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NEWS UPDATE August 23, 2022

Top Story

Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer. Here’s How.

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 23, 2022

When the Supreme Court restricted the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to fight climate change this year, the reason it gave was that Congress had never granted the agency the broad authority to shift America away from burning fossil fuels. Now it has. Throughout the landmark climate law, passed this month, is language written specifically to address the Supreme Court’s justification for reining in the E.P.A., a ruling that was one of the court’s most consequential of the term. The new law amends the Clean Air Act, the country’s bedrock air-quality legislation, to define the carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels as an “air pollutant.” [ read more … ]

RFS

EPA sets prices for 2021, 2022 cellulosic waiver credits

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 23, 2022

The U.S. EPA has announced the Renewable Fuel Standard cellulosic waiver credit prices for 2021 and 2022 are $2.23 and $2.31, respectively, up from a price of $1.80 set for 2020 cellulosic waiver credits. For any calendar year for which the projected volume of cellulosic biofuel production is less than the applicable volume of cellulosic biofuel set forth by the Clean Air Act, the EPA must reduce the required volume of cellulosic biofuel for that year to produced projected volume, and must provide obligated parties the opportunity to purchase cellulosic waiver credits. The credit prices are determined using a formula specified the CAA that accounts for inflation. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

US Climate Bill’s Subsidy Bonanza Gives New Allure to Carbon Capture

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 23, 2022

US companies that cut carbon emissions could qualify for subsidies on even the smallest projects under new climate legislation, unleashing a potentially unprecedented wave of investment in green technologies.  The Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress this month will boost a host of clean technologies. Among them will be startups developing more efficient ways to capture and store carbon, which is going to be crucial to meeting global climate goals. [ read more … ]

Markets

University of Nebraska project aims to reduce water, energy in ethanol production

By UNL Research and Economic Development  •    •  Posted August 23, 2022

“We’ve come to a sense of how water and energy are used in ethanol facilities,” said Bruce Dvorak, professor of civil and environmental engineering and principal investigator for the grant. “We’ve learned about where greenhouse gases and carbon intensity are being produced in the ethanol cycle.” “There are ways we can optimize the system.” Grant funds will be used to buy sampling equipment to monitor these air emissions at Nebraska ethanol plants. Gas samples will be tested at a UNL lab. [ read more … ]

USDA opens new application window for HBIIP

By Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted August 23, 2022

The USDA is scheduled to open a new $100 million, 90-day application window for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program on Aug. 23, according to a document published in the Federal Register on Aug. 22. The HBIIP is a competitive grant program that aims to significantly increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. Investments made under HBIIP aim to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities convert to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric Cars Have a Big Tire Conundrum

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 23, 2022

The Lucid Air Dream Edition travels up to 520 miles on a charge, more than any electric vehicle on the market by a wide margin. If a buyer chooses the larger, 21-inch wheels, however, 39 of those miles vanish — a 7.5% range penalty.  To be fair, the bigger shoes do look cool, and they’ll still take you nonstop from New York to Cleveland. But when it comes to wheels and tires — where the rubber literally meets the road on electric vehicle range — there’s an escalating battle between physics and aesthetics. [ read more … ]

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