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No. 33, May 23, 2018

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AROUND THE GLOBE

China Trade Discussions Make Progress

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As you may have seen in the news, there has been a great deal of activity between the Trump administration and China with regard to trade. Over the weekend, there was a public pronouncement that China had agreed to trim the U.S.-China trade deficit by $200 billion, largely, in agriculture products. We have been in constant contact with the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service, U.S. Trade Representative, and others to ensure that ethanol and DDGS remain a top priority as discussions continue with the Chinese government. As yet, there have been no firm commitments on specific products, aside from China agreeing to end its probe of sorghum exports. With China remaining a priority export market for U.S. ethanol, we will continue to remain actively engaged on this issue.

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

WORKING FOR YOU

IN REGULATION

Update on EPA REGS Rule

IN THE FAST LANE 

Deric Kramer Wins NHRA Pro Stock Race

ON THE HILL

Potential E15 Labeling “Education” Amendment

AROUND THE GLOBE

Growth Energy and US Grains Council File Comment in response to Brazil’s RenovaBio

 

Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific this Week

AT THE PUMP

Fuels Institute Fuels Institute Meeting Kicks Off Today in Chicago

IN COMMUNICATIONS 

RVP Activation Imminent

AT THE PLANTS

Member of the Week: National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center

Observance of Memorial Day

AT THE EVENTS

Planning Underway for Fall and Spring Annual Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 11 -13

Omaha, Neb.

Coke Zero Sugar 400 

July 7

Daytona Beach, Fla.


IN REGULATION

Update on EPA REGS Rule

There have been a number of recent questions about EPA’s pending Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule and the potential that will be finalized before the end of the year, to the detriment of ethanol. As you may recall, the EPA under Obama issued a proposed rule in 2016 that would make a number of changes to the fuel regulations, including isolating E15 as the only potential fuel without RVP relief. That rule also made significant changes to denaturant specification and certification among many other fuels. Growth Energy filed extensive comments at the time outlining our concerns. We have and continue to be actively engaged with EPA and, while it appears to be on the administration’s regulatory agenda, there is currently no work being done to finalize this rule at this time. Nor is there an expectation that it will be finalized this year. We will continue to actively monitor this issue and remain engaged should things change.

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

 

IN THE FAST LANE

Deric Kramer Wins NHRA Pro Stock Race! 

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Deric Kramer, driver of the American Ethanol Chevrolet Camaro, continued his storybook NHRA Pro Stock season this past weekend. Deric competed in the 30th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan. He entered race day as the No. 1 qualifier for the second time this season, an impressive feat unto itself. Persistent rain caused delays throughout the weekend, pushing the final match-ups all the way into Monday. But, the wait was well worth it, as Deric captured his first-career Pro Stock series victory!  

 

Kramer defeated Will Hatcher, Matt Hartford, Jason Line, and Erica Enders on his way to the winner’s circle. Notably, Hatcher made his Pro Stock debut this weekend in the Dodge Dart Kramer drove prior to the 2018 season. For the semifinals, Deric squared off against fellow KB Racing-powered driver Jason Line. Proving his driving was no fluke in the previous two rounds, Kramer was .006-seconds on the tree and punched his ticket to the second final round of the 2018 season, and his career, when he ran a 6.600, 209.49 over Line’s 6.580, 210.11.
 
In the final round, Kramer took a .009-second reaction time over two-time NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders straight to his first Pro Stock victory when he stopped the clocks at the finish line with a 6.615, 209.36 to Enders’ troubled 7.409, 143.58.
 
“That win felt great,” Kramer smiled. “We’ve been working a long time for this and I can’t thank my sponsors enough for all the support they’ve given us. American Ethanol, Poet, Novozymes, and everyone that supports our team is part of the reason we are here celebrating the win today. This first win leaves me a little speechless, actually.”  

For more details, contact Manager of Communications Austin Dabney.

 

ON THE HILL 

Potential E15 Labeling “Education” Amendment

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An amendment related to E15 labeling may potentially be offered by Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in the House Interior Appropriations Committee. The amendment would require the EPA to provide additional “education” and outreach to consumers on E15 labeling and proper fueling. This amendment is unnecessary, duplicative, and would carry negative consequences for E15 sales, whether intended or not. The markup, which was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday of this week, has now been postponed. The Growth Energy Government Affairs team is working with our House Congressional Champions and industry leaders to block this amendment before a new date is scheduled for the mark-up.

