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NEWS UPDATE May 18, 2021

Top Story

Nations Must Drop Fossil Fuels, Fast, World Energy Body Warns

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

Nations around the world would need to immediately stop approving new coal-fired power plants and new oil and gas fields and quickly phase out gasoline-powered vehicles if they want to avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change, the world’s leading energy agency said Tuesday. In a sweeping new report, the International Energy Agency issued a detailed road map of what it would take for the world’s nations to slash carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050. That would very likely keep the average global temperature from increasing 1.5 Celsius above preindustrial levels — the threshold beyond which scientists say the Earth faces irreversible damage. [ read more … ]

Ethanol Diesel

ClearFlame Engine Technologies and Alto Ingredients, Inc. Partner to Demonstrate Decarbonization of Diesel-Fueled Engines Using Ethanol Fuel

By ClearFlame Engine Technologies (news release)  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

“This is an important milestone for us as we can now offer fleets a widely available fuel solution so they can begin to test our technology easily in real-world environments,” said Dr. BJ Johnson, ClearFlame CEO and co-founder. “Alto provides the important logistical infrastructure critical to ensuring successful demonstration – everything from tank installation to dispensing of the fuel, with a well-established existing liquid fueling infrastructure already in place. We look forward to working with them to drive forward our mission of quickly decarbonizing heavy-duty industry with a practical, cost-effective solution that is available today.” [ read more … ]

Company Advances Ethanol Diesel Engine (repost from October 14, 2020)

By  Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

A start-up company developing a heavy-duty truck engine able to run on straight ethanol has reached a milestone in a series of tests performed to validate its technology. ClearFlame Engine Technologies reported in a news release on Wednesday it matched the torque and power of a commercial diesel engine using ethanol in place of diesel. The company said the technology delivered 500 horsepower and more than 2,500 foot-pounds of torque, “while eliminating the need for additional aftertreatment such as selective catalytic reduction or diesel particulate filter systems.” [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council expressed opposition to nuclear and carbon capture projects as well as projects that expand capacity for fossil fuel production in a report issued Friday. The volunteer advisory council listed such projects as among “examples of the types of projects that will not benefit a community,” in a set of recommendations issued to the White House.  [ read more … ]

DOE’s ARPA-E awards $35 million to 15 biofuel projects

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

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy on May 14 awarded $35 million to 15 research projects that aim to advance new technologies to decarbonize biorefinery processes used across the energy, transportation and agriculture sectors. “Biofuel is a powerful tool in the clean energy toolkit that has immense potential to power our ships and airlines with zero carbon emissions,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE is investing in research to reduce emissions and maximize the availability of efficient biofuel as we strive to reach President Biden’s net-zero carbon goals.”   [ read more … ]


Inslee signs climate bills, but vetoes parts that tie them to passage of a transportation package

By Joseph O’Sullivan and Hal Bernton, Seattle Times  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

Kicking up cheers and protests, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Monday signed into law a carbon-cap program and a bill on clean-fuels standards but vetoed parts of those bills that require a new statewide transportation-funding package for the ambitious climate legislation to take effect. Inslee’s move — capping a big win on climate legislation while once again testing the bounds of his executive powers — essentially scrapped the “grand bargain” that was struck in the Senate to make sure those two bills passed the Legislature last month. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Supreme Court Gives Big Oil a Win in Climate Fight With Cities

By John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

While the companies won the day, “it was a bullet dodged” for Baltimore, said Patrick Parenteau, an expert on environmental law at Vermont Law School. “The oil companies were looking for a kill shot,” he said, in which the justices would vote to throw the Baltimore case and the rest out, or at least use language in the decision that would send a message to the lower court that the cases would get a skeptical hearing at the Supreme Court level. Instead, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s opinion focused on the narrow procedural issues. In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor brought her argument back to the city and its problems. The Court, she said, is opening new avenues for appeal and delay. “Meanwhile,” she wrote, “Baltimore, which has already waited nearly three years to begin litigation on the merits, is consigned to waiting once more.” [ read more … ]


Air France uses cooking oil to fly to Canada as green fuel debate rages

By Tim Hepher, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

Air France-KLM flew a biofuel-powered Airbus A350 from Paris to Montreal on Tuesday, demonstrating the airline’s readiness to adopt low-emissions fuel despite deep industry divisions over the pace of its adoption. Air France flight 342 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport with a 16% mix of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in its fuel tanks, produced in France by Total from used cooking oil. [ read more … ]

Nebraska’s ethanol production almost to pre-pandemic levels

By Brownfield  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

Pam Miller tells Brownfield nearly every plant is back online after many were shut down this time a year ago. “Most plants are back up at full production, which is somewhere near 2.5 billion gallons of ethanol a year that we produce – the second largest producing state in the country,” Miller says. “It’s great to be back.  [ read more … ]

Brent Oil Tops $70 With Bullish Demand Outlook Spurring Rally

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

Brent oil topped $70 a barrel with optimism building about the demand outlook in key regions such as the U.S. and Europe. The global benchmark added as much as 1.1%, reaching its highest level since March 8, but eased slightly later. Brent hasn’t closed above $70 since May 2019. [ read more … ]

Average US ethanol margin nearly doubles; biodiesel margin weakens: CARD

By OPIS  •    •  Posted May 18, 2021

The average U.S. ethanol margin in the week ended Friday nearly doubled from the prior week, while the average biodiesel margin fell further into the red, Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) said on Monday. The school said the average return over operating costs last week at a typical dry-mill ethanol plant was 50.29cts, up 25cts from the 25.2cts week reported in the week that ended May 7. [ read more … ]

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