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NEWS UPDATE January 3, 2022

Top Story

What’s ahead for ‘Build Back Better’: 4 scenarios

By Jeremy Dillon, Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2022

Congress returns this week with President Biden’s social spending and climate package hanging by a thread after Sen. Joe Manchin threw the effort into chaos last month. How the Senate responds to the West Virginia Democrat’s blockade will be the question of the year as more than $1.7 trillion — including a record $555 billion for climate-inspired initiatives — hangs in the balance. [ read more … ]

E15

Largest biofuel producer eyes E15 as national standard

By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield  •    •  Posted January 3, 2022

The world’s largest biofuel producer wants to make 15-percent blended ethanol fuel the national standard in the U.S. Doug Berven is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs with POET. “It’s so much better for the consumer, the cars, the environment, our economy, our energy security – you name it. It checks all the boxes,” he says. [ read more … ]

States

Shipley expects Iowa lawmakers to discuss ethanol mandate

By Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network  •    •  Posted January 3, 2022

The 2022 Iowa Legislative Session is just around the corner and state lawmakers are expected to reintroduce Governor Kim Reynolds’ proposed renewable fuel mandate that failed to pass the legislature last session. During the 2021 session, Governor Reynolds offered a bill that would require all gasoline sold in the state to contain at least 15% ethanol by 2025 and all diesel to include increased levels of biodiesel. A version of the bill cleared a few hurdles in the legislature, but never made it to the floor for a vote before the end of the session. State Senator Tom Shipley, a Republican from Nodaway and member of the Senate Ag Committee, recently told IARN affiliate KMA that he expects the ethanol bill to be a big topic during the 2022 session. [ read more … ]

SAF

Denmark Wants to Drop Fossil Fuels in Domestic Flights in 2030

By Morten Buttler, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 3, 2022

Denmark’s government wants to drop fossil fuels in domestic air travel by 2030 in its most recent push to meet its climate targets. The Nordic country, which recently proposed to boost investments in the green hydrogen industry, wants the first domestic flights to use green fuel no later than in 2025, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in her annual address on the new year’s first day. [ read more … ]

EVs

As U.S. pushes a shift toward electric cars, where should the chargers go?

By Michael Laris, Washington Post  •    •  Posted January 3, 2022

Frustrated by the whims of gasoline suppliers and sensitive to his daughter Teresa’s environmentalism, Doley dug up his tanks and converted his Takoma Park, Md., station into an electric-vehicle charging pioneer two years ago, prompting a wave of headlines and inquiries from station owners from Seattle to New Orleans. At lunch hour on a warm day this month, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pulled up in a government-issued black Mustang Mach-E with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, then plugged in. It’s the latest in a stream of made-for-media moments that last year included a visit to Doley’s station by Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who arrived to highlight state funding for the project. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

DOE unveils $1B loan for hydrogen plant. But is it ‘clean’?

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 3, 2022

The Energy Department’s loan office rolled out its first new award in years in the waning days of 2021, jump-starting a program seen as pivotal to President Biden’s climate agenda as legislation remains stalled in Congress. On Dec. 23, the office announced it would guarantee up to $1.04 billion in loans for Monolith Nebraska LLC to scale up production of “clean” hydrogen, provided the company meets unspecified conditions. [ read more … ]

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