Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Trump Rebuffs Corn Farmers With Status Quo on Biofuels

Corn in Illinois Corn stands in a field in Walnut, Ill. The Environmental Protection Agency will require refiners to use 20.09 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2020, a 0.85% increase over the 2019 requirement for 19.92 billion gallons. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration on Dec. 19 set relatively flat quotas for plant-based fuels in 2020, rebuffing ethanol and biodiesel allies who said the targets don’t do enough to support the industry.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy | Bloomberg News
December 19, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Larry Kudlow Hatches New Plan to Boost Biofuel Mandates

corn plants Corn plants grow in Churdan, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is developing a new plan to bolster biofuel-blending requirements after ethanol allies in politically important farm states complained the current proposal doesn’t do enough to compensate for waivers exempting some small refineries from the mandates.

December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Farmers Blame Trump for Biofuels Rule They View as Betrayal

Monte Shaw, Grant Kimberley and Craig Floss Monte Shaw of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (from left), Grant Kimberley of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, and Craig Floss of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, hold a press conference in Johnston, Iowa, on Oct. 16. (David Plitt/AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Oct. 16 with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress.

David Pitt | Associated Press
October 17, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Proposes Biofuel Quota Plan to Offset Refinery Waivers

Truck dumps corn for biofuel A truck dumps corn inside Poet Biorefining in Jewell, Iowa. (Sergio Flores/Bloomberg)

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes in the way it sets annual percentages spelling out how much renewable fuel refiners must blend into gasoline and diesel.

October 15, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost to Offset Refinery Waivers

The Trump administration may bolster ethanol and other biodiesel. A grain truck sits parked as corn is delivered at a Michlig Grain storage facility in Sheffield, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump has tentatively agreed to a plan for bolstering ethanol and biodiesel, amid pressure from Midwest U.S. senators who warned the president that without action, he risks votes in next year’s election.

September 13, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

White House to Meet With Oil, Biofuel Makers in Bid for Deal

Grain rail cars on tracks Grain rail cars sit on tracks in the POET Biorefining ethanol facility in Gowrie, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Trump administration officials are set to consult with oil refiners and renewable fuel producers at the White House on Sept. 11, as they struggle to develop a final plan for bolstering corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel.

September 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

White House Weighs Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Biofuel Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

September 6, 2019
Business, Fuel

Indonesian Road Test Finds Palm Oil Biofuel ‘Safe’ for Cars

Palm Oil Sanjit Das/Bloomberg News

Indonesia said it conducted the world’s longest road test using diesel blended with 30% palm oil, and the results showed that the biofuel is safe for cars.

September 6, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump Orders Biofuel Boost in Bid to Temper Farm State Anger

Corn unloaded at biofuels plant Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump, seeking to tamp down political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, has ordered federal agencies to shift course on relieving some oil refineries of requirements to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol.

August 23, 2019
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Eco-Energy Launches Logistics Service for Ethanol Market

Eco-Energy, a biofuel supply chain company, launched its Ethanol Logistics Service on July 11 to reach a broader mix of ethanol buyers and shippers, and create the largest asset-backed logistics management service exclusively focused on ethanol.

July 12, 2019