Category: Ethanol

Grassroots efforts demand action in response to EPA waivers

The power of grassroots efforts came through last week when Minnesota’s corn farmers submitted more than 700 comments, over 300 to both President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding actions are taken to protect the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The passionate response from the ag community followed news in late July that the EPA would approve 31 small refinery waivers, removing an additional 1.43 billion gallons of U.S. biofuels from the nation’s supply.

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Your help is needed to protect the RFS

President Trump’s commitment to farmers and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is being undermined by actions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

With last week’s announcement of 31 additional small refinery waivers approved, the EPA has now reduced RFS requirements by 4.04 billion gallons through retroactive refinery exemptions. We need your help today to protect the RFS from EPA actions that threaten the president’s commitment to support renewable fuels and farmers.

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Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations disappoint corn farmers

As part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) last week. While the proposed rule maintains 15 billion gallons for conventional ethanol, it did not reallocate or account for the billions of gallons of renewable fuels lost due to refinery exemptions.

The minimum amount of renewable fuels that must be supplied to the market in 2020 was 20.04 billion gallons. Conventional biofuels will remain at 15 billion gallons of that total next year.

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Addressing the false statements around ethanol-blended fuels

As ethanol-related news continues to make headlines, detractors of the homegrown fuel have also once again surfaced, voicing the same old myths and misconceptions that have unfortunately been around for years.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association would like to address the falsehoods surrounding ethanol-blended fuels:

  • Myth: Adding ethanol to gas has no environmental benefits: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ethanol made from corn helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45% compared to gasoline.
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Year-round E15 sales is a major win for farmers and consumers

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is pleased to see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a rule that will finally allow for year-round sales of E15. Announced today, the rule removes an outdated barrier that prevented retailers from selling E15 to non-Flex Fuel Vehicles during the summer months.

Today’s announcement follows a promise from the Trump Administration last October that consumers would soon have access to year-round E15. MCGA commends President Trump for making this rule a reality for corn farmers and drivers who now have another option at the pump.

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Station events to offer discounts and raise awareness of ethanol-blended fuels

Drivers in Twin Cities suburbs and Greater Minnesota will have the opportunity to enjoy discounts on E85 and E15 while learning about ethanol-blended fuels at fuel promotion events this spring and summer.

Building on successful events that reached hundreds of Twin Cities residents last fall, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association will again partner with the American Lung Association and Twin Cities Road Crew to raise awareness of ethanol-blended fuels with Minnesota drivers.

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MCGA, corn farmers submit comments calling for year-round E15 sales

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule allowing year-round sales of E15. The rule would finally remove an outdated barrier requiring retailers to stop selling E15 during the summer months.

MCGA comments stressed the importance of treating E15 the same as standard 10-percent ethanol blends by no longer interrupting sales between June and September. The rule would finally give consumers access to another option at the pump during the busy summer travel season,

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MCGA advocates for year-round E15 sales in EPA hearing

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Brian Thalmann provided testimony last week at a hearing for a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allowing year-round sales of E15. On behalf of MCGA, Thalmann advocated for removing the outdated barrier to E15 by June 1 while avoiding additional reforms that could weigh down E15 sales.

A corn and soybean farmer from Plato, Thalmann shared in his testimony the success of E15 in Minnesota,

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Farmer input needed for year-round access to E15

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rule that has the potential to make the selling of year-round E15 a reality this year. However, comments from Minnesota’s corn farmers are needed to ensure the rule increases access to E15 while maintaining a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Currently, the proposed rule for E15 is paired with a complex proposal to change rules for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), the credits that demonstrate compliance with the RFS. 

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Free e-book details the remarkable rise of ethanol in Minnesota

In three short years, Minnesota went from 14 locations offering 88 Octane fuel, commonly known as E15, to over 300 retailers selling the cleaner-burning fuel. The expanded infrastructure combined with a number of other efforts helped Minnesota set all-time highs in ethanol sales last year.

Free to download, “The Rise of Ethanol in Minnesota” e-book details the multi-faceted approach to make Minnesota a national leader in ethanol-blended fuels.

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