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NEWS UPDATE October 17, 2022

Top Story

Carbon Capture Projects Hit Record, But Would Mitigate Less Than 1% of Emissions

By James Fernyhough, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

The number of carbon capture and storage projects in development grew to record levels this year on the back of rising carbon prices and government incentives, but would still only mitigate less than 1% of annual emissions, a new report finds. There are now 153 CCS projects in the planning phase, 61 more than this time last year and more than at any time in history, the Melbourne-based Global CCS Institute found in its annual survey of the sector, released today. They would add to the 30 projects currently operating and a further 11 under construction.
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RFS

Will ERINs Make Teslas Cheaper?

By David Waterworth, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

Can electric vehicles benefit from the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) scheme? Reuters reports that it is highly likely that they can. It appears that the Biden administration has been working with Tesla’s representatives to include EVs and charging stations in the scheme. The RFS mandates that fuel sold in the US has to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels — since 2005, that has mainly been corn-based ethanol. It appears that consideration is now being given to EV makers to allow them to generate electric Renewable Identification Numbers — eRINs . [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Ethanol Plant CCS: Sequestration Sensors

By Katie Schroeder, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

With CCS expanding rapidly, there is an accompanying need for technology to monitor the CO2 underground. A North Dakota ethanol producer, environmental researcher and a geophysicist explain how it’s done. As the number of new and proposed carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects in the United States surges—with about 75 ethanol plants alone now pursuing it—new services and technologies are being introduced to producers in the space. With test wells and injection sites being built, and several projects in the permitting phase, under construction or already functioning, there is an immediate need for well-site monitoring technology that observes the CO2 to make sure it stays where it is sequestered. [ read more … ]

Pollution

A New Shell Plant in Pennsylvania Will Soon Become the State’s Second Largest Emitter of Volatile Organic Chemicals

By Reid Frazier, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

The cracker will also be permitted to be a large polluter—the second biggest emitter of volatile organic chemicals in the state. Stricter air quality rules and an energy system that relies less on polluting coal have made the air in and around Pittsburgh healthier in recent years. Many now ask: will this plant reverse gains to air quality?  To help address what the project will mean for the region, we asked for readers’ questions about the plant, and solicited help from experts to answer them. [ read more … ]

Markets

Improving Infrastructure: Push to make higher blends of ethanol for Minnesota consumers

By Currey McCullough, RFD-TV  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

Biofuel supporters are pushing for greater availability of renewable fuels, like E15, and Minnesota farm leaders are working to make it happen. Grants totaling more than $6 million are being awarded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to 44 Minnesota service stations to improve their infrastructure to make higher blends of ethanol available to consumers. The funds came from the Minnesota legislature and Minnesota Corn. [ read more … ]

Cloudy skies for Brazil sugar and ethanol as country heads back to polls

By Marcelo Teixeira, Reuters  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

Brazilian sugar and ethanol makers will likely face a less favorable business environment regardless of who emerges victorious from the hotly-contested Brazilian presidential election on Oct. 30, analysts and experts say. Citizens go to the polls in less than three weeks for a run-off between incumbent right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and his opponent, the leftist, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
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EVs

Inside Pilot’s massive EV-charging initiative

By Brett Dworski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

Electric vehicle charging may seem like a budding trend to consumers, but it’s anything but new to convenience store operators. About 95% of U.S. fuel retailers surveyed said they’re currently offering or planning to offer EV charging stations, while 70% said they’re planning to expand their fuel network in the coming years, according to a 2022 study from Boston Consulting Group. [ read more … ]

The ‘bummer’ of the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit: Its full value may be hard to get

By Greg Iacurci, CNBC  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

The historic climate legislation President Joe Biden signed in August offered a federal tax break — worth up to $7,500 — to households that buy new electric vehicles. But it may be tough for consumers to get the full value of the tax credit — at least initially. That’s largely due to the structure of the clean vehicle credit and certain requirements for consumers and car manufacturers. Those roadblocks, however, are poised to ease in the longer term, experts said. [ read more … ]

As the North Star State goes

By Politico  •    •  Posted October 17, 2022

In the EV charging proposal , part of the rate case Xcel Energy submitted to regulators in August, the utility warned that Minnesota is not on track to meet its goal of 20 percent electric vehicles by 2030, and argued that “we have not seen the market fill in key gaps regarding necessary public charging.” But gasoline retailers that are eager to add EV chargers say utilities’ strategy would give them an unfair advantage. Under their plan, the utilities would get a leg up on the competition by using ratepayer funds to cover the costs of building charging stations and can charge themselves lower rates for the electricity than they would charge a truck stop operator. [ read more … ]

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