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NEWS UPDATE July 6, 2023

Top Story

DOE launches $1B plan to drive demand for clean hydrogen

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

he Department of Energy’s launch Wednesday of a $1 billion clean hydrogen initiative aims to solve one of the largest problems facing the emergence of the fuel in the United States: a lack of buyers.
The new initiative, which will be run by DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, seeks to reassure the nation’s first major producers of low-carbon hydrogen — specifically, those backed by billions of dollars in infrastructure law funds — that they can find reliable purchasers. Currently, low-carbon hydrogen is rarely made in the United States. [ read more … ]

Proposed Vehicle Emissions Rule

Automakers ask for lower EV target in EPA climate rule

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

The bulk of the U.S. auto industry wants the Biden administration to loosen its proposed greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks, saying the EPA plan is infeasible and underestimates the cost of converting the future transportation fleet to electricity. Environmental groups and electric vehicle makers, meanwhile, say EPA should push for an even broader adoption of battery-powered vehicles, or risk snuffing out the fledgling battery and car industry that’s rising in the wake of last year’s Inflation Reduction Act. [ read more … ]

Groups Urge Fairness in Tailpipe Emissions Standards

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

Seven national associations representing the renewable fuel supply chain sent a letter this week to EPA Administrator Michael Regan asking him to adopt a market-oriented, technology-neutral approach to transportation decarbonization in its upcoming final tailpipe emissions standards for 2027-2032 light- and medium-duty vehicles. [ read more … ]

Biofuel groups bash EPA for tilt to electric vehicles

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

Groups supporting ethanol and other biofuels charged Wednesday that EPA is unfairly propping up the electric vehicle industry through proposed reductions in tailpipe emissions. In a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, seven organizations said EPA’s proposed tailpipe emissions standards for light- and medium-duty vehicles are tilted toward electrification and overlook EVs’ impact on greenhouse gases when the full life cycle of their manufacture and operation is considered. [ read more … ]

Pollution

Almost half of U.S. tap water contains ‘forever chemicals’

By E.A. Crunden, E&E News  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

The most high-profile chemicals under fire from the Biden administration likely permeate almost half of U.S. tap water systems, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey that raises yet more concerns about the sprawling family of compounds. The first-of-its-kind report offers yet more ammunition to regulatory proponents who have pushed for a strong-armed approach to cracking down on PFAS. Their push has already sparked significant results, with the Biden administration tackling the chemicals through a range of statutes as regulators seek to bring the crisis under control. [ read more … ]

SAF

There’s no way to slash airline emissions without greener fuel

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

Sustainable aviation fuel is much more expensive than conventional jet fuel and currently accounts for only 0.1% of jet fuel use, according to BloombergNEF. Even if scaled-up production helps narrow the gap, steep costs look hard to avoid. With the global fleet about to grow substantially and passenger traffic continuing to rise, today’s airborne decarbonization challenge is expanding. The challenge is to address every part of the market wherever possible, and at the same time, focus on a critical and probably unavoidable fact: Sustainable aviation fuel must be adopted at scale to lessen the climate impact of the biggest jets and the longest flights. [ read more … ]

Markets

Subsoil moisture deficits continue across Corn Belt

By John Baranick, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

On a national level, good-to-excellent ratings for corn increased by 1 percentage point, while falling 1 point for soybeans and 2 points for spring wheat. On its face, it was hard to understand why, given how much rain fell from Nebraska to Kentucky and Tennessee. Widespread areas in this zone saw more than 2 inches, and many spots across the drought areas from central Illinois to Kentucky saw more than 4 inches. It was not a perfect zone, and larger areas of eastern Kansas and Missouri missed out, as did areas across the northern Corn Belt, especially Minnesota and Wisconsin. But with much of the I-states (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana) receiving some hefty totals, it was an overall disappointing report. [ read more … ]

EVs

US electric vehicle goals will require up to $127B to install 28M chargers by 2030: NREL

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted July 6, 2023

There will be 30 million to 42 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads in 2030, requiring a rapid, widespread buildout of charging infrastructure that will be focused on homes and multi-family residencies, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The mid-adoption scenario of roughly 33 million plug-in vehicles will require 26.8 million Level 1 and Level 2 ports at single-family homes, apartments and other locations, NREL said. Another 182,000 public direct current fast chargers, or DCFC, will be needed, along with 1 million Level 2 public chargers located near offices, retail stores and in high-density neighborhoods. [ read more … ]

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