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NEWS UPDATE April 6, 2021

Top Story

Bill Sparks E15 Controversy

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

State legislation that would slap a warning label on E15 pumps in Indiana is drawing outrage from a group of ethanol producers in the state and a national ethanol group, who have asked Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto the measure. The governor has eight days from when he receives the bill to decide whether to sign or veto. If no action is taken during that time, a bill automatically becomes law. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure Bills

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to introduce $500 million biofuels infrastructure bill

By Michael Spieker, AGWeek  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

Senator Klobuchar is working on to advance biofuel blends by making infrastructure investments available and her work with the EPA to expand the market for biofuels. The Renewable Fuel Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act would authorize $500 million over five years for infrastructure grants for fuel retailers. Klobuchar is also working with Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., on the Adopt GREET Act, which would incentivize higher blends of ethanol and make them more competitive in a lower carbon environment. It would also require the EPA to update its greenhouse gas modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. The legislation would require the EPA to adopt the Agronne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model for both fuels. [ read more … ]

RFS

Biden EPA gets argument time in biofuels showdown

By Pamela King, E&E Reporter  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

 The Supreme Court today said the Biden administration can present arguments in a legal battle over the renewable fuel standard. In a short order this morning, the justices granted acting Solicitor Attorney General Elizabeth Prelogar’s request for 15 minutes of argument time. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

Democrats Win Crucial Tool to Enact Biden’s Plans, Including Infrastructure

By Emily Cochrane. New York Times  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

A top Senate official ruled on Monday that Democrats could use the fast-track budget reconciliation process for a second time this fiscal year, potentially handing them broader power to push through President Biden’s agenda, including his infrastructure plan, over Republican opposition. The decision by the parliamentarian means that Democrats can essentially reopen the budget plan they passed in February and add directives to enact the infrastructure package or other initiatives, shielding them from a filibuster that requires 60 votes to overcome. [ read more … ]

Fossil fuels get too many government handouts. Biden wants to cut them off.

By Lili Pike, Vox  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

One of the great ironies of climate politics is that America continues to subsidize — to the tune of billions of dollars a year — the very industries that are most responsible for the warming of the planet. Biden wants to put an end to that. His American Jobs Plan, released last week, recognizes that if the US wants to hit decarbonization targets, and get climate change under control,cutting off government support for fossil fuels is a logical first step. The proposal takes aim at tax preferences, loopholes, and laws that allow fossil fuel companies to dodge costs and avoid cleaning up their pollution. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. Forecasts Highest Summer Fuel Prices Since 2018

By Andres Guerra Luz, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

Drivers eager to get back on the road more than a year into the pandemic will face the highest summer gasoline prices since 2018, according to a U.S. government report. Prices at the pump will average $2.78 a gallon from April to September in the U.S., more than 30% higher than last summer. While Covid-19 will continue to affect petroleum markets this summer, more vaccinations combined with U.S. fiscal stimulus will support the economic recovery and drive demand growth, the Energy Information Administration said in its annual Summer Fuels Outlook report on Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Shell Invests in Sustainable Aviation-Fuel Maker LanzaJet

By Laura Hurst, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

LanzaJet is building an “alcohol-to-jet” facility in the U.S. state of Georgia, with capacity to produce 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, a year from 2022. Its technology can use ethanol made from “recycled pollution” for jet fuel production, according to a statement. As much as 90% of its fuels can be produced as SAF, with the remaining 10% as renewable diesel. [ read more … ]

Occidental unit to build low-carbon bio-ethylene plant

By Rithika Krishna, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 6, 2021

Occidental Petroleum’s low-carbon unit said on Tuesday it plans to construct and operate a pilot plant that would use human-made carbon dioxide, instead of hydrocarbon-sourced feedstocks, to produce bio-ethylene. The pilot plant will be jointly developed by Occidental’s venture capital arm, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, and bio-engineering startup, Cemvita Factory. It is expected to start functioning in 2022.
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