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NEWS UPDATE July 2, 2020

Today’s Biofuels News will not publish tomorrow, Independence Day.  It returns Monday, July 6.

Top Story

EPA Holding Up on RFS Volumes

By  Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted July 2, 2020

On a call with reporters, Wheeler was asked about rumors EPA would drop the proposed rule for RFS volumes next year right before the holiday. The proposed RFS volumes had been expected to come out sometime in June. Wheeler also addressed the applications for small-refinery exemptions now at EPA. He noted EPA is faced with 52 SRE applications from refiners for 2011 through 2018, as well as 27 SRE applications for 2019 and one for 2020. The applications have been sent to the Department of Energy for review. The 52 applications were sent in by refiners following the language in a ruling earlier this year from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Retroactive SRE Applications

U.S. Senator Grassley backs plan to block EPA nomination over biofuel waivers

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted July 1, 2020

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday he supported a plan by one of his Senate colleagues to block the nomination of an Environmental Protection Agency official until the agency makes clear how it would handle requests from oil refiners for retroactive exemptions from their biofuel blending mandates. Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst, both from Iowa, spoke last week with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to discuss the waivers, which biofuel advocates in their state claim hurt farmers by undermining demand for corn-based ethanol, Grassley said on a call with reporters.
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Reynolds signs Iowa ethanol tax bill, calls out EPA head Wheeler

By Amie Rivers, Waterloo Courier Journal  •    •  Posted July 1, 2020

Flanked by area legislators and her lieutenant governor, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill that lowers excise taxes on gasoline blended with ethanol, and called out the head of the Environmental Protection Agency charged with approving refinery waivers that limit ethanol’s reach. As she signed the bill at Pine Lake Corn Processors in Steamboat Rock, an ethanol plant that produces around 80 million gallons of ethanol per year, Reynolds said the bill was an important way to circumvent “the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., that seem more interested in the interests of Big Oil than farmers.” [ read more … ]

House Climate Bill

Report: Ethanol, LCFS can help US meet net-zero goal

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted July 1, 2020

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30 unveiled a climate crisis action plan that aims to serve as a congressional roadmap to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Ethanol, according to the plan, will play a role in helping to meet that goal. One component of the plan calls on Congress to build on the Renewable Fuel Standard with a transition to a Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The current version of the RFS, enacted in 2007, requires U.S. transportation fuels to contain minimum volumes of biofuels, including specific targets for advanced biofuels, cellulosic biofuels and biomass-based diesel through 2022. After 2022, however, the U.S. EPA is given more discretion in setting annual blending obligations. [ read more … ]

EVs

The Clean Car Revolution Is Breaking Old Industrial Towns

By Laura Millan Lombrana and Thomas Gualtieri, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 1, 2020

Nissan’s decision to shut down its three plants in the scrubby hills outside Barcelona is part of a broader reorganization with alliance partners Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which involves cutting global production by 20%. The move is linked to the broader strains facing the sector as the era of the combustion engine gradually draws to a close. “The transformation of the auto industry is unstoppable, it’s a new industrial revolution, and the only alternative is to adapt or die,” said Tomas Diaz, a Nissan worker and an official with the Comissions Obreres union in the Catalonia region. “Today is Nissan, but tomorrow it can be any other plant.”  [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture, Storage Projects Seen as Boon for Ethanol Producers

By Michael Schneider, OPIS  •    •  Posted July 1, 2020

“The CCS industry is abuzz about the tax credits and the additional capture opportunities that the incentive provides,” said Keith Tracy, president of Cornerpost CO2 LLC, which provides consulting services for the industry. He predicted the CCS industry will soon “take off,” noting that the credit incentivizes capturing CO2 emissions from different types of facilities and industries and either storing them underground or using them in other products to be sold. [ read more … ]

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