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No. 01, Oct. 4, 2017

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IN THE PRESS

LETTER TO TRUMP: GROWTH ENERGY URGES PRESIDENT TO KEEP EPA ON COURSE WITH RFS

Leading biofuels advocates ask president to protect RFS

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Growth Energy joined other industry leaders in sending a letter to the White House on Tuesday, Oct. 3, that called on President Trump to quickly address recent actions by the EPA that could unravel progress achieved under the RFS. In the letter, industry leaders called on the White House to protect cellulosic and starch-based ethanol targets from EPA cuts, to withdraw the agency’s latest notice aimed at total biofuel volumes (including biodiesel), and to reject oil industry proposals for an export-subsidy credit designed to strip the value from higher biofuel blends. Below, read a statement from Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released to the media:

“The biofuels industry stands united against drastic changes to the RFS that would freeze innovation and halt investments in the production of homegrown biofuels. The changes being considered by the EPA run counter to the law and threaten the growth and prosperity of the U.S. biofuels industry, including farmers and communities across the heartland. We’re calling on the White House to put the EPA back on course before the agency does irreversible harm to the President’s agenda and goes back on his promises to rural voters.”

For more details on Growth Energy communications, contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.


 

WORKING FOR YOU

 

ON THE HILL

Working to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard

IN REGULATIONS

Demanding an EPA that moves forward

AT THE PUMP

Talking to retailers at NACS in Chicago

Tri-State Governors’ Conference in Sioux City

AROUND THE WORLD

Agriculture trade mission to Brazil

AT OUR EVENTS 
Recap of 2017 Biofuels Summit, looking ahead to the 2018 Executive Leadership Conference

IN THE FAST LANE

Austin Dillon and team fight hard at Dover International Speedway, but miss round of 12 by four points

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

American Ethanol on the Track

Oct. 15, 2017

Alabama 500

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Ala.

NACS Show

Oct. 17-20, 2017

McCormick Place

Chicago, Ill.

Ethanol Summit of the Americas

Oct. 18-19, 2017

Houston, Texas

90th National FFA Convention & Expo

Oct. 25-28, 2017

Indianapolis, Ind.


 

ON THE HILL

WORKING TO PROTECT THE RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD 

Growth Energy's Government Affairs team continues to work with champions in Congress to voice our concerns about the recent proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that threaten to gut the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We're also tracking the nomination of Bill Wehrum, whose hearing is scheduled for today, Wednesday, Oct. 4. He was nominated by President Trump to serve as EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, which is the office  in charge of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). All of our work on Capitol Hill is building off the momentum of our successful Biofuels Summit, during which 20 teams of Growth Energy members met with 240 Congressional offices here in Washington, DC. The Government Affairs team is also working with partners on the Hill to find opportunities to fix the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) sales barrier.

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

 

IN REGULATIONS

DEMANDING AN EPA THAT MOVES FORWARD 

Chris Bliley, Growth Energy's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, is working alongside the Government Affairs team on the association's response to the EPA Notice of Data Availability (NODA) that threatens to cut RFS volumes. Growth Energy will be providing formal comments that push back against EPA’s flawed proposal. We expect the formal announcement to be published in the Federal Register today, and the deadline for comments is likely to be October 19.

 

Similarly, we’re working to strongly oppose the rumored idea to add a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) to ethanol exports. All together, the cuts to cellulosic levels in the proposed RVOs from the summer, the biodiesel cuts in the NODA, and the rumored export-RIN idea seem to suggest that the EPA is on a path to undercutting the goals of the RFS, which is to blend more renewable fuels into the nation’s fuel supply. Growth Energy is strongly opposed to anything that threatens the RFS, and we will keep working to defeat these proposals and rumors.

 

Finally, Growth Energy is also filing comments on the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) mid-term evaluation of corporate average fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year vehicles 2021 through 2025. The Trump Administration will be making a final determination by April 2018 on whether these vehicle standards are appropriate. Our comments will focus on the ability of high octane, mid-level ethanol blends to meet more stringent future vehicle standards. Growth Energy has led the way on this issue since 2012 when we filed for consideration of a high-octane E30 blend.

