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No. 02, Oct. 11, 2017

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IN THE PRESS

GROWTH ENERGY ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 1,000 FUEL STATIONS OFFERING E15 IN U.S.


Leading Retailers Reach Significant E15 Milestone 

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Yesterday, Growth Energy announced that over 1,000 fuel stations around the country are offering E15 — more than doubling the number of stations from the same time last year.

 

“This spectacular growth is a testament to the value E15 brings to fuel retailers and consumers,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Forward-thinking retailers have figured out that giving their customers more fuel choices is smart business and American drivers have figured out that E15 allows them to save money at the pump all while making a smarter choice for their engines and the environment.”

 

E15 is cleaner and cooler burning fuel that works well for cars model 2001 and newer and typically saves up to 10 cents per gallon. More and more retailers are responding to consumer demand for those fuel attributes by providing E15 as a choice at their pumps.

 

Leading retailers including Casey’s, Cenex, Family Express, Kum & Go, Kwik Trip, MAPCO, Minnoco, Murphy USA, Protec Fuel, QuikTrip, RaceTrac, Sheetz, and Thorntons all currently offer E15 at 1,039 locations across the U.S. Many of these are in major metropolitan areas including: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

For more details on Growth Energy communications, contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.


 

WORKING FOR YOU

 

ON THE HILL

Calling on the EPA to Maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard

 

Engaging Congress on Tax Reform Priorities

IN REGULATIONS

Leading the Way on Mid-level Ethanol Blends

 

Gathering Comment Submissions for EPA’s Notice of Data Availability

AT THE PUMP

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor to Meet with Kum & Go Executives Today

AROUND THE WORLD

Peru Countervailing Duties Update

AT THE PLANTS

Growth Energy Staff Makes Plant Visits this Week

 

All Member Call Recap

IN THE FAST LANE

American Ethanol Paint Out at Talladega

 

American Ethanol Goes to Texas Invitational

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

American Ethanol on the Track

Oct. 15, 2017

Alabama 500

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Ala.

NACS Show

Oct. 17-20, 2017

McCormick Place

Chicago, Ill.

Ethanol Summit of the Americas

Oct. 18-19, 2017

Houston, Texas

90th National FFA Convention & Expo

Oct. 25-28, 2017

Indianapolis, Ind.


 

ON THE HILL

Calling on the EPA to Maintain the Renewable Fuel Standard 

Growth Energy helped secure 38 signatures for a recent Senate letter, calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to ensure that the EPA’s final blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continue to drive investment in biofuels. The letter was in response to the EPA proposing reduced 2018 blending levels for advanced biofuels, including cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel. Additionally, the EPA recently published a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) that would lower blending targets by the number of imported gallons of biofuels, while still allowing those imports to generate compliance credits (RINs). We are also engaging with the Administration about reports that the EPA is considering allowing exported gallons of biofuel to generate RINs. These actions by the EPA run counter to President Trump’s vocal support of the RFS and biofuels, and this Senate letter delivers a clear message to Administrator Pruitt that the actions being considered by the EPA would undermine the RFS, discourage further investment in homegrown biofuel production capacity and infrastructure, and be a step back for the United States.

 

Additionally, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works recently held a hearing to consider the nomination of William Wehrum to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA. The Office of Air and Radiation manages the RFS, and Senate champions Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) pushed against Wehrum’s nomination during the hearing, expressing their frustration with EPA moving to roll back the policy.

Engaging Congress on Tax Reform Priorities

We continue to press Congress on tax reform priorities that are pertinent to the ethanol industry. In our advocacy work on this front, we are focused mainly on:

  • Equitable treatment of business passthroughs with other tax structures
  • Expansion of the master limited partnership (MLP) tax structure to include renewable fuels
  • Extension of biofuels tax incentives like the second-generation producer credit and a biodiesel tax incentive

 

We remain actively involved on tax reform policy and will keep you updated as any developments occur.

For more details, contact Senior Director of Government Affairs John Fuher.

 

IN REGULATIONS

Leading the Way on Mid-level Ethanol Blends

Growth Energy filed comments last week on the EPA’s reconsideration of the greenhouse gas standards for light duty vehicles for model years 2022-2025. Our comments highlighted the tremendous environmental benefits of higher ethanol blends, potential fuel efficiency gains due to ethanol’s high-octane content, and the ability of ethanol to significantly reduce particulate matter emissions. Growth Energy has led the effort for approval of high-octane, mid-level ethanol blends, first submitting the concept of a high-octane, E30 certification fuel to EPA in 2012 when the vehicle standards were first being developed. We also provided substantive comments to the agency’s examination of the 2022-2025 standards last year. 

