Biofuels Expected to be a Big Part of The Clean Energy ConversationFri, 11 Dec 2020 10:06:48 CST
Emily Skor hopes biofuels will be a big part of the clean energy conversation in the coming year. Skor is CEO of Growth Energy, the nation's premier trade association working to advance pro-biofuel policies and expand consumer access to higher blends of ethanol.
Skor was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.
As Skor outlined the groups 2021 biofuels policy, set noted the pandemic's negative impact on the industry.
As we look ahead, we have got to reverse the setbacks experienced during Covid and promote better fuel choices in protecting the environment for the nation, she said.
Skor said there are several issues hindering market access and the creation of rural jobs.
First and foremost, we have got to restore integrity to the renewable fuels' standard, she said.
There are ethanol plants that have innovation and technology they are just sitting on waiting for EPA approval, Skor said.
We need to continue to eliminate barriers to market access and have retailers continue to offer E-15 to consumers, Skor said.
The energy executive said they want to continue to talk about clean energy and make sure they are included in the conversation moving forward.
Skor said the biofuels registration act is critically important to reduce the backlog of approvals at EPA so the biofuels industry can achieve domestic climate goals.
In the coming year the new administration will be more friendly towards biofuels, she said.
Mr. Biden made ethanol a key part of his energy and rural platform throughout the campaign, Skor said.
We expect some fast action on biofuels, she said.
We look forward to engaging with his team, she said.
Skor wants to expand the role of biofuels in a clean energy future at home and abroad.
There were some positive notes about 2020.
My positive spin on 2020 has been the unexpected conversation about the value of the co-products of biofuels, she said.
We are the largest producer of captured carbon dioxide for the food industry so when we shut down during the pandemic there are a lot of other industries that suffer as well, she said.
Our ability to participate in addressing the need for hand sanitizer was critical, Skor said.
Looking forward we have bipartisan support for biofuels, Skor added.
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