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NEWS UPDATE June 17, 2020

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EPA administrator explains why new ethanol waiver apps are accepted

By Larry Lee, Brownfield  •    •  Posted June 17, 2020

The Administrator of the EPA says the recent applications for retroactive or “gap” Small Refinery Exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard must be treated like other requests for exemptions.  Andrew Wheeler tells Brownfield he is not sure exactly how many waiver requests have been filed. “The statute does allow people to file their applications for waivers at any time, and at any time is in the statute. So, we have received some. We’ve not process reviewed them yet. We’ve sent them over to the Department of Energy when we received them and Department of Energy is currently reviewing them.” [ read more … ]


EPA to Propose Splitting 500-Million-Gal RFS Remand in 2021, 2022: Sources 

By Jordan Godwin, OPIS  •    •  Posted June 17, 2020

EPA is expected to propose as early as next month a 250-million-gal increase in the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) and another 250-million-gal boost in the 2022 RVO to comply with a remand order the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued nearly three years ago, according to several sources familiar with the agency’s plans.  [ read more … ]


Emissions Are Surging Back as Countries and States Reopen

By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 17, 2020

After a drastic decline this spring, global greenhouse gas emissions are now rebounding sharply, scientists reported, as countries relax their coronavirus lockdowns and traffic surges back onto roads. It’s a stark reminder that even as the pandemic rages, the world is still far from getting global warming under control. In early April, daily fossil fuel emissions worldwide were roughly 17 percent lower than they were in 2019, as governments ordered people to stay home, employees stopped driving to work, factories idled and airlines grounded their flights, according to a study published in May in Nature Climate Change. [ read more … ]


Ethanol Must Be Part of Any New COVID-19 Aid Measure, RFA Tells House Panel 

By Patrick Newkumet, OPIS  •    •  Posted June 17, 2020

Congress should include the U.S. ethanol industry in any future coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) economic relief bills, the head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), told the House Energy and Commerce Committee ahead of a Tuesday hearing that examined the pandemic’s impact on the country’s energy sector.  In a Monday letter, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper asked that Congress, as it considers measures to aid parts of the economy that have been hit the hardest by the virus outbreak, ensure that the ethanol industry is “not left behind. Protecting the health and soundness of the renewable fuels industry is vital to the economic prosperity of rural America.”  [ read more … ]

House hearing focuses on COVID-19 recovery for energy sector

By Erin Voegel, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 17, 2020

Although the event focused primarily on the renewable electricity and energy efficiency sectors of the energy industry, Ernest Moniz, president and CEO of the Energy Futures Initiative, briefly addressed biofuels during his testimony. With breakthroughs, he said low-carbon fuel technologies, such as advanced cellulosic biofuels and renewable natural gas (RNG) can play critical roles in the U.S. energy sector, provided innovation significantly lowers their cost. In general to support recovery and innovation in the entire energy sector, he said the federal budget for research, development and demonstration will need to double or triple over the current decade. “We need a supercharged decade of across-the-board clean energy innovation with no time to spare,” Moniz said. [ read more … ]



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