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NEWS UPDATE April 14, 2020

Top Story

Higher air pollution linked to coronavirus deaths, Harvard study finds

By Chris Teale, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

Areas in the United States that had high levels of air pollution before the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) are more likely to see patients die from the infection during its spread, according to a new report from Harvard University. Researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed 3,080 counties in the United States and found that an increase of just 1 microgram per cubic meter of fine particulate matter (air pollution also known as PM 2.5) led to a 15% increase in death rates, even when factoring in smoking, the weather and population density.  [ read more … ]

Relief, Markets

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Ethanol Demand Continues To Collapse, But Production Margins Are Stabilizing

By Tristan R. Brown, Seeking Alpha  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

Ethanol producers continued to face extreme headwinds last week as ethanol prices continued their march downward, sliding another 11% between Monday and Friday. To put matters in perspective, Friday’s price of $0.71/gallon was just over 50% below the lowest price recorded during the depths of the Great Recession. [ read more … ]

Valero pulls forecast, will defer or delay some refining expenses

By Shariq Khan, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

Independent U.S. refiner Valero Energy Corp said on Monday it was withdrawing its annual forecast and would defer or delay certain refining and ethanol related spending it had earlier planned for the year.
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Firms keep revenue flowing, fill need amid COVID-19 outbreak

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

Some North Dakota companies have switched gears amid the coronavirus outbreak to make products in short supply, from germ-killing hand cleaner to machines that assist breathing.
A Fargo tech company has retooled to make much-needed ventilators, while entrepreneurs and distilleries are racing to make hand sanitizer, which has become hard to find amid the outbreak. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

How COVID-19 Is Impacting The Ethanol And Corn Producers

By Robert Rapier, Forbes  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

Many ethanol plants have shut down or reduced capacity, and that’s having additional impacts that may not be immediately obvious. For example, many ethanol plants produce and sell carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The U.S. meat industry uses carbon dioxide as a refrigerant, and suddenly finds itself scrambling to secure supplies. As Geoff Cooper, president of the Renewable Fuels Association recently stated “We’re headed for a train wreck in terms of the CO2 market.” [ read more … ]

Agriculture lawmakers seek biofuel support

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson led a letter Friday urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to direct funding from the recent coronavirus relief bill to support the biofuels industry [ read more … ]

Commentary

The coronavirus clean energy crisis

By Mike Carr, The Hill  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time for America’s clean energy industry. After overcoming years of attacks by the Trump administration, the resultant loss of demand is threatening to decimate key companies and technologies, and it seems we will have to wait for President Trump to get out of office to solve the rippling effects of the crisis. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

How Rick Perry bucked Congress’s clean energy mandate

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

As energy secretary, Rick Perry regularly told lawmakers that he favored an all-encompassing energy policy that supported wind and solar as well as fossil fuels. But during his nearly three-year tenure, the Energy Department repeatedly hamstrung bipartisan efforts to boost spending on clean energy technology.
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EPA soot review departs OMB

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted April 13, 2020

The White House on Friday finished its review of EPA’s particulate matter proposal, according to OMB’s website (Reg. 2060-AS50 ). Administrator Andrew Wheeler is broadly expected to propose maintaining the fine PM, or PM2.5, standard last set in 2013 of 12 micrograms per cubic meter. Wheeler hopes to complete this review by the end of this year. [ read more … ]

 

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