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New Congress, New Opportunities

by Troy Bredenkamp (Renewable Fuels Association) …  As the calendar turned to 2023, the 118th Congress began with some significant changes in the legislative landscape. Republicans now have control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2019. With a split in Congress and changes in leadership, dynamics will

February 3, 2023 Read Full Article

E85 Fueling Infrastructure Trends: A Decade in Review

by Abby Brown, Haley Erickson, and Emily White (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) This report provides information on ethanol fueling infrastructure and industry trends over the last 10 years. It is informed primarily by ethanol fueling station location data collected through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Station

January 31, 2023 Read Full Article

Bacon Demands Administration ‘Defend the Midwest’

by Lydia Johnson (Agri-Pulse)  Speaking on this week’s Agri-Pulse Newsmakers, Nebraska Republican Rep. Don Bacon said biofuels, trade, crop insurance and research are among his top issues for the farm bill and discussed his role in finding common ground in the House with a slim GOP majority.   “You have to find consensus areas

January 30, 2023 Read Full Article

Who Should Want More Ethanol in the Pool? Would You Believe Oil Refiners?

by David Hallberg, President (Dakota Ag Energy/Biofuels Digest)  … Which brings us back to my thesis—as the pendulum swings back to internal combustion engines the quest for low carbon isn’t going to disappear. … A nationwide E30 Clean Octane standard This  triggered a few thoughts about how our petroleum refinery

January 27, 2023 Read Full Article

Aviation Industry in Crosshairs for Next Biofuel Push

(Roll Call) Aviation accounts for 10 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions — a figure expected to triple by 2050 …  Trucking industry representatives have raised concerns that a larger reliance on SAF will take away key feedstocks from biodiesel, an alternative fuel that’s already been used for years. Biodiesel

January 23, 2023 Read Full Article

Ready. Set. Go! The Ethanol Industry Is Poised for Continued Success in 2023

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … (T)he Renewable Fuels Association remains focused on solidifying year-round access to E15, building export markets and moving incrementally closer to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. …  In December, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed RFS volumes through 2025 that provide certainty and

January 18, 2023 Read Full Article

Permanent E15 Solution Possible in 2023

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … Executive director Brian Werner says the Minnesota Biofuels Association was among several state renewable energy groups recently on a call with EPA to press for approval of a petition filed by eight Midwestern governors that would place E10 and E15 on equal regulatory footing

January 10, 2023 Read Full Article

Never-Opened $300 Million-Plus Biofuels Refinery Facing Foreclosure in Southern Oregon

by Ted Sickinger (The Oregonian/OregonLive) A much-hyped but yet-to-be-completed aviation biofuels refinery in southern Oregon appears to be headed for foreclosure after backers failed to make principal and interest payments on some $300 million in debt. Red Rock Biofuels launched efforts nearly a decade ago to build the cutting-edge facility in

January 9, 2023 Read Full Article

New Poll: Voters Support Ethanol and RFS, Oppose EV Mandates

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new survey of registered voters shows robust support for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, while also revealing significant opposition to policies that ban liquid fuels or mandate electric vehicles. The poll was conducted for the Renewable Fuels Association by Morning Consult. “As the new Congress settles

January 9, 2023 Read Full Article

What Are Renewable Fuels Association’s Priorities for the New Congress?

by Currey McCullough (RFD TV) … President and CEO, Geoff Cooper says out the gate he is not expecting much activity on Capitol Hill when it comes to renewable fuels or energy, largely due to a split Congress. He says the group expects hearings and other activity surrounding the Renewable Fuel

January 6, 2023 Read Full Article

SAF: Policy to Pave the Way

by Graham Noyes and Alex Menotti (Biodiesel Magazine) To reach U.S. sustainable aviation fuel goals, adequate policy will be crucial. — The Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge represents a breakthrough in federal energy policy, establishing a comprehensive strategy developed by multiple agencies to scale up new technologies and rapidly

January 4, 2023 Read Full Article

Growth Energy to Fuel Beyond in 2023

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy) … By any measure, 2022 was a banner year for biofuel advocates in Washington, D.C. We secured new funding for blending infrastructure, critical tax incentives for clean energy, a summer waiver for E15 sales, and a stronger Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Our industry also delivered

January 3, 2023 Read Full Article

ACE Submits Comments to USDA on Climate-Smart Farming Practices

( American Coalition for Ethanol /Ethanol Producer Magazine) The American Coalition for Ethanol submitted feedback to the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service request for public input on implementation of funding in the Inflation Reduction Act for key NRCS conservation programs to spur farmer adoption of climate-smart practices. ACE CEO Brian Jennings

December 30, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the IRA’s Impact on Low Carbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As you wait for the clock countdown to 2023 this week, check out this slide guide from Mike McCurdy, Managing Director of Fuels & Power at ICF on how low carbon fuels are being driven by provision in the US Inflation Reduction Act. Multiple tax

December 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Newsmakers: Dec. 30, 2022: Ag Groups Share Their Upcoming Farm Bill, 2023 Priorities

(Agri-Pulse Newsmakers) As 2022 comes to a close, Agri-Pulse sat down with leaders across the farm policy spectrum to better understand their priorities in the upcoming farm bill as well as their broader legislative and regulatory efforts. WATCH VIDEO Ag committees clear agenda for farm bill debate, but budget battle

December 30, 2022 Read Full Article

2023 Farm Bill Climate Side-by-Sides/2023 Farm Bill Hearing Trackers

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Roughly every five years, Congress passes a Farm Bill, covering a wide range of issues from conservation to rural development to food and nutrition. Congress is working to reauthorize the Farm Bill as the 2018 Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30, 2023. These

December 24, 2022 Read Full Article

FY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes $68M for Cutting Aircraft Emissions

by Alasdair Whyte (SAF Investor) The FAA is set to get $68m from the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations towards reduced carbon emissions. In total the agency will receive $19bn. Some $255m of this will be spent on research and development. “We commend House and Senate leadership and members for their work on

