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No. 5, Nov. 1, 2017

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AT THE PUMP

AMERICAN DRIVERS HAVE DRIVEN OVER TWO BILLION MILES ON E15 

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Last week, sales of E15 hit a huge milestone: In just five months, American drivers have surpassed another billion miles, which brings the total miles driven across the U.S. to two billion! This benchmark comes on the heels of Growth Energy’s recent announcement that more than 1,000 stations across the country are currently offering E15 to consumers.

 

“This latest milestone cements the fact that drivers have embraced the tremendous benefits E15 offers and highlights just how rapidly consumer demand is growing,” said CEO Emily Skor. “E15 is a smart choice for consumers who care about their car’s engines, want a healthy environment, and seek better value at the pump. We’re thrilled to lead the charge with Prime the Pump to bring more and more drivers this option every day.”

 

Nearly triple the number of stations are selling E15 than from the same time last year, and almost 16 million American adults have access to the fuel, with more choosing it every day. Leading E15 retailers including Casey’s, Cenex, Family Express, Kum & Go, Kwik Trip, MAPCO, Minnoco, Murphy USA, Protec Fuel, QuikTrip, RaceTrac, Sheetz, and Thorntons.

 

“E15 is experiencing incredible growth both in terms of retailers offering it at their convenience stores and consumers reaching for it at the pump. This momentum is another clear reminder for lawmakers that we must make this choice available year-round,” Skor added.

 

E15 is approved for use in all vehicles 2001 and newer, as well as all flex fuel vehicles, which combined represent more than 87 percent of vehicles on the road.

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


 

WORKING FOR YOU

 

IN REGULATIONS

EPA Issues Updated Guidance for Plants Submitting an Efficient Producer Petition and Corn Kernel Fiber

 

United Nations Framework for Climate Change COP 23 Meeting

ON THE HILL

Tax Reform Update

 

Response to Oil State Senators' Letter

IN THE PRESS

Talking Biofuels in Indiana

AT THE PUMP

Convenience Store News Webinar

 

SIGMA Next Week

ON THE ROAD
90th Future Farmers of America Convention & Expo

IN THE FAST LANE

American Ethanol & NASCAR: A New Frontier

 

Live from SEMA in Las Vegas

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

NASCAR Fuel for Business

Nov. 2-3, 2017

Dallas, Tex.

UN Climate Change Conference

Nov. 6-17, 2017

Bonn, Germany

SIGMA Annual Conference

Nov. 8-10, 2017

Chicago, Ill. 

NAFB

Nov. 9-10, 2017

Kansas City, Mo.

Executive Leadership Conference

Feb. 7-10, 2018

Boca Raton, Fla.


IN REGULATIONS

EPA Issues Updated Guidance for Plants Submitting an Efficient Producer Petition and Corn Kernel Fiber

 
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As you may know, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a process to help streamline the approval of certain Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways for dry-mill ethanol plants using corn starch or grain sorghum as feedstocks. The process is known as an efficient producer petition, or “EP3."

 

Growth Energy was pleased to be part of the process that led the EPA this week to update their guidance for plants submitting an efficient producer petition to now include plants that generate cellulosic RINs (D3) from corn kernel fiber. The updated guidance document can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-10/documents/420b17033.pdf

 

Additionally, you can go to the EPA’s pathway page to find recent approvals, including a plant that was approved for an amended efficient producer petition to include such D3 RINs. That information can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/renewable-fuel-standard-program/approved-pathways-renewable-fuel

 

This new update to the EPA's guidance, to allow efficient producer plants to generate both starch and cellulosic biofuel, will further contribute to the success of the RFS.

Growth Energy at United Nations Framework for Climate Change’s COP 23 Meeting in Germany

Next week, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley will be participating in the United Nations Framework for Climate Change’s COP 23 meeting in Bonn, Germany. He will be highlighting ethanol’s significant benefits to greenhouse gas reduction and air quality to the nearly 200 participating countries. Chris will be a panelist at the biofuels-specific side event along with Bart Pieper from Marquis Energy, Dr. Steffen Mueller from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Eric Sievers from Ethanol Europe.

