Final Rule in Response to Request from States for Removal of Gasoline Volatility Waiver (E15)

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency is responding to requests from state governors to remove the 1-psi volatility waiver for gasoline-ethanol blends containing 10 percent ethanol in their states. The governors made their request pursuant to CAA section 211(h)(5), which provides that EPA shall remove the 1-psi waiver via regulation upon demonstration that the 1-psi waiver increases emissions in their state. After review of the emissions modeling results presented by the governors in their requests, EPA is removing the 1-psi waiver in the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

EPA also received multiple petitions from stakeholders requesting an extension of the effective date. This action delays the effective date to April 28, 2025, due to concerns over insufficient fuel supply with an earlier effective date, consistent with statutory provisions. This action also establishes a regulatory process by which a state may request to reinstate the 1-psi waiver.

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Excerpt from Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association:  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today approved a petition by eight midwestern governors - including Minnesota’s Gov. Tim Walz - providing for year-round E15. The rule, however, will not go into effect until April 28, 2025. 

“After two years of waiting, the EPA has finally approved the permanent year-round sale of E15 in eight Midwestern states - including Minnesota. We sincerely appreciate Gov. Walz’s efforts to ensure that Minnesota was included in the petition and thank members of our congressional delegation, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Angie Craig, that pushed the EPA to take this action. That work has secured long-term access to a more environmentally-friendly, cheaper fuel for Minnesotans and will strengthen the economy of the state.

“While this is welcomed news, the EPA’s delay in finalizing this action means that it won’t go into effect until summer 2025, and Minnesotans won’t have access to the lowest cost fuel at the pump this summer. The EPA must now similarly act on emergency waivers this summer so that sales of E15 - and the resulting cost savings to consumers - aren’t interrupted unnecessarily,” said Brian Werner, executive director at the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. 

In April of 2022, governors from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin asked the EPA to remove the 1-PSI reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver for E10, which would eliminate the current disparity between E10 and E15 and place both fuels on equal regulatory footing in the summer months.   READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Renewable Fuels AssociationThe Environmental Protection Agency's decision today to approve long-delayed petitions from eight Midwest governors allowing summertime sales of E15 is a double-edged sword for American consumers, the Renewable Fuels Association said. On one hand, the EPA decision finally allows retailers in these eight states to sell E15 year-round. But on the other hand, it delays implementation until 2025, creating uncertainty and confusion about the availability of lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 this coming summer.  RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following reaction to today’s EPA decision:

“While we are pleased to see EPA has finally approved year-round E15 in these eight states, we are extremely disappointed by the Agency’s needless decision to delay implementation until 2025. It’s helpful to finally have some certainty about 2025 and beyond, but what happens this summer? The Biden administration missed its statutory deadline to finalize the governors’ petition by more than 500 days, and now it claims there just isn’t enough time to implement the rule in time for summer 2024. Why should ethanol producers, farmers, fuel retailers, and consumers in these states be penalized for EPA’s foot-dragging and failure to meet a clear deadline? With the 2024 summer driving season just a few months away, we are urging the administration to take additional action that will ensure consumers have uninterrupted access to lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 this summer.”

Cooper also said RFA is urging Congress to adopt legislation that would resolve this issue permanently. “If Congress passed the bipartisan Nationwide Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, we wouldn’t be in this situation. But a couple of stubborn East Coast refiners and their champions in the Senate continue to put up roadblocks to enactment of this commonsense legislation that would slash emissions and reduce fuel prices for consumers. It’s time to lay aside parochial oil refiner interests and do what is right for the country.”

BACKGROUND

Nearly two years ago, eight Midwest governors used their authority under the Clean Air Act to formally petition EPA for the removal of the 1-psi volatility waiver for E10. This action would reduce emissions and permanently level the playing field for E15 in their states.  By law, EPA had 90 days to approve the Governors’ petition, yet the agency did not propose approval of the petition until March 2023.

This effort has long had broad support. Bipartisan legislation to allow permanent nationwide E15 (the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act) was introduced in the House in December 2022 and in the Senate in March 2023. The current legislative vehicle, the Nationwide Consumer and Retailer Choice Act, was introduced in the Senate in August 2023, the same month when the attorneys general of Iowa and Nebraska filed a complaint in federal court regarding EPA’s failure to meet its statutory deadline. And in December, a bipartisan group of 22 members of the House and Senate called on the White House to move quickly on the governors’ petition.

In his “state of the industry” presentation Tuesday at the National Ethanol Conference, Cooper stressed the importance of this issue. “E15 will not be the stabilizing market force we need until the summertime RVP barrier is permanently removed and the fuel is available year-round. Securing RVP parity for E15 remains a top priority for RFA and we won’t stop until we’ve accomplished that mission.”  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Iowa Renewable Fuels Association: “Obviously we’re glad there’s a final rule implementing the governors’ action under the Clean Air Act to allow year-round sales of E15,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “But the last-minute delay in implementation means motorists face fewer options and higher prices at the pump this summer. This further delay is unnecessary and unjustified. During recent court filings on this topic, the Department of Justice stipulated that the governors had the power to make the requests, that the governors made the requests properly, that the governors submitted proper documentation with their requests, and that the EPA should have acted a year and a half ago. This additional delay feels like a slap in the face to Midwest motorists.”

The eight Midwest governors submitted their requests on April 28, 2022. The EPA was required by law to take action within 90 days. Defying the Congressional deadline, EPA waited until March 6, 2023, almost a year after receiving the petition, to propose approval of the request. After taking public comment, the draft rule was only sent to the OMB for inter-agency review in December of 2023.

“With the rule final, our attention now turns to both a solution to protect consumers during this summer as well as a national fix in Congress,” stated Shaw. “While our work is not done, it’s important to note that we wouldn’t have the progress today without the leadership of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who organized the bipartisan group of 8 governors to exercise their authority under the Clean Air Act back in 2022. IRFA members are deeply thankful for her unrelenting work on this issue. We also want to thank Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird who sued the EPA to protect the governors’ rights. We know they will be with us as we continue to work on a 2024 summer solution and to take this Midwest victory nationwide.”  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Growth Energy: “We commend EPA for finalizing its rule, and we thank the eight midwestern governors who have now successfully secured a future for year-round E15 in their states. This is a win for the residents of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and a win for biofuel producers and fuel retailers.

“While this is great news, drivers will need a solution for this summer to minimize disruptions and make sure they have the same access to E15 that they’ve had for the past five summers.

“E15 saves drivers money while helping them lower their carbon emissions. We look forward to working with policymakers to ensure that consumers can have permanent access to these benefits all year long.”

About E15

E15 is a fuel blend made of gasoline and 15% bioethanol. EPA has approved its use in all cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) made in model year 2001 and newer—representing more than 96% of all vehicles on the road today. E15 can be found at over 3,400 gas stations across the country and to date, Americans have driven more than 100 billion miles on this fuel blend. Last summer drivers saved an average of 15 cents per gallon by filling up with E15 compared to regular, or E10. In some areas, E15 saved drivers as much as $.60 per gallon at the pump.

Learn more about E15 here.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from American Coalition for Ethanol: “As the saying goes, ‘better late than never,’ but EPA had a legal responsibility to approve E15 year-round in these states more than a year and a half ago, so postponing the effective date to April 28, 2025 is disappointing,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “While we are grateful this issue will be settled in Midwest states with more than half the current E15 retail sites, our urgent priority is to find a solution for continued nationwide access to E15 this summer. The Administration rightfully exercised its authority to grant emergency waivers in 2022 and 2023, and we will be pushing for a solution covering the summer of 2024 as well.

“In addition, ACE continues to actively support bipartisan legislation in Congress, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, to permanently enable all Americans to benefit from the cost savings and cleaner emissions of E15. This legislation will be one of our priority issues during our March 14-15 DC fly-in.

“Finally, ACE applauds the persistence of the governors of the eight Midwest states for leading the charge on this effort, as well as Attorneys General for Iowa and Nebraska for keeping the administration’s feet to the fire.”

The governors petitioned EPA on April 28, 2022, to eliminate the 1-pound square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver for gasoline containing 10 percent ethanol, essentially asking for E15 to be allowed year-round in their states. By law, the Agency was required to act by July 27, 2022, but didn’t issue a proposed rule to allow E15 year-round in the states until March 6, 2023. The Attorneys General for Iowa and Nebraska sued EPA over its delay on August 7, 2023, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. EPA’s rule was submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget in December of 2023 for inter-agency review. Today’s decision permanently approved E15 year-round in the eight states but delays implementation to April 28, 2025. READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Siouxland Proud:  Iowa and Nebraska lawmakers have released statements on the EPA’s decision.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa

I applaud Governor Reynolds’ persistent advocacy for ethanol producers across the heartland. Those efforts paid off today. I’ll be glad to see expanded market opportunities for Iowa farmers, but as of now, that won’t be soon enough. 