December 23, 2022 Read Full Article

How the $1.7T Omnibus Affects Energy, from CCS to Hydrogen

by Carlos Anchondo, Miranda Willson, David Iaconangelo, Niina H. Farah (E&E News) … The omnibus bill — which would fund the government at $1.7 trillion for fiscal 2023 — would provide $46.5 billion to DOE to “fund programs in its primary mission areas of science, energy, environment, and national security,” Senate

December 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Democratic Bill Calls for Zero-Emission New Cars by 2035

by Nick Sobczyk (E&E Daily)  The legislation would set a federal standard to replace a patchwork of state vehicle regulations. —  Democrats are pushing legislation to set a federal standard requiring 100 percent of new cars to have zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. The “Zero-Emission Vehicles Act” would aim to

December 19, 2022 Read Full Article

The Pentagon’s Electric Future

by Nick Sobczyk (Politico’s Power Switch)  … The Defense Department would have to shift all non-combat vehicles to alternative fuels by 2035 under the current version of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). That encompasses as many as 180,000 vehicles — no small potatoes, despite the requirement’s exclusion of tanks and

December 9, 2022 Read Full Article

250 Groups Call for Senate Passage of Year-Round E15 Bill

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Over 250 organizations and companies signed a letter to Congressional leaders this week calling for quick passage of S. 5145, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022, a bipartisan bill that allows for year-round of E15 by extending the 1-psi Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends containing

December 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Cover Crop Bill Could Turn Over a New Leaf in Sustainable Agriculture

by Elina Lingappa and Savannah Bertrand (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In July 2022, Representative Sean Casten (D-Ill.) introduced the Conservation Opportunity and Voluntary Environment Resilience Program (COVER) Act (H.R.8527) to increase the adoption of cover crops. Cover crops are not harvested for sale or consumption, but instead grown for their environmental benefits. They reduce soil erosion,

December 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Biofuels Groups Ask IRS to Get Carbon Scoring Right in Implementing Clean Fuel Tax Credit

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  A new clean fuel production tax credit created by the Inflation Reduction Act could pave the way for significant growth in biofuels including ethanol, sustainable aviation fuel and biodiesel, if the IRS takes steps to adopt the right greenhouse gas lifecycle emissions model. The new

December 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: Unleaded 88, E85 Help Lower Your Cost at Pump. Congress Can Help Ethanol Do More.

by Tadd Nicholson (Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association./Columbus Dispatch)  … Fortunately for Ohio drivers, an increasing number of retailers across the state now offer higher ethanol blends. These retailers sell lower-cost and lower-emission E15, a 15 percent ethanol blend, often marketed as Unleaded 88, as well as E85 for use in

December 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Refinery-State Democrats Plan Bill to Rein in Biofuel Blending Compliance Costs

by Jeremy Beaman (Washington Examiner) Congressional lawmakers are drawing up legislation to cut down the near-record compliance costs associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard, which has pitted corn staters and some in the oil industry against each other for more than a decade. The bicameral effort would seek to control the volatile prices of

December 5, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Expand E15 Gasoline Sales, with Support from Oil Group

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) U.S. senators from Nebraska and Minnesota introduced legislation on Tuesday that would expand nationwide sales of E15, a gasoline with a higher blend of ethanol, after gaining support for the bill from an oil industry trade group for the first time, Senator Deb Fischer from Nebraska told

November 30, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to CAAFI’s SAF Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Since 2006, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has sought to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation through the use of alternative jet fuels. CAAFI is a coalition of airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, energy producers, researchers, international participants and U.S. government

November 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Request for Public Input About Implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act Funding DEADLINE December 21, 2022

(Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA/Federal Register)  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) requests public input for NRCS to use to inform how NRCS will implement funds received under the Inflation Reduction  Act (IRA) to fund the deployment of climate-smart practices on US farms, ranches, and forestlands through four Farm Bill

November 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol, Petroleum and Ag Groups Express Support for Year-Round E15 Legislation

(Renewable Fuels Association) In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Senate and House leadership, a broad coalition of energy and agriculture organizations called on Congress to quickly adopt legislation that would resolve inconsistent fuel volatility regulations. Specifically, the groups expressed support for legislation that would result in equal regulatory treatment for all gasoline

November 22, 2022 Read Full Article

House Republicans Prepare Big Energy Package for 2023

by Jeremy Dillon (E&E News) House Republican leaders said Thursday the party is preparing an energy and environment package that could emerge in January as one of the first pieces of major legislation passed by the GOP-controlled chamber. Largely based on legislation already put forward by the top Republican on the

November 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Congress Is Divided. Here’s Where It May Not Be.

by Arianna Skibel (Politico’s Power Switch)  … But POLITICO’s E&E News reporter Jeremy Dillion says when it comes to energy and climate policy, there may be some (narrow) room for agreement. “There likely won’t be a big cross-chamber energy bill, but there will be areas where they can find bipartisan cooperation in these

November 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Senate Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Farm Bill Energy Programs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Nov. 15 continued its work to develop the 2023 Farm Bill with a hearing focused on rural development and energy programs. The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, BioPreferred Program, Rural Energy for America Program, and

November 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol: A Pathway to Reward Climate Smart Agriculture

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine) ACE believes farmers should have the opportunity to monetize low-carbon practices by selling their corn to ethanol plants that have pathways into clean fuel markets at the state or federal level, creating maximum value and meaningful change. …  Whether working to

November 15, 2022 Read Full Article

What a Democratic Senate Means for Energy

by Arianna Skibell (Politico’s Power Switch) … A GOP-led House probably spells doom for any ambitious new climate bills, such as this year’s Inflation Reduction Act. But the Senate offers Democrats a guardrail against GOP attacks and could even yield some gains for President Joe Biden’s agenda. Here are three ways

