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NEWS UPDATE September 19, 2021

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Biofuels groups weigh high court E15 appeal

By InsideEPA  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

Biofuels groups are considering whether to file an appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn the ban on summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) reinstated by a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, after the lower court issued its mandate scrapping the Trump EPA’s approval of summer E15 sales. The D.C. Circuit issued its mandate Sept. 17 in American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. v. EPA, et al., after refusing biofuels groups’ petitions for panel rehearing or rehearing by the whole court sitting en banc. [ read more … ]

RFS

Future RFS Remains A Mystery As EPA Deals With Immediate Concerns

By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

EPA’s plans for the long-term future of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) remain shrouded in uncertainty, sources say, as the agency strives to meet short-term objectives for the program that will have a significant bearing on its prospects after 2022, when current statutory biofuel blending mandates expire. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now reviewing EPA’s proposals for biofuel blending volumes under the RFS for 2021 and 2022, and possibly a retroactive reduction in volumes for 2020. The 2021 rule is already nine months overdue, and even if it is released in the near future, EPA seems unlikely to be able to take public comment and produce a final version before early 2022. [ read more … ]

OMB schedules additional meetings on RFS proposal

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

The White House Office of Management and Budget has now scheduled 16 meetings with interested parties to discuss a proposed rule to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 12 meetings that had been scheduled as of Sept. 7. The U.S EPA on Aug. 26 delivered a proposed rule to set RFS RVOs to the OMB. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. [ read more … ]

EPA: 3 new SRE petitions filed, 62 SRE petitions now pending

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

The U.S. EPA on Sept. 16 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data, reporting that there are currently 62 SRE petitions pending under the Renewable Fuel Standard, up from 59 that were pending as of mid-August. The three new SRE petitions were filed for RFS compliance year 2020. The EPA made no additional changes to the SRE data published in its online data dashboard. [ read more … ]

SAF

FEATURE: US refiners delve deeper into SAF production on policy support hopes

By Janet McGurty, S&P Global  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

Some US refiners are considering adding sustainable aviation fuel to their renewable diesel production plans, spurred by higher demand from airlines seeking lower carbon footprints and the likelihood of increased policy support, some analysts said. “Jet and diesel are going to typically be priced very similarly, so to entice RD producers to produce some volume of SAF, the government will need make the subsidies for SAF production higher than those for RD,” said Robert Auers, senior analyst at energy consultant Turner, Mason & Company.
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Reconciliation Bill

Reconciliation bill would slash emissions. But by how much?

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

Congress is considering the most aggressive piece of climate legislation in U.S. history, prompting a scramble among interest groups and experts to measure the environmental benefits. Now that House committees have wrapped up their work on the package, these groups are modeling the greenhouse gas emissions impact of the bill’s suite of climate policies. Their early conclusions? The $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill would greatly reduce emissions if enacted. [ read more … ]

House Democrats Float Sweeping Tax Breaks For Clean Power, EVs

By Lee Logan, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

The plan would offer up to $12,500 in consumer tax breaks for an EV purchase, up from a current limit of $7,500. Nearly all of the difference is tied to vehicles made at unionized manufacturing plants, a provision that is already drawing opposition from foreign automakers such as Toyota and Honda. The low-carbon tax breaks are considered a major cornerstone of the climate-related elements of the reconciliation package, with top Democrats suggesting they would complement a proposed $150 billion incentive program to encourage utilities to deploy more clean electricity.
[ read more … ]

Markets

Cargill to Pay U.S. Growers for Carbon-Friendly Farming Methods

By Michael Hirtzer, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

Commodity superpower Cargill Inc. is starting to pay American farmers to adopt growing practices that boost soil health and trap carbon. The biggest closely held U.S. company says such farming methods, known as regenerative agriculture, will create new revenue streams for farmers and allow customers who buy packaged goods from Cargill to meet sustainability goals.  [ read more … ]

Ethanol Outlooks Stable, Westhoff Says Export Demand Optimistic

By JENNA HOFFMAN, AgWeb  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

University of Missouri Director and Howard Cowden Professor Patrick Westhoff joined AgriTalk host Chip Flory to share economic insights heading into the fall. With crops in the Midwest transitioning from their vibrant, summer green to the long-awaited dull, harvest brown, Westhoff weighs in on what to expect in the markets following the crop season. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel Board Tries to Convince EPA’s Regan of Biofuel’s Benefits

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

The National Biodiesel Board is trying to make a case with EPA Administrator Michael Regan on the benefits of biodiesel to cutting carbon emissions in transportation fuels and improving health in disadvantaged communities. The NBB made its second request since May for a meeting with Regan, writing in a letter on Thursday that the biofuel’s benefits match the Biden administration’s goals. [ read more … ]

EVs

Lucid Motors beats Tesla in range, going 520 miles on a charge, the E.P.A. says.

By Niraj Chokshi, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

Lucid Motors, a start-up automaker, has unseated Tesla, the dominant maker of electric cars, as the producer of the electric vehicle that can travel farthest on a single charge. Lucid’s top-of-the-line Air Dream Edition Range can drive 520 miles on a full battery, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday, beating by more than 100 miles the Tesla Model S Long Range, previously the car that could go the furthest on a charge. [ read more … ]

Blowers, mowers and more: American yards quietly go electric

By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer.
“I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like listening to music when I do yardwork and this way I can enjoy music or a podcast while I work,” he said. “I could never do that with gas-powered equipment.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Iowa agency schedules public meetings on proposed CCS pipeline

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

A series of public informational meetings is under way in Iowa to inform landowners about a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline under development by Summit Carbon Solutions LLC. The pipeline is part of a proposed carbon capture and storage (CCS) project first announced in February 2021 that aims to capture and permanently sequester carbon dioxide emissions generated several Midwest ethanol plants. As of late July, at least 31 biorefineries across the Midwest had signed to participate in the CCS project. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Carbon sequestration pipeline’s supposed benefits crumble on examination; our best future is nuclear

By Darryl D. Siemer, Ames Tribune  •    •  Posted September 19, 2021

Summit Carbon Solutions says that it will be disposing of (“sequestering”) 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, which, according to the Environmental Protection Agency is equivalent to that emitted by 2.6 million typical U.S. cars (meaning 22 miles per gallon and driven 11,500 miles per year).  Superficially, that proposal sounds great in that it would provide lots of jobs and yet another “green” sounding rationalization for continuing to convert almost one-half of the U.S. corn crop to motor fuel. In other words, it’s consistent with both today’s business models (that’s why Warren Buffett and Iowa’s farmers like it) and green-leaning dogma. However, it also doesn’t represent a good solution to the issues posed by atmospheric carbon pollution (the consequences of global warming) or the fact that fossil fuels, especially the petroleum that we fuel our cars with, are rapidly shrinking finite resources that will become prohibitively expensive within another single human lifetime. [ read more … ]

 

 

 

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