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NEWS UPDATE March 21, 2021

Top Story

Airbus A350 in first in-flight test of pure biofuel

By Steve Creedy, AirlineRatings  •    •  Posted March 21, 2021

Aircraft are certified to use biofuels in a 50 percent blend but a team of experts will use an Airbus A350 to find out exactly what happens when you move to 100 percent. The world’s first inflight in-flight emissions study using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a widebody commercial jet involves experts from manufacturer Airbus, German research center DLR, engine-maker Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste. [ read more … ]

RFS

EPA: No new SRE petitions filed in past month

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 21, 2021

Data released by the U.S. EPA on March 18 shows that no new small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions have been filed in the past month. The agency has also not taken any action on the 66 SRE petitions that have been pending since mid-February. The EPA is not currently expected to take action on any of the 66 pending SRE petitions until after the U.S. Supreme Court completes its review of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling that struck down three SREs that the court said were improperly issued by the EPA and held that the agency cannot “extend” exemptions to any small refineries whose earlier, temporary exemptions had lapsed. [ read more … ]

Markets

Story County plant getting Iowa tax incentives to resume cellulosic ethanol production

By Tyler Jett, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted March 21, 2021

Ethanol production is coming back to a Story County renewable fuels plants. Verbio North American Corp. received $2.6 million in tax incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday to build an $80 million ethanol production line in the former DuPont Nevada plant, previously the nation’s largest producer of an experimental variety of the renewable fuel. [ read more … ]

U.S. Biodiesel Celebrates 3 Billion Gallons

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted March 21, 2021

The National Biodiesel Board is pleased to celebrate National Biodiesel Day by announcing that the industry has reached a milestone of 3 billion gallons in operating capacity. National Biodiesel Day is celebrated on March 18 in honor of Rudolf Diesel who invented the diesel engine, which was originally designed to run on renewable peanut oil. [ read more … ]

US corn export shipments up 38% on week at 2.199 million mt, a marketing-year high: USDA

By S&P Global  •    •  Posted March 21, 2021

US weekly corn export shipments of corn for the 2020-21 marketing year (September-August) totaled 2.199 million mt in the week ended March 11, up 38% from 1.593 million mt in the previous week, Department of Agriculture data showed March 18. The weekly export shipments for the 2020-21 marketing year were up 42% from the prior four-week average, and were a marketing-year high, the USDA said in its Exports Sales Highlights report. [ read more … ]

EVs

How much more energy will the US need to electrify everything?

By Tim McDonnell & Clarisa Diaz, Quartz  •    •  Posted March 21, 2021

The global economy needs to go electric. Most economists agree that the quickest, lowest-cost way to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions is to plug everything that now burns fossil fuels—vehicles, buildings, factories—into a clean electricity grid. How much strain will that put on the grid? By 2050, the US will demand nearly 90% more power than it did in 2018, in a scenario in which all new passenger vehicles sold by 2030 are electric and buildings and factories also aggressively electrify. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Ethanol plan is a tax hike on Iowans

By Don Burd, The Gazette  •    •  Posted March 21, 2021

When you think about what makes Iowa’s economy strong, choice, convenience and affordability come to mind. Business owners like myself and hundreds of others across the state meet these three criteria through the fuels we provide to consumers. These principles are at the core of who we are, and we are proud to fuel Iowans every day. Offering fuel choices at the pump, including homegrown biofuels, is critical. It keeps our economy diverse, competitive and healthy. Over the years, biofuels’ support among fuel operators, retailers and distributors in Iowa has been made clear: 87 percent of all gasoline gallons sold in Iowa now contain ethanol. [ read more … ]

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