While the EPA was correct to unleash year-round E-15, in typical bureaucratic fashion, it couldn’t help but attach a few strings. Delaying the effective date until 2025 is an unnecessary setback for producers and drivers. The agency has lifted summer E-15 suspensions in the past, and I’ll be pressing them to do the same this season.

SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY ON TWITTER

Rep. Zach Nunn of Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District

The EPA just approved @IAGovernor request for year-round E15 but they’re stalling implementation until 2025. This leaves Iowan’s with fewer choices at the pump & hurts Iowa’s biofuel producers. I’ll keep fighting to bring year-round E15 for Iowans and our entire country this year

REP. ZACH NUNN ON TWITTER

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District

I applaud the EPA’s decision to finally listen to Iowa’s requests to allow for the voluntary summertime sale of E15. This decision is critical to ensuring consumers have access to consistently available lower cost and lower emissions fuel during the summer months. However, this decision has been long overdue and the implementation date of April 28, 2025 continues to place these 8 states in uncertainty this summer, leading to higher gas costs. Following this action, I am hopeful Congress will act swiftly to pass a permanent solution to allow the voluntary sale of E15 year-round sales nationwide.

REP. MARIANNETTE MILLER-MEEKS ON TWITTER

Rep. Ashley Hinson of Iowa’s 1st Congressional District

(1/2) While I’m encouraged the EPA has approved @IAGovernor’s request for year-round E15, the Administration’s decision to delay implementation until 2025 threatens to undermine our biofuels producers and leave Iowa drivers with fewer choices at the pump this summer.

(2/2) I’ll continue fighting for Iowans to have access to E15 this summer & will work to reach a final agreement on a nationwide solution to permanently allow the sale of E15 year-round.

REP. ASHLEY HINSON ON TWITTER

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

After continuous delays by the EPA to allow year-round sales of E15 fuel, consumers across the country can finally look forward to lower-cost, cleaner-burning year-round E15 in 2025. Nearly two years ago, I organized a bipartisan coalition of eight Midwest governors to join me in challenging the EPA’s refusal to allow E15 sales during summer months. Finally, our request is approved, however, the EPA’s unjustified delays come at a cost for drivers and the environment.

As governor of the nation’s top ethanol producing state, I’m pursuing a waiver to continue offering drivers the option to purchase lower-cost, cleaner-burning E15 in Iowa this summer, and I won’t stop fighting for year-round E15 until it’s available nationwide. The solution to making America energy independent is growing in the Heartland. Iowa Gov. Reynolds

Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska

While I appreciate that the EPA has finally approved the year-round availability of E-15, the limited geography and needless delay until 2025 still complicates its sale. Congress must pass my legislation that will at last provide a nationwide, permanent solution for the sale of this blend that benefits consumers, producers, and the environment.

REP. DEB FISCHER

Sen. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska

Today’s announcement is a welcome step toward year-round availability of E-15. Higher blend ethanol saves consumers money at the pump, it makes us more energy independent, and it creates good-paying jobs right here in Nebraska. The next step is for Congress to pass legislation allowing for the permanent sale of E-15 nationwide.

SEN. PETE RICKETTS VIA EMAIL

Rep. Mike Flood of Nebraska’s 1st District

While I am pleased that the EPA granted the governors’ request, this announcement still falls short of year-round E15 for all and delays implementation until 2025. E15 has had proven benefits for years, and it’s time to tear down remaining regulatory barriers, so every American can access this affordable fuel that helps clean up our air while growing our rural communities. If the Biden administration isn’t going to find a way to get this done, Congress must act to deliver year-round E15 for all Americans.

REP. MIKE FLOOD

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa

Finally, after years of advocacy, the EPA’s final rule will allow for eventual E15 sales year-round to give consumers a cleaner, cheaper choice at the pump. While I welcome this long overdue decision and applaud the work of Governor Kim Reynolds and Attorney General Brenna Bird, pushing off implementation until 2025 fails to provide our Iowa farmers, consumers, and retailers with certainty as we approach the 2024 summer driving season. I will continue to pressure the EPA for a nationwide, permanent solution, so Iowans do not have to pay needlessly high prices for fuel.

SEN. JONI ERNST

Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska’s 3rd District

Although year-round sale of E-15 is welcome news for midwestern consumers looking for more options and price relief at the pump, it remains clear that we need a permanent solution to allow the year-round sale of E-15 nationwide. Farmers, ethanol and petroleum producers, retailers, and consumers need long-term certainty which the U.S. Supreme Court has said can only come through legislation, and I will continue to work to codify uninterrupted, nationwide E-15 through the bipartisan Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act and urge President Biden to fully support this commonsense policy.

REP. ADRIAN SMITH
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK -- Pat Gruber

When we talk about hard to abate carbon sectors, the technology is going to be bio-based renewable resources where the carbon is going to be captured on the land and we are going to produce food while harnessing the extra stuff to make fuel and energyPat Gruber, CEO of Gevo, quoted in Biofuels International READ MORE

Toyota Chairman Says People Are Finally Seeing the Reality about EVs

by River Davis (Wall Street Journal) Akio Toyoda’s comments come amid cooling U.S. demand and a price war with China -- Toyota Motor  Chairman Akio Toyoda, when asked about electric-vehicle challenges including a recent lull in U.S. demand, said the industry was coming to recognize that there isn’t a single answer to reducing carbon emissions.

“People are finally seeing reality,” Toyoda said Wednesday (October 24, 2023), speaking in his capacity as the head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. 

Toyoda, who stepped down this year as Toyota chief executive after nearly 14 years on the job, has long said the auto industry should hedge its bets by continuing to invest in hybrid gasoline-electric cars and other options beyond just electric vehicles. 

As EV sales momentum lags behind in the U.S. and more buyers gravitate to hybrids, he may be enjoying an “I told you so” moment. 

“There are many ways to climb the mountain that is achieving carbon neutrality,” Toyoda told a small group of reporters at the Japan Mobility Show, formerly the Tokyo Motor Show, which is opening this week for the first time in four years.

From Tesla to Ford Motor, automakers in recent months have been issuing warnings about a sudden slowdown in consumer demand for EVs, which are generally more expensive than traditional gasoline-powered cars and need to be recharged regularly, posing challenges for some drivers.

Higher interest rates are making them more unaffordable for many buyers, and despite increasing discounts on plug-in models, unsold inventory is starting to stack up at dealerships.

The pullback in buyer interest is a worrisome sign for an industry that is sinking billions of dollars in new factories and battery-making facilities and is facing tougher regulations on tailpipe emissions globally.

In the latest sign that car companies are walking back their plans, General Motors and Honda Motor  said Wednesday that they are ditching a partnership forged a year-and-a-half ago aimed at developing a line of lower-priced EVs.

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GM also this week abandoned a self-imposed target to build 400,000 EVs by mid-2024, citing growing uncertainty in the EV market and the need to ensure it can build these new models profitably.

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One favorable sign for Toyota: Its head of sales in North America said recently the market for hybrids is “smoking hot” and the company is trying to make as many of the vehicles as possible. Last month, Toyota had a little more than a week’s worth of Prius hybrids in stock, compared with more than two months’ supply of its electric SUV, the bZ4X.

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General Motors said last week it was delaying the opening of an electric pickup-truck factory in Michigan. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Ford Motor was considering cutting a work shift at the plant where it builds its electric F-150 Lightning pickup as demand for the truck falters.

Meanwhile, hybrid sales have taken off in the U.S., growing at a faster clip than the broader U.S. car market.   READ MORE

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Excerpt from Yahoo! Finance:  Shares duly tanked as investors digested an uncertain future for the undisputed EV leader. In fact, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas makes the case that Tesla’s dire outlook could have massive ramifications for the wider industry.

“Beyond the scope of negative estimate revisions for Tesla following a disappointing 3Q result and one of the most cautious conference calls in years, we believe investors should seriously consider the implications for the broader global EV complex,” Jonas explained. “We see a warning from the ‘gold standard’ of EVs having a ripple effect across the industry. In our view, Tesla’s caution = caution for EVs broadly.”

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As such, Jonas anticipates a bit of an about-face to take place. “We expect to see the Detroit OEMs bring greater attention to the attractiveness and profitability of their ICE portfolios while, at the margin, de-emphasizing their EV plans. This process has already begun,” he summed up.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Business Insider: Several C-Suite leaders at some of the biggest carmakers voiced fresh unease about the electric car market's growth as concerns over the viability of these vehicles put their multi-billion-dollar electrification strategies at risk.

