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House members urge EPA to set strong 2026 RFS RVOs for biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels

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By Erin Voegele

July 11, 2024

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Reps. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., and 35 of their colleagues on July 10 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to set 2026 RFS RVOs that accurately reflect growth in biobased-diesel production.

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on July 11 announced up to $36 million in funding to develop technologies to lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by 50% from the cultivation of corn and sorghum used for U.S. ethanol production.

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USGC staff and representatives traveled to Vancouver, Canada, in June to join Advanced Biofuels Canada in hosting a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) policy roundtable on the sidelines of a USDA agribusiness trade mission.

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Japan is working to develop standards for SAF according to a report filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network on July 5. The government is expecting to begin drafting SAF legislation later this year.

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The USDA announced improvements to the camelina pilot crop insurance program for the 2025 and succeeding crop years. USDA’s RMA is expanding coverage options by allowing enterprise units and increasing maximum coverage levels.

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The USDA on June 26 launched a RFI seeking public comments on procedures for quantifying, reporting and verifying the effect of climate-smart farming practices on the GHG emissions associated with U.S.-grown biofuel feedstocks.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America on June 25 filed a formal petition asking the U.S. EPA to reconsider RFS volumes for 2024 and 2025. The agency set biomass-based diesel and overall advanced volumes significantly below actual production of the fuels.

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A bipartisan group of six senators on June 20 send a letter to the U.S. EPA, USDA, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Customers and Board Protection expressing concern with dramatic increases in used cooking oil (UCO) imports from China.

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The U.S. EPA released updated RIN data on June 20, reporting that nearly 2.01 billion RINs were generated under the RFS during May, down from 2.11 billion generated during the same period of last year.

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Treasury and the IRS on June 18 released final rules implementing the wage and apprenticeship standard provisions of clean energy tax credits created by the IRA, including the 45Z clean fuels production tax credit.

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SAF Magazine and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative announced the preliminary agenda for the North American SAF Conference and Expo, being held Sept. 11-13 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and IRS have issued guidance on how to register for the Section 45Z Clean Fuel Production Tax Credit, encouraging fuel producers who may be eligible for the credit to apply for registration as soon as possible.

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The government of Australia on June 13 announced it is seeking public comments on ways it can incentivize a domestic low carbon liquid fuel (LCLF) industry, with an initial focus on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel.

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The SkyNRG Sustainable Aviation Fuel Market Outlook covers the current state and trends of the SAF market in the EU and U.K., the U.S. and rest of the world by assessing announcements of SAF projects and mapping out the capacity until 2050.

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A bipartisan group of 18 senators on June 11 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to boost RFS renewable volume requirements (RVOs) for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels in its upcoming 2026 rulemaking.

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Reps. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., on June 10 launched the Congressional Sustainable Aviation Caucus, which aims to keep lawmakers informed on initiatives to improve aviation sustainability, including those related to SAF.

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The International Air Transport Association announced that its projections for a tripling of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) production in 2024 to 1.9 billion liters (1.5 million metric tons) are on track.

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DOE releases report on SAF supply chains

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By U.S. Department of Energy

June 05, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a Summary Report from a September 2023 Request for Information (RFI) on building supply chains to meet Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge goals.

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The USDA is seeking information from the public on protocols that may be considered for inclusion in a new Greenhouse Gas Technical Assistance Provider and Third-Party Verifier Program, the main program of the Growing Climate Solutions Act.

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With the power to simultaneously fuel our airplanes, recycle carbon dioxide, provide nutrition for animals and humans, and create jobs for millions of Americans, algae matters to the U.S. clean energy economy.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on May 28 announced the renewal of its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. The agency is also seeking nominations for committee membership.

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The House Committee on Agriculture on May 24 completed markup of its version of the 2024 Farm Bill and passed the proposed legislation by a 33-21 vote. Among the provisions included in the bill are those that support the SAF industry.

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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 House Committee on Agriculture on May 17 released a discussion draft of its version of the 2024 Farm Bill, formally titled the “Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024.” The committee is scheduled begin markup of the bill on May 23.

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The Australian government on May 14 released its $22.7 billion 2024-2025 budget. The plan, in part, includes provisions that aim to support the commercialization of net-zero technologies, such as SAF and renewable hydrogen.

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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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More than 2.06 billion RINs were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in April, up from 1.84 billion generated during the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA on May 16.

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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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US ethanol and SAF industry leaders seek to intervene in legal challenge to EU SAF regulation

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By Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council

May 03, 2024

Leaders of the U.S. ethanol industry are seeking to intervene in a legal challenge of the ReFuelEU Aviation Regulation, which effectively bans the use of renewable, crop-based biofuels like corn ethanol as a feedstock for SAF.

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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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