Gathering Comment Submissions for EPA’s Notice of Data Availability

We continue to work on comments on the EPA’s flawed Notice of Data Availability (NODA) that would reduce biofuel blending volumes. In conjunction with our comment effort, we have made an action center available that will allow you to quickly and easily submit a comment to EPA as well, urging them to avoid turning back the clock on the RFS.

 

The comment period ends on October 19, so please act today! We encourage you to please share this link with your friends, family, and personal/professional networks to spread the word and defend the RFS.

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

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AT THE PUMP

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor to Meet with Kum & Go Executives this Week 

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor will present to a group of approximately 40 people today at a sales management meeting at Kum & Go Headquarters. The meeting presents a rare opportunity to meet with several key Kum & Go executives, including the CEO, COO, and VP of fuels, along with all of the company’s regional VP’s and direct supervisors who manage the entire Kum & Go chain of 500 stores in 11 states.

 

Kum & Go has been a long-time supporter of E85, and currently has 114 stores selling E15 in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming. 

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

 

AROUND THE WORLD

PERU COUNTERVAILING DUTIES UPDATE 

Last week, INDECOPI, the Peruvian council of trade and competition, held an oral hearing to consider a request by Grupo Romero, the company that sought the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation against United States ethanol imports, to implement preliminary CVD duties prior to the completion of the investigation. The U.S. Government bears the responsibility of defending American industries against CVD actions. As such, U.S. Government representatives provided substantial testimony in opposition to the preliminary duty request. Each party has until later this week to provide additional written information to INDECOPI before it makes a decision.

For more details on Growth Energy's work in international markets, contact Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley.

 

AT THE PLANTS

Growth Energy Staff Visits Member Plants

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Growth Energy Manager of Communications Meredith Kesler traveled with the Growth Energy membership team to visit ethanol plants this week. Meredith recently joined Growth Energy to oversee member communications, and these tours are a great chance for members to meet her and learn more about our new member resources and initiatives. On Monday, the team was at the POET plant in Chancellor, South Dakota, where Rachel Kloos, Technical Manager, outlined all of the sustainable processes used at the plant to make ethanol a clean, renewable biofuel. Meredith also traveled to Green Plains to meet with staff there, along with Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley.

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For more details on membership initiatives, contact Kelly Manning.

All Member Call Recap 

Last week, Growth Energy held the first of what will be regularly-scheduled, quarterly all member calls. These calls are meant to give you consistent insight into what we are doing as an association to advance the ethanol industry, allow us to alert you of challenges and opportunities on the horizon, and provide you the opportunity to ask questions. 

 

If you were unable to join us last week, feel free to download a PDF recap of the call.

 

IN THE FAST LANE

American Ethanol Paint Out at Talladega

Austin Dillon will sport his final American Ethanol paint out of the season this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway for the Alabama 500! The race will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, October 15. Make sure to tune in and support the American Ethanol No. 3 team!

American Ethanol Goes to Texas Invitational 

Last weekend, American Ethanol Performance Team driver, Anthony Taylor, put his Nth Moto-built, ethanol powered, twin turbo Lamborghini Superleggera to the test at the Texas Invitational, hosted by Texas Speed Syndicate.  The event brought together 80 of the fastest supercars in the world, including Porsches, Lamborghinis, Dodge Vipers, and Nissan GTRs, and pitted them against each other, racing on a runway at the Caddo Mills Municipal Airfield. This competition was the first time Anthony really put his new Lamborghini build to the test this year, and the car hit a top speed of 189 mph “right off the trailer,” which is extremely impressive for a debut.

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Unfortunately, the Lamborghini’s front axle was damaged before the finals, but despite the broken axle, Anthony still posted the 18th fastest time out of 80 cars, even while dialing back the car’s boost levels to see how it responded in its first competitive action in some time. Reaching nearly 190 mph in the race on a damaged axle and with minimal boost means that his car is poised to make serious noise in future competitions as one of the fastest on the track. Anthony’s car, as well as the two other Nth Moto cars at the event, were running on a high ethanol blend. All three of the cars posted some of the most consistent times at the track, due in large part to the reliability of the fuel.

For more details on Growth Energy's NASCAR partnership and American Ethanol Performance program, contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.

 
 
 
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