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NEWS UPDATE March 8, 2021

Top Story

E30 Demonstration Shows Fuel’s Promise

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

The use of E30 in state of Nebraska non flexible-fuel vehicles for one year found no observable negative effects on vehicle performance or costs per mile, the results of a study released by the state on Monday show. Just as markets for E15 continue to grow across the country, the study also found because E30 is about 2.5% less expensive than E15, the wide use of E30 would make it a more economically viable fuel. E30 can reduce carbon black tailpipe emissions 45% and reduce the NOX (nitrous oxide) and the hydrocarbon emissions by over 20%. By using ethanol, motorists can save money at the pump, help clean up the environment and support farmers and ranchers since 35% of Nebraska’s corn crop goes into ethanol. [ read more … ]

Nebraska’s E30 Demonstration Project

Gov. Ricketts, Ethanol Board Showcase UNL Research Demonstrating the Safety and Efficiency of E30 Biofuel

By Roger Berry, Nebraska Ethanol Board  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

Governor Pete Ricketts announced the results of a E30 demonstration project conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with support from the State’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS).  The ground-breaking research clearly demonstrates that E30, gasoline blended with 30% ethanol, is safe for long-term use in non flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). “Using E30 is just as effective in eliminating carbon emissions as electric vehicles (EVs) when you compare ‘well to wheel’ emissions of the two types of vehicles,” said Jan tenBensel, chairmen of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.  “That puts ethanol in a good position to help achieve our climate goals as a nation.” [ read more … ]

CFDC Calls Nebraska E30 Demonstration One More Step Towards Higher Blends

By Doug Durante, CFDC  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) today applauded the work of the State of Nebraska following the release of a report that found higher ethanol blends are safe, efficient, and cost effective when used in conventional vehicles. The yearlong demonstration involved 50 non-flex fuel vehicles (non-FFVs) from the State of Nebraska’s fleet “to determine adaptability, economic feasibility, and environmental impact of using E30”. According to Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, the final report on the test indicates positive results on all counts. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Granholm on coal, carbon capture, DOE’s net-zero playbook

By Lesley Clark and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

In her first week on the job, Jennifer Granholm pitched a skeptical oil and gas crowd on President Biden’s bid to cut carbon emissions, said she’d welcome Texas to join the wider power grid, professed her love for electric vehicles on national television and marveled over research being conducted at her Department of Energy labs. The Energy secretary will play a leading role in the Biden administration’s effort to deliver a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, and Granholm moved quickly to establish herself as an enthusiastic advocate of innovative ways to tamp down emissions. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers to examine how to ‘undo the damage’ at EPA

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

House lawmakers this week will delve into what’s next for EPA in a hearing that could offer clues about Democratic plans for the agency. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on Wednesday that will focus on strengthening EPA from tumultuous times during the Trump administration.
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Aid

Senators call on USDA to get aid to biofuels producers “as soon as possible”

By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

Two U.S. Senators are urging the Biden administration to provide targeted relief to biofuels producers as quickly as possible. Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley says he and Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar have sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraging USDA to assist ethanol and biodiesel plants while the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is under review. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Poltics

CERAWeek notebook: Politics, not tech, is top climate hurdle

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

The United States has the technological know-how to hit net-zero emissions by 2050. The real question is whether Washington has the sustained political will necessary to achieve that feat.
That was the takeaway of energy executives, federal regulators and climate experts who participated in this year’s CERAWeek by IHS Markit conference, which ended Friday. [ read more … ]

US Ethanol Groups Support Canada Clean Fuel Reg

By Cindy Zimmerman, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 8, 2021

In comments filed by RFA, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis stressed support for Canada’s technology-neutral approach to reducing carbon-based emissions and the important role ethanol can play. “Ethanol is already reducing climate change emissions from the transportation sector and there is room for more growth,” wrote Davis. “RFA believes that renewable fuel, especially ethanol, can further decarbonize passenger cars and light-duty trucks today. Promising research and development initiatives show ethanol can also power medium-duty and heavy-duty engines in the future as well.” [ read more … ]

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