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NEWS UPDATE June 3, 2020

Top Story

E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 2, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced that it had limited states’ ability to block the construction of energy infrastructure projects, part of the Trump administration’s goal of promoting gas pipelines, coal terminals and other fossil fuel development. The completed rule curtails sections of the U.S. Clean Water Act that New York has used to block an interstate gas pipeline, and Washington employed to oppose a coal export terminal. The move is expected to set up a legal clash with Democratic governors who have sought to block fossil fuel projects. [ read more … ]

Market

American Farmers Awaiting Bumper Corn Crop Need Ethanol Demand

By Michael Hirtzer and Dominic Carey, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 3, 2020

American corn farmers are feeling better about their prospects with billions more in government aid and optimal growing conditions. There’s only one downer — demand. Much of the U.S. biofuel industry is still limping along even as the economy ramps up from coronavirus-related lockdowns. While some plants have switched to making hand sanitizer, that doesn’t come close to ethanol demand, which typically accounts for one-third of the corn crop. [ read more … ]

Sanitizer

FDA Pulls Back on Sanitizer Restriction

By Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted June 3, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily relieved some restrictions on hand sanitizer produced by ethanol plants in an effort to allow companies to continue to maintain supplies amid COVID-19, the agency announced in a news release on Monday. The ethanol industry has seen its market crash as a result of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. Many ethanol producers, however, began selling alcohol for sanitizer production and producing sanitizer themselves. [ read more … ]

U.S. Temporarily to Allow Certain Impurities in Hand Sanitizer

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 3, 2020

The Trump administration said this week it will temporarily allow some impurities in alcohol-based hand sanitizer to ensure access to the product during the coronavirus pandemic, reversing course after having tightened restrictions in April. The move will provide clarity on impurity limits for a slew of fuel ethanol companies that had switched to producing hand sanitizer during the outbreak, after regulators discovered some of the impurities, including cancer-causing acetaldehyde, several weeks ago.
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Relief

Ernst Backs Bill Supporting Biofuel Producers

By Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network  •    •  Posted June 2, 2020

 Iowa Senator Joni Ernst has signed on to bipartisan legislation that would support biofuel producers negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ernst, along with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R) and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D), is backing a new bill that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reimburse biofuel producers for their feedstock purchases from January 1st through March 31st of this year through the Commodity Credit Corporation. During a recent visit to Green Plains, Inc. in Shenandoah, Ernst called on the Trump Administration to do its part to support the biofuels industry. [ read more … ]

EPA’s ‘anti-backsliding’  Study

EPA opens comment period of RFS ‘anti-blacksliding study’

By The Hagstrom Report  •    •  Posted June 2, 2020

“It’s disappointing to see this EPA miss another chance to correct outdated claims which minimize contributions of U.S. biofuels to clean air and a healthy climate,” Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said. “The Renewable Fuel Standard has stood the test of time as America’s single most successful clean energy policy, driving down greenhouse gas emissions while displacing toxic petroleum-based aromatics, like benzene, a known carcinogen. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Renewable Fuels Month spotlights benefits of homegrown fuel options

By Nebraska Ethanol Board  •    •  Posted June 2, 2020

May is typically the kick-off to the summer driving season and has historically been a time Nebraska’s renewable fuels industries have come together to highlight the importance of clean-burning biofuel options. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, Renewable Fuels Month was postponed and will be celebrated throughout June 2020. To help promote locally-produced biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts recently declared June as Renewable Fuels Month. Since 2006, the acting Nebraska governor has dedicated one month out of each year to serve as a public awareness campaign. [ read more … ]

Old U.S. Oil Refinery to Pursue New Green Life After Crude Crash

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 2, 2020

In a sign of changing times, a U.S. oil refining company is converting one of its plants into a producer of clean fuel. HollyFrontier Corp.’s Cheyenne refinery will stop using crude oil and be repurposed to pump out renewable diesel, which is typically made from soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats. That’s after processing margins plummeted on the collapse in fuel demand due to Covid-19-related lockdowns. Besides, the old facility’s maintenance costs were “uncompetitive,” and the government is promoting cleaner fuel production. [ read more … ]

EVs

In California, Tesla Model 3 outsells Civic, Corolla, Accord, Camry

By Bengt Halvorson, Green Car Reports  •    •  Posted June 2, 2020

The top-selling car in California is now an electric car, and it’s one that was designed, engineered, and built there: the Tesla Model 3. According to the quarterly update released on Thursday by the California New Car Dealers Association, the Model 3 outsold the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in the state from the start of the year through March. Tesla still ranks quite a bit behind all those mass-market nameplates on a U.S. basis. According to Automotive News data, Tesla sold an estimated 180,000 Model 3s in the U.S. in 2019, while both the Civic and Corolla added up to more than 300,000 each.  [ read more … ]

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