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NEWS UPDATE August 22, 2021

Top Story

Exclusive: EPA to urge U.S. biofuel blending mandates below 2020 levels, sources say

By Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to recommend to the White House reducing federal biofuel blending mandates for 2021 to below 2020 levels in what would be a blow to the biofuels industry, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The EPA also is expected to make a separate recommendation to boost the blending mandates for 2022 above the previous two years, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. [ read more … ]

RFS Blending Levels

White House Edges Near Biofuel Plan in Farm-Versus-Oil Clash

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to send a draft of biofuel-blending quotas to the White House for review as soon as Friday afternoon, marking a key step in the Biden administration’s bid to balance competing oil and agricultural interests. EPA officials have advised lawmakers and industry stakeholders that White House review of the plan is imminent, setting the stage for the agency to formally propose how much renewable fuel must be mixed into gasoline and diesel in 2021 and 2022 within weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. The people asked not to be named discussing the deliberations. [ read more … ]

EPA to Propose Lower RFS Blend Volumes

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

The Biden administration will apparently kick the can down the road on ethanol blending requirements for 2021 and propose blend volumes lower than 2020 levels, according to reports coming out of Washington, citing unnamed officials. Reuters and the Oil Pricing Information Service (OPIS) first reported EPA would not issue specific ethanol blending requirements for 2021, known as “renewable volume obligation,” or RVO. The move comes after the Trump administration last year passed on proposing blend volumes for 2021 and the Biden administration chose to do the same. Reuters reported EPA will propose blend volumes below 2020 levels for refiners, according to unnamed sources in the article. [ read more … ]

Low Carbon Fuel Policies

ACE Counters Electric Vehicle Push

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

Dave Sovereign, president of the American Coalition for Ethanol Board of Directors, opened the ACE annual meeting Thursday making the case that ethanol producers and others need to help consumers “look behind the curtain” when it comes to electric vehicles. The petroleum industry has been ethanol’s major foil in court battles and politics over the past two decades, but the debate over lower-emission vehicles with a push by the Biden administration is leaving biofuel supporters feeling the new president and his team are leapfrogging the low-carbon benefits that can come from biofuels. [ read more … ]

SREs

EPA: 59 SRE petitions now pending, down from 64 in July

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

The U.S. EPA published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Aug. 19, reporting that there are currently 59 SRE petitions pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard, down from 64 that were pending as of mid-July. The data shows EPA has not acted on any SRE petitions in the past month. Rather, 11 “gap year” SRE petitions were withdrawn, with six new SRE petitions filed for compliance years 2020 and 2021. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Democratic schism escalates as House eyes return

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reiterating her intent to move ahead with a vote on the $3.5 trillion Senate budget resolution, escalating a squabble with moderates that could culminate when the chamber returns this week. A bloc of nine centrist Democrats is pushing to take up the Senate-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, H.R. 3684, before the budget resolution, threatening to derail the legislative sequencing Democratic leaders have outlined for months. [ read more … ]

Markets

Summer Road Trips, Falling Crude Prices Pump Up Refiners’ Profits

By Joe Wallace, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

Summer road trips and a pullback in crude prices have pumped up refineries’ profits, offering brighter prospects for one part of the global oil complex despite rising worries about Covid-19.
Oil prices have grown choppy in recent weeks since China, the world’s biggest commodities consumer, imposed restrictions to contain the Delta coronavirus variant. A decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and the cartel’s other partners to pump more oil is also weighing on crude markets. [ read more … ]

Oil in Longest Run of Declines Since 2019 After Fed Taper Signal

By Ari Hawkins, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

Oil is headed for its longest stretch of declines since 2019 as the Federal Reserve’s signal it will start tapering stimulus promoted a rally in the dollar, while concerns about global energy demand grow as the delta variant of Covid-19 rages.
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USDA announces $26 million in third round of HBIIP awards

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

The USDA on Aug. 19 announced $26 million in investments under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The funds will expand the availability of higher-blend renewable fuels by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states, according to the USDA. Investments under the program will support expanded use of both ethanol and biodiesel. This latest round of awards will support 34 projects in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.  [ read more … ]

EVs

G.M. Expands Chevrolet Bolt Recall Over Battery Fire Concern

By Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

General Motors said on Friday that it was expanding its recall of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars that have been found to be at risk of overheating and catching fire as a result of manufacturing defects. The company said it was recalling Bolts from the 2020 through 2022 model years and a few 2019 Bolts that were not covered under a previous recall. The move means all 141,000 Bolts that G.M. has produced — going back to the 2017 model — are under recall. [ read more … ]

Commentary

New Proposed Federal Greenhouse Gas, Vehicle Efficiency Standards: A Missed Opportunity to Address Climate Change Now

By Solutions from the Land  •    •  Posted August 22, 2021

The question that must be posed to the Biden administration: Why would we not take advantage of the immediate reductions cleaner fuels can provide? We call on climate, energy, environment and heath stakeholders to drive home to policymakers the message that reduced emissions are readily available through renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel. These biofuels should be aggressively promoted now and not put on a shelf as we await an as yet indeterminate alternative. [ read more … ]

 

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