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NEWS UPDATE January 4, 2023

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Carbon Pipelines Projects Face Permit Hearings, Litigation and Legislation

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 4, 2023

This year will shape up as a major year in the permitting and development of carbon pipelines across the Midwest and Plains states. The Minnesota and South Dakota Public Utilities Commissions each this week will examine the permits of major carbon pipeline projects. The Minnesota PUC is expected on Thursday, Jan. 5 to hear a permit application by Summit Carbon Solutions to cross two counties in southwest Minnesota. Each carbon pipeline companies have contracted with roughly 30 ethanol plants, and other industries such as fertilizer. Summit and Navigator are each looking to sink between 12 million and 15 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. The ethanol industry sees the pipelines as a major opportunity to lower the carbon intensity of corn-based ethanol and achieve better scoring for carbon credits in states with low-carbon fuel standards. [ read more … ]


EPA opens comment period on draft RFS report

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted January 4, 2023

According to a notice published in the Federal Register, an EPA contractor has selected nine individuals to serve on an external expert panel to peer review the third triennial report. Those experts were selected from a pool of candidates announced last year. The members of the external panel, peer review meeting dates and registration information will be posted to an EPA webpage at a later date, according to the notice.  [ read more … ]

A new EPA proposal is reigniting a debate about what counts as ‘renewable’

By John McCracken, Grist  •    •  Posted January 4, 2023

The new requirements have sparked a heated debate between industry leaders, who say the recent proposal will help stabilize the market in the coming years, and green groups, which argue that the favored fuels come at steep environmental costs.  Below is a Grist guide to this growing debate, breaking down exactly what these fuels are, how they’re created, and how they would change under the EPA’s new proposal: [ read more … ]


Why 2023 is a cliff for climate rules

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 4, 2023

The Biden administration’s team of veteran lawyers and regulatory experts tasked with proposing clear air rules and climate mandates is far behind schedule at the outset of 2023. Deadlines have come and gone for EPA actions on power plant mercury and air toxics, cars, and atmospheric ozone. The agency is also under the gun to propose carbon rules for new and modified power plants and to finalize its methane standards for the oil and gas industry. If those rules slip to next year, advocates warn, it could jeopardize the administration’s chances of defending the rules in court, or even open the door for a Republican president and Congress to easily reverse them in 2025. [ read more … ]

Energy Cases

Energy cases to watch in 2023

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 4, 2023

From pipeline permitting to agency rulemaking, federal courts are poised to decide a suite of legal challenges in 2023 that could set the pace of the nation’s transition away from fossil fuels. The rulings could also tee up a clash between Congress and the courts. [ read more … ]


Why Are Energy Prices So High? Some Experts Blame Deregulation.

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 4, 2023

When California, New York, Texas and other states began deregulating their electricity markets in the 1990s, officials promised that those changes would foster competition and make energy more affordable. But it hasn’t worked out that way. [ read more … ]

Green Plains Ethanol Lawsuit Tossed

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 4, 2023

For the second time in three years a federal court dismissed a Green Plains Inc. ethanol market lawsuit against Archer Daniels Midland, this time ruling Green Plains would not be allowed to re-file the claims. In October 2021, Omaha-based Green Plains filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the District of Nebraska, alleging ADM committed tortious interference with a Green Plains ethanol contract when ADM conducted an alleged scheme to illegally depress the ethanol cash market beginning in 2017.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.