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No. 12; Dec. 20, 2017

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ON THE HILL

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF AMERICAN INNOVATION

 
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This week, we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (RFS2)! Growth Energy’s CEO Emily Skor released the following statement:


“Ten years ago, Congress altered the trajectory of U.S. energy policy and sent our country in a new direction, one focused on regaining our energy security but also on encouraging the further development of our renewable fuel resources. It’s easy to forget what a watershed moment that was. When we look at America’s energy landscape today, the impact of this visionary, audacious effort to inject change into what had been a monopolistic system is evident. The vital and increasing role of biofuels in America’s fuel supply are yielding real-world results that touch people’s lives every day: Our air is cleaner. Our reliance on foreign oil is reduced. Farmers in this country’s heartland are hard at work ensuring that we have the resources to produce more biofuel that powers this country forward.


“The homegrown companies that founded America’s biofuel industry have also destroyed the myths designed to hold back innovation and big-thinking. Since the RFS was enacted, we’ve completely torn down the so-called 10 percent blend wall and shown that high biofuel blends improve engine performance and our environment. In fact, Americans have driven over 2 billion worry-free miles on E15 alone. According to the USDA, ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to conventional gasoline.


“But we aren’t about to stop and rest on our laurels. The men and women of America’s biofuel industry are passionate about what they do and are more committed than ever to ensuring that our nation’s fuel supply becomes cleaner and greener. Breakthroughs in advanced cellulosic technology have us poised to once again change the game, improve efficiencies, and innovate the earth-friendly biofuels production process once again.


“One decade ago, we set out together on a journey to make our country stronger and more responsible. On this keystone anniversary, our industry remains passionate about what the next 10 years holds. We are ready to meet the future, and with the steadfast commitment of our champions in Congress as well as the support of the administration, low-cost, low-carbon renewable fuels will continue to move America forward.”

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


WORKING FOR YOU

ON THE HILL

Update on Senator Cruz Meetings

 

Tax Reform News

IN REGULATIONS

Suit Filed By Valero

AT THE PUMP

E15 Growth in 2017

IN THE PRESS

Social Media 101 Webinar Recap

 

Clearing the Air Around "Swamp Watch"

AT THE PLANTS
Welcoming Five New Growth Energy Members in 2017

SPECIAL NOTE

Happy Holidays!

UPCOMING EVENTS

2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

Jan. 30, 2018

Altoona, Ia.

Executive Leadership Conference

Feb. 7-10, 2018

Boca Raton, Fla.


ON THE HILL

Update on Senator Cruz Meetings

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) continues to push policy ideas that are detrimental to our industry, but just because he’s proposed them doesn't mean they will be enacted quickly or at all. A meeting last week between various Sen. Cruz staffers and our senate champions' staffers produced little to no practical ideas from the Cruz side. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor was quoted in a number of Hill and industry articles regarding her thoughts on the matter. From Ethanol Producer on Dec. 15: 

 

"Senator Cruz’s latest ploy sabotages the open and genuine conversation he requested. After stating he would relinquish his hold on well-qualified USDA nominee Bill Northey following a White House meeting, he continues his hold after multiple White House meetings. Undermining the RFS is not an option. It is working to revitalize the rural economy, as promised by the president, and no one is going to accept gimmicks designed to slow the growth of homegrown fuel. The ready solution to Senator Cruz’s stated concerns is to blend more ethanol and send clear regulatory signals about the future growth of biofuels under the RFS. RVP relief would immediately add another three months’ worth of E15 sales to the market. That’s how RFS is meant to work.”


In related news Growth Energy, along with 90 other biofuel trade groups, corn growers, and other businesses, voiced our slate of solutions to the unfounded complaints of high RIN prices with a letter to the president. The letter calls for RVP relief, which would facilitate year-round blending of higher blends of ethanol like E15, as well as additional measures aimed at RIN transparency. Also mentioned were stable tax policies, so as to continue to incentivize biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol production.

Tax Reform

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the House voted 227-203 to advance the tax overhaul package. As of late Tuesday night, passage appears assured in the Senate. However, some provisions in the House bill violated Senate rules, so the House now must re-approve the legislation, which is expected this week. The final bill contains a 21 percent corporate rate and a 20 percent business pass-through deduction with a 37 percent top rate. Specific biofuels provisions are expected to be voted on in a separate bill. Join us for the all-member call on Thursday, Jan. 11, for more details and news regarding tax reform.

