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No. 71, March 07, 2019

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IN REGULATIONS

EPA Sends E15 Year-Round Rule to OMB for Review
 
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On Monday, March 4, EPA announced it sent a draft of its proposed rule to allow year-round sales of higher ethanol blends of fuel, like E15, to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.  EPA had originally planned to release the draft sometime in Feb. 2019, but was delayed due to the government shutdown earlier this year. The release of the proposed draft to OMB marks the first substantive step that EPA has taken towards finalizing the rulemaking process for year-round sales.

 

We will continue to keep you up-to-date on important developments on this process and our engagement with EPA.

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

WORKING FOR YOU

IN REGULATIONS

Government Shutdown Delays EPA Fuels Regulation Streamlining Effort

IN POLICY

Senate Confirms Andrew Wheeler to Lead EPA

AROUND THE GLOBE

FAS Releases Final 2018 Export Numbers Setting Record Year

AT THE PUMP

The E15 Movement Continues Growing
 
Retailer Quiz Results: Which Retailer Has the Largest Footprint Nationwide?

IN COMMUNICATIONS

VP Chris Bliley Speaks to RFD-TV on Canada's Clean Fuel Standard
 
Follow Growth Energy on Social Media for the Latest News

IN OUR ASSOCIATION

Growth Energy Attends Commodity Classic
 
Member Highlight: Front Range Energy

ON THE TRACK

Marine Unit in Afghanistan Records “Start Your Engines” NASCAR Video 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nebraska Ethanol Board Emerging Issues Forum
Mar. 7-8, La Vista, NE
NACS State of the Industry
April 4, Chicago, IL
 

IN REGULATIONS

Government Shutdown Delays EPA Fuels Regulation Streamlining Effort

This week, EPA informed Growth Energy and other interested stakeholders that it would not be able to meet its timeline for finalizing a Jan. 1, 2020 implementation date for itsFuels Regulation Streamlining effort.

 

EPA announced in May 2018, they would be updating their existing fuel regulations to address fuel cost compliance and environmental performance. However, the government shutdown earlier this year delayed this effort, and EPA's focus shifted to finalizing priority rulemaking processes like securing year-round sales of E15.

 

According to EPA, the new tentative discussion draft release date is late March or April of 2019, with a tentative publishing of the draft proposal set for some time in August, 2019. The final rule and implementation is now expected to be mid-2020.

 

We will continue to stay engaged with EPA to ensure that fuel regulations remain workable for ethanol producers.

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

IN POLICY

Senate Confirms Andrew Wheeler to Lead EPA

Last Thursday, the Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler has served as acting administrator since former EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, resigned last July.

 

Following his confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said that, “As the head of EPA, Administrator Wheeler can improve our emissions regulations to encourage competition and innovation, and give American drivers access to affordable and renewable fuel choices. That starts with following through on the president’s commitment to allow E15 sales year-round on June 1 or sooner. 

 

“The previous administrator granted an unprecedented number of refinery exemptions under the RFS, destroying demand for billions of gallons of U.S. ethanol. Administrator Wheeler must work quickly to repair that damage to the rural economy and restore more than 2 billion gallons of lost biofuel demand."

 

“We look forward to continuing our work with EPA on these priorities and more to ensure a bright future for America and homegrown biofuels.” 

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

AROUND THE GLOBE

FAS Releases Final 2018 Export Numbers Setting Record Year

 
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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released the final 2018 total export numbers for ethanol, with ethanol exports reaching a record 1.70 billion gallons. Ethanol exports in 2018 surpassed 2017 exports by 326 million gallons, a 23 percent increase, and ethanol co-products like distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) saw 7 percent growth.

 

The steady increase in ethanol exports over the past three years marks the expanded role that ethanol-blended fuels play in helping countries around the world achieve their economic and environmental goals. Countries such as Brazil, China, India, Canada, and the United States have begun integrating higher blends of ethanol into their fuel stream, and Growth Energy expects the global demand for the cleaner, more affordable fuel blend will continue to rise in 2019. Additionally, this year’s growth is significant given the current trade barriers that reduce access to stable markets abroad for America’s producers and farmers.

 

To learn more about how Growth Energy leads the industry in developing the global ethanol market outlook, visit our website here.


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

AT THE PUMP

The E15 Movement Continues Growing
 
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The E15 movement continues to expand its footprint. Today, the number of sites offering E15 has reached 1,766 across 30 states, which has surpassed the projected growth to-date. This growth is expected to continue, with more than 1,900 estimated stations by the end of 2019.

 

The last five years have seen E15 availability grow exponentially. From 2013 to 2014, E15 retail locations increased from 40 to 75 sites and, by 2015, had reached almost 200 locations. That number tripled to 600 by 2016 and, by the end of 2017, there were over 1,200 locations nationwide.

