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WASHINGTON— The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce that GROWMARK Energy has started offering pre-blended E15 at 17 additional terminals. GROWMARK announced in November that its company-owned terminals in Amboy, Ashkum, and Petersburg, Ill., Fort Dodge, Iowa, and St. Joseph, Mo., would start offering pre-blended E15, but today announced 17 more terminals.
Effective immediately, GROWMARK will offer pre-blended E15 at several Magellan Terminals: Bettendorf, Iowa, Carthage, Mo., Des Moines, Iowa, Doniphan, Neb., Enid, Okla., Fort Smith, Ark., Heyworth, Ill., Kansas City, Kansas, N. Little Rock, Ark., Oklahoma City, Okla., Omaha, Neb., Palmyra, Mo., Scott City, Kansas, Sioux Falls, S.D., Springfield, Mo., Topeka, Kansas, and Wichita, Kansas.
Materials will be available only Sept. 16-April 30, unless a formal rulemaking allowing a one pound RVP waiver is issued.
As reported previously, RFA has worked with GROWMARK on a number of issues related to offering E15 at the terminals, including regulatory compliance, participation in the EPA’s required fuel survey, and adoption of RFA’s Misfueling Mitigation Plan (MMP).
“We are excited of news that GROWMARK Energy will expand its offering of E15 at more terminals,” said Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. “GROWMARK Energy continues to provide new opportunities for retailers and ultimately greater competition in renewable fuels that benefits consumers. We look forward to more exciting news from GROWMARK Energy. RFA will continue to work with interested retailers serviced by these terminals to assist them with the transition to offering E15 at retail.”
More information about GROWMARK Energy is available at www.growmark.com.
ORLANDO— The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is pleased to announce its 2019 Industry Award is being awarded to East Kansas Agri-Energy (EKAE), an ethanol and renewable diesel biorefinery in Garnett, Kan. RFA presented the award to the board and staff of EKAE today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC).
RFA’s Industry Award recognizes companies or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the U.S. fuel ethanol industry through technology innovative, market development, consumer education, policy advocacy, and other efforts.
“This year’s recipient checks more than one of those boxes,” said Geoff Cooper, RFA President and CEO. “This is a company that has embraced new technologies, led the way in promoting new markets for E15, and last year, in particular, demonstrated remarkable leadership in advocating for ethanol and defending the RFS during a very challenging time for our industry.”
In June 2018, EKAE hosted then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for a tour of the plant and a discussion about ethanol and the RFS. Pruitt had just issued 48 RFS compliance exemptions to “small refiners,” eliminating 2.25 billion gallons in renewable fuel blending requirements.
“When he got to EKAE, Pruitt was met by a firm and well-prepared group of ethanol industry advocates that refused to be intimidated,” Cooper said. “In a discussion that lasted for over an hour, East Kansas leaders made sure Pruitt got the message about the devastating impact of his small refinery waivers on the ethanol industry and farmers.”
In March 2018, Paul Teutul, Jr., chose East Kansas as the backdrop to unveil the RFA’s custom E85 motorcycle. The unveiling was featured on the Discovery Channel’s American Chopper show last summer. Not only did the episode showcase the ethanol-powered motorcycle, but it gave the EKAE board and staff an invaluable opportunity to tell ethanol’s story to viewers around the world.
Cooper also recognized EKAE for its groundbreaking renewable diesel project, its role in making E15 available at retail for the very first time in 2012, and for taking top EPA officials on a plant tour the day before a pivotal RFS hearing in Kansas City in 2015.
Open since 2005, EKAE operates a 48 million gallon per year ethanol plant that also produces more than 200,000 tons per year of high-quality distiller grains, in both wet and dry form. The biorefinery also produces 5 million pounds of corn oil each year from more than 16 million bushels of locally sourced corn.
ORLANDO— Today at the 24th annual National Ethanol Conference, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released its 2019 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide, known around the world as the go-to sources for reliable information and data on America’s ethanol industry.
The annual Outlook publication provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary on what to expect in 2019. The publication also features a detailed listing of every fuel ethanol plant in the country, along with production capacity.
The Pocket Guide to Ethanol contains much of the same information as the Outlook, but in an abbreviated format and smaller size.
“For 18 years, RFA’s annual Outlook publication has served as the ‘Ethanol Bible,’ full of the facts, figures, and analysis that inform our advocacy and outreach efforts,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “This year’s Outlook is especially useful in offering insight into the impacts of small refiner exemptions and trade wars on our markets in 2018, but also highlights the good news of expanded retail offerings of E15 and flex fuels, record ethanol exports, and ethanol’s incredible impact on job creation and the economy.”