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NEWS UPDATE March 27, 2022

Top Story

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Takeoff Set

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

Though talk of a renewable energy future often focuses on shiny new objects, including electric vehicles and drop-in fuels, perhaps the hottest thing going in the sector is sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF. Though talk of a renewable energy future often focuses on shiny new objects, including electric vehicles and drop-in fuels, perhaps the hottest thing going in the sector is sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF. However, an executive with one of the top companies in pursuit of SAF said the industry will only make it to full commercial scale with help from the corn-based ethanol industry. However, an executive with one of the top companies in pursuit of SAF said the industry will only make it to full commercial scale with help from the corn-based ethanol industry. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Siouxland Ethanol strikes long-term deal with Navigator CO2 pipeline

By Siouxland News  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

local ethanol plant has struck a deal with one of the proposed carbon capture pipelines looking to run through Siouxland. Siouxland Ethanol in Jackson, Nebraska has reached a “long-term deal” with Navigator CO2 Ventures to capture and transport 235,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the plant through its “Heartland Greenway” pipeline and eventually store it deep underground. [ read more … ]

States

California’s Plan for $400 Gas Rebate Criticized for Undermining Climate Goals

By Todd Woody, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to give $400 to every car owner to offset record-high gasoline prices has prompted criticism that it undercuts the state’s aggressive climate goals.
Under the $11 billion plan unveiled Wednesday, every owner of a registered car in California – including owners of electric vehicles – would receive a tax refund in the form of a $400 debit card regardless of their income. An owner of more than one registered vehicle would receive $800. If approved by the California legislature, a millionaire owner of two Range Rovers that get 13 miles per gallon would receive $800 as would the owner of a pair of Tesla electric cars who does not pay fuel taxes. Someone who relies on a bicycle for transportation, on the other hand, would be left empty-handed. [ read more … ]

California set off a biofuel boom — but can it manage the fallout?

By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

“With a good natural gas car, one cow could get you across the country,” said Neil Black, president of California Bioenergy, which installs the digesters that trap and repurpose the gas. “In addition to producing milk and cheese and yogurt and ice cream … each cow produces about 125 diesel gallon equivalents of methane a year.” Yet California’s aggressive promotion of trapped methane and other forms of biofuel has touched off a high-stakes drama. It is drawing cries of protest from some of the most vocal climate activists and words of caution from sober analysts, who warn it threatens to set off an unwelcome chain reaction around the state and across the country. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Biden Says to Expect ‘Real’ Food Shortages Due to Ukraine War

By Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

President Joe Biden said that the world will experience food shortages as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and production increases were a subject of discussions at a Group of Seven meeting on Thursday. “It’s going to be real,” Biden said at a news conference in Brussels. “The price of the sanctions is not just imposed upon Russia. It’s imposed upon an awful lot of countries as well, including European countries and our country as well.” [ read more … ]

Treasury Secretary Yellen: The U.S. should have moved faster toward renewable energy

By Catherine Clifford, CNBC  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Friday the United States should have moved faster toward renewable energy sources and that, had we done so, the country would be in a better position to address climate change and national security. CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Yellen whether the focus on environmental social governance needs to be partially suspended because of national security issues that the focus on ESG “is either creating or has created.” Global bans on Russian oil after the Russian invasion of Ukraine have led to higher energy prices, for exam [ read more … ]

Markets

China stocks up on US corn

By Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

The U.S. loaded 1.5 million metric tons of corn onto ships for delivery around the globe during the week of March 11-17, and nearly a third of that was destined for China, according to the latest trade data out of USDA. The U.S. shipped 477,900 metric tons of corn to China. China was also the primary destination for U.S. sorghum and soybeans during the seven-day period, according to the USDA data. [ read more … ]

EIA projects U.S. renewable diesel supply to surpass biodiesel

By Estella Shi, Will Sommer and Andrew Smiddy, EIA  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

In our Annual Energy Outlook 2022 (AEO2022) Reference case, which reflects current laws and regulations, we project that renewable diesel supply (domestic production and net imports) will exceed biodiesel supply in the near term. We project that renewable diesel supply will increase to 130,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2022 and 145,000 b/d in 2050, reflecting a significant increase in renewable diesel production capacity in the near term. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Possible Pruitt Senate run trashed by ex-Inhofe, Trump aides

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

Scott Pruitt might not be able to count on old allies if he launches a run for the Senate in Oklahoma. The former EPA administrator left Washington in 2018 under a cloud of ethics scandals and on bad terms with many onetime allies tied to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and EPA. As Pruitt mulls a run in this year’s race to succeed Inhofe, who is retiring, people in those circles tell E&E News they won’t be supporting him.
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Inside Scott Pruitt’s chaotic last days at EPA

By Robin Bravender, Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 27, 2022

The Trump administration’s abrupt 2018 ouster of EPA boss Scott Pruitt prompted chaos and confusion inside the agency, according to internal records obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act. Emails requested in 2018 and released to E&E News last month offer new insight into Pruitt’s hasty departure from the agency. Pruitt resigned under pressure from then-White House chief of staff John Kelly, Bloomberg reported at the time and two former Trump administration officials confirmed this week. [ read more … ]

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