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E15: Silver Bullet for Gasoline Prices?

by Adam Schubert (Stillwater Associates) On April 12th, President Biden announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would issue an emergency waiver of federal gasoline Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations this summer for E15—a 15% blend of ethanol with gasoline. This action was finalized on April 29th. As ethanol is

May 12, 2022 Read Full Article

The White House and 360Fuel Combine Forces to Advance Alternative Energy Infrastructure

(360 Fuel) The White House has unveiled a new strategy and investments as part of a long-term commitment to spur smart development and adoption of sustainable, homegrown fuels across the United States (U.S.). The President declared new steps to achieve this goal by increasing fuel supply, offering new options for consumers, and

May 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Ricketts Blames Biden for Inflation, Calls on Ethanol Priorities — Ricketts Says Nebraska Has Proven E30 Works in Regular Vehicles

(News Channel Nebraska Central) In a statement Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts blamed economic inflation on President Joe Biden and called for biofuels priorities that feature ethanol made with Nebraska-grown corn. Ricketts said the price of wholesale ethanol has recently been as much as $1.20 per gallon less than expensive

May 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa’s Democratic U.S. Senate Hopefuls Differ on Foreign Policy, Ethanol

by Erin Murphy (Sioux City Journal) …Differences over a hard line on when to send U.S. troops to Ukraine and over ethanol policy were among the few contrasts to emerge during a televised debate Saturday night between the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Iowa. … The candidates also had

May 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Year-Round E15 Is a Good First Step, But More Is Needed to Confront the New Energy Crisis

by C. Boyden Gray (Real Clean Energy) … I’s also one of the most cost-effective green energy solutions available. This is because ethanol is the world’s cheapest and cleanest source of octane. High octane fuels made with ethanol are not only cheaper than unblended gasoline, but they also enable engine designers to

May 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: Ethanol Helps Cut Toxic Emissions

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Washington Post)  Americans should be thanking President Biden for allowing the continued sale of lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 this summer (letters, “No more ethanol in gas,” April 22). E15 is saving drivers as much as 30 cents per gallon, cutting the typical U.S. household’s annual fuel bill by

May 4, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Sends Biofuel Blending Mandate Rule to White House for Final Review

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent a rule on U.S. biofuel blending mandates to the White House for final review, according to a notice posted by the Office of Management and Budget. The oil and biofuel industries, which have in the past been at odds over

May 3, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Issues Waiver to Allow Temporary Sales of Summertime Higher-Ethanol Fuel

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an emergency waiver for a higher-ethanol gasoline blend on Friday, allowing summertime sales of the fuel in an attempt to help lower gasoline prices at the pump. The move represents a temporary win for the biofuels industry and corn farmers, as

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Governors Seek to Expand Sales of Higher-Ethanol Gasoline Blend

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) U.S. governors from eight Midwest states, many of which are major corn producers, asked the Biden administration on Thursday to apply rules that would allow gasoline blended with a higher level of ethanol to be sold year-round in their states. Governors from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota said

April 29, 2022 Read Full Article

It’s Time For Ethanol Honesty: Sparring with the New Spate of Anti-Ethanol Scatological Slurs

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) The April announcement by Joe Biden that E15 would be allowed to be sold year-round set off a frenzied spate of new attacks on the good fuel…the clean fuel…the 100% domestically produced fuel: ETHANOL. TV and radio stations all over the country have been

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Gov. Reynolds Issues Statement on Bipartisan Passage of Biofuels Bill

(Office of Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA)) Gov. Reynolds released the following statement today in response to the legislature passing HF2128:  “This is a historic win for Iowa families, for our agriculture and biofuels industry, and for Iowa’s entire economy. By increasing access to more affordable, homegrown biofuels made right here in Iowa,

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA Offers E15 Fact Check List

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Media coverage of President Biden’s announcement last Tuesday that consumers will continue to have access to lower-cost 15% ethanol fuel this summer contained a great deal of misinformation, despite the best efforts of the ethanol industry to get the facts out. In a blog post Monday, Renewable

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Our Ohio Weekly: America’s Biofuels Industry

by Ty Higgins (Ohio Farm Bureau) Last week, the Biden administration discussed how its strategy to spur the development of homegrown biofuels is critical to expanding Americans’ options for affordable fuel in the short term and to building real energy independence in the long term by reducing our reliance on

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Team Put on Defensive by Environmentalist Anger

by Jeremy Beaman (Washington Examiner) The Biden administration’s support for more oil and gas production to lower soaring energy prices has angered key environmentalist constituencies and sent officials away to insist that they aren’t compromising their green agenda. The administration maintains that more domestic oil production is necessary to help bring down gasoline prices, and it

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC Calls on Congressional Delegation to Double up on E15

(Great Lakes Energy)  Says E30 Blends Can More than Offset the loss of Russian Oil, No RVP Waiver Needed — – Opening the door to 30% ethanol blends would save consumers billions of dollars at the gas pump and reduce imported oil by as much as one billion barrels per

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

President Biden, USDOT Announce New Guidance and $6.4 Billion to Help States Reduce Carbon Emissions under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

(U.S. Department of Transportation) Key program will fund projects that help fight climate change and save Americans money on gas —  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration today announced a new program that unlocks $6.4 billion in formula funding for states and localities over five years. The new Carbon

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

USDA Awards $1.6 Million Biofuel Infrastructure Grant to Royal Farms to Expand Access to Higher-Blend Renewable Fuels for People in Rural Delaware and Maryland

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Funding Will Add 40 million Gallons of Biofuels to the Market Annually — United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is awarding a $1.6 million biofuel infrastructure grant to Royal Farms to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Feature: Rising US Gasoline Costs, Refinery Closures and the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global) US refiners seek remedy for high gasoline prices; High RFS costs shut refineries, cuts supply; E15 waiver directly helps Midwestern drivers  —  US refiners are taking their plea to the public with a new ad campaign launched by Fueling American Jobs Coalition asking President Biden to lower gasoline

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Restores Climate to NEPA, Undoing Trump’s Efforts

by Kelsey Brugger (E&E News) … The Council on Environmental Quality finalized the first phase of planned changes to the rules governing NEPA, a core environmental law that guides federal scrutiny of major projects like pipelines, bridges and transmission lines. The action coincides with other announcements during what climate adviser Gina McCarthy