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

 

ON THE HILL

Tax Reform Update

Last week, Congress passed a budget resolution that paves the way for tax reform. The House Ways & Means Committee is scheduled to release a copy of the tax reform bill on Thursday, and the president has asked for a final bill on his desk to sign by Christmas. The Senate may consider it in committee before Thanksgiving. We have presented three key priorities to Congress:


  • Ensure that business partnerships and pass-through entities (the business structure for the vast majority of the ethanol industry) get treated equitably and receive tax reductions that are equitable to other business structures
  • Expand the master limited partnership (MLP) tax structure to include renewable energy such as biofuels
  • Extend biofuel tax incentives (like the second-generation biofuel producer credit) and a biodiesel tax incentive

Response to Oil State Senators' Letter

Last week oil state senators, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, released a letter asking President Trump to hold a meeting regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and saying they are concerned that if reforms to the RFS are not made, the program "will result in a loss of jobs," especially in the refining industry, around the country and in their states. Growth Energy released the following response: 

"This is nothing more than an attempt to roll back the president's strong commitment to the RFS and undo the pledge issued last week by the EPA Administrator to assure America’s hardworking farmers that the biofuels market will continue to thrive. We appreciate the Administrator's letter and look forward to working with him to finalize the RVO rulemaking in the coming weeks."

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

 

IN THE PRESS

Talking Biofuels in Indiana

While in Indianapolis last week, CEO Emily Skor checked in with a few Indiana biofuels reporters to discuss recent developments at the EPA, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the impact of the ethanol business to Indiana's economy. 

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Watch the interview with Inside Indiana Business here, and don't miss the Brownfield Ag News and 93.1FM/WBIC radio interviews.

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

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AT THE PUMP

Convenience Store News Webinar

We had more than 100 senior fuel executives who represent more than 5,000 retail sites across the nation attend the Convenience Store News webinar last week featuring Growth Energy and Thorntons. The webinar focused primarily on consumer research, fuel marketing/branding, and first-hand retailer experience. If you missed out and want to learn more about Driving Fuel Sales of E15, you can view it now:

SIGMA Next Week

The Market Development team will be meeting with leading retailers from across the nation next week during the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers (SIGMA) Annual Conference. Approximately 260 retailers who command nearly 50 percent of the retail petroleum market, selling approximately 80 billion gallons of motor fuel each year, attend this event. In past years, our efforts at SIGMA have led to E15/E85 introductions by Sheetz, Kum & Go, Murphy USA, Kwik Trip, QuikTrip, Thorntons, Casey’s, and Family Express, to mention a few. Come say hi if you'll be there, too!

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

 

ON THE ROAD

The 90th Future Farmers of America Convention & Expo

Growth Energy's Emily Skor, Kelly Manning, and Meredith Kesler traveled to Indianapolis last week for the 90th Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention & Expo. This year's convention had a record attendance of 67,006 students, teachers, and supporters! While Kelly participated in various judging and business activities Wednesday through Friday, Emily attended a CEO Roundtable and Meredith helped the National TeachAg Campaign celebrate students' letters of intent to teach agriculture on Thursday. Watch a highlight video and read more about the convention here. 

The Growth Energy team was blown away by the students' expertise, enthusiasm, and maturity! We also especially want to thank Gunner Greene, Chief Operating Officer for Iroquois Bio-Energy Company, LLC, for providing a voice for biofuels during the #SpeakAg Dialogue workshop that was led by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

Growth Energy is also very proud of our own Kelly Manning, Vice President of Development, who was awarded an Honorary American FFA Degree. Individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA are selected to receive these prestigious awards. Congratulations, Kelly!

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For more details on Future Farmers of America, contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning.

 

IN THE FAST LANE

American Ethanol & NASCAR: A New Frontier

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Growth Energy and Richard Childress Racing held a webinar last week to talk more about the evolution of American Ethanol and our partnership with NASCAR. The NASCAR partnership has been a strong platform for our industry, and this webinar discusses how we can continue to build off of our achievements and aim for future growth. In case you missed it, watch here:

Live from SEMA in Las Vegas

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Growth Energy's Communications Associate Austin Dabney is at the Specialty Equipment Market Association's (SEMA) 2017 Show in Las Vegas this week, where American Ethanol Performance Team members Anthony Taylor and Kyle Mohan will be representing American Ethanol at their respective booths. Stay tuned next week for a SEMA recap, and keep your eye on American Ethanol's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for a live look at what we’re up to at SEMA!

For more details on American Ethanol's partnership with NASCAR, contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning or Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.

 
 
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