Among those hand-wringing is GM's Mary Barra, historically one of the automotive industry's most bullish CEOs on the future of electric vehicles.

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But this week on GM's third-quarter earnings call, Barra and GM struck a more sober tone. The company announced with its quarterly results that it's abandoning its targets to build 100,000 EVs in the second half of this year and another 400,000 by the first six months of 2024. GM doesn't know when it will hit those targets.

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While GM's about-face was somewhat of a surprise to investors, the Detroit car company is not alone in this new view of the EV future. Even Tesla's Elon Musk warned on a recent earnings call that economic concerns would lead to waning vehicle demand, even for the long-time EV market leader.

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz — which is having to discount its EVs by several thousand dollars just to get them in customers' hands — isn't mincing words about the state of the EV market.

"This is a pretty brutal space," CFO Harald Wilhelm said on an analyst call. "I can hardly imagine the current status quo is fully sustainable for everybody."

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That's as inventory builds up at dealerships, much to the chagrin of dealers. While car buyers are in luck if they're looking for a deal on a plug-in vehicle, executives are finding even significant markdowns and discounts aren't enough. These cars are taking dealers longer to sell compared with their gas counterparts as the next wave of buyers focus on cost, infrastructure challenges, and lifestyle barriers to adopting.

Just a few months after dealers started coming forward to warn of slowing EV demand, manufacturers appear to be catching up to that reality. Ford was the first to fold, after dealers started turning away Mach-E allocations. In July, the company extended its self-imposed deadline to hit annual electric vehicle production of 600,000 by a year, and abandoned a 2026 target to build 2 million EVs.

In scrapping plans with GM to co-develop sub-$30,000 EVs, Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe said the shifting EV environment was difficult to gauge.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal: Sales of all-electric models in the U.S. have plateaued around the 100,000-a-month mark for the past half year after a period of rapid growth. Inventories are piling up and prices are falling, led by market leader Tesla. The average new EV sold for about $52,000 in October, down from around $65,000 a year ago, according to Cox Automotive.

Whether or not adoption of EVs in the U.S. is actually stalling—the jury is out—it is clearly weaker than manufacturers were anticipating. 

Ford  and  General Motors  have both pushed back investments, and even Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk hinted on the company’s October earnings call that he might slow down. While the course correction is starker in the U.S., there are similar moves across the Atlantic: 

Volkswagen  has put a plan to build a fourth battery plant on hold. 

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The bigger picture is probably that the affluent tech enthusiasts who fueled the first wave of interest in EVs already have them. The next cohort of consumers may need a combination of lower prices, better charging infrastructure and benchmark-setting new products to make the big switch. Baby steps are easier: Hybrid leader  Toyota  was one of the few manufacturers to say it was boosting its investments recently.

Some potential EV buyers may be waiting for Tesla’s refreshed Model 3, which has just become available in China and Europe but not yet in the company’s home market. Another reason to wait is Washington’s $7,500 EV tax credit: Starting next year, it will be accessible as a rebate at the point of sale rather than months later when filing tax returns. This change could give the EV market a lift next year, but it is hard to be sure because the sourcing hoops manufacturers must jump through to qualify for the subsidy also will get tighter.

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 As HSBC analyst Mike Tyndall points out, cars sold through leases are reliant on robust forecasts for secondhand values to keep monthly payments down. Price cuts have wreaked havoc on the used-EV market, making such forecasts harder to justify. Leasing went quiet during the pandemic, but is making a comeback with EVs because leased models qualify more easily for the federal tax credits.

The only long-term solution is for manufacturers to lower costs through radical re-engineering. Except for Tesla and a few Chinese companies, today’s EVs are even more expensive to make than to buy. Ford, which is unusual in breaking out its EV business, continues to report massive losses on a portfolio including the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning.

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Musk called the next-generation $25,000 Tesla “utilitarian” on the last earnings call, which didn’t inspire confidence.

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The basic problem is that metal-rich batteries and electric motors are more expensive than the gasoline tanks and engines they replace, particularly for the heavy sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks Americans favor. EV running costs are lower, but most consumers only pay attention to fuel efficiency during gas-price spikes. Manufacturers need to assume that the average car buyer won’t pay a premium.

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And nonunionized EV startups such as Rivian have had even bigger cost problems than Detroit.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from EV Voice of the Customer:  In just three weeks, 3,882 dealerships reflecting the voice of our customers, representing all major vehicle manufacturing brands spanning 50 states, called on the President of the United States to tap the brakes on the proposed Electric Vehicle Mandate. Below is the letter and list of the dealerships that signed.

A Letter to the President

Dear Mr. President,

We are auto dealers from across the country who collectively sell every major brand in the U.S. We are small businesses employing thousands of Americans. We are deeply committed to the customers we serve and the communities where we operate, which is why we are asking you to slow down your proposed regulations mandating battery electric vehicle (BEV) production and distribution.

Your Administration has proposed regulations that would essentially mandate a dramatic shift to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), increasing year after year until 2032, when two out of every three vehicles sold in America would have to be battery electric.

Currently, there are many excellent battery electric vehicles available for consumers to purchase. These vehicles are ideal for many people, and we believe their appeal will grow over time. The reality, however, is that electric vehicle demand today is not keeping up with the large influx of BEVs arriving at our dealerships prompted by the current regulations. BEVs are stacking up on our lots.

Last year, there was a lot of hope and hype about EVs. Early adopters formed an initial line and were ready to buy these vehicles as soon as we had them to sell. But that enthusiasm has stalled. Today, the supply of unsold BEVs is surging, as they are not selling nearly as fast as they are arriving at our dealerships -- even with deep price cuts, manufacturer incentives, and generous government incentives.

While the goals of the regulations are admirable, they require consumer acceptance to become a reality. With each passing day, it becomes more apparent that this attempted electric vehicle mandate is unrealistic based on current and forecasted customer demand. Already, electric vehicles are stacking up on our lots which is our best indicator of customer demand in the marketplace.

Mr. President, no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us. We talk to customers every day. As retail automotive dealerships, we are agnostic as to what we sell. Our business is to provide customers with vehicles that meet the needs of their budgets and lifestyles.

Some customers are in the market for electric vehicles, and we are thrilled to sell them. But the majority of customers are simply not ready to make the change. They are concerned about BEVs being unaffordable. Many do not have garages for home charging or easy access to public charging stations. Customers are also concerned about the loss of driving range in cold or hot weather. Some have long daily commutes and don’t have the extra time to charge the battery. Truck buyers are especially put off by the dramatic loss of range when towing. Today’s current technology is not adequate to support the needs of the majority of our consumers.

Many of these challenges can and will be addressed by our manufacturers, but many of these challenges are outside of their control. Reliable charging networks, electric grid stability, sourcing of materials, and many other issues need time to resolve. And finally, many people just want to make their own choice about what vehicle is right for them.

Mr. President, it is time to tap the brakes on the unrealistic government electric vehicle mandate. Allow time for the battery technology to advance. Allow time to make BEVs more affordable. Allow time to develop domestic sources for the minerals to make batteries. Allow time for the charging infrastructure to be built and prove reliable. And most of all, allow time for the American consumer to get comfortable with the technology and make the choice to buy an electric vehicle.

Sincerely,
Supporting Dealerships

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Except from CBS News Electric vehicles have nearly 80% more problems and are generally less reliable than cars propelled by conventional internal combustion engines, according to a new report from Consumer Reports. 

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have an even worse scorecard, with an average of almost 150% more problems, the consumer group found. By contrast, ordinary hybrid cars are a "bright spot," with about a quarter fewer problems than gas-powered cars, the analysis found.

Consumer Reports' latest vehicle reliability report comes as car buyers can take advantage of a federal tax credit worth up to $7,500 for purchasing an EV and as automakers roll out a host of new models. But consumers have been slower to adapt to EVs than expected, partly because they are often more expensive to maintain than traditional vehicles and require extra equipment, such as a home electric charging port.

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EV owners most frequently reported troubles with battery and charging systems, as well as flaws in how the vehicles' body panels and interior parts fit together. 

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PHEVs may have more problems than conventional cars and electric vehicles because they combine internal-combustion engines with an electric drive, which creates additional complexity, Consumer Reports said. That means there's more than can go wrong.

Consumer Reports rates vehicles on 20 problem areas, ranging from squeaky brakes to EV charging problems, and PHEVs can experience every one of them, it noted.   READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Bloomberg: “The slowdown in the ambition from the two of the Big Three US automakers, combined with Tesla’s aging model lineup limiting its growth potential, and tougher economic conditions for many of the US customers, indicate that the US EV market is facing a more difficult year,” BNEF analysts led by Aleksandra O’Donovan write in the report.

