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No. 36, June 13, 2018

FEW Edition 

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AT FEW 2018

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor Delivers FEW 2018 Keynote Address

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Yesterday, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor delivered the keynote address at the 34th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) to key biofuels industry stakeholders. FEW is the longest-running ethanol conference in the world, and is renowned for its superb programming that focuses on cutting-edge industry content and networking opportunities in a dynamic, business-to-business environment. Leaders from the biofuels industry gather at FEW every year to discuss commercial-scale ethanol production, new technology, and near-term research and development, all with the shared goal in mind of advancing the biofuels industry.

In her keynote, Emily emphasized how the biofuels industry emerged victorious from a tumultuous 2017 and how that has impacted our current industry outlook, while also discussing what we must do to ensure future success. As Emily noted in her address:

“How and why we overcame challenges in 2017 is worth revisiting because the battles ahead are tougher and higher-stakes, and we need to remind ourselves that we have what it takes to win… the road ahead is still littered with roadblocks and obstacles that could take us off course if we don’t stick together as a united force for the biofuels industry, the farm economy, and American consumers. Our critics are more active than ever – not because we are weak, but because we are strong.”

Emily laid out a roadmap to success for the biofuels industry that included many elements that will ultimately deliver a stronger, more successful landscape for ethanol. She talked about the need for securing year-round RVP relief to increase domestic demand, while coordinating closely with foreign officials to free up the international market for ethanol. Those efforts go hand in hand with our work to reach consumers on their terms and in their language about the benefits of higher ethanol blends, as well as with our retailer efforts to expand higher blend availability and optimize the marketing for E15. Her speech also covered how important it is to work together to combat crafty policy attacks and false narratives devised by the opposition to divide the industry and confuse stakeholders.

There has been much to celebrate in the last year and a half, like shattering the so-called “blend wall,” securing a 15 billion gallon 2018 RVO for conventional ethanol, working to double E15 availability for four years in a row, and defeating efforts to change the point of obligation under the RFS and other mischief at the EPA. Conversely, we took absorbed some blows along the way, like seeing a reduced 2018 cellulosic RVO, and consistently weathering increasingly sophisticated attacks from the opposition. Emily’s speech took stock of industry landscape, discussed smart strategies to drive even greater success, and galvanized the ethanol industry behind the successes we have achieved, as well as the challenges that we must overcome together.

For more details, contact Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Jenni Roberson.

WORKING FOR YOU

AT FEW 2018

Telling the Success Story of E15

John Fuher Opened Panel on Renewable Fuel Policy

Chris Bliley Joined Industry Leaders in Discussing how to Leverage Fuel Quality Requirements

Substantial Member Presence at FEW Highlights our Vibrant Association

ON THE HILL

Farm Bill Markup

IN REGULATIONS

Fuels America Briefing on Export RINs

AROUND THE GLOBE

USDA FAS, USETA Meeting with Brazilian National Petroleum Agency Could Mean Big Changes for Brazil's Low-carbon Program

IN THE FAST LANE

Austin Dillon Wins Xfinity Race

Inviting Veterans to Daytona 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 11 - 13

Omaha, Neb.

Coke Zero Sugar 400 

July 7

Daytona Beach, FL



 AT FEW 2018

Telling the Success Story of E15

Many Growth Energy employees are at FEW this week to highlight 10 years of accomplishments within the biofuels industry. As part of that effort, the market development team has been set up at booth 500 to tell the success story of E15 and the Prime the Pump program, explaining how we helped double the number of retail locations offering E15 four years in a row.

 

The market development team has also been talking with FEW attendees about the importance of RVP relief. As many of you know, RVP season started on June 1 and will be in effect until September 15, which means E15 retailers are once again faced with up to $1.5 million in relabeling costs for E15 pumps. Even worse, other markets are shut off from adopting E15 entirely because retailers can’t adjust for the relabeling logistical headaches and costs.

 

RVP relief would benefit American drivers across the country, help lift our rural economy out of the worst ag crisis in a generation, and put our industry on the path to an additional 1.3 billion gallons of ethanol demand within five years. We have been making that case to everyone we interact with at FEW, and showcasing the great work being accomplished with our industry partners and retailers to make year-round E15 a reality. 

John Fuher Opened Panel on Renewable Fuel Policy

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Vice President of Government Relations John Fuher led a panel of experts in examining the current renewable fuels policy environment under the current administration. He explained to attendees how we arrived at today's debate on Renewable Identification Numbers, Renewable Volume Obligations, and Reid Vapor Pressure. Fuher and the rest of the panelists gave those in attendance the inside scope on how the debate unfolded in the lead up to last weeks postponement and some of the politics that have gone into shaping it.

Chris Bliley Joined Industry Leaders in Discussing how to Leverage Fuel Quality Requirements

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Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley rounded off day two of FEW by joining industry leaders on a panel examining how producers can maximize benefits reaped from fuel quality requirements. Pooling expertise from across the production and regulatory fields, Bliley stood out in his discussion of regulatory compliance and challenges and opportunities for biofuels going forward. Also on the panel was Kristy Moore, who was awarded the High Octane Award at the start of the day and frequently works with Growth Energy to push biofuels towards a brighter future. An industry veteran, Moore’s achievements in the ethanol sector have significantly contributed to its growth over the past 10 years, and she is a strong ally of Growth Energy.

