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NEWS UPDATE May 28, 2020

Top Story

One year later, E15 adoption grows modestly at retail locations

By Ben Nuelle. Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted May 27, 2020

As E15 heads into its second summer driving season with unbridled sales from June through September, the amount of fueling stations stocking the fuel has been growing incrementally nationwide, with sharper expansion of retailers in higher ethanol-producing states.  As of March, 2,183 retail stores were selling E15, a fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline that burns cleaner than regular gasoline. That’s an increase of about 18% from 1,784 stores at the same time last year, according to ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. oil production may not rebound until late next year, report says

By Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted May 27, 2020

U.S. oil production is expected to bottom out in June and not recover to pre-pandemic levels until late 2021, a new report from Norwegian energy research firm Rystad Energy says. American oil producers are expected to pump out 10.7 million barrels per day in June, a decline of 17 percent from the 12.9 million barrels they produced in March, Rystad said after oil companies shut in or reduced production at existing wells or scaled back drilling and completion activities. [ read more … ]

Regulations

States lead court fight against Trump. They’re winning

By Pamela King and Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted May 27, 2020

California AG Becerra said there are differences between the current strategy and what Republicans did during the Obama administration. “Part of it has nothing to do with California or Democratic AGs,” he told E&E News. “It has to do with an administration hellbent on taking us back to the 20th century.” The states’ “strongest allies,” Becerra said, are “facts, science and the law.” [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Ernst, Grassley push FDA to allow ethanol plants to make hand sanitizer

By Carter Woodier, KELO  •    •  Posted May 27, 2020

Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are urging the Food and Drug Administration to allow Iowa ethanol plants to produce hand sanitizer. In a letter dated Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, the senators take issue with an unexpected change in FDA guidance on the quality standards the sanitizer needed to meet. [ read more … ]

A Coronavirus Chain Reaction: Less Driving Means Less Fizz for Sodas

By Vipal Monga, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted May 27, 2020

As the summer season approaches, consumers might end up paying more for their beer and soft drinks. The reason? The cost of the bubbles in the drinks is going up. “It’s a big concern,” said Vinnie Cilurzo, owner of Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Russian River Brewing Co., which employs more than 200 people at his brewery and restaurants. He has been paying 25% more for his carbon dioxide since last month, but so far, has been absorbing the higher cost. [ read more … ]

 

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