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Ethanol expansion ’a big push’ as Iowa Legislature nears adjournment

Source: By Rod Boshart, The Gazette • Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Farm interests, fuel retailers and others whipsawed a state Senate panel Thursday over a legislative proposal seeking to push more use of renewable fuels that proponents hailed as an economic boon for Iowa-based industries and critics panned as a government intrusion that would cost drivers more at the pump. Five members of a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee heard over 75 minutes of impassioned testimony on a bill Gov. Kim Reynolds introduced to promote more ethanol and biodiesel sales in Iowa, but that House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, conceded to reporters “is a difficult push” as the 2021 legislative session pushes toward adjournment.

NASEM announces provisional committee for new study on life cycle analyses of low-carbon fuels

Source: By Green Car Congress • Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM’s) Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) announced the provisional committee for a new consensus study, Current Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels in the United States. Low carbon fuel standards, such as the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, are major US programs for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels. These standards rely on life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool to estimate fuel GHG emissions.

Audi Sees Electric Cars Occupying Half the Global Market by 2030

Source: By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg • Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Audi expects combustion engines to cede about half of the global premium-car market to electric variants by the end of this decade, highlighting the dramatic erosion of their dominance as the shift toward battery power accelerates. Hybrid cars that blend conventional and battery power are contributing to the transition, and purely electric vehicles will prevail after 2030, Chief Executive Officer Markus Duesmann said on Thursday in a speech at the Vienna Engine Symposium.

Nebraska and EPA Look for Solution

Source: By DTN Staff • Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Agricultural corn seed giants started working on a containment strategy as Nebraska environmental regulators began taking stock of the pesticide and fungicide contamination at an ethanol plant that processed treated seeds almost exclusively. Seed companies stepped in and hired a company to take over environmental cleanup at the AltEn LLC ethanol plant, capable of producing 24 million gallons per year, outside Mead, Nebraska, about 20 minutes from the suburbs of Omaha.

Cleaning up what can’t plug in

Source: By Peter Fairley, Grist • Posted: Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

These days Frank Lemos manages a shipping operation, but the former truck driver still gets behind the wheel occasionally to train new drivers or to fill a staffing hole. When he does, he notices a big difference. The firm recently moved away from conventional diesel fuel, and without it there’s something missing: the permeating petroleum smell that drivers wear after a day inside a big rig. 

POET, Others Ethanol Industry Urging Iowa Legislature To Pass Ethanol Mandate

Source: By Scott Van Aartsen, KIWA Radio • Posted: Thursday, April 29th, 2021

The state’s biofuel industry is urging Iowa lawmakers to take action on an ethanol bill that has stalled in the legislature. Earlier this year, Governor Kim Reynolds proposed requiring gas stations and convenience stores to offer E-15, the fuel with a 15 percent blend of ethanol. Supporters of the concept in the legislature have crafted a bill that requires E-15 access at every fueling station in Iowa by 2028. The bill hasn’t passed the full House or the Senate.

Why some electric car owners revert back to buying gasoline-powered vehicles

Source: By Bob Yirka, Tech Xplore • Posted: Thursday, April 29th, 2021

A pair of researchers with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis has looked into the problem of some people who buy electric vehicles reverting back to gasoline powered cars as their follow-up vehicles. In their paper published in the journal Nature Energy, Scott Hardman and Gil Tal describe the survey they sent out to electric vehicle buyers in California and what they learned from those who filled out and returned them.

EIA: Ethanol Stocks at 25-Week Low as Most PADDs Draw Down

Source: By DTN Staff • Posted: Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Midwest PADD 2 ethanol inventories totaled 6.433 million bbl as of April 23, down 222,000 bbl and a sixth straight weekly draw. Stocks are at the lowest level since the week ended Nov. 13, 2020, at 6.279 million bbl. EIA reported East Coast PADD 1 stocks fell a second week, down 301,000 bbl to a 21-week low 6.823 million bbl, while Gulf Coast PADD 3 stocks dropped 230,000 bbl to 4.131 million bbl and West Coast PADD 5 supply added 48,000 bbl to 2.011 million bbl.

Senators question Regan on biofuels, RFS

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“Secretary Vilsack and I are having these conversations…There is no intent in terms of exclusion when we talk about the promising future of electric vehicles or when we talk about the promising future of advanced biofuels,” he said, noting that the administration knows ethanol plays a significant role in providing those resources here and now and “will evolve as we start to look at the new futures for advanced biofuels and electric vehicles.”

EPA head non-committal on ethanol growth

Source: By Elliott Blackburn, Argus Media • Posted: Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“We know that ethanol plays a significant role in providing those resources here and now, today, and will evolve as we start to look at the new future for advanced biofuels and electric vehicles,” Regan said. “So do you think that corn ethanol will still continue to have a place, and do you see it having a larger role in the future, a smaller role?” Ernst asked. “I think that is where I am engaging with the [agriculture] community, with Farm Bureau, with chief executives, to best determine where they believe the markets will go,” Regan said.