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ACE statement on 15-year anniversary of the RFS

The RFS has successfully benefited our climate, drivers, and rural economy, but improper implementation limits its promise


ACE: Adopt GREET Act Another Pointed Reminder EPA Must Update its Antiquated Analysis of Ethanol’s GHG Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require EPA to update its decade-old greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement in support of the concept of the legislation: “ACE has long called for adoption of the newest lifecycle science to quantify ethanol’s…


ACE: Yet Even More Waiver Requests While a Hurting Rural America Continues to Wait for EPA to Correct its RFS Missteps

Sioux Falls, SD (July 16, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Small Refinery Exemption (SRE) dashboard, disclosing the Agency’s received six more retroactive SRE petitions or so-called ‘gap filings’ for compliance years 2011 through 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA unveiled in its June update that the Agency had received 52 new retroactive SRE…


ACE’s Request to Raise 2020 RVO Added to the List of Missed Opportunities for EPA to Do Right by Rural America

COVID-19’s ethanol demand destruction on top of EPA’s through RFS missteps leaves biofuel producers and farmers in economic turmoil


U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Demand Answers on Retroactive EPA Exemptions

In a letter today, America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to offer answers on a new effort to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During a Senate hearing last month, administration officials confirmed their consideration of retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) covering previous years. The “gap-filings” are designed to reconstitute…


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…


ACE: Administration must initiate a plan to aid ethanol producers struggling to survive the catastrophic economic fallout of COVID-19

Sioux Falls, SD (April 27, 2020) – Today, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings requested President Trump demonstrate his leadership in support of America’s farmers and the renewable fuels industry by directing his Cabinet to provide a much-needed boost to ethanol producers and rural America in response to the mounting economic harm as a result of the sudden and severe drop in…


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…


ACE reaction to EPA’s RFS compliance flexibility announcement

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced several steps it will take to ease enforcement in the gasoline supply chain in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, including actions regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA stated it “does not intend to unilaterally revisit or rescind any previously granted small refinery exemptions issued for prior compliance years,” the Agency “intends to extend…



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