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NEWS UPDATE June 14, 2023

Top Story

US EPA to release biofuel blending mandate rule by June 21

By Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a final rule on biofuel blending volume mandates for the years 2023-2025 by June 21, after seeking a one-week extension on a deadline for the rule, according to a court document on Tuesday. The EPA was set to issue a final rule by Wednesday under a court-ordered deadline, but has agreed to an extension with industry trade group Growth Energy, the filing showed. Reuters reported the delay earlier on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. [ read more … ]

RFS

Farmers Unite With Big Oil in Last-Ditch Push on US Biofuels

By Kim Chipman and Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

US agriculture and Big Oil have typically been at loggerheads over how much biofuels should be made from corn, soybeans and other sustainable ingredients. The former naturally seeks higher quotas, while the latter has sought to limit the advance of greener fuels. But with billions of dollars in investment at stake on both sides, they’re finally establishing some common ground. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House sets fast pace for energy, climate rules

By Brian Dabbs, Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

The Interior and Energy departments will spend the coming months trying to cement some of the White House’s critical energy ambitions, ahead of an election year in which Republicans are likely to attack President Joe Biden’s focus on boosting renewables and cutting planet-warming emissions. In the semiannual Unified Agenda— released Tuesday — the Biden administration outlines a packed energy policy agenda in the second half of 2023 and early 2024, targeting the natural gas sector with regulations on gas stoves and methane emissions. Federal regulators will also turn their attention to a flurry of other areas, including transmission, heat pumps and protections for the public lands in Alaska, where the White House recently green-lighted a massive oil project. [ read more … ]

Pollution

The Hidden Cost of Gasoline

By Kate Yoder, Grist  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

Drivers pumped their tanks with gas, breathing carcinogens like benzene, the source of gasoline’s signature sweet smell. On the east side of the property, tall white pipes that vent toxic vapors from petroleum kept underground stood just 10 feet away from the window of a childcare center. Hidden below the station is a tract of contaminated soil that extends underneath a neighboring apartment building. [ read more … ]

FEW Meeting

Ethanol Group Leader Says Biden Administration Move to EV Adoption Shortsighted

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

Renewable Fuels Association CEO and President Geoff Cooper put up on a large screen a 1900 image of New York City streets filled with horse-drawn buggies and one, lone motor-powered car weaving about. Flipping to a 1913 photo of the same section of street, there are motor vehicles as far as the eye can see and one horse-drawn buggy. On Tuesday, Cooper told an audience of ethanol and other biofuels industry representatives during the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Omaha that electric-vehicle supporters like to use the photos as proof that large energy transitions can happen quickly. [ read more … ]

FEW general session panelists discuss the future of ethanol

By Katie Schroeder, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

Representatives of the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the American Coalition for Ethanol on June 13 discussed the future of the U.S. ethanol industry during a general session panel at the 39th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, which kicked off this week in Omaha, Nebraska. [ read more … ]

Congress

Duckworth introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accuracy Act

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on June 13 introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accuracy Act of 2023, a bipartisan bill that aims to identify the standards required to meet the definition of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. [ read more … ]

Markets

John Phipps: The Troubling Future for Ethanol

By John Phipps, AgWeb  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

No sector is more uneasy than the ethanol industry. One reason is gasoline demand, which directly determines ethanol use. It may have peaked in the U.S. In fact, we’re back to using the same amount as two decades ago. Ordinarily, gas demand drops because people don’t drive as many miles, and the recession and COVID certainly affected miles driven. But the gas decline from 2021 to 2022, while small, occurred while people drove more. [ read more … ]

USDA maintains forecast for corn use in ethanol production

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

The USDA maintained its forecast for 2023-’24 corn use in ethanol in its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released June 9. The forecasts for corn area, corn yield and season-average corn prices were also unchanged. According to the USDA, the U.S. corn outlook is little changed when compared to last month, with increases to both beginning and ending stocks. The projected area planted is unchanged at 92 million acres, with 84.1 million acres projected to be harvested. Projected yield per harvested acre is also unchanged at 181.5 bushels. The agency said its June 30 Acreage report will provide survey-based indications of planted and harvested area. [ read more … ]

Economic outlook, energy transition to curb oil demand growth from 2024

By Noah Browning, Reuters  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

The boost to oil demand from the post-pandemic recovery is set to end this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday, with a slowing economy and the transition to cleaner fuels sapping growth from 2024. Strong demand from China and India boosted the Paris-based agency’s outlook for growth this year by almost 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 2.4 million bpd, but that will fall by nearly two-thirds due in large part to more use of electric cars. [ read more … ]

A Greenwashing Lawsuit Against Delta Aims to Set a Precedent

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

“Delta’s representations of carbon neutrality are provably false and misleading,” reads the lawsuit filed on May 30 on behalf of any California resident who has flown on Delta since March 2020. Plaintiff Mayanna Berrin, a writer at Nickelodeon, told The Associated Press last week that she had “felt comfortable paying more” for a Delta flight “because I was neutralizing [the CO2 emissions] I needed to travel for work or to see my family.”   [ read more … ]

EVs

Musk urges US power utilities to prepare for higher than expected grid demand

By Brandon Mulder, S&P Global  •    •  Posted June 14, 2023

Elon Musk took the stage at the Edison Electric Institute’s 2023 conference June 13 imploring electric utilities to up their projections for what grid demand will look like in a fully electrified net-zero economy. “I can’t emphasize enough, we need more electricity,” Musk said. “However much it is you think we need, it’s more than that, I assure you. … And we need it as fast as possible.” [ read more … ]

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