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Gov. Reynolds Plans to Build ‘Relationships’ with President Biden to Protect Biofuels

by John Steppe (The Gazette/SoutherMinn.com)  Gov. Kim Reynolds is looking forward to “building those same relationships” with President Joe Biden and his Environmental Protection Agency staff that she had with the Trump administration to protect biofuels, Reynolds said during Tuesday’s virtual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. … “I will hold this

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order Pushes for Electric Vehicles

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb) Biofuels groups have high hopes a Biden Administration will get the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) back on track. But an announcement just days on the job seems to showcase a Biden Administration’s push for electric vehicles instead. … The news came as a surprise to biofuels

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Farm, Biofuels, and Environmental Groups Oppose SAFE Rule

(National Farmers Union)  An alliance of farm, biofuels, and environmental organizations last night filed an amicus brief in objection to the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficiency Vehicle (SAFE) Rule on the grounds that it both fails to account for toxic pollution from aromatic-laden fuel as well as ignores the important role that ethanol can

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

The Clean Economy Employment Now (“CLEEN”) Project Launches Nation’s First Database with Actionable Ideas for Federal Leaders to Combat Climate Change, “Build Back Better,” and Advance Climate Justice / Includes Advanced Biofuels USA “Disappearing Gas Tax” Proposal

(The CLEEN Project)  The CLEEN Project was created through a collective of more than 200 contributors and 70 Advisory Board members from the private sector, federal and state government, environmental justice organizations, and leading climate-focused think tanks who share a desire to help catalyze job creation and a 21st century

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Sinclair Confirms It Secured Trump EPA’s Last Biofuel Waivers, Defends Them in Court

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) Sinclair Oil Corporation confirmed on Tuesday it secured biofuel blending waivers for its refineries from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shortly before the departure of the administration of President Donald Trump last week. The company made the statement in a court filing defending the waivers against a

January 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Administration to Review SAFE Vehicles Rule

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficiency (SAFE) Vehicles Rule is one of the many federal regulations that are set to be reviewed by the Biden administration, according to an executive order issued Jan. 20. “Our Nation has an abiding commitment to empower our workers and communities; promote and

January 26, 2021 Read Full Article

All EVs by 2035? Report Shows Roadblocks

by David Ferris (E&E News) This study, an update by the California Energy Commission on the state’s EV charging needs, is the first to try to game out the implications of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s earthshaking order to ban the sale of internal-combustion engines by 2035. The short answer: Charging stations will

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Valero Sues Texas-Based Commodity Group for Failure to Deliver 106 Million RINs

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Valero has filed a lawsuit in Texas state court alleging a Cypress, Texas,-based commodity group failed to deliver renewable identification numbers, or RINs, as part of an agreement with Valero. In the lawsuit filed on Dec. 31 in Harris County, Texas, Valero alleges because Sundive

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

(Renewable Fuels Association) In response to an emergency motion filed Tuesday evening by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ordered that EPA’s action on Tuesday to grant three small refinery petitions must be “administratively stayed pending further order of the court.” The order prevents EPA

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Files Petition and Emergency Motion to Halt EPA’s Dark-of-Night Refinery Waivers

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday evening by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with less than 24 hours remaining in the Trump administration. “EPA’s decision will inflict substantial, immediate, and irreversible harm” on U.S.

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

A Muted Year for Biofuels M&A Activity: 2020 Review and Outlook

by Bruce Comer and Frank Kim (Ocean Park Advisors/Biofuels Digest)  COVID-19 further plagues the already challenged North American biofuels M&A market, while capital investments thrive. — Biofuels merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in North America remained sluggish in 2020. For the second consecutive year, no large-scale, operating biofuels plant changed

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Must-Knows in the Biden Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are the key bioeconomy players in the new Biden Administration? What recent moves by the outgoing Trump Administration and Congress will set their budget and regulatory framework for 2021. What will the new Administration do, right away and this year?  READ MORE 1. New

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Proposes to Extend 2019, 2020 RFS Deadlines DEADLINE Comments due March 11, 2021

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA is scheduled to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register on Jan. 15 extending certain Renewable Fuel Standard deadlines for compliance years 2019 and 2020. A public comment period is open through March 11 and a virtual public hearing is scheduled

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Petitions for a Waiver of the 2019 and 2020 Renewable Fuel Standards DEADLINE Comments due February 18, 2021

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) EPA seeks comment on several petitions for a waiver of the 2019 and 2020 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume requirements from refineries and the governors of several states. The petitions and the associated Federal Register Notice are provided below. Comments must be received on or before February

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Reductions On the Rise in 2021

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board)  With carbon reduction taking center stage, biodiesel and renewable diesel can provide immediate and substantial benefits, including 80% reduction in both greenhouse gases and particulate matter, an over 40% reduction in carbon monoxide, and more. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are on the “Rise” in

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel’s Rising Tide

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  An update on U.S. renewable diesel projects—operational, expanding, under construction and proposed—giving new purpose to aging oil refineries. The report represents a transformative volume of nearly 5.5 billion gallons of new or potential capacity. The appeal of stacking the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit on top

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Holding Strong: U.S. Biodiesel Producers Surveyed

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine’s late-2020 survey of producers tells the story of a resilient, changing industry that’s taken mostly indirect hits from the pandemic. Many producers lowered, but later ramped back up, production in 2020. This publication’s survey of U.S. biomass-based diesel producers, conducted in early December,

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewed Focus on Climate Legislation Could Help Biofuels

by Sara Wyant (Ag Week) The biofuel industry argues that President-elect Joe Biden can also make progress on his climate goals by expanding biofuel usage mandates, embracing a low carbon fuel policy and increasing vehicle emissions standards. Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable,

