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NEWS UPDATE April 28, 2021

Top Story

Corn Rally Gets Lift With U.S. Road Trips Stoking Biofuel Demand

By Kim Chipman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

Corn’s stunning price rally is getting an extra boost as more U.S. drivers return to the open road. Gasoline demand is on the rise, which means corn-based ethanol consumption is up too after a tough year in which the beleaguered industry was forced to shut down plants as pandemic restrictions slashed automobile travel. [ read more … ]

HollyFrontier Case

SCOTUS Hears Arguments in Major RFS Case

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

The future of the small-refinery exemptions program likely will come down to the meaning of the word “extension” in the Renewable Fuel Standard. During oral arguments Tuesday, justices on the U.S. Supreme Court quizzed attorneys for the federal government, biofuels groups and refiners on how they interpret the word. Refining company HollyFrontier brought the question before the court this spring in an appeal of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver in January 2020. [ read more … ]

Iowa awaits ruling affecting farming and ethanol production after Supreme Court arguments

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

Christopher Michel, a U.S. Department of Justice assistant to the solicitor general, said few refineries have closed. “EPA denied about 18 petitions between 2013 and 2015, and as far as we know, only one small refinery went out of business after that,” he told Justice Elena Kagan. “At the end of the day, this is a statute that’s aimed at transforming the fuel supply, and ultimately it is necessary to bring all the small refineries into compliance,” Michel said. “That’s after all, I think, what Congress meant by a temporary exemption that can be extended only under certain circumstances.” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said in a statement Tuesday that “Congress intended to advance renewable fuels, and not freely grant exemptions to small refineries.”

The court’s ruling is expected in June. [ read more … ]

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in cases involving Renewable Fuel Standards Program

By Ian Profiri, U. Calgary Law School  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

The US argues showing the removal was “fundamentally unfair” is not sufficient to satisfy § 1326(d). Its argument states that the provision implies all criteria need to be met before an exemption is granted, that a misapplication of a prior conviction satisfies the criteria in full is a mistake of law. Palomar-Santiago argues that the satisfaction of the final requirement provides that the remaining requirements are as well, further arguing procedural rules should not have such a substantial effect on a person’s constitutional rights. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in defense of Palomar-Santiago, contends that using an administrative order as a pre-requisite for conviction, while simultaneously making it difficult to challenge said order, results in a miscarriage of justice. [ read more … ]

Growing Climate Solutions Act

Senate CCC Split Remains

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

While Senate Democrats are confident about the ability to get a bipartisan agricultural climate bill passed, the rift remains with Republicans over USDA’s authority to spend money on a carbon sequestration program without getting approval from Congress first. Members of the North American Agricultural Journalists heard Tuesday from the respective chairs and ranking members of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee also spoke to NAAJ members. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. renewable fuel credits climb to highest since at least 2013 -traders

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

U.S. renewable fuel credits soared on Tuesday to the highest on record, as higher costs for soybean oil pushed up both renewable fuel and biomass-based credits, traders said. Renewable fuel (D6) credits for 2021 traded at $1.50 each, up from $1.44 in the previous session, traders said. Biomass-based (D4) credits traded at $1.58 each, up from $1.52 previously. [ read more … ]

Johnson County landowners consider trading ethanol crop for fields of solar in $4.7M project

By Zachary Oren Smith, Iowa City Press-Citizen  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

A year ago, Dane was offered an alternative use for his land. Sean Kennedy of Megawatt Photovoltaic Development Inc., a utility-scale solar developer, approached him about a project that would continue generating energy but at a much larger scale. Kennedy envisions a $4.7 million initial outlay for a project called the Johnson County Solar Triangle. It would require 1,500 acres, allowing for the photovoltaic infrastructure to provide up to 150 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 30,000 homes. By comparison, a recent MidAmerican Energy utility-scale solar project in Hills would generate two megawatts of electricity, or enough to power roughly 400 homes. [ read more … ]

ADM CEO says company still aims to reduce its exposure to fuel ethanol

By OPIS  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), which earlier this month said it was restarting two large Midwest dry-mill ethanol plants it shut last spring, on Tuesday said that it is continuing to work to reduce its exposure to the biofuel. “From a portfolio management perspective, we are still committed to reducing our exposure to vehicle fuel ethanol.” [ read more … ]

MN Bio-Fuels Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

By Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

“We are very happy to reach an important milestone in celebrating our 10-Year anniversary as an organization in Minnesota. MN Bio-Fuels was formed to represent Minnesota’s ethanol and other renewable fuel producers. We have and will continue to represent the industry at the local, state and federal level,” said Brian Kletscher, board president of MN Bio-Fuels.  [ read more … ]

EVs

New York State lawmakers pass bill mandating only electric cars sold by 2035

By Rick Karlin, The Times-Union  •    •  Posted April 28, 2021

The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would essentially mandate that all new passenger cars sold in the state run on electric power by 2035. The measure, which had earlier passed in the Assembly, would also have trucks and other heavy duty vehicles run on electricity by 2045. The measure was sponsored by two Democrats, Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Englebright from Long Island and Westchester Senator Pete Harckham. [ read more … ]

 

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