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No. 52, Oct. 4, 2018

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ON THE HILL
President Trump to Visit Iowa for Campaign Rally
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President Donald Trump will be visiting Council Bluffs, Iowa, next week on Tuesday, Oct. 9, for a campaign rally. President Trump has consistently reiterated his promise to deliver for rural America by lifting summer restrictions on E15 and there have been recent reports that the president will make this long-anticipated announcement at his rally.

 

Biofuels, and particularly ethanol, have featured increasingly in headlines, as a result of growing consumer interest in cleaner, more affordable options at the pump. And for rural America, nationwide, year-round sales of E15 could mean an additional two billion bushels of new corn demand, improved national energy security, and revitalized rural growth. The time for E15 year-round is now.

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

 

WORKING FOR YOU

AROUND THE GLOBE

President Trump Reaches New USMCA Trade Agreement, Biofuels Duties Remain the Same

AT THE PUMP

From your Fuel Tank to the Racetrack: E15 Delivers

IN REGULATIONS

EPA, NHTSA Still Accepting Comments on Proposed SAFE Vehicle Standards

IN OUR ASSOCIATION

E15 Now Bus Rolls Through Midwest - POET HQ

 

BetaTec Hops Welcomes John Forte as New President

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

NACS Conference

October 8-10

Talladega Paint-out

October 14

 


AROUND THE GLOBE

President Trump Reaches New USMCA Trade Agreement, Biofuels Duties Remain the Same

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Earlier this week, the president announced the U.S. had reached a trilateral trade agreement with Canada and Mexico known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA). From the biofuels industry perspective, the agreement makes no changes to existing duties on biofuels exports. This is welcome news for our industry as we face heavily increased tariffs from other trade war opponents, like China.

 

It is not yet known what the long-term effects of the new trade terms will be, but the deal was finalized late last weekend when the president threatened both countries with higher auto part and vehicle tariffs. As news of the agreement's finalization has spread, other nations, such as the EU and Japan, have come to the negotiating table to avoid similar auto tariffs. We will continue to keep you updated on the state of trade relations and the ethanol export outlook.

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

 

AT THE PUMP

From your Fuel Tank to the Racetrack: E15 Delivers

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By now, most convenience store retailers have heard of the benefits of E15, and many have added it to their product lineups. Steve Anderson, station and repair shop owner of Marshall Cretin in Minnoco, added it to his store’s offerings less than four years ago, but says that it has had a significant effect on his business even in that short time. “Today, it has a loyal following and is a large contributor to our overall volume,” he says.

While retailers and consumers know the basic benefits of E15, they may not be fully aware that E15 is also ideal for high-performance vehicles, such as race cars, as well. Joel Hennen, owner and operator of Hennen’s Auto Service in Shakopee, Minn., says that the higher-octane fuel improves engine performance and using it means less chance of engine knock. And, when it comes to increasing the octane of gasoline for cars, “Ethanol is the most cost-effective way to increase octane,” he says.

As for how E15 is beneficial for high performing race cars as well as passenger cars, Dr. Andy Randolph, technical director for ECR Engines, referred to E15’s potential to give more power to high-demand vehicles. “What you are trying to do, whether you are in a passenger car or a race car, is get the engine to operate as efficiently as possible. In a passenger car engine…you want to get the most miles per gallon; in a race car, you’re trying to make as much power as you possibly can,” he says. Regardless of the goal, however, fuel that encourages efficient engine function is the solution—and in both of these cases, E15 fits the bill.

A big benefit of ethanol, he says, is its eco-friendliness. “Ethanol is renewable. We’re not going to run out of it,” says Randolph.

From cleaner and cooler burning gas to better gas mileage, lower costs and increased engine performance, it’s no surprise that consumers as well as professional drivers have been enjoying the benefits of higher ethanol fuels. And with the increasing popularity of E15, it’s a win-win for retailers, too.

 

To view the full article, visit the CSP Daily News website.

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

 

IN REGULATIONS

EPA, NHTSA Still Accepting Comments on Proposed SAFE Vehicle Standards
As you may recall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released their proposal on greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards (CAFE) for 2022-2026 in August, 2018. We are currently working to provide comments to the agencies about the importance of high octane, midlevel ethanol blends in meeting future vehicle standards wherever they may be set. Last week, Chris Bliley testified in Michigan at one of the 3 public hearings along with others in the industry. To view his full testimony, visit our website. The joint EPA, NHTSA proposal can be found here or, for a more detailed discussion of these issues, please see last week’s Bliley report.

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

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IN OUR ASSOCIATION

E15 Now Bus Rolls Through Midwest - POET HQ

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Last week, the E15 Now bus rolled through the POET headquarters to take a photo with staff as it continues its Midwest tour to spread the word about the need for year-round sales of E15. In addition to stopping in Sioux Falls, the E15 Now bus stopped in Pittsburgh, KS; Johnson County Community College, KS; E Energy's Adams Plant, NE; Jackson, NE; and POET's plants in Chancellor and Hudson, NE. The bus's next stop will be at the upcoming rally for President Donald Trump in Topeka, KS, this coming Saturday, Oct. 6 and will also be at President Trump's rally in Council Bluff, Iowa on Oct. 9.

 

Year-round sales of E15 would ensure a domestic market for farmers and create more than 2 billion bushels in new corn demand. Visit our E15now.com website to learn how lifting outdated regulations would improve customer access to cleaner, more affordable fuels and ensure farmers can sell grain as trade becomes more restrictive.

BetaTec Hops Welcomes John Forte as New President

Yesterday, BetaTec Hop Products, a Growth Energy member, promoted former Vice President John Forte to President after serving four years in his former role. BetaTec is an application arm of the Barth-Hass Group, the oldest and largest hops company in the world, first founded in 1794. BetaTec focuses on the technical requirements of using hops outside of their traditional brewing base.

 

"Over the course of the last four years, John has built BetaTec into a cohesive company with a global presence to serve multiple industries and customers effectively," Alex Barth, CEO of John I. Haas, explained. "John is driven by a passion to provide BetaTec's existing and prospective customers a natural solution to the common chemical treatment regimens."

 

While Vice President, Forte was responsible for major strategic and organizational shifts in expanding the global presence of the company. To do so, he implemented the UK based BetaTec Innovation Centre to facilitate in-house integration technical integration for their research & development and other services.

 

To learn more about BetaTec Hops, visit their website.

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

 
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