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NEWS UPDATE September 20, 2022

Top Story

Ethanol’s future unclear as electric vehicles grow in popularity

By Joshua Haiar, South Dakota Public Radio  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, the co-founder of a bipartisan political strategy group, spearheaded legislation to create the nation’s ethanol industry. He anticipates a real transformation in the way energy is produced, and how our transportation adapts. “I don’t think anybody should expect the current situation, the status quo, is going to be something we can expect to see for many more years into the future,” Daschle said. “We’ve got to be resilient. We’ve got to be innovative. We’ve got to find ways to adjust and adapt to the new market, and if we fail to do that, I think that it’s going to be a real tragedy for American agriculture,” Daschle said. [ read more … ]

RFS

USDA, EPA discussing allowing e-RINs into Renewable Fuel Standard, emails show

By Agri-Pulse  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told a supporter of e-RINs for electricity produced from biomass and biogas to look for action this summer, emails obtained by Agri-Pulse show. “We are engaged in discussions with EPA on E-rins,” Vilsack wrote in the May 7 email to Thomas C. Peters, President of Gronom Corp. and Angel Energy. “You may be seeing action at long last this summer. Will keep you posted. Not sure it is public knowledge and not a done deal, so you may want to keep this to yourself.” [ read more … ]

Technology

Ethanol Diesel Nudges Closer to Market

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

ClearFlame Engine Technologies announced on Tuesday a handful of what the company said are key partnerships to help the company meet its goal of commercializing its ethanol-diesel engine technology by the end of 2023. During the pilot, ClearFlame said the truck is accumulating miles and driving long distances in a range of operating conditions. That includes short-haul routes between the company’s Indiana locations, with a variety of different load types. ClearFlame said it will be conducting “several other pilots” through the end of the year. ClearFlame expects to achieve commercialization of its engine modification technology by the end of 2023. The company is currently working with the EPA to achieve all environmental approvals; trucks are currently running under EPA exemption.
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Midwestern partnership backs hydrogen as clean energy source

By JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

Seven Midwestern states are teaming up to accelerate the development of hydrogen as a clean-energy alternative for automobiles and factories that rely largely on climate-warming fossil fuels, governors said Monday. The partnership includes Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, whose economies are dominated by agriculture and heavy industry such as steel and automobile manufacturing. [ read more … ]

Markets

How a Quebec Lithium Mine May Help Make Electric Cars Affordable

By Jack Ewing. and photographs by Brendan George Ko, The New York Times  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

About 350 miles northwest of Montreal, amid a vast pine forest, is a deep mining pit with walls of mottled rock. The pit has changed hands repeatedly and been mired in bankruptcy, but now it could help determine the future of electric vehicles. The mine contains lithium, an indispensable ingredient in electric car batteries that is in short supply. If it opens on schedule early next year, it will be the second North American source of that metal, offering hope that badly needed raw materials can be extracted and refined close to Canadian, U.S. and Mexican auto factories, in line with Biden administration policies that aim to break China’s dominance of the battery supply chain. [ read more … ]

Brazil to export record volume of ethanol to Europe this year -S&P Global

By Reuters  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

Brazil’s ethanol exports to Europe are set to reach a record high this year, as foreign markets look more appealing than domestic, according to an analysis by S&P Global Commodity Insights. This year through August, Brazil shipped about 427 million liters of ethanol to Europe, 435% above the figures from the same period in 2021. By the end of 2022, the South American country is expected to export 600 million liters of the biofuel to Europe, said S&P. [ read more … ]

Climate

Western reservoirs could run dry in 3 years, top official warns

By Jennifer Yachnin, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

A top Centennial State official warned Colorado River Basin states that the system’s federal reservoirs could effectively empty in a few short years barring aggressive reductions to water demands.
Colorado River Water Conservation District General Manager Andy Mueller painted a bleak future for the basin’s seven states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — on Friday, during his organization’s annual conference in Grand Junction, Colo., on the river’s future. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Global emissions targets spell growth for CO2 tech sector

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

Companies that produce technologies to remove or reduce carbon emissions are “poised for strong continued growth,” reaching an expected value of $1.4 trillion by 2027, according to new market research. The research report, recently released by the financial data firm PitchBook, predicts that the sector will be worth $905 billion by the end of this year. That makes the global climate tech sector relatively small — collectively worth less than electric vehicle maker Tesla. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

GOP fumes over climate law. Is there a will for repeal?

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

When Democrats passed their health care overhaul in 2010, it helped launch a yearslong struggle from Republicans to kill it off. Will the recently enacted climate, health care and tax law be a similar target? For the short-term, the answer is no. For the long-term, the answer is maybe. Republican lawmakers may not like the Inflation Reduction Act, with its $369 billion in climate spending, but they admitted in recent interviews that any effort to repeal it would be an uphill battle.
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‘There’s so much to do’: Greens want more rules, faster

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

Advocates are pushing President Joe Biden to ramp up executive action on the environment, arguing the pace of rulemaking has so far been sluggish. Groups want the president to strengthen a number of oil and gas and vehicle emissions rules, quickly hire attorneys and other staff, and set up tax credits stemming from the Inflation Reduction Act. “There is so much to do,” said Margie Alt, executive director for the Climate Action Campaign, which is made up of a dozen environmental and public health groups. “This is our moment to get the climate crisis under control.”
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Low Carbon Fuel Standards

DriveClean initiative launches, advocates for national CFS

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

A diverse group of clean fuel stakeholders, including several biofuel producers, on Sept. 19 launched the DriveClean initiative, which is urging lawmakers to create a market-based technology-neutral national Clean Fuel Standard during the 118th Congress that convenes in January. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Guest opinion: Ethanol must embrace a low-carbon future

By Jeff Oestmann, The Globe  •    •  Posted September 20, 2022

Many may not know, but Minnesota’s ethanol industry is the third largest in the United States and is responsible for purchasing and beginning the value-added processing of over half of the corn crop produced in the state. As the world continues to focus on ways to reduce emissions from all aspects of our economy and utilize more renewable energy resources in the process, it is critical that Minnesota’s ethanol industry take the necessary steps to ensure that biofuels like ethanol remain a viable low-carbon solution and competitive in that marketplace in the years and decades to come. [ read more … ]

 

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