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No. 32, May 16, 2018

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IN REGULATION

EPA Submits 2019 RVOs to OMB

 
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The proposed 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVO) have been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review before they are released later this spring.  We do not yet have details on the proposal but will continue to push to maintain the statutory level of 15 billion gallons for starch ethanol. We will also push for higher cellulosic biofuel levels  to further accommodate growth in that market including gallons from corn kernel fiber expected to come online in 2018.  Once the proposal is formally announced, we will get information out and provide ample opportunity for everyone to provide comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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

WORKING FOR YOU

IN REGULATION

White House RVP/RFS Discussions

ON THE HILL
Pruitt to Testify on FY 2019 EPA Budget

 

Growth Energy May Fly-In

 

House to Vote on 2018 Farm Bill on Friday

AT THE PUMP

E15 Growth Update

AT THE PLANTS

Member of the Week: White Energy

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 11 -13

Omaha, Neb.

Coke Zero Sugar 400 

July 7

Daytona Beach, Fla.


IN REGULATION

White House RVP/RFS Discussions

 
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Last week, the president held another meeting with Sens. Grassley (R-Iowa), Ernst (R-Iowa), Toomey (R-Pa.), and Cruz (R-Texas) along with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.  You’ll recall that the result of the meeting was a commitment by the Administration to deliver on its promise for year-round E15 as well as a final rejection of the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Cap proposed by Sen. Cruz.  However, there remains a discussion on attaching RINs to ethanol exports, which would have a crippling impact on American agriculture, as well as ways to potentially restore gallons lost to small refiner waivers already granted by EPA. Sen. Grassley also recently denounced Pruitt's inaction regarding the waivers.  The senator called on him to either stop the waivers or resign.  We continue to stay actively engaged with our Hill champions and gather as much information as we can on these discussions.

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

 

ON THE HILL

Pruitt to Testify on FY 2019 EPA Budget

 
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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will testify before the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee at 9:30 a.m. EST this morning during a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2019 funding request and budget justification for the EPA. Growth Energy has engaged with members of the committee, and we are hopeful that Administrator Pruitt will receive questions about both the EPA’s recent explosion of unjustified small refinery waivers and the timeline for implementing President Trump’s request to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent.

 

You can watch the hearing here.

Growth Energy May Fly-In

 
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Last week, over 30 Growth Energy members from 10 different states joined us in Washington, D.C. for our May fly-in, where they participated in more than 90 meetings with influential members of Congress on Capitol Hill. This was the second of our smaller 2018 spring fly-ins, and we look forward to hosting our members again for our largest fly-in during this year’s annual Biofuels Summit Sept. 10 – 13.

House to Vote on 2018 Farm Bill on Friday

This Friday, the House will vote on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). More than 100 amendments have been filed, including one that would block the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from designating Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) funds towards fueling pumps that supply renewable fuels. Growth Energy has flagged the amendment for our Congressional Champions and we are working hard to ensure that it is blocked from moving forward.

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

 

AT THE PUMP

E15 Growth Update

 
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The E15 movement continues to gain momentum. In 2017, the number of E15 sites doubled for the fourth year in a row. Today, there are nearly 1,400 stations are selling E15 in 29 states with growth expected to exceed 1,600 stations by the end of 2018. As a contrast, in December 2016 there were 431 stores selling E15. In 2015, there were just over 100 stores selling E15.

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

 

 

AT THE PLANTS

Member of the Week: White Energy

 
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Pictured: White energy CEO Greg Thompson

For our member spotlight this week, we are pleased to highlight our newest member, White Energy! 

 

Name of company and city/state in which you’re located:
White Energy – Plano, Texas.

Management Team:

  • President/CEO: Greg Thompson  
  • Plant Managers: Bobby Eason – Hereford, Texas, Tim Wilson – Plainview, Texas, Doug Funk – Russell, Kan. - Gluten, Mike Ernst – Russell, Kan.- Ethanol
  • COO: Grant Johanson
  • EHHS Manager: Kyle Morton
  • CFO:  Brian Steenhard
  • VP of Development:  Scott Kohl
  • Commodities Manager: Jon Setterdahl


How long has the company been in operation?

Since 2000.  White Energy commissioned the first green field ethanol production plant built by ICM which has the lowest carbon intensity score of any U.S. ethanol facility.

 

Do you make any ethanol co-products?
Yes, we are strategically located in both Hereford and Plainview, Texas which has well over 1 million head of cattle where we supply both DDGs and WDGs to one of the largest cattle markets in the U.S.  We also supply corn oil and midds.

 

How long have you been a GE member?
Since April 2018

 

What do you consider some of your company’s main accomplishments?
White Energy focuses heavily on the safety of our team members.  We currently have gone 12 years without an OSHA recordable at our Russell, Kan. facility.  We have also successfully completed over $65 million in Capital Improvement projects over the past three years which has led to improved worker safety and continuous improvements in production efficiencies and production volumes.  We are also working closely on helping to frame up the CCUS protocols for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard with CARB where we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and improving our carbon intensity score.

 

What's your website address?
White-Energy.com

 

What do you like about being a member of Growth Energy?
We like the proactive approach of Growth Energy, which is helping to put the ethanol industry on offense.  We also like the touch points and consistent communications from the highly qualified team at Growth.  We are looking forward to working collaboratively  with the Growth members as well.


Any other fun facts?
White Energy is the largest vital wheat gluten manufacturer in North America, which is a market that is growing globally at 5.3 percent per year.

For more details, contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning

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