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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE February 22, 2021

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RFS Transparency Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted February 21, 2021

The Congressional Biofuels Caucus introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act on Thursday, which would require the EPA to be more transparent about small-refinery exemptions. The legislation would set an annual June 1 deadline for refiners to request exemptions from the RFS and require EPA to publicly release the name of refiners requesting waivers, the number of gallons requested to be waived and the number of gallons of biofuel that will not be blended as a result of the waiver. [ read more … ]

Biofuel Initiatives

Minnesota Considers State E15 Mandate

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted February 21, 2021

Biofuels and agriculture interests are rallying behind a bill working its way through the Minnesota Legislature to mandate E15 in the state as it faces pushback from the gasoline retailer industry. Concerns were raised during a state senate hearing on Wednesday that the bill would be too costly for stations to comply. The bill would require all Minnesota gasoline retailers to comply with the mandate by July 2022. Retailers say it would be costly to comply and the deadline is too tight.
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Minnesota legislator wants to increase ethanol content in biofuels

By Al Edenloff, Echo Press  •    •  Posted February 21, 2021

“Ethanol is one of Minnesota’s only oil wells,” said Westrom, who also chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This legislation allows us to not only continue to be a leader in homegrown fuels, but also creates opportunities for farmers in helping our state and nation become energy independent. Minnesota was the first in the country with E10, and we will continue to lead with E15.” [ read more … ]

RFS

RFA: RFS General Waiver Requests are Unjustified and Illegal

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted February 21, 2021

The Renewable Fuels Association today filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to earlier requests from oil refiners and the governors of six oil-producing states seeking a general waiver from 2019 and 2020 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. “These waiver requests, which were rushed out the door by EPA one day before President Joe Biden was sworn in, never should have seen the light of day,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper.
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Litigation

Supreme Court loads up on environment cases

By Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 21, 2021

Hollyfrontier Cheyenne Refining LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association: The Supreme Court has agreed to wade into a divisive fight over biofuel blending requirement exemptions for small refineries. The Biden administration has said it plans to walk back those exemptions, which biofuel and renewable fuels groups oppose. Petroleum industry interests say that Congress intended to offer small refineries relief from costly renewable fuel standard requirements, but judges for a lower court said EPA could only extend prior waivers. Arguments have not yet been scheduled. [ read more … ]

Markets

EIA: Domestic Ethanol Supply Up 2.1% on Week, Down 2% on Year

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted February 21, 2021

Midwest PADD 2 blending demand fell 3,000 bpd on the week while at the Gulf Coast demand declined a like amount and slid 7.1% in the Rocky Mountain PADD 4, the data show. At the East Coast PADD 1 demand jumped 2.5%, while West Coast PADD 5 demand jumped 3.9%. For the four weeks ended Feb. 12, EIA reports PADD 2 blending activity 19,000 bpd below the year prior, while PADD 3 activity was down 11,000 bpd. [ read more … ]

Northwest Iowa ethanol plant joins large-scale project to capture and store carbon

By Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted February 21, 2021

Little Sioux Corn Processors has forged a deal with an Iowa-based agri-business as part of a plan to develop the world’s largest carbon dioxide capture and storage project. Summit Carbon Solutions, a unit of Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agriculture Group, said Thursday it is partnering with a select group of leading biorefiners in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota to execute the first phase of its project, which the company says will put them on the path of ultimately delivering a net-zero-carbon fuel.
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