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NEWS UPDATE March 13, 2022

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Ethanol’s clean air benefits clouded by greenhouse gas emissions

By Jennifer Bjorhus and MaryJo Webster, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

White steam billows into the sky, a rolling cloud visible for miles from Guardian Energy’s plant in southern Minnesota. You can’t see the greenhouse gases pumped out the stacks with the water vapor in the air, but they are there — more than 178,000 metric tons in 2019 alone. Eighteen of Minnesota’s 19 corn ethanol plants are among the 100 facilities expelling the most greenhouse gases in the state, according to a Star Tribune analysis of data from the U.S. EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
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Carbon Capture

U.S. ethanol industry banks on carbon capture to solve emissions problem

By Leah Douglas and Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

U.S. ethanol producers are betting heavily on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to lower their greenhouse gas emissions and secure a place for the corn-based fuel in a climate-friendly future, according to industry groups and executives. But the plan is risky: The nascent CCS industry has been plagued by high costs and underperformance, crucial federal incentives for carbon capture are stalled in Congress, and public opposition to the pipeline infrastructure needed to transport captured gas is mounting.
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E15

Bipartisan Group of Senators Seek Year-Round E15 in Response to Russian Invasion

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators asked the Biden administration to take action to restore year-round E15 sales in light of a ban on Russian oil and gas imports to the U.S., in a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday. The request is the latest in a number of actions members of Congress have taken in an attempt to expand the production and use of biofuels as gasoline prices continue to rise to all-time highs. [ read more … ]

Senators urge Biden to enable year-round sales of E15

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

“As the U.S. joins global partners in seeking to hold accountable and isolate the Russian Federation for tis unprovoked assault on Ukraine, we must deny Russia’s economic lifeblood of energy dominance,” the senators wrote. “This will require tapping every accessible contribution of American energy techno0logy. As you know, American biofuel are one such readily available energy solution that offer consumers affordable and cleaner options at the pump. Wholesale ethanol has recently traded for approximately $1.20 cheaper than gasoline per gallon, a discount that is passed on to consumers and amplified in higher blends like E15, E30 and E85.” [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Vilsack: Ukraine Farmers Need Fuel

By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

Agricultural ministers and secretaries from G-7 countries on Friday had a call with Ukraine Agriculture Minister Roman Leshchenko, who talked about the desire and will of Ukrainian farmers to still try to grow a crop. “And what they need is fuel,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday. Talking to reporters after his speech at Commodity Classic in New Orleans, Vilsack said Leshchenko’s big request from European countries involved fuel needs for farmers. “He is putting us on notice we need to do as much as we can,” Vilsack said. [ read more … ]

Biden defends energy record, blames Putin for high prices

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

President Biden once again blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for soaring gas prices and pushed back against claims from Republicans that his energy policies are harming the economy.
“Democrats didn’t cause this problem, Vladimir Putin did and we are working to fix it,” Biden said in the closing address here at the House Democrats’ annual retreat, where lawmakers sought to hone their messaging and legislative agenda ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.
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Markets

Exclusive: Canada looking at boosting oil pipeline flows to U.S., minister says

By Steve Scherer and Nia Williams, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

Canada is studying ways to increase pipeline utilization to boost crude exports as Europe seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian oil, the country’s natural resources minister said on Thursday. Pipeline operator Enbridge Inc  said in a statement it was in talks with the government “about how the industry can help relieve the current energy crisis”. Most of Canada’s crude exports travel to the United States on Enbridge’s Mainline system, with another 590,000 barrels a day flowing on TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline.
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Will producing more oil lower gas prices? It hasn’t in the past.

By Philip Bump, Washington Post  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

What most Americans want seems simple in its outline: inexpensive gas that doesn’t leave the United States beholden to bad actors such as Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Not all Americans want this, certainly. There are a lot of environmentally conscious Americans who recognize that the downside to inexpensive gas is more gas consumption and, therefore, more greenhouse gas emissions. But as a broad benchmark, the twin goals stated above seem to represent a majority opinion — and have for some time. And yet it hasn’t happened. Despite the uptick in domestic production that accompanied the surge in hydraulic fracturing, and despite various global disruptions and controversies, we still import a lot of oil and gas from overseas and we still see gas prices going up. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

‘Son of Build Back Better.’ Energy CEOs eye renewables’ future

By Miranda Willson, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 13, 2022

Supply chain disruptions, inflation and bureaucratic regulations are slowing the deployment of renewable energy in the United States and jeopardizing efforts championed by President Biden to achieve 100 percent carbon-free power, leaders in the electric industry said yesterday. Utility executives and clean energy developers also joined government officials at CERAWeek by S&P Global in outlining how Russia’s war in Ukraine is exacerbating economic challenges for renewables — even as they said the growth of clean power is unstoppable in the long run. [ read more … ]

 

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