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Solar Panel Bill Passes Georgia House

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A bill concerning the installation of solar panels to help agricultural producers passed the Georgia House this week. And as Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar explains, it’s a bill that now moves on to the Senate. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Pledges Support of the Renewable Fuel Standard

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President Donald Trump penned a letter this week reiterating his support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The Renewable Fuels Association released the letter during the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, California. Trump told the ethanol industry in the letter that “your president and this administration values the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy.” RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen thanked Trump for reaffirming his support, which has been in question because Trump appointed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the Hagstrom Report. Pruitt has close ties to the fossil fuel industry, but has upheld that he will enforce the RFS as per the laws set by Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

Former Peanut Farmer Jimmy Carter Installs Solar Farm

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Former U.S. President and peanut farmer Jimmy Carter has leased a few acres of his peanut farm to a solar company to provide renewable energy to his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Tyron Spearman has the story. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethanol Discussed by Georgia Legislature

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Ethanol was one of the issues discussed during the Georgia Legislative session this week, as Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar explains. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Defends RFS Implementation

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A group of plaintiffs recently filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging how the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) has recently been implemented. Read the rest of this entry »

USGC, RFA, Growth Energy Urge Administration to Address China Trade Tariffs on Ethanol, DDGs

In a letter to President Donald Trump this week, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy are asking for help “in urgently addressing China’s recent implementation of protectionist trade barriers that are shutting out U.S. exports of ethanol and distillers dried grains (DDGS).” Specifically, the three groups are asking the incoming U.S. Trade Representative to put China’s recent actions near the top of the administration’s China trade agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethanol Exports Reached Record-High 1.01 Billion Gallons in 2016

Net exports of ethanol from the United States set a new record of 1.01 billion gallons in 2016, according to a new eight-page summary of 2016 ethanol trade data published today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

Gross U.S. ethanol exports totaled 1.05 billion gallons in 2016, second only to 2011’s record of 1.19 billion gallons. Meanwhile, ethanol imports registered at just 34 million gallons, the lowest total since 2010. Brazil was the leading destination for U.S. ethanol exports, followed by Canada and China. Together, the three countries accounted for 68 percent of total ethanol exports. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Biodiesel Market Skunks Previous Records

U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by nearly 40 percent. Also for the first time, the monthly market topped 300 million gallons, with December’s numbers coming in at 362 million gallons. The National Biodiesel Board welcomed the numbers but says that success is undermined by imports. Imports provide more than a third of the U.S. biodiesel market. Read the rest of this entry »

Ad Recognizes Trump Leadership on Biofuels

The nation’s top renewable fuel advocates are celebrating inauguration week with a new television ad highlighting President-elect Donald Trump’s vocal support for jobs in the biofuels sector and offering thanks for his steadfast leadership. The new ad will begin airing Wednesday during MSNBC’s Morning Joe program and will also appear on digital channels. Watch the video ad and learn more.

Analysis Reaffirms Ethanol’s GHG Emissions Reduction Benefits

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new analysis today on the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of corn-based ethanol. The analysis, conducted by ICF, found that typical corn-based ethanol achieves a 43 percent greenhouse gas reduction when compared to 2005-era gasoline, and by 2022, corn-based ethanol is projected to increase to a 50 percent greenhouse gas reduction over the life of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethanol Exports Continue to Surge in November

by Ann Lewis, Research Analyst

The United States exported 121.9 million gallons (mg) of ethanol in November—down 7% from October’s huge total, but still the third-largest monthly total in five years, according to government trade data released today and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Brazil was the top market again in November, followed by Canada and China. Year-to-date exports stood at 947.4 mg, implying an annual total of 1.034 billion gallons for calendar year 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

$2.9 Million Available for Biorefinery Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.9 million in funding for research to improve biorefinery technologies. The Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office. Read the rest of this entry »

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