GM and Ford pushed back near-term EV targets in the second half of this year, citing less consumer demand for their plug-in models than expected.

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The researcher also trimmed its projections for Europe and China, citing factors including high interest rates for the former and broader economic malaise for the latter.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Business InsiderAmerica's EV plan was flawed from the start. Instead of seeing EVs as one piece of a plan for more sustainable transportation, America has focused on using EVs as a one-to-one replacement for gas guzzlers. But this one-size-fits-all solution fails to address our broader transportation problems, meaning emissions targets are likely to be missed and other transportation problems will continue to go unaddressed.

"The entire myth at the heart of this whole transition is that the battery car seamlessly fits right into the gas car's position," Edward Niedermeyer, the author of "Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors," told me. "It doesn't, and that's the problem."

The EV myth

The mission to replace gas cars with EVs has led to a series of major miscalculations, one of which has to do with the sheer size of the new electric vehicles being put on the road.

Over the past few decades the American auto industry has become obsessed with huge vehicles. The reasons for the size inflation range from profit margins to distorted government fuel standards, but the proliferation of bigger vehicles created a doom loop of consumer preference: Drivers saw the vehicles around them getting bigger, so they wanted bigger cars to make themselves feel safer. Automakers argued that this was proof that people wanted only big cars, so they cut small models and made existing vehicles bigger, which made people with smaller cars feel less safe — you get the picture. Meanwhile, road deaths and injuries soared, while the larger, less efficient vehicles wiped out environmental benefits from higher emissions standards.

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When automakers pivoted to EVs, they focused on the kinds of cars that were already popular — which meant a flood of big electrified SUVs and trucks. But massive-bodied EVs don't make much sense. Larger EVs require bigger batteries, which require more raw materials to manufacture, which requires producers to beef up their environmentally destructive mining operations. While bigger batteries allow drivers to travel farther between charges, they also make the cars heavier, more dangerous, more expensive, and worse for the planet.

The "range anxiety" that has resulted in massive batteries is another reason EVs don't work as a replacement for gas cars. Niedermeyer said that while an electric car can meet most people's driving needs, it struggles with edge cases like road trips because of the need to recharge. Since Americans have been promised a one-to-one substitute for their gas cars, this seems like a failure; an EV should be able to do everything a gas car can. This idea persists even though in 2023 the average US driver traveled only about 40 miles a day, and in 2022 about 93% of US trips were less than 30 miles. Still, in a survey conducted by Ipsos last fall, 73% of respondents indicated they had concerns about EV range.

The focus on increasing EVs' range is contributing to their relatively high prices. Unlike with gas cars, the more you pay for an EV, the more range you can expect to receive. And since Americans have been conditioned to want a lot of range, cars with big batteries and longer ranges have dominated the market, resulting in stubbornly high prices.

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The researcher Benjamin Sovacool and his colleagues have pointed out that, just like in the US, EV buyers in Norway "tend to be in higher income brackets, often using their EV as a second car."

The Norwegian approach has also had a ton of unintended consequences. Joshi told me that the decline in gas tax revenue due to EV adoption had triggered a contentious political debate about increasing road tolls to make up the difference. (A political party was even formed on the platform of stopping the tolls.) Plus, heavier electric vehicles are harder on roads, produce more air pollution, and pose a greater safety risk for pedestrians.

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If the government and automakers are serious about making transportation more sustainable, they should be incentivizing smaller vehicles, hybrid cars, and public transportation like trains and buses.

EVs can be an important part of the fight against the climate crisis, but America's EV plan needs to lean into what these cars do well: short daily trips that can be taken in small, affordable cars. People who frequently take long trips can take advantage of hybrid cars. And better public transit and faster intercity trains could make a huge difference for people and the planet.

While it may be a sexy and industry-friendly approach to the climate crisis, an EV-first plan isn't the most effective way to tackle the enormous challenge we face.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Bloomberg: “It all pivoted really quickly,” says Mickey Anderson, a car dealer who’s seen long waitlists for EVs evaporate while battery-powered models pile up at his dealerships in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.

What changed, industry executives and analysts say, is that the initial rush of buyers consisted of wealthy drivers purchasing an extra car for their household because they wanted the latest technology. Now that the early adopters are sated, mainstream buyers who depend on their car as their daily vehicle find EVs “more expensive and less useful,” Anderson says.

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It’s not just the charging network that’s unreliable. EVs had 80% more problems than cars with traditional internal combustion engines, according to the latest survey by Consumer Reports magazine. EV owners reported the most troubles with their battery and its ability to take a charge.

“This has nothing to do with the chargers in the field. This is specifically about a problem with the vehicle where it would not accept a charge,” says Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “It’s like you can’t get gasoline into the car. That’s a problem, a big problem.”

That helps explain why more than half of American car buyers now say they’re not interested in EVs, up from just 42% who ruled out battery-powered models in 2022, according to a survey of a quarter-million US car buyers by automotive research firm Strategic Vision.

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But as he stumps for a return to the White House, former President Donald Trump has called Biden’s plan a “a ridiculous all-electric-car hoax” and warned EVs will kill jobs and put American automakers out of business.

“Blue states say EVs are great and we need to adopt them as soon as possible for climate reasons,” Bill Ford, executive chair of Ford and great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, said in an October interview with the New York Times. “Some of the red states say this is just like the vaccine, and it’s being shoved down our throat by the government, and we don’t want it. I never thought I would see the day when our products were so heavily politicized, but they are.”  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Reuters:  Hertz will instead opt for gas-powered vehicles, it said on Thursday, citing higher expenses related to collision and damage for EVs even though it had aimed to convert 25% of its fleet to electric by 2024 end.

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CEO Stephen Scherr had last year at the JPMorgan Auto Conference flagged headwinds from higher expenses for its EVs, particularly Teslas.

Hertz even limited the torque and speed on the EVs and offered it to experienced users on the platform to make them easier to adapt after certain users had front-end collisions, he said.

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"Expenses related to collision and damage, primarily associated with EVs, remained high in the quarter," Hertz said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.

The company, which had earlier planned to order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by 2022 end and 65,000 units from Polestar over five years, said it would focus on improving profitability for the rest of its EV fleet.

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"While 20,000 cars isn't a large number in the total used vehicle market, it does mean Hertz will be taking a major loss on each of these sales while further contributing to the trend of falling used EV values," iSeeCars.com analyst Karl Brauer said.

Hertz is selling some Tesla Model 3 for as low as about $20,000, nearly half the purchase price for the cheapest variant of the compact sedan, its used car website showed.

It lists more than 700 EVs on sale, including BMW's i3, Chevrolet's Bolt and Tesla's Model 3 and Model Y SUVs.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Detroit News:  Ford Motor Co.'s decision to reduce all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup production is affecting 1,400 jobs in Dearborn. Meanwhile, it's hiring nearly 900 people in Wayne for assembly of Bronco SUVs and Ranger midsize trucks.

The Dearborn automaker in a Friday news release said it’s seeking to balance production to meet customer demand. It says it expects growth for Lightning sales this year, but it’s less than previously anticipated. The production cut is the latest pullback by the automaker in the EV space.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from The Verge:  Edmunds reports that two months after purchasing a 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS AWD for its long-term test fleet, the SUV has been at the dealership for two weeks. With 23 fault codes on a diagnostic test, they wrote that “What we got back from the dealer was alarming: the single longest list of major faults we at Edmunds have ever seen on a new car.”

Things went even worse for InsideEVs writer Kevin Williams, whose weeklong test ended after 28 hours. The vehicle’s CarPlay- and Android Auto-free infotainment system went blank while he was driving, and then an attempt to charge the battery failed, producing a “Service Vehicle Soon” error message.

InsideEVs followed up its initial report, noting owners of other Ultium-powered electric vehicles from GM complaining of unusual and, so far, hard-to-fix issues with their cars.   READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Transportation Energy Strategies: Will the second-hand market be one of the main tools for the massification of electromobility?

Not so soon, though. As for brand new vehicles, similar obstacles block the way:

Price, first. Maybe as a consequence of scarcity, the average price of second-hand electrified models is still significantly higher than for thermal vehicles, 33 grand for a BEV v. 20 for a gasoline-powered car. Or 22 for a diesel-powered car, still popular in non-urban areas, not concerned by low emission zones present and future diesel bans and with a good image of durability and low operating cost. Good ol’ diesel is not dead yet.

