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NEWS UPDATE February 19, 2021

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Wastewater spill at Mead ethanol plant has traveled more than 4 miles downstream

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

A state environmental agency on Wednesday ordered an ethanol plant near Mead to immediately construct additional barriers to prevent further migration of wastewater leaking from the plant after below-zero temperatures burst pipes on a 4-million gallon digester tank. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, in a press release, said it had also ordered AltEn to conduct hourly inspections for potential leaks from a second digester and to construct secondary containment in case of a potential failure. [ read more … ]

Biofuel Initatives

State biofuels mandate gets first airing in Iowa legislature

By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

Governor Kim Reynolds says it’s time for an ethanol mandate in Iowa, to boost an industry battered by the EPA’s resistance to the federal ethanol production mandate. “It’s such an important industry to our state and to our farmers,” Reynolds said during a Radio Iowa interview. “…We need to take charge of our own destiny.” [ read more … ]

Bill aims to make E15 Minnesota’s standard gasoline blend

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

The Minnesota Senate’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy held a hearing on Feb. 17 to consider SF 944, a bill introduced on Feb. 11 that aims to boost the minimum biofuel content in gasoline to 15 percent. The bill, introduced by Minnesota Sens. Torrey Westrom and Julie Rosen, proposes to increase the state’s biofuel standard from 10 percent to 15 percent, making E15 the new blend of regular gasoline in Minnesota.  Exemptions are provided for certain applications, including fuel supplied for use in airports, resorts, marina, houseboat rental companies, motor sports racing, collector vehicles and off-road use. [ read more … ]

Ethanol, facing slow recovery, rebrands as climate-friendly fuel

By Chuck Abbott, Successful Farmer  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

Battered by the pandemic, the ethanol industry labeled itself on Tuesday as the climate-friendly automobile fuel of the future. Officials said it could be a year or more before straggling biofuel sales recover fully from the coronavirus. “Mark my words, zero-carbon (emissions) corn ethanol is coming,” said Geoff Cooper, chief executive of the Renewable Fuels Association, in a “state of the industry” speech at the annual National Ethanol Conference. “But it’s going to take smart policy and regulation to get us there. And it’s going to take creativity and determination to ensure that ethanol is allowed to live up to its potential.” [ read more … ]

RFA’s Cooper: Zero-carbon corn ethanol is coming

By The Hagstrom Report  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

“Mark my words – zero-carbon corn ethanol is coming!” Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper told the National Ethanol Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in what amounted to a defense of ethanol compared to electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

Markets

Ethanol industry contributed $1.5B to Minnesota’s economy in 2020

By Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic slammed Minnesota’s ethanol industry in 2020 with production falling under a billion gallons for the first time since 2009. According to a new study by ABF Economics, Minnesota’s ethanol industry produced 956 million gallons of ethanol in 2020 (27 percent lower than 2019) as traffic volumes in the state plunged throughout the year. [ read more … ]

Green Plains CEO describes ‘challenging’ year as financial results revealed

By Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

Agri-tech company Green Plains recorded a fourth quarter 2020 loss of $49.6 million (€40 million).CEO and president Todd Becker described the past year as “full of challenging events” as the COVID-19 pandemic hit petroleum prices and demand. Among the developments in the past 12 months included the sale of its ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas, for $39 million (€32 million). [ read more … ]

Big Freeze in Texas Is Becoming a Global Oil Market Crisis

By Alex Longley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

What began as a power issue for a handful of U.S. states is rippling into a shock for the world’s oil market. More than 4 million barrels a day of output — almost 40% of the nation’s crude production — is now offline, according to traders and executives. One of the world’s biggest oil refining centers has seen output drastically cut back. The waterways that help U.S. oil flow to the rest of the world have been disrupted for much of the week. [ read more … ]

California Car Rule

Judge tosses Minnesota auto suit

BY ZACK COLMAN, Politico  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

 A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit brought by the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association seeking to stop the state from advancing a rulemaking to align with California’s clean car standards. The dealers argued the rulemaking was preempted since the Trump administration revoked California’s greenhouse gas waiver [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford Going Almost Entirely Electric in Europe This Decade

By Craig Trudell, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

Ford Motor Co. will drastically overhaul its business in Europe, where it didn’t sell a single fully electric vehicle last year, vowing to go almost completely electric by the end of the decade. One of the first steps in the transformation announced Wednesday will be to plow $1 billion into a German assembly plant that will start making an all-electric model in two years. By mid-2026, Ford will offer plug-in hybrid or fully electric models across its entire lineup. [ read more … ]

When Is a Gas Station Not a Gas Station? When All the Cars Are EVs

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted February 18, 2021

I’ve been musing lately on what a much more electrified U.S. passenger vehicle landscape looks like—starting not with the vehicles themselves, but with the gas stations that serve them.
There are more than 106,000 gasoline stations in the U.S.—fewer than in 1990, more than in the years after the global financial crisis, and about the same as in 2005. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.