April 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Rural Partners Network Launched: Empowering Rural Communities to Access Federal Resources

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Rural Partners Network is a new collaboration to strengthen the link between federal agencies and rural communities. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is proud to join this effort to help create jobs, build infrastructure, and ensure that federal resources benefit rural America. DOE

April 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Fact Finders: Will 15% Ethanol Seriously Cut My Gas Mileage?

by Paul Adler  (KY3.com) … Most gasoline sold in the U.S. is blended with 10% ethanol. The biofuel is currently cheaper than pure gas. E15 is usually prohibited between June 1st and September 15th. The administration predicts their action will save drivers an average of 10 cents per gallon based on current prices. Fuel Analyst

April 21, 2022 Read Full Article

WHITE HOUSE — Two 5-letter words for EARTH MONTH

President Joe BIDEN and the WHITE HOUSE have been singing the praises of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) SINCE September 9, 2021, when they rolled out the Sustainable Aviation Fuel GRAND Challenge. Now it’s time for the WHITE HOUSE to lead the way, to practice what they preach, to show the

April 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producers Hope New Tax Credit Will Bring Higher Blends to Gas Pumps

by Alex Whitney (Nebraska.TV) Anyone who has hit the road lately can tell you that the price of gas has gone way up in the last few months. One remedy for high gas prices has been pushing alternative fuels and a recently signed law here in Nebraska is making it even

April 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture Coalition Comments on CEQ’s CCUS Guidance Document

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A public comment period on the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s interim guidance on carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) closed on April 18. The Carbon Capture Coalition is among the groups that weighed in on guidance document, which aims to assist federal agencies

April 20, 2022 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Efforts to Boost Homegrown Biofuels

(U.S. Department of Agriculture/Ethanol Producer Magazine) On April 12, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced steps the USDA is taking to implement President Biden’s plan to enable energy independence by boosting homegrown biofuels. “President Biden understands that by expanding our ability to meet our energy needs with homegrown biofuels, we can ensure a more

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Airlines Seek Clearance for Liftoff on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Terry Slavin (Reuters) EU and Britain to force airlines to replace part of kerosene use with non-fossil fuels; Measures in the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure bill to help bridge high cost of SAF; Companies with net-zero commitments sign up to buy SAF, push for high environmental standards —  In the run-up

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Tennessee Corn Promotion Board Addresses E15 Use for Fuel

(Tennessee Corn Promotion Board/Press Newswire) Last week President Biden announced that E15 will be sold this summer in an effort to reduce gasoline prices. E15 is a plant-based fuel made from corn. Often marketed as Unleaded 88, E15 is a renewable resource that’s made with regular gasoline and a smaller amount

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

JetBlue among Airlines Giving New Life to Sustainable Biofuel

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit)  The global economy will need liquid fuel for many years to come. That is especially true of the airline industry, which continues to face significant challenges along the road to electrification. What’s wrong with electric airplanes? Electric mobility has made remarkable progress over the past 10

April 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Says Aviation Will Need SAF to Reach Net Zero

by Devansh Mehta (Simple Flying)  While on tour at a bioprocessing facility in Menlo, Iowa, President Biden talked about the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in commercial aviation. He said SAFs would be instrumental in achieving the ambitious goal of net zero carbon emissions. While speaking at POET Bioprocessing, POTUS

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

What’s Next for E15 after Biden’s Announcement?

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Progress)  … It is hard to predict the demand picture under the expanded E15 scenario, but lower estimates of a continued status quo indicate at least 300 million gallons of additional ethanol could be used by consumers with the year-round use of E15. “But (if you

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Secy. Vilsack: E15 Won’t Inflate Food Prices, ‘There’s Plenty of Corn Here’

by Jenna Hoffman (Farm Journal/AgWeb) Vilsack says concerns over inflated food costs due to increased E15 consumption can be put to rest — any grocery price hike is not coming from E15 because “there’s plenty of corn here.” — Corn chatter has stretched across The Hill in recent weeks, as USDA

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

DDGS Mistaken for Bird Poop on Biden’s Lapel

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  It turns out it was fake news that bird droppings hit President Joe Biden on the lapel during his appearance at an Iowa ethanol plant Tuesday. Instead of being a by-product of a bird, it was a co-product of an ethanol plant, the high protein animal feed

April 14, 2022 Read Full Article

The Case for Federal Procurement of Carbon Removal

by Erin Burns (Carbon 180)  Our vision for legacy emissions involves the world’s largest customer  –There is unprecedented action on carbon removal in the US today. The bipartisan infrastructure deal of 2021 included billions of dollars for direct air capture (DAC) and forestry. The Biden Administration has reoriented existing agency efforts around

April 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden to Announce Plan to Ease Gas Prices as Inflationary Pressures Persist

by Jeff Stein and Evan Halper  (Washington Post) The EPA plans to issue a national, emergency waiver to allow use of blended biofuels over the summer hours after report is expected to show inflation keeps surging  — The White House plans to roll out new policies Tuesday aimed at curbing

April 12, 2022 Read Full Article

With Biden Visiting a Central Iowa Ethanol Plant, Producers Hope He’ll Suspend Summer E15 Sales Ban

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  President Joe Biden is expected to announce in a Tuesday visit to central Iowa that his administration will suspend a ban on summer sales of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol. The White House said Biden will speak Tuesday at a Poet ethanol plant in Menlo, a town of

April 11, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA Campaign Amplifies Push for Year-Round E15

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new campaign by the Renewable Fuels Association encourages consumers to call on their elected officials for immediate action to allow the continued sale of E15—the lowest-cost, lowest-carbon fuel available at the pump—throughout the summer. Due to a lawsuit filed by oil refiners, retail stations in most of

April 11, 2022 Read Full Article

It’s Time to Harness Full Range of Economic, National and Energy Security, Public Health and Environmental Solutions Renewable Fuels Can Provide

(Solutions from the Land) … Unfortunately, he has ignored a widely available, less expensive source of clean transportation fuel – biofuels, like ethanol – that could help ease those prices and supply concerns. Russian oil represents only 2 percent of all U.S. oil imports, but that same amount is a more

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

E15 Sales Reach Record Levels in 2021; Future Growth Threatened by Summertime Restrictions