Recharge and range anxieties, next. Whether in France or in the U.S., opinion polls concur: 40% of respondents, including present “electro-motorists”, are not convinced that either recharging infrastructure or autonomy are on par with the existing state-of-the-art of the internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV) ecosystem. Consequence: These are likely to wait and see before crossing the Rubicon to BEV, or will go halfway, toward HEV first, PHEV possibly, both relying on a thermal engine as a solace to autonomy anxiety.

Regarding range per se, it seems the more carmakers boast about progress, battery-wise mostly, the more incumbent motorists ask for more.

Location and ubiquity of recharge, a proxy for cost and competitiveness vs thermal vehicles, and for non-availability of the car, may also prove a near-future hurdle: cheap home-charging (but for how long? Check what happened last November in Connecticut when reality struck that liquid fuel taxes would somehow evaporate) was the fate for most early adopters, less likely to be the dominant model if urbanites or condo dwellers purchase BEVs.

Repairability and battery end-of-life, finally: Several media have been showing scary footage of huge BEV graveyards in China, battery problems not being minor in the decision to wreck those recent vehicles. ICEVs nowadays are resilient and a three-year old car is nearly as good as new when it comes to life expectancy. Is it the case for electrified vehicles, especially considering battery life, a big unknown with little to show in terms of experience curve? Not mentioning the present attitude of insurance companies, systematically recommending scrapping in case of accidents with possible shocks to the battery.

Can climate consciousness, in areas where electricity can really be low-carbon, temporary lower total cost of operation and the fear of low emission zones bans erase these worries? Time will say. For the time being, we note the nascence of a second-hand market for electrified vehicles, another prop for the massification of electromobility. READ MORE

 

Excerpt fromTechCrunch: “While electric vehicles may benefit the environment, the manufacturing and servicing of these vehicles still generates many harmful waste streams,” San Francisco district attorney Brooke Jenkins said in a statement.

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The complaint, filed January 30 in San Joaquin County Superior Court, stated that Tesla improperly labeled and disposed of materials like “lead acid batteries and other batteries,” paints, brake fluid, aerosols, antifreeze, acetone, diesel fuel and more at its production and service facilities throughout the state. Tesla also allegedly improperly disposed of the waste, both on-site and at landfills that can’t accept hazardous waste, according to the lawsuits.

While the lawsuit was just filed a day ago, the environmental investigation has been a six-year effort. READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal:  

That energy is rapidly fading. Ford is cutting the plant’s output by half, and workers are relocating to other facilities, mostly those making gas-powered pickups and SUVs. 

The sudden change “was a little bit of a shocker,” said Matthew Schulte, who inspects trucks at the factory in suburban Detroit. “Reality has set in.”

As recently as a year ago, automakers were struggling to meet the hot demand for electric vehicles. In a span of months, though, the dynamic flipped, leaving them hitting the brakes on what for many had been an all-out push toward an electric transformation. 

A confluence of factors had led many auto executives to see the potential for a dramatic societal shift to electric cars: government regulations, corporate climate goals, the rise of Chinese EV makers, and 

Tesla

’s stock valuation, which, at roughly $600 billion, still towers over the legacy car companies.

 

But the push overlooked an important constituency: the consumer.

Last summer, dealers began warning of unsold electric vehicles clogging their lots. Ford, 

General Motors

, Volkswagen and others shifted from frenetic spending on EVs to delaying or downsizing some projects. Dealers who had been begging automakers to ship more EVs faster are now turning them down.

 

Even Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk warned of “notably lower” growth in vehicle deliveries for the company in 2024. 

“This has been a seismic change in the last six months of last year that will rapidly sort out winners and losers in our industry,” said Ford Chief Executive Jim Farley on an earnings call in early February. 

EV sales continue to grow, and auto executives say they remain committed to the technology. But many are recalibrating their plans.

Ford has pulled back on EV investment and could delay some vehicle launches, while increasing production of hybrids, which run on both gasoline and electricity. It lost a staggering $4.7 billion last year on its battery-powered car business and projects an even bigger loss this year, in the range of $5 billion to $5.5 billion.

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Many were hesitant to pay a premium for a vehicle that came with compromises.

Farley and other industry CEOs are still confident that EVs will eventually take off, albeit at a slower pace than initially envisioned. But for now, the massive miscalculation has left the industry in a bind, facing a potential glut of EVs and half-empty factories while still having to meet stricter environmental regulations globally.   READ MORE

 

Excerpt from PoliticoRepublican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp told POLITICO’s Governors Summit on Thursday the Biden administration’s efforts to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles have been “counterproductive” and created public resistance to the technology.

Georgia has drawn billions of dollars in investments from carmakers Hyundai and Rivian for new EV manufacturing plants in the state. But Kemp said President Joe Biden’s legislation that poured billions of dollars into EVs had exposed gaps in the infrastructure needed to support the industry and spawned a backlash against the technology.

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“Most of that was not needed to drive that industry. It was already coming anyways,” Kemp said. “Along with the Biden mandates, it’s really pushed the market too quickly without charging being out there and other things. You look at the rare earth mineral markets, it’s just collapsed, it’s just a mess.”

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Kemp said a slowdown in Biden targets for EV sales would also be a welcome step.

“Anything they can do to undo some of that would be helpful. I mean, the time frames they are putting out there are simply unrealistic,” he said.   READ MORE

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Opinion: Not All Carbon-Capture Projects Pay off for the Climate – We Mapped the Pros, Cons of Each

by Volker Sick (University of Michigan/Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Capturing carbon dioxide from the air or industries and recycling it can sound like a win-win climate solution. The greenhouse gas stays out of the atmosphere where it can warm the planet, and

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Varo Partners with Orim Energy to Provide Marine Biofuels in Northern Europe

(Varo/Biobased Diesel Daily)  Varo Energy announced Feb. 21 that it is partnering with Orim Energy to provide shipping customers in the Port of Rotterdam—and wider Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region—with marine biofuels. The agreement supports the decarbonization of maritime transportation and inland shipping in Northern

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RFA Honors Argonne Scientist Michael Wang with 2024 Award of Excellence

(Renewable Fuels Association) At the National Ethanol Conference today in San Diego, the Renewable Fuels Association presented its 2024 Award of Excellence to Dr. Michael Wang, an Argonne National Laboratory distinguished fellow, senior scientist, and director of the Systems Assessment Center

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American Coalition for Ethanol Submits Comments to California on Crop-Based Biofuels

by Rusty Halvorson (American Coalition for Ethanol/KFGO)  The American Coalition for Ethanol submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board regarding its 2024 proposed amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The comments submitted by ACE CEO Brian Jennings focused on

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How to Enter for the NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award DEADLINE May 15, 2024

(Science Magazine)  The award is presented for outstanding research performed by the applicant as described in a 1,000-word essay. The deadline for 2024 submissions is May 15, 2024. The Grand Prize Winner Receives: The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a cash prize in the

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How Sustainable Is the eVTOL Sector?

by Treena Hein (Vertical Magazine) ... The eVTOL industry is often touted by its enthusiasts as sustainable. Electric (and increasingly, hydrogen) propulsion is presented as a primary benefit of eVTOLs in terms of environmental impact, and a critical reason for supporting the

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RFA’s Cooper: 2024 Will Be “Pivotal and Consequential Year” for U.S. Ethanol Industry

(Renewable Fuels Association) At the National Ethanol Conference today (February 20, 2024) in San Diego, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper told nearly 1,000 attendees that 2024 will be “one of the most pivotal and consequential years the ethanol

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CO2 Production by the U.S. Ethanol Industry and the Potential Value of Sequestration

by Scott Irwin (farmdoc daily) There has long been an interest in the role of biofuels in “decarbonizing” the transportation sector in the U.S.  An issue that has been receiving a great deal of attention lately is the potential for ethanol

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RFA Presents 2024 Industry Award to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

(Renewable Fuels Association) At the National Ethanol Conference today (February 20, 2024) in San Diego, the Renewable Fuels Association presented its 2024 Industry Award to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in recognition of his many years championing renewable fuels both in

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RFA Provides Free E85 in San Diego for Military Community

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Renewable Fuels Association used the opportunity this week of the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego to partner with Pearson Fuels and offer free fill-ups of E85 fuel for flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) driven by military veterans, active-duty servicemembers and

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Exclusive: Biden Administration to Approve E15 Gasoline Expansion Starting in 2025, Sources Say

by Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The White House will approve a request from a group of Midwest governors to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, but will push the start date into next year, two

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Capturing Greenhouse Gases with the Help of Light

 by Fabio Bergamin (ETH Zurich) Researchers at ETH Zurich are developing a new method to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. It involves molecules that become acidic when exposed to light. Their new process requires much less energy than conventional technologies. Researchers use light-​reactive

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Oulu Energy Plans a 100 MW Hydrogen Plant in Oulu, Finland

