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NEWS UPDATE February 24, 2022

Top Story

U.S. Postal Service finalizes plans to purchase mostly gas-powered delivery fleet, defying EPA, White House

By Jacob Bogage and Anna Phillips, Washington Post  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service finalized plans Wednesday to purchase up to 148,000 gasoline-powered mail delivery trucks, defying Biden administration officials’ objections that the multibillion dollar contract would undercut the nation’s climate goals. The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency asked the Postal Service this month to reassess its plan to replace its delivery fleet with 90-percent gas-powered trucks and 10-percent electric vehicles, at a cost of as much as $11.3 billion. The contract, orchestrated by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, offers only a 0.4-mile-per-gallon fuel economy improvement over the agency’s current fleet. [ read more … ]

RFS

Admin stands by biofuels

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

Despite a recent study challengingthe emissions profile of corn ethanol, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack assured industry backers Wednesday that the administration has faith the renewable fuel sector “will play a critical role in helping us meet our climate goals.” [ read more … ]

SAF

Ethanol becoming more attractive as SAF feedstock, NEC panel speakers say

By OPIS  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

With demand for oils and fats surging on growing renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production capacity, ethanol is becoming an increasingly attractive option as an SAF feedstock, a group of panelists said on Wednesday. Speaking at the National Ethanol Conference here, the SAF industry speakers discussed ethanol’s emerging viability as a feedstock given sharply higher prices for soybean oil, used cooking oil, corn oil and other lipids. [ read more … ]

Meat Ethanol Plant

Seed Companies Sue AltEn Over Cleanup

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

A group of seed companies has filed a federal lawsuit against Nebraska company AltEn, which operated a closed-loop ethanol plant at the center of an environmental disaster, accusing the company of selling off its assets, abandoning the site in Mead, Nebraska, and not helping in the cleanup effort. In a civil lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska in Lincoln this week, five seed companies have asked the court to award compensation for the costs incurred during an ongoing cleanup. [ read more … ]

Markets

White House again contemplates SPR release as oil prices stay above $90/b

By Meghan Gordon, S&S Global  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

The Biden administration signaled Feb. 22 that it is building a case for a globally coordinated crude stockpile release as the Russia-Ukraine tensions keep oil prices above $90/b. The International Energy Agency said Feb. 22 that member countries “stand ready to act collectively to ensure that global oil markets are adequately supplied.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

N. America’s old pipelines seek new life moving carbon in climate push

By Rod Nickel in Winnipeg, Liz Hampton in Denver and Nia Williams in Calgary, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

North American oil and gas pipeline companies are gearing up to compete for a budding market moving greenhouse gases to carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects – by building new pipelines to transport carbon dioxide or giving new life to old, under-used ones. Utilities, chemical makers and oil refiners are counting on CCS to allow them to reduce atmospheric carbon emissions by burying them underground, to help them meet climate change goals. [ read more … ]

EVs

Tesla: We’ll open our charging network for federal cash

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

Tesla Inc. is known not just for its electric cars, but the system it has built to fuel them: a coast-to-coast network of fast-charging plazas that only Tesla drivers can use. Now, as the federal government prepares to spend billions of dollars to build out a public charging network, Tesla has proposed a way to get its hands on some of that money — by partially opening its Supercharger network for use by other electric cars. [ read more … ]

USPS shuns Biden EV push, locks in plan for gas trucks

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 24, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service has finalized a plan to replace its aging mail trucks with mostly gasoline-powered models, defying calls for more electric vehicles from the Biden administration, Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists. In a record of decision released yesterday, the USPS stuck with its proposal for a 10-year contract with Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense LLC to supply up to 165,000 new mail trucks, with only 10 percent required to be battery electric and the remaining 90 percent allowed to be gas-powered vehicles. The decision is the last step of the federal environmental review process and allows USPS to move forward with its first $482 million order. [ read more … ]

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