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ACE calls on EPA to ensure RFS blending obligations are upheld amid drop in biofuel demand, unjustified waiver requests

Sioux Falls, SD (May 20, 2020) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings calls recent requests for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive or significantly reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) unjustified, including a letter sent yesterday from 15 Republican Senators and similar requests from a handful of governors and attorneys…


Coalition Opposes API Petition on 2020 RFS Obligations

A coalition of ethanol and farm groups today sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing the American Petroleum Institute’s recent petition requesting reconsideration of the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) final rule. API claims reconsideration of the 2020 RFS rule is necessary in light of the coalition’s recent Tenth Circuit court victory that overturned small refinery exemptions…


ACE: States’ RFS waiver request illegitimate, fuel demand drop already waiving blending volumes and EPA must adjust RVO upward

Sioux Falls, SD (April 16, 2020) – In response to governors of five U.S. states requesting a nationwide waiver exempting oil refiners from their Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligations due to the coronavirus, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings pointed out that ACE’s letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this month provides the counterpoint — EPA…


ACE urges EPA to immediately correct RFS implementation missteps for biofuel producers, farmers hit by COVID-19 economic fallout

Sioux Falls, SD (April 3, 2020) – Today, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address a shortcoming in the Agency’s implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which has been exposed with the recent nosedive in gasoline use as a result of COVID-19, and reminded EPA of pending actions it can take to mitigate the economic…


Renewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

Sioux Falls, SD (March 25, 2020) – Ethanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump Administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down certain small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. On Jan. 24, a panel of Tenth Circuit judges unanimously ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…


Renewable Fuels Coalition Launches Campaign Calling for EPA Not to Appeal 10th Circuit Decision

Sioux Falls, SD – With the need for a decision only days away, the coalition that successfully won a unanimous court decision against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continued its call for the agency to not appeal the decision by launching a new social media campaign aimed at encouraging policymakers and the EPA to do the right thing. Click here for a video created by the four associations…


ACE alerts Trump Administration and Congress economic stimulus will be needed amid COVID-19 market fallout

Sioux Falls, SD (March 18, 2020) – As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the U.S., threatening American lives and adversely impacting the nation’s economy, the transportation fuel sector will be especially hard hit.  Declines in consumer gasoline use will shrink demand for corn ethanol. In response to the economic turmoil being felt by its members, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO…


U.S. Farm and Biofuel Leaders Urge President Trump Stand by RFS

America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on President Trump to immediately speak out against reports from within the administration that the White House may bow to a misinformation campaign spearheaded by Senator Ted Cruz. The senator has urged the president to join a handful of oil refineries seeking to overturn a unanimous court decision that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s…


Tenth Circuit Court Strikes Down EPA Small Refinery Exemptions

Sioux Falls, SD (January 27, 2020) – In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to granting Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit late on Friday struck down three exemptions that were improperly issued by EPA. The court ruling stems from a May 2018 challenge brought against…


ACE: EPA’s final 2020 RFS rule fails to uphold the President’s biofuel deal

Sioux Falls, SD (December 19, 2019) –Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) along with its finalized supplemental rulemaking that addresses how the Agency will handle the Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) provision in the program moving forward. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings…



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