EPA Should Promote Innovation in Next-Gen Biofuels Sector

December 13, 2013

It's time the agency put growth at the top of its list.

Posted in Advanced Biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Letter to the Editor

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David, Goliath and the Wall Street Journal

November 22, 2013

The Journal confuses David (American biofuels) with Goliath (Big Oil). With EPA's proposal, Goliath comes out ahead.

Posted in EPA, Ethanol, Letter to the Editor, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Reduction to 2014 RVOs Would be a Financial Windfall for Big Oil

November 06, 2013

Big Oil has developed a laundry list of excuses for refusing to embrace the RFS, but let's be honest. Its crusade against the RFS isn’t about the interests of the American consumer. It’s about money, market share, and snuffing out competition.

Posted in EPA, Ethanol, Gas Prices, Oil, RINs, RVOs

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Burning Down the Rumor Mill on 2014 RFS Requirements: RVOs must reflect statutory authority

October 10, 2013

EPA’s proposed rule establishing 2014 RVOs under the RFS is expected to be published soon. Many believe the 2014 RVO will, for the first time ever, require obligated parties to move beyond the status quo and blend volumes of renewable fuel above the so-called “E10 blend wall.”

Posted in EPA, Ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard

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AEC’s Coleman to WSJ: Stop Making Stuff Up

August 23, 2013

The Wall Street Journal calls cellulosic ethanol a failure. AEC's Brooke Coleman understands that the Journal does not like biofuels, but let’s stop making stuff up. It doesn't serve the interests of readers, he says, who are getting gouged at the pump

Posted in EPA, Ethanol

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Ethanol on Two Wheels

June 18, 2013

RFA's Robert White has been riding motorcycles on ethanol-blended fuel for 23 years now without an issue. E10 has become the standard fuel for most Americans. The debate used to be that E10 was not acceptable for motorcycles, but that changed in the past couple of years with the idea of E15. No motorcycles are approved to use E15, yet AMA has made it a top priority to stop. Their pitch to Congress is to stop E15 until testing can be done. White says how about we just follow the label and not use it.

Posted in E15, Engines, EPA, Ethanol

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Letter to the Editor — Dinneen: E15 is Well-Tested

June 05, 2013

RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen submitted a letter to the editor of the Galesburg Register-Mail in response to a guest opinion piece that ran in the May 18 edition of the newspaper.

Posted in E15, EPA, Ethanol, Safety, Test

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Bob Dinneen Responds to WSJ Factually Tortured Ethanol Editorial

January 29, 2013

Bob Dinneen responds to the latest episode of the Journal’s reign of terror about ethanol. The editorial distorts the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision, the progress and potential for cellulosic ethanol, the federal incentives for advanced biofuels, and the past century of subsidies for Big Oil.

Posted in EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Letter to the Editor — RFA Responds to “Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices”

January 14, 2013

Bob Dinneen, RFA President and CEO, responds to the Tulsa World column "Ethanol Scam Driving Up Food Prices" in a letter to the editor.

Posted in E15, Energy, EPA, Ethanol, Food

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Impacts of Waiving the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Household Spending on Food and Fuel

August 28, 2012

This summer, several governors have submitted letter to the EPA requesting a waiver of the RFS for 2012 and 2013. Analysis from the RFA shows that waiving the RFS requirements for 2013 would actually result in a net increase in annual household spending of approximately $24-$85 due to increased spending on gasoline. Thus, waiving the RFS in 2013 would do more harm to American consumers than if EPA allows the program to continue to function as designed.

Posted in Corn, Corn prices, Drought, EPA, Ethanol, Food, Renewable Fuel Standard

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Frequently Asked Questions for Use of E15 in Your Automobile

July 16, 2012

As E15 (85 volume percent gasoline, 15 volume percent ethanol) is poised to enter the marketplace, many consumers have questions about the use of E15 in their vehicles. The RFA has put together this FAQ document to best answer consumers questions.

Posted in E15, Engines, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel

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Use of E15 in your Automobile

July 16, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) for use in model year 2001 and newer vehicles. Now that E15 is being sold for use beyond flex-fuel vehicles, consumers have questions about using E15 their own vehicles. The RFA has compiled and Automobile Fact Sheet for E15 use.

