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NEWS UPDATE September 7, 2022

Top Story

California Avoids Rolling Blackouts Despite Record Heat

By Shawn Hubler, Kellen Browning, Ivan Penn and Jill Cowan, New York Times  •    •  Posted September 7, 2022

Wildfires raged at both ends of California. Gavin Newsom, the state’s governor, warned of “unprecedented” heat. The power grid teetered on the brink of outages into the evening. But as California endured its sixth day under a ferocious heat dome, the nation’s most populous state narrowly managed to avert rolling blackouts, even as temperature and energy use records shattered on Tuesday and power grid officials begged homeowners to turn down their air conditioning. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

EJ communities are wary as CCS racks up policy wins

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 7, 2022

Carbon capture and storage may finally be gaining traction as a way for power plants, natural gas terminals and industrial facilities to lower their emissions. But environmental justice advocates worry that it will become a lifeline for fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained world — one that comes at an unacceptable cost to the communities that have long suffered from the polluting facilities built next door.
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SAF

DOE Awards SAF Funding to Green Plains, Tallgrass and PNNL

By Progressive Farmer Staff  •    •  Posted September 7, 2022

Green Plains Inc., Tallgrass and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory today announced they have been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance sustainable aviation fuel technology as part of the federal agency’s effort to support the development of biofuels and bioproducts. The DOE award will support Green Plains and Tallgrass in funding the demonstration of an innovative process developed by PNNL to convert ethanol to SAF via ketone intermediates, a critical step in proving the scalability of the technology. [ read more … ]

Markets

USDA: US ethanol exports top 107 million gallons in July

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 7, 2022

The U.S. exported 107.22 million gallons of fuel ethanol and 1.06 million metric tons of distillers grains in July, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Sept. 7. Exports of both products were up when compared to the previous month. The 107.22 million gallons of ethanol exported in July was up from both the 101.48 million gallons exported during the previous month and the 51.63 million gallons exported in July 2021. [ read more … ]

USDA Crop Progress Report Holds Steady on Corn, Soybean Conditions

By Brian Ethridge, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 7, 2022

Corn and soybean conditions held steady, USDA NASS reported in its weekly Crop Progress report released Tuesday, Sept. 6. The report is normally released on Mondays but was delayed this week due to the Labor Day holiday. The percentage of corn reaching maturity was just 3 percentage points behind the five-year average, while the percentage of soybeans dropping leaves was four percentage points behind the average pace, NASS claimed. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden heads to Detroit auto show

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 7, 2022

The White House announcement that Biden will attend the North American International Auto Show comes after the president made a verbal commitment to attend earlier this month. “I’ll be there,” Biden said during a White House event on Friday. “I’m a car guy. As you kind of noticed.” [ read more … ]

Donald Trump goes on nonsensical rant about electric cars

By Fred Lambert, Electrek   •    •  Posted September 7, 2022

Trump is campaigning ahead of the midterm elections coming up in November, and he found himself in Pennsylvania last week holding a massive rally. We generally try to steer clear of broader politics when it doesn’t actually affect policies, but in this case, Trump undoubtedly has an extremely strong influence on a large part of the population in the US, and he used this influence to spread misinformation about electric vehicles at t [ read more … ]

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