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No. 62, Dec. 20, 2018

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IN COMMUNICATIONS

Growth Energy CEO Participates in Transportation Panel Discussion at Aspen Institute

Click the image above to watch Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor speak on the panel.

Last week, Growth Energy's CEO Emily Skor participated in a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute entitled, “Cleaning up Power and Transportation”, hosted by New Energy America's Executive Director, Mike Carr. In addition to Skor, panelists included Jeremy Martin, a senior scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Vehicles Program, and Rohan Patel, director of Policy and Business Development at Tesla. During the panel, Skor underscored the important role that biofuels, like ethanol, play in decarbonizing the transportation system and providing drivers cleaner, more affordable options at the pump:

 

“As we have ongoing domestic and global conversations about opportunities to decarbonize our liquid fuel transportation, you've got a look at immediate-, and mid-, and long-term goals, and what it takes to make some immediate changes in the midterm and long-term...The good news, when it comes to biofuels like ethanol, is it is a climate solution in effect today…[with ethanol], the consumer has the ability to get something that provides cleaner air, is better for the environment, and puts money back into consumers’ pocketbooks. So for us, the biggest hurdle is on the policy side and getting continued access into the marketplace.”

 

As Skor discussed on the panel, biofuels like ethanol are an integral part of a transition away from fossil fuels towards a greener transportation sector. In fact, a recent study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change identified biofuels as a key element to doing so in the coming years and noted that ethanol would contribute to two thirds of the world's biofuels growth over the next five years.

 

Watch Skor’s panel discussion with Aspen Institute and New Energy America here. Additionally, read more below in “Around the Globe”, on how Growth Energy has engaged with our international partners to grow the biofuels market and ensure a positive biofuels policy environment abroad.

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

WORKING FOR YOU

IN POLICY

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor Listed as a Top Influencer & Lobbyist in DC
 
Congress Races to Close-out 2018 in Preparation of Election Changes

AROUND THE GLOBE

Growth Energy's SVP of Global Markets Craig Willis Returns From COP24 in Poland

AT THE PUMP

E15 Growth Ends Strong in 2018

IN REGULATIONS

USDA Releases Second & Final Round of Trade Mitigation Payments to Farmers
 
EPA Publishes Final 2019 RVO in Federal Register

IN COMMUNICATIONS

Growth Energy Releases Final Installment of 10th Anniversary Podcast Series

UPCOMING EVENTS

National Biodiesel Conference
Jan. 24, San Diego, CA
Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference
Feb. 5-9, Palos Verdes, CA
 

IN POLICY

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor Listed as a Top Influencer & Lobbyist in DC
 
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Growth Energy CEO during her recent testimony in front of the House E&C Committee to discuss the future of biofuels.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor was featured last week in The Hill's 'Top Lobbyists 2018'. This list is an annual publication from The Hill outlining the most distinguished and accomplished professionals who are "on the front lines of the nation's most consequential political and policy battles."

Congress Races to Close-out 2018 in Preparation of Election Changes
 
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As of today, President Trump and Congress have only three days left to agree on spending legislation, or risk shutting down the federal government. Democrats and Republicans are rushing to hash out the details of a final spending plan that would usher in 2019 and a new congressional election class.

Among the 2019 class are some new faces that will impact our industry, as we have discussed in previous weeks. Extremely important to our industry will be the assignments to key committees in both the House and Senate that interact with biofuels. Below is a list of expected assignments to those committees:
SENATE

Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

  • Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) -
    Chairman
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) – Ranking Member

 

Environment & Public Works

  • Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) - Chairman
  • Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) –
    Ranking Member
HOUSE

Energy & Commerce

  • Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06) – Chairman
  • Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-02) –
    Ranking Member

 

Agriculture

  • Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-07) – Chairman
  • Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX-11) – Ranking Member

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

AROUND THE GLOBE

Growth Energy's SVP of Global Markets Craig Willis Returns From COP24 in Poland

 
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Growth Energy's SVP of Global Markets had the opportunity to connect with global leaders and industry stakeholders on the benefits of biofuels.

The Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an annual conference where leaders and specialists from around the globe meet to discuss the world's many environmental and climate related issues. The 24th conference (COP24) brought more than 30,000 attendees to Katowice, Poland, to discuss these topics - including Growth Energy's own Senior Vice President of Global Markets, Craig Willis.

