Tag: Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

7,000 people attended ethanol-fueled Tasseldega Nights at Elko Speedway

The engines were loud, the smiles were wide, and the ethanol information was prevalent on Saturday at Tasseldega Nights 2016 at Elko Speedway. More than 7,000 people turned out to watch a night of ethanol-powered racing, with free admission sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

If you weren’t able to attend, hopefully you have a good excuse. To bring you up to speed on what you missed, here are photos and a few stories from the evening:

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Past MCGA President and Northfield farmer Bruce Peterson addressed the capacity crowd before racing began on Saturday.

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Reaction to EPA's 2017 RFS proposal

On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule to set Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. EPA proposed a total renewable fuel volume of 18.8 billion gallons, including 14.8 billion for corn ethanol.

The numbers are an increase from 2016 RVO levels, but still fall short of the numbers set by Congress in the RFS, which is legislation that sets annual targets for the amount of cleaner-burning biofuels like corn ethanol blended into our fuel supply.

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Fueling the truth: Taking down ethanol haters myth by misguided myth

If you have a friend who remains skeptical about ethanol’s air quality benefits, or you know a local mechanic who clings to the belief that ethanol damages engines, you’ll want to send them to FuelingTheTruth.com.

The new website from the Urban Air Initiative cuts through all the myths, misinformation and confusion put out there by ethanol’s critics and gets right down to the facts.

You want videos?

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Our View: The small engine industry needs to change with the times

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which represents the small engine industry, just released their annual survey results concerning consumer knowledge of small engine fuel options. Based upon the results of the survey, corn farmers and small engine manufacturers can agree that consumers need and deserve more information about today’s fuel options. We know from our own consumer research that consumers are hungry for information about the positive effects of ethanol blended fuels.

Further,

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Ethanol Update: The RFS, ethanol's economic impact, oil subsidies and more

It’s been a while since we’ve updated everyone on the happenings in the world of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol. So, we’ll forgo the chit-chat and get right into the update.

Reform instead of repeal?
It looks like “Big Oil” is shifting it’s strategy from trying to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to reforming it. However, part of those “reforms” include repealing the corn ethanol portion of the RFS.

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USDA: Ethanol produces twice the amount of energy it consumes

The crowd that’s always trying to tear down ethanol constantly pushes the myth that ethanol requires more energy to make than it creates. The myth has been disproven time and again, but that’s never stopped the anti-ethanol zealots before.

Well, maybe a new USDA study finally slow them down.

The report is called “2015 Energy Balance For The Corn-Ethanol Industry” and concludes that ethanol has, on average a 2:1 energy ratio.

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Ethanol Update: Auto dealers, Reid vapor pressure, E15 and the RFS

This week’s Ethanol Update is short, but as always, packed with some great info. When you’re traveling this Holiday season, be sure to fill up with cleaner burning, renewable, homegrown ethanol fuels!

Auto dealer resources
Our friends at Growth Energy have put together a resources page for auto dealers to address misconceptions about ethanol. The page, which includes a video, showroom posters and facts about ethanol fuel, can be viewed here.

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Ethanol Update: Heading down the RFS home stretch

There is a lot of activity and rhetoric (mostly rhetoric) flying around about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) right now. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to finalize it’s adjusted RFS numbers on Nov. 30, which means Big Oil and its cronies are out in full force banging the anti-ethanol drum and doing whatever they can to get others to buy into the myths and misinformation they spread about cleaner-burning homegrown biofuels.

For this week’s Ethanol Update,

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Shame on these House members from corn-producing states for signing Big Oil's anti-ethanol letter

An oil industry lobbyist drafts an anti-ethanol letter. Members of Congress sign the letter. The letter is sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This practice isn’t uncommon — Big Oil and its deep pockets lead many organizations around by the nose as they strive to kill the Renewable Fuel Standard, roll back the use of homegrown biofuels and strengthen its monopoly on our fuel tanks and wallets.

But there’s no excuse for members of Congress from corn producing states to fall into Big Oil’s anti-ethanol trap.

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Ethanol Update: EPA's flawed MOVE model, the RFS and E15

This week’s Ethanol Update contains tidbits on a flawed fuel testing model from the Environmental Protection Agency, the damage cutting the Renewable Fuel Standard will do to air quality, Chrysler including E15 in its vehicle warranties and a successful ethanol promotion in Minnesota small town.

Warning: Flawed EPA model could cripple higher ethanol blends
David VanderGriend, president of the Urban Air Initiative, warns that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new MOVES model is biased against ethanol and will be a major obstacle to higher ethanol blends.

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