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NEWS UPDATE March 9, 2021

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Exclusive: Three ships carrying U.S. ethanol head to China – sources

By Stephanie Kelly in New York and Hallie Gu in Beijing, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

Three ships carrying ethanol were heading to China from the U.S. Gulf Coast, three trade sources told Reuters on Monday, in a sign that exports of the fuel were sharply increasing from the United States to the country. The shipments may surpass the total amount of U.S. ethanol that China imported last year, a positive development for the U.S. ethanol industry, which has seen decreased demand because of the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S.-China trade war.
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Nebraska’s E30 Demonstration Project

Nebraska study finds that conventional vehicles can use higher ethanol blend

By Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

Nebraska officials said Monday that a new study indicating that higher ethanol blends can be used in conventional vehicles could be a boon to corn farmers and the state’s $5 billion ethanol industry. The study, which used state vehicles and University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers, suggested that nonflex-fuel vehicles could burn E-30 ethanol blends and get performance comparable to blends that use less of the corn-based fuel, such as E-10 or E-15. [ read more … ]

Research shows E30 is safe for long-term use in non-FFVs

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 8 announced that ground-breaking research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services clearly demonstrates that E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). “The research partnership between the State and the University clearly demonstrates that E30 is a safe and reliable fuel for vehicles,” Ricketts said.  “Ethanol saves drivers money at the pump, is good for air quality, and creates opportunities for our farm families.  This study will be a great aid as we advocate for growing the volume of E30 in our nation’s fuel supply.  In turn, raising demand for E30 biofuel will benefit Nebraska’s corn growers who supply 35 percent of their crop to our state’s ethanol industry.” [ read more … ]


Bipartisan senators call on USDA for biofuels relief

By Politico  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

A bipartisan group of 10 senators is pressing the Biden administration to use authority under the CARES Act to provide targeted relief to the biofuels industry, which is still reeling from the pandemic that collapsed fuel demand. In a letter Monday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Midwestern senators point to funding added to the Commodity Credit Corporation under the CARES Act that the Trump administration did not utilize to help the industry. [ read more … ]

Senators Ask Vilsack to Provide Relief to Biofuels Producers

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

A group of United States senators has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide relief to biofuels producers who have sustained economic losses from the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020. “We have been advocating for targeted relief for the biofuels industry since last spring when we were first made aware of the demand collapse for ethanol and other renewable fuels due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the senators said in a letter to Vilsack on Monday. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden wants to end oil subsidies. First he has to find them

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

The Biden administration has vowed to end federal subsidies to fossil fuel companies, but even supporters of the effort say it will be hard to shut off the spigot. There are two major hurdles. For one, Congress — not the White House — controls the flow of most federal dollars. That means Biden will need help from Capitol Hill. Then there’s the challenge of reaching agreement on the precise definition of a federal subsidy. There’s broad disagreement on the term, and the Biden administration will have to settle that debate before doing much else. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

Lawmakers turn to climate in search of ‘moving train’

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

Democrats are set to forge ahead with a clean energy and infrastructure bill centered on investment and tax incentives, but they face bruising political questions that could imperil a rare opportunity to pass climate policy into law. It represents the first real opportunity to enact ambitious climate legislation in a decade, and Democrats will have another chance to bypass the Senate filibuster using budget reconciliation. But party leaders, for now, are insisting on bipartisan overtures, and the slim margin in the Senate makes for a difficult path for carbon pricing, clean electricity standards and new regulations — policies environmentalists and Democratic politicians have advocated for decades. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Oil Giants Prepare to Put Carbon Back in the Ground

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

The multibillion-dollar project could be a breakthrough for a technology known as carbon capture and storage, a concept that has been around for at least a quarter-century to reduce the climate-damaging emissions from factories. The idea sounds deceptively simple: Divert pollutants before they can escape into the air, and bury them deep in the ground where they can do no harm. But the technology has proved to be hugely expensive, and it has not caught on as rapidly as some advocates hoped. [ read more … ]

Refinery Emissions

Far from White House, Caribbean refinery to test Biden’s promises on poverty and pollution

By Laura Sanicola in New York and Gary McWilliams in Houston, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

Earlier this month, Loren Hughes, a longtime resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands, noticed specks of an oily substance covering his home, as well as those owned by his neighbors. For Hughes, 46, it brought back memories of the last time St. Croix’s long-idled refinery was operating, roughly a decade earlier. The refinery restarted last month, bringing back hundreds of jobs – but for nearby residents, they say it also brought difficulty breathing, headaches and watery eyes. [ read more … ]


BMW exec doesn’t fear Apple car: ‘I sleep very peacefully’

By William Wilkes, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

The German luxury-car maker is well placed as electrification and alternatives to private vehicle ownership transform the auto industry, Chief Financial Officer Nicolas Peter said in an interview. He is undaunted by reports that the world’s most valuable company could enter the car business. “I sleep very peacefully,” Peter said when asked about Apple. “Competition is a wonderful thing — it helps motivate the others. We’re in a very strong position, and we want to remain in a leading position of the industry.” [ read more … ]

Amazon-Backed Rivian Seeks 3-in-a-Row EV Debuts, Defying History

By Keith Naughton, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 9, 2021

Rivian Automotive Inc., the electric-truck startup backed by Inc., is running the automotive equivalent of a three-ring circus: attempting to launch a trio of new vehicles in a factory that made its last car six years ago. The push reflects a desire to get out ahead of battery-powered trucks from more established rivals, including a Hummer pickup from General Motors Co.and Tesla Inc.’s Cybertruck. Rivian has high hopes for its pickup and sport-utility vehicle but is counting on an Amazon-dedicated delivery van as a guaranteed source of revenue, said people familiar with the company’s strategy. [ read more … ]



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