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NEWS UPDATE February 26, 2021

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Britain to introduce greener gasoline at petrol stations by September

By Ahmad Ghaddar, Nigel Hunt, and Michael Hogan, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 25, 2021

Britain is set to introduce E10 gasoline, a motor fuel blended with 10% renewable fuels, by September this year, a move that could cut annual CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes, the government announced on Thursday. Current gasoline blends in Britain contain no more than 5% ethanol (E5), but the introduction of the E10 grade could cut transport emissions equivalent to removing 350,000 cars from the roads, the government said. [ read more … ]

SREs

Refiners File Opening Brief

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted February 25, 2021

Refining companies at the center of an upcoming Supreme Court case filed an opening brief this week, arguing the Renewable Fuel Standard allows small refiners to receive exemptions at any time. Attorneys for HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining Company said Congress intended for small refiners to have the ability to request exemptions whenever they are able to prove economic hardship in complying with the RFS. In January 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver ruled the EPA improperly granted three exemptions to companies that had not received exemptions continuously. [ read more … ]

Ethanol leaders say EPA still has to account for lost gallons

By LARRY LEE, Brownfield  •    •  Posted February 25, 2021

Ethanol industry leaders say the EPA’s recent change of policy on Small Refinery Exemptions is a start, but there is still a lot of work to do. Geoff Cooper with the Renewable Fuels Association tells Brownfield the EPA’s change, of course, does not take care of re-allocating ethanol gallons that should have been blended with gasoline in years past. “Unfortunately, I don’t see this as applying immediately to those gallons and we think we’re going to have to continue working with EPA to claw back those lost volumes from the past.” [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. Farmers are Planting More Row Crops Than Ever

By Kirk Maltais, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted February 25, 2021

U.S. farmers are expected to plant a record amount of acres this year to take advantage of high agricultural prices after years of tough market conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that farmers will plant 182 million acres of corn and soybeans in 2021. That is an all-time high and up roughly eight million acres from last year—driven by a jump in soybean acreage, which is expected to rise nearly seven million acres from last year.
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EIA: Ethanol production down 28%, stocks down 7%

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 25, 2021

U.S. ethanol production fell nearly 28 percent to 658,000 barrels per day the week ending Feb. 19, reaching its lowest level since May 8, 2020, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 24. The drop reflects issues related to the polar vortex that hit most of the U.S. last week that caused power outages and disruptions in the natural gas market. Stocks were down more than 7 percent for the week. [ read more … ]

EVs

Driving on sunshine

By Sarah Kaplan and Aaron Steckelberg, Washington Post  •    •  Posted February 25, 2021

Aptera Motors, a California company whose name comes from the ancient Greek for “wingless,” is rolling out the first mass-produced solar car this year. It’s a three-wheel, ultra-aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in 34 square feet of solar cells. The car is so efficient that, on a clear day, those cells alone could provide enough energy to drive about 40 miles — more than twice the distance of the average American’s commute. [ read more … ]

What Biden’s battery order means for EVs, DOE

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted February 25, 2021

A sweeping Biden executive order yesterday is fueling debate about whether a U.S.-based electric vehicle supply chain can be jump-started affordably by the federal government without damaging the environment. The plan signed by President Biden yesterday calls for a review of the state of domestic supplies of batteries, key battery minerals and semiconductors used in electric cars — along with the “rare earth” minerals used in wind turbines and, potentially, other materials used in clean energy. The administration wants to figure out how to wean the U.S. off of its reliance on China for many of those EV technologies and avoid shortages that could slow adoption — or, in its view, imperil national security. [ read more … ]

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