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NEWS UPDATE February 9, 2021

Top Story

The $2.1 Billion Case for Building a Federal EV Fleet

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 8, 2021

f President Joe Biden’s administration is going to replace the entire federal vehicle fleet with fully electric vehicles, as promised, it will need trucks and vans — lots of them.  An analysis of Uncle Sam’s garage found an aging, expensive crush of big rigs — some 645,000 vehicles in all,  almost two-thirds of which are trucks. Another 9% of the fleet is vans and buses. If U.S. automakers want to cash in on a federal fleet overhaul, they would be wise to accelerate efforts to electrify their largest models; none of these large models has been electrified — at least not at scale. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure Bill

Legislative Moves to Boost Biofuels

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted February 9, 2021

A pair of Midwest senators on Monday reintroduced their bill to create an infrastructure grant program for renewable fuels and eliminate some labeling requirements from EPA on E15 labeling.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, had introduced the “Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act” in the last Congress, but reintroduced the bill in the current Congress. While the bill would unlikely pass as a stand-alone piece, the legislation provides a marker of support for renewable-fuel infrastructure, especially if Congress is able to advance a broad infrastructure package this year. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

How long can EPA nominee’s romance with GOP last?

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted February 8, 2021

if Wednesday’s confirmation hearing was any indication, it was a calculated one. News coverage that evening extolled Regan’s bipartisan bonadfides and talents as a “listener” and “consensus builder,” at a time Biden has made clear he intends to begin the contentious process of shifting the country away from oil and other fossil fuels. Regan, the top environmental regulator in North Carolina, was not only introduced by his state’s two GOP senators but spent much of the first half hour of his confirmation hearing exchanging grins with Republicans as he promised his door would be open to everyone. [ read more … ]

Chuck Grassley’s post-Trump priorities

By Axios Des Moines  •    •  Posted February 8, 2021

With President Biden at the helm, Sen. Chuck Grassley is focusing on protecting the Renewable Fuel Standard — a law that had its ups and downs under the Trump administration. “I hope it will be easier than [with] the Trump administration to protect ethanol and biofuels,” Grassley told Axios.
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Markets

RFA Releases Statistical Reports on 2020 Ethanol, Distillers Grains Exports

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted February 8, 2021

The export/import trade summary report on ethanol provides annual and monthly data on U.S. ethanol exports, highlighting the fact that more than 1.334 billion gallons—10 percent of the ethanol produced in the United States—were exported in 2020. While this is 9 percent lower than 2019, it remains the fourth largest export volume in history. This ethanol, valued at $2.33 billion, was shipped to 90 countries on six continents. Canada was the top export destination, taking in nearly a quarter of U.S. ethanol exports, followed by Brazil and India. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric vehicles could be ‘imperfect substitutes’ for gas-powered cars, new study suggests

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted February 8, 2021

Electric vehicles are being driven about half the distance of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, according to new a new paper from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). That means policymakers may be underestimating the costs of going fully electric, according to the authors. The study combined hourly electric meter readings with address-level EV registration records in California, and found the purchase of an EV raised a household’s electricity consumption by just 2.9 kWh/day — indicating an average EV is driven about 5,300 miles annually. According to EPIC, that’s less than half of the U.S. fleet average. [ read more … ]

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