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NEWS UPDATE June 8, 2020

Top Story

Minnesota ethanol production ramping up again

By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted June 7, 2020

After motor-fuel demand tanked as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders took hold, ethanol production also plunged this spring to record lows. Plants throughout the country — including four in Minnesota — were temporarily idled. Three of those plants have now reopened, while other Minnesota biofuel facilities have increased production as ethanol demand and prices have risen from their April nadir. [ read more … ]

Climate

Pollution May Be Down, But Carbon Dioxide Is Soaring

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 7, 2020

It took no time for countries under quarantine to see energy use plummet, and with it, pollution levels. But even as citizens of Los Angeles and Jalandhar exuberantly posted photos of the Hollywood sign and the Himalayas visible without smog for the first time in decades, climate scientists warned the dramatic drop in emissions would do little if anything to slow the pace of global warming. [ read more … ]

Production

Ethanol usage up, plants coming back online

By SUE ROESLER, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted June 7, 2020

Cars are on the road again, and increased travel adds up to more gasoline being used across the U.S. Because of gasoline/ethanol blends, ethanol use is also on the rise. “This is really good news as far as what is going on with the fuel/transportation sector, as well as ethanol,” said Dave Ripplinger, NDSU bioproducts/bioenergy economics specialist. [ read more … ]

US industrial ethanol demand remains strong, expected to be a long-term trend

By Alex Snodgrass, ICIS  •    •  Posted June 7, 2020

Heightened demand for sanitizers, and consequently industrial ethanol, is expected to be a long-term trend even if a coronavirus vaccine is made. Many large alcohol distributors and producers are now investing in or considering the permanent switch to industrial ethanol and sanitizer production as increased sanitization efforts are now considered a long term consumer trend. [ read more … ]

EPA

EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of CAA regulations

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 7, 2020

The U.S. EPA on June 4 released a proposed rule that will require all future significant regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis (BCA). The Renewable Fuel Standard is among the CAA programs that will likely be affected. The proposed rule follows an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) issued in June 2018 in which the EPA said it was soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits when making regulatory decisions. [ read more … ]

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