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NEWS UPDATE June 8, 2020

Top Story

Farm, biofuel groups press EPA on exemptions

By Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted June 9, 2020

Biofuel advocates are asking EPA today to provide more information on requests for retroactive exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard. Citing an appeals court ruling, the Renewable Fuels Association and several other organizations argue in a letter that EPA can’t extend exemptions to any small refineries whose earlier, temporary exemptions had lapsed. “Backfilling SREs to circumvent a court decision would exacerbate market uncertainty at a time when rural communities already face unprecedented economic challenges.” [ read more … ]

RFS

Conservation group joins Wyoming governor in call to waive renewable fuel standards

By Camille Erickson, Casper Tribune  •    •  Posted June 8, 2020

Wyoming’s governor, along with governors in five other states, has called on the federal agency to waive the standard or extend economic relief opportunities to struggling refineries. Now, these leaders of oil-producing states have a new, unlikely ally: a conservation group. The National Wildlife Federation recently called on federal officials to waive the renewable fuel standard requirements, on the basis the mandate accelerates harm to the environment and the climate. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Bipartisan bill would reward farmers for climate-smart practices

By Amie Simpson. Brownfields  •    •  Posted June 8, 2020

A new bipartisan Senate Bill introduced yesterday would break down barriers for farmers interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The Growing Climate Solutions Act was introduced by US Senators Mike Braun of Indiana, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.
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Iowa legislature reauthorizes biofuel tax differentials

By Ethanol Producer magazine  •    •  Posted June 8, 2020

On their first day back at the Iowa Capitol, legislators wasted no time getting to work on important policies. On Wednesday night the Iowa legislature reauthorized the Iowa biofuel tax differentials, helping boost biofuel demand and lower fuel prices. Senate File 2403, which unanimously passed both chambers, extends and modernizes fuel tax differentials for E15 and higher ethanol blends and B11 and higher biodiesel blends, which are set to expire on June 30, 2020. Passage signals continued support of renewable fuels and will put millions of dollars back into the Road Use Tax Fund each year for vital infrastructure projects. “Reauthorization of the biofuel tax differentials is a ray of sunshine during some of the darkest days Iowa biofuels have ever faced,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Policy Director Nathan Hohnstein. [ read more … ]

Civil rights leaders call for more diverse oil and gas industry

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted June 8, 2020

America’s leading civil rights leaders are calling on the oil and gas industry — dominated by white men — to hire more women and people of color. Why it matters: The effort, led by Rev. Jesse Jackson and National Urban League President Marc Morial, has been underway for weeks, though the topic has taken on a new urgency in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd [ read more … ]

EVs

A Million-Mile Battery From China Could Power Your Electric Car

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted June 8, 2020

The Chinese behemoth that makes electric-car batteries for Tesla Inc. and Volkswagen AG developed a power pack that lasts more than a million miles — an industry landmark and a potential boon for automakers trying to sway drivers to their EV models. Extending that lifespan is viewed as a key advance because the pack could be reused in a second vehicle. That would lower the expense of owning an electric vehicle, a positive for an industry that’s seeking to recover sales momentum lost to the coronavirus outbreak and the slumping oil prices that made gas guzzlers more competiti [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Budding Midwest marijuana industry could send energy use sky-high

By Stephanie Manuzak, Yale Climate Connections  •    •  Posted June 8, 2020

Recreational marijuana recently became legal in Illinois and Michigan. But for cannabis plants to thrive year-round in the Midwest, they must be grown indoors. So as the industry expands, its energy use could easily get, well, pretty high. “Lighting is one of the largest energy uses of an indoor cultivation facility, followed closely by heating and cooling and then dehumidification,” says Molly Graham of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. [ read more … ]

 

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