(Renewable Fuels Association) Sales of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol, hit a record 814 million gallons in 2021, according to a new analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association. The 2021 volume represented a 62 percent increase over the prior year and was nearly double pre-pandemic sales volumes in 2019. However,

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

OSTP Publishes RFI Regarding Sustainable Chemistry DEADLINE: June 3, 2022

(Bergeson & Campbell) The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published on April 4, 2022, a request for information (RFI) from interested parties on federal programs and activities in support of sustainable chemistry. 87 Fed. Reg. 19539. OSTP notes that “[t]he term “sustainable chemistry” does not have a consensus definition and

April 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Republicans Pounce over Biden Rural Energy Policy

by Marc Heller (E&E News) House Agriculture Committee lawmakers pressed the administration to expand ethanol use in response to high gasoline prices. — House Agriculture Committee Republicans yesterday bashed the Biden administration’s energy policies, saying the White House focus on long-term alternatives to fossil fuel ignores a more immediate crisis in

April 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Called for US Energy Independence — Advanced Biofuels Can Propel Us

by Michael McAdams (The Hill/Advanced Biofuels Association) …  As (President Joe) Biden said, this moment “should motivate us to accelerate the transition to clean energy,” rightly touting his plan to shift the majority of passenger vehicles to electric. While the president’s commitment to transitioning the U.S. to clean energy sources is important,

April 4, 2022 Read Full Article

ACE to EPA: Adopt GREET Model and Recognize Ethanol’s Low Carbon Value

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In South Dakota, The American Coalition for Ethanol submitted feedback to the Environmental Protection Agency’s request for comment on the current scientific understanding of greenhouse gas modeling of land-based crop biofuels. ACE CEO Brian Jennings and ACE Board Director Ron Alverson contributed to the feedback after attending

April 4, 2022 Read Full Article

USDOT Announces New Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2024-2026

(U.S. Department of Transportation) Standards to require fleet average of 49 mpg by 2026, save consumers money, and advance U.S. energy independence  — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced new, landmark fuel economy standards which follow President Biden’s executive order to drive American leadership forward

April 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden to Invoke Defense Production Act for Electric Vehicle Battery Materials

by Zack Budryk (The Hill) President Biden is set to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) as early as this week to step up production of minerals used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, a source familiar the plans confirmed to The Hill.  Biden is set to issue a presidential determination to stoke domestic production of

March 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Reps Question Lack of Biofuels in Budget

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Representatives from Iowa questioned Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young Tuesday on the lack of biofuels in the $6 trillion White House budget unveiled this week. Reps. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) both pressed Young on why there was no mention of biofuels in

March 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Diesel Tech Headed to Ag Fields — ClearFlame CEO Plans to Put Ethanol-Powered Diesel Engines in Ag Equipment, Portable Generators

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) ClearFlame Engine Technologies’ ethanol-diesel engine will head to the field for testing in a John Deere 9-liter model, perhaps in tractors and harvesters in the fourth quarter of 2022, said ClearFlame CEO BJ Johnson. Johnson shared the news with a group of ethanol producers and

March 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Calls for E15 Action Face Unwritten Deadlines

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse) The Biden administration is fielding a steady stream of requests for emergency action to allow for summertime sales of E15, but those calls are coming up against the realities of the fuel supply chain as demonstrated by the actions of a pro-biofuel company. In various outreach

March 30, 2022 Read Full Article

4 Sustainable Aviation Fuel Companies Leading the Way to Net-Zero Flying

by Martina Gini (Earth.org)  …  Over 370,000 flights have taken to the skies using SAF since 2016 and it is estimated that implementing this fuel could contribute nearly 65% to the reduction in emissions needed to reach the net-zero target in the next three decades. However, the number of annual passengers is projected

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuel for Airplane Use Has Untapped Potential, Says National Corn Growers

by Ashley Davenport  (Hoosier Ag Today)  … “We have the Next Generation Fuel Bill, which would bring energy security to our fuel situation with higher gas prices,” says Matt Frostic, a Michigan farmer and at-large member of NCGA. “It allows higher compression engines that the automotives would like to build, which would

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

A Left Turn to Ban Drilling

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) House progressives are planning to request Biden use emergency measures to ban future fossil fuel drilling on federal lands and deploy the Defense Production Act to ramp up clean energy generation, POLITICO’s Josh Siegel reports. The call will also touch on other progressive priorities like immigration,

March 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Commodity Group Leaders Push for Expanded Use of Biofuels

by Daniel Grant (Farm Week Now)  While the U.S. scrambles to fill the void in the oil market created by the ban of Russian imports, commodity group leaders believe the solution is closer to home than Venezuela or Saudi Arabia. “If ever there was a time that underscores the need to

March 15, 2022 Read Full Article

High-Octane Solutions to the New Energy Crisis

by C. Boyden Gray (Boyden Gray & Associates/Real Clear Politics) … Currently, the EPA regulates fuels and automobiles separately, instead of as a single system. Automakers have the technological know-how to make much more efficient car engines, but regulatory barriers prevent them from doing so because they do not permit the

March 14, 2022 Read Full Article

World Events Underscore the Need to Expand Renewable Fuel Production

(Solutions from the Land)  … The news of increased fuel costs comes as the Biden administration is considering a relaxation of federal requirements calling on blenders to mix specific amounts of ethanol or biodiesel when producing the nation’s petroleum-based fuel supply. To even consider backing away from the statutory obligation to

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Grassley and Ernst Call on Biden to Unleash Iowa Biofuel Immediately as Gas Prices Hit Record High, U.S. Bans Russian Oil

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Iowa senators introduce bipartisan legislation to open up the use of clean, American-made renewable fuels that are available right now to replace banned Russian oil  — As gas prices hit all-time record highs, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) are calling on Pres. Joe

March 9, 2022 Read Full Article

BREAKING: Biden, UK Ban Russian Oil and Gas Imports

by James Arkin (Law360) The United States and United Kingdom will ban imports of Russian oil and gas, the countries announced Tuesday in the latest round of sanctions to target Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden said the move targets “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” “We’re banning

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Administration Studying whether Biofuel Waiver Could Ease Food Inflation -Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is studying whether waiving biofuel blending mandates could help offset a surge in prices for key food ingredients like corn and soy oil following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two sources familiar with the matter said. … But prices of corn, soy