November 14, 2022 Read Full Article

A Battle Is Brewing over Biden’s Agriculture-Focused Climate Agenda

by Meredith Lee Hill (Politico Pro) A likely Republican takeover of the House and possibly the Senate is threatening Biden’s agriculture-focused climate agenda he plans to tout at COP27. — President Joe Biden will take to the stage on Friday at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to tout historic investments

November 11, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Year-Round Sales of an Ethanol-Gas Blend Wins Oil Group’s Support

by Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) A Republican U.S. senator plans to submit federal legislation with the support of a major oil industry trade group that would expand national sales of E15, a higher ethanol-gasoline blend. Senator Deb Fischer, of Nebraska, the third-largest U.S. corn-producing state, told Reuters on Thursday she

November 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Interview: Hydrogen, Carbon Capture Critical to Decarbonising the Chemical Industry – Dow CEO

by Joseph Chang (Independent Commodity Intelligence Service) Hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be critical for the chemical industry and other energy-intensive sectors to fully decarbonise, the CEO of Dow said. “Carbon capture is critical. You won’t get to any net-zero targets without hydrogen and carbon capture, especially in

November 9, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to the American Biogas Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) US biogas is growing quickly — a combination of extensive feedstock resources, a strong policy incentive structure and and ecosystem which has now developed of project developers and financiers. No group has had a more important role as a convener in the sector than the

November 9, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA Leading the Charge on IRA Implementation

(Renewable Fuels Association) Testimony, Comments Provided to Treasury, IRS, USDA — In separate comments and testimony to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association laid out the ethanol industry’s priorities as the agencies prepare to implement the Inflation Reduction Act’s

November 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers: Feeding and Fueling a Cleaner America

by Tom Haag (Real Clear Energy) … Farmers understand our nation faces environmental and energy challenges, and we are proud to be part of the solution. Ethanol, made from corn, is key to enhancing U.S. energy security, lowering prices at the pump, reducing dependence on foreign energy sources, and lowering emissions.

November 8, 2022 Read Full Article

As Hearings for the Farm Bill Ratchet Up, You Can Do 3 Things to Help Agriculture

by Rhonda Brooks (AgWeb) Every five years the U.S. farm bill gets a makeover, and the process is no small undertaking. That’s been the case since the first farm bill, the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, was authorized as part of the New Deal, and it’s still true today. The latest

November 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Sends Letter to Treasury on Action to Slash Aviation Emissions

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on implementation of Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) tax credits for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In her letter, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor calls on regulators to ensure that policies reflect the most updated and accurate science-based lifecycle carbon assessment

November 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Advancing Policy In Parallel

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Drive Clean Initiative and Next Generation Fuels Act are simultaneously finding support in the ethanol industry. Both aim to usher in higher blends of ethanol, but via different mechanisms. One effort rides on low-carbon, the other high octane. … But as the RFS

November 2, 2022 Read Full Article

House GOP Plans Early 2023 Energy Bill, Search for ‘The Next Solyndra’

by Josh Siegel and Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico Pro)  House Republicans are also planning to scrutinize how the Biden administration deploys the $370 billion in clean energy measures that Congress approved in Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act.  — Republicans are planning a legislative push to try to boost production of fossil fuels and low-carbon

October 31, 2022 Read Full Article

USDA Seeks Public Input on IRA’s Biofuel Infrastructure Funding: November 3-4, 2022 Listening Session — Public Comment DEADLINE November 28, 2022

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA has announced it will host a virtual listening session on Nov. 3 that focuses, in part, on Section 22003 of the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides $500 million in biofuels infrastructure funding. A 30-day public comment period is also being opened. President Joe

October 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund $27B — EPA Invites Input on Design (by 12/5), Hosts Listening Sessions (11/1,9) DEADLINE December 5, 2022

(American Economic Association/Environmental Protection Agency/White House) Biden-Harris Administration Seeks Public Input on Inflation Reduction Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund–Stakeholder Input Will Help Shape First-of-Its-Kind Federal Fund to Mobilize Clean Energy and Climate Projects and Reduce Pollution in Disadvantaged Communities Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a coordinated stakeholder

October 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol: A Pathway to Reward Climate Smart Agriculture

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A few years ago, ACE began alerting our industry that it would be a matter of if, not when, Congress would enact legislation designed to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Knowing climate legislation could impose costs and

October 21, 2022 Read Full Article

How Much Mining Is Needed to Save the Planet?

by Jael Holzman (E&E News/Greenwire)  With climate change pushing the U.S. toward more rapid adoption of new technologies, many Republicans and Democrats are in rare agreement on one key point: This country needs a lot more mines. But exactly how much new mining is required for the energy transition isn’t clear.

October 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Top Priority for New NCGA President

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Minnesota farmer Tom Haag is the new president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), starting his term on October 1. Haag farms corn and soybeans in Eden Valley with his son Nathan and has been farming for over 40 years. He has has served on the Minnesota Corn

October 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Help Wanted: Carbon Dioxide Pipeline Companies Mark Legislative Wins by Staffing up with Lobbyists

by Ben Lefebvre (Politico Pro)  An industry that barely existed several years ago is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into their lobbyist budgets. — Democrats’ blockbuster clean energy and infrastructure laws are proving a gold mine for at least one industry — lobbyists who work for the companies building carbon

October 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Electrify Every Vehicle? Hold on, Say Clean Fuel Backers

by Andres Picon (E&E News/Politico Pro) Advocates of a national clean fuel standard say it would help cut transportation-sector emissions as electrification ramps up.  — Electrification is widely regarded as the primary way to tackle vehicle emissions, but there’s a growing push to disrupt that narrative. Advocates of a national clean

