Tag: Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

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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What blend wall? Minnesota drivers already use more than 10 percent ethanol

When the oil industry and the Environmental Protection Agency cite the 10 percent “blend wall” as a reason to slash the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and cut the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply, one can point to Minnesota as a prime example of why the “blend wall” is a myth.

Ethanol’s opponents came up with a term called the “blend wall” to describe what they say is the upper limit of ethanol consumption in the fuel marketplace.

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Ethanol Update: Removing ethanol from fuel increases toxic emissions

The official comment period to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to slash the amount of homegrown ethanol blended in our fuel supply as called for by Congress in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is now over.

But that doesn’t mean our voices should go silent. Until EPA’s numbers are finalized, continue speaking out in support of maintaining a strong RFS and keeping America’s energy policy moving forward,

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Here is MCGA's comment letter on EPA's proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard

You have until midnight on Monday, July 27 (that’s today!), to officially submit your comments and tell the Environmental Protection Agency that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working for all Americans. Click here to submit your comments.

Meanwhile, here is the official RFS comment letter from Northfield family farmer and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Bruce Peterson, submitted on behalf of the MCGA’s more than 7,000 members.

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Corn Growers wrap up “What you need to Know” district meetings

Over 300 farmers attended a series of six “What you need to Know” district meetings hosted by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) in July. The meetings were an opportunity for MCGA staff, along with staff from partner organizations, to provide an update on Minnesota’s new buffer requirements and other legislative and policy items important to corn farming in Minnesota.

Corn farmers filled meeting rooms in Red Lake Falls,

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