March 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Versus Oil in Global Crisis: Biofuels Backers, POET Executive Point to Advantages Ethanol Offers in Conflict, Climate

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  With oil reaching its highest price in nearly 11 years and OPEC nations opting not to increase production, the biofuels industry is clamoring for attention in the U.S. and calling on the Biden administration to support it. At the National Farmers Union annual meeting this

March 3, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Farm & Biofuel Leaders Call for Swift Action to Unleash Lower-Cost Biofuels

(Renewable Fuels Association) America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on President Biden to swiftly expand access to plentiful, lower-cost biofuels as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pushes fuel prices closer to record levels. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soon expected to finalize biofuel blending requirements for 2021 and 2022 and address a controversial

March 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Our Response to the State of the Union Address: Ethanol Checks All the Boxes

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  In his first State of the Union Address, President Joe Biden spoke about many of the challenges facing our nation and world today, from the Ukraine invasion to domestic inflation, from climate change to the COVID pandemic. And while he spoke of the need for clean energy

March 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Missed Opportunity? Biden’s State of the Union Hits Big Meat, Neglects Renewable Diesel

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb) … As the crisis in Ukraine continues to overtake the world’s attention, President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. And while he stated the U.S. is in a better place than it was a year ago, agriculture was left largely unmentioned. …

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Leveraging Infrastructure Cash For Carbon Transport Projects

by Ellen Friedman and Ben Reiter (Law360) The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, 2021, includes over $12 billion in funding for carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, programs.[1] At the heart of this massive investment in CCS is the new Carbon

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Clear Evidence of How Higher Ethanol Blends Lower Gasoline Prices

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Pictures worth 1000 words show the prices on March 1 at a Sheetz in Virginia. Compare the E10 Regular to E15 Unleaded 88 and E85 FlexFuel.  Compare those to the price of E0 — no ethanol gasoline.  The message is clear.  Higher ethanol blends

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

New Federal Guidelines Could Boost Carbon Capture in the US Public Comment DEADLINE: March 18, 2022

by Justine Calma (The Verge)  The Biden administration says the US will ‘likely’ need controversial carbon capture tech to meet climate goals —  On Tuesday(February 15, 2022), the Biden administration issued new guidelines for federal agencies on how to assess proposals to capture and sequester carbon dioxide pollution. The new guidance

February 24, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA’s Cooper: Ethanol Has Historic Opportunity to Cut Carbon, Lower Fuel Prices

(Renewable Fuels Association)  In his annual State of the Industry Address, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said that, while the U.S. ethanol industry has a long history of capitalizing on unique opportunities, the global quest to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 “may very well be the greatest opportunity

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Stabenow and Klobuchar Lead Letter Calling on Biden Administration to Strengthen Federal Support for U.S. Biobased Economy

(U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry) Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking the administration to take a meaningful step in addressing the climate crisis by increasing federal investments in

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Seeds of New Biofuel Plan?

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Geoff Cooper, head of the Renewable Fuels Association, said Tuesday that the trade group heard from EPA that it’s aiming to propose a rule for the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard by late spring or early summer. Under legislation from 2007, Congress set

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Court Ruling on Social Cost of Carbon Upends Biden’s Climate Plans

by Maxine Joselow  (Washington Post) A recent court ruling that bars the Biden administration from accounting for the real-world costs of climate change has created temporary chaos at federal agencies, upending everything from planned oil and gas lease sales to infrastructure spending. The Feb. 11 decision by a Louisiana federal judge blocked the

February 22, 2022 Read Full Article

CEQ Justice40 Beta Goes Live… This Time for Real

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The White House Council on Environmental Quality is unveiling its draft Justice40 screener today, outlining what communities are considered disadvantaged and eligible to be prioritized for environmental justice benefits. The screener’s methodology takes into account environmental, economic and other social factors. But what it

February 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Climate Friendly Jet Fuel: 3 Strategies for Accelerating Its Production

(U.S. Department of Energy) Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is striving to bring more low- and zero-net-carbon sustainable aviation fuel to the market. The equivalent of 30,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools—that’s how much jet fuel the United States consumes in a typical

February 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Auto Rule Targeted after Climate Injunction

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) The fallout has started arriving following last week’s court order blocking the Biden administration from using its social cost of carbon metric in rulemakings. The conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute on Tuesday sent a letter asking EPA Administrator Michael Regan to reconsider his December rule boosting vehicle emissions limits through

February 16, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA to Expand Calif. Clean Car Authority — and the Nation’s

by Arianna Skibell (E&E News) The Biden administration is preparing to reinstate California’s authority to set auto emissions rules that are more stringent than federal standards, taking a major step toward cutting transportation-related climate pollution and continuing to chip away at former President Trump’s environmental rollbacks. The waiver, granted decades ago

February 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel on the Global Climate Agenda — Part 4 of a Series, “Sustainable Aviation Fuels: A Critical Emissions Mitigation Strategy Gaining Momentum”

by Jeff Overton (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  During transportation day at COPO26, the focus for the aviation sector was setting targets and commitments for aviation emissions reduction, as well as the announcement of plans and strategies for lowering aviation’s climate impact. This final article in our series on sustainable aviation fuel

February 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Grand Challenge and Federal Legislation Seek to Advance Sustainable Aviation Fuels — Part 2 in a Series, “Sustainable Aviation Fuels: A Critical Emissions Mitigation Strategy Gaining Momentum”

by Jeff Overton (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The Biden-Harris Administration and Congress are focusing on expanding the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through multi-agency coordination to reduce climate emissions from aviation…. … On September 9, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration unveiled the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge (the Grand Challenge)

February 14, 2022 Read Full Article

An Introduction to Sustainable Aviation Fuels — Part 1 of a Series, “Sustainable Aviation Fuels: A Critical Emissions Mitigation Strategy Gaining Momentum”

by Jeff Overton (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Aviation is a difficult sector to decarbonize. The enormous energy required to fly a heavy aircraft long distances takes an energy dense power source that liquid hydrocarbon fuel provides. Battery technology for electric flight is improving. However, batteries currently do not have

February 14, 2022 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Emily Skor

“During a time of high gasoline prices, it is more important than ever that higher blends of biofuels be made available to consumers year-round. … By removing remaining regulatory hurdles and providing greater access to E15, you can help keep fuel prices in check for American consumers and ease concerns