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

IN REGULATIONS

Suit Filed By Valero

The energy company Valero filed suit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on the EPA’s decision to deny the change in point of obligation under the RFS. Through its suit, Valero hopes to force the agency to move the point of obligation downstream, a change that Growth Energy and E15 retailers vigorously oppose. Growth Energy is continuing to work with our biofuels industry partners to support EPA's decision, and is also exploring ways to engage in the litigation on behalf of the agency.

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

AT THE PUMP

E15 Growth in 2017

There has been tremendous and steady growth in the number of fuel stations that offer E15 over the last year. In 2016, we ended the year with 400 stations selling E15. As of this month, we have surpassed 1,200 stations selling E15 in 29 states. Consumer adoption only continues to grow, and we look forward to reaching even more people in 2018.

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Thanks to Prime the Pump and other Growth Energy partners, we are leading the charge to establish E15 infrastructure across the country. We hit a few important milestones in 2017, including reaching 1 billion miles driven by consumers on E15 in May. A few short months later, we doubled that by reaching 2 billion miles in October! As of this month, Americans have driven over 2.5 billion miles on E15. This year we also added new retail partners to the E15 team, including Casey’s General Stores, Kwik Trip, and QuikTrip.

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

IN THE PRESS

RECAP: Social Media 101 Webinar

Thank you to everyone who joined the Social Media 101 webinar last week. This was the final webinar in the series of three that correspond with the three sections of the Member Advocacy Communications Toolkit, which you can read and download on the Growth Energy website (growthenergy.org/toolkit). See a sample page from the Social Media 101 section at right, and click the button below to watch Social Media 101. Topics discussed include Facebook 101, Twitter 101, Tips & Tricks, Fast Facts to Share Online, and more.

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Clearing the Air Around "Swamp Watch"

As you may have seen, a show on the Fox News channel hosted by Steve Hilton aired a sensational and wildly inaccurate segment (“Swamp Watch”) on December 10 that attacked our industry with numerous false and misleading claims.

 

Growth Energy, our biofuels champions on the Hill, and the Fuels America coalition are working together to address this negative piece and to ensure that Fox News remains fair and balanced in its coverage by including credible sources (such as our Senate champions) on future shows covering biofuels. We are also briefing reporters on the facts and working to place op-eds in publications that reach similar audiences as those who watch this erroneous show so we can counter its misinformation.

 

Every bogus claim offered by Hilton has been debunked time-and-again. We hope these talking points can be useful to you:


Hilton Claim: “Government subsidies for ethanol have long been a swampy tradition in America.”
Truth: Wrong. The ethanol industry does not receive subsidies. In fact, ethanol saves taxpayers money and it saves consumers money. And unlike in the oil industry, tax incentives for corn ethanol disappeared years ago. Perhaps Mr. Hilton should examine the $4 billion dollars taxpayers pay to support oil companies each year.

 

Hilton Claim: “The federal government forces energy companies to produce a certain amount of ethanol fuel every year.”
Truth: Wrong again. There is no “ethanol” mandate. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires that fuel producers utilize renewable energy. They have elected to meet that obligation with ethanol because it provides the low-cost, high-octane boost that consumers want. If it weren’t for market manipulation by OPEC and other fossil fuel interests, consumers wouldn’t need the RFS to protect their options at the pump.

 

Hilton Claim: “This big government boondoggle ends up hurting you the American consumer. Like when you fill up your car.”
Truth: Untrue. Just look at the sign in front of any station selling E15 or another higher ethanol blend. On average, E15 saves drivers five to 10 cents per gallon versus standard blends. In fact, the RFS has saved the average U.S. household about $142 in gasoline expenses, according to the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

 

Get the facts about six more of Steve Hilton's claims on the Growth Energy blog!

For more details contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.

AT THE PLANTS

Growth Energy Welcomes Five New Members and One Associate Member

 
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In 2017, Growth Energy welcomed five new plant members: Bushmills Ethanol in Atwater, Minn.; Pennsylvania Grain Processors in Clearfield, Penn.; Nebraska Grain Processing in Cambridge, Neb.; Mid America Agri Products/Wheatland, LLC, in Omaha, Neb.; and Reeve Agri-Energy in Garden City, Kan.; as well as one new associate member, H20 Innovation in Minneapolis, Minn. The staff of Growth Energy is excited to work with all of our members in 2018!

For more details contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning.

SPECIAL NOTE

Happy Holidays!

 
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The Growth Energy offices will be quiet the week of Monday, Dec. 25, through Friday, Dec. 29, and the next issue of The Weekly Rundown will be arriving on Wednesday, Jan. 3. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! See you in 2018!

 
 
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