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NEWS UPDATE October 14, 2021

Top Story

Energy crisis tests Biden’s clean electricity agenda

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 14, 2021

The Biden administration called for continued use of natural gas, illustrating the challenging political spot facing the White House as it navigates between a global energy crisis, protesters on the left and a push for a major clean energy package on Capitol Hill. Rising energy demand spurred by the pandemic recovery has sent natural gas and oil prices skyrocketing, raising fears about inflation and energy availability this winter. It’s also proving at least a temporary boom to fossil fuels, including coal, and is fueling Republican attacks as Biden’s efforts to tackle climate change remain at an impasse in Congress. [ read more … ]

SAF

Gevo and Axens ally on ethanol-to-jet technology and sustainable aviation fuel commercial project development

By Green Car Congress  •    •  Posted October 14, 2021

Gevo and Axens North America have entered into an agreement that establishes a strategic alliance aimed at accelerating the commercialization of sustainable ethanol-to-jet (ETJ) projects in the United States. As part of the alliance, Axens brings technologies with more than 60 related patents; engineering packages; proprietary catalysts; and certain proprietary equipment required to convert ethanol into jet fuel. Axens would also provide process guarantees for commercial ETJ projects. [ read more … ]

United Airlines flies first commercial jet on sustainable fuel from IAH

By Marcy de Luna, Houston Chroncile  •    •  Posted October 14, 2021

Chicago-based United Airlines on Wednesday launched a test flight of a commercial aircraft on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel in Houston. A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft circled George Bush Intercontinental Airport for an hour and a half, flying on one engine of the sustainable fuel and a second engine filled with traditional jet fuel to compare the performance and demonstrate that there were no operational issues with the alternative fuel. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

CCS projects at ethanol plants continue to grow, as does condemnation

By OPIS  •    •  Posted October 14, 2021

As the amount of attention garnered by carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects associated with ethanol plants has continued to ramp up recently, so too has the rhetoric from opponents of the practice. A letter sent last week by a group of more than 330 scientists to President Joe Biden denounced the practice of CCS. [ read more … ]

Markets

EIA reduces 2021, 2022 ethanol production forecasts

By EIA  •    •  Posted October 14, 2021

The U.S. Energy Information Administration made slight reductions to its forecasts for 2021 and 2022 U.S. fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Oct. 13. Forecasts for ethanol blending, however, were maintained. The EIA currently predicts fuel ethanol production will average 960,000 barrels per day in 2021, down slightly from a forecast of 970,000 barrels per day made in September. The agency expects fuel ethanol production to increase to 1 million barrels per day next year, down from a forecast of 1.01 million barrels per day made last month. Ethanol production averaged 910,000 barrels per day in 2020. [ read more … ]

EVs

Plug-in cars are the future. The grid isn’t ready.

By Will Englund, Washington Post  •    •  Posted October 14, 2021

There, at an installation opened earlier this year by a car-sharing company called Revel, on the site of the old Pfizer pharmaceutical headquarters, this carbon-free power can help juice up a whole fleet of sleek vehicles that aim to leave the internal combustion engine behind. But that’s on a good day. Even now — before this state and the country’s grand ambitions for an electric future are fully in motion — there are too many bad ones. [ read more … ]

 

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