February 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy to White House: “Maximize Biofuels to Ease the Pain at the Pump”

(Growth Energy)  Yesterday, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to President Biden, urging him to turn to higher biofuel blends to combat high gas prices. At a February 4th press conference, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the administration “will continue to look at options that can be done

February 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Joe Biden Faces Fight to Block Oil and Gas Drilling in Gulf of Mexico

by Brendan Cole (Newsweek)  The administration of President Joe Biden faces an escalating battle over fossil fuel production in the U.S. after the American Petroleum Institute (API) said it would challenge a January court decision to annul a massive sale of oil and gas leases. The API move against the invalidation of November’s

February 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuel the Crush: Renewable Diesel Pumps Up Soybean Demand

by Sara Schafer (AgWeb) … “The administration is committed to making this happen, and so I think there is a much larger appetite to get this industry off the ground now than there even was six months or a year ago,” says Alexa Combelic, director of government affairs for the

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Proposed Green Aviation Fuel Tax Incentives Still Fall Short -Valero

by Laura Sanicola (Reuters)  Tax incentives for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in U.S. President Biden’s stalled Build Back Better legislation are not enough for oil refiner Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N) to consider producing it instead of renewable diesel, executives said Thursday. … Refiners such as Valero have been exploring the production of

February 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Gov. Kim Reynolds Renews Effort to Require Higher Ethanol Blends at Iowa Pumps

by Stephen Gruber-Miller (Des Moines Register) …  Fuel retailers like gas stations would be required to offer gasoline with 15% ethanol, known as E15, beginning in 2026. That would greatly expand the availability of E15, which is currently available in a fraction of Iowa’s gas stations and truck stops. But,

January 31, 2022 Read Full Article

IRFA Summit Focuses on Policy, Future Market Opportunities

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, provided an overview of political and regulatory issues impacting the biofuels sector, stressing that Iowa’s biofuel industry is “fed up but fired up.” The industry entered 2021 with renewed optimism, he said. “Vaccines were

January 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Keep You Enemies Closer: Lawmakers Traditionally on Opposing Sides of the Renewable Fuels Standard Debated Joined Forces

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) Lawmakers traditionally on opposing sides of the Renewable Fuels Standard debate joined forces Monday in a letter to Biden. The letter, signed by 50 Republican lawmakers, opposes an executive order that Biden signed in December directing the federal government to procure 100 percent zero-emission vehicles

January 25, 2022 Read Full Article

White House Will Recruit Rural Land for New Clean Energy Projects, Could It Create Too Much Competition for Land?

by Tyne Morgan (Farm Journal AgWeb) The Biden Administration is ramping up its efforts to deploy clean energy infrastructure across the country. The White House announced this week plans to utilize public lands and rural America for wind, solar and other clean energy projects, but admits it will be a balance to ensure

January 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Drivers, Get Ready for $4 Gas

by Tom Kloza  (CNN Business Perspectives/Oil Price Information Service)  … And if Omicron doesn’t result in another round of widespread lockdowns or crackdowns on social gatherings, we can expect to see record-high gas prices nearing $4 a gallon in dozens of states this year. To be sure, the crude oil

January 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Touted as Complementary Decarbonization Solution to EVs at House Hearing

by Jasmin Melvin (S&P Global Platts) Ethanol group CEO calls out singular focus on EVs; Says ethanol ‘available now to jumpstart decarbonization’ — Emissions reductions benefits from electric vehicles are poised to make a big dent in the US’ carbon footprint over the long term, but the long lead time to overturn

January 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Exclusive-Biden Weighing Cuts to 2022 Ethanol Blending Mandate Proposal- Sources

by Jarrett Renshaw and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  The Biden administration is considering lowering the 2022 ethanol blending mandate below the proposed 15 billion gallons amid backlash from the oil refining lobby and unions arguing the shrinking U.S. ethanol industry can no longer support the target, according to two sources familiar

January 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Explainer-What Is at Stake for the U.S. Biofuel Blending Law in 2022 and Beyond

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters/Investing.com) The U.S. biofuel blending program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) could see its most transformative year yet in 2022, as the Biden Administration must make decisions to reset statutes that mandate U.S. renewable fuel blending. … Refiners that do not blend the biofuels can

January 11, 2022 Read Full Article

OPINION: Take the Opportunity to Save on Capital Improvements

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … While the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit expired at the end of 2021, it still provides fuel marketers the ability to claim a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost, up to $30,000, for fueling equipment for E85 and other alternatives

January 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Airlines Have a Recipe to Reach Zero Emissions by 2050. The Key Ingredient: Cooking Oil

by Hugo Martin (Los Angeles Times/Aviation Pros) … In a first, one of the two engines on the 737 Max 8 was powered exclusively by fuel made from used cooking oil and rendered waste fat from beef, pork and chicken. Refined at a Southern California plant, the fuel produces about 80%

January 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Off-Season ‘Cover’ Crops Expand as U.S. Growers Eye Low-Carbon Future

by Karl Plume (Reuters) … The purpose of cover crops is to restore soil, reduce erosion and to pull climate-warming carbon from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. The carbon trapped in roots and other plant matter left in the soil is measured to create carbon credits that companies can use to offset

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

The Electric-Vehicle Push Empowers China

by Robert Bryce (Wall Street Journal)  Instead of using its own energy reserves, the U.S. is betting on its rival’s rare earths. — The Biden administration wants to spend billions on electric-vehicle subsidies and charging stations because, as Vice President Kamala Harris put it in a Dec. 13 speech, “climate change

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

An Energy Transition Needs Lots of Power Lines.

by Dan Gearino (Inside Climate News)  This 1970s Minnesota Farmers’ Uprising Tried to Block One. What Can it Teach Us? As the country moves toward a massive build-out of transmission lines, a decades-old rebellion offers a way through potential opposition. — If the United States is to make a transition to clean

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Oil and Gas Industry Jockeys to Protect Its Jobs against Biden’s Energy Transition

by Jeremy Beaman (Washington Examiner)  Leaders on the front lines of the oil and gas industry are pushing back against Democrats’ attempts to kick the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. They argue they will be integral to the global economy for years to come and that the industry workers’ skills cannot

January 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Largest Biofuel Producer Eyes E15 as National Standard

