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NEWS UPDATE June 4, 2023

Top Story

Ultralong-Range Electric Cars Are Arriving. Say Goodbye to Charging Stops.

By Christopher Mims, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

If you want to experience the future of fully electrified transportation today, all you have to do is buy a $138,000 electric vehicle, be flexible about where you park it at night—and exercise some patience. Those are a few of the things I learned on a 1,000-mile road trip in an EV in which I never had to stop just to recharge. In a Lucid Air Grand Touring, I was able to go from New York City to Montreal and back while only charging overnight. Because my itinerary allowed it, I was able to do so on the kind of slower, widely-available chargers that are increasingly plentiful in the U.S., and seemingly ubiquitous in EV-obsessed Canada. [ read more … ]

E15

Pillen signs the Adopt the E15 Access Standard Act

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on June 1 signed the Adopt the E15 Access Standard Act, a bill that aims to increase consumer access to E15 by providing tax credits to fuel retailers that sell higher ethanol blends. The legislation, SB 562, was introduced on Jan. 17 and addressed during a Feb. 7 legislative hearing. The Nebraska Legislature on May 30 voted 46 to 0 to approve the bill. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Leak survivor joins opponents at Des Moines carbon capture pipeline hearing

Buy Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

“We are working to develop a rule that will strengthen emergency preparedness, emergency response and other safety concerns specific to the unique characteristics of carbon dioxide, many of which were highlighted” in the hearing, Dorsey said Thursday. Dorsey and PHMSA’s Max Kieba, program development director, and associated administrator Alan Mayberry, who moderated the meeting, noted that Congress is reauthorizing the agency and that some of the carbon dioxide pipeline issues could be wrapped into its regulatory oversight. [ read more … ]

Experts: Predicting CO2 pipeline rupture threats can be extremely costly

By Jarred Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

The agency plans to propose new rules in early 2024 with the potential to have them finalized by the end of that year. Because those rule changes are pending, pipeline opponents say states should halt their issuances of new permits to construct the pipelines. There are three pending proposals in Iowa, and one of them could get a final permit hearing yet this year. PHMSA does not determine where the pipelines can be built but oversees their construction and operation. [ read more … ]

Markets

US lawmakers say Brazil low-carbon fuel program blocks US companies

By Marcelo Teixeira, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

A group of U.S. congressmen have formally complained about what they call unfair ethanol trade practices by Brazil that includes a blockade of U.S. companies seeking to take part in the Brazilian low-carbon biofuel program RenovaBio. The bipartisan group of 21 members of the U.S. Congress are asking Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai to address the Brazilian tariffs on U.S. ethanol and the non-tariff barrier created by the biofuel program implemented in 2020. [ read more … ]

High fuel prices, energy security concerns drive surge in renewables: research

BY JULIA MUELLER, The Hill  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

High fuel prices and energy security concerns are among the factors driving a surge in renewable energy capacity, led by solar power, according to new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA).  “Solar and wind are leading the rapid expansion of the new global energy economy. This year, the world is set to add a record-breaking amount of renewables to electricity systems – more than the total power capacity of Germany and Spain combined,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in the report released Thursday. [ read more … ]

Congress

Senate Fails to Strip Manchin Pipeline Deal From Debt Bill

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

Language in the debt-ceiling bill would require federal agencies to issue the remaining permits needed for the 303-mile (488-kilometer) natural gas pipeline and shield those approvals from legal challenges, enraging environmentalists and progressive Democrats. The $6.6 billion project, which is years behind schedule and would provide drillers in the gas-rich Appalachian Basin with much-needed takeaway capacity, has been repeatedly stalled by challenges from climate advocates. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Post-Sackett, chaos erupts for wetlands oversight

By E.A. Crunden, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 4, 2023

A shocking Supreme Court decision scaling back protections for the majority of the nation’s wetlands has unfurled a hazy regulatory landscape, even as it is set to both open up major development opportunities and threaten public lands across the country. While more than half of states and many industry groups welcomed the outcome of Sackett v. EPA as providing long-sought clarity, its implications for the regulated community are still unfolding. Wetlands determinations are on hold, and could be for some time. Some of the nation’s most beloved areas, meanwhile, are significantly less protected than they were. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.