(Oulu Energy) Oulu Energy is planning to build a 100 megawatts (MW) hydrogen production plant in Oulu, northern Finland. When completed, the plant would be a big step towards clean energy production and thus a natural part of Oulu Energy’s goal

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Noor Oil Collaborates with BEEAH to Turn Used Cooking Oil into Bio-diesel

(ESG MENA) Noor Oil, one of IFCCO’s flagship brands, has announced a partnership with BEEAH Group to facilitate the recycling of used cooking oil as an alternative biofuel. Speaking about the process, Rizwan Ahmed, Executive Director at IFFCO Group, explained that consumers

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Prio Launches Eco Bunker Supply in Aveiro

(Transportes & Negocios (Google Translation)) Today (February 16, 2024), Prio carried out the first supply of a ship with eco-bunker biofuel in the port of Aveiro.The supply of 50 tons of eco bunker from Prio to the FWN SUN ship, owned

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Virent

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this presentation we looked at how Virent feedstock flexibility allows the use of commercially available sugars today, with the prospect of cellulosic sugars when commercially available and also the scalability of the technology, the opportunities

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The Pamplona Bioeconomy: Watch out, the Bulls Are Running

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The bioeconomy is on fire, and three tales reveal the extent to which the bulls are running. One in RNG, one in industrial furnaces, one in integrated cellulosic biorefining.  ... Hot RNG From Illinois comes word that Ameresco has

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National Hydrogen Conference --- November 19-20, 2024 --- St. Paul, MN

The National Hydrogen Conference & Expo has been added to the National Carbon Capture conference as a co-located event. The National Hydrogen Conference & Expo is a key forum for experts and stakeholders in the hydrogen energy sector, focusing on scaling

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS National Hydrogen Conference --- November 19-20, 2024 --- St. Paul, MN DEADLINE July 21, 2024

The National Hydrogen Conference & Expo has been added to the National Carbon Capture conference as a co-located event. The National Hydrogen Conference & Expo is a key forum for experts and stakeholders in the hydrogen energy sector, focusing on scaling

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2024 National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo --- November 19-20, 2024 --- St. Paul, MN

Carbon Capture Magazine has announced the dates for the third annual National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo (NCCC). Taking place November 19-20, 2024, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, NCCC is designed specifically for companies and organizations advancing technologies and policy

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS 2024 National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo --- November 19-20, 2024 --- St. Paul, MN DEADLINE July 21, 2024

Carbon Capture Magazine has announced the dates for the third annual National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo (NCCC). Taking place November 19-20, 2024, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, NCCC is designed specifically for companies and organizations advancing technologies and policy

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New Research Pathway Uses Renewable Electricity to Produce Formic Acid from Carbon Dioxide

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This technology was developed in the BETO-funded CO2RUe consortium mission and can be used to produce sustainable aviation fuel.  -- Identifying routes to efficiently convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to an intermediate chemical which can be further upgraded to

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The Emissions Trading Scheme for Energy-from-Waste: Examining the Impact on Independent Waste Operators --- February 28, 2024 --- ONLINE

Join us for an MRW webinar, in association with Advetec. Energy-from-waste is to be brought within the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2028. It is one of the most significant regulatory intervention to the UK waste industry. Under ETS,

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Safran Invests in Avnos, at the Forefront of Innovation in CO2 Capture

(Safran)  Safran, through Safran Corporate Ventures, has invested in Avnos Inc., a California-based startup specializing in CO2 capture from ambient air in a process called Direct Air Capture (DAC). The other investors in this funding round are NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Shell

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American Lung Association, United Soybean Board Unveil New Biobased Certified Facilities and Property Professional course

(American Lung Association/Biobased Diesel Daily)  Building, facility and construction leaders have an unprecedented new tool to bolster sustainability efforts and prioritize worker health thanks to another groundbreaking partnership between the United Soybean Board and the American Lung Association. Following the successful launch

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KWE and Roper Rhodes Join Together for Sustainable Maritime Fuel Program

(Kintetsu World Express/Newswire)  Kintetsu World Express (U.K.) Ltd. (KWE) has initiated a strategic partnership with Roper Rhodes Limited, a leader in supplying bathroom furniture and products, to drive innovation and sustainability in the maritime sector. The collaboration focuses on the development

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Event Recap: ISCC Technical Stakeholder Meeting on Sustainable Marine Fuels -- Presentations Available

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) ISCC representatives welcomed more than 300 stakeholders to their second ISCC Stakeholder Meeting on Sustainable Marine Fuel (SMF) on February 1st. Held online, the event dived deep into state of the market and how certified sustainable

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Powering the Future: ISCC’s Technical Stakeholder Meeting Spotlights Innovation in Renewable Fuels!

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) We are excited to share key insights from the recent ISCC Technical Stakeholder Meeting for Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs), which took place online with more than 315 active participants and featured eight expert speakers.

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Project Presentation – Life Cycle Assessment of the Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and Renewable Diesel (RD) from Oil Palm and its Crop Residues in Colombia

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  In a collaborative effort funded by the World Bank, ISCC, with the support of its sister companies MEO and GRAS, has been diligently conducting a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and Renewable

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Realising EU's 2040 Climate Goals for the Maritime Sector Will Need Strengthened Global Commitments

(World Shipping Council)  • The European Commission's recommendation for the EU's 2040 climate targets, calling for a 90% net GHG emission reductions, are ambitious and critically important, especially following updates suggesting that EU 2030 goals may be not be met. The EU

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Delivering Net-Zero Shipping by 2050: Introducing the Green Balance Mechanism

(World Shipping Council)  The global shipping regulator, the UN International Maritime Organisation, has set a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 for the industry, and now needs to develop climate regulations by 2025 that make it possible to reach that

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Vedanta Lanjigarh Successfully Tests Biodiesel as a Green Fuel Alternative for Commercial Vehicles

by Yajati Keshari Rout (Pragativadi)  Lanjigarh, Kalahandi: Vedanta Lanjigarh, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina and a part of Vedanta Aluminium, is exploring applications of biodiesel across plant operations as a part of its strategy to decarbonize its operations. The company

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Launch of Singapore Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint

(Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore) 12 initiatives and 5 enablers to decarbonise Singapore’s aviation sector and support sustainable growth  --   The Singapore Sustainable Air Hub Blueprint was launched today(February 19, 2024) by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Minister for Transport and Second Minister

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WTS Energy Plans Oil, Gas, Biofuels Expansion in Uganda, Rwanda

by David Whitehouse (The Africa Report) The East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) is the key to the company’s move into Uganda, says WTS Energy Africa director Paolo Masi.  Global energy staff supplier WTS Energy plans to expand into Uganda and

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Japan Firm to Turn Construction Waste into Green Jet Fuel Material

by Hirofumi Hasebe (Nikkei Asia) Cardboard maker Rengo plans $133m investment in ethanol production for SAF  --  Japanese cardboard maker Rengo will start producing a raw material for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), using construction waste in 2027, Nikkei has learned. Rengo plans to invest approximately

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The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) Has Published a Guide to Specified Biomass Harvesting (SBH)

The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) has published a guide to Specified Biomass Harvesting (SBH) as part of sustainable forest management. Ireland has grown a significant forest resource over the past century since independence, with much of this forest resource now

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MOL Is First APAC Based Carrier to Issue Carbon Insets on the 123Carbon Platform

(123Carbon)  123Carbon announced its collaboration with TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd (MOL) on a carbon insetting pilot project that will allow its customers to reduce their Scope 3 emissions. MOL is the first shipping company in the APAC region to issue carbon insets

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Gov. Noem Signs E15 Fuel Tax Refund into Law

(South Dakota Government) Today (February 15, 2024), Governor Kristi Noem held a bill signing ceremony for SB 78, which provides for an E15 fuel tax refund. “Renewable fuels are a very important part of America’s all-of-the-above energy supply, and ethanol is vital to

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These Ethanol Plants Want to Bury CO2 in Kansas to Cut Their Carbon Footprints

by Calen Moore and Celia Llopis-Jepsen (KMUW/NPR)  Kansas has three carbon dioxide pipelines. Next, it could get two carbon sequestration wells, linked to ethanol plants. Here’s what we know. Two companies seek to build the first sites in Kansas where carbon dioxide emissions

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this presentation, we explored the challenges faced by global renewable chemical and materials producers in shifting towards low carbon alternatives — new processes, novel molecules with enhanced properties  for green hydrogen, Methanol, plant-based meats

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How to Secure Offtake for Uour First-of-Its-Kind Project

by Steve Weiss (Grey Heron/Biofuels Digest)  At a recent bioeconomy-focused ABLC conference I counted over a dozen companies striving to ‘bring to life’ first-of-its-kind (FOIK) projects, in renewable chemicals, fuels or materials – typically requiring hundreds of millions each in financing.

