, given to a TRANSCAER team member who has contributed above and

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RFA Slams Big Oil Challenge to Trump E15 Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will file a motion later today to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the American Fuels

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Welcome to Iowa, Mr. President—And Thank You for Year-Round E15!

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is excited to help welcome President Donald Trump to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC (SIRE) on Tuesday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate the elimination

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RFA: Your Source for E15 Information That Matters

For nearly four decades, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been the trusted ethanol industry leader both on Capitol Hill and on Main Street U.S.A., supporting those who produce and

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Free Webinar Helps Fuel Marketers, Others Understand E15

ST. LOUIS—Now that the EPA has approved E15 for year-round use in conventional gasoline markets, the Renewable Fuels Association will host a webinar to help retailers and others in the

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RFA Applauds Final Rule Allowing Year-Round E15

ST LOUIS – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today welcomed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule allowing retailers to sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) year-round. Today’s action

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RFA Congratulates Husker Ag LLC on Hitting One-Billion Gallon Milestone

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today congratulated member company Husker Ag LLC, as it recently produced its one-billionth gallon of ethanol.  The Plainview, Nebraska facility began production in 2003 and

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RFA Welcomes Ken Colombini as Communications Director

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) welcomes Ken Colombini to its staff this week as its new Communications Director, where he will be responsible for the development and implementation of a broad

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RFA Holding Third Annual ‘Ethanol Days of Summer’ Contest

SAINT LOUIS — Did you know you can win free fuel just by reporting what prices you are paying at the pump? For the third year in a row, the Renewable

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RFA Statement on Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019. The bill would require refineries seeking an exemption

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RFA, Growth Energy, USGC Welcome European Commission Decision To Remove Anti-Dumping Duties On Ethanol Imports From The United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) welcomed yesterday’s decision by the European Commission to not renew anti-dumping duties

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New Study: Renewable Fuel Standard Saves Consumers 22 Cents on Every Gallon of Gas

ST. LOUIS—The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has lowered gas prices by an average of 22 cents per gallon in recent years and saved the typical American household $250 annually, according

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RFA Rolls Out New Logo and Web Site

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today unveiled a new, modernized logo and launched a fully rebranded web site. “We are very excited to reveal RFA’s fresh new look today,” said

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RFA Statement on EPA Proposal for Year-Round E15, RINs Reform

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement on EPA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to allow year-round sales of E15 in conventional gasoline markets and

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New EIA Data Confirm Ethanol Demand Destruction in 2018

  Total Ethanol Consumption and Average Blend Rate Both Saw Year-Over-Year Declines Data released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveal the extensive damage to 2018 ethanol demand that

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RFA Report: Distillers Grains Exports Reach Second-Highest on Record in 2018

U.S. exports of distillers grains (DG)—a high-protein co-product of dry mill ethanol production used in feed for livestock and poultry—were the second-highest on record in 2018, totaling 11.88 million metric

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New RFA Report Summarizes 2018 Ethanol Export Statistics

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today released a 10-page report summarizing 2018 ethanol export and import data and highlighting key facts and trends related to global ethanol trade. Through a

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Government Data Shows Record-High U.S. Ethanol Exports of 1.70 Billion Gallons in 2018

New government data released today show that U.S. ethanol exports achieved a new record in 2018, as an astonishing 1.70 billion gallons of ethanol were shipped to more than 80

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RFA, TRANSCAER® to Host Ethanol Safety Webinar This Month

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER®, is hosting an ethanol safety webinar on March 19 for ethanol emergency response teams. The webinar is scheduled from 12pm – 2pm

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RFA Statement on Senate Confirmation of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Today, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be the 14th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper had

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RFA Statement on Status of Year-Round E15 Rule

In remarks to the House Agriculture Committee today, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said the final rule allowing year-round E15 may not be done in time for the start of the

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RFA, TRANSCAER® to Host Ethanol Safety Seminars in West Virginia

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER®, will host ethanol safety seminars in West Virginia next month. All of the seminars are free to attend, but registration is limited.