 

Next week Chris Bliley will be speaking on regulatory matters at the Fuel Ethanol Lab Conference in Omaha and will also be participating in the Ag/Auto/Ethanol Alliance meeting in Detroit.

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

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AT THE PUMP

TALKING TO RETAILERS AT NACS IN CHICAGO 

The Market Development team will be in Chicago for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) show October 18 through 20. With an estimated 30,000 attendees, the NACS show is the largest gathering in the convenience store industry. This is an excellent opportunity for Growth Energy to forge new relationships with retailers, catch up with existing partners, and engage retailer targets directly on E15 benefits. If you're also attending, keep your eyes peeled for our booth!

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

 

TRI-STATE GOVERNORS’ CONFERENCE IN SIOUX CITY 

Growth Energy attended the 15th annual Tri-State Governors’ Conference in Sioux City, Iowa, last week, which featured the governors of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Together, these three states produce almost half of the nation’s biofuels! Pam Miller of Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Nebraska, led a break-out session and thanked Gov. Kim Reynolds, Gov. Pete Ricketts, and Gov. Dennis Daugaard personally for their commitments to help expand markets for biofuels like ethanol.

For more details about membership and development, contact Vice President of Development Kelly Manning

 

AROUND THE WORLD

AGRICULTURE TRADE MISSION TO BRAZIL

Growth Energy, along with other trade representatives from the U.S. ethanol industry, participated in a United States Department of Agriculture-sponsored Agriculture Trade Mission (ATM) to Brazil in September in order to discuss the tariff-rate quota system (TRQ) recently adopted by the Brazilian government. The ethanol team joined the other ATM participants for a general briefing by U.S. consulate officials in Recife about the economic and political situation in the northeast part of the country. Most importantly, our ethanol group also had the opportunity to join the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Michael McKinley, for a private dinner meeting. Overall, the trip was a critical opportunity for the industry to directly and forcefully express our serious concerns about the TRQ with Brazilian government officials.

For more details on Growth Energy's work in international markets, contact Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Chris Bliley.

 

AT OUR EVENTS

RECAP OF 2017 BIOFUELS SUMMIT

Looking ahead to the 2018 Executive Leadership Conference

The 2017 Growth Energy Biofuels Summit was held here in Washington, DC, September 11 through 14, and was a wonderful success. Thank you to everyone who attended! As the most widely attended fall conference to date, Growth Energy’s members held 240 meetings with Congress, which is a record. During these meetings, we continued conversations with our friends and champions while also giving new data and arguments to those who may not yet be on board. This is a key strategy to winning more support on the Hill. Photos from the event are available in two different galleries: Check out the full event gallery here and the award presentation gallery here.

 
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We next turn our attention to the 2018 Executive Leadership Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. Mark your calendars for February 7 through 10, 2018. Registration will be opening soon!

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

 

IN THE FAST LANE

AUSTIN DILLON AND TEAM FIGHT HARD AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, BUT MISS ROUND OF 12 BY FOUR POINTS

From American Ethanol NASCAR driver Austin Dillon after he competed in the NASCAR playoffs at Dover on October 1: 

 

"We finished 16th and missed the Round of 12 by just four points. Truthfully, I put it back on myself in Chicago. I got a speeding penalty there where we were going to get stage points and a top 10 run and that just kind of crushed our points situation. Today was more luck than anything when the No. 33 spun out and put us two laps down. I had to take the wave around, and we fought out of that hole to get back on to the lead lap. The No. 17 [Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.] played the strategy right and got the stage points. We were racing him pretty much the rest of the day. So, we tried some more strategy stuff by staying out there at the end on older tires and we didn't get the caution. Congratulations to the No. 17 team for moving on to the next round. Our AAA team will just keep working hard and see if we can't get a win by the end of the year and come back stronger next year. I'm proud of my guys. They fought hard. I would have liked to battle down to the end with the No. 31. But, that first caution kind of killed our day right there."

For more details on Growth Energy's NASCAR partnership, contact Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Chris Hogan.


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