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NEWS UPDATE February 25, 2021

Top Story

Ethanol Output Plunges Most on Record After U.S. Deep Freeze

By Kim Chipman and Dominic Carey, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 24, 2021

Ethanol production in the U.S. dropped the most on record last week as a historic cold snap prompted some plants to slow or completely shut down amid power outages and a spike in natural gas prices. Output slid 28% to 658,000 barrels a day, according to the Department of Energy. The decline was the biggest in figures going back to 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Production was also below the average estimate of 819,000 in Bloomberg survey of analysts. [ read more … ]

SREs

Refiners file brief in Supreme Court SRE case

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 24, 2021

Affiliates of HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining on Feb. 22 filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing their position against the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). The brief was filed the same day that the U.S. EPA announced it was changing its position regarding the SRE challenge and now supports the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling. That change in stance has been applauded by representatives of the biofuels industry.
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Grassley pleased EPA sides with biofuels in critical RFS case

By Kmaland  •    •  Posted February 24, 2021

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s glad the EPA “has finally come around” after it announced its support for a recent appeals court decision supporting biofuels producers. The Environmental Protection Agency Monday afternoon said it agrees with last year’s ruling by the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected the Trump EPA’s retroactive waivers to oil refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard. In his weekly conference call with farm reporters Tuesday morning, Senator Grassley said the EPA’s shift on small refinery exemptions is a step in the right direction. [ read more … ]

Markets

Ex-USTR official cautious on China ethanol outlook

By Politico  •    •  Posted February 24, 2021

It’s too early to tell what kind of long-term market China will be for U.S. ethanol, despite a recent report that it has bought a record 200 million gallons for delivery in the first half of 2021, former U.S. chief agricultural negotiator Gregg Doud said Tuesday. “My sense is that China really is trying to think through this whole notion of infrastructure for the use of ethanol.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Lawmakers float bills on highway emissions, EVs

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 24, 2021

Lawmakers yesterday announced bills to promote electric vehicles and slash greenhouse gas emissions from highways, as Congress and the Biden administration begin talks on an infrastructure bill. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) reintroduced legislation — the “Electric Credit Access Ready at Sale Act” — that would nix the manufacturer cap for the EV tax credit and extend the incentive by 10 years. Under current law, a credit up to $7,500 is available on 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer, and companies like Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co. have already hit that cap. [ read more … ]

Postal Service sidetracks Biden EV plan

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 24, 2021

The U.S. Postal Service yesterday made a $482 million decision to replace its aging truck fleet with a mix of fossil-fuel and electric vehicles, falling short of President Biden’s goal of electrifying the federal vehicle fleet. The contract, six years in the making, went to Oshkosh Defense LLC, a Wisconsin firm that primarily makes military vehicles. [ read more … ]

Biggest Electric Bus Deal in U.S. Approved in Maryland

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 24, 2021

A school system outside Washington is poised to become the nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses. The Board of Education in Maryland’s Montgomery County voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to approve a 16-year, $169 million contract to lease 326 buses, part of a plan that could result in the county replacing its entire 1,422-bus fleet over the next two decades. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.