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NEWS UPDATE April 17, 2023

Top Story

A Push to Turn Farm Waste Into Fuel

By Keith Schneider, New York Times  •    •  Posted April 17, 2023

One of the newest projects is on a 245-acre field just outside tiny Lake Preston, S.D. Last September, Gevo, a Colorado developer, broke ground for Net-Zero 1, an $875 million refinery to turn corn into low-carbon jet fuel. Gevo says its “farm-to-flight” project will release 80 percent less carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than ethanol made by a conventional plant. A wind farm will power the plant, which will turn 35 million bushels of corn from about 100 South Dakota growers into 65 million gallons of jet fuel a year. [ read more … ]

RFS

Lawmakers urge EPA to up biofuels levels

By Politico  •    •  Posted April 17, 2023

A bipartisan group of 37 House lawmakers urged EPA in a new letter to increase its proposed blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for biomass-based diesel to levels that match the industry’s growth. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Why injecting CO2 underground is a legal morass

By Shelby Webb, E&E News  •    •  Posted April 17, 2023

Only a handful of states, including North Dakota, Wyoming, Louisiana and Mississippi, have laws on the books that clearly tackle some of these issues. The carbon sequestration industry has only just begun to take off, with numerous carbon sequestration projects waiting for EPA approval before their operators can begin construction. Only two states — North Dakota and Wyoming — can authorize permits for carbon dioxide sequestration wells. Projects in other states have to wait out the EPA backlog. But when the federal government starts approving more of these projects — and gives more states the authority to permit them — project operators, landowners and oil and gas producers will begin to run up against a series of thorny legal issues. [ read more … ]

Landowner considerations for carbon pipelines

By Curt Arens, Farm Progress  •    •  Posted April 17, 2023

Landowner voluntary easements continue to be signed in Nebraska and surrounding states for proposed carbon pipelines. At least three carbon pipeline projects — which would transport carbon dioxide captured from emissions of ethanol plants — are being proposed to cross six Midwestern states, including Nebraska. These projects would transport CO2emitted from Nebraska ethanol plants and those in other states to deep underground storage facilities in Illinois and North Dakota. [ read more … ]

Congress

GOP eyes debt ceiling pitch with energy, permitting

By Nico Portuondo, Emma Dumain, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted April 17, 2023

Lawmakers are set to ramp up negotiations this week on what will likely be an extended political skirmish to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potentially devastating financial crisis, talks that are likely to tie in major energy and infrastructure permitting disputes. All eyes will be on House Republican leaders who, after passing their largely partisan signature energy package, H.R. 1, are now looking to use debt ceiling negotiations as a bargaining tool to gain traction on their energy and spending priorities. [ read more … ]

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