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NEWS UPDATE June 9, 2021

Top Story

Biden’s Climate Chief Plans Oil-CEO Talk on Carbon Crackdown

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

Chief executives of some of the largest U.S. oil companies are set to meet with White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy on Wednesday as the Biden administration nears pivotal decisions on drilling and auto emissions. The session will be at least the second meeting this year between top oil executives and McCarthy, who is coordinating the Biden administration’s efforts to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from burning the industry’s core products. The meeting is set to involve McCarthy and members of the American Petroleum Institute’s executive committee, according to two people familiar with the matter. [ read more … ]

RFS

Delta, Its Refinery Seek RIN Biofuel Credit Relief From Biden

By NAFB  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

he ethanol industry faces a new challenge after years of fighting with the oil industry over biofuel credit waivers. Delta Air Lines stopped buying so-called RIN biofuel credits its oil refining arm needs to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard, Reuters reported recently. It’s a $346 million liability Delta hopes the White House will excuse, on the heels of the Biden EPA’s moving to end a case involving Trump EPA waivers for Sinclair Oil.
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E15

E15 Soon to be Welcome in Nevada

By Cindy Zimmerman, AghWired  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

Nevada drivers will soon be able to fill up with 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has signed legislation to allow sales of E15, which passed the Nevada legislature in May with overwhelming support in both the Assembly and Senate. The bill requires the State Board of Agriculture to adopt rules governing sales of E15 by July 2022. [ read more … ]

Markets

Cargill plans U.S. plant to process corn to replace chemicals

By Jim Young, REUTERS  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

Cargill Inc said on Tuesday it will build a plant in Iowa to turn sugars from corn into replacements for chemicals that can be used to make spandex and biodegradable plastics, creating a new use for the crop. The $300 million project, a joint venture with Germany-based HELM, aims to meet increasing demand from consumers and companies looking for more environmentally friendly products. [ read more … ]

The Retreat of Exxon and the Oil Majors Won’t Stop Fossil Fuel

By Rachel Adams-Heard , Laura Hurst , and Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

When Exxon Mobil Corp. decided to get out of a big oil field in Iraq, the government took on the unusual role of salesman. Iraqi officials pitched West Qurna-1 to likely buyers from among Exxon’s supermajor peers, including arch-rival Chevron Corp. There weren’t any takers. That left Iraq with narrowed options: sell to one of China’s state-backed oil majors, or else buy back Exxon’s stake itself. The sale process remains unresolved but either outcome would stand as a powerful indicator of what’s become of the global oil market. With supermajors from the U.S. and Europe in retreat around the world, national oil champions are set to fill the void. [ read more … ]

Winnebago ethanol plant to restart in fall, teaming up with CFS

By Mankato Free Press  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

The company that bought the Corn Plus plant in Winnebago is ramping up to restart production this fall and has signed an agreement with Central Farm Service to supply corn for the ethanol plant. Corn Plus, which was owned by farmer shareholders, closed in the summer of 2019 amid low prices for ethanol. It was one of the oldest plants in the state. About 40 employees at the plant were laid off. [ read more … ]

In Response to NTSB Request, RFA Updates Manual of Best Practices for Ethanol Rail Transport

By Ken Colombini, RFA  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

At the request of the National Transportation Safety Board, the Renewable Fuels Association today published an update to its Best Practices for Rail Transport of Ethanol manual. For years, the publication has served as an important and trusted educational tool promoting regulatory compliance and best practices for the continued safe transport of ethanol via rail. [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

Mead board revokes AltEn’s permit; cleanup efforts continue at ethanol plant

By Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

The Mead Board of Trustees revoked AltEn’s conditional use permit Tuesday, but will allow the ethanol plant to keep operating to remediate pesticide-contaminated soil and water sitting at its facility. In a 5-0 vote, the board ratified the Mead Planning Commission’s recommendation to strip AltEn of its permit to manufacture ethanol, while allowing the Kansas-based company to continue using equipment and machinery to cleanup and dispose of chemicals contaminating the site. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric truck start-up Lordstown doesn’t have cash to begin production.

By Neal E. Boudette and Matthew Goldstein, New York Times  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

Lordstown Motors, an electric vehicle start-up that aimed to revive a shuttered General Motors factory in Ohio, said on Tuesday that it did not have enough cash to start commercial production of its electric pickup truck and might have to close its doors. The company, which was once held up as a savior by former President Donald J. Trump, is now being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a regulatory filing, Lordstown said it will not be able to begin “commercial scale production” without raising more money from investors and lenders. [ read more … ]

Automakers face a threat to EV sales: Slow charging times

By TOM KRISHER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

If the auto industry is to succeed in its bet that electric vehicles will soon dominate the roads, it will need to overcome a big reason why many people are still avoiding them: fear of running out of juice between Point A and Point B. Automakers have sought to quell those concerns by developing EVs that go farther per charge and fill up faster. Problem is, most public charging stations now fill cars much too slowly, requiring hours — not minutes — to provide enough electricity for an extended trip. [ read more … ]

Poll finds broad support for EV policies — even in the GOP

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 9, 2021

Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. voters support federal efforts to spur a transition to electric vehicles, according to a new poll. The survey from the American Lung Association found that 74% of voters would back a push by the federal government to set stronger standards for tailpipe emissions that would grow more strict over time. And 72% said the country should invest in zero-emissions vehicles to help bolster the economy. [ read more … ]

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