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No. 21, Feb. 28, 2018





As you might have heard or read, there was a meeting yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the White House with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Economic Council, Senators Grassley (R-Iowa), Ernst (R-Iowa), Cruz (R-Texas), Toomey (R-Pa.), and President Trump. Sen. Cruz has been holding up the nomination of Bill Northey as a USDA Undersecretary since President Trump nominated him to the position in October and has argued that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is harmful to oil refineries.


While there were no deals or new proposals to come out of Tuesday's meeting, Growth Energy is grateful to our Senate champions as they continue to stand up for the biofuels industry against any proposals that would lead to a loss of jobs across America’s heartland. We also appreciate the hard work our partners at the National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau, American Soybean Association, National Farmers Union, and National Sorghum Association put in, especially their letter that was sent to President Trump on Monday.


We are also very pleased that Northey has finally been confirmed to his new role. He will be a powerful voice as this administration works to create rural jobs and promote American dominance in biofuels. Hopefully today's unanimous confirmation signals an end to misleading attacks on homegrown biofuels and the start of a serious conversation about polices like RVP relief, which would open a vital market for American-made biofuels and increase the supply of RINs, while also protecting surging refinery profits. There are currently discussions about a follow-up stakeholder meeting this Thursday on the RFS at the White House. We know the work must continue: The refiners and Sen. Cruz are not going away quietly. They’re continuing to push the White House that there can be a deal that undercuts the RFS with a cap on RINs in exchange for possible RVP relief.


Growth Energy will continue to work with our friends on the Hill as well as with the administration regarding ways to enhance consumer choice at the pump and encourage innovation throughout the biofuels industry. Growth Energy is hosting an all-member call today, Feb. 28, at 9:00am EST. Please see details about the call below.

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



All-Member Call TODAY, Wed. 2/28 at 9am EST


Congratulations to Steve Loehr!

Member of the Week: DENCO II

Growth Energy Launches American Ethanol Racing Website

Asking For Your Input


Commodity Classic

Feb. 27 - March 1

Anaheim, Calif.

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference

Feb. 28 - March 2

Washington, DC

Leadership Summit

March 19 - 21

Sonoma, Calif.

STP 500

March 25

Martinsville, VA


All-Member Call TODAY, Wed. 2/28 at 9am EST

Please join us for an all-member call TODAY, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at 9:00am EST. On this call Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor will update you on the outcomes of the White House meeting that took place yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 27, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Economic Council, Senators Grassley (R-Iowa), Ernst (R-Iowa), Cruz (R-Texas), Toomey (R-Pa.), and President Trump. We will also be discussing next steps for biofuel policy.


Please use this dial-in number to join the call at 9:00am EST.

Call: 866-951-1151

Code: 2502678#

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



Congratulations to Steve Loehr!


CSP, the leading convenience store industry magazine, recently highlighted their inaugural "Power 20: Change Makers." The "Change Makers" represent retailers who have made a difference at their companies and also in the industry through their out-of-the-box and innovative thinking, leadership, and advocacy efforts. Our Kwik Trip partner, Steve Loehr, Vice President of Operations Support, was identified by the magazine as one of the industry's leaders. Kwik Trip has been an innovator and a friend to the ethanol industy, adding E15 to more than 300 stores since last April. Read more about Kwik Trip’s Loehr at CSP here.

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


Member of the Week: DENCO II


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. DENCO II is up next!

  • Location: Morris, MN
  • Management Team:
    • General Manager, Mick Miller
    • Controller, Kathi Biester
    • Plant Manager, Brandon Soine
    • Commodities Manager, Carson Berger
    • Operations Manger, Brent Moe
    • Lab Manager, Ann Pohlmann
    • EHS Manager, Blake Baron
    • Maintenance Manager, Ryan Foley
  • How long has the company been in operation?
    • Since September 2010
  • Do you make any ethanol co-products?
    • DDGs, WDGs, and corn oil
  • How long have you been a GE member?
    • Since November 2011
  • What do you consider some of your company’s main accomplishments?
    • Retail: We have a Direct E85 program that supplies 45 local stations with competitive priced consumer choices at the pump.
    • Corn Producer: We procure 90 percent of our annual needs from about 400 area farms
    • We recently invested in upgraded plant equipment/area processes that have yielded over a 20 percent reduction in natural gas usage, 23 percent reduction in water usage, and 10 percent reduction in electrical usage.
  • What's your website address? 
  • What do you like about being a member of Growth Energy?
    • We enjoy and appreciate being partnered with such a talented and passionate group of professionals that live, sleep, and breathe biofuels like we do on the processing side. Growth Energy has made significant progress over the years to educate both consumers and Congress about the many benefits of biofuels and its important role in America’s economy. We are a proud partner.
  • Any other fun facts?
    • DENCO II is managed by NuvuFuels, which also manages two other plants: Carbon Green BioEnergy in Michigan and Iroquois Bio-Energy in Indiana

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


Growth Energy Launches American Ethanol Racing Website


In case you missed the exciting news last week, Growth Energy's American Ethanol Performance Racing Team re-launched a newly redesigned website! As an official NASCAR partner and sponsor of the 2018 Daytona 500-winning No. 3 Monster Energy Cup Series racing team, Growth Energy is excited to showcase the many engine performance benefits of biofuels in innovative, engaging ways. The dynamic, revamped website is sleeker and more user-friendly in order to reflect the exciting progress that has been made with the American Ethanol program. The new site also creatively balances thrilling content for racing fans, helpful everyday information for consumers, and technical performance material for automotive professionals.

We were also lucky to have recent Daytona 500 winner and American Ethanol driver Austin Dillon give the new website a shout-out on his personal Twitter, where thousands of his fans heard him sing our praises. Check his tweet out here!

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


Asking For Your Input


What would you like to see at Growth Energy conferences? We want your input! As we begin planning for this September’s Biofuels Summit and the 2019 Executive Leadership Conference, we want to ensure we are delivering the most valuable content to our attendees.

From nuts-and-bolts sessions on the latest policy updates to giving more time to specific areas of your interest or even suggestions as to how the events are organized and scheduled—help us plan extraordinary conferences and experiences. We welcome all of your ideas. Please send any requests to Growth Energy's Senior Director of Operations & Programming Kitty Loyd. We can't wait to hear from you!

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


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