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NEWS UPDATE May 17, 2021

Top Story

Renewable Diesel Plant to Launch in Hugoton

By  Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted May 17, 2021

A former cellulosic-ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, will soon be home to a new renewable diesel plant after the facility once lauded as cutting edge in biofuels production changed ownership hands several times. Seaboard Energy announced at the end of April plans to complete construction of a plant by Dec. 31, 2021, on the former Abengoa Bioenergy SA site in Hugoton. Once complete, the plant will have the capacity to produce 85 million gallons of renewable diesel annually and 8.5 million gallons of renewable naphtha. Naphtha is a precursor to gasoline and other liquid fuels, solvents for paints, dry-cleaning, asphalts, rubber, and is used for industrial extraction processes. The plant also is expected to produce hydrogen. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Granholm discusses DOE’s view of biofuels during budget hearing

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 17, 2021

During the event, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., stressed the importance of renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, to rural communities. “These fuels have the potential to reduce our emissions right now,” she added, and asked Granholm how she thinks biofuels will fit in the DOE’s and Biden administration’s blueprint for a net-zero future. Granholm said the agency has a whole biofuels and energy team working on that issue, and stressed the role she thinks biofuels can play in reducing energy-intensive forms of transportation, including long-haul trucking, aviation and marine transport. [ read more … ]

Low Carbon Fuel Standard

US Senate bill would direct EPA to create LCFS program for aviation fuel

By OPIS  •    •  Posted May 17, 2021

EPA would create a Low Carbon Aviation Fuel Standard program requiring U.S. jet fuel producers and importers to meet carbon intensity benchmarks that would decline each year under legislation introduced Thursday by two Senate Democrats. The bill (S. 1608), which was introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Dianne Feinstein of California, also would set a 35% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target by 2035 for the U.S. aviation sector and net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. [ read more … ]


Ethanol Exports Up in March

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted May 17, 2021

Exports to China spiked from 4.7 mg to 48.3 mg for the country’s second-largest monthly imports of American ethanol on record (and narrowly missing the April 2016 high). Similarly, shipments to Canada accelerated by 85% to a four-month high of 34.2 mg, and India’s imports were up 13% over February to 16.8 mg. These three countries received three-fourths of all ethanol shipped in March [ read more … ]

Colonial Pipeline

A Dry Pipeline Asks: Who Wants an Electric Car Now?

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted May 17, 2021

If smugness could be bottled and burned, East Coast drivers would have had no problems this week. The stuff was spewing out of Teslas, Nissan Leafs and every other electric vehicle silently zooming past dry gas pumps and frantic drivers filling all manner of receptacles with fast-dwindling fuel. When hoarders turned to plastic bags, the righteousness of the clean, green observers, no doubt, hit the redline. [ read more … ]


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