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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE March 2, 2020

Top Story

U.S. Agriculture Dept to boost funds for biofuel infrastructure

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 1, 2020

Last year the Trump administration, seeking to win over farmers, lifted restrictions on the sale of gasoline containing up to 15% corn-based ethanol, called E15 – opening the door to expanded investment. “USDA is making grants available… to increase significantly the sale and use of higher blends of ethanol and bioduesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products,” the department said in a press release. [ read more … ]

USDA announces intent to offer $100 million in HBIIP funding

By USDA  •    •  Posted March 1, 2020

The USDA is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register on Feb. 28 announcing a notice of funding availability (NOFA) of up to $100 million in competitive grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. A prepublication version of the notice indicates the grant funding will be made available to eligible entities to support activities designed to expand the sales and use of renewable fuels under the HBIIP. [ read more … ]

SREs

Here We Go Again: Senate Letter Plagued by Myths and Mistruths about RINs

By Scott Richman, RFA  •    •  Posted March 1, 2020

A group of senators wrote a letter to President Trump regarding the January 24 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that found the EPA improperly exceeded its statutory authority in exempting three refineries from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  The letter recycled several time-worn scare tactics, including disproven canards about renewable identification numbers (RINs), which are credits used to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. Notably, one of the letter’s assertions about the impact of RINs on refiners has been specifically refuted by both the court and the EPA. [ read more … ]

Refiners and oil-state senators urge Trump to fight biofuels ruling

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted March 1, 2020

The Trump administration should pull no punches in trying to save the small refinery exemption program in the nation’s biofuels law, they say. They’re urging the White House to appeal a recent 10th Circuit decision striking exemptions for three small refiners from the Renewable Fuels Standard, which requires a certain amount of biofuels to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply each year. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

How An Iowa Ethanol Plant Is Trying To Weather Trump’s Storm

By Josh Cook, Starting Line  •    •  Posted March 1, 2020

“You talk about a livelihood that is so dependent on chance, and then you throw in a governmental agency that is cutting your legs out from under us,” said Cole Egger, administrative assistant at Quad County Corn Processors. “Some plants very close to us closed down. Throughout the country, there were plants shut down. We were able to stay open thanks to the commitment of our board of directors, management staff, shift personnel, and the wise decisions made managing the company’s assets.” [ read more … ]

BP throws its support behind cap-and-invest program for cars

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 1, 2020

Oil and gas giant BP PLC is throwing its support behind a proposed cap-and-invest program for cars in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The move, which comes after BP pledged to pursue more aggressive climate policy, could soften opposition to the program from groups tied to the Koch network.
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Outgoing NFU President Sees Tighter Farm Spending After 2020

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted March 2, 2020

In his last speech before turning over the reins of National Farmers Union to an incoming president, Roger Johnson warned farmers to watch out for what happens to farm income and trade when Market Facilitation Program payments end. NFU officially kicked off its annual meeting Sunday in Savannah. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.