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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE January 5, 2023

Top Story

Analysis: Democrats’ downgrade of Iowa’s role is a blow to Corn Belt, biofuels

By Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 5, 2023

The Democratic Party’s unseating of Iowa from its position as host of the first U.S. presidential nominating contest every four years is a blow that could also reshape the corn and biofuels industries throughout the Midwest, lobbyists and political consultants say. Backed by President Joe Biden, the party is set to demote Iowa starting in the 2024 election and replace it with South Carolina, which catapulted him to the presidency thanks in part to the backing of Black voters there.
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RFS

EPA draft report again fails to directly tie environmental harms to RFS

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted January 5, 2023

EPA is telling Congress that its renewable fuel standard (RFS) program may have caused some relatively minor expansion of cropland for ethanol production, possibly resulting in environmental damage, but the agency again fails to tie any adverse effects directly to the biofuel program. EPA’s analyses “suggest that total emissions from corn ethanol are generally higher than from gasoline for VOCs, SOx, PM2.5, [coarse PM], and NOx, and that total emissions from soybean biodiesel are generally higher than from diesel for VOCs, SOx, and NOx.”
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OMB agenda confirms timelines for RFS, E15, Biopreferred rules

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted January 5, 2023

According to the agenda, the U.S. EPA is still expected to finalize its RFS “set” rule by June 2023, as required as part of a consent decree filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The proposed rule, released on Dec. 1, 2022, aims to set renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2023, 2024 and 2025. It also addresses the generation of electric renewable identification numbers (e-RINs) from eligible sources of biomass-based electricity. A comment period on the rulemaking is open through Feb. 10. The EPA is also expected to finalize a rulemaking that would allow year-round sales of E15 in several Midwestern states in March 2023, according to the agenda. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House releases latest regulatory plans

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 5, 2023

The White House on Wednesday afternoon released its latest plans for rulemaking on energy, the environment and beyond. The fall Unified Agenda emerged roughly two months behind schedule at a time when President Joe Biden faces intense pressure from his base to deliver on critical climate and environmental regulations. [ read more … ]

Congress

Despite speaker chaos, GOP has high hopes for energy agenda

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 5, 2023

Despite that pessimism, some Republicans believe that energy legislation could be a way to bring the party together. After all, nearly all House Republicans want to roll back regulations and increase energy production on federal lands. Westerman said that an energy package will likely be one of the first things out of his committee. And would-be House leaders have made energy issues a top priority. [ read more … ]

EVs

Tesla, EV rivals absorb costs after China pulls plug on subsidy

By Zhang Yan and Brenda Goh, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 5, 2023

China’s decision to end a more than decade-long subsidy for electric vehicle purchases has forced automakers, including Tesla, to deepen discounts to maintain sales as demand eases in the world’s largest market. The government originally planned to phase out the support scheme for EV makers and battery suppliers by the end of 2020, but extended it until the end of December in response to the pandemic. [ read more … ]

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