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NEWS UPDATE December 14, 2023

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Exclusive: Biden poised to deliver win for ethanol makers on SAF credits

By Stephanie Kelly, Jarrett Renshaw, Leah Douglas and David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 14, 2023

The Biden administration is expected this week to recognize a soon-to-be-updated methodology favored by the ethanol industry in guidance to companies looking to claim tax credits for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. For months the administration has been divided over whether to recognize the Department of Energy’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model. As it stands, that model would enable ethanol-based SAF to qualify for tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act, President Joe Biden’s signature climate law. [ read more … ]

SAF

The SAF credit’s difficult landing

By Jael Holzman, Axios  •    •  Posted December 14, 2023

Brace for a clash over the IRA tax break for “sustainable” jet fuel. Why it matters: The Biden team might just make the ethanol crowd happy with its rollout of the tax credit. If they do, it’s sure to upset climate advocates — and some in the road transportation sector, where at least one group is threatening to sue over the matter. [ read more … ]

E15

States Oppose EPA’s E15 March Proposal

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

The states of Iowa and Nebraska asked a federal court on Wednesday to require EPA to “promptly” finalize a rule to allow permanent, year-round E15 sales in eight states, rejecting the agency’s proposed plan to finalize the rule by March 28, 2024. On April 28, 2022, governors in eight states requested a change allowed by the Clean Air Act to reject the use of the 1-psi waiver for E10, or a 10% ethanol-blended gasoline. The action would clear the way for permanent, year-round E15 sales in the states. E15 is a blend of up to 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

US EPA must do more to ensure captured carbon stays underground -report

By Leah Douglas, Reuters  •    •  Posted December 14, 2023

The U.S. environment regulator does not sufficiently verify that carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects keep emissions trapped underground and should boost its requirements to ensure companies receiving CCS tax credits provide an actual environmental benefit, a watchdog group said on Thursday. CCS is a pillar of U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate plan, but has been criticized by environmental groups for prolonging the use of fossil fuels. Biden’s cornerstone climate law, the Inflation Reduction Act, includes lucrative CCS tax credits. [ read more … ]

COP28

Why COP28 is a gut check for the world’s fossil fuel habit

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted December 14, 2023

In Paris eight years ago, world leaders agreed to limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius. Six years later, in Glasgow, Scotland, they pledged to phase out coal. And on Wednesday, negotiators patted themselves on the back for the first-ever deal to begin “transitioning away” from fossil fuels. If the past is prologue, it won’t prompt a significant shift in energy markets anytime soon. [ read more … ]

EVs

Will universally compatible EV chargers ever be a reality in the US?

By Jeff St. John, Canary Media  •    •  Posted December 14, 2023

At its core, what the industry faces is a massive coordination problem: getting EVchargers that are built by different manufacturers, operated by different charging network providers and using software from scores of different companies, to work smoothly with EVs built by automakers from around the world — all while new EVmodels and versions of software keep being released. Convincing automakers, EV charging operators and the universe of hardware and software providers that serve them to standardize how their technologies will work together could be a vital accelerant to the EV transition, clearing the road of the interoperability obstacles that have plagued its early development, Myers believes.
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