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NEWS UPDATE April 15, 2021

Top Story

D.C. Circuit weighs challenge to EPA’s E15 rule

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

Ethanol groups also intervened on behalf of EPA, and Ethan Shenkman, who represented those groups, said EPA’s interpretation of setting a minimum threshold of 10 percent is supported by the “ordinary usage of the word ‘contains.'” He cited an FDA regulation requiring fruit juice that is labeled as containing 10 percent juice as being required to contain at least 10 percent juice. “It’s not a recipe, it’s a gatekeeper,” Shenkman said. [ read more … ]

E15

Grassley Emboldened as Biden EPA Backs Ethanol in HollyFrontier Supreme Court Waiver Case

By NewsDakota  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

Longtime ethanol backer and Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s encouraged the Biden EPA is siding with the ethanol industry in a case that goes before the Supreme Court later this month. The ethanol industry and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals say the Environmental Protection Agency can only grant ethanol waivers to oil refiners who got them continuously in prior years. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Study links COVID-19 deaths to common tailpipe pollutant

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

The odds of a Los Angeles County resident contracting and dying from COVID-19 may in part hinge on their exposure to a common traffic pollutant, a newly released study finds. The neighborhood-by-neighborhood study of a metropolitan area hit hard by the pandemic found as much as a 60% increase in deaths from the virus-borne respiratory illness in neighborhoods with relatively high levels of nitrogen dioxide versus those with much cleaner air, according to a release accompanying the study published online in the journal Environment International. [ read more … ]

Markets

BHP completes its first refuelling of a ship with biofuel

By Roslan Khasawneh, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

BHP Group Ltd said on Thursday it completed its first refuelling of a ship with biofuel this month in a trial run that is part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. It was also the first time that a ship has been refuelled with biofuel in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub. The biofuel blend used is said to reduce well-to-exhaust CO2 emissions by 80% to 90% compared with conventional residual fuel oils, BHP said in a statement. [ read more … ]

U.S. Startup Plans to Build First Zero-Emission Gas Power Plants

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

A new kind of power plant that doesn’t add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere is being built in the U.S., potentially providing a way for utilities to keep burning natural gas without contributing to global warming. Net Power intends to build two natural-gas power plants in the U.S. that will have all its emissions captured and buried deep underground. The startup licensed its technology to developer 8 Rivers Capital LLC, which will work with agriculture giant Archer-Daniels-Midlands Co. to replace some emissions from a coal power plant in Illinois. [ read more … ]

EIA: US Ethanol Demand Highest Since Pandemic Declaration

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

Midwest PADD 2 blending activity recouped the prior-week decline, gaining 6,000 bpd on the week, while at the Gulf Coast, demand also increased, up 2,000 bpd. For the four weeks ended April 9, EIA reports PADD 2 blending activity 67,000 bpd above the year prior while PADD 3 activity was up 40,000 bpd. Agency data show total ethanol supply last week declined 124,000 barrels (bbl) to 20.518 million bbl, the lowest level since the week ended Nov. 13, 2020, and 25.5% below the same week in 2020. [ read more … ]

EIA: Ethanol production down 4%, stocks fall by 1%

By EIA  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

U.S. ethanol production fell by nearly 4 percent the week ending April 9, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on April 14. Fuel ethanol stocks were also down nearly 1 percent. [ read more … ]

U.S. ethanol trends slightly improve ahead of summer travel season

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

Projected U.S. corn supplies are still waning toward multi-year lows despite dragging ethanol output, though recent production and demand figures along with an upbeat outlook for the summer driving season should instill some optimism over the corn-based biofuel. In the four weeks ended April 9, U.S. ethanol output averaged 951,000 barrels per day, off the recent highs observed in November and December and 6.6% below the 2017-2019 average for the same period. That departure from normal is a post-pandemic best. [ read more … ]

EVs

U.S. ethanol trends slightly improve ahead of summer travel season

By Karen Braun, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 15, 2021

Projected U.S. corn supplies are still waning toward multi-year lows despite dragging ethanol output, though recent production and demand figures along with an upbeat outlook for the summer driving season should instill some optimism over the corn-based biofuel. In the four weeks ended April 9, U.S. ethanol output averaged 951,000 barrels per day, off the recent highs observed in November and December and 6.6% below the 2017-2019 average for the same period. That departure from normal is a post-pandemic best. [ read more … ]

 

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