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No. 17; Jan. 31, 2018

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ON THE ROAD

GROWTH ENERGY SETS THE TONE AT IOWA RENEWABLE FUEL SUMMIT

 
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On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor delivered the keynote speech at the 2018 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. "Iowa biofuel producers know how to turn renewable resources into homegrown fuel with an efficiency that is the envy of the world," said Skor. She also touched on the importance of thinking strategically. "Simply put, when it comes to competing for market share, the message and the messenger matter. ... Getting the marketing right is mission critical to increasing sales of higher blends." Skor also spoke on the policy outlook panel about opportunities ahead for the biofuels industry.


The conference also featured a lineup of speakers who addressed the health benefits of clean-burning biofuels, how trade policy will shape future opportunities, and the market outlook for ethanol and co-products.

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

 

WORKING FOR YOU

ON THE HILL

PES Bankruptcy Update 

 

Administrator Pruitt on the Hill

IN THE STATES
Washington State's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

AT THE PUMP

E15 Growth Update

AT OUR EVENTS
Executive Leadership Conference Next Week

AT THE PLANTS
Member of the Week: Badger State Ethanol

FEATURED MEMBER EVENT
Bio-Processing Leadership Summit

UPCOMING EVENTS

Executive Leadership Conference

Feb. 7 - 10, 2018

Boca Raton, Fla.

Commodity Classic

Feb. 27 - March 1, 2018

Anaheim, Calif.

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference

Feb. 28 - March 2, 2018

Washington, DC

Bio-Processing Leadership Summit

March 19 - 21, 2018

Sonoma, Calif.


ON THE HILL

PES Bankruptcy Update

We continue to monitor the debate and refute the narrative that the RFS is responsible for or contributed to the bankruptcy of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Pennsylvania. Currently, there is extensive discussion about whether PES will be able to discharge their RFS RIN obligations through the bankruptcy process. We are actively following this issue and engaging with affected stakeholders, including the federal government. This week the EPA granted PES an extension for their RFS compliance until Tuesday, May 1.

Administrator Pruitt on the Hill

At the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's hearing with EPA Administrator Pruitt on Tuesday, Jan. 30, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Ia.) asked the administrator about the letter he sent last fall to a group of senators that said he would look at ways the EPA could fix the unjustified restriction preventing E15 from being sold in the summer (RVP). Admin. Pruitt responded that "the [EPA's] process internally to determine the legal authority continues," but he didn’t give a specific timeline. He also said, "It is very important, and we are working to get an answer as soon as we can."


Also during the hearing, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) asked Admin. Pruitt when he expected EPA to finalize its proposal to allow for sorghum oil to be used in the production of biodiesel under the RFS. Admin. Pruitt did not commit to a specific timeline, but said that he would get that information to Sen. Moran and did indicate that he understood how important this issue was to Kansas farmers and ethanol producers.

 

Additionally, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) asked the administrator about the future and role of ethanol and high-octane fuels. Admin. Pruitt commented that the agency was agnostic on the source of octane, but that it was a key component on the debate about more fuel economy standards for vehicles. Specifically, Admin. Pruitt said that most of the debate had focused on the vehicles themselves, but that fuel in particular is something that the agency is very much considering as part of its evaluation of future standards.

 

After the hearing on the Hill concluded, Admin. Pruitt was on Fox News and appeared to talk about the need for RFS reform. Watch the clip here. While we do not believe the positioning of Admin. Pruitt in this interview rolls back the president’s strong support of the RFS, we are concerned that his comments seem to indicate he thinks the RFS needs reform.

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

IN THE STATES

Washington State's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, chairman of the Washington House Environment Committee, has introduced legislation to enact a low-carbon fuel standard in the state for transportation fuel. The legislation proposes a 10 percent reduction (from 2017 levels) of greenhouse gas emissions by 2028. The legislation proposes to have these rules in place by 2020. The bill was heard in committee on Jan. 9 and approved last week on a party line vote of 5-4. It now moves to the House Transportation Committee for consideration. Growth Energy has retained local counsel in Olympia, to engage on this legislation as well as other Clean Air Act actions pending in the state. We will alert you to any further updates.

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

AT THE PUMP

E15 Growth Update

 
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The E15 movement continues to grow: In 2017, the number of E15 sites doubled for the fourth year in a row. Today, 1,317 stations are selling E15 in 29 states, with growth expected to exceed 1,600 stations by the end of 2018. As a contrast, in December 2016 there were 431 stations selling E15.

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

AT OUR EVENTS

Executive Leadership Conference Next Week

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We are thrilled to welcome more than 300 industry leaders and executives to Boca Raton, Fla., next week for Growth Energy’s ninth Executive Leadership Conference (ELC). At this year’s conference, themed “In the Driver’s Seat,” attendees will participate in a host of panel discussions exploring topics including the state of U.S. agriculture, the global marketplace, domestic and global E15 expansion, and Growth Energy’s efforts to reach consumers and key influencers through its partnerships and emerging initiatives. 


If you are heading to Boca next week, we’ll see you down there! You can find all the latest details on the agenda and sessions on the event website, and please let us know if you have any questions related to your trip.

For more details, contact Senior Director of Operations & Programming Kitty Loyd.

AT THE PLANTS

Member of the Week: Badger State Ethanol

 
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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. Badger State Ethanol is up next!

    • Location: Monroe, Wisc.
    • Management Team:
      • Gary Kramer, President
      • Erik Huschitt, CEO and General Manager
    • How long has the company been in operation?
      • Since October 2002
    • Do you make any ethanol co-products?
      • BP50, DDGs, corn oil and CO2
    • What do you consider some of your company’s main accomplishments?
      • BSE considers its main accomplishments to be the collaborations that we have grown since our inception in order to help shape the industry, such as our marketing relationship with Murex; R&D work with ICM, LE3 and Scott Kohl; yeast work with Lallemand; andour latest collaboration with Ecolab.

      • We are proud to have influenced items like minimum mark-up and to have created some of the first E15 and E85 fueling infrastructure in Wisconsin through our Smart Stations which help paved the way for some of the amazing growth taking place today.

    • How long have you been a GE member?
      • Since August 2009
    • What's your website address? Any other social media networks?
    • What do you like about being a member of Growth Energy?
      • Growth brings a vitally important perspective to the industry with a unique focus on strengthening collaborations and focusing on the consumer. We appreciate their leadership in guiding the Prime the Pump efforts and are proud to be contributors.
    • Any other fun facts?
      • BSE has been blessed to distribute close to $150 million back to its investors from an original 40 million gallon plant.

Growth Energy represents 88 producer plants and 81 associate members, making it the most  influential trade group of the ethanol industry. If you are interested in learning more about membership, or know someone who is, please contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning at kmanning@growthenergy.org or (605) 201-3518.

FEATURED MEMBER EVENT

Bio-Processing Leadership Summit

 
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WHO: Presented by Christianson CPAs & Consultants; ERI Solutions, Inc.; Fremont Water Solutions; Phibro Ethanol Performance Group

WHAT: The Bio-Processing Leadership Summit (previously the Bio-Refinery Leadership Conference) is structured to cover several hot topics in detail so attendees can take information back to their company and implement changes immediately. This year, the focus is on protecting your assets and maximizing the return for your company. Presenters will discuss understanding and preventing wear and tear of your capital assets, maintaining or improving efficiencies in your processes, benefiting from and complying with California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, new engineering and technology advancements (both large and small) that will help improve your bottom line, and financial stewardship for your shareholders.

WHEN: March 19 - 21, 2018

WHERE: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

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

 
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