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NEWS UPDATE December 1, 2020

Top Story

U.S. fuel industry frazzled as Trump EPA misses 2021 biofuel volumes deadline

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was set to miss a deadline on Monday to announce how much renewable fuel the nation’s refiners must blend into their fuel mix next year, raising uncertainty in the fuel market and prompting one biofuel association to threaten to take the agency to court. Under federal law, the EPA must finalize its decision on the annual biofuel blending volume requirements it imposes on the refining industry for the next year by Nov. 30. The agency did not respond to requests for comment. [ read more … ]

Cooper Suggests RFS Volumes Rule Should be Completed by Biden Administration

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted December 1, 2020

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that EPA is missing its statutory deadline for publishing the final rule for 2021 RVOs, given that we still haven’t even seen a proposed rule,” RFA President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cooper said in a statement. If EPA had released an RFS volumes proposal on Monday, volumes likely wouldn’t have been finalized until early next year. “At this point, it likely makes more sense to let the new administration handle the 2021 RVO rulemaking process entirely,” Cooper said. [ read more … ]

RFS

Trump EPA could kick biofuel blending to Biden

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

 EPA looks set to miss today’s legal deadline for issuing next year’s biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. That could create a mess for President-elect Joe Biden’s EPA team , which will have to make quick decisions on blending requirements for a compliance year already in progress, as well as how to deal with the 41 requests for exemptions from small refiners that have been struggling with fuel demand because of the pandemic. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Early test for Biden: Car emissions rules

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

As one of his biggest steps to tackle climate change, President-elect Joe Biden is expected to undo President Trump’s rollback of clean car standards and set new auto emissions rules. But experts have one pressing question for the former vice president: How aggressive will the new tailpipe rules be? [ read more … ]

Top California air, climate regulator hopes to run Biden EPA

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

Over four decades, Mary Nichols has been the regulator behind some of the nation’s most ambitious climate policies and, in recent years, she’s been their staunchest defender against President Donald Trump’s effort to dismantle them. With Joe Biden heading to the White House, Nichols hopes she is not done yet. [ read more … ]

Markets

American Corn Growers Foundation to policymakers: Ratchet up ethanol blend to 30%

By Robert Pore, Grand Island Independent  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

In recent years, there has been a push to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10% to 15% or 20%. The American Corn Growers Foundation would like to see policymakers raise that amount to 30%. According to Gale Lush, ACGF chairman and a farmer from Wilcox, an article in the Nov. 17 edition of World Grain, titled “COVID-19’s lasting impact,” cites a Rabobank report, “The Grain and Oilseed Sector in a Post-COVID-19 World,” that “should serve as a warning to corn growers, farm organizations and policymakers in Congress that it’s time to ratchet up ethanol blending under the RFS to 30% nationwide as soon as possible.” [ read more … ]

Ethanol Producers Call for Increased Octane in New Efficiency Rules

By Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

Several ethanol producers representing more than one billion gallons of capacity  called on the ethanol community to focus their near term advocacy efforts on fuel efficiency rules that are likely to be a top priority for the incoming Biden Administration. Ethanol Producers Call for Increased Octane in New Efficiency Rules. In an open letter to the ethanol community published in Biofuels Digest, the producers said the industry was facing some tough questions as to how to overcome a trend line of lowered demand due to a number of factors. Regardless of who is in the White House they say, reduced gasoline demand, an RFS under constant attack, the emergence of electric vehicles, and inconsistent exports are variables that hinder any sustained pathway for growth. [ read more … ]

ND Ethanol: from plummeting demand to filling needs

By Jacob Notermann, KFYR  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

The effects of the tough planting season last spring are still being felt. The flooded soil that followed a lengthy winter made it nearly impossible for farmers to plant. Many chose not to plant at all, which took a toll on industries down the chain. According to the North Dakota Corn Council, more than one million fewer acres of corn were planted and harvested in North Dakota alone. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Despite hundreds of millions in tax dollars, ADM’s carbon capture program still hasn’t met promised goals

By Johnathan Hettinger, Northwest Herald  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

Yet the company’s largest project is storing substantially less carbon dioxide from its ethanol plant in Decatur, Illinois, than originally promised, according to a Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting review of federal and company documents. Since starting operations at its largest project, the Illinois Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage Project, in 2017, the company has yet to reach its stated milestone of one million tons. Annual emissions stored are about half of those projected — around 519,000 tons, according to the EPA.
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Biogenics CO2

American Agriculture Leaders Commend Governors for Support on Addressing Biogenic CO2 Barrier

By Biogenic CO2 Coalition  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

The Biogenic CO2 Coalition, a working group of leading trade associations that support American agriculture, today commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Local View: Time to give ethanol a boost

By Dan McGuire, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

With history as a teacher, we better not count on exports to China to save our farm sector. Recent trade wars prove that reality. The new Biden Administration is going to push for more renewable energy. Ethanol is a perfect fit to help rebuild and modernize the U.S. motor fuel infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Could Ethanol Be a ‘Net-Zero’ Hero?

By Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

None of this should be construed as the ethanol industry “opposing” electric vehicles. On the contrary, we understand that electric vehicles running on low-carbon electricity will play an important role in reducing transportation-related GHG emissions. We’re simply asking for truth, transparency and fairness in how life cycle carbon accounting is conducted and how the vehicles are marketed to consumers who may not understand the intricacies of life cycle analysis. [ read more … ]

EVs

Environmental group launches clean transportation push

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted November 30, 2020

The Environmental Defense Fund today launched a national campaign to rally support for 100% clean electric power and clean transportation under the Biden administration and the new Congress. The “Power Up, America” campaign kicked off with a six-figure digital and television ad buy in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Ohio. One overarching goal of the campaign is for the United States to reach 100% clean electric power by 2035 — a goal already endorsed by President-elect Joe Biden. [ read more … ]

 

 

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