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ACE: Latest Stimulus Package Provides New USDA Leadership Opportunity to Support Biofuel Producers

Sioux Falls, SD (December 21, 2020) – As the year comes to a close, Congress finally coalesced behind another round of stimulus in response to the coronavirus pandemic, totaling approximately $900 billion in spending across a variety of sectors. The package includes $11.2 billion in relief to be distributed by the Office of the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), giving…


ACE Hopeful EPA Chief Nominee Will Bring a Change in Philosophy

Sioux Falls, SD – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement on reports that President-elect Joe Biden will announce Michael Regan, who has been secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality since 2017, as the nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Regan served at EPA for nearly 10 years during the Clinton…


ACE Notifies Retailers USDA is Re-Opening HBIIP Application Portal For 30 Days to Award Remaining Matching Grant Funds

Sioux Falls, SD (December 17, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening a new, 30-day application period starting Dec. 21 to provide retailers one more opportunity to apply for grant money still available under its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). In October, USDA announced several recipients of the up to $100 million in matching grants to increase ethanol and biodiesel…


ACE: Brazil’s Inequitable Treatment of Ethanol Another Demand Hit for Producers

Sioux Falls, SD (December 16, 2020) – This week the 90-day extension of the tariff rate quota (TRQ) on Brazilian imports of U.S. ethanol expired, imposing a 20 percent tariff on all U.S. fuel ethanol imports. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings expressed his disappointment in the Brazilian government’s decision by issuing the following reaction: “We were never big fans of Brazil’s…


ACE Congratulates Tom Vilsack for Nomination to Lead USDA

Sioux Falls, SD (December 10, 2020) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden nominated Tom Vilsack today to return to his previous position as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, which he held for eight years under President Barack Obama: “We congratulate Tom Vilsack on his nomination to once again lead USDA and know…


EPA, DOJ Oppose Refiner Request for Supreme Court Review of Tenth Circuit Decision on RFS Exemptions

In a filing submitted yesterday, the Department of Justice recommended against Supreme Court review of the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling earlier this year that invalidated several small refinery exemptions issued by EPA under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The DOJ filing is in response to a petition submitted in September by HollyFrontier Corporation and CVR Energy, in which the oil refiners ask the Supreme…


Biofuels Coalition Files Brief Challenging 31 Small Refinery Exemptions in 2018

The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union today filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2018. Collectively known as the Biofuels Coalition for this case, the group…


Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

Sioux Falls, SD (November 23, 2020) – Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the 2016 renewable volume obligation…


ACE Welcomes LCFS Recommendation in Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels Report

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels released its consensus report on the steps needed to grow Minnesota’s biofuels industry and get the state back on track to meet renewable energy goals. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Brian Jennings marked the Council’s recommendation of detailing a plan for the adoption of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) as progress that builds…


ACE Comments on EPA's E85 FFV Weighting Factor (F-factor) for MY 2021 and Later Vehicles

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments to EPA"s E85 Flexible Fuel Vehicle Weighting Factor (F-factor) for Model Year 2021 and Later Vehicles. ACE supports an F-factor of at least 0.20 for model year 2021 and later vehicles, and encourages EPA to consider “forward-looking data which indicate E85 use will significantly rise in the future. Until such time EPA establishes a 0.20 or…



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