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NEWS UPDATE January 29, 2023

Top Story

‘To Hell With That’: Biden Dismisses Foreign Complaints About US Climate Policy

By Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

President Joe Biden sharply dismissed criticism that his signature legislative accomplishments are too protectionist, even as US allies complain the policies could cut them out of valuable trade deals. “You see I’m getting criticized internationally for focusing too much on America — to hell with that,” Biden told union workers in Virginia on Thursday. “This is real serious.” [ read more … ]

E15

State AGs Give EPA Until End of January to Respond to Year-Round E15 Petitions

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

With 270 days now passed since a group of Midwest governors asked EPA to take action to allow their states permanently sell E15 year-round, a group of attorneys general are pressing the agency to act. In a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Friday, the attorneys general from Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Missouri and Wisconsin said under the Clean Air Act the agency is required to promulgate an amended regulation within 90 days — meaning EPA was to do so by July 27, 2022, and hasn’t. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

North Dakota landowners at odds in carbon pipeline plans

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

North Dakota landowners testified for and against a carbon capture company’s use of eminent domain Friday, as Summit Carbon Solutions moves forward in constructing a massive underground system of carbon dioxide pipelines spanning 2,000 miles across several states and under hundreds of people’s homes and farms in the Midwest. The proposed $4.5 billion carbon pipeline project would capture carbon dioxide emissions across neighboring states and deposit the emissions deep underground in North Dakota. [ read more … ]

Mead Ethanol Plant

Nebraska fights court action by seed companies to block AltEn from transferring funds

By Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

Six companies that formerly supplied AltEn with pesticide-coated seed have asked a federal judge to stop the defunct ethanol plant from taking steps to avoid paying for an environmental cleanup at its facility near Mead. Filed last year by Corteva, AgReliant, Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Winfield Solutions, Bayer and Syngenta, the lawsuit accuses AltEn of mishandling treated seed and the solid and liquid byproducts of its ethanol manufacturing and leaving the cleanup to those companies. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Who Should Want More Ethanol In The Pool? Would you Believe Oil Refiners?

By David Hallberg, Dakota Ag Energy  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

As the pendulum swings back to internal combustion engines the quest for low carbon isn’t going to disappear. Reports last week in Reuters and other publications suggest we could be in for a springtime of hurt as U.S. oil refiners plan twice as many refinery overhauls this spring as usual. This is due to delayed maintenance from the pandemic as both human and material shortages put regular maintenance on hold. And the  lure of record-high margins at a time when America tends to hit the road in the warm weather is no small consideration either. [ read more … ]

States

Donald Trump’s 2024 Campaign Faces Trouble in Crucial Iowa

By Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

Donald Trump doesn’t always get his calls to Iowa returned these days. The former president, itching to seal up support early in what remains a key state in the Republican presidential contest, has checked in with Iowa influencers who have stood by him in the past.  Senators Chuck Grassley and Governor Kim Reynolds didn’t answer when he telephoned recently, and neither of them are willing to give their party’s former leader their nod this early, according to people familiar with the matter. Nor are Joni Ernst or other top state elected officials.  [ read more … ]

Markets

DTN Ranks the 50 States by Ethanol-Blending Rates

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

Based on that analysis, DTN has ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia by percentage of blend rates and uses total ethanol barrels consumed in each state as a tiebreaker to paint an interesting portrait geographically. DTN’s analysis of EIA data found an overall blending rate of 10.3% nationally, based on 332.01 million barrels of ethanol blended and consumed and about 3.2 billion barrels of gasoline. [ read more … ]

Court: Some ADM Employee Docs Secured

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

Archer Daniels Midland hired a law firm to conduct an investigation a day after suspending an employee for violating internal accounting rules in 2019 who is now at the center of an ethanol markets lawsuit. A federal court ruled this week that ADM will not be required to turn over documents generated by the firm investigating the potential legal consequences of ADM employee Adam Kuffel’s actions, to plaintiff AOT Holding AG. However, ADM will be required to produce all other documents in connection with that suspension. [ read more … ]

Germany Seeks to End Crop Biofuels By 2030 in Food-Fuel Standoff

By Josefine Fokuhl, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

Germany is weighing phasing out crop-based biofuels by the end of the decade, as high agriculture prices renew concerns over using food crops for fuel production.  The country is considering cutting the share of crop-based biofuels, a type of renewable energy source, in its greenhouse gas-reduction quota from the current 4.4% limit to 2.3% next year and zero by 2030, according to a draft bill seen by Bloomberg News. Germany consumes about 10 million tons annually of crops such as rapeseed, corn and soy for biofuels.  [ read more … ]

Advanced Biofuels Projects, Corn Ethanol Receive $118 Million From DOE

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

Seventeen advanced biofuels projects received $118 million from the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday, to accelerate a number of projects at universities and private companies, according to a DOE news release. In all, the DOE awarded about $22.5 million to nine integrated biorefinery projects in California, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah. Those projects include pre-pilot scale-put technologies for algae-based jet fuel, renewable diesel sustainable aviation fuel, renewable gasoline, marine fuel from biomass, as well as work on corn-stover sustainable aviation fuel. [ read more … ]

EVs

Musk, Top Biden Aides Meet in Washington, Talk Electric Cars

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

White House aides Mitch Landrieu and John Podesta sat down with the Tesla chief — who also owns Twitter and SpaceX — at Tesla’s office in downtown Washington to discuss shared goals around electrification. Their discussion touched on how infrastructure and climate legislation that Biden signed into law last year can help boost the production of electric vehicles and charging stations, and encourage more people to switch from gas-fueled to electric-powered vehicles and to choose more electric appliances, like heat pumps and stoves. Rebates and tax credits are available to encourage that shift. [ read more … ]

U.S. Senator blocks bid to close EV tax window

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted January 29, 2023

Senator Debbie Stabenow thwarted a bid on Thursday by fellow Democrat Joe Manchin to pass a measure that would block some electric vehicles from receiving a $7,500 tax credit. The $430 billion U.S. Inflation Reduction Act passed in August restricts the $7,500 consumer tax credits to North American-made EVs and imposes new battery sourcing rules and again made General Motors and Tesla eligible for EV tax credits. [ read more … ]

 

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