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Official Release of the MOVES3 Motor Vehicle Emissions Model for SIPs and Transportation Conformity

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the  (MOVES3) for official purposes outside of California. MOVES3 is the latest state-of-the art upgrade to EPA’s modeling tools for estimating emissions from cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles based on the latest data and regulations. MOVES3

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Washington Week in Review: Jan. 15, 2021: Rep. Rodney Davis on Impeachment, COVID Aid, and Biofuels

(Agri-Pulse)  It’s been an eventful two weeks on Capitol Hill, and the impacts could linger for an extended period of time. Illinois Republican Rodney Davis, a veteran of the House Agriculture Committee and the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, joins Agri-Pulse to discuss the current outlook for Congress

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Outgoing Trump Admin Mulls Industry-Wide Biofuel Waiver for Oil Refiners and E15 Labeling Change

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The Trump administration is considering requests from the oil refining industry and its backers for a sweeping nationwide waiver to exempt them from their obligations to blend biofuels, a measure they argue would help them weather the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump’s

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Essential Energy,’ the Theme of the Upcoming National Ethanol Conference

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ‘Essential Energy,’ the theme of the upcoming National Ethanol Conference, is inspired by the inclusion of U.S. biofuel producers on the Department of Homeland Security’s list of critical and essential industries during the onset of the pandemic. As states across the country

January 16, 2021 Read Full Article

House Biofuels Caucus Urges Trump to Reject SRE Petitions

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to President Trump on Jan. 12 urging him to direct the U.S. EPA to immediately reject any pending small refinery exemption (SRE) requests that do not meet criteria established by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in its January

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Thanks Senate Midwest Republicans for Backing Renewable Fuel Standard

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association expressed gratitude today to seven Republican members of the Senate who called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to back down from rumored small refinery exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard. “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have clearly and forcefully spoken out against last-minute

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

AFPM Sees Alignment with Biden on Trade, Economy

by Elliott Blackburn (Argus Media) …  (President-elect Joe) Biden also campaigned on goals to increasingly electrify the US vehicle fleet and maintain support for renewable fuels, which would erode market share for the petroleum fuel that dominates AFPM membership’s output. But chief executive Chet Thompson expects to find common ground

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Grassley Shudders at Hill Reopening Renewable Fuels Law

by Marc Heller (E&E News)  To Sen. Chuck Grassley, only one prospect may be scarier than putting the politics of ethanol before the Supreme Court: letting his colleagues in Congress vote on it. READ MORE

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Final Anti-Backsliding Determination for Renewable Fuels and Air Quality

(Federal Register/Environmental Protection Agency)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that no additional measures are necessary pursuant to Clean Air Act (CAA) section 211(v) to mitigate the adverse air quality impacts of the renewable fuel volumes required under CAA section 211(o). … CAA section 211(v) requires EPA to take

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Eyes Extending Refinery Biofuel Deadlines, No Action on Waivers

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it would propose to extend deadlines for refiners to prove compliance with biofuel laws, but signaled it would not decide on a slew of pending waiver requests submitted by the industry. The agency’s proposal represented mixed news for

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Dozens of Ethanol Plants Remain Idle in Early 2021

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  Weaker demand is the main factor now, the $5 corn market could delay the industry’s recovery.  — Higher corn prices are roiling the U.S. ethanol industry, but the full impact of the corn price spike might not be felt for weeks. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Ask Biden to Restore the Integrity of the RFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A group of six democratic senators sent a letter President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 11 urging his administration to support U.S. farmers and the biofuels industry by restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter, signed by Sens. Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill.; Amy Klobuchar,

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Will EPA Torpedo RFS Again on Wheeler’s Way Out?

by Jennifer Shike (Farm Journal Ag Web)  With just eight days left in EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s term, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Geoff Cooper told AgriTalk’s host Chip Flory on Tuesday that he’s not surprised by reports that EPA may grant some waivers to oil

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

NHTSA DelaysPenalty Hike for Automakers

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a 150 percent jump in civil penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel economy requirements won’t take effect until model year 2022, a move that could save manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars. A panel of

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Here’s How President-elect Biden Can Slash Carbon Emissions by 12 Million Metric Tons on Day One in Office

(Renewable Fuels Association)  On “Day One” in office, President-elect Biden’s incoming administration can immediately secure 10.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending waiver requests from oil refiners who are looking to dodge their Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations. In addition, another 1.2 million

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Trump Administration Expected to Grant Biofuel Waivers for Some Oil Refiners – Sources

by Stephanie Kelly, Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)  The Trump administration is expected to grant waivers to some oil refiners that would exempt them from requirements to blend biofuels into their fuel mix for the 2019 compliance year, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The move would be one of

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Supreme Court to Hear Small-Refinery Exemption Appeal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The Supreme Court will review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that found EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 10th Circuit ruling in January 2020 led the EPA to reject more

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Farm & Biofuel Coalition Rejects EPA’s Excuses for Failing to Comply with 2017 Court Order

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today (January 7, 2021), a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed its reply in support of its motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The motion, originally filed on November 23, 2020, asks the court to enforce its

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

IRS Issues Final Rule for 45Q Tax Credit

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Jan. 6 issued final regulations regarding the section 45Q tax credit for qualified carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Capture Coalition said the final rule provides long-overdue regulatory and financial certainty. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, RFA Demand Transparency in Refinery Exemption Process

(Growth Energy)  In a court filing today (January 5, 2021), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association continued to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to release the names and locations of refineries granted exemptions from their Renewable Fuel Standard obligations. Growth Energy CEO Emily

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2021? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2020 gives way to the dawn of 2021, once again

