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EPA: 4 new SRE petitions filed, 9 SRE petitions currently pending

Source: By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine • Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2022

The U.S. EPA on Nov. 17 released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that four new SRE petitions were filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard during the past month. According to the agency, nine SRE petitions are now pending, up from five that were pending as of mid-October. The four newly filed SRE petitions include two each for compliance years 2021 and 2022. The nine currently pending SRE petitions now include one each for compliances years 2016, 2017 and 2018, and three each for compliance years 2021 and 2022.

How beating up Big Oil helped Dems hold the Senate

Source: By Adam Aton, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2022

Republicans expected the high price of gas to hand them a midterm sweep. Instead, it might have helped Democrats win the race that delivered them the Senate. Nevada’s Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto spent months blasting GOP nominee Adam Laxalt over his ties to Big Oil. On the campaign trail and in million-dollar ads, Democrats accused oil companies of profiteering from high fuel prices — and funneling those profits to the campaign of Laxalt, who as attorney general opposed investigations into the oil sector’s climate disinformation campaigns. Cortez Masto, among the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents of the midterms, prevailed by about 9,000 votes, according to unofficial results, or less than 1 percentage point.

Pipeline company sues a second Iowa county over local ordinances

Source: By CLARK KAUFFMAN, Capital Dispatch • Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2022

A company that hopes to build a carbon dioxide pipeline across Iowa is suing a second Iowa county over local efforts to regulate the placement of the controversial pipeline. Summit Carbon Solutions, which hopes to build a pipeline to transport carbon dioxide across Iowa, sued Story County earlier this week in U.S. District Court for Southern District of Iowa. On Wednesday, Summit filed a similar lawsuit against Shelby County. Both lawsuits allege the locally elected county boards of supervisors are attempting to impose on the project siting requirements that are the exclusive province of federal regulators

VW and Mercedes’s Electric-Car Ambitions Run Into Trouble

Source: By Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg • Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2022

VW plans to delay a key project by at least two years after software fumbles, according to a person familiar with the situation, calling into question its ambitious €52 billion ($54 billion) EV rollout touted as the industry’s biggest. Also this week, Mercedes cut prices on its flagship EQS EV in China by about $33,000 after misjudging the market. The shares fell as much as 7.2%. The developments are a red flag for the industry that is pouring unprecedented funds into the transition with ambitious timelines. While carmakers the world over grapple with the switch away from combustion engines, the stakes are highest for Germany’s manufacturers accustomed to commanding a premium based on cutting edge technology and luxurious trims.  “German automakers have announced bold electrification targets and claim they’re leading the transition, but they’re not yet delivering,” said Bloomberg Intelligence’s Michael Dean. “They still have a long way to go.”

How an Industry Built on Pollution Is Getting a Tiny Bit Greener—and Faster

Source: By William Ralston, Bloomberg • Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2022

Aircraft that rely on jet fuel aren’t going away anytime soon. While biofuels are slowly growing in use, scaling them to make a major dent in airplane emissions is arguably a long way off. And the battery technology necessary to even consider electric airliners is much more elusive. So commercial aviation says it’s looking to lop off emissions where it can—from the routes aircraft take to the time they spend circling airports, sitting on the tarmac or idling at the gate. All of that time wastes fuel and spews carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Low Water Impacts on Mississippi River

Source: By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer • Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2022

Brad Rippey, a meteorologist at the USDA Office of Chief Economist, said Friday on a webinar that spot barge rates have dropped from $110 a metric ton in October down to closer to $40 a metric ton now. The rate had run at $20 a ton for much of the year. For farmers, Rippey said this has translated to some producers on the lower Mississippi River receiving $2 less per bushel for both corn and soybeans. “We started seeing these big spikes in the cost of moving agricultural products downstream, and that has led to some of these spot prices going up to $2 to even over $3 (less),” Rippey said. “So that’s really cutting into the profit margins for some of these producers.”

What a Republican House means for energy

Source: By Jason Plautz, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Ahead of the midterm elections, many Republicans hoped a red wave would put pressure on the Biden administration’s energy agenda and help reverse it. But any plan to slow down clean energy spending looks more limited now, even as the GOP claimed a majority in the House yesterday. Republicans now have at least 218 House seats, ensuring a slim majority with seven races yet to be called. Democrats are already assured of keeping control of the Senate, meaning Republicans will have a harder time getting their way on appropriations and any plans for permitting reform.

Democrats worry about their losses in farm country

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

Rep. Cindy Axne’s Election Day loss was more than a defeat for the two-term Iowa Democrat. It continued a collapse of Democratic representation in rural areas of the Midwest that shows no sign of reversing. When the new Congress is seated in January, Iowa will have no Democrats in its four congressional districts or in its two Senate seats, joining Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota among pure-red Farm Belt states.

China Has Shot at Seizing 60% Share of Global EV Sales This Year

Source: By Colin McKerracher, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

China just reported electric-vehicle sales data for October, and the numbers continue to break records. A total of 722,000 plug-in passenger and commercial vehicles were sold. Battery-electric vehicles were 22% of the passenger car market, and plug-in hybrids claimed another 9% share.

Carbon pipeline company sues Iowa county over local siting ordinance

Source: By Clark Mindock, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2022

The developer of a Midwest carbon capture pipeline network has sued Shelby County in Iowa, saying its ordinance restricting the siting of hazardous pipelines is overruled by a federal pipeline safety law. Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions LLC said in a complaint filed in Iowa federal court Tuesday that the rule, passed by Shelby County on Nov. 1, could stall a segment of the pipeline network that would connect several Midwest states. It says the Pipeline Safety Act overrules local ordinances, and wants the courts to bar the rule’s implementation.