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NEWS UPDATE October 2, 2023

Top Story

Too Expensive, Too Scarce: Doubt Sets in On Green Aviation Fuel

By Kate Duffy and Clara Hernanz Lizarraga, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

As the aviation industry looks to achieve carbon-neutral status by 2050, sustainable aviation fuel has emerged as the magic potion to propel airlines and manufacturers into that era. But initial enthusiasm about the fuel has given way to a more realistic, if not downright pessimistic, view on the industry’s ambitious target. SAF is still scarce and therefore expensive. Generating the required quantities of alternative fuel would require huge areas of land and natural resources. And footing the bill for the switch would most likely fall to the flying public as the airline industry points to its razor-thin profit margins. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

A New Nimbyism Blocks Carbon Pipelines

By Benoît Morenne and Joe Barrett, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

Oil and gas pipelines have been stymied for years by environmentalists and landowners. Now those groups are blocking CO2 pipelines too.  In the Midwest, a coalition of environmental groups and farmers have teamed up to stop plans to erect thousands of miles of pipelines that would carry climate-warming carbon emissions to underground storage locations.
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Navigator asks Iowa regulators to pause its pipeline permit request

By Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

Navigator CO2 wants to suspend its pipeline permit process in Iowa until utility regulators in Illinois approve the project, according to a motion it filed in Iowa. The company wants to build a carbon dioxide pipeline system that would transport the captured greenhouse gas from ethanol plants and other facilities to Illinois, where it will be sequestered underground or used for other commercial purposes. [ read more … ]

E15

Biofuel, refining interests lament lack of policy progress

By OPIS  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

Several prominent representatives for the biofuel and refining industries on Thursday lamented that a time of somewhat unprecedented union among the oft-competing groups has come under an administration that seems uninterested in their common ground. The roundtable included representatives from the Advanced Biofuels Association, American Petroleum Institute, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Renewable Fuels Association. [ read more … ]

Markets

ADM Ethanol Markets Case to Continue

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

A federal judge denied Archer Daniels Midland’s motion to dismiss one of two lawsuits alleging the company manipulated the ethanol market, stating in an order last week that there is enough evidence to allow the case to continue. Midwest Renewable Energy is one of two remaining companies that allege ADM drove ethanol prices down at the Argo terminal in Illinois in an attempt to drive away competition. [ read more … ]

Congress

Shutdown averted. What now?

By Timothy Cama, Manuel Quiñones, E&E News  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

The House will take up its Energy-Water and Legislative Branch spending bills this week. The Interior-Environment bill could come up as soon as next week. The chamber has approved four fiscal 2024 spending bills. A fifth — Agriculture-Rural Development — failed last week. All of them include deep cuts, targeting climate and environmental programs in particular. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Minnesota’s future: Big Ag must be part of climate crisis solution

By Ron Way, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

There was rejoicing in St. Paul when Minnesota’s new climate law was signed earlier this year. And relief, because it took so dreadfully long to get the state onto sensible footing in dealing with the galloping calamity of climate change. But one group was noticeably absent, again. Agriculture, the state’s major industry, was allowed to voluntarily partake in climate goals that electricity producers are required to meet. This, even though greenhouse gas from power production is declining as more damaging ag emissions — from chemical fertilizer, corn-ethanol and livestock — are increasing. [ read more … ]

EVs

EVs could reach 86% of global vehicle sales by 2030: report

By Eric Walz, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted October 2, 2023

Electric vehicles will account for 62% to 86% of global sales by 2030, with China reaching an EV market share of at least 90% by then, according to an RMI report in September. Policy and lower battery costs will fuel the widespread adoption of EVs, leading to battery-powered vehicles costing the same as internal combustion engine, or ICE, vehicles in every major car market and segment by 2030, the report says. [ read more … ]

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