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No. 56, Nov. 1, 2018

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IN OUR ASSOCIATION

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor Speaks at FFA Panel on Biofuels Advocacy & Education

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(Above) Sara Wyant (Agri-Pulse), Rick Malir (City BBQ), Emily Skor (Growth Energy), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), and Vance Crow (Bayer Crop Sciences) spend a few moments talking before the panel starts. (Below) Emily Skor spoke with FFA students at the #SpeakAg event and caught up with WHO's Bob Quinn on E15 year-round.

Last week, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor attended the annual FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, to discuss the importance of biofuels advocacy and education. Skor was joined on the Breakfast 411 panel by U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN), Agri-Pulse's Sara Wyant, Bayer's Vance Crowe, and City BBQ CEO Rick Malir.

 

The panel spoke about their personal experiences in advocacy, as well as its importance to their industries. Skor, in particular, discussed how important our own industry's advocacy efforts were in pushing for year-round sales of E15 and the success story we achieved because of those efforts.

 

Skor spent time visiting with FFA students and reporters about education and advocacy and the importance of ethanol to the rural economy.

 

Check out more photos from the event below:

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For more details, contact Vice President of Development, Kelly Manning.

 

WORKING FOR YOU

IN POLICY

Next Week's Midterm Elections and Ethanol's 2019 Outlook

AT THE PUMP

Growth Energy Market Development Team Attends NACS Touting Benefits of E15 and Higher Blends

IN REGULATIONS

Growth Energy Submits Comments to EPA, NHTSA on Proposed SAFE Rule

AROUND THE GLOBE

Highest 12-month Ethanol Export Period in History Ahead of USDA FAS Release of Sept. Exports

IN COMMUNICATIONS

Send Your Elected Official a 'Thank You' Post-card Today

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference
Nov. 6-8, Brussels, Germany
NAFB Trade Talk
Nov. 7-8, Kansas City, KS

IN POLICY

Next Week's Midterm Elections and Ethanol's 2019 Outlook

It’s quiet on the Hill in Washington, as all attention has turned to next week’s elections. There is a chance that the balance of power in Congress could shift next week, which would have impacts on the business of governing in the Capitol.

 

No matter which side comes out on top next week, we stand ready to advance our priorities: a strong RFS, E15 year round, and a strong export market for ethanol. Some of our industry’s top champions from both political parties are at risk of losing their seats, but we remain engaged with our champions as they approach the final stretch of their campaigns.

 

Following the elections, Congress is scheduled to return to Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 13th, where they will be tying up last minute legislation in a “Lame Duck” session. Growth Energy will keep you updated of any important developments and our plans for 2019 should the political climate change.

For more details, contact Vice President of Government Affairs, John Fuher.

 

AT THE PUMP

Growth Energy Market Development Team Attends NACS Touting Benefits of E15 and Higher Blends
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Earlier this month, Growth Energy market development traveled to Las Vegas to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show to talk with retailers about E15 and higher ethanol blended fuels. They had the opportunity to meet with executives from existing retail partner companies, such as: Kum & Go, Sheetz and Minnoco, but also had meetings with retail companies who are interested in offering E15.

Retail partners: Sheetz, Kum & Go and Giant Eagle presented on a panel hosted by Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger entitled "The Road Less Traveled - When to Try New Fuels." The panel consisted of: Joel Hirschboeck, Vice President of Giant Eagle/GetGo, Matt Spackman, Vice President of Fuels Kum & Go and Michael Lorenz, Executive Vice President of Petroleum Supply of Sheetz. Each panelist spoke about their experience with adding ethanol blended fuels,  the benefits it provides for drivers and retailers, consumer challenges and more.
Check out the photos from the event above to see our booth. For more information on our E15 marketing efforts, visit UNL88.com.

For more details, contact Vice President of Market Development, Mike O'Brien.

 

IN REGULATIONS

Growth Energy Submits Comments to EPA, NHTSA on Proposed SAFE Rule

Last week, Growth Energy submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on their jointly proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Rule (SAFE). In our comments, we underscored our continued support for the use of a high-octane, midlevel ethanol blend to meet future fuel standards.

 

The proposed rule would amend existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for vehicle model years 2021-26. In this proposal, the Trump administration is seeking to keep CAFE standards at 2020 levels moving forward, rather than implementing the far more stringent Obama standards, which were set to continue increasing through 2026. It would also revoke the ability for states, like California, to set their own more stringent vehicle standards or to require electric vehicles.

 

Growth Energy has long advocated for a the use of a higher octane, midlevel ethanol blend for use as a reference fuel by EPA. Nearly seven years ago, we submitted a 100 RON, E30 fuel during the first round of joint standard settings by both agencies. We will continue to advocating for the use of higher ethanol blends, like E30, for use as a reference fuel for vehicle certification which would include the following: minimum octane standards, updating fuel economy formulas, re-establishing flex-vehicle credits, an ensuring year-round sales of E15 and higher blends by June 1, 2019.

 

To view a full copy of our submitted comments, please go here.

For more details, contact Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Chris Bliley.

 

AROUND THE GLOBE

Highest 12-Month Ethanol Export Period in History Ahead of USDA FAS Release of Sept. Exports

This Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) will release their September 2018 ethanol export numbers. As reported earlier this month, our industry continues to reach record highs in the amount of ethanol exported for the year and there is no indication of this trend slowing. According to numbers from the FAS, ethanol exports reached an all-time high, on a rolling basis, in August. From September 2017 to August 2018, American exports totaled over 1.61 billion gallons, which is the highest number of exports in any given 12-month period to date. Read Craig's analysis on the August FAS report here.

 

Brazil and Canada remain the largest buyers of American ethanol by a wide margin, importing 464 and 336 million gallons in the last 12 months, respectively. The Chinese market grew significantly at the beginning of the year, but exports to the country have been virtually non-existent since the outset of the ongoing trade dispute. Should trade barriers fall however, exports from Feb. and March of 2018 indicate that the country has the potential to become a top export destination.

 

Currently, exports from October 2017 to August 2018 total 1.53 billion gallons. As long as exports for September 2018 reach at least 84 million gallons, which would be the lowest monthly total since Jan 2017, 12 month rolling averages for exports will remain at an all-time high.

 

For live updates on FAS export numbers, stay tuned on Linked In to our Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis. Every month Willis releases an update on export numbers and what they mean for our industry. Follow his profile here.

For more details, contact Senior Vice President of Global Markets, Craig Willis.

 
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IN COMMUNICATIONS

Send Your Elected Official a 'Thank You' Post-card Today
 
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Your photo will replace the example photo used here on your own postcard

As a way to further engage agriculture and ethanol supporters, we developed a page on the E15Now website that gives folks an easy way to tell their story and share how year-round E15 will have a positive impact on their lives.

 

The form is easy to fill out and it only takes three minutes. Write a brief message, fill out your contact information and add a photo – that is it! We will then use these photos and stories to share on Growth Energy social media accounts. Additionally, we will send your stories as postcards to President Trump, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and lawmakers from your state to show the groundswell of support for year-round E15.

 

We all have great stories to tell and we encourage you to share this link with your colleagues, families and community members. Visit www.E15Now.com/share-your-story today! 

For more details, contact Director of Communications, Leigh Claffey.

 
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