September 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Miller-Meeks: Biochar: A Brighter Future

by Mariannette Miller-Meeks (The Iowa Torch) Mariannette Miller-Meeks: Biochar has the incredible potential to help sequester carbon in our agricultural economy and we must promote this innovative tool. —  Biochar is produced by burning forest or agricultural residue (organic material) at very high temperatures with limited oxygen into a condensed black

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Grassley Introduces Bipartisan Biochar Research Network Act

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) Bill seeks to explore agricultural, environmental benefits of biochar —  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a family farmer and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was joined by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing the Biochar Research Network Act. This

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

As Farmers Split from the GOP on Climate Change, They’re Getting Billions to Fight It

by Scott Neuman (NPR) …  The government’s conservation programs are meant to bolster farmers’ response to climate change, as (Iowa farmer Robb) Ewoldt and others like him are forced to confront worsening droughts on the one hand, and unprecedented rainfall and flooding on the other. But even with billions more in

September 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Inflation Reduction Act Recognizes Low-Carbon Liquid Heating Fuels for GHG Reductions

(National Oilheat Research Alliance/Biobase Diesel Daily) Congress and President Biden have recognized the critical role that the transition to low-carbon biofuels in homes heated with fuel oil will play in the reduction of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act includes legislation that incentivizes the heating-oil industry to improve

September 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Group Launches Effort to Create ‘Low-Carbon Fuel’ Standard

by Timothy Cama (E&E News/Politico Pro) The push from green groups would seek a new law for the transportation sector that would also give credit to electric vehicle charging and biofuels. —  A coalition representing environmentalists, biofuels and electric vehicles is starting a new push to implement a low-carbon fuel standard

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Producer Magazine’s Podcast: S01 E02 Industry Landmark: Discussing the Inflation Reduction Act’s Impact on Ethanol and Agriculture

(Ethanol Producer Magazine) This week’s Ethanol Producer Magazine podcast features, Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol explaining how the Inflation Reduction Act gives farmers and ethanol producers more support in lowering their carbon intensity scores. He also discusses the policy priorities ACE has in the wake of

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Cooper Discusses Impact of IRA, Possible Rail Strike

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper on Aug. 13 discussed several current issues impacting the U.S. ethanol sector, including a possible rail strike, ahead of an event held by the White House in celebration of the Inflation Reduction Act. Cooper opened a call

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

US Biofuel Industry Hopes Their Voices Are Heard as EPA Eyes Final Rules on E15, RFS

by Jasmin Melvin (S&P Global) E15 solution for Midwest states coming: Regan; Biofuel group pushes for nationwide action; Lays out industry priorities for next RFS rulemaking — A promise by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to lift a summertime ban on sales of a gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol in certain

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Agri-Pulse Open Mic Interview: House Ag Ranking Member Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa.

(Agri-Pulse)  This week’s Open Mic guest is House Ag Ranking Member Glenn “GT” Thompson. At last week’s Farm Progress Show, Thompson offered thoughts on crafting a 2023 farm bill including an opportunity to chair the committee if the GOP wins a majority in the November midterms. The Pennsylvania 15th district

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Webinar Recording: Inflation Reduction Act Implications for Renewables and Energy Transition

(Orrick) On Friday, August 12, 2022, the House passed The Inflation Reduction Act, the sweeping legislation on health care, climate and taxes, by a 220-207 margin after passing the Senate on August 7th. The legislation will reshape and expand tax credit incentives for a broad range of renewable energy resources and

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – Qualified Biogas Property

by John R. Kirkwood, Jason Deppen, and Christopher B. Berendt (FaegreDrinker/Biofuels Digest) … Section 48(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as it existed prior to the adoption of the (Inflation Reduction) Act provides an investment tax credit (ITC) for the installation of certain renewable energy property as described in Section

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Quick Summary of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Provisions in Inflation Reduction Act

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act, you can find a number of items that involve sustainable aviation fuels (SFA), particularly the tax credit and transition to a carbon credit.  Thanks to notes about these provisions by Chris Tindal, Assistant Director of the Commercial

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Inflation Reduction Act Charts a New Course for US Biofuels Industry

by Corey Lavinsky (S&P Global) … Though ethanol is mentioned only thrice in the lengthy law, ethanol producers will benefit from its carbon capture, utilization and storage provisions, clean fuel production credits, and incentives for ethanol-based sustainable aviation fuel. In addition, cellulosic ethanol manufacturers celebrated the revival of a previously-expired $1.01/gal second

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

US Farmers Can Supply Long-Term Energy and Climate Solutions

by Jon Doggett  (Fox Business/National Corn Growers Association) We must expand fuel choices and make ethanol more accessible across the US — … The Agriculture Department estimates that the cost of fuel, lube and electricity combined for American farmers is projected to increase 34% in 2022. We must remain focused on

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol and EVs Pt 1

by Bob Larson (Ag Information Network/Washington State Farm Bureau Report)  … The same week California announced it will end the sale of new liquid-fueled vehicles in 2035, a heat wave forced a power emergency and a request that consumers reduce demand, including charging EVs. That underscored the corn ethanol industry’s

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Algae and Seaweed in the Inflation Reduction Act

(Algae Biomass Organization) The Inflation Reduction Act that was passed by Congress and Signed by President Biden last month has been hailed as a milestone in climate progress for the United States, especially for the aid that the new legislation will provide for technology development. Several provisions should be of

September 6, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA and Ethanol at the Farm Progress Show

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired)  Ethanol was in the spotlight at the Farm Progress Show in Iowa this week and the Renewable Fuels Association was there to promote the high octane benefits of the fuel and the role of biofuels and farming in combating climate change. RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper, Director of Government Affairs

September 6, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA’s Fine PM Rule: A Pitch Ethanol Should Hit Out of the Park

by Doug Durante (Biofuels Digest/Clean Fuels Development Coalition) … EPA was finalizing their proposed rule to reduce fine particulates. To their credit, they had announced early on that they intended to complete their NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) by August and it is at the Office of Management and Budget for

September 5, 2022 Read Full Article

#FPS22 Legislative Panel on Outlook for Biofuels

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)Agri-Pulse editor Sara Wyant moderated a legislative outlook panel of mostly Midwest lawmakers in the Syngenta tent at Farm Progress Show Wednesday. Joining Wyant were (L-R) Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL); Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA); Vicky Hartzler (R-MO); GT Thompson (R-PA); Randy Feenstra (R-IA); and Ashley Hinson (R-IA). The

September 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Biomass Magazine’s Podcast: The Landmark Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in it for Biogas/RNG?

