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NEWS UPDATE February 1, 2023

Top Story

Ethanol Market Taking Flight With SAF

By  Chris Clayton, Progressiver Farmer  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

Green Plains Inc., an Omaha-based ethanol producer, on Tuesday announced a joint venture with United Airlines and Tallgrass Energy Partners to develop and commercialize an ethanol-based sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The joint venture, called Blue Blade Energy, will use SAF technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology, if successful in its development, will convert ethanol feedstock into a low-carbon fuel for United Airlines. The SAF could have emissions as much as 85% lower than United’s current fuel supply. That includes some caveats, including that regulations are changed to allow using unblended low-carbon fuels rather than requiring SAF products to be blended with conventional jet fuel. [ read more … ]

E15

Grassley goes after EPA, Big Oil over E15 delay

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

The Iowa Republican, during a call with reporters Tuesday, blamed the influence of oil companies opposed to ethanol, as well as “traditional government foot-dragging.” His comments followed a letter Friday from Midwestern state attorneys general to EPA complaining that the agency has long since missed a 90-day deadline to approve their request to lift seasonal restrictions there. [ read more … ]

Midwestern states press officials to quickly approve pending E15 petitions

By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

 A bipartisan group of seven attorneys general from Midwestern states is pressing EPA and the White House to quickly approve petitions from states that would allow summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15), a move that would please biofuels groups but frustrate refiners, who warn that it would fragment the fuels market, raising prices. [ read more … ]

Congress

Congress’ ‘biggest fight’ over climate? It’s the farm bill.

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

The sprawling bill — likely to encompass roughly a half-trillion dollars in spending — shapes broad swaths of American life, from the crops farmers choose to grow to the kinds of food low-income families can afford. Both advocates and critics increasingly see the farm bill as a potential climate bill, too. That’s thanks in part to the Inflation Reduction Act allocating about $20 billion of climate money to preexisting farm bill programs. Historic drought in the West and other climate-fueled problems also have made the issue more difficult to ignore. Finally, the farm bill presents a rare opportunity for federal officials to get a handle on climate pollution from agriculture, which has been rising for decades and, unlike other sectors, shows few signs of peaking. [ read more … ]

States

Walz includes biofuel infrastructure funding in budget proposal

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has included a proposed $1.5 million in annual in biofuel infrastructure funding in his proposed budget, which was delivered to the state legislature on Jan. 24. The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) is applauding the proposed funding. [ read more … ]

Pollution

US Emissions of the World’s Most Potent Greenhouse Gas Are 56 Percent Higher Than EPA Estimates, a New Study Shows

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

While emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), the world’s most potent greenhouse gas, have fallen sharply in the U.S. in recent decades, actual emissions are significantly higher than the official government estimates, a new study concludes. Across the United States, 390 metric tons of SF6 were emitted into the atmosphere in 2018, the most recent year for which data are available, according to a new study resulting from a joint initiative between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. The study, designed to better quantify SF6 emissions in the U.S., was published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.   [ read more … ]

Markets

Exclusive: Ancora Holdings urges Green Plains to put itself up for sale – letter

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss, Reuters  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

A top investor in Green Plains Inc is calling for the biofuel producer to run a full sales process at a time when the company is facing increased risks and strategic buyers are eager to purchase renewable energy companies. Ancora Holdings Group, which owns a nearly 7% stake and is Green Plains’ second largest shareholder, sent a letter, seen by Reuters, to the board on Tuesday arguing a buyer would likely pay at least $50 a share for the company. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV transition not keeping pace with US climate goals: report

By Dan Zukowski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

Even with electric vehicle incentives and other provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, the U.S. will miss its 2030 emissions target under the Paris climate agreement, according to a white paper released Tuesday by the International Council on Clean Transportation, in partnership with Energy Innovation. [ read more … ]

Biden is touting giant EVs. Are they actually good for the planet?

By Shannon Osaka, Washington Post  •    •  Posted February 1, 2023

President Joe Biden has made driving very large electric vehicles a signature move of his presidency. When the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning came out, the president zipped around a racetrack wearing aviator sunglasses. On Monday, the president’s Twitter posted a picture of him behind the wheel of a Hummer EV, with the caption: “On my watch, the great American road trip is going to be fully electrified.” [ read more … ]

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