 

As customers and retailers experience the countless benefits of E15-blended fuel, both in its quality and affordability, we expect those numbers will continue to grow rapidly. With year-round sales of E15 on the horizon, retailers will be able to avoid expensive relabeling costs, and consumers will gain access to cleaner, more affordable fuel for all 12 months of the year.  

 

Continue to follow Market Development efforts as we lead the charge in making E15 available in more retail locations.

Retailer Quiz Results: Which Retailer Has the Largest Footprint Nationwide?

Last week we asked readers which retailer has the largest E15 footprint across the country to date.

 

The correct answer is: Kwik Trip!

 

The survey results are in and most got the answer right: 46% of respondents answered Kwik Trip, 30% of respondents answered Sheetz, 15% of respondents answered Kum & Go and 7% of respondents answered Casey’s General Stores.

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46% of respondents answered correctly!

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

IN COMMUNICATIONS

VP Chris Bliley Joins RFD-TV on Canada's Clean Fuel Standard

Last week, Growth Energy Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Chris Bliley, spoke with RFD-TV speak with host Janet Adkison on comments submitted by Growth Energy and our allies on the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard. Bliley highlighted how biofuels like ethanol help grow the global agricultural economy as well as help Canada meet its climate goals by 2030.

 

"By using more biofuels like ethanol to meet their climate change efforts, Canada is increasingly relying on higher ethanol blends," said Bliley. "They are looking at, possibly, an E10 nationwide [fuel], as well as an E15 [fuel] in the provinces. That offers enormous opportunties for renewable fuels producers, both in Canada and in the U.S."

 

Biofuels' popularity has grown internationally as more and more countries begin to adopt higher blends of ethanol fuel to meet their economic and climate goals. Growth Energy leads the industry in developing new biofuels markets abroad and ensuring that unfair barriers to trade are challenged around the globe.

 

To view the full interview on RFD-TV click the image above or visit our Youtube channel here. Additionally, for more information on Growth Energy's submitted comments, visit our website here.

Follow Growth Energy on Social Media for the Latest News

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Click the icons below to follow and be sure to send us your news and updates to be featured on our social media accounts:

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

IN OUR ASSOCIATION

Growth Energy Attends Commodity Classic

 
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Last week, Growth Energy staff attended the annual Commodity Classic where they heard from key industry stakeholders and government officials, including National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Crisp and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Check out photos from this year's event below:

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Member Highlight: Front Range Energy

 
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Front Range Energy is a producer member based in Windsor, CO, that has been in operation since 2006. Located nearly a mile above sea-level, Front Range Energy's plant is likely the highest elevation plant in the country.

 

Management team:

  • President/CEO: Dan Sanders
  • Plant Manager: Phil Turchen
  • EHHS Manager: Monica Morris
  • Grains Manager: Brad Olson
  • Plant Controller: Kathy Dinkel
  • Biofuels Manager: Greg Dibiase
  • Maintenance Manager: Kurt Felker
  • Commodities Manager: Wendy Kostick
  • Lab Manager: Ryoko Kataoka

 

How long has the company been in operation?

Front Range Energy has been in operation since June 2006.

 

Do you make any ethanol co-products?

We produce wet distillers grains with solubles, corn syrup, corn oil, and CO2 like dry ice.

 

What do you consider your company's main accomplishments?

Building a strong employee team, and being an early adopter of technologies and efficiency improvements that have made Front Range Energy one of the most consistent and efficient producers in the industry.

 

What are some recent events or initiatives that you are proud of as a company?

Front Range Energy is involved - on several levels and through the local chamber - with regional economic development, local sponsorships, and working with retail to get ethanol pumps installed.

 

How long have you been a Growth Energy member?

We are proud to say we are a founding member of Growth Energy.

 

What do you like about being a member of Growth Energy?

We like being part of an industry organization that has the leadership & vision to support the priorities of our industry. Growth Energy is established as the lead trade organization for ethanol.

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

ON THE TRACK

Marine Unit in Afghanistan Records “Start Your Engines” NASCAR Video

 
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Though NASCAR races are held here in the United States, racing fans can be found across the globe. Recently, a U.S. Marine unit stationed at Camp Shorab in Afghanistan, recorded a “Start Your Engines” clip that was played on the jumbotron to kick off the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, February 24. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Mike Vincent was among this group of American heroes who recorded the video. Mike’s mother, father, and two brothers are all long-time employees of Kansas Ethanol – a Growth Energy member.

Mike participated in Growth Energy’s “American Ethanol Salutes” campaign last year where we host military veterans and their families at the Daytona International Speedway for a VIP experience during the Coke Zero Sugar 400, which is the final race in the “NASCAR Salutes” program. The program runs from Memorial Day weekend through Independence Day weekend and honors the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The experience made Mike a lifelong NASCAR and Austin Dillon fan, and we were honored to host him and his fellow veterans. You can hear audio of the clip by clicking the image above or go to the American Ethanol Racing website here.

For more details, contact Senior Manager of Communications, Austin Dabney.

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