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No. 75, April 4, 2019

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IN COMMUNICATIONS

Emily Skor Testifies Before EPA on E15 Year-Round

Last Friday, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor testified at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) hearing on the proposed rule to implement year-round sales of E15. Skor was joined by farmers, fuel retailers, ethanol producers, and industry allies in pressing EPA to finalize the rule before the June 1 deadline. In her testimony, Skor outlined the benefits that E15 would bring to the nation, rural economy, and world:

 

“For motorists, the value proposition of E15 is clear. Drivers typically save up to 10 cents per gallon, while E15’s superior octane rating provides better engine performance," Skor said. "The value to our planet is equally compelling. E15 is a cleaner fuel that reduces evaporative emissions and greenhouse gas emissions. It replaces toxic fuel additives associated with cancer, asthma, and smog.”

 

"With year-round E15, EPA has the opportunity to give American farmers and producers the
ability to grow greater demand and expand market access for their homegrown fuel."

 

Read Skor's testimony here or listen to it on AgWired here.

Make Your Voice Heard at Our E15 Year-Round Action Center

 
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Growth Energy's E15 year-round action center is still live and we need your help to get the E15 year-round rule finished by the June 1 deadline. If you haven't done so already, filling out the form to send a comment to EPA only takes 30 seconds, and is a huge part of making sure our voice is heard in the rulemaking process!

The deadline to comment is April 29, 2019, so we need your help in getting the word out. Sharing on your social media profile is made easy with our social media toolkit, found here. Our toolkit includes graphics and suggested social media posts to help get E15 year-round across the finish line.

For more details, contact Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Elizabeth Funderburk.

WORKING FOR YOU

IN REGULATIONS

Growth Energy Submits Joint Comments on Ontario's Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan

IN REGULATIONS

State-level Ethanol Updates

AT THE PUMP

Retail Spotlight: Kum & Go

IN OUR ASSOCIATION

Western Plains Energy Celebrates 15-year Anniversary

UPCOMING EVENTS

NACS State of the Industry
April 4, Chicago, IL
Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference
April 3-5, Washington, D.C.
SIGMA Spring Conference
April 23-25, Orlando, FL
 

AROUND THE GLOBE

Growth Energy Submits Joint Comments on Ontario's Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan

Last Friday, Growth Energy submitted joint comments with the U.S. Grains Council to the Canadian Province of Ontario's Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks on the 'Made-in-Ontario' Environment Plan and the benefits that a province-wide E15 fuel blend would provide in addressing climate change. In our comments, Growth Energy stressed the ability for higher blends of ethanol, like E15, to improve a range of issues:

 

"As we noted in our earlier comments, increasing ethanol concentrations in fuel presents tremendous benefits to the public in the form of lower GHG emissions, lower levels of other pollutants, improved fuel properties (cleaner and cooler burning), and economic benefits to Canada’s critical agricultural economy," the comments noted.

 

Growth Energy and our industry allies have submitted three previous comments on the plan in March 2017, January 2018, and January 2019. Our most recent comments thanked the Province of Ontario for taking our past comments into consideration and for advocating for higher blends of biofuels, like E15, in addressing Ontario's climate and economic goals.

 

It is critically important for our industry to engage with ethanol markets across the globe to ensure that the growth of the past 10 years continues. Growth Energy continues to lead the industry in developing global ethanol markets and will keep you up-to-date on important developments within the global ethanol outlook.

 

To view the full comments, visit Growth Energy's website here.

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

IN REGULATIONS

State-level Ethanol Update

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Maine's Anti-Ethanol Legislation

 

The state of Maine is currently considering LD 822 - legislation that would prohibit the sale of motor fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. On April 2, the bill was reported out of the Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources as “Ought to Pass,” after having been previously heard in Committee on March 20th. Growth Energy provided written testimony in opposition to the legislation while the Maine Snowmobile Association and the bill’s primary sponsor testified in favor. We will continue closely monitor and engage on this legislation as it may be further considered.

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

AT THE PUMP

Retail Spotlight: Kum & Go
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Kum & Go has been a longtime advocate of ethanol. Nearly 20 years ago, they began offering E85 and in 2015, added E15. Today, Kum & Go’s customers now have access to E15 & E85 at 140 stores throughout the Midwest. In addition to their existing offerings, they have plans to continue to add these fuel choices at most new stores being built - approximately 20-30 per year.

 

W.A. Krause & T.S. Gentle founded Hampton Oil Company (later Kum & Go) on September 1, 1959, in Hampton, Iowa, and the company is still a fourth generation family-owned business today. Since then, it has grown to more than 400 stores in 11 states, with plans to keep expanding.


As lines blur between convenience stores, grocery stores, gas stations, and quick-serve restaurants, Kum & Go focuses on continuously discovering new ways to stay convenient and deliver more than our customers expect. The decision to offer the cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel, in addition to expanding food offerings, was about providing more choices to their consumers.

“Growth Energy has been a great partner to Kum & Go by helping us offer more fueling choices to our customers and promote the benefits of biofuels," said Sam Herro, Director of Retail Fuels for Kum & Go. "They have assisted our renewable fuel efforts through policy support, consumer education, outreach, and regulatory landscape. Growth has a strong voice within the biofuels industry.”

To learn more about Kum & Go, visit their website here.

 

To learn more about how Growth Energy is working with its Prime the Pump retail partners to expand the national ethanol outlook, visit our retail hub.

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

IN OUR ASSOCIATION

Western Plains Energy Celebrates 15-year Anniversary

Please join us in congratulating Western Plains Energy (WPE) for celebrating their 15-year anniversary in January 2019. Since its inception, WPE has been an industry innovator and driver of growth for its community. Originally founded to improve the value of local grain, WPE has done just that by providing jobs at its plant, a market for local farmers, and much more. Formed in July 2001, WPE began operations at its Kansas ethanol plant in 2004 and hasn't looked back since.

 

"Western Plains Energy has been a strong supporter of Growth Energy since we formed," said Growth Energy Vice President of Development Kelly Manning. "The board of directors and leadership are some of the finest in the industry."

 

To learn more about Western Plains Energy, visit their website here, and be sure to check out photos of WPE's plant and operations below:

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

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