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News)  The world’s largest biofuel producer wants to make 15-percent blended ethanol fuel the national standard in the U.S. Doug Berven is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs with POET. “It’s so much better for the consumer, the cars, the environment, our economy, our energy security

December 31, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Secretary Vilsack Meets with GE Aviation on Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Reduce CO2

by Jay Stowe (GE Aviation/Biobased Diesel Daily) After leading USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on a tour of the engine development assembly facility at GE Aviation’s headquarters in Evendale, Ohio, in early December, chief engineer Chris Lorence posed a rhetorical question to the reporters assembled for a news conference: “What does the

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Reverses Trump Effort to Quash California Vehicle Emissions Rules

by David Shepardson (Reuters) The Biden administration on Tuesday finalized a reversal of a rule issued under then-U.S. President Donald Trump that sought to pre-empt California’s vehicle emissions regulations. The Department of Transportation said it was issuing final rules rescinding the Trump action, which sought to bar the most populous state

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Federal Watchdog: Trump’s USDA Overpaid Corn Farmers by $3B

by David Pitt (Associated Press)  The Trump administration overpaid corn farmers by about $3 billion in federal aid in 2019 and farmers in the South were paid more for the same crops than those elsewhere in the country, a federal watchdog agency has found. The Government Accountability Office said in

December 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Do We Want All of These Electric Car Mines? If EVs Are Supposed to Be a Social Good, How Do We Deal with Them Needing Mines Nobody Wants?

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik) … 1st Gear: Here’s Another Fun ‘Wait Do We Actually Want These Lithium Mines’ Article — Every day I feel like there’s a new article about lithium mining coming home. Just the other day, Bloomberg was wringing its hands about protests in Serbia and new presidential opposition to

December 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Administration, Oil Industry Come to a Detente

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) OIL LANG SYNE: The oil industry has seen quite a change in tone from the Biden administration since the beginning of 2021. What started off in January with President Joe Biden signing the executive order finishing off the Keystone XL pipeline’s chances and launching

December 22, 2021 Read Full Article

White House Science Advisor Visits Diamond Green Diesel

(Darling Ingredients, Inc./Biobased Diesel Daily) Darling Ingredients Inc. announced Dec. 16 that it hosted Eric S. Lander, President Biden’s science advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, at its joint-venture renewable diesel facility, Diamond Green Diesel, in Norco, Louisiana. The goal of Lander’s visit was to

December 21, 2021 Read Full Article

North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance Members in Action: COP 26

(Solutions from the Land)  Farmer leaders supporting NACSAA climate goals were on the ground in Glasgow, Scotland, last month, leading discussions among global negotiators promoting agriculture’s central role in providing solutions for climate change, as well as other intertwined global challenges, such as food and nutrition security, clean water, biodiversity and improved

December 18, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Analyses of 2022 Automobile Models: More E15 Approvals, but Fewer FFVs

(Renewable Fuels Association) Environmentally conscious and budget-savvy consumers who are in the market for a new car, SUV, or pickup will find both good news and bad news as they peruse auto dealer lots and showrooms this holiday season. The good news? According to a new analysis of model-year 2022 vehicle owners’ manuals

December 16, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Neel Dhanesha

(U.S. President Joe) Biden’s plan could make buying and charging electric cars easier, but electric vehicles are only as clean as the grids that power them. Studies have shown that electric cars drawing power from coal-heavy grids can actually be worse for the climate than hybrids. —  Neel Dhanesha, VOX  READ

December 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden to Toughen Auto Emissions Limits to Counter Climate Change

by Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg Quint) The Biden administration is preparing to impose more stringent limits on car and truck emissions in an effort to clamp down on a top U.S. source of the greenhouse gases fueling climate change.  The standards, set to govern passenger cars and light trucks from model

December 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Very Good Is Better than Perfect

(Diesel Technology Forum) Diesel is the primary power source for over 90 percent of the nation’s transit bus fleet because of its energy efficiency, reliability, durability and performance, as well as overall economical ownership and operation  —  …  And in Missouri, advanced renewable biobased diesel fuels are a big deal. Missouri

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

The Biden Administration’s Regulatory To-Do List

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) The Office of Management and Budget revealed the administration’s key regulatory goals for 2022 on Friday under its Unified Agenda. The laundry list of action items include further rollbacks of Trump-era actions and other self-imposed targets. Pro’s Energy team broke down some of the biggest

December 13, 2021 Read Full Article

FAA Research Grants Aim to Tackle Aviation’s Massive Deficit of Greener Fuel

by Leslie Josephs (CNBC)  -Sustainable aviation fuel accounts for much less than 1% of global aviation fuel.  -The FAA is giving research grants in effect to help drive down the high cost of greener sustainable fuel.  -Airlines, trade groups and governments are striving to meet ambitious targets to reduce aviation

December 11, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Director on The Weather Channel to Discuss Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Watch BETO Director Valerie Sarisky-Reed Interviewed on The Weather Channel  — The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Director Valerie Sarisky-Reed was featured on The Weather Channel to discuss how sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will impact the future of air travel. Her conversation, centered around the success

December 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Mustard Plant Jet Fuel Could Reduce Emissions by 68 Percent

by Puneet Dwivedi (University of Georgia/U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … Carinata (Brassica Carinata), also known as Ethiopian mustard, is an oilseed crop that can be grown across the southern U.S. during winter months. The oil obtained from crushed carinata seeds can be refined to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This could

December 10, 2021 Read Full Article

President Biden’s December 8 Visit to Kansas City Missouri: Perspectives on Infrastructure, Transit Buses, Fuels and Technology

(Diesel Technology Forum) … The President’s policy, which has a strong focus on electrification, should recognize the decarbonization potential from all fuels and strategies, particularly advanced renewable biobased diesel fuels. Missouri has 10 facilities that produce biodiesel, including the third-largest biodiesel production capacity in the US, which produced 253 million gallons

December 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy: EPA Proposal a Mixed Bag for Biofuels Industry: Proposal Shows Strong Movement on SREs and 2022 RVOs but Illegally Rolls Back 2020 RVOs Public Comments DEADLINE: February 4, 2022

(Growth Energy) Today (December 7, 2021), Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor offered a mixed review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rulemaking regarding domestic biofuels blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The agency’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) would undercut blending requirements for renewable, low-carbon biofuel in 2021, and would retroactively