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Don’t Believe the EV Hype—For Ethanol, Stay the Course

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/South Dakota Farmers Union)  Among the issues that have put a scare into the ethanol industry over the past few years, the threat of electric vehicles has received considerable attention. While threats to the RFS,

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Producing Transportation Fuels, Electrical Power, and Chemicals in a Circular Bioeconomy

Timothy J. Donohue (National Academy of Engineering) Renewable raw materials can be exploited as alternatives to fossil fuel–based liquid transportation fuels, electrical power, and chemicals. -- Among today’s greatest challenges is the development of sustainable and cost-effective ways to produce sufficient transportation

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San Francisco Climate Week --- April 21-27, 2024 --- San Francisco, CA

To connect, collaborate, and accelerate climate solutions together.  “The Bay Area is known for its leadership in innovation and environmental stewardship, with San Francisco at the epicenter. SF Climate Week represents an unprecedented opportunity to convene thousands of diverse organizations and

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India in Talks with Germany for Technology Collaborations in Biofuel Sector, Says IBA’s Gaurav Kedia

 by Shubhangi Mathur (Moneycontrol/The Election Budget) The government is looking at technologies from Germany to process feedstock such as paddy straw and municipal solid waste, said Gaurav Kedia, Chairman of Indian Biogas Association (IBA).  India is working to accelerate collaborations with Germany for

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Green Methanol: A Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Alternative?

by Jared Strong (Iowa Capital Dispatch) ... CapCO2 Solutions is nearing completion of its first “green methanol” project at an ethanol plant in Illinois. The company hopes that a successful launch there this summer will lead ethanol producers in Iowa to

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Exclusive: White House Set to Back Tougher Climate Model for Ethanol, Sources Say

by Jarrett Renshaw, Stephanie Kelly and Leah Douglas (Reuters) President Joe Biden's administration is poised to announce an adjustment to its scientific modeling for ethanol that will show the corn-based fuel to be less effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions than

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Biden Administration Weighs Slowing the Shift to Electric Vehicles

by Maxine Joselow (Washington Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency is considering relaxing one of its most significant climate change rules — tailpipe emissions limits for cars and trucks — by giving automakers more time to boost sales of electric vehicles, according

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Study: Ethanol Industry Generated $54 Billion in GDP, Supported 400,000 Jobs in 2023

(Renewable Fuels Association) As inflationary pressures eased and demand boomed for low-carbon ethanol and its co-products, the ethanol industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy remained strong in 2023, according to an annual economic impact analysis conducted for the Renewable Fuels Association by ABF

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Investment in Sustainability Leads to 80-Percent Reduction in Emissions

(Nobina) In close cooperation with HSL (Helsinki Regional Transport), Nobina is transitioning to a new type of fuel, replacing three million litres of diesel with biofuel. In a comparison between traditional diesel and biodiesel, this transition will yield an 80-percent reduction

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Lake Charles Methanol Announces Plans for $3.2 Billion Renewable Methanol Plant

by AnaClare Barras (KPLC TV) Lake Charles Methanol announced plans for a new $3.2 billion manufacturing plant at the Port of Lake Charles that would turn natural gas and renewable gas feedstocks into blue methanol. Methanol, which is found in hundreds of products,

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Singapore Start-up Green COP Poised to Establish Pilot Biofuels Plant with Funding

(Manifold Times) Firm garnered substantial funding from a curated group of angel investors including corporate investor Ken Energy; to establish a sustainable biofuels pilot plant with a daily production capacity of 1 tonne. ... In a noteworthy development soon to be announced, Green

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Virent

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Marathon Petroleum subsidiary Virent developed its BioForming technology to create fuels and chemicals from a wide range of naturally occurring, renewable resources. And now they’ve teamed up with Johnson Matthey to bring to market Virent’s proprietary

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STX, BioValue Unveil New Financing Structure for Biomethane

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the Netherlands, STX Group has unveiled a new structure financing partnership with BioValue for the construction and development of the Groengas Cothen biomethane plant in the Netherlands. The project The new plant adds at least 80GWh of

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USDA Proposes Streamlined Regulation for Biobased Markets (BioPreferred) Program Public Comments DEADLINE March 25, 2024

by Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton (Bergeson and Campbell)  The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), an agency of the Rural Development mission area within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), issued a proposed rule on January 24, 2024, that would adopt changes

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Wisconsin Researchers Investigate Role of Biofuels in Renewable Energy Future

by Annalise Sommer (Badger Herald) Biofuels offer sustainable, economical energy option for Wisconsin communities, farmers -- The Wisconsin Energy Institute is researching methods to convert biological matter into fuel and plastics, with intentions to replace fossil fuels. Biofuels are created using biological material to

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Interview - ‘Vertical Integration Will Help Drive Down Biofuel Costs’

by Sowmya Sundar (Zawya Projects)  John Jones, Co-founder and CEO of Omani- Scottish waste to value start-up X2E told Zawya Projects that vertical integration is key to reducing the cost of biofuels to match pump prices -- X2E is building a $1.6 billion

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Biodiesel Blends Untapped Potential for Decarbonisation

by Dickon Posnett (European Biodiesel Board/Open Access Government) Dickon Posnett, Argent Energy’s Director of Corporate Affairs and President of the European Biodiesel Board, sheds light on an existing but often overlooked opportunity to help truck fleets triple their carbon savings, immediately Argent Energy is

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2024 Penn State Biorenewables Symposium --- April 18-19, 2024 --- State College, PA

Hosted by the Penn State Center for Biorenewables, Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science, Institute for Energy and the Environment,  Huck Institute for Life Sciences and Penn State Extension.   The fields of bioenergy and biorenewables have seen and continue to

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ACE Announces Project to Unlock Ethanol’s Access to New Markets and Tax Credits

(American Coalition for Ethanol) USDA Investing $25 Million in ACE-led Project to Incentivize, Model, and Monetize Climate-Smart Ag Practices in a 10-State Region -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recently approved a $25 million investment

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Since 2005, LanzaTech has been working to create this closed-loop system using waste carbon to make the things we use in our daily lives. LanzaTech is changing how people think about carbon, creating value and new

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Norwegian NTE’s Plant at Kråkøya Produces Its First Hydrogen

by Aida Čučuk (Offshore Energy) Norwegian NTE’s (Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk) green hydrogen production plant at Kråkøya in Nærøysund municipality has produced its first hydrogen gas. -- According to NTE, this represents a significant step forward for zero emissions in the maritime sector as

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Honeywell Technology to Power the World's First Commercial Scale Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier Project

(Honeywell) Clean hydrogen solution enables a safer, more efficient and effective way to ship and store using existing infrastructure -- Honeywell today announced that ENEOS, a leading energy company in Japan, will develop the world's first commercial scale Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) project using

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Beast Mode Yeast Load, Least MO’d; Novonesis’ New Innova Delta, Non-GM Yeast for Biofuel Producers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Denmark, Novonesis, formerly Novozymes, has launched its latest and most exciting development in yeast technology— Innova Delta. Yes, they’re back in Beast Mode, and the beast mode yeast loads now have that new twist to them,

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Ethanol Industry Contributed $2.5 Billion To Minnesota's Economy In 2023

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A new study by the University of Minnesota Extension shows the ethanol industry contributed $2.5 billion to Minnesota’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2023. It said the industry produced 1.35 billion gallons of ethanol in 2023, which in turn resulted in

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Senate Panel Backs Bill to Aid GEVO Biofuels Project

by Bob Mercer (KELOLand)  Legislation to help clear the way for a renewable-fuels company to build a plant at Lake Preston is moving ahead at the South Dakota Capitol. The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee on Thursday voted 7-2 in favor of

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Lawmakers Urge Use of Sound Science in SAF Carbon Modeling

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  As the Treasury Department March 1 deadline nears to update the GREET model, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers have written to the working group in charge of the changes to asking them to ensure they are basing them

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Ag Census Confirms Cropland Decline, Adoption of Environmental Practices

by Scott Richman (Renewable Fuels Association)  The first tranche of data from the 2022 Census of Agriculture was released by USDA on Tuesday, and it showed that the amount of cropland in the U.S. fell by 14 million acres (4%) since 2017, continuing a

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As Part of President Biden’s American Climate Corps, USDA Launches New Working Lands Climate Corps to Train Future Conservation and Climate Leaders on Climate-Smart Agriculture DEADLINE March 8, 2024

(USDA) USDA program will place at least 100 young people in jobs across the country -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new effort to train the next generation of conservation and climate leaders. As part of President Biden’s