(Biomass Magazine) This week’s Biomass Magazine podcast features, Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council, Interviewed by Anna Simet, editor of Biomass Magazine.  LISTEN The IRA Revolutionizes AD Tax Credits (BioCycle Magazine)

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Magazine Podcast: Landmark Inflation Reduction Act: Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel and SAF

(Biodiesel Magazine) This week’s Biodiesel Magazine podcast features, Paul Winters, Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications, Clean Fuels Alliance America Interview by Anna Simet, editor of Biomass Magazine.   READ MORE Biomass Magazine’s Podcast Series: The Landmark Inflation Reduction Act: Biomass-based Diesel (Biomass Magazine)

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Podcast: The Landmark Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in it for Biomass-based Diesel?

(Biomass Magazine)  The Landmark Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in it for Biomass-based Diesel? Featuring Paul Winters, Director of Public Affairs and Federal Communications, Clean Fuels Alliance America, Interviewed by Anna Simet, editor of Biomass Magazine. LISTEN

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Podcast: The Landmark Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in it for Biogas/Renewable Natural Gas?

(Biomass Magazine) The Landmark Inflation Reduction Act: What’s in it for Biogas/Renewable Natural Gas? Featuring Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council Interviewed by Anna Simet, editor of Biomass Magazine.   LISTEN

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

“Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer. Here’s How.”

(Society of Environmental Journalists) “In a first, the measure legally defines greenhouse gases as pollution. That’ll make new regulations much tougher to challenge in court.” “When the Supreme Court restricted the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to fight climate change this year, the reason it gave was that Congress had

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Climate Bill, State Mandates Jump-Start EVs’ Future But Experts Say It Will Be 20 to 30 Years before EVs Fully Replace Gas-fueled Cars.

by Anne C. Mulkern (E&E News/Politico Pro)  …  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) last week signed legislation banning sales of new gasoline-fueled vehicles in state after 2035. California, New York and Washington have said they’d enact similar mandates.  READ MORE How EV tax credits are straining US-South Korea trade relations

August 18, 2022 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Diesel Technology Forum

“Others will be inspired to consider using advanced renewable and biodiesel fuels, either in blends or fully in place of conventional diesel fuel to reduce their greenhouse gas and other emissions. The advantage here is that this can be accomplished now, without any new fueling infrastructure or the need to

August 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Signs New SAF, Hydrogen, Clean Fuel Tax Credits into Law

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Joe Biden on Aug. 16 signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, calling the legislation the “biggest step forward in climate—ever” and stressing it will allow the U.S. to boldly take addition steps towards meeting its climate goals.   The expansive legislative package addresses

August 17, 2022 Read Full Article

After 25 Years of Futility, Democrats Finally Jettison Carbon Pricing in Favor of Incentives to Counter Climate Change

by Marianne Lavelle (Inside Climate News) The $370 billion Inflation Reduction Act is the nation’s first comprehensive climate plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions and boost renewable energy and green technology. It relies on tax credits and other “carrots,” not sticks. … From the time that the world first agreed

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Why the US Fossil Fuel Industry Wants to Get into the Hydrogen Act

by Aime Williams (Financial Review)  The historic climate bill contains significant support measures for a fuel that is poorly understood by politicians. — …  While hydrogen is a clean fuel when burnt and produces only water, the process of creating it through electrolysis fired by coal or gas is not. “Green”

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Additional Funding for the DOE Loan Program Office to Support U.S. Energy Infrastructure, Vehicle, and Mass Transit Development

by Mark J. Riedy, John C. F. Loving, Stephen M. Anstey and Patrick McShane (Kilpatrick Townsend – Energy/Biofuels Digest) … Of the $369 billion for energy security and climate change, which supports various tax incentives, programs, and other initiatives, the IRA provides approximately $70 billion in new funds to the Department

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

“The Roof Is Lifting” – The United States to Inject $800 Billion into Climate, Energy Sectors as IRA 2022 Passes to Biden for Signing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … One of the Digesterati described the shift in momentum: “The roof is lifting off the renewable energy industry broadly with the IRA and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. The IRA and IIJA amount to more than $800 billion in climate and energy

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

As Congress Funds High-Tech Climate Solutions, It Also Bets on a Low-Tech One: Nature

by Brady Dennis (Washington Post)  … On the agriculture side, the legislation would pour nearly $20 billion of additional funding in existing federal conservation programs that incentivize farmers and ranchers to embrace a range of climate-friendly practices, including planting cover crops, better managing water sources, and conserving grasslands and other

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

U-S House Candidates Clash over Biofuels at Farmfest Forum

by Ashley Hanley (KTOE) The biofuels issue sparked brisk debate between U-S House candidates during a Tuesday forum on Farmfest’s first day.  Second District Democratic Congresswoman Angie Craig: “I’m the first member of Congress to ever, in the history of this Congress, pass a bill that would allow for year-round sales

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Illinois Biofuel Industry a Jobs Creator, New DOE Report Finds

by Zeta Cross (The Center Square) Illinois’ biofuel industry continues to expand and create more jobs every year, a new report by the Department of Energy has found. In 2021, 307 new jobs were added in Illinois, an increase of 4.6% over 2020, the 2022 United States Energy and Employment Report (USEER) said.