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Urged to Flood Agencies With Environmental Equity Advisers

by Dean Scott (Bloomberg Law)  Would ensure equity weighed in rulemakings, policies; Transparency urged for environment justice decisions — The time is ripe to bring a wave of environmental justice advisers into federal agencies to ensure the incoming Biden administration makes good on its pledge to improve racial equity across government,

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste Gas from Landfill Will Offset up to 75% of VIA’s Bus Fuel Demand

by Brendan Gibbons (San Antonio Report) Enough methane from decaying waste in a private San Antonio landfill can be harvested to offset the need for fossil fuel use by most of VIA Metropolitan Transit’s bus fleet, officials say. CPS Energy, VIA, and energy company EDL are working on an initiative that will provide

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Consent Decree Throws RFS Refinery Exemption Decisions into Biden’s Lap

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A consent decree published today in the Federal Register gives EPA until Feb. 19 to decide whether to exempt a refinery owned by United Refining Co. in Pennsylvania from the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements. EPA hasn’t made a decision on any of the 32

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

CBP Issues Withhold Release Order on Palm Oil Produced by Forced Labor in Malaysia

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Effective December 30, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain palm oil and products containing palm oil produced by Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and its subsidiaries, joint ventures, and affiliated entities in Malaysia. The issuance of a

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Building Back Better with Biofuels

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Expecting heightened attention on renewable energy in the years ahead, Growth Energy will be working with America’s elected leaders to unleash ethanol as the engine of the rural economy and the foundation of rapid climate progress. … We also worked tirelessly to ensure

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Accelerating Demand: A Roadmap for Sparking New Demand for Ethanol

by Brian Jennings (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol is ready to execute on Accelerate, a roadmap for sparking new demand for ethanol. The plan is built around implementing new clean fuel policies, protecting what already exists and growing ethanol markets globally. … Indeed, a

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

45Q – The Drive to Qualify

by Alex Tiller (Carbonvert Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The road to qualifying for the 45Q tax credit can be confusing, with strict limitations on project phases and what constitutes start of construction. But, navigated properly, the credit is a promising opportunity. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) presents a tremendous financial opportunity

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Petroleum Opposes Biofuels RFS Remand: Petroleum Group Opposes Ag, Biofuels Lawsuit on 500 Million-Gallon Remand

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) As biofuel producers attempt to force EPA to restore 500 million gallons that a court found were improperly waived from the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2016, a petroleum interest group is arguing those groups have no right to have the gallons remanded. In 2017, the

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Finalizing First-Ever Airplane Emissions Rules

by David Shepardson (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday said it was finalizing the first-ever proposed standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. The EPA said its new requirements for airplanes used in commercial aviation and for large business jets would align the United States with international

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … In today’s Digest, we look at the HOTTEST Digest Slide Guides like Corbion’s biobased Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), Gevo’s low carbon drop-in transportation fuels, Neste, an exclusive Digest Q&A with Clariant, and even some hydrogen. Check out what YOU, the readers, found the most

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Billion Biodiesel Gallons by 2050: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to National Biodiesel Board

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed Kurt Kovarik, National Biodiesel Board’s VP of Federal Affairs, at ABLC this summer, check out this slide guide where he outlines NBB’s vision, their new mission of 15 billion gallons of biodiesel by 2050, trends behind those numbers and growth, a look

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Analysis: Biofuels Sector Hopeful Over Biden RFS Stance, Wary of GHG Policy

by Patrick Newkumet (Oil Price Information Service) Renewable fuel industry officials are mostly optimistic that the incoming Biden administration will be more supportive of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) than the Trump White House, though some worry that the president-elect’s promised aggressive approach to carbon emission reductions could have impacts

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Pete Buttigieg Wants to Put ‘Millions’ of Electric Cars on US Roads

by Michelle Lewis (Electrek) Pete Buttigieg, casually known as “Mayor Pete” since he was mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, was nominated last week by President-elect Joe Biden to be secretary of transportation. Buttigieg reiterated what he wants for the future of electric cars in the US late

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

The Big, Big Package: What’s under the Christmas Tree for the Bioeconomy, in the $1.4T New Spending Bill?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The $1.4 trillion spending package includes appropriation for Fiscal Year 2021, the COVID stimulus package, extensions of popular tax credits that otherwise expired on December 31st, and the Energy Act of 2020, a $35B version of a larger energy bill that has been drifting around

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

The Fuel for Thought Podcast

(Haldoe Topsoe) The world’s first podcast about renewables for the refinery industry season two. This time, Sylvain Verdier and Mikala Grubb from Topsoe look into some of the most pressing topics in renewables and the refining industry, including trends in advanced biofuels and hydrogen, pyrolysis and its challenges and opportunities,

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    Biden EPA Designee Reaches Out to Corn Growers

Biden EPA Designee Reaches Out to Corn Growers

by John Herath (Farm Journal AgWeb)  President-Elect Joe Biden officially announced his climate cabinet on Saturday, including the nomination of Michael Regan of North Carolina to be EPA Administrator. On the eve of that announcement, Regan was on the phone with the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). “Friday

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Measuring the Uncertainty of Renewable Diesel Projects

by Dave Collings (1898 & Co./Burns & McDonnell) Renewable diesel — also known as green diesel, hydrotreated vegetable oil, or hydrotreated esters and fatty acids — has now gained widespread attention throughout the world. This growing interest is turning into action as existing renewable fuels companies build grassroots facilities and

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Intensity Is Important for Renewable Fuels Investments

by Dave Collings (1898 & Co./Burns & McDonnell) As developers, investors and plant operators explore options to increase production and market share of renewable fuels, the concept of carbon intensity (CI) must be well-understood. It might be the deciding factor that determines economic viability of your biofuels project. In California and

