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NEWS UPDATE August 31, 2023

Today’s Biofuels News will not publish during the Labor Day holiday.  It resumes on Tuesday, September 5.

Top Story

Ag Secretary at Farm Progress Show

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted August 31, 2023

“What administration finished the work on E15? What administration has made E15 year-round available?” Vilsack said. “What administration has put billions of dollars into the development of sustainable aviation fuel? What administration ended the rather liberal use of waivers to allow petroleum companies to basically skirt the responsibilities under the Renewable Fuel Standard, OK? The answer to every one of those questions is it’s the Biden administration. So, it’s not as if the Biden administration has forgotten about biofuels. It hasn’t forgotten about ethanol… So, there are a lot of firsts here.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Landowner says Summit’s agent threatened him with eminent domain

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted August 31, 2023

A Cherokee County landowner claims that a carbon dioxide pipeline company’s agent pressured him explicitly with the threat of eminent domain during easement negotiations for the project. Richard Davis ultimately declined the agreements and is now subject to eminent domain requests by Summit Carbon Solutions, which told the Iowa Capital Dispatch the agent’s alleged tactics were improper.
Tuesday’s session opened the second week of the company’s evidentiary hearing for its hazardous liquid pipeline permit application with the Iowa Utilities Board. [ read more … ]

Markets

The US Is Losing the Corn-Exporting Crown

By Michael Hirtzer and Dominic Carey, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 31, 2023

For more than half a century, US farmers dominated the international market for corn, shipping more of the critical crop than any other country to feed the world’s livestock, fill its stockpiles and manufacture its processed foods. No more. In the agricultural year ending Aug. 31, the US handed the corn-exporting crown to Brazil. And it might never get it back. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV Boom Remakes Rural Towns in the American South

By Nora Eckert, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted August 31, 2023

The U.S. auto industry is accelerating its move south as car companies pour billions of dollars into new factories in Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The shift is creating pockets of frenzied activity—and anxiety—for rural, southern towns bracing for an influx of new workers and residents. “It’s tremendously overwhelming, just everything that has to be done,” said Allan Sterbinsky, the mayor of Stanton, Tenn., a 400-person town preparing for the opening of a massive, auto-manufacturing complex currently being built by Ford Motor Co. [ read more … ]

Duke Energy unveils EV charging subscription service, partnering with BMW, Ford and GM

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted August 31, 2023

Duke Energy is rolling out an electric vehicle home charging subscription service in North Carolina that will allow residential customers to pay a fixed monthly fee for up to 800 kWh —  nearly twice the amount needed by the average driver, the utility said Monday. The 12-month pilot program will use vehicle telematics to track charging data, eliminating the need to install a second meter at customer residences. Duke has partnered with General Motors, Ford Motor and BMW of North America to offer the program. [ read more … ]

Energy Dept. Announces $12 Billion to Help Factories Convert to Electric Cars

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 31, 2023

The Energy Department announced on Thursday that it had made $2 billion in grants and $10 billion in loans available to auto companies to convert existing factories that build gas-powered cars and trucks into plants that produce hybrid and electric vehicles. The money, provided under the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, is aimed at maintaining jobs in communities that have been defined by the auto industry. [ read more … ]

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