December 8, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Doles out $633M in Power, Biofuel Funds

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  The Department of Agriculture plans to distribute some $633 million in loans and grants aimed at bolstering rural power infrastructure and making higher blends of biofuels more available to consumers. All told, the funding will be split among 791 projects in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The

December 6, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Plan to Delay RFS Requirements Pt 2

(AgInfo/Washington State Farm Bureau Report) I’m Bob Larson. The ethanol industry claims the Biden administration could secure lower gas prices “almost immediately” if it allowed higher blends of corn ethanol, YEAR-ROUND, into the nation’s fuel supply. All eyes are on the President’s decision to release 50 million barrels of oil,

December 2, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Misses Statutory Deadline to Release Renewable Volume Obligations under RFS

by Mark Dorenkamp (1430WCMY)  The EPA will miss its statutory deadline of November 30th to release Renewable Volume Obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.  U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says not meeting the RVO compliance deadline for 2019 or 2020, as well as failing to release a proposal for 2021, is

December 1, 2021 Read Full Article

As American Gasoline Prices Soar, Some Blame Ethanol

by Christopher M. Matthews (Wall Street Journal)  Prices for the biofuel have surged, rekindling a debate about whether it’s contributing to pain at the pump — … Now, lobbyists for the refining industry are seizing on the recent ethanol-price jumps and urging the Biden administration to lower the amount of the

November 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Giant Pipeline in U.S. Midwest Tests Future of Carbon Capture

by Leah Douglas (Reuters) … The project, dubbed the Midwest Carbon Express, had ambitions to become the world’s largest carbon dioxide pipeline, moving climate-warming greenhouse gases from Midwest biofuels plants to North Dakota for permanent storage underground. … The 65-year-old is among dozens of landowners along the route who are

November 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Bill Targets Retroactive Changes to RVOs

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A bipartisan group of Midwestern lawmakers is taking aim at the potential for EPA to retroactively lower biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced the Defend the Blend Act on Tuesday that would prevent the agency from

November 24, 2021 Read Full Article

South Dakota Senator Expresses Disappointment over Biofuel Blending Obligations

(RFD TV)  Speculation is growing about what’s going on behind the scenes at the EPA as they continue to extend their own deadline for biofuel blending mandates. “I think part of it is because they are focusing on electric vehicles, and they seem really intent on going down the path

November 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Ashley Hinson: The Clear Case for Investing in Ethanol, Iowa’s Clean Energy Fuel Source

(Office of Representative Ashley Hinson (R-IA 1st) The Biden administration should respect current law and uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. — In just 10 months in Congress, I’ve seen my fair share of shattered promises and absurd policies in Washington. But the aggressive and unfounded attacks on

November 22, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. again Presses OPEC+ as It Weighs Reserve Release

by Timothy Gardner and Alexandra Alper (Reuters) … The White House on Friday pressed the OPEC producer group again to maintain adequate global supply, days after U.S. discussions with some of the world’s biggest economies over potentially releasing oil from strategic reserves to quell high energy prices. The Biden administration has asked

November 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Zeroing in on New Opportunities

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Our industry’s growth hinges on policy, continued innovation and successfully contributing to the world’s low carbon needs. The value of ethanol extends beyond the pump, and market growth may ultimately happen both on the ground and in the air. RFA is excited

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Monte Shaw

“It is absolutely perplexing why the Biden EPA would delay and potentially plan to undermine the only federal law that is designed to reduce carbon emissions. To do so now, at a time of high gasoline prices, makes this action doubly confounding.”  — Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

The Grand Switcheroo: Is the Biden Administration Aiming Corn Ethanol at SAF, Putting Spirit in the Sky?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Just back from the AFCC (Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition) event in Washington, and I have to say, the mood was reasonably glum in the world of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, where you’d think that the leaders would sound like brides and bridegrooms on the brink of

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Pain at the Pump Drives Biden’s Suffering in the Polls

by Ben Lefebre (Politico) “Feeling pain at the pump? Biden doesn’t care,” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel posted on Twitter last week. … And some of those discussions would likely backfire on Democrats, especially any effort to reduce ethanol blending levels in the nation’s gasoline pool, a program that the

November 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Was Like an Old Truck Stuck in the Mud. The Tow Truck Has Arrived

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  One of the speakers on the second day of the Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition’s Global Biobased Economy Conference & Exhibit, noted that 5 years ago the bioeconomy was like an old truck stuck in the mud.  The driver could get out and try

November 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Highlights from USDA’s Leadership Briefing at Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Conference

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Investment, Climate smart agriculture.  Incentives. Markets.  These are words heard repeatedly at the opening sessions of the Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Global Biobased Economy Conference & Exhibit this week near Washington, DC. The first day of the conference was the US Department of

November 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Keep the Tailpipe, Lose the Carbon

by Keith Reid (Fuels Market News) LEADING FUELS-FOCUSED GROUPS SEE ALTERNATIVE FUELS AS KEY PLAYERS IN A NET-ZERO ENVIRONMENT.  … From international political centers to state governments, there seems to be a rush to not only work toward low-carbon goals but to ban internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). … Meanwhile,

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Delivers Final Vehicle Emissions Standards Rule to OMB

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on Nov. 11 submitted its final rule to revise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for model year (MY) 2023 and later light-duty vehicles to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OBM review marks a final step before a rule is

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: It’s Transport Day at COP26. Here’s What You Need to Know.

by Tik Root (Washington Post) … The International Energy Association (IEA) reports that transport emissions are still increasing and account for roughly a quarter of all carbon dioxide released from fuel combustion. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency says that the sector accounts for 29 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions

November 11, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Oil Refiners Bet the Farm Biden Will Back Them on Biofuels

by Jarrett Renshaw, Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) U.S. merchant oil refiners like Monroe Energy and PBF Energy Inc are playing chicken with the White House, taking moves in the biofuels credit market that could force them to close plants and fire union workers unless the Biden administration bails them out by

November 11, 2021 Read Full Article

American Power Group Urges Biden To Accelerate RNG For Transport

(Bioenergy Insight) American Power Group’s (APG) chairman and CEO have written to President Biden, urging the administration to make use of RNG for heavy-duty truck fleets. Written by Matthew Van Steenwyk, APG’s chairman, and Charles Coppa, CEO, the letter pledges the company’s “full support” to Opal Fuels’ letter, also addressed