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Is Your Renewable Diesel Project Sustainable?

by Dave Collings (1898 & Co./Burns & McDonnell) For organizations looking to develop, construct and commission a new renewable diesel plant, it’s important to understand the various market conditions at play to avoid poorly made investments and the pitfalls of lost future opportunities. Since 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) continued

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 10 Ag Stories of 2020 – 9 Ethanol’s 2020 Full of Bumps, Bruises in Fight to Maintain Business

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Each year, DTN publishes our choices for the top 10 ag news stories of the year, as selected by DTN analysts, editors and reporters. Today, we continue the countdown with No. 9 looking at some of the challenges ethanol faced during 2020, including shutting

December 21, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA: 66 SRE Petitions Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Dec. 17, reporting that five additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency seeking exemptions of Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. The status of three other SRE petitions appear to have been changed

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Taps Environmental Law Expert Brenda Mallory to Head White House Council on Environmental Quality

by Brady Dennis (Washington Post) President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Brenda Mallory, a longtime expert in environmental law and regulation, to head the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, according to several people familiar with the decision who spoke anonymously because the appointment has not been publicly announced. The nomination

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Picks Top North Carolina Environmental Official to Run EPA

by Brady Dennis, Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) President-elect Joe Biden will choose to nominate Michael S. Regan, who heads the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator, according to two individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it has

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

OMB Updates Timelines for 2021 RFS, E15 Label Rules

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Information released by the White House Office of Management and budget indicates the a proposed rule to set 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard could be released soon. A rulemaking is also underway to alter E15 labeling requirements. The OMB on

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

California’s Climate Policy Goes National: Trump Fought Californian Environmental Officials. The Biden Team Wants to Learn from tThem.

by Miranda Green (The New Republic)  … California’s pathbreaking climate measures range from a ban on future car combustion engine sales to setting a historic 100 percent clean energy goal by 2045. And in order to implement Joe Biden’s still more ambitious campaign promise to run the country entirely on carbon-free energy by 2035, the transition

December 11, 2020 Read Full Article

DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Pass on Refinery Exemption Case

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politco’s Morning Energy)  The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court not to review the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision creating a strict new definition of who qualifies for small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The administration had refrained from its own appeal, but the

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Coalition Files Brief Challenging 31 Small Refinery Exemptions in 2018

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National Farmers Union today filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2018. Collectively known as

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Ag Leaders Meet with Biden Team to Explain Priorities

by Ben Nuelle (AgriPulse) … Carbon sequestration payments to farmers is something said to be on the table for the incoming Biden administration as a path to address emissions reduction. Duvall said any potential program should be a market-based system and “definitely” has to be voluntary. “(Producers) are more than willing

December 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease into Diesel

by Clifford Krauss (New York Times)  Used cooking oil is one of the ingredients in renewable diesel, which generates far less emissions than conventional diesel and allows refineries to take advantage of federal and state incentives. —  … Companies that refine crude oil into fuel are increasingly using such putrid

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil and Gas Companies Keep Taking From Taxpayers. And Taking. Congress Should Raise the Royalty Rates on Federal Lands.

by Senators Tom Udall (D-N) and Charles Grassley (R-IA)  (New York Times) One hundred years ago, Congress passed the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, setting up a system in which companies lease public lands to wrest valuable oil and gas from the ground. In the century since, the royalties and rent

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Submits Notice of Intent to Sue EPA Over Failure to Issue 2021 Biofuel Blending Targets

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy submitted a notice of intent to sue letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its failure to fulfill its statutory obligation to issue the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by November 30th, 2020, an annual deadline set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The notice gives EPA 60

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Who’s in Hot Water, Cold Water, and Who’s Just Right?: Mitsubishi, Monolith Materials, Codexis, Casdin, LG Chem, Neste, Wells Fargo, EPA, NXTLEVVEL, Elementis, Growth Energy, US National Labs, Ginkgo Bioworks in the News

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s in Hot Water? Some of the Usual Suspects get into the usual trouble. We note that EPA missed the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation deadline, and Growth Energy threatens a lawsuit. Really. We get tired of reporting on the industry having to (almost annually) sue the government to

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Incentives Spur Investors to Pick Up Pace on Low-Carbon Projects

by Dean Scott (Bloomberg Law) Growing interest in combining federal, state credits in low-carbon projects; Congress’ inaction on 45Q credit extension a worrying sign for new efforts  — A mix of federal and state environmental incentives are drawing investors towards low-carbon, climate-friendly projects, an encouraging sign for President-elect Joe Biden’s call

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Review: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly All 2021 Vehicles, but FFV Offerings Continue to Slide

(Renewable Fuels Association) An annual analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that while nearly all new 2021 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15 gasoline, far fewer models are being offered as flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of operating on fuel blends

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Ford Says Automakers Should Consider Backing California Emissions Deal

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Ford Motor Co is urging major automakers to consider backing a framework deal with California on vehicle emissions in a bid to reach industry consensus before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.  Major automakers are set to discuss

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Misses Statutory Deadline to Set 2021 RFS RVOs

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA has missed its Nov. 30 statutory deadline to set the 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, as well as the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel. While the delay was not unexpected, representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing frustration

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

An Open Letter to the Ethanol Community from Ethanol Producers

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … (T)he overriding objective should be to increase demand, which increases ethanol volume and corn grind.  With that in mind, do we continue to fight for what is almost certain to be a reduced RFS that in addition to lower RVOs pits us against

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Oil Industry Group Pledges to Fight Possible Biden Fracking Limits

By Laura Sanicola (Reuters) If U.S. President-elect Joe Biden tries to restrict development of oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the American Petroleum Institute (API) will use “every tool at its disposal” including legal action, chief executive Mike Sommers said in an interview with Reuters on Monday. Biden has said

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the 2016 renewable volume obligation (RVO).

