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ACE Welcomes EPA Denying RFS ‘Gap-Filling Petitions,’ Urges Application of Tenth Circuit Decision Nationwide

Sioux Falls, SD (September 14, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Agency is denying the retroactive small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions or so-called ‘gap-filling petitions’ for compliance years 2011 through 2018 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and industry partners have called on EPA to reject the ‘gap-year’…


Corn Growers, Ethanol Supporters to EPA: Stop Penalizing Ethanol Blends

Sioux Falls, SD (August 14, 2020) The Urban Air Initiative (UAI), a coalition of state corn grower organizations, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition filed comments today asking EPA not to penalize ethanol’s ability to reduce carbon emissions. The EPA is proposing to penalize ethanol for its lower carbon profile, even though nothing in the law warrants…


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…



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