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RFA Welcomes New Member DSM

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce that DSM has recently joined the organization. DSM’s Bio-based Products and Services unit is headquartered in Elgin, Ill., with global research

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RFA Pleased GROWMARK Energy Expanding Pre-Blended E15 at More Terminals

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that GROWMARK Energy has started offering pre-blended E15 at 17 additional terminals. GROWMARK announced in November that its company-owned terminals in Amboy,

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RFA Releases Three Videos Aimed at Educating Consumers

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce the release of three new educational videos that will help the public learn more about the advantages of using more renewable fuels

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RFA, Growth Energy, USGC Submit Joint Comments on Canadian Clean Fuel Standard

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) jointly submitted comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) supporting their goal of reducing the carbon

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RFA Presents Industry Award to East Kansas Agri-Energy

ORLANDO – The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Industry Award is being awarded to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE), an ethanol and renewable diesel biorefinery in

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Ethanol Industry Makes ‘A Significant Contribution’ to U.S. Economy, RFA Analysis Finds

ORLANDO – The U.S. ethanol industry faced a number of regulatory and marketplace challenges in 2018, but continued to make a remarkable contribution to the nation’s economy, according to a

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RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Industry ‘Delivering Huge Wins’ Despite ‘Tough Year’ in 2018

ORLANDO – Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 National Ethanol Conference attendees today that while the U.S. ethanol industry had a “tough year” in

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RFA Releases 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook, Pocket Guide

ORLANDO – Today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known around the world as the

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USDA Deputy Secretary to Address RFA’s National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky will serve as a keynote speaker on the final day of the 24th annual

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New Study: RFS2 Has Reduced GHG Emissions by 600 Million Metric Tons, Beating EPA Expectations

A new study released today finds that the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) has been a tremendous success in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with nearly 600 million metric tons

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RFA & NCGA Co-Title Sponsorship of 2019 Crappie Masters Tournament Trail Begins This Week

The 2019 season of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail begins later this week, with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) signed on as co-title

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RFA Announces Two Scholarship Winners to Attend National Ethanol Conference

The Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation are proud to announce Krista Russell and Devin Brand have been awarded student scholarships that will send them to RFA’s 24th

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RFA Asks EPA to Separate Year-Round E15 Provisions from RIN Reform Measures in Upcoming Proposal

With the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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RFA Statement on Senate Hearing to Consider Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Head EPA

Today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Renewable Fuels

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RFA Launches E15 Awareness Campaign

Digital Ads Highlight Benefits of E15, Urge EPA to Meet June 1 Deadline to Remove Regulatory Barriers With less than five months before the start of the summer driving season,

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RFA, TRANSCAER to Host Ethanol Safety Seminars in Vermont and Mississippi

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER®, will host ethanol safety seminars in Vermont and Mississippi this month. All of the seminars are free to attend, but registration is

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RFA, TRANSCAER to Host Four Ethanol Safety Webinars Next Year

The Renewable Fuels Association, in partnership with TRANSCAER®, will host four ethanol safety webinars in 2019, beginning next month. The first webinar will be held on Jan. 15, followed by

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On Eleventh Anniversary, RFS2 ‘Has Unquestionably Lived Up to its Promise’

Eleven years ago today, President George W. Bush signed into law what has become the single most successful clean fuels policy in the United States–the expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2).

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DDGS, Grain Sales Top $400 Million at 2018 Export Exchange

The grain buyers from 35 countries who attended this year’s Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis have since reported buying an estimated $403 million worth of coarse grains and co-products, including

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RFA CEO Cooper Testifies on the Future Role of High Octane Fuels

While draft legislation recently released by Reps. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) represents “an important first step in the debate about future fuels policy and the role of

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RFA, RFF Offering Two Scholarships to National Ethanol Conference

For the 10th consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) to offer scholarships to students who are interested in attending the National

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Come Hear Top Speakers at 24th Annual National Ethanol Conference

A former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. A top General Motors powertrain executive. A well-known energy economist. Co-hosts of a popular Showtime political documentary series. Come hear these and many other

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RFA Releases Updated Brochure Allowing Consumers to Track Latest Flex Fuel Models

More than 24 million vehicles on U.S. roads today are flex fuel vehicles (FFV), capable of running on fuel blends containing up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). Can your vehicle

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Ontario Announces E15 Adoption as Soon as 2025

The U.S. ethanol industry applauds the release of the Province of Ontario’s Environment Plan, which includes a fuel requirement for conventional gasoline to be blended with 15 percent ethanol that

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RFA Urges EPA ‘to Faithfully and Strictly Enforce’ Final 2019 Conventional Biofuel Requirement Without Erosion from Small Refiner Waivers

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2019. The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.92 billion

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EIA Study: Refiners Could Meet 95 RON Standard Without More Ethanol

A new Energy Information Administration (EIA) study concludes that U.S. petroleum refineries would have “no problem” meeting a requirement to produce gasoline with a higher minimum octane rating (95 Research

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RFA Welcomes Aemetis as Newest Producer Member

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce that California-based advanced renewable fuels company Aemetis, Inc. has joined RFA as a member. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an

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