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Should Ethanol Go Back to Business as Usual after COVID-19?

by Christina Stella (WVIK/NPR) … As Americans hunkered down for lockdowns, gasoline demand across the country plummeted. Ethanol industry leaders issued warnings that the financial repercussions of widespread lockdowns could be significant to plants across the country. They later reported half of the nation’s facilities were forced to shut down. Most ethanol

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Boost Clean Fuel Standard to Biden

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Some of the largest biofuels companies plan to ask Biden to impose a nationwide standard to reduce carbon emissions from transport fuels, Reuters reports, citing five sources familiar with the matter. The push reflects the industry’s “increasing concern about the future as Biden prepares measures

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Outlines 2021 Biofuel Policy Priorities

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor today outlined the biofuels industry’s top federal priorities for 2021, highlighting key measures that elected leaders must take to protect the climate, revitalize rural communities, and offer more consumers clean, affordable options to fuel their cars. “Biofuels, including plant-based ethanol, are critical

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA: 6 More SRE Petitions Filed, 58 Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Nov. 19, reporting that six additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency, including one for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019 and five for compliance year 2020. No other changes were made

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Transition Book: Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+

(Carbon 180)  We partner with policymakers, scientists, and businesses around the globe to develop policy, promote research, and advance solutions that transform carbon from a pollutant to a resource and foster a prosperous, carbon-conscious economy that removes more from the atmosphere than we emit. … The next administration will need

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Applauds Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act of 2020

(Growth Energy) Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act of 2020 to encourage low-carbon fuel production and increase production of cellulosic biomass into renewable fuels. This legislation would expedite the approval process at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for low-carbon biofuel

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Small Refinery Gets Second Win in Battle for Renewable-Fuel Hardship Exemption

by Sebastien Malo  (Reuters/WestLaw) A federal appeals court vacated for the second time on Tuesday a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency denial of small oil refinery Ergon West Virginia Inc’s (EWVI) request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations after finding the agency had treated a similar business differently, to EWVI’s

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Accepting Comments on Information Request Related to HBBIP DEADLINE: November 30, 2020

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA is accepting comments on a proposed information collection request related to the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. In a notice published in the Federal Register, the USDA said the information collection is needed for the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service to identify eligible applicants seeking

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

CountryMark, Ceres Solutions and USDA Bring E15 to Rensselaer

(95.3 MNC) Jasper County, Indiana will soon have its first E15 fueling station thanks to efforts from two farmer-owned cooperatives and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. … Ceres Solutions owns the CountryMark-branded station on North McKinley Avenue in Rensselaer, Indiana, where the new fuel will be made available later this

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Senate Finance Chair Says EPA Leader Should Follow RFS or Resign

(WNAX) Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley told farm reporters Thursday that 2020 has been a tenuous year for renewable fuels. He says ethanol demand has been hurt by the pandemic and gap year waiver requests for refiners has created a lot of questions. He says the EPA Administrator announced this week they

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

California Official Sees State Auto Emissions Deal as ‘Template’ for Biden

by Nichola Groom, David Shepardson  (Reuters)  California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, who sources say could be the next federal environment chief, said on Thursday her state’s agreement with manor automakers for fuel efficiency requirements could serve as a “good template” for federal standards through 2025. The Trump administration in

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Post-Election Analysis from ABFA: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Biofuels Association’s Election View

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Did the bioeconomy win or lose? If you missed the conversation on Thursday at DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from Mike McAdams, President of Advanced Biofuels Association for his post-election analysis from the Presidential race to key House and Senate races, the COVID-19 focus,

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Geoff Cooper

RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper reminds us that President Elect Joe Biden committed on the campaign trail to put an end to the Trump Administration’s EPA small refinery waivers on day one according to Brownfield Ag News.  READ MORE

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Renewable Fuels Legislation Could Garner Bipartisan Support under Biden

by Stephanie Kelly and Laura Sanicola  (Reuters)  Renewable fuels are a niche market for now, but with Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden set to enter office with a divided Congress, legislation supporting demand for products like renewable diesel could garner bipartisan support. Biden, elected president last week, defeating Republican Donald Trump,

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

University of Kentucky Researchers Launch a $2 Million Project to Study Sulfur Variability in Biofuel Feedstocks

by Katie Pratt (University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) Sulfur found in biofuel feedstock could pose serious problems to the industry, because it causes pollution, is toxic to the catalyst and corrosive to biorefinery equipment. A national group of scientists and industry partners led by researchers at the

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Asks SCOTUS for Delay in RFS Case: Trump Administration Asks for Time to File Response in Small-Refinery Exemption Case

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The EPA has asked the Supreme Court for an extension to file a response to a refiner’s petition for review of an appeals court’s January 2020 ruling on small-refinery exemptions. HollyFrontier Corp. appealed to the high court in September after the U.S. Court of Appeals

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Evolve or Die: US Refiners Grasp Renewables Lifeline to Stay Viable

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Government incentives drive renewable diesel projects growth; Demand up as regional low carbon regulations increase — Once the scourge of the US refining industry, some refiners are now looking to renewable fuels to help their bottom lines and keep their facilities operational. Despite many millions spent

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Final Chapter for Cellulosic Ethanol?

by Rod Swoboda (Wallaces Farmer)  … Poet’s cellulosic ethanol plant at Emmetsburg was named Project Liberty. Following Poet’s lead, two other companies built cellulosic ethanol plants — one in Kansas and one at Nevada in central Iowa. The owners of those two plants ended up selling their facilities by the end