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

AROUND THE GLOBE

Growth Energy and US Grains Council File Comment in Response to Brazil’s RenovaBio

In December, Brazil approved its RenovaBio program, intended to increase the use of all biofuels in Brazil and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Given the importance of Brazil as a continued priority export market, Growth Energy, along with the U.S. Grains Council, filed comments on the program. Noting the importance of using the best available data on greenhouse gas reductions of ethanol, the comments included appropriate crediting of distiller grains and other coproducts, as well as the incompatibility of the tariff rate quota to the program. We will continue to file further comment and remain actively engaged to ensure this program provides an opportunity for US ethanol.

Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific this Week

Industry and government officials from 17 countries in Asia and Oceania are meeting with members of the U.S. ethanol industry and U.S. officials in Minneapolis this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Asia Pacific. While there, decision-makers will be focused on current and future prospects for expanded ethanol use throughout the region.

 

The event, sponsored by Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), is hosting high-level ministry officials from throughout the region to discuss the environmental, human health and economic benefits of ethanol use and to foster collaboration and trade. Participating countries include Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States.

 

2017 was a record year for U.S. ethanol exports, and Growth Energy is energized by the prospect of new opportunities for American biofuels around the globe that can be explored through better education and understanding of ethanol’s myriad benefits. This summit is a distinct opportunity to discuss how open Asian markets will continue to benefit the biofuels industry, the American agricultural sector, and Asian consumers.”

 

Click Here to View the Full Press Statement Covering the Summit.

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

 

AT THE PUMP

Fuels Institute Meeting Kicks Off Today in Chicago

The market development team has remained very active in the month of May and has been traveling each week for various retail partner meetings. This week they will be attending the Fuels Institute Meeting in Chicago, in which 200 stakeholders are represented among retailers, university students, industry trade associations, and Growth Energy associate members.

 

The event will be an opportunity to connect with fuel retailers and bolster our rapport with the industry, while also learning more about the evolving consumer demographic of the transportation industry. During the event, the market development team will host a meeting with Casey’s General Stores, Sheetz, Kwik Trip, Murphy USA and other retail chains.

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

 

 

IN COMMUNICATIONS 

RVP Activation Imminent

With RVP control season less than two weeks away, we are ramping up our efforts to encourage USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the EPA, and lawmakers to deliver on President Trump’s promise of year-round E15. To help you all spread the word, we have compiled several social media posts and images for your use across your social channels or websites. Be sure to include #E15YearRound in your posts!

For more details, contact Director of Communications & Public Affairs Jenni Roberson.

 

 

AT THE PLANTS

Member of the Week: National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center

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The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) hosted its first Biofuels Workshop on Saturday, May 5 for over 50 Brownies, Juniors, and parents of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSOFSI). The “Fueling Fun” workshop featured hands-on activities that showcased fermentation science, the benefits of biofuels, and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

 

“The Meridian Society inspires women to become leaders in supporting SIUE and community causes, and we are grateful for their support in helping us show these young women a whole range of careers in STEM and related fields like communications, marketing and business,” Pohlman said. “Not only did the girls learn about careers, but they also learned that fermentation is the pathway to the bioeconomy, and that pathway begins right here at NCERC.”


To find out more information on the event, please visit SIUE’s website at: https://www.siue.edu/news/2018/05/SIUE-Biofuels-Research-Center-Hosts-GirlScouts-Workshop.shtml

For more details, contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning

Observance of Memorial Day

In light of the upcoming observance of Memorial Day, Growth Energy wanted to take a moment to remember all the servicemen and women of the United States military who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for this country.

 

The ethanol industry takes pride in its sense of patriotism, and in employing veterans at rates far beyond nationwide averages. Growth Energy is proud to support and advocate for an industry that is imbued with such honor and respect for our nation’s armed forces.

 

This Memorial Day, we know that Growth Energy’s membership will join us in paying respect to those who have lost their lives serving this country, and in remembering that they made these sacrifices for all of us.

 

AT OUR EVENTS

Planning Underway for Fall and Spring Annual Events

 
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The events team continues to plan for the association’s two annual conferences and looks forward to engaging with many of our members and industry partners there. Registration for the Biofuels Summit, held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10-13, will open in June. Registration for the 2019 Executive Leadership Conference, held in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., from Feb. 6-9, will launch in the fall.

 

Learn more about our quarterly and annual events — and watch a recap of the 2018 ELC — at GrowthEnergy.org/events.  

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

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