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NEWS UPDATE June 14, 2022

Top Story

House to vote on biofuel infrastructure, E15 bill

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

In addition, the legislation would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol, including E15, creating a permanent legislative fix for year-round E15 sales in 2023 and beyond. The Biden administration on April 29 issued an emergency waiver allowing E15 sales to continue during the summer 2022 driving season in an effort to bring down high fuel prices. That waiver, however, applies to the summer 2022 driving season only. The House Committee on Rules was scheduled to address H.R. 7606 during a Jan. 13 meeting. Additional information is available on the committee website.  [ read more … ]

Congress

‘Political gotcha’: Lawmakers spar over food, fuel package

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

The top Republican on the Agriculture Committee, Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, said the bill on E15 — the goal of which he also supports — had bypassed the normal committee process and was never considered in the Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) noted his own support for expanded E15 but disparaged the wider bill. [ read more … ]

Probing oil marketing

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Washington Post  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee are asking five public relations firms and the American Petroleum Institute to cough up internal documents detailing the work they did for fossil fuel companies. The request stems from the episode last year when former Exxon Mobil lobbyist Keith McCoy was caught on video saying the company only backed a carbon tax for publicity and never pushed for one in discussions with lawmakers. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Air quality: Pollution shortening lives by almost 10 years in Delhi, says study

By BBC News  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

The Air Quality Life Index by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) notes that some 510 million people who live in northern India – nearly 40% of India’s population – are “on track” to lose 7.6 years of their lives on average, given the current pollution levels. EPIC says that since 2013, about 44% of the global pollution has come from India – currently the second most polluted country in the world.
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Car Rule

Utilities back EPA in waiver program fight

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

 Several major utilities are jumping to EPA’s defense in litigation over the restoration of California’s tailpipe emissions waiver and the constitutionality of the waiver program itself. In a filing Monday evening, the utilities said that the waiver program and California’s long-time climate agenda has driven billions of dollars in charging infrastructure and grid improvements — investments at risk should the Republican-led states win this lawsuit. [ read more … ]

Biodiesel

Chevron finalizes Renewable Energy Group purchase, making Ames its biofuel headquarters

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

Chevron Corp. completed its $3.15 billion purchase Monday of Renewable Energy Group, the biodiesel and renewable diesel company based in Ames that will become the oil giant’s renewable fuels headquarters. Chevron executive Kevin Lucke, an Iowan who has been named president of Chevron Renewable Energy Group, said closing the deal makes way for growth. Chevron wants to produce about 4 million gallons of renewable fuel daily by 2030, he said. [ read more … ]

Chevron buys biofuels refiner REG for $3B

By Amanda Drane, Houston Chroncile  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

An Iowa-based biofuels company with a large refinery outside Baton Rouge is now part of Chevron Corp., which said Monday it had acquired the company. The $3.15 billion acquisition of Renewable Energy Group (REG), which has 12 biofuels refineries, advances the oil giant’s portfolio of biofuels. Chevron, based in San Ramon, Calif., aims to sell biodiesel at all of its Chevron- and Texaco-branded gas stations in the U.S. and grow its renewable fuel production capacity to 100,000 barrels per day by 2030. [ read more … ]

EVs

EXCLUSIVE U.S. automaker CEOs, Toyota urge Congress to lift EV tax credit cap

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co, Chrysler-parent Stellantis NV and Toyota Motor North America on Monday urged Congress to lift a cap on the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit, citing higher costs to produce zero-emission vehicles, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The CEOs — GM’s Mary Barra, Ford’s Jim Farley, Stellantis’ Carlos Tavares and Toyota North America CEO Tetsuo Ogawa — said in the joint letter to congressional leaders that they have pledged to invest over $170 billion through 2030 to bolster electric vehicles’ development, production and sale. The current $7,500 tax credit phases out after a manufacturer hits 200,000 vehicles sold. Both GM and Tesla have already hit the cap and are no longer eligible for the consumer tax credits. [ read more … ]

BMW is testing iX electric SUV with 600 miles of range thanks to new battery chemistry

By Fred Lambert, Electrek  •    •  Posted June 14, 2022

Our Next Energy (ONE), the Michigan-based energy storage company, has signed an agreement with BMW Group to incorporate ONE’s Gemini Dual-Chemistry battery technology into the BMW iX all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle. ONE’s unique long-range Gemini technology reduces lithium use by 20% while reducing graphite use by 60% and minimizing the use of nickel and cobalt. In doing so, ONE is creating more sustainable energy storage technology that can significantly reduce environmental impact. [ read more … ]

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