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

US Elections: Ernst Holds onto Iowa Senate Seat after Race Tests Biofuel Support

by Meghan Gordon  (S&P Global Platts) Republican played key role in biofuel mandate talks; Opponent supported clean energy, denounced ‘Big Oil’; Ernst took heat for commodity prices, EPA confirmation  —  US Senator Joni Ernst, Republican-Iowa, held onto her seat after a tight race that tested her support of biofuel makers and knowledge of

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Factbox: Unresolved Biofuel Policy Issues Facing the Next U.S. President

(Today/Reuters) Both U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have tried to clinch rural votes ahead of the election by voicing support for corn-based ethanol. But big questions remain over how either would administer the nation’s biofuel law, the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the stakes are

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Administrator: RFS Waiver Requests to Wait on Court Appeal

by John Herath (Farm Journal’s Ag Pro) Wheeler (EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler) said on the AgriTalk Radio Show on Monday that he will not consider those waiver requests until after the courts have spoken on that appeal. “The refiners appealed that to the Supreme Court; we’re waiting to see if they

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Expanded E15 Sales Have Helped, but Ethanol Backers Say Roadblocks Still Remain

by Chris Dunker (Lincoln Journal Star)  In lifting a restriction on the sale of E15 during summer months, corn growers and ethanol producers praised President Donald Trump for removing a major roadblock to expanding sale of the 15% ethanol blend. … The change has helped corn farmers, ethanol production facilities,

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Looks beyond Trump-Biden Bluster to Biofuel Reset

by Kim Chipman and Jennifer A Dlouhy  (Bloomberg Green)  Presidential, Iowa Senate races put biofuel in spotlight; Renewable Fuel Standard uncertainty clouds ethanol outlook  —  … The winner will oversee a “reset” of the congressional mandate to blend biofuels with gasoline. This new phase of the Renewable Fuel Standard, created in 2005

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

LETTER: Biofuel Targets Should Be Set Now

by Marc Berger (Daily Citizen) … The EPA announced that E15 — a gasoline blend made with 15% ethanol — can be pumped through existing E10 infrastructure, helping expand the market for ethanol at a critical time. Despite this, we’re still waiting on concrete action to make this news a

October 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Joint Statement from Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association on Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in FOIA Lawsuit Regarding Small Refinery Exemption Transparency

(Growth Energy/Renewable Fuels Association) Upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to adequately respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the biofuels industry regarding the small refinery exemption (SRE) program and EPA’s radical escalation in granting SREs in recent years, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association filed

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biogas Markets and Applications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S., Iogen’s Brian Foody shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 on what cellulosic biogas is and how is it used today, RNG’s market segment, renewable hydrogen, transportation applications and technology, transportation

October 28, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA, Others Seek Certainty and Consistency in EPA Treatment of Flex Fuel Vehicles

(Renewable Fuels Association) In comments submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding emissions standard compliance calculations for Flex Fuel vehicles (FFVs), the Renewable Fuels Association supported the EPA’s new approach to maintaining some level of certainty for automakers in the absence of future guidance. At the same time, however, RFA called

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Considering E15 Labeling Changes at Gas Pumps: Sources

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering changes to labels for gasoline containing higher blends of ethanol, or E15, in an effort to appease the biofuel industry’s concerns that current labels discourage use of the fuel, according to four sources familiar with the matter. Expanding the market

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Limited Impact on LCFS and RIN Prices: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to COVID-19 Impact on Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) COVID-19 has impacted every industry in some way, but Mike McCurdy from ICF shared this slide guide at ABLC2020 demonstrating how COVID-19 has had limited impact on some areas for renewable fuels and how compliance fuels’ three-legged stool has reduced volatility, which has thus piqued interest

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Is Key

by K. Johnson (Storm Lake Times) …  I hear a lot of political lip service these days about reducing our dependence on ­fossil fuels and cleaning up the air. Alcohol from corn and grains should be a major part of that reduction. Ethanol should be key to transitioning to a clean

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Says Oil State Senators Request To Freeze RFS For 2021 Is Ridiculous

(WNAX) Senators from 15 oil producing states have written to the EPA Administrator asking him to freeze the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2021. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper says courts have already determined that what they’re asking for is not legal. He says there are definite political reasons

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Overview of 2020 Cannabis Ballot Measures: Potential to Add 21 Million as Legal Consumers in the U.S.

by Martin Wahl (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) This is the first in a series of articles being prepared by Lee Enterprises Consulting experts addressing opportunities and concerns for the growing hemp and cannabis industries. Topics will include cultivation, feedstock management, project financing, offtake agreement processing and product development with a focus

October 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Submission by Solutions from the Land on Behalf of the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance In Response to the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

(Solutions from the Land)  NACSAA ‘Capstone Submission’ Stresses CSA Is ‘Foundational’ to Global Agreement — North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance has handed over its capstone submission into the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, the global platform for ag policy negotiations, repeating its contention that the use of a Climate

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article
    ABLC 2021   —   October 27-29, 2021   —   San Francisco, CA

ABLC 2021 — October 27-29, 2021 — San Francisco, CA

Stability? Will there be the incentives and markets where lowest-carbon fuels, renewable chemicals, protein, advanced foods and sustainable agriculture can thrive? Investment? Where will the money come from for developing and nurturing new companies, and deploying new technology at commercial scale? Technology? How will technologies adapt to the new genetic toolkits to bring tehcnologies to the

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA: Oil-State Senators Ask EPA to Violate the Law, Ignore the Courts

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today blasted the latest attempt by oil refiners and their supporters in the Senate to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard. On Wednesday, a small group of oil-state Senators submitted a short letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler asking him to waive the 2021 RFS standards to

