Minnesota utility regulators vote Thursday whether to regulate CO2 pipelines

Source: By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Minnesota utility regulators on Thursday will likely decide whether two planned carbon dioxide pipelines should be classified as “hazardous,” and thus regulated. The multistate pipelines would transport carbon dioxide captured at ethanol plants, including eight in Minnesota. CO2 is considered a hazardous pipeline material under federal law and in some states, but not Minnesota.

Gasoline Tops $4 a Gallon in Every US State for the First Time

Source: By Chunzi Xu, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Gasoline pump prices have risen above $4 a gallon in all states in the US for the first time ever as the last holdouts — Kansas, Oklahoma and Georgia — saw prices rise overnight, according to auto club AAA. In California, the most expensive state, prices are averaging $6.021 a gallon, a fresh record, while five other states are above $5 a gallon.

Iowa Governor Reynolds Signs E15 Bill Into Law

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will expand access to E15 and other biofuels throughout the state by 2026. The Iowa Biofuels Access bill also will expand the availability of B20, a 20% blend of diesel and biodiesel. The law goes into effect at a time when federal policy on E15 remains in limbo. Governors from eight states recently petitioned the EPA to conduct a rulemaking that would allow for the permanent year-round sale of E15. Earlier this year, the Biden administration granted a waiver to allow the year-round sale of E15 through 2022.

Biofuels producers urge changes to RFS rule to boost aviation fuel

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Biofuels producers, airlines and others are urging changes to EPA’s proposed renewable fuel standard (RFS) rules to provide more flexibility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that is the cornerstone of a Biden administration strategy to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft, warning that without such action the strategy will falter. Several signatories to the letter, SAF producers LanzaJet, LanzaTech and United Airlines, and RFA, met with OMB officials recently to offer input on the forthcoming final RFS rules.

New Iowa law requires more ethanol in state’s gasoline

Source: By David Pitt, Washington Post • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Iowa is the first state in the nation to require most gas stations to sell fuel with at least 15% ethanol under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds signed the bill on a farm near Prairie City, about 20 miles east of Des Moines. The Republican governor signed the bill on a flatbed wagon backed by tractors and corn planters, highlighting what she called a victory for Iowa farmers and biofuels advocates.

New ethanol law could spark regional trend, biofuels exec says

Source: BY JARED STRONG, Iowa Capital Dispatch • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2128, aimed at boosting the use of corn-based ethanol to fuel the state’s vehicles, into law on Tuesday. Her action capped a protracted and hard-fought legislative initiative that began last year.

New White Paper Says the Real Cost of Gasoline …is to Our Health

Source: By Doug Durante, CFDC • Posted: Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

A new White Paper from the Clean Fuels Development Coalition rings the alarm that EPA continues to miss opportunities to replace toxic aromatic compounds with clean burning ethanol and the agency could save thousands of lives through reduced particulate emissions in the air we breathe. The paper makes a compelling case that EPA has to go beyond its past practice of regulating vehicles alone and address the composition of gasoline as well. Enabling the use of low-carbon, high-octane fuels in existing vehicles would achieve immediate reductions in emissions from mobile sources that are impossible to realize in any other way.

Analysis: How earmarks will affect energy, enviro projects

Source: By George Cahlink, Hannah Northey, Thomas Frank, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Congress this year directed billions of dollars in spending toward energy and environment projects through earmarks, and the popularity of the process will likely mean even bigger spending on pet projects for the coming fiscal year. All told, nearly a quarter of the 4,938 earmarks were directed at energy and environmental concerns in the fiscal 2022 omnibus that passed in March, an E&E News analysis found. The aims of the earmarks are as varied as the states represented on Capitol Hill.

House Democrats delay, look to beef up gouging bill

Source: By George Cahlink, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

House Democrats expected yesterday to advance legislation against alleged energy price gouging, but instead decided to make changes to strengthen it. The Rules Committee took up H.R. 7688, from Reps. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.), to give the Federal Trade Commission expanded authority to go after energy companies charging excessive or exploitative prices for consumer and home fuel. But the panel put off work on the legislation until today. An aide familiar with the negotiations, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly, told E&E News there were no problems with the effort.

The US Can’t Make Enough Fuel and There’s No Fix in Sight

Source: By Gerson Freitas Jr, Barbara J Powell, and Chunzi Xu, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

From record gasoline prices to higher airfares to fears of diesel rationing ahead, America’s runaway energy market is disquieting both US travelers and the wider economy. But the chief driver isn’t high crude prices or even the rebound in demand: It’s simply too few refineries turning oil into usable fuels.