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

NARA President Testifies on Rendering Sustainability Benefits before House Climate Committee

(North American Renderers Association/Biobased Diesel Daily)  Kent Swisher, president and CEO of the North American Renderers Association, testified July 15 before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on the sustainability benefits of rendering. Swisher was one of four witnesses testifying and the sole representative of the

August 2, 2022 Read Full Article

What’s in the Inflation Reduction Act — For Renewable Fuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Here are the details from the US Senate with markers to indicate items of definite or possible industry interest. More on the bill here. Summary of the Energy Security and Climate Change Investments in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 … The Inflation Reduction Act: 1. Lowers

August 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Manchin, Schumer Cut Deal on Climate Spending, Including Farm Bill Funds

by Philip Brasher (Agri-Pulse)  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced an agreement  with Sen. Joe Manchin on a narrow reconciliation bill that would provide $369 billion in climate-related provisions, including more than $20 billion for farm bill conservation assistance and additional incentives for low-carbon biofuels and rural electric co-ops.  The 725-page bill they agreed

July 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Senators Introduce Bill to Expand Use of High-Octane Fuels Including Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  With gasoline prices still at historically high levels, a group of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would expand demand for ethanol by establishing high-octane certification test fuels containing 20% to 30% ethanol and requiring automobile manufacturers to design and warranty their vehicles to

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Removal Is Moving Full Steam Ahead. So Is Climate Change.

by Vanessa Montalbano (Washington Post) … The Energy Department is also set on boosting approaches that would remove gigatons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere for less than $100 per net metric ton of carbon. (According to Energy, 1 gigaton of carbon is equivalent to the annual emissions produced by

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Leftovers Pile up for Year-End Tax Bill Menu

by Laura Weiss (The Hill) There’s bipartisan interest in certain tax, trade provisions left out of budget, competitiveness bills — Tax credits for increasing home energy efficiency, building energy-efficient new homes, hydrogen-fueled vehicles, electric motorcycles, biofuel and alternative fuels like hydrogen or natural gas, along with their refueling property, also expired

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Federal Biodiesel Blending Tax Incentive Set to Expire

by Will Robinson (Brownfield Ag News) The U.S. biodiesel blending tax incentive is set to expire after this year which could lower blending volumes if not extended. Illinois Soybean Association board member Ron Kindred tells Brownfield the federal biodiesel incentive provides an extra dollar per gallon to blenders… “We’ve been working

July 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Coastal Effect: Comparable to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Pro-Biofuel Policies in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia Offer a Vast Region of Opportunity for Reduced-CI Ethanol on the Pacific Coast.

by Melissa Anderson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Eleven years ago, California led the way with the implementation of its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which continues to be a guiding force for clean fuel policy on the West Coast and beyond. Since it took effect, the structure and scale of the Golden

July 25, 2022 Read Full Article

US Senators Introduce Bill Supporting Renewable Natural Gas for Vehicles

(NGV Journal/Office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)) U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D) from Virgina and Richard Burr (R) from North Carolina introduced the Renewable Natural Gas Incentive Act, a bipartisan legislation that provides a $1 per gallon tax credit for renewable natural gas used as a transportation fuel, further supporting

July 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Let’s Give the Next Generation a Better Fuel

by Douglas A. Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Ethanol Producer Magazine) With a time-to-market advantage over EVs, ethanol benefits the 270 million cars on the road today while replacing benzene-based carcinogens in gas. With its low-carbon, high-octane requirement, the Next Generation Fuels Act takes ethanol higher. Depending on when you came

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Climate Bill Dissolution Threatens Green Aviation Fuel Liftoff

by Laura Sanicola  (Reuters) Last week’s collapse of U.S. climate legislation could severely hamper the development of clean-burning transportation fuels, investors, lobbyists and analysts said. The U.S. biofuel industry was banking on legislation that would boost investment in fuels like sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), made from animal fats, greases and oils,

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

2023 Farm Bill

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) Congress continued to focus on the 2023 Farm Bill. The House Agriculture Committee held hearings on the forestry title of the bill and the state of credit for young, beginning, and underserved producers . We are tracking the environmental, energy, and climate highlights of the Congressional hearings in

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

What’s Your Take on the 2018 Farm Bill?

by Jenna Hoffman (AgWeb)  U.S. House Agriculture Committee is seeking feedback on the previous Farm Bill in preparation for the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), House Ag republican leader, says farm bill feedback is “critical” with 2023 Farm Bill discussions in full swing. “Hearing directly from farm country

July 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Feenstra Focused on Energy Title of Next Farm Bill

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  A member of the House Agriculture Committee wants to strengthen the energy title in the next farm bill. Iowa Republican Randy Feenstra tells Brownfield there are so many opportunities for biofuel production and use in Title IX. “Right now to me it’s all about the

July 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Collins, Cantwell Introduce Carbon Removal Bill

by Manuel Quiñones (E&E News/Politico Pro) “Our bipartisan bill would spur research and development for carbon removal technologies, as well as accelerate the commercialization of innovative carbon removal solutions to help make them more affordable,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). —  Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Washington Democratic Sen. Maria

June 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Why is E85 Almost $2 Cheaper Than Other Blends of Gasoline?