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Column: There’s a Burning Mandate for Change, Green Jobs

by George Miller (Columbus Dispatch)  … From geothermal steam in Nevada to the low-carbon biofuel feedstocks harvested across Ohio, carbon savings are available through the labor and ingenuity of green energy workers in every community. We’ve seen this strategy work in California, where the clean energy industry already supports 475,000 jobs

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Your Views: EPA Needs to Support Farmers, Homegrown Fuels

by Doug Rebout (GazetteXtra)  … The EPA has consistently undercut the Renewable Fuel Standard by granting Small Refinery Exemptions—or waivers—to big oil, essentially cutting billions of gallons of biofuel demand and cutting off this vital market to corn farmers. The president has an opportunity to make this right and follow

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Issues Final Fuels Streamlining Rule

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on Oct. 15 issued its final Fuels Streamlining Rule, which streamlines the agency’s existing regulations for gasoline, diesel and other fuels. It does not, however, change the stringency of existing fuel quality standards. The new rule goes into effect on Jan. 1.

October 19, 2020 Read Full Article

The Art and Science of Codigestion on Dairy Farms

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle Magazine)  Reinford Farms in central Pennsylvania has been a pioneer in integrating codigestion of manure and food waste on a dairy farm. — … In 2008, Reinford Farms installed a 526,000-gallon complete-mix anaerobic digester supplied by RCM (now known as Martin Construction Resources (MCR)), sized to treat

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA: 2 Additional SRE Petitions Filed for Compliance Year 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Oct. 15, reporting two additional SRE petitions have been filed for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019. No other changes were made to the agency’s SRE data. According to the EPA’s SRE data dashboard,

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump in Iowa Touts Ethanol, Farm Policy

by Erin Murphy (The Courier) Campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump touted his administration’s work to boost the ethanol industry and help farmers in Iowa. Trump’s administration this year issued a rule that allows gas stations to sell a higher ethanol blend year-round. “They were killing ethanol,”

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

We’re Open to It: FERC Commissioners Approved a Policy Statement that They Are Open to Establishing Market Rules that Will Allow for Putting a Price on Carbon Dioxide Emissions.

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)  commissioners approved a policy statement that they are open to establishing market rules that will allow for putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions. The statement, which was not immediately released publicly, does not take action to implement a

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Midwest AgEnergy Drilling Well to Test Carbon Capture at Ethanol Plant

by Maddie Biertempfel (KXNet)  Midwest AgEnergy’s Blue Flint biorefinery in Underwood turns corn into ethanol, but that process’s byproduct, carbon dioxide, can be harmful to the environment. The energy company is working to mitigate those effects by testing out a carbon capture well. “This project will allow the biogenic CO2 that

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Enviro Law Makes a Cameo in the ACB Hearing

by Rachel Frazin (The Hill Overnight Energy) During the second day during the politically-charged confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) invoked environmental issues to ask the nominee for her views on administrative rulemaking. … Ernst, who has been an outspoken opponent of

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

New California Port Emissions Data Shows Advanced Diesel Technology Boosts Clean Air for Frontline Communities

(Diesel Technology Forum)  …  “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that the Commercial Vehicle Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Standards Phase 1 rules saved 270 million tons CO2 and 530 million barrels of oil between 2014 and 2018, and that the Phase 2 rules

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Would Be Good for Oil Sector, Goldman Sachs Says

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle) With his $2 trillion plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Joe Biden might seem a far from ideal president for the Texas oil and gas industry. But new analysis by Goldman Sachs says that compared with a second term of the Trump administration, a Biden presidency

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Is There Money for Renewable Fuels? Latest Perspectives on Financing Renewable Fuel Projects

by Mike Newman (Parhelion Underwriting Inc./Biofuels Digest) Connecting people from renewable fuels companies with projects they want to finance to the people who can finance them was a key goal for Parhelion Underwriting’s recent virtual roundtable. The finance panel included Justin Goldstein from Goldman Sachs, John May from Hamilton Clark and

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Notice of Request for Information (RFI) on Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Research and Development Activities & SuperTruck Initiative DEADLINE November 9, 2020

(U.S. Department of Energy/Federal Register)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) number DE-FOA-0002372 regarding the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Research and Development Activities & SuperTruck Initiative. The purpose of this RFI is to

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

AG Talks Priorities to White House Aspirants

by Steve Kopperud (Brownfield Ag News)  This was the week agriculture – organized and individual – emerged from the political closet and started laying down markers for the November 3 election.  The Ag CEO Council, comprised of the heads of 21 of the nation’s largest ag groups, including the American Farm Bureau

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Elected Officials Urge Automakers to Support Cleaner Cars

by Chris Teale (Smart Cities Dive) More than 200 elected officials at the city and state level issued a joint declaration Thursday calling on automakers to stop supporting the Trump administration’s rollback of national and state clean car standards. The “Clean Cars Declaration” urges General Motors (GM), Toyota, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai and

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

ACE Rule Heads to Court

by Eric Wolff (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump carbon rules for power plants goes to court in a mirror image of the case from 2016 when the Obama administration’s more stringent rules faced the judges. — …  It’s déjà vu all over again for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals as

October 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Trust Me. I’m from the Government and Here to Help

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … But what we thought we did know was that he (President Donald Trump) was determined to remove regulations that were holding back American business. So that held some excitement and promise as to the art of the possible. As we looked

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Recovery Readout

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A survey of ethanol plant CEOs and general managers shows the COVID-19 downturn had a significant impact on their operations. Most producers have substantially ramped up production since spring, but a full recovery is expected to take many months. … About 84% of CEOs