November 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Urges Net-Zero Aviation by 2050 in Huge Leap Beyond Cars

by Keith Laing (Bloomberg/Financial Post)  President Joe Biden’s administration is targeting one of the tougher sources of climate-warming greenhouse gases with a plan that calls for the U.S. aviation sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Aviation has been more challenging to decarbonize than automobiles, which can essentially run on batteries,

November 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Emphasizes to USDA Importance of Biofuels and Agriculture to Meeting Climate Goals

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s long-term strategy to achieve net-zero emissions and participation at the COP26 summit in Glasgow: “Growth Energy stands with leaders at the U.N. climate conference working to accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels. Biofuel producers are

November 8, 2021 Read Full Article

NOPEC: OPEC+ Is Sticking to Its Output Plans

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  NOPEC: OPEC+ is sticking to its output plans from this summer to increase production by 400,000 barrels per day each month, shrugging off Biden’s request for the cartel to increase output to alleviate growing fuel prices. Biden made the plea as Republicans hammer the

November 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Hoyer Introduces $9B Bill Bolstering Biden’s Deforestation Vow at COP26

by Mychael Schnell (The Hill) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday will introduce a bill that aims to bolster President Biden’s commitment at COP26 to end and reverse deforestation by allocating billions of dollars to the effort. The bill, first reported by CNN, calls for creating a $9 billion trust fund at the

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. DOE Announces $199 Million to Reduce Emissions from Cars & Trucks

(U.S. Department of Energy/Clean Technica)  25 Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects Will Advance Electrification of Freight Trucks, Reduce Vehicle Emissions and Improve Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure —  Vice President Kamala Harris joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in New York yesterday to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Agrees to End Fossil Fuel Financing Abroad

by Sara Schonhardt (E&E News) The United States committed today with other countries to stop financing fossil fuel projects abroad by the end of next year, in a seismic shift that could stem the construction of natural gas and oil facilities in lower-income nations. The pledge, announced at the global climate

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

APG Asks President Biden to Support Use of Renewable Natural Gas in Trucks

(American Power Group/NGT News) American  Power  Group  Corporation  (APG) announced  that  Chairman  Matthew  Van  Steenwyk  and  CEO Charles  Coppa sent  a  letter  to  President  Biden  urging  the  Biden  Administration  to  make  use  of  renewable natural gas for heavy-duty truck fleets in its efforts to combat the climate crisis. The text of

November 2, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. to Sharply Cut Methane Pollution that Threatens the Climate and Public Health Public Comments DEADLINE: January 31, 2022

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took an important step forward to advance President Biden’s commitment to action on climate change and protect people’s health by proposing comprehensive new protections to sharply reduce pollution from the oil and natural gas industry – including, for the first time, reductions from existing sources nationwide. The proposed

November 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Pledges Don’t Stop Countries from Exporting Huge Amounts of Fossil Fuels

by Jeff Brady (NPR) … After the oil supply crisis in the 1970s, the U.S. banned crude oil exports for 40 years. A fracking-fueled boom ended production worries and the ban was lifted six years ago in a budget bill. The timing was ironic. “The ban was lifted in December 2015, actually while many

November 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Supreme Court to Hear Case on E.P.A.’s Power to Limit Carbon Emissions

by Adam Liptak (New York Times/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The case, brought by Republican-led states and coal companies, could frustrate the Biden administration’s efforts to address climate change. The court’s decision to take the case came after a federal appeals court struck down the Trump administration’s plan to relax restrictions on

November 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Thune, Farm-State Colleagues Renew Request to Advocate for Commonsense Biofuel Policy

(Office of Senator John Thune (R-SD)) “Biofuels are a readily available energy solution that deserve full consideration.” — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today led several of his colleagues in requesting a meeting with President Biden and representatives of his cabinet to

October 27, 2021 Read Full Article

De-risking and Commercializing Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s SAF Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the recent announcement of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s BETO shared this slide guide on their sustainable aviation fuel strategy, featuring BETO Director, Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed, and Zia Haq, BETO Senior Analyst. From types of SAF feedstocks to

October 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Grand Challenge: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to SAF Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Acting Director Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed shared this illuminating slide guide on the work supported and funded by BETO, what is next for sustainable aviation fuel under the multi-agency Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge collaboration and more.  READ

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Reminds President: Low-Carbon Fuel Solutions Can Solve Pump Price Concerns

(Renewable Fuels Association) In response to media reports that the White House has been meeting with oil industry officials to discuss solutions to recent higher gas prices, the Renewable Fuels Association has reminded President Biden that efforts to encourage more use of high-carbon fossil fuels, including imported oil, to stem higher gasoline

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Plug-in Cars Are the Future. The Grid Isn’t Ready.

by Will Englund (Washington Post) … Seventy-four times last year, the wind across Upstate New York dropped so low that for stretches of eight hours or more barely any electricity was produced. Nearly half the year, the main transmission line feeding the metropolitan area was at full capacity, so that

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Industry Pushes for ‘All-the-Above’ Approach

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  Things are looking up, but they are also very much up in the air when it comes to ethanol this year. While ethanol production facilities have benefited from an improved national economy as the U.S. emerges from the economic doldrums of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry experts

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

US Secretary of Energy Granholm and US Senator Ossoff Visit LanzaTech Innovation Hub in Georgia and Site of the World’s First LanzaJet Sustainable Fuels Plantl

(LanzaTech) Visit highlights the potential of rural America to create domestic supplies of sustainable fuels and chemicals. — LanzaTech and LanzaJet welcomed Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Senator Jon Ossoff to the Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. The site is a center of research, development and scale-up

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

One Cool Thing: Be the Change You Want to See

(Our Daily Planet) This week, thousands of climate change protesters will arrive in Washington DC to urge the Biden Administration and Congress to step up efforts to reach net-zero emissions. Organized by the Build Back Fossil Free coalition, made up of over 100 justice organizations nationwide, the protests will happen every day starting on Oct. 11th and

October 11, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. States Push to Surpass World Emissions Norms on Aviation

by David Shepardson and Allison Lampert (Reuters) U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration should exceed global standards designed to curb emissions from flights, as pressure mounts to limit the sector’s greenhouse gases, five states told the White House in a letter seen by Reuters. Major plane and engine makers joined airlines this week in

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article
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