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb) … E85 is priced significantly less than other blends of fuel across the country, even $2 below at some locations. “We’re talking about a 30% to 40% discount in many cases,” says Geoff Cooper of Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “The reason for that is because the main

June 20, 2022 Read Full Article

House Passes Bill to End Restrictions on Higher-Ethanol Fuels Amid Spiraling Gas Prices

by Zack Budryk (The Hill) The House of Representatives on Thursday passed an omnibus appropriations bill aimed at addressing spiraling fuel costs by further expanding the availability of higher-ethanol fuel blends.  The Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act contains a number of separate agriculture provisions aimed at addressing food costs and

June 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Kuster, Gonzalez Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Innovation, Groundbreaking Carbon-Capture Technology

(Office of Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH 2nd))  Today, Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced the REMOVE Act, legislation to enact a whole-of-government approach to experiment, prototype, and produce carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technology. The bill achieves this goal by directing federal agencies to include the development of CDR

June 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuels Institute Explores Carbon Benefits of Biofuels

(NACS) The white paper will help spark conversation on finding an answer to reducing emissions from all vehicles. — The Fuels Institute has published a new white paper that explores the carbon benefits of using biofuels, according to a news release. The paper, “Assessment of Biofuels Policy: Effectiveness of Emissions Reductions,”

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Offer Simultaneous Economic, Environmental and National Security Benefits

by Reid Detchon and Bart Ruth (United Nations Foundation and Solutions from the Land, respectively) Why are drivers in Watertown, S.D., paying 60 cents a gallon less to fill up their gas tanks than we are? Because 30 percent of their fuel is ethanol. When Russian President Vladimir Putin sent tanks into Ukraine, President Biden acknowledged that

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

‘Hold Your Nose’: Some Dems Reluctantly Back Ethanol Bill

by George Cahlink (E&E News/Politico Pro) Some House Democrats say they’ll vote for the bill as part of an inflation-fighting package to help vulnerable members — but they won’t like it.  —  Some House Democrats have major concerns with pro-ethanol legislation, due on the floor this week, and will only reluctantly

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Senators Ask GAO if SRE Denials Require Congressional Review

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Sens. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn.; Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are asking the U.S. Government Accountability Office to determine whether the U.S. EPA’s June 3 denial of 69 small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard must be submitted to Congress for review under

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

House to Vote on Biofuel Build-out, Ethanol Cap Lift

by Marc Heller (E&E News/Politico Pro) The House is poised to vote on a bill combining expanded biofuels with oversight of livestock markets and conservation efforts. —  The House will vote this week on legislation combining several agriculture priorities, including expanded biofuel infrastructure and year-round sales of higher-ethanol fuel. Congressional Democrats

June 13, 2022 Read Full Article

A Border Carbon Bill with a Price

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) Whitehouse (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)) introduced a bill Tuesday charging $55 per ton for carbon emissions on imported products from energy intensive industries. The Clean Competition Act, which POLITICO’s Josh Siegel got an early look at, differs from past carbon border adjustment bills by

June 10, 2022 Read Full Article

House Democrats Unveil “Lower Food and Fuels Costs” Bill

by Chuck Abbott (Successful Farming) The House could vote as early as next week on an omnibus bill that would allow summertime sale of E15, create a special investigator’s office at the USDA to enforce fair-play laws in meatpacking, and help farmers adopt so-called precision agriculture technology. The legislative amalgam

June 10, 2022 Read Full Article
Pathways to Regenerative Agriculture: Farm Policy for the 21st Century   —   June 16, 2022   —   ONLINE

Pathways to Regenerative Agriculture: Farm Policy for the 21st Century — June 16, 2022 — ONLINE

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) invite you to a briefing on regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture, or farming in sync with the local environment and climate, produces multiple economic, climate, and societal benefits. Examples of these practices include reducing or eliminating synthetic pesticide and fertilizer

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Military Green

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Reps. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) and Jason Crow (D-Colo.) want the Defense Department to go green. The group introduced the Depend on Domestic Clean Energy Act on Thursday to switch DOD’s energy supplies away from fossil fuels, which they call

May 27, 2022 Read Full Article

3 Ways Ethanol Brings Down Gas Prices

 by Cheri Bustos (D IL 17th) (FOXBusiness) A solution to high gas prices is being planted across the American Heartland  —  … I’m lucky enough to represent more than 7,000-square miles of Northwest and Central Illinois — home to nearly 10,000 family farms and seven biofuels plants in and around our

May 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Groups Send Letter to Congress Highlighting Oilheat Industry Policy Priorities

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) A number of organizations, including state energy associations and Clean Fuels Alliance America, sent a letter to federal policymakers May 12 highlighting several policy priorities for the heating oil industry. The industry is pursuing goals for reduced carbon, with Bioheat® fuel as a key tool.

May 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Startups Ask Congress to Fund (more) Carbon Removal R&D

(Carbon 180) Carbon removal startups working across tech and agriculture have penned two letters calling for the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to increase support for both geologic storage (the final resting place for carbon collected via direct air capture and BECCS) and agricultural soil carbon. The variety of signatories paints a picture

May 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Oil Refineries Continue Attacks on the RFS While Enjoying Record Profit Margins

by Scott Richman (Renewable Fuels Association) If you watched the Sunday morning talk shows last weekend, you might have noticed a new advertisement (paid for by oil refiners) that attacks the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ad notes that consumers are paying record-high prices at the pump (something that has nothing to do with

May 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Could SAF Be a Cost-Effective Solution to Rising Aviation Fuel Prices?

by Thom Patterson (Flying) As fuel prices skyrocket, will sustainable aviation fuel ever be a less-expensive alternative?  With the price of conventional aviation fuel skyrocketing in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, could sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offer any relief?  For a while now, governments, major airlines, and several aviation

May 6, 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

Federal Support of Alternative Energy Is Crucial for Renewables

by Ron MacDonald (Zinc8 Energy Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  … While the U.S. Congress funds billions in grants to chipmakers including goliaths such as Micron and Samsung, many emerging alternative energy companies – who don’t have billions in the bank like the chipmakers – beg for their supper. It’s time for Congress to

May 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Bush, Sanders, Crow Introduce Energy Security and Independence Act of 2022

(Office of Congresswoman Cory Bush (D-MO-01)) Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) introduced the Energy Security and Independence Act, a historic effort to strengthen America’s renewable energy supply chain through the Defense Production Act and invest in programs to lower utility prices.  “The days

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Congressman Rice Introduces Food Before Fuel Act

