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NEWS UPDATE January 5, 2021

Top Story

EPA Proposes Consent Decree on One Small-Refinery Exemptions Court Case

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 4, 2021

With a number of small-refinery exemption court cases filed against EPA still pending, the agency has proposed a consent decree to settle one of those cases. The EPA published the proposed decree in the Federal Register on Monday, which would require the agency to decide on an SRE request made by United Refining Company. The company filed a civil lawsuit against EPA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging the agency had not responded to its 2019 SRE request. The agency currently has 32 pending requests for 2019 and 14 for 2020. The Trump administration has not published decisions on the pending SRE requests. [ read more … ]

Pandemic Relief

Federal checks salvage otherwise dreadful 2020 for US farms

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press  •    •  Posted January 4, 2021

Thanks to the government paying nearly 40% of their income, U.S. farmers are expected to end 2020 with higher profit than 2019 and the best net income in seven years, the Department of Agriculture said in its latest farm income forecast. Farmers faced challenges throughout 2020 that included the impact of trade dispute s; low prices that drove down cash receipts for corn, cotton, wheat, chicken, cattle and hogs; and weather difficulties such as drought in some areas and an unusual August wind storm stretching from South Dakota to Ohio that centered on Iowa. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Ga. races could shape U.S. climate policy for a generation

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 4, 2021

The only debate during Georgia’s Senate runoffs gave Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff a chance to pitch his climate plan. He delivered a short argument for funding clean energy jobs, then returned to the dominant theme of his campaign: attacking his opponent, Republican Sen. David Perdue, as corrupt. [ read more … ]

Markets

Iowa Ethanol Plant Ceasing Production, Cites Poor Economics

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

Ingredion Inc. is stopping production at its 45-million-gallon ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the end of January as continued industry struggles forced the hand of the company. In a letter sent to suppliers of the plant this week, Kevin Keiser, senior manager of commodity purchasing at Ingredion in Cedar Rapids, outlined a number of reasons for the decision. [ read more … ]

Ingredients maker Ingredion stops ethanol output at Cedar Rapids facility

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 6, 2021

Ingredion Inc said on Tuesday it has stopped ethanol production at its manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, making it the latest company to cut ethanol output after the coronavirus pandemic choked demand for fuel. The coronavirus pandemic battered the U.S. ethanol industry, at one point halving its production capacity. Production capacity as of Jan. 1, 2020 was 1.13 million barrels per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. [ read more … ]

South Korean-flagged tanker seized by Iran, media reports

By Parisa Hafezi in Dubai and Jonathan Saul in London, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 4, 2021

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters, Iranian media said on Monday, at a time of tension between Tehran and Seoul over Iranian funds frozen at South Korean banks due to U.S. sanctions. Several Iranian media outlets, including Iranian state TV, said the Guards navy captured the vessel for polluting the Gulf with chemicals. The semi-official Tasnim news agency published pictures showing what it identified as Guards speed boats escorting the tanker HANKUK CHEMI, which it said was carrying 7,200 tonnes of ethanol. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Meet a key architect of Trump’s car rules rollback

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted January 4, 2021

A former top official who oversaw President Trump’s rollback of clean car standards says auto companies weren’t granted undue influence over the rulemaking process. Heidi King, the former acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told E&E News that she worked to temper car companies’ expectations for a direct line to the Trump White House. “They assumed they’d come and pick a number with the White House and that the economists would then go do lots of math which magically would come out to the same number,” King said of automakers in a recent phone interview. [ read more … ]

EVs

Mass. to require all new cars sold to be electric by 2035 as part of climate-change measures

By Naomi Martin, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted January 4, 2021

Governor Charlie Baker’s administration on Wednesday released a plan that will require the state to dramatically cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the next decade and beyond through a raft of changes, including by mandating that all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035. Among the changes the state plans over the next decade: retrofitting 1 million homes to use electricity for heating instead of gas and oil, cutting commuters’ driving miles by 15 percent, and dramatically increasing offshore wind power generation. [ read more … ]

 

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