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NEWS UPDATE March 6, 2020

Top Story

White House aims to appeal court decision that threatened refinery biofuel waivers: sources

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 6, 2020

The move comes after a major push from senators representing oil states, who said the program was essential for keeping refineries – and the jobs they provide – afloat. The administration had previously aimed to respond to the court decision by scaling back the waiver program. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa that the administration had decided to appeal the ruling, two of the sources said. The third source said only that the administration had reached the decision to appeal.
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Trump Plans to Fight Ruling Risking Refinery Biofuel Waivers

ByJennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 6, 2020

President Donald Trump has decided to defend in court the U.S. government’s power to broadly waive biofuel requirements for many oil refineries. The decision to appeal a federal court ruling imperiling those exemptions follows an intervention by Attorney General Bill Barr and an intense pressure campaign by oil-state senators, including Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican. The plan was described by five people familiar with the matter who asked for anonymity before a formal announcement. [ read more … ]

Inhofe Amendment Would Cap Biofuels Credits Price at 10 Cents

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted March 6, 2020

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, has offered an amendment to an energy bill to cap the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, at 10 cents, as time is running out on the EPA to make a decision on possible changes to the small-refinery exemptions program. There are about 160 amendments offered to legislation (S. 2657) sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, aimed at advancing research on geothermal energy.
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Policy & Politics

E10 petrol: UK to standardise higher ethanol blend

By The Guardian  •    •  Posted March 5, 2020

The government is set to introduce E10 fuel containing 10% ethanol as a new form of “cleaner” petrol aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary said the government was consulting on plans to make it the standard grade at British filling stations from 2021.
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USDA Chief Promises to Get Biofuels Back on Track

By Dan Nosowitz, Modern Farmer  •    •  Posted March 5, 2020

The Trump administration’s treatment of biofuels, and the farmers who grow the raw materials for them, has come under fire this year. Waivers for fuel producers, which allow them to avoid buying either the required amounts of ethanol or credits from those who do buy it, have vastly increased under the Trump administration. That has angered farmers, seen as a key voting bloc for Republicans. This week, the USDA set out to make things right with a couple of new biofuel-focused moves. [ read more … ]

Wheeler blames SRE ruling for RIN market spike

By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield  •    •  Posted March 5, 2020

The head of the EPA blames the recent 10th Circuit Court ruling on small refinery exemptions for a spike in RIN prices. During a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Andrew Wheeler told Utah Republican Congressman Chris Stewart the agency is working through the issue. “Trying to decide the right path forward.” [ read more … ]

EIA: Ethanol Supply Up as Output Hits 4-Week High

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted March 5, 2020

Domestic ethanol inventory increased 1.2% in the final week of February as refiners boosted production for a third consecutive week and blending demand retreated, the Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday, March 4. Data show U.S. ethanol supply rose 246,000 barrels (bbl) to 24.964 million bbl, 2.9% higher than same week last year. [ read more … ]

EVs

GM targets Tesla in ‘EV arms race’

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 5, 2020

General Motors Co. launched a campaign yesterday to persuade the world that it really can become a full-spectrum maker of electric vehicles capable of competing with Tesla Inc. while also making money. GM sought to convey its seriousness with a polished two-hour presentation for investors and media at its Design Dome in Warren, Mich., where the automaker unveiled a new battery technology platform called Ultium in addition to a series of other revelations. [ read more … ]

2020

What Super Tuesday tells us about Biden, Sanders and climate

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 5, 2020

Though Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have significantly different climate plans, it seems to have made little difference with Super Tuesday voters, observers said. Biden swept nine of 14 states and the majority of the 1,357 available delegates. The former vice president won 34% of the voters who said climate change is the most important issue to them, while Sanders, an independent Vermont senator, captured 28% of such voters, according to a Washington Post compilation of exit polls. [ read more … ]

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