This Powerful Democrat Linked to Fossil Fuels Will Craft the U.S. Climate Plan

Source: By Coral Davenport, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 20th, 2021

Tthe most powerful climate mechanism in the budget bill — and the one that Mr. Manchin intends to reshape — is a $150 billion program designed to replace most of the nation’s coal- and gas-fired power plants with wind, solar and nuclear power over the next decade. Known as the Clean Electricity Performance Program, it would pay utilities to ratchet up the amount of power they produce from zero-emissions sources, and fine those that don’t.

Biofuels groups weigh high court E15 appeal

Source: By InsideEPA • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Biofuels groups are considering whether to file an appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn the ban on summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) reinstated by a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, after the lower court issued its mandate scrapping the Trump EPA’s approval of summer E15 sales. The D.C. Circuit issued its mandate Sept. 17 in American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. v. EPA, et al., after refusing biofuels groups’ petitions for panel rehearing or rehearing by the whole court sitting en banc.

Blowers, mowers and more: American yards quietly go electric

Source: By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer.
“I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like listening to music when I do yardwork and this way I can enjoy music or a podcast while I work,” he said. “I could never do that with gas-powered equipment.”

House Democrats Float Sweeping Tax Breaks For Clean Power, EVs

Source: By Lee Logan, Inside EPA • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The plan would offer up to $12,500 in consumer tax breaks for an EV purchase, up from a current limit of $7,500. Nearly all of the difference is tied to vehicles made at unionized manufacturing plants, a provision that is already drawing opposition from foreign automakers such as Toyota and Honda. The low-carbon tax breaks are considered a major cornerstone of the climate-related elements of the reconciliation package, with top Democrats suggesting they would complement a proposed $150 billion incentive program to encourage utilities to deploy more clean electricity.

FEATURE: US refiners delve deeper into SAF production on policy support hopes

Source: By Janet McGurty, S&P Global • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Some US refiners are considering adding sustainable aviation fuel to their renewable diesel production plans, spurred by higher demand from airlines seeking lower carbon footprints and the likelihood of increased policy support, some analysts said. “Jet and diesel are going to typically be priced very similarly, so to entice RD producers to produce some volume of SAF, the government will need make the subsidies for SAF production higher than those for RD,” said Robert Auers, senior analyst at energy consultant Turner, Mason & Company.

Lucid Motors beats Tesla in range, going 520 miles on a charge, the E.P.A. says.

Source: By Niraj Chokshi, New York Times • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Lucid Motors, a start-up automaker, has unseated Tesla, the dominant maker of electric cars, as the producer of the electric vehicle that can travel farthest on a single charge. Lucid’s top-of-the-line Air Dream Edition Range can drive 520 miles on a full battery, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday, beating by more than 100 miles the Tesla Model S Long Range, previously the car that could go the furthest on a charge.

Future RFS Remains A Mystery As EPA Deals With Immediate Concerns

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

EPA’s plans for the long-term future of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) remain shrouded in uncertainty, sources say, as the agency strives to meet short-term objectives for the program that will have a significant bearing on its prospects after 2022, when current statutory biofuel blending mandates expire. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now reviewing EPA’s proposals for biofuel blending volumes under the RFS for 2021 and 2022, and possibly a retroactive reduction in volumes for 2020. The 2021 rule is already nine months overdue, and even if it is released in the near future, EPA seems unlikely to be able to take public comment and produce a final version before early 2022.

Biodiesel Board Tries to Convince EPA’s Regan of Biofuel’s Benefits

Source: By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The National Biodiesel Board is trying to make a case with EPA Administrator Michael Regan on the benefits of biodiesel to cutting carbon emissions in transportation fuels and improving health in disadvantaged communities. The NBB made its second request since May for a meeting with Regan, writing in a letter on Thursday that the biofuel’s benefits match the Biden administration’s goals.

EPA: 3 new SRE petitions filed, 62 SRE petitions now pending

Source: By Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The U.S. EPA on Sept. 16 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that there are currently 62 SRE petitions pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 59 that were pending as of mid-August. The three new SRE petitions were filed for RFS compliance year 2020. The EPA made no additional changes to the SRE data published in its online data dashboard.

OMB schedules additional meetings on RFS proposal

Source: By Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The White House Office of Management and Budget has now scheduled 16 meetings with interested parties to discuss a proposed rule to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 12 meetings that had been scheduled as of Sept. 7. The U.S EPA on Aug. 26 delivered a proposed rule to set RFS RVOs to the OMB. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment.