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NEWS UPDATE May 27, 2020

Top Story

Small Refineries Request RFS Exemptions From Previous Years

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted May 27, 2020

With the number of pending requests with the EPA for small-refinery exemptions now at 27 for 2019 and one for 2020, one biofuels interest group is raising concerns about SRE requests that don’t appear on the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard dashboard. Last week EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee the agency received SRE requests for previous compliance years. On the same day, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary Mark Menezes told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee the EPA is sending DOE such requests for review. [ read more … ]

Markets

What’s next for oil? 3 questions answered

By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted May 26, 2020

Oil prices started to recover last week after the coronavirus pandemic fueled a historic drop in both demand and production. But even with the shift, the oil industry remains in a historic downturn, and there’s uncertainty about how and when — or even whether — a recovery will happen. The pandemic, which has killed more than 340,000 people globally and more than 98,000 in the U.S., forced governments to severely restrict travel and business activity. [ read more … ]

Relief

Klobuchar Holds Discussion on Supporting Ethanol Industry in Southern Minnesota During Coronavirus Pandemic

By Office of Amy Klobuchar  •    •  Posted May 26, 2020

‘The coronavirus pandemic has caused market volatility and decreased demand for many agricultural commodities, which has impacted farmers and rural communities particularly hard,’Klobuchar said. ‘Renewable fuel processing plants provide stability in our agricultural supply chain and employ thousands of people in rural areas. I will continue fighting in the Senate to ensure farmers and workers receive our support during these challenging times.’ [ read more … ]

Biofuels Executive Says Klobuchar Grassley Bill Critical For Biofuels Industry

By WNAX  •    •  Posted May 26, 2020

Biofuels producers are hailing the introduction of pandemic relief legislation introduced this week in the Senate by Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar and Iowa’s Chuck Grassley. The Senators have introduced the measure to give equal relief for biofuel producers after earlier assistance had been given to the oil industry. Minnesota Biofuels Association Executive Director Tim Rudnicki says COVID 19 has only added to economic woes facing biofuels producers. [ read more … ]

Biofuel Producers Need Immediate COVID-19 Relief

By Farm Policy Facts  •    •  Posted May 26, 2020

Biofuels are vital in strengthening U.S. energy independence, meeting important Clean Air Act requirements, and creating good-paying jobs on Main Street and a significant market for America’s farmers.  And, under normal circumstances, biofuels also help Americans save money at the pump. But these times are hardly normal and the COVID-19 pandemic is decimating the biofuels industry.
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EVs

Daimler forges ahead with plans for flagship EV

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted May 26, 2020

Daimler AG is pushing ahead with plans to produce an all-electric version of its flagship Mercedes S-Class sedan from next year even as it cuts back in other areas to weather a slump in demand across the industry. The company’s main Mercedes-Benz cars unit aims to make all of its factories carbon-dioxide-neutral by the end of 2022, Chief Executive Officer Ola Källenius said Monday in a webcast. The goal was previously restricted to Europe. Daimler also confirmed that it will roll out a fresh version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the second half of this year, another key project. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Urban Americans Reach Out to Say They Care About Farmers’ & Ranchers’ Plight

By Karla Hofhenke, SDFU  •    •  Posted May 26, 2020

We do care. A simple yet powerful message. And one Jack Bilheimer, a retired L.A. County, California law enforcement officer wanted to convey to South Dakota family farmers after he learned of their plight watching the May 3 broadcast of 60-Minutes. “Farming and ranching goes way back to the beginning of our wonderful country. I may be over here, in a different world, but we do care,” Bilheimer says. [ read more … ]

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