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NEWS UPDATE August 21, 2023

Top Story

Summit Carbon Pipeline Faces Another Crucial Test With Hearings in Iowa

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 21, 2023

The ethanol industry, along with both carbon pipeline backers and opponents, will be watching how a series of hearings in Iowa play out over the next month. Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions starts another critical regulatory push for its proposed 1,250-mile carbon pipeline as the Iowa Utilities Board begins hearings this week for the state permit on the Midwest Carbon Express CO2 Pipeline. This includes Summit’s request for eminent domain rights on parcels of land without signed easements.
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RFS

Biofuels groups, refiners spar over legality of 2020-2022 RFS volumes

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted August 21, 2023

Biofuels groups and refiners are sparring over the legality of EPA’s biofuel blending volumes for 2020 through 2022 under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), after criticizing other aspects of EPA’s volumes rule, as biofuels groups seek to maximize volumes and refiners seek to reduce them. [ read more … ]

E15

MN Biofuels Industry Pushes for Year-round E-15

By TIM MATTHEWS, KRWC  •    •  Posted August 21, 2023

A proposed federal rule would allow retailers in the state to permanently sell E-15 gasoline, even during the summer driving season. Brian Werner of the Minnesota Biofuels Association says two dozen renewable fuel and corn organizations recently sent a letter to federal officials with specific requests. A coalition led by Midwest governors is urging federal officials to approve the year-round sale of E-15 gasoline in Minnesota and seven other states. Werner says the governors petitioned the EPA for a change in fuel blends under a provision in the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

States

Texas and others create ‘punitive’ barriers to EV transition

By Mike Lee, Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 21, 2023

Electric vehicle drivers in Texas have started to get some bad news in the mail. Starting in September, they’ll have to pay the state an extra $200 each year to register their climate-friendly cars and trucks. And if they want to buy a new EV, that will cost $400 upfront. State lawmakers imposed the new fee on EVs this spring to replace gasoline taxes lost to the switch to battery-powered vehicles. Supporters say it ensures every driver pays their fair share. But the fee is nearly double what an average driver would pay in taxes at the pump, according to consumer advocates.
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Markets

Cargill Tests 123-Foot-Tall Sails in Effort to Slash Fuel Burn

By Jack Wittels and Gerson Freitas Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 21, 2023

Wind “is one of these technologies that — even if we switch to zero-carbon fuels in the future — the ship owner, the ship operator, the charterer will see a benefit,” said Santiago Suarez de la Fuente, a ship performance manager at classification society Lloyd’s Register. Of course, wind-powered travel is about as far from a newly invented technology as it comes. But since the multi-mast trading vessels that once ruled the seas ceded their dominance during the 19th century to powerful steamships powered by fossil fuel, the technology has been slow to make a comeback. Pyxis Ocean joins a miniscule fleet of just over two dozen large commercial vessels already operating with some form of wind-assisted propulsion today, according to the International Windship Association. [ read more … ]

GRAINS-Corn jumps to one-week high; soybeans extend gains for fourth day

By Naveen Thukral, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 21, 2023

Chicago corn rose more than 2% on Monday to its highest in one week, while soybeans climbed to their highest level since late-July as concerns over hot and dry weather conditions in the U.S. Midwest buoyed the markets. Wheat advanced for a second session, supported by escalating tensions in the Black Sea region that are likely to further reduce world supply. [ read more … ]

EVs

How EV trends turned this town into a ‘phenomenal little hub’

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 21, 2023

The forces creating a new American electric vehicle manufacturing industry are apparent in the cornfields here, where two factories are rising 1 mile apart. Sila Nanotechnologies and Group14 Technologies both make black powders, known as anode active materials, that improve the performance of EVs. Both got federal grants for the same amount, $100 million. Both are ardently courted by luxury automakers in Germany.
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