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How to Reduce CO2 GHG Emissions in the Transportation Sector

(Renewable Energy Group) With the transportation sector being the largest source of GHG emissions in the U.S.1, the increasing number of both public- and private-sector entities with carbon reduction goals have set their sights on reducing engine emissions as an important

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Two French Airports to Switch Ground Vehicles to Run on HVO100

(Biofuels International) Cannes-Mandelieu and Golfe de Saint-Tropez airports have announced they will be converting all internal combustion engine vehicles that cannot be converted to fully electric to biodiesel. Fire engines, refuelling lorries, farm machinery, and the auxiliary power units used to supply

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Naturgy Speeds up Renewable Gas Penetration in Households along with Hercesa | hi! Real Estate

(Nedgia/Group Naturgy)  The two groups sign a partnership to facilitate the supply of biomethane in homes and promote the decarbonisation of residential consumption. The first 175 homes with this renewable gas will be in Barañain (Navarre) and building will begin in January

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OMCs to Procure over 300 Crore Litres Lines of Ethanol Annually from Upcoming Plants across 8 States

by Rish Ranjan Kala (The Hindu Business Line)  The OMCs will procure the highest 97 crore litres annually from Tamil Nadu followed by Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh -- State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) will procure more than 300 crore litres

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Exclusive: Delta Air Lines Readies Refinery to Process Biofuels

by Laura Sanicola and Laila Kearney (Reuters)  Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), opens new tab plans to start receiving shipments of renewable fuel feedstocks at its Trainer, Pennsylvania, refinery as part of a strategy that could reduce its environmental liabilities by

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Cochin Airport and BPCL Collaborate for World's First Green Hydrogen Plant at Airport Premises

(Global Green News) The Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) in Kerala has entered into an MOU with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) to set up a green hydrogen plant in its premises to produce 1000 KW of power. The project is

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing and the Journey to SAF at Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Boeing Regional Director for Sustainability Dale Smith gave this illuminating presentation at ABLC NEXT 2023 in Washington, DC examining global emissions, the rise of SAF in the context of other emissions-limiting measures, and the progress and

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WGS 2024: Dubai Inks MoU with Global Companies to Produce SAF

(Gulf Business)  Dubai Municipality, which leads the project, has partnered with ENOC, BESIX Middle East, and Marubeni Middle East and Africa Power -- In a landmark move, Dubai Municipality has partnered with leading global companies to create a project that transforms waste

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Cementos Argos to Use Microalgae for Carbon Capture

(Global Cement) Cementos Argos has partnered with Ecopetrol, EAFIT and the University of Antioquia to develop a method of carbon capture using microalgae that also produces useable biomass. The partners will process this biomass into biocrude, with similar properties to fuel

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The Rise of Renewable Propane

by Tucker Perkins (Propane Education and Research Council/ACT News)  The push for clean transportation continues to drive fleets toward low-emissions energy options, giving rise to the adoption of more renewable energy sources, including renewable propane. Renewable propane offers the same benefits

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ACT Shipper-Carrier Connect --- May 20-23, 2024 --- Las Vegas, NV

Welcome to the inaugural ACT Shipper-Carrier Connect – uniting shippers, carriers, and logistics partners to shape the future of sustainable freight operations. This dynamic workshop will showcase how effective collaboration can enable shippers and carriers to achieve shared economic and

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Interview: India's Biofuel Push to Be Driven by Power, Transport Sectors: Biofuel Junction Founder

by Sampad Nandy and Samyak Pandey (S&P Global) Measuring carbon intensity of feedstock pathway yet to arrive in India; India biofuel push should be market driven; Developing technology to process animal fat, tallow, UCO next step -- India's domestic power and road transport sectors should

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New Mexico Legislators Seek Cleaner Transportation Fuels, Would Follow West Coast’s Lead

by Morgan Lee (Associated Press)   New Mexico’s Legislature has approved a bill aimed at reducing climate-warming pollution from cars and trucks through financial incentives to reward businesses that produce cleaner fuels. The Senate voted 26-15 Tuesday, on a party-line vote with Republicans

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2023 Biogas Data: Third Year of Record Growth for U.S. Biogas Industry; Expected to Continue in 2024

(American Biogas Council) $1.8 billion was invested in new projects last year, according to numbers just released by the American Biogas Council -- Newly-released data from the American Biogas Council (ABC) indicates that 2023 was the third year of record growth across

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Are First-Generation Biofuels Sustainable?

(World Bio Market Insights) The sustainability of first-generation biofuels have attracted controversy, with questions around their true emissions savings and their impacts on other environmental metrics like water pollution and water consumption.  We look at recent scientific evidence on whether and how

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Biogas PowerON 2024 --- September 25-26, 2024 --- Copenhagen, Denmark

Following last year’s great response to our Biogas PowerON 2023 with over 130 participants from 22+ countries we’re announcing next edition, Biogas PowerON 2024, with great excitement. The conference will take place on 25-26 September 2024 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our

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Chancellor Urged to Rethink Duty on Biofuels for Home Heating

by Neil Merrett (H&V News)  Two leading trade bodies have called for the upcoming Spring Budget to revise charges currently applied for using biofuels in domestic heating that do not apply to fossil-fuel based alternative such as kerosene Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is

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GH2 Project Converts Ethanol Into Green Hydrogen and Valuable Acetal

(Hydrogen Central)  GH2 Project Converts Ethanol Into Green Hydrogen and Valuable Acetal. -- The Horizon Europe-funded GH2 Project estimated that the generation of one kilogram of green hydrogen from 87 litres of ethanol can also yield 72 litres of acetal. Researchers working on the project

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Scania’s New Biogas Engines: Going Greener with 5% Fuel Savings

(Scania)  · New powertrains based on Scania’s 13-litre biogas engines offer 5%
fuel savings and all the range needed for long-haul operations · A perfect match – Scania’s new biogas engines are paired with two-thirds of the Super-based powertrain, with excellent outcomes · Turning to

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UNIDO, TIB to Enhance Tanzania’s Bioenergy Sector with $899,000 Grant

(Daily News)   The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Tanzania Development Bank (TIB) are set to award a significant grant of $899,000 to support entrepreneurial initiatives in country’s bioenergy sub-sector. At a well-attended event featuring a dummy cheque presentation in

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Cielo Provides Update on Continued Progress and Milestones Achieved to Advance Carseland Bio-SynDiesel® Project

(Cielo)  Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (TSXV: CMC; OTC: CWSFF) (“Cielo” or the “Company”), a renewable fuel company leveraging environmental technology to produce renewable fuel from wood by-products, is pleased to share an update on its Carseland, Alberta Bio-SynDiesel® Project (the “Carseland

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GEODIS Has Made Decarbonization a Driving Force for Its Transformation and Is Committed to a Pathway for Reducing Its Emissions Aligned with the Paris Agreement.

(GEODIS)  GEODIS has pledged to reduce its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42% and reduce the carbon intensity of subcontracted transport (scope 3) by 30% by 2030 compared to 2022. Confronted with the climate emergency, GEODIS is committed

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Windfall Bio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Founded in 2023, Windfall Bio is developing the first-ever solution for capturing and transforming climate-harming methane emissions into living organic soil nutrients. CEO Josh Silverman gave this presentation at ABLC Next 2023 on the targets, the team, the

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Switching to Biodiesel on the Farm

by Brent Barnett (Brownfield Ag News) ... Dave Walton is a board member for the American Soybean Association and Clean Fuels Alliance America. “There’s still a slow adoption rate at the farm level, but we are seeing more and more folks

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As Decarbonisation Momentum Builds, So Does Biofuel Usage

by John Snyder (Riviera) Based on samples tested in 2023, VPS reports biofuel usage more than doubled year-on-year, reaching 558,000 metric tonnes  --  While biofuels represented less than 1% of the marine fuels tested in 2023, interest in their use is rising

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Maritime Decarbonisation Conference, Asia 2024 --- April 3-4, 2024 --- Singapore

Maturing strategies for emissions reduction -- Join us in April in Singapore for actionable insights for your decarbonisation strategy and long-term competitiveness. Programme highlights: An insider’s view of future EU and IMO regulations following MEPC 81 in March and the January 2024 entry

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Yield10 Bioscience Grants Global License to VISION Bioenergy Oilseeds for Herbicide Tolerant Camelina Cultivated for the Production of Biofuel Feedstock

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by Robin Whitlock (Renewable Energy Magazine) In the latest action addressing improper policymaking and discrimination against sustainable crop-based biofuels, the EU ethanol industry is seeking partial annulment of RefuelEU Aviation Regulation. -- European renewable ethanol producers have launched a new legal challenge,

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