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NEWS UPDATE September 6, 2022

Top Story

For Glacial Lakes Energy, joining Summit Carbon Solutions’ pipeline plan means staying competitive

By Alexandra Hardle, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted September 6, 2022

– Summit Carbon Solutions is hoping to break ground on its carbon sequestration pipeline next year. In an effort to help local leaders learn more about the benefits of the project, Watertown-based Glacial Lakes Energy organized a tour of the company’s ethanol plant in Mina last week. After the tour, Glacial Lakes Chief Executive Officer Jim Seurer offered some insight as to how Glacial Lakes came to the decision to sign onto the Summit pipeline project. “The project is important to us, and it represents an opportunity to lower our carbon intensity score to the effect of up to 50%,” he said. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Eminent domain concerns cloud pipeline proposals

By Cassidy Walter, Successful Farming  •    •  Posted September 6, 2022

Three carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) pipelines are proposed to crisscross the Midwest, collecting CO2 from ethanol plants and other partners to permanently isolate it underground. Stakeholder response has ranged from dissent to praise, but the possible use of eminent domain has landowners particularly fired up. “Unfortunately, [eminent domain] has been painted and mischaracterized as something that is a trump card, and that is absolutely not the case,” says Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, vice president of government and public affairs at Navigator CO2 Ventures, one of the three pipeline companies. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden, Remaking Climate Team, Picks John Podesta to Guide Spending

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 6, 2022

President Biden on Friday appointed John Podesta, a veteran Washington insider who spearheaded the Obama administration’s climate strategy, to oversee the federal investment of $370 billion in clean energy under a landmark new climate law. As a senior adviser to Mr. Biden on clean energy innovation, Mr. Podesta will shape how the government disburses billions of dollars in tax credits and incentives to industries that are developing wind and solar energy, as well as to consumers who want to install solar panels, heat and cool their homes with electric heat pumps or buy electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers race to pass spending bill, Biden energy request

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 6, 2022

Democrats and Republicans have to decide how long the CR will run and what emergency spending and other policy provisions may be attached to what is expected to be the last major bill to move ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections. A major item on the agenda is permitting legislation Democratic leaders promised Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in exchange for supporting the Inflation Reduction Act. Any deal on a stopgap spending bill will need to be bipartisan, with 60 votes required to move it in the Senate. Democrats currently only control 50 seats in that chamber. [ read more … ]

Markets

OPEC Plus Agrees to Cut Production by 100,000 Barrels a Day

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 6, 2022

Officials of OPEC and its major allies agreed on Monday to modestly cut oil production by 100,000 barrels a day, rolling back the increase they approved a month ago. The trim is so small — about a tenth of a percent of world output — that it will have little practical impact on supplies. But it appears intended to show that OPEC Plus is determined to defend a price level of around $100 a barrel.
Futures for Brent crude, the international benchmark, were up by 3.5 percent on Monday to about $96.50 a barrel. [ read more … ]

Commentary

EPA’s Fine PM Rule:  A Pitch Ethanol Should Hit Out of the Park

By Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition  •    •  Posted September 6, 2022

Out of the limelight and toiling away in the shadows,  EPA was finalizing their proposed rule to reduce fine particulates. To their credit, they had announced early on that they intended to complete their NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) by August and it is at the Office of Management and Budget for Review as we speak. This rule should be the single biggest stimulant for ethanol since the passage of the RFS, yet very few in the ethanol industry are even aware of this opportunity. [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate Change Is Ravaging the Colorado River. There’s a Model to Avert the Worst.

By Henry Fountain, Photographs by Ruth Fremson, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 6, 2022

The water managers of the Yakima River basin in arid Central Washington know what it’s like to fight over water, just like their counterparts along the Colorado River are fighting now. They know what it’s like to be desperate, while drought, climate change, population growth and agriculture shrink water supplies to crisis levels. They understand the acrimony among the seven Colorado Basin states, unable to agree on a plan for deep cuts in water use that the federal government has demanded to stave off disaster. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.