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NEWS UPDATE September 28, 2020

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Bustos introduces Next Generation Fuels Act

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., on Sept. 24 introduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, a bill that establishes a minimum octane standard for gasoline and requires sources of added octane value to reduce carbon emissions by at least 30 percent when compared to baseline gasoline. The bill would also limit the use of harmful aromatics in meeting the new high-octane standard, as well as in current-market gasoline. [ read more … ]

RFA Applauds Introduction of Next Generation Fuels Act by Rep. Bustos

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

The Renewable Fuels Association today hailed the introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2020 by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), calling the legislation “the beginning of an exciting new era in transportation fuels policy.” By establishing a high-octane, low-carbon fuel requirement, the bill would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater engine efficiency, and encourage competition and lower pump prices. In addition, the legislation addresses existing regulatory impediments that have slowed the commercialization of high-octane, low-carbon fuels and the vehicles that consume them. [ read more … ]

SREs and RFS

Ethanol Group Argues SREs Before Court

By Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

EPA failed to reallocate biofuel gallons lost to small-refinery exemptions in the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes, an attorney for Growth Energy argued in an ongoing lawsuit before a federal appeals court on Friday. The attorney asked the court to provide direction to EPA on the issue. Growth Energy filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Feb. 4, 2019. Between 2016 and 2018, EPA granted 85 exemptions, totaling about 4 billion gallons in lost biofuels demand. Growth Energy Counsel David Lehn asked the three-judge panel on Friday to direct EPA to reallocate the gallons from exemptions granted in 2018. [ read more … ]

Ethanol backers prod administration to ‘finish the job’

By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farming  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

A week after the EPA denied 54 retroactive waivers from the ethanol mandate, farm and biofuel groups urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to take additional steps to assure ethanol’s role in the U.S. fuel supply. Their checklist included release of the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2021 and nationwide application of a court decision that greatly restricts RFS exemptions. [ read more … ]

Ethanol leaders concerned about mishandling of RFS

By Will Robinson, Brownfield  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

“It’s simply doing something that should’ve been done or [rather] undoing something that never should’ve happened in the first place,” Cooper said. “This notion that there’s got to be ‘if you’re going to do something for the ethanol industry [then] you got to do something for refiners’ is just a ridiculous notion.” Cooper says the EPA needs to adopt the 10th Circuit Court’s ruling nationally and apply it to the 33 pending refinery exemption requests for 2019 and 2020. [ read more … ]

Legislation

House Democrats Get Aggressive on Biofuels

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

Democrats in both the House and the Senate are paying more attention to biofuels at the moment. And yet, given that Congress is going to pass a temporary funding bill, and then go campaign, it’s probably going to take more effort in 2021 and beyond to see some of this legislation to fruition. The House on Thursday passed a 900-page renewable energy bill, focusing heavily on issues such as energy efficiency — the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act HR 4447. Within that bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., included a provision called the “Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act.” Under that language, EPA would be required to set a deadline for refiners to request exemptions from the RFS. EPA would also be required to publicly release the names of refiners requesting exemptions, the number of gallons that could be waived and the number of gallons of biofuels that would not be blended as a result. [ read more … ]

House passes sweeping clean energy bill

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

The House on Thursday passed a broad bill that aims to boost energy efficiency and renewable energy sources as part of an attempt to combat climate change.  The chamber approved the 900-page Clean Energy and Jobs Innovation Act in a 220-185 vote.  The legislation would create research and development programs for solar, wind, advanced geothermal energy and hydroelectric power as well as lessening pollution from fossil fuel production.  [ read more … ]

House passes bill that aims to increase SRE transparency

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 24 passed the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act, or H.R. 4447, by a vote of 229 to 187. The bill includes provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act. The Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act was introduced by Reps. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., in May 2019. The original version of the bill aimed to increase transparency in the Renewable Fuel Standard and ensure any waived volumes are reallocated. It also would ensure key information surrounding small refinery exemptions (SREs) is publicly disclosed and would set a deadline for refineries to submit SRE applications, ensuring that the U.S. EPA would reallocate waived volumes to non-exempt obligated parties. [ read more … ]

EVs

California’s Ban on New Gas Cars Further Upends Auto Industry

By William Boston, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

California’s decision to ban sales of new conventional vehicles starting in 2035 shows how regulators’ aggressive emission targets are forcibly reshaping an industry that is struggling to keep its customers on board. Tighter rules from Europe to the U.S. are accelerating manufacturers’ efforts to shrink their carbon footprint, even as they fight to come back from a pandemic slump. Those rules are also drawing investors toward new electric-vehicle startups hoping to replicate the success of TeslaInc. [ read more … ]

Markets

Trump risks support in oil-producing swing states as he boosts ethanol to court Iowa farm vote

By Avvy Smith, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

President Trump has boosted biofuels in recent weeks in moves that have boosted corn growers but that the oil industry sees as a slap in the face. The industry wants Trump to remember he has swing states other than Iowa to worry about — fossil fuel states where refining jobs are prevalent. Several of those states were much closer races in 2016 than Iowa. Something politicians “should keep in mind as they consider where to come down on the RFS and the implications of it is not just to focus solely on Iowa,” said Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of policy, economics, and regulatory affairs for the American Petroleum Institute. [ read more … ]

BP says oil is on the ropes. Is it really?

By Benjamin Storrow and Edward Klump, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted September 27, 2020

The Energy Corridor, a business district on the west side of Houston, has long been the beating heart of the U.S. oil industry. It’s home to BP PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ConocoPhillips. Now it’s also the epicenter of a sea change. BP and Shell are charting a dramatically new course for the industry, pledging to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions, slash spending on new oil and gas projects, and pump money into renewables and other low-carbon ventures. [ read more … ]

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