(Office of Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC 7th)  Bill Would Lower Price of Food and Gasoline by Repealing Ethanol Mandate Law  — Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) introduced the Food Before Fuel Act with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to repeal the ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS drives up

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Deal Elusive on Bipartisan Agriculture Climate Bill

by Mark Heller (E&E News) The House Agriculture panel’s top Republican said he thought a revised “Growing Climate Solutions Act” was on the way to passage — until it wasn’t. — The top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee said a bill to bolster carbon sequestration in farming seemed to be

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Congressional Letter From NBAA, Others Highlights Urgent Need for SAF Blender’s Tax Credit

(National Business Aviation Association)  Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a proven and essential component of the aviation industry’s drive toward decarbonization, and federal tax policies such as a dedicated blender’s tax credit are necessary to spur investment in commercial-scale production of this vital next-generation fuel, a large group of stakeholders said

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

Ethanol against the World!

by Matt Reese and Dusty Sonnenberg (Ohio’s Country Journal) …  “In a life cycle analysis of ethanol and electric vehicles, you have to look at the base load of carbon intensity. Right now, that number is 114 grams of CO2 per megajoule for the U.S. on average. If you took a

April 22, 2022 Read Full Article
Green Hydrogen Briefing Series: Scaling Up Innovation to Drive Down Emissions   —    April 27, 2022   —   ONLINE

Green Hydrogen Briefing Series: Scaling Up Innovation to Drive Down Emissions — April 27, 2022 — ONLINE

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing on green hydrogen. Green hydrogen—hydrogen produced using renewable energy—will likely be necessary for decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors like steel production and providing a low- and no-emissions alternative to the existing carbon-intensive hydrogen industry. The problem? Green hydrogen currently makes up

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Stabenow, Boozman Announce First Senate Farm Bill Hearing

(Agri-Pulse)  The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold its first 2023 farm bill hearing later this month in Michigan, Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member John Boozman announced Wednesday. The highly anticipated hearing entitled “Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives,” will be held on April 29 at Michigan State

April 18, 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

EPA Discusses RFS Plans in FY 2023 Budget Request Justification

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on April 5 released its fiscal year (FY) 2023 congressional budget justification, outlining the agency’s plans for the $11.88 billion in agency funding requested by President Biden in his FY 2023 budget request on March 28. Initiatives related to the Renewable Fuel Standard are

April 12, 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

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Production, Use of Renewable Diesel, Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Green Car Congress) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Barrasso (R-WY) led their colleagues in introducing the Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation Fuel Parity Act of 2022. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), and Steve Daines (R-MO). The bill would require the Department of Energy to track

April 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Making Moves on CDR

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Last week’s IPCC report called for a buildout of the world’s carbon dioxide removal capacity to mitigate both legacy carbon emissions and to neutralize difficult-to-decarbonize sectors like heavy industry. Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) hope to boost U.S. direct air capture technology by creating demand

April 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Thune, Klobuchar Urge EPA to Update Biofuel Emissions Modeling

(KLGR) Two Senate Ag Committee members recently urged the Environmental Protection Agency to update its greenhouse gas modeling for biofuels.  Senators John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, asked the EPA to adopt the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation,

April 7, 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

Growth Energy Submits Comments to EPA on Biofuels’ Role in Reducing Emissions from Aviation Sector

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the agency’s particulate matter (PM) emissions standards and test procedures for jet engines, and the role biofuels play in reducing PM and greenhouse gas emissions in mobile sources including the aviation sector. “As we have already seen with higher

April 6, 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

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

Next Hydrogen, 40 Partners Sign on to Support Proposed Northeast Hydrogen Hub

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Hydrogen electrolyzer designer and manufacturer Next Hydrogen Solutions Inc.’s fully owned subsidiary, Next Hydrogen Corp., has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), along with an initial total of 40 hydrogen ecosystem partners, to develop a proposal to

March 29, 2022 Read Full Article

2022 Summer of Action Grants Applications Open DEADLINE: April 8, 2022

(Environmental Defense Fund) The window to make historic climate and clean energy investments at the federal level is now. We are in a fight for our future. Our economic dependence on oil has left us vulnerable to geopolitical conflicts, and investments in our clean energy future will help insulate our

March 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Kildee Highlights Bill that Would Allow More Ethanol in Gasoline Year-Round

by Ryan Jeltema (ABC 12)  Legislation in the U.S. House aims to lower gas prices while supporting Mid-Michigan farmers. The Year-Round Fuel Choice Act was introduced last summer, but it’s being considered now because of the near-record high gas prices. The bill would allow gasoline to be sold with 15% ethanol year-round.

March 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Farm Bill Primer: What Is the Farm Bill?

(Congressional Research Service) The farm bill is an omnibus, multiyear law that governs an array of agricultural and food programs. It provides an opportunity for policymakers to comprehensively and periodically address agricultural and food issues. In addition to developing and enacting farm legislation, Congress is involved in overseeing its implementation.

March 22, 2022 Read Full Article

House Bill Bans Russian Oil, Increases Access to US Biofuels

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Reps. Angie Craig, D-Minn.; Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa; Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; and Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, on March 21 introduced the Home Front Energy Independence Act, a bill that aims to expand access to biofuels and ban Russian oil. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate on March 9.

March 22, 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

Clean Energy Superstar or Smokescreen for Fossil Fuel Use? Here’s What You Need to Know about Hydrogen.

by Tik Root (Washington Post)  … But some urge caution, noting that almost all the hydrogen currently produced is derived from fossil fuels, especially natural gas. And a study published last year found that, if those embodied emissions are considered, purportedly “clean,” hydrogen can have a greater climate impact than natural

March 17, 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

Hydrogen Trucks Get a Boost

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) Lawmakers in both parties and chambers hope to reduce heavy trucking emissions, and they view hydrogen as just the ticket to make that happen. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), as well as Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), are introducing the Hydrogen for Trucks Act today in a

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article
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