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NEWS UPDATE April 19, 2021

Top Story

Ethanol Infrastructure Push

By  Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) laid out an aggressive policy agenda that first began with requiring the EPA to reestablish its focus on the Renewable Fuels Standard by rejecting refiner exemption requests; restore 500 million gallons of biofuel use from 2016; finalize blend volumes for both 2021 and 2022; and ensure biofuel blend volumes continue to grow after 2022. At the same time, RFA is calling for the adoption of a national low-carbon fuels standard (LCFS) that would require a reduction in average carbon intensity on an annual basis across the transportation sector. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure Proposals

RFA Urges Adoption of Nationwide LCFS Policy That Would ‘Build’ on the RFS

By Jordan Godwin, OPIS  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will ask Congress to adopt a national clean fuels policy or low carbon fuels standard (LCFS) that would build upon the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the ethanol industry group said on Friday. In a call with reporters to discuss its 2021 agenda, RFA said its top policy and regulatory priorities include restoring the integrity of the RFS, building upon the RFS with LCFS programs, modernizing U.S. transportation fuels infrastructure and rejuvenating ethanol trade. [ read more … ]

Industry hoping for a better foothold in climate response

By Marc Heller, E&E news  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

The biofuel industry doesn’t get enough respect in the debate over climate change, its main lobbying group said today. “We are not opposed to electric vehicles in any way,” Geoff Cooper, CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said in a call with reporters. But he said his group is pushing lawmakers and the Biden administration to give biofuel a bigger role in their ambitious proposals related to climate and transportation. [ read more … ]

Axne calls for including biofuels infrastructure in American Jobs Act

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is calling on congressional leaders to include money for the renewable fuels industry in the infrastructure bill they’re crafting. President Biden’s American Jobs Act proposes spending $174 billion to promote development of electric vehicles and install charging stations. “We’ve also got our homegrown alternatives in clean biofuels that can be readily be put in place immediately,” Axne said, “much more quickly than we can move towards electric vehicles.” [ read more … ]

Higher Ethanol Blends

South Dakota Ethanol Supporters Urge Rep. Johnson to Talk Octane

By Marcy Kohl, South Dakota Farmers Union  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

When Congressman Dusty Johnson meets with U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan to talk about ethanol, the South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) and ethanol producer Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) are urging him to include high octane fuels on the agenda. In response to Congressman Dusty Johnson’s request to meet with the new EPA Administrator, a joint letter from SDFU president Doug Sombke and GLE Chief Executive Officer Jim Seurer to Johnson commended him for his support of ethanol but urged him to extend the discussion beyond just the Renewable Fuel Standard. [ read more … ]

State Initiatives

Washington State Lawmakers Pass LCFS Bill, Program Could Start by 2023

By Jordan Godwin, OPIS  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

After nearly a decade of trying, Washington state could finally get its low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The state Senate latest week  passed the bill (HB 1091) by a 27-20 margin, with two excused, just days before Sunday’s deadline to pass bills from the opposite side of the Legislature. The bill – which would create an LCFS program in the state beginning no later than the start of 2023 – now faces further negotiation before it heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, a climate advocate who has long made it a priority to establish a program [ read more … ]

Washington state passes bill with goal to phase out gasoline cars

By Reuters  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

Washington state lawmakers passed a bill last week setting a target to stop sales of gasoline-fueled vehicles there beginning in 2030, five years sooner than California. The target is not a firm mandate and is contingent on the state adopting a tax on vehicle miles traveled, a measure to help pay for new transportation infrastructure, according to the text of the bill. [ read more … ]

SREs

EPA: No new SRE petitions filed for second consecutive month

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

Data released by the U.S. EPA on April 15 shows that for the second consecutive month, no new small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions have been filed with the agency. The EPA has also not taken any action on the 66 SRE petitions that have been pending since mid-February. The EPA is not currently expected to take action on any of the 66 pending SRE petitions until after the U.S. Supreme Court completes its review of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling that struck down three SREs that the court said were improperly issued by the EPA and held that the agency cannot “extend” exemptions to any small refineries whose earlier, temporary exemptions had lapsed. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden wants to build 500,000 EV charging stations. Where will they all go?

By Shannon Osaka, Grist  •    •  Posted April 19, 2021

As the Biden administration prepares to push his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal through Congress — which includes a $174 billioninvestment in electric vehicles — one part of that ginormous plan has been overlooked. The U.S. currently only has about 115,000 gas stationsand 41,000 charging stations across the entire country, meaning that EV stations will have to match — and then quickly overtake — stations dispensing America’s longtime favorite fuel. Even with sufficient funding, where are those half a million new stations going to go? [ read more … ]

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