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NEWS UPDATE June 1, 2022

Top Story

EXCLUSIVE Biden administration likely to retroactively raise ethanol blending volumes for 2021, sources say

By Jarrett Renshaw in Philadelphia and Stephanie Kelly in New York, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

The Biden administration is likely to raise ethanol blending mandates for 2021 above the figure it proposed in December to align with actual U.S. consumption levels, according to two sources briefed on the decision. In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed that refiners blend 13.32 billion gallons of ethanol into the fuel pool, a move that angered farm-belt lawmakers and the industry who said it was too low. [ read more … ]

E15

House biofuels caucus member supportive of governors’ year-round E15 approach

By Mark Doenkamp, Brownfield  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

A member of the House Biofuels Caucus supports the eight Midwest governors seeking a permanent solution for year-round E15. Minnesota Democrat Angie Craig tells Brownfield the goal is to get it done. “However it gets done, great. Obviously I think ethanol, and biodiesel for that matter, are just critical tools in the toolbox to be able to reduce carbon emissions and to be able to meet our carbon reduction standards across the country.”
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Mead Ethanol Plant

Environmental Protection Agency samples air at former AltEn ethanol plant in Mead, Nebraska

By Julie Cornell, KETV  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency is sampling the air in Mead, Nebraska, around the former AltEn ethanol plant this week. They’re trying to determine the source of foul odors near the site.
Investigators with the federal agency will conduct three days of testing in the Mead area. In September of 2021, The EPA and Nebraska’s Department of Environmental and Energy tested the air in the same area, searching for specific compounds including benzene, toluene, and hydrogen sulfide. A report by the NDEE found that “all sample results were found to be below levels of concern.” [ read more … ]

EPA

EPA staff: No need to tighten soot limits

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

EPA air quality specialists are again discounting the need for tighter daily limits on soot exposure — a rebuff to the majority findings of an agency advisory committee in the high-profile regulatory review. The EPA staffers’ stance — which could carry implications for industry — could also find its way into EPA’s upcoming draft rule for soot standards, which agency Administrator Michael Regan aims to finalize next year. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Why clean fuels won’t replace Russian oil in Europe

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

The United States lacks Europe’s political commitment to climate action, as seen by stalled attempts to pass climate legislation in Congress. Emerging markets face the challenge of rising interest rates and a strengthening dollar, making an already expensive transition even pricier. And while rising oil prices make alternatives more attractive financially, they also make the politics around energy more volatile. Consumers become particularly attuned to perceived increases in energy bills when prices are already high. [ read more … ]

Markets

Lamborghini wants hybrid cars in its range beyond 2030 with e-fuels – CEO

By Giulio Piovaccari, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

Synthetic fuels, known as e-fuels, are being developed along with biofuels to allow modified versions of combustion engines to continue to be used rather than a wholesale switch to battery electric vehicles. Lamborghini’s Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann told Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera that synthetic fuels would allow the automaker to have very low carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

Federal Court Stays ADM Ethanol Lawsuit

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

A federal magistrate granted Archer Daniels Midland an unopposed motion to stay an ethanol markets lawsuit filed by AOT Holding AG, in an order handed down on Tuesday. The U.S. District Court for the District of Central Illinois granted the stay that was requested by ADM on May 26, pending a ruling on the company’s objection to a previous ruling that ADM has to release information to AOT related to an employee at the center of the lawsuit. Attorneys for ADM alleged in an objection to the court, that the judge released sealed information as part of a ruling. [ read more … ]

EVs

Rapid EV Growth Hastens the Peak, Then Fall, of Internal Combustion

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

BloombergNEF published its annual long-term electric vehicle outlook today, a deep look at the future on two, three, four and more wheels. The trends are clear: Despite the challenges of a pandemic, supply-chain crunches and trouble sourcing critical minerals, electric vehicles are eating into the transportation system and taking bigger bites every year. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Meet the top-paid energy trade and environmental leaders

By Timothy Cama, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 1, 2022

An E&E News analysis of energy and industry trade groups’ leaders found that at least 10 of them brought in seven-figure compensation packages in 2020, despite the economic downturn brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some influential environmental leaders earned more than $500,000 during that time. [ read more … ]

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