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Report Looks at Best SAF Pathways: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The 106-billion-gallon global (21-billion-gallon domestic) commercial jet fuel market is projected to grow to over 230 billion gallons by 2050. Cost-competitive sustainable alternative jet fuels for aviation are needed to decouple carbon growth from market growth. With this in mind, the U.S. Department of Energy

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

New Report Reveals EPA Reform on Biogenic Crops Ruling Could Add Hundreds of Millions in Wages, Thousands of Jobs to U.S. Economy

(Biogenic CO2 Coalition)  Scientifically Backed Change in Status of Carbon Emissions from Ag Feedstocks Could Provide Massive Boost to Struggling U.S. Economy —  The Biogenic CO2 Coalition, a working group of leading trade associations that support American agriculture, today released a new economic impact analysis in support of its petition for a U.S. Environmental

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Sonny Perdue Fuels Ethics Scrutiny as Trump’s Rural Envoy

by Ryan McCrimmon (Politico)  The agriculture secretary has kept farmers in Trump’s corner, but Democrats claim he crosses the line between public duties and political promotion. — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue offered a spirited pitch for voters to reelect President Donald Trump at an official USDA event with North Carolina food

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Extends Public Comment Period on ICR On Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Wasted Food DEADLINE October 29, 2020

(Bergeson & Campbell) On September 29, 2020, EPA announced that it has submitted for review and approval an information collection request (ICR) on Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Wasted Food to Support EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program and Sustainable Management of Food Efforts to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). EPA’s Federal

October 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Secretary Perdue Says Congress Must Approve Ethanol Aid

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Despite estimates that ethanol producers could lose up to $8 billion this year, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says he has no authority to make payments to plants through the Commodity Credit Corporation under the latest round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2). The secretary

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

SEC Commissioner Talks Climate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Securities and Exchange Commission member Allison Herren Lee said on Tuesday that “climate change presents a systemic risk to the financial market” and that “there’s certainly evidence that climate risks are currently underpriced.” Lee, who was appointed to the SEC by Trump, said she wants

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Joni Ernst Is Now in Trouble. Trump Is a Huge Part of Her Problem.

by Art Cullen (Washington Post/Storm Lake Times) One big reason Republicans are shoving a Supreme Court appointment through the Senate before the election is their rising fear of losing the upper chamber — and the White House — in November. Those fears are well-founded. Two weeks ago, one of the

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Signal to Noise: Oil and Biofuels Must Work Together

by John Herath (Farm Journal Ag Web)  … They (Pro Farmer’s Jim Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal’s John Herath) also lay out how the oil and biofuels industries need to work together if they want to preserve a future for liquid motor fuels.  READ MORE includes VIDEO at 28:40

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Fact-Checking President Trump’s Ethanol and Oil Production Claims

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) This week at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida, President Trump made a puzzling claim. Near the end of a story about Kamala Harris, Trump said “The great state of Iowa — where I made ethanol possible for them…” I can’t even begin to understand what that means, but

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: House Democrats Get Aggressive on Biofuels

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) …What did become clear was Democrats in both the House and the Senate are paying more attention to biofuels at the moment. And yet, given that Congress is going to pass a temporary funding bill, and then go campaign, it’s probably going to take

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

RFS Rule in Court, Chapter 2019

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) The D.C. Circuit on Friday hosted the annual legal rite: a challenge to EPA’s blending mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard, with this round focusing on the rule governing 2019 requirements. Biofuel producers argued that rule should have added additional ethanol volumes to account for

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

House Legislation Includes RFS Integrity ACT

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act passed by the U.S. House includes provisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act put forth by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). The provisions set an annual deadline for refiners to request exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard and requires EPA to publicly

September 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump, Eyeing Farm Country, Starts Working on Ethanol Industry’s Year-Old Wishlist

by Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) President Donald Trump, looking to shore up support in the U.S. Farm Belt during a tight race for re-election, is taking steps to help producers of corn-based ethanol using a list of policy goals that a group of Midwest senators discussed with him a

September 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Behind the Smoke: It’s What You Don’t See That Kills

by Doug Durante and Larry Pearce (Morning Consult)  … But a bigger problem has existed for decades in the air we don’t see — air polluted with toxic ultra-fine particles, or UFPs.  For more than 30 years, a small group of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulators have hidden a far more lethal

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Our View: Ethanol: Trump, Hagedorn, EPA Leave Farmers behind

(Mankato Free Press) President Donald Trump and his Environmental Protection Agency have about six weeks to keep their promises to farmers on ethanol, which have been broken for the past three years. While farmers have backed Trump in varying degrees since he took office, their wellspring of patience seems to be running

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

House Ag Committee Chair Says Ethanol Is Priority

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson puts ethanol second only to the hog industry in priority to get some kind of assistance to mitigate losses this year due to coronavirus restrictions. “Because of the price of oil collapsing and people not driving…and also these waivers that have

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA: 7 New SRE Petitions Filed, Including 5 Gap Year SREs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA on Sept. 17 published updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data that reflects the denial of 54 gap year SRE petitions announced by the agency on Sept. 14. The data also shows seven new SRE petitions have been filed in recent weeks, including five

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Delivers Final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining Rule to OMB

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA released a proposed rule on April 13 that aims to streamline and modernize the agency’s existing fuels regulations. In the rulemaking, the EPA said it is proposing “some slight modifications to the Renewable Fuel Standard,” but indicated it does not plan

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Rallies Biofuel Champions at D.C. Summit

(Growth Energy) Advocates and experts have virtually converged in Washington, D.C. this week for Growth Energy’s annual Biofuels Summit to advocate for biofuels in our nation’s capital. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor kicked off this year’s all-virtual event with opening remarks and a fireside chat on industry priorities with Growth Energy Chairman of

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

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