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NEWS UPDATE March 4, 2021

Top Story

Iowa company wants to store carbon dioxide from Midwest ethanol plants in N.D.

By Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

An Iowa company is leading a $2 billion effort to capture carbon dioxide from Midwestern ethanol plants and pipe it to North Dakota where it would be buried deep underground.
The greenhouse gas is generated during the fermentation process and contributes to climate change when it’s released into the atmosphere. Summit Carbon Solutions’ project would gather carbon dioxide from at least 17 ethanol plants and pipe it to North Dakota where it would be injected into wells and stored underground. [ read more … ]

SREs

States, Refiners Plead to SCOTUS on RFS

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

Parties continue to line up in the upcoming Supreme Court case likely to determine the future of small-refinery exemptions, as a number of states and refining interests filed briefs with the court on Monday. The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in HollyFrontier v. Renewable Fuels Association sometime this year. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

John Kerry warns Big Oil. Big Oil pushes back

By E&E News staff  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

White House climate envoy John Kerry starkly warned the oil and gas industry yesterday that it could be left behind if it doesn’t clean up its products and transition to cleaner forms of energy. The heads of the top three U.S. oil companies said the administration should tread carefully and argued that the world will rely on fossil fuels for decades. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Politics & Policy

Power shift sparks clean energy lobbying frenzy

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

The rush to push the case for new policies to benefit wind, solar, nuclear or other low- or zero-emitting energy sources appears at least somewhat related to new optimism that federal officials are listening and sympathetic. Biden and Democrats in Congress have promised to make climate change a top-tier issue in how they govern, and significant new pro-clean-energy provisions and spending are likely to be part of any new policies they pass, like greenhouse gas regulations, new tax incentives or new mandates. [ read more … ]

Top Dems unveil sweeping climate, environmental justice bill

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon and E.A. Crunden, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats yesterday rolled out an enhanced version of their climate bill, an ambitious effort to overhaul the power sector and decarbonize the economy. At the center of the new “CLEAN Future Act” is a clean electricity standard that would shoot for 80% clean energy by 2030 and 100% by 2035. It’s paired with more than $500 billion in spending authorizations and a wide range of environmental justice, transmission and environmental cleanup provisions. [ read more … ]

Biden faces steep challenges to reach renewable energy goals

By Patrick Whittle and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

President Joe Biden wants to change the way the U.S. uses energy by expanding renewables, but he will need to navigate a host of challenges — including the coronavirus pandemic and restoring hundreds of thousands of lost jobs — to get it done. The wind and solar industries have managed to grow despite a less-than-supportive Trump administration, which favored fossil fuels such as coal. They have a new ally in the White House in Biden, who has set a goal of 100% renewable energy in the power sector by 2035. Now comes the hard part — making it happen. [ read more … ]

CLEAN Future Act includes RFS, renewable energy provisions

By CINDY ZIMMERMAN, AgWired  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

House Committee on Energy and Commerce democrats on March 2 introduced the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act, which sets a goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The bill also sets an interim target of reducing GHG pollution by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. A statement released by the committee explains the targets come from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has said carbon pollution must be cut to net-zero by 2050 to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change. The bill presents both sector-specific and economy-wide solutions to meet those targets. [ read more … ]

Markets

Renewable diesel boom highlights challenges in clean-energy transition

  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

For 17 years, trucker Colin Birch has been hitting the highways to collect used cooking oil from restaurants. He works for Vancouver-based renderer West Coast Reduction Ltd, which processes the grease into a material to make renewable diesel, a clean-burning road fuel. That job has recently gotten much harder. Birch is caught between soaring demand for the fuel – driven by U.S. and Canadian government incentives – and scarce cooking oil supplies, because fewer people are eating out during the coronavirus pandemic. [ read more … ]

CERAWEEK-Petrobras sees biofuels as key for de-carbonizing transportation -CEO

By Gram Slattery and Marianna Parraga, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

The chief executive of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras, Roberto Castello Branco, said on Tuesday that biofuels, especially those for the aviation industry, will be key for “de-carbonizing” transportation in the years to come, a key goal for energy transition. [ read more … ]

EVs

How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

By Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

Around the world, governments and automakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Motors has said it aims to stop selling new gasoline-powered cars and light trucks by 2035 and will pivot to battery-powered models. This week, Volvo said it would move even faster and introduce an all-electric lineup by 2030. But as electric cars and trucks go mainstream, they have faced a persistent question: Are they really as green as advertised? [ read more … ]

No more ‘charging deserts’? Utilities launch EV coalition

By Kristi E. Swartz and David Ferris, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

Six major electric companies in the Southeast and Midwest have formed a coalition to boost electric vehicle charging stations throughout those regions. The Electric Highway Coalition’s goal is to build enough direct-current fast-charging units to connect the Atlantic coast, the Midwest and the South as well as the Gulf Coast and Central Plains regions. The news is a sign that electric vehicles, half of which are now sold in California, might be rolling toward a more national profile. It comes as top Biden administration officials met yesterday with leaders of EV charging infrastructure companies to discuss the White House’s clean energy agenda. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Column: Iowa controls its destiny with homegrown renewables

By Terry Branstad, Quad City Times  •    •  Posted March 3, 2021

The economic fate of our farms and rural communities depends on growing reliable, domestic markets for Iowa corn. The success of E15 – and millions in annual fuel savings for Iowans – rests on guaranteeing easy access across the entire state. And the future of America’s energy independence hinges on how states like Iowa shape policies to harness the full potential of renewable fuels. [ read more … ]

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