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No. 20, Feb. 21, 2018

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IN THE FAST LANE

AUSTIN DILLON WINS DAYTONA 500!

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Were you watching the race on Sunday night? If not, you missed a good one!

 

On Feb. 18, Austin Dillon secured a historic Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, driving the legendary No. 3 car to victory in the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway!

 

This is an amazing accomplishment and a monumental victory for the No. 3 team. The Daytona 500 is so rich with history, and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) taking home the checkered flag – in this race – in the iconic No. 3 car is truly a momentous occasion in the sport of NASCAR. Austin Dillon and the entire RCR organization have been phenomenal partners, and they are instrumental in telling the wonderful story of American Ethanol to race fans and drivers across the country and around the world.

 
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Everyone here at Growth Energy is incredibly proud of Austin. He is one of NASCAR’s brightest stars and most exciting athletes, and more than anything we are thrilled for him. He and his team have worked very hard for this moment, and we are overjoyed to see them standing in Victory Lane at the biggest race in NASCAR!


This win comes 20 years after Dale Earnhardt, Sr., won the Daytona 500 for Richard Childress Racing, so this is a truly special victory for the entire RCR family. Be sure to congratulate Austin on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@austindillon3) and RCR (@RCRRacing on Twitter and Instagram and @RichardChildressRacing on Facebook) using the #Daytona500 hashtag! And don’t forget to check out the @AmericanEthanol social media channels for more Daytona coverage.

 
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In fact, Growth Energy is so excited about Austin’s Daytona 500 victory that we decided to launch a new and improved AmericanEthanolRacing.com! In reality, we have been working to revitalize the digital presence for American Ethanol ever since we launched the new GrowthEnergy.org back in September 2017, but the timing of this new launch just happens to sync up perfectly with Austin’s huge win this past weekend.

 

Besides a brand-new website, our American Ethanol program has grown in other new and exciting ways. In addition to our long-standing relationships with NASCAR and RCR, we've brought a variety of performance motorsports athletes into the fold to help us reach new audiences. We have also fully committed to deploying American Ethanol resources toward a heavier focus on biofuels and engine performance education. And, we are leveraging our high-octane American Ethanol partnerships in innovative ways that truly move the needle for ethanol.

 

This new website reflects a re-energized American Ethanol program. The site is sleeker and more visually engaging and also incorporates various social media feeds. It will be used as a hub for all things American Ethanol, and we hope you will share it with your friends, family, and social media networks.

 

Now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the brand new AmericanEthanolRacing.com and celebrate Austin Dillon’s historic Daytona 500 checkered flag with us!

For more details on Growth Energy's partnership with NASCAR, contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.


WORKING FOR YOU

ON THE HILL

Iowa Republicans Speak Out Against Sen. Cruz

IN REGULATIONS

Cellulosic Biofuel Industry Letter to EPA

AT THE PUMP

More FFVs On the Road

AROUND THE WORLD

Updates on EU Anti-Dumping

IN THE STATES
West Coast Update

AT THE PLANTS 
Member of the Week

IN THE CORNER OFFICE
New Update from CEO Emily SKor

AT OUR EVENTS 
Official ELC Photos Are In!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Commodity Classic

Feb. 27 - March 1

Anaheim, Calif.

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference

Feb. 28 - March 2

Washington, DC

Bio-Processing
Leadership Summit

March 19 - 21

Sonoma, Calif.

STP 500

March 25

Martinsville, VA


 

ON THE HILL

Iowa Republicans Speak Out Against Sen. Cruz

On Monday, Feb. 19, Republicans from Iowa sent a letter to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an end to "the political points he is attempting to gain in an election year." Sen. Cruz, who won the Iowa presidential caucuses in 2016, has been engaged since last year in a hold on the nomination of Bill Northey for a top USDA post.

 

In a statement, Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said, "Sen. Cruz has entertained this political position for too far long, and it's becoming increasingly harmful to both Iowans and our agricultural industry at large. I highly encourage Sen. Cruz to get back to doing what he does best — promoting the conservative agenda — particularly if he is to remain in good standing with Iowa conservatives should he return here in future endeavors."

 

Northey currently serves as the Iowa Agriculture Secretary, and is up against a Friday, March 16, deadline to either file for reelection for the Iowa post or keep waiting for his nomination to be confirmed. 

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

IN REGULATIONS

Cellulosic Biofuel Industry Letter to EPA

Growth Energy, along with many other biofuel trade groups, sent a letter last Thursday, Feb. 15, discussing the issue of cellulosic biofuel to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The groups stressed in the letter that cellulosic ethanol made from corn kernel fiber warrants closer attention from the EPA. The letter also quotes the EPA as stating in 2017 that its review of cellulosic biofuel production data showed that “facilities that convert corn kernel fiber to cellulosic ethanol at existing ethanol production facilities have generally over performed relative to our estimates.”