 

Alongside its European partner, the Climate Ethanol Alliance, Growth Energy represented the U.S. biofuels industry and attended discussions addressing global emissions reductions for liquid fuels - with specific attention on the transportation sector, which has grown to be one of the largest sources of global emissions. While there, many participants discussed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's recent study which indicates that the internal combustion engine will continue to dominate global transportation networks for decades to come.

 

We were glad to have Willis in attendance to help stress that ethanol has been proven to be the only immediate solution to address emissions reductions economically and on a global scale. And that, additionally, biofuels offer a cost-effective opportunity to counteract the overwhelming monopoly of the fossil fuel industry on the transportation sector, and improve the global environmental outlook and energy security - both at home and abroad.

 

While there, Willis was able to attend important presentations and workshops while engaging with the world's foremost energy leaders. Additionally, Growth Energy and our international partners were active in promoting ethanol across social media channels to ensure that the biofuels industry was heard at COP24. You can view some of our key posts here and on our Twitter: @GrowthEnergy.

 

If you would like to know about the specifics of ethanol's benefits and outlook globally, or our participation at COP24, we encourage you to read the op-ed in European news outlet Euractiv by Willis on his experience in Poland.

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

AT THE PUMP

E15 Ends Strong in 2018
 
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The E15 movement continues to expand its footprint. Today, the number of sites offering E15 in 2018 has reached 1,690 location across 30 states, which has surpassed the originally projected 1,675 retail locations. This rapid growth is expected to continue, with a predicted 1,700 stations by the end of the year.

The last five years have seen E15 availability grow exponentially. From 2013 to 2014, E15 retail locations grew 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 last year, there were over 1,200 locations nationwide.

Additionally, an important development is taking shape in time for 2019. More fuel terminals are beginning to offer E15 due to retail demand from Prime the Pump partners. Terminals are distribution points from which many fueling stations source their offerings. The expansion of terminal availability of E15 means that a greater number of fuel stations will have access to the fuel for their local market and is indicative of the growing demand for E15 from leading independent retailers.
 
The increase in fuel terminal offering E15 along with the potential for RVP relief and year-round E15 retail sales points toward amazing potential for further expansion of E15 going into the start of next year. Once E15 year-round is finalized, 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.

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

IN REGULATIONS

USDA Releases Second & Final Round of Trade Mitigation Payments to Farmers
 
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On Monday, December 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its second and final round of trade mitigation payments to farmers to compensate them for trade retaliation from foreign nations. The Trump Administration announced a further $4.9 billion in direct aid for producers across the same nine commodities as the first round of payments.

 

To view the full release from USDA, visit their website.

ICYMI: EPA Publishes Final 2019 RVO in Federal Register

On December 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation targets.

 

The targets maintained a commitment to 15 billion gallons of starch ethanol and set advanced biofuels at 4.92 billion gallons, including 418 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol. In total, biofuels targets for 2019 were set at 19.92 billion gallons, with an additional target set for 2.43 billion gallons of biomass based diesel by 2020.

 

While these targets maintain a commitment to starch ethanol, EPA missed a crucial opportunity to properly address lost gallons of ethanol due to the allocation of small refinery exemptions. You can view the full announcement by viewing the Federal Register here.

 

Additionally you can view Growth Energy's full response to the final 2019 RVO and the negative impact of small refinery exemptions by visiting our website.

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

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IN COMMUNICATIONS

Growth Energy Releases Final Installment of 10th Anniversary Podcast Series
 
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Growth Energy is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a three-part podcast series looking back 10 years of growth. The series celebrates our many accomplishments over the years and examines how we will tackle the challenges ahead.

Episode three in this series investigates the rapid growth of the ethanol market over the past 10 years and how Growth Energy has led the industry driving that progress. This podcast features Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, Growth Energy Senior Vice President of Global Markets Craig Willis, and President Donald Trump. You won't want to miss this exciting series of the Driving Ethanol Podcast.

 

If you missed episodes one and two, you can listen to 'The Early Years' here and 'NASCAR' here.

 

Driving Ethanol is a subscribable podcast that can be found on iTunes and other podcast directories.

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

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