Posted in E15, Engines, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel

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Ethanol Limbo in Congress Continues

July 26, 2011

As the nation teeters on the brink of default, lawmakers from both parties continue to squabble while others seek to further erode the progress America has made in reducing our reliance on imported oil.

Posted in Congress, E15, Energy, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel, Jobs, Oil, Renewable Fuel Standard

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E15:  Moving Forward

June 29, 2011

With EPA’s final label for E15 ethanol blends now in the books, the real work must begin. Educating retailers about the safe and legal sale of the E15 blends, expanding ethanol fueling infrastructure, and putting the concerns of consumers to rest about the use of E15 in their approved vehicles must be and will be at the heart of what the ethanol industry and the RFA do in the coming months and years.

Posted in E15, Engines, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel

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EPA Details Legal Avenues for E15 Sales Today

March 29, 2011

In a letter to industry stakeholders, EPA has reconfirmed it is illegal to sell E15 to gasoline-only vehicles and engines until all regulatory issues have been resolved. However, EPA also reaffirmed the legality of offering properly labeled E15 and any other ethanol blend from E11 to E85 for use Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs).

Posted in Congress, E15, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel

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RFA President Addresses Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

January 25, 2011

Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen today is addressing the gathering of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association in Des Moines, Iowa. Dinneen is joining Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Senator Rick Santorum, and others to speak on importance of ethanol and biofuels to state and the nation.

Posted in EPA, Ethanol, Production, Tariff , VEETC

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EPA E15 Label Cries Wolf

November 16, 2010

On November 16, the EPA will hold a public hearing about its proposed label for E15. While many of the people in the room may choose to use the venue to express their frustration about the decision as a whole, it shouldn’t take away from the fact that EPA’s proposed label will do little more than scare consumers. It needs to change.

Posted in E15, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel

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Letter to the Editor: Wall Street Journal

October 20, 2010

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal posted “The Ethanol Bailout”, in response to the U.S. EPA grant of the E15 waiver for MY2007 and newer cars and light trucks, claiming ethanol is highly corrosive and will damage to engines and exhaust systems. Yet, test after test has shown that ethanol blends up to E15 are safe and effective for all vehicles. The following is my Letter to the Editor: “Given the nature of the your editorial "The Ethanol Bailout" (Oct. 18), it may come a surprise that I agree with the Journal that the EPA's decision to allow more ethanol use in gasoline is not based on all the science. If it were, the EPA would have allowed the use of up to 15% ethanol in a gallon of gasoline for every vehicle on the road".......

Posted in E15, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel, Production

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Making a Silk Purse

October 18, 2010

Based upon Clean Air Act requirements, EPA is to consider all scientific evidence when evaluating new fuels. In the case of the E15 waiver, however, EPA completely ignored credible data submitted by RFA that demonstrated the efficacy of E15 in older vehicles. Ricardo, Inc., an internationally recognized automotive engineering firm used EPA’s own methodology to evaluate the likely effects of using E15 in vehicles model year (MY) 2000 and older. It is previously unheard of for EPA to deny a waiver request for vehicles that are beyond their EPA-determined useful life, as all MY2000 and older vehicles will be on January 1, 2011. Alas, c’est la vie. It is now up to the industry to make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear. We have introduced new fuels in this country before and the pathway to doing so is clear. It is a complicated process and one that will not happen overnight. Fortunately, the RFA has already begun this process.

Posted in E15, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel, Renewable Fuels, Research

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EPA is “Missing an Opportunity” with E15 Market Bifurcation

October 13, 2010

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency granted the E15 waiver for model year (MY) 2007 and new vehicles. By doing this, the EPA is missing an opportunity to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and create new economic opportunity. This scientifically unjustified bifurcation of the U.S. car market will do little to move the needle and expand ethanol use today. Limiting E15 use to MY2007 and newer vehicles only creates confusion for retailers and consumers alike. America’s ethanol producers are hitting an artificial blend wall today. The goals of Congress to reduce our addiction to oil captured in the Renewable Fuels Standard cannot be met with this decision.

Posted in E15, EPA, Ethanol, Fuel, Renewable Fuels, U.S Dept. of Energy

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