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

 

AT THE PUMP

More FFVs On the Road

 
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According to R.L. Polk (an auto info and marketing company), as of January 2018 there were more than 21 million flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) on the road. FFVs can be filled up with fuel containing any blend of ethanol up to and including E85..


In the past five years the number of registered FFVs in the U.S. have increased from 10 million to over 21 million. To see if you drive a FFV, check to see if there's a badge on the back of your car or look at the inside of your fuel door and see if there is a flex-fuel or ethanol sticker. In some models, a yellow fuel cap can also mean that your car can take flex fuel.

 

Of course, all vehicles made in 2001 or newer can fuel up with E15: Find a station near you at GetBiofuel.com!

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

AROUND THE WORLD

Updates on EU Anti-Dumping

Confirming what had been rumored, yesterday the European Commission said that they have received a request from ePure (the European ethanol producers) to extend the anti-dumping duties on U.S. ethanol exports to the European Union and have begun an expiry review accordingly. The review will conclude in 15 months and the duties will remain in place during the investigation. 


We are discussing with our legal team as to how best to respond, and we will continue to provide additional information as we get it. The notice from the European Commission is available here, and we can confirm that several producers have already been contacted by the commission. If you have any questions in the meantime, please let us know and we'll be happy to try to help.

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

IN THE STATES

West Coast Update

As you’ll recall, the Washington state legislature is nearing the end of its legislative session.  After passing through two committees, HB 2338, legislation that would implement a low-carbon fuel standard in the state, was not considered in the House ahead of the Feb. 14 deadline for “crossover” to the state Senate. We will continue to monitor this bill in the event circumstances change, but we think it is unlikely that the legislation will receive further consideration this session. There is also legislation that would impose a carbon tax of $12 per metric ton on carbon emissions beginning in 2019, SB 6203, which was heard in the state Senate's Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 15. Because it is related to revenue, it is not subject to the same deadlines on crossover to the House as other legislation. We will also continue to closely monitor this legislation should it proceed.

 

A little further south, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced it was developing an amendment to the low-carbon fuel standard to “strengthen the program through 2030." A draft of the regulatory package has just been made available here. The proposal includes revisions to the carbon intensity calculations, third-party verification of carbon intensity reductions and fuel transactions, and streamline pathway approval. The formal documents will be posted on Tuesday, March 6, and there will be a comment period beginning on Friday, March 9. We will continue our engagement in order to keep the California market open for starch ethanol.

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

AT THE PLANTS

Member of the Week: Western New York Energy

 
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Growth Energy is excited to continue our new regular Weekly Rundown feature: Member of the Week! Each week, we'll introduce you to one of our association's members and get to know them on a more personal level. Western New York Energy is up next!

  •  Location: Medina, NY
  • Management Team:
    • President/CEO: Timothy Winters
    • Plant Manager: Isahia Schoolcraft

    • Controller: Michelle Kingdollar

    • Office Manager/HR: Leslie Blake

    • Marketing Manager: Andrew Buck

    • Plant Engineer: Michael Makarevic         

    • Lab Manager: Mike Langdon

    • Maintenance Manager: Timothy Wickham

    • Production Manager: Chaston Davis

    • Environmental Specialist: Rebecca Nash

    • Safety and Health Manager: Jonathan Winters

  • How long has the company been in operation?
    • Since December 2007
  • Do you make any ethanol co-products?
    • DDGS, modified WDG, crude corn oil, syrup, and food grade CO2
  • How long have you been a GE member?
    • Since 2015
  • What's your website address? Any other social media networks?
  • What do you like about being a member of Growth Energy?
    • We appreciate working with a group like Growth Energy that is working to expand our ethanol market and improving public perception of our industry.

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

IN THE CORNER OFFICE

New Update from CEO Emily Skor

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Growth Energy's Emily Skor sent out her bimonthly newsletter, the CEO Update, last Friday. Check your email if you missed it, or click here (Note: you must be logged in as a Growth Energy member to view email archive). An excerpt:

 

Last year we won the big fights for biofuels together. We secured a landmark victory against efforts to shift the point of obligation and upend the RFS, rallied our champions on Capitol Hill to defend against attempts at the EPA to weaken the industry, and ultimately saw 2018 targets for conventional ethanol set at a full 15 billion gallons. We also coordinated more closely than ever before with our retail partners to fight the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) battle, culminating in a written statement from EPA Administrator Pruitt in which he committed to giving due consideration to fixing the RVP summertime sales restriction on E15.

For more details, contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.


AT OUR EVENTS

Official ELC Photos Are In!

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Whether you were down in Boca Raton with us a few weeks ago or you weren't able to make it and want to see what you missed, we hope you can check out the official gallery of Executive Leadership Conference 2018 photos here. Everything from the kick-off golf tournament to the Saturday excursions, as well as everything in between, is included in the 360+ pics, so head on over and see if you can find yourself in any of the snaps! We'll see you next year at Terranea!

For more details on Growth Energy events, contact Senior Director of Operations & Programming Kitty Loyd.


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