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NEWS UPDATE September 12, 2023

Top Story

USDA to adjust GHG model to help ethanol get aviation fuel subsidy

By Leah Douglas, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 12, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend up to $400,000 to adjust a federal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions model to ensure that aviation fuel made from corn-based ethanol is eligible for hefty subsidies, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said at a conference on Tuesday. “We’re working on the modeling to make sure that there’s a broad array of feedstocks that can qualify, including ethanol,” he said at a conference hosted by biofuels lobby group Growth Energy. Vilsack’s comments are his latest effort to calm a biofuel industry concerned it will be left out of the multibillion-dollar market for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) airlines and the administration of President Joe Biden see as key to reducing transportation emissions [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Rastetter testimony sought for evidence of Summit’s ‘anticompetitive’ agreements

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted September 12, 2023

“Mr. Rastetter’s testimony will help the board see the entire stage that Summit Ag has set and understand whether or not Summit Carbon’s proposed pipeline is part of a larger corporate undertaking that violates” Iowa law, wrote Anna Ryon, an attorney for Hirth. Hirth alleges that Summit Agricultural Group’s infrastructure in Brazil — which the company claims produces the “lowest cost, most sustainable gallon of ethanol in the world” — threatens the price of Iowa-made ethanol. Hirth also claims that Summit Carbon Solutions’ agreements with a dozen ethanol plants in Iowa contain “anticompetitive provisions.” [ read more … ]

Summit Carbon Solutions denied permit for carbon dioxide pipeline

By Leah Douglas, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 12, 2023

South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission on Monday denied a permit application from Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions to build 495 miles (796 km) of pipeline through the state to transport captured carbon dioxide from ethanol plants to an underground storage site. The three-member commission voted unanimously to deny the company’s application on what was set to be the first day of three weeks of evidentiary hearings on the project.
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Markets

Demand for Oil, Coal, Gas to Peak This Decade, IEA Chief Says

By Will Horner, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted September 12, 2023

Demand for all three major fossil fuels—oil, coal and natural gas—will peak this decade, marking the “beginning of the end” of fossil fuels and a “historic turning point” in the world’s transition toward renewable energy, the head of the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. The IEA has been at the forefront of predictions that demand for fossil fuels is reaching its zenith, but it is the first time the Paris-based agency has predicted a peak in demand for all three energy sources. [ read more … ]

Vehicle Emissions

Truck-makers oppose EPA tailpipe plan despite public pledges

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 12, 2023

Truck manufacturers have been working to weaken EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations on heavy-duty trucks, despite saying publicly that they’re committed to cutting their emissions, a nonprofit group said. The truck manufacturers and their trade groups have asked EPA for flexibility in the regulations and more time to comply, according to InfluenceMap, a climate-focused group that analyzed public comments on the EPA rules. [ read more … ]

EVs

How Big Oil’s wastewater could fuel the EV revolution

By Hannah Northey, Shelby Webb, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 12, 2023

ince oil and gas drilling began nearly 150 years ago, the salty wastewater it produces has been a nuisance for operators. Now, the electric vehicle revolution could turn the industry’s billions of barrels of brine into dollars. Oil and gas companies are eyeing their own byproduct — along with naturally occurring brine found deep underground — as a source of lithium, a highly sought-after metal needed to make EV batteries. Industry executives and experts say companies are close to bringing to market technologies that extract lithium from brine in producing wells, creating a new revenue stream in an energy transition that’s threatening the oil industry’s bottom line. [ read more … ]

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