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NEWS UPDATE September 12, 2021

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Vulnerable Democrats push for local priorities in budget

By Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn’t the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a swing House district. It was that none of the money was targeted for a home state industry — ethanol and biodiesel. Axne set out to fix that. In the weeks since, she won assurances from congressional leaders that a separate multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint would include money for the renewable fuels. She’s now on board. Her biofuels bargain underscores the political strategy embedded in the negotiations over massive new federal spending. [ read more … ]


Biden, airlines strike deal to slash carbon emissions

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

President Biden struck a deal with major U.S. airlines today to cut airplanes’ greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by decade’s end. The agreement is part of a broader set of cross-agency actions the administration is taking to decarbonize the aviation sector — and the economy — by 2050. Transportation is the single largest source of planet-warming pollution in the United States, and aviation makes up 11% of those emissions. “This transformation to a zero-carbon aviation sector will require coordinated innovation and leadership from the Federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers, and airports,” the administration said in its announcement. [ read more … ]

In potential boost for Iowa ethanol, Biden administration plans to power airplanes with sustainable fuel

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

In an effort to cut greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday the Biden administration wants to power the nation’s jets and other airplanes with sustainable aviation fuel made from crops like corn and biomass such as wood waste. Vilsack, along with U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, announced the initiative in a White House roundtable discussion, setting a goal of producing 35 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel to meet “100% of U.S. aviation fuel demand by 2050.” [ read more … ]

White House Holds Roundtable on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

By Cindy Zimmerman, AgWired  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

Biofuel industry leaders and officials from the Biden Administration met virtually for a White House roundtable discussion on the future of sustainable aviation fuels Thursday. In conjunction with the event, the White House announced a goal to achieve 3 billion gallons of SAF production and reduce aviation-related emissions by 20 percent by 2030. [ read more … ]

Chevron, Gevo Announce Intent to Pursue Sustainable Aviation Fuel Investment

By Gevo  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

Through the proposed collaboration, Gevo would operate its proprietary technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable blending components for motor gasoline to lower its lifecycle carbon intensity. In addition to co-investing with Gevo in one or more projects, Chevron would have the right to offtake approximately 150 million gallons per year to market to customers. “Chevron is providing our customers with next-generation renewable fuels that can help them lower their overall carbon footprint,” said Mark Nelson, executive vice president of Downstream & Chemicals for Chevron. “This potential investment leverages Gevo’s innovative approach to producing sustainable aviation fuel, complementing other renewable fuels investments we are making as part of our higher returns, lower carbon strategy.” [ read more … ]


What Smart People Get Wrong About Climate Change Extremes

By Kate Mackenzie, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

If anyone should be attuned to the real-world impacts of global warming, it’s the policy makers and business heads that have to deal with the fallout. But even the most well-intentioned can fail to grasp just how bad things could get if climate goals aren’t met. At least that’s the impression I get. That’s why I reached out to Andy Pitman and Sonia Seneviratne, two of the world’s top experts on the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Their fields of study focus on extremes and compound events. Both worry that institutions are too focused on outcomes we can predict with high confidence. There isn’t enough appreciation of the risks associated with new weather patterns we don’t yet understand.
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Carbon Capture

Story, Boone counties 2 of 30 that $4.5 million carbon sequestration pipeline would run through

By Danielle Gehr, Ames Tribune  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

A meeting Monday will let Story County residents know how an emissions-reducing pipeline stretching through 30 Iowa counties might impact them. Alden company Summit Carbon Solutions, owned by Bruce Rastetter’s Summit Agricultural Group, is proposing a $4.5 billion pipeline that would permanently sequester carbon from biofuels plants — including Nevada’s Lincoln Way Energy.
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Tom Vilsack affirms Biden administration support for renewable fuels

By Erin Murphy, The Gazette  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday said the Biden administration supports ethanol and biofuels, in addition to supporting the development of electric vehicles. “You look at the totality of it all, and you look at the investment for example today … and you can see that there’s a wide range of ways for this administration to provide help and assistance to the biofuel industry,” the former Iowa governor said in a conference call with reporters. Vilsack also announced federal grants, totaling $86,000, for five Iowa projects, including one in Keota, that boost renewable energy and energy efficiency. [ read more … ]

Vilsack: Biofuels $700M Still on Way

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

About $700 million designed to help biofuels producers is still on the way three months after the USDA made the announcement to help producers hurt by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told reporters Thursday the proposal still is being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. While USDA made the announcement in June, OMB has the final say, the secretary said. [ read more … ]


E15 Rehearing Denied by Federal Court, Biofuels Looks for Permanent Remedy

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

A federal court on Thursday denied a petition for a rehearing of a court ruling that could end year-round sales of E15. Agriculture and biofuels groups had filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in August, asking for a rehearing of the case before all judges in the D.C. Circuit. The National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association said in a joint statement they will continue to press the EPA for the return of year-round E15 sales. [ read more … ]


Investment in California ethanol market aims to benefit Nebraska corn growers

By MATT OLBERDING, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

Agriculture officials from Nebraska and two other states have decided to put more investment into the California ethanol-based fuel market. The Nebraska Corn Board announced this week that it and corn checkoff organizations in Kansas and Missouri will provide California fuel retailers $1.25 million over the next year to increase availability of gasoline with an 85% ethanol blend, known commercially as E-85. The fuel will be supplied by Pearson Fuels, the largest E-85 distributor in California, which has nearly 250 retail stations located throughout the state. [ read more … ]

US Ethanol Output Up First Time in 9 Weeks; Stocks at 12-Week Low

By DTN Staff  •    •  Posted September 12, 2021

Domestic inventory of ethanol posted a sixth straight weekly draw, falling to a 12-week low, though production posted the first increase in over two months, the Energy Information Administration reported on Thursday, Sept. 9. Data show overall production moved off a six-month low, up 18,000 barrels per day (bpd) or 2% to 923,000 bpd. Midwest PADD 2 plant production also rose for the first time in nine weeks, up 19,000 bpd or 2.2% to 870,000 bpd. [ read more … ]



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