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NEWS UPDATE November 18, 2019

Top Story

‘Hanging by Its Fingernails’: U.S. Biodiesel Industry Struggles Without Subsidy

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

When John Whittington shut his Morristown, Indiana, biodiesel plant this week, he knew the move would leave all 14 of his workers there looking for jobs heading into the U.S. holiday season. But he felt he had no choice. A $1-per-gallon subsidy that had been propping up the industry since 2005 lapsed at the beginning of 2018 due to Congressional inaction, and his hopes for a swift renewal had been declining along with his business ever since. [ read more … ]

Trade

China, U.S. had ‘constructive’ phone call on trade: Xinhua

By Min Zhang and Norihiko Shirouzu, Reuters  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

China and United States had “constructive talks” on trade in a high-level phone call on Saturday, state media Xinhua said. China’s Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were on the call. The two sides discussed each other’s core issues for the first phase of an initial trade agreement, and agreed to maintain close communication, according to Xinhua. Xinhua gave no other details in its report on Sunday. [ read more … ]

SREs

Senators Ask Trump to Stick to Biofuels Agreement

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmers  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

A group of United States senators asked President Donald Trump in a letter on Friday to make sure an EPA proposal to account for small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard will account for actual gallons waived. The letter is signed by Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska; John Thune, R-South Dakota; Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; and Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota. [ read more … ]

Policy& Politics

Minnesota looks to electric vehicles, biofuels to cut transportation emissions

By Frank Jossi, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

A recent report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation attempts to model what it will take to eliminate carbon emissions from transportation. Vehicle emissions surpassed electricity generation in 2016 as the state’s largest source of carbon emissions. The report’s conclusion? The state could achieve net-zero transportation emissions by 2050 almost entirely through greater use of electric and biofuel vehicles, with only a slight decrease in urban driving required to meet the goal.
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Gevo to supply SAF to Scandinavian Airline System

By Gevo  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

Gevo, Inc., a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced Nov. 14 it has signed a fuel sales agreement with Scandinavian Airline System to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use and distribution in low carbon fuel regions of the United States. With the finalization of this new supply contract, Gevo will supply SAF to SAS from Gevo’s expanded Luverne, Minnesota, plant, which is expected to be constructed over the next several years.
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Biofuel producers make gains in efficiency, productivity

By Argonne National Laboratory  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

The nation’s biofuel producers have made significant gains in both energy efficiency and water conservation in recent years, according to a report released by the U.S Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The findings were derived from a recent survey of commercial-scale dry-mill facilities spread throughout the country, including facilities producing fuels from both starch and cellulosic materials. [ read more … ]

Udall, Welch Introduce Legislation to Reform the Renewable Fuel Standard to Benefit the Environment

By Office of Senator Tom Udall  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced companion bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by mitigating harmful environmental impacts of the corn ethanol mandate and advancing the next generation of biofuels that actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

23 states join Calif. legal battle against EPA

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) is leading another legal battle to protect his state’s vehicle emissions standards, this time against EPA. Becerra, a coalition of 23 other state attorneys general and two cities filed a lawsuit today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging EPA’s move to scrap a waiver that allows the Golden State to set its own greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle standards. “We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: California will not back down when it comes to protecting our people, our health, and our environment from preventable pollution,” Becerra said in a statement about the suit. “The Trump Administration, on the other hand, has chosen to side with polluters. We believe we’re on the right side of history.” [ read more … ]

Opinion

We deserve a leader on renewable fuels

By Editorial Board, Rochester Post Bulletin  •    •  Posted November 17, 2019

It’s important to separate President Donald Trump’s words from his actions. That was made obvious last month when the administration sided with the Environmental Protection Agency against the U.S. Department of Agriculture with regards to renewable fuels. The best that can be said for the White House’s renewable fuels strategy is it is wildly inconsistent. On the one hand, the president pitches himself as a friend of renewables in Midwest appearances. On the other hand, when push comes to shove, the president caves to fossil fuel interests. [ read more … ]

 

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