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Iowa lawmakers urge EPA to amend RFS RVOs

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By Erin Voegele

May 24, 2024

PolicyAdvanced Biofuels

Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on May 22 sent a letter to President Joe Biden and U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the EPA amend its Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements.

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The U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office awarded $2.18 million in funding to four additional projects as part of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) 2023 Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) call.

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The Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium, a consortium of the U.S. DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, has launched an effort that aims to gather community input on the development of new biomass processing facilities.

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A group of 25 trade organizations on May 15 sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the agency to release guidance for the 45Z clean fuels production tax credit along with any necessary updated GREET models.

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SunGas Renewables Inc. and C2X LLC on May 14 announced a strategic partnership and an investment by C2X in SunGas. The companies aim to develop, own, and operate multiple green methanol production facilities in North America.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on May 14 upheld the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) set by the U.S. EPA for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance years 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a meeting May 22 in Washington, D.C.

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on May 10 reported that operations at its Montana Renewables biorefinery improved sequentially through Q1 and was operating at planned production levels in April, producing both renewable diesel and SAF.

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Tidewater Renewables Ltd. on May 9 reported that its renewable diesel facility in Prince George, British Columbia operated well during the first quarter. The company also made significant progress on FEED for its proposed SAF project.

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Vertex Energy Inc. on May 9 announced it will cease renewable diesel production at its refinery in Mobile, Alabama, and return the previously converted hydrocracker unit to fossil fuel production later this year.

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On May 7, Cemvita, a biosolutions leader for the energy industry, announces a significant breakthrough enabling the company to produce substantial quantities of its sustainable oil from waste carbon sources.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America announced an uptick in membership reflecting growing interest in low-carbon liquid fuels in addition to recent changes within its governing board.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on May 7 issued a request for information seeking stakeholder input on ways to decarbonize the off-road transportation sector, including through the use of biodiesel, renewable diesel, RNG and other renewables.

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PBF Energy Inc. on May 2 announced that its St. Bernard Renewables facility operated well during the first quarter of this year, producing an average of 18,000 barrels per day of renewable diesel during the quarter.

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Holland America Line announced the start of a long-term biofuel test on its flagship, Rotterdam, leveraging 100% low carbon intensity biofuel while sailing within the Norwegian World Heritage Fjords.

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Topsoe has signed an agreement with Cepsa to provide its HydroFlex technology for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel at a new biorefinery under development by Cepsa in Spain.

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CVR Energy Inc. on April 30 confirmed that the feedstock pretreatment unit at the Wynnewood biorefinery in Oklahoma has begun operations. The company also continues to evaluate the development of two proposed SAF projects.

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U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., on May 1 released outlines for competing versions of the 2024 Farm Bill.

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Marathon Petroleum Co. on April 30 confirmed the Martinez Renewable Fuels biorefinery in California is currently operating at 50% capacity, but said the facility is expected to ramp up to 100% capacity by the end of the year.

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Phillips 66 on April 26 announced its Rodeo biorefinery in San Francisco is expected to be producing 50,000 barrels per day of renewable fuels by the end of Q2. The facility is scheduled to have the capability to produce SAF components by Q3.

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Imperial Oil Ltd. on April 26 released first quarter financial results, confirming that construction on its renewable diesel project under development at its Strathcona refinery near Edmonton, Alberta, is progressing as scheduled.

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Neste Corp. released first quarter results on April 25, reporting that the company’s operations were negatively impacted by weaker renewable diesel margins during the three-month period. SAF sales volumes are expected to increase throughout 2024.

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On April 29, nine trade associations representing feedstock providers, advanced biofuel producers, and low-carbon fuel customers wrote to the U.S. EPA, urging the agency to propose and finalize robust 2026 RFS volumes by the statutory deadline.

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The U.S. Department of Energy is offering up to $17.5 million in federal funding to develop cost-effective strategies for communities to sustainably manage and recover potential clean energy sources from their waste streams.

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Valero Energy Corp. on April 25 announced that its SAF project in Texas is progressing ahead of schedule and expected to be operational this year. The company also reported its ethanol and renewable diesel operations were profitable during Q1.

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The American Transportation Research Institute on April 23 released a new report that analyzes the benefits of employing renewable diesel (RD) as an alternative to battery electric vehicle (BEV) trucks.

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The Transport Project and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) on April 24 announced that 79%of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2023 was RNG surpassing the previous year’s record-breaking level.

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Vertimass on April 23 announced that the U.S. EPA has approved registration for blending up to 20% of Vertimass green gasoline with conventional gasoline. This new renewable gasoline product, VertiGas20, is made from renewable ethanol.

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Neste and New Jersey Natural Gas have announced NJNG will fuel its medium-duty trucks and associated equipment with Neste MY Renewable Diesel to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Meridian Energy Group Inc., the developer of a proposed greenfield oil refinery in Belfield, North Dakota, on April 16 announced that the facility will have the ability to co-process up to 4,000 barrels per day vegetable oil.

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