Substantial Member Presence at FEW Highlights our Vibrant Association

In addition to our own booth, FEW saw a substantial member turnout from Growth Energy's vibrant association. At our booth, members were able to sign up on our action center and speak with staff about our association. However, many of our members were also representing their business and our association on the conference floor. Picture below are photos of some of our members in attendance and their booths where they discussed how we are the leading association for biofuels in the world!

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Picture above: Growth Energy's booth with our membership team's Kelly Manning (center left) and Bryce Jones (center right) discussing the recent keynote by Emily Skor with Green Plains Leighton Eusebio (right).

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Picture above: Rich Peterson (left) and Christine Schumann (right) pose for a picture by Kelly Manning before heading into FEW's keynote address.

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Pictured above: Enogen Syngenta's booth placed directly next to Growth Energy.

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Picture above: Novozymes impressive booth dominated the convention skyline.

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Picture above: DuPont Industrial Biosciences stood out with their rotating sign.

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Picture above: Buckman, also next to Growth Energy, enticed attendees with their popcorn machine.

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Picture above: Growth Energy's Director of Sales and Marketing Ryan Welsh (left) got a chance to have fun and discuss industry business with Dave Sovereign (center) of Golden Grain Energy & Absolute Energy and Steve Rust (right) of PhilbroChem-Ethanol at the start of day two.

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Picture above: Our American Ethanol Lounge was big hit with attendees looking to take a rest and kick up their feet and get a chance to learn about our NASCAR Partnership.

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

 

 

ON THE HILL

Farm Bill Markup 

At 9:30 a.m. EST today, the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a business meeting on the bipartisan Senate Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Early intelligence suggests that today’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill will have more success than the failed House version that was rejected last month. The Growth Energy Government Affairs team expects the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to potentially come up during the markup, specifically around the topic of EPA’s recent abuse of small refinery waivers which has effectively resulted in demand destruction for biofuels and impacted farm income across rural America. We continue to track the developments of the Farm Bill and will continue to work with our Senate champions on Capitol Hill to ensure that the American ethanol industry is well-represented during any Farm Bill discussions surrounding the RFS and biofuels.

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

 

 

IN REGULATIONS 

Fuels America Briefing on Export RINs

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Last week, Growth Energy’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley participated in a Fuels America Capitol Hill briefing on the proposed idea of export subsidy RINs under the RFS. Chris joined representatives from the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Informa Economics IEG, the National Corn Growers Association, and Archer Daniels Midland for a panel-style discussion on the concept of export RINs.

The panelists explained why such a proposal is misguided, and showed how attaching RINs to gallons of exported ethanol would undermine the goals of the Energy Independence and Security Act, undercut the growth of the U.S. biofuel market by destroying domestic demand for ethanol, and hurt American farmers and the agriculture economy. The participants also went on to explain that an export RIN subsidy plan would most likely result in swift trade backlash from other countries that would stifle further export growth opportunities. The event was very timely, as it immediately followed an announcement from the White House announcement that the proposed plan to grant year-round RVP relief for E15 while also instituting global export RINs was suspended indefinitely.

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

 

AROUND THE GLOBE

USDA FAS, USETA Meeting with Brazilian National Petroleum Agency Could Mean Big Changes for Brazil's Low-carbon Program

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A working group consisting of U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service, U.S. Ethanol Trade Association and technical experts met with officials from the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP) and leaders of Brazilian private industry Monday.  ANP is charged with developing and implementing regulations for Brazil’s low carbon fuel program. The group met to collaborate on the design of the Brazilian program and upcoming objectives.  

 

In addition, Brazilian officials plan to meet with EPA, and then travel to California to meet with the California Air Resources Board. 

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

 

IN THE FAST LANE

Austin Dillon Wins Xfinity Race

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Last weekend, Austin Dillon took home the checkered flag in the NASCAR Xfinity Series LTi Printing 250! It was Austin’s first Xfinity series win this season, and he secured it while battling the elements at Michigan International Speedway. Austin and his team gambled on an aggressive pit strategy that paid off for them in the end with another trip to Victory Lane this season.

 

“It's always amazing to get back to Victory Lane,” Austin Said. “We've been working really hard at Richard Childress Racing to get back into the Winner's Circle and as an organization, we really thought that if we could put Nick Harrison and myself together we could get there. It worked because this is only our second race together this year and here we are. The new package we ran this weekend worked. The fans had to love how tight we were all running together. It was definitely difficult to pass that lead guy. I thought it was fun. It reminded me of Go Kart racing back in the day. We knew we were taking a chance by not pitting and gambled that the rain would come. Luckily, it worked out for us this time. We put a lot of effort into this race and spent time in the simulator to make sure we had a car that could pass, which was key. I want to thank Johnny Morris and everyone at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's for their support. They have been there with me since early in my career and I hope that I make them proud.”

Veterans Invited to Join American Ethanol for Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway! 

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In case you missed previous invitations, we want to invite Growth Energy member plant employees who are U.S. military veterans to join us for a VIP experience at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 7, 2018.

 

American Ethanol will provide lodging, VIP race passes, a VIP NASCAR garage tour, an exclusive meet and greet at the No. 3 hauler, attendance at the drivers' meeting, and more. One participant will also have the opportunity to serve as an honorary crew member! Attendees are only responsible for any travel costs that may be associated with getting to Daytona. 

 

Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

*Offer is valid only for employees of ethanol producing plants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Invitation not transferable.

For more details, contact Manager of Communications Austin Dabney

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