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NEWS UPDATE March 21, 2023

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Ethanol advocates warn of lower Iowa corn prices without pipelines

By Jarred Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

Income for Iowa farmers might decline $1.1 billion per year if the state’s ethanol plants are unable to capture and sequester their carbon dioxide with the help of proposed pipelines to transport it, according to a study commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The study — by Decision Innovation Solutions of Urbandale — predicts that three-quarters of ethanol production in Iowa would leave the state without the pipelines and that farmers could see a reduction in the prices they get for their corn of up to 75 cents per bushel. [ read more … ]

E15

Ethanol Groups Call on EPA to Allow E15 Sales to Continue This Summer

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

The nation’s three largest ethanol-interest groups told EPA on Tuesday the agency needs to approve the petitions of eight Midwest governors to sell E15 in their states year-round permanently and issue a temporary waiver to allow E15 to be sold this upcoming driving season. Comments were submitted to EPA as part of a public hearing on the agency’s E15 proposal. That proposal has come under fire by industry groups because the agency – which was already many months late in issuing a proposal – have proposed delaying its effective date to 2024. [ read more … ]

Nebraska bill aims to boost availability of E15

By Erin Voegele, ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

Legislation recently introduced in the Nebraska Legislature aims to boost the availability of E15 fuel by introducing new requirements for fuel retailers and creating a grant program to support necessary upgrades at fuel retail locations. The bill, titled the Adopt the E15 Access Standard Act, or LB 562, was introduced on Jan. 17 and addressed during a Feb. 7 legislative hearing.
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States

Minnesota ethanol industry contributes $2.7B to state’s economy

By Minnesota Biofuels Association  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.7 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2022, according to a new study by the University of Minnesota Extension. 
In 2022, the industry produced 1.34 billion gallons of ethanol, up from 1.27 billion gallons in 2021. This resulted in $8 billion in economic activity through sales and supported 25,820 jobs in Minnesota, the study said. The study said the ethanol industry also contributed $1.9 billion in income for Minnesota residents and paid $183.8 million in state and local taxes in 2022. [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate Scientists Warn of Increasing Food Security Risks in New UN Report

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

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in a report released Monday, “There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all.” The report calls for swift actions to avoid irreversible damage, especially in more vulnerable parts of the world. Food security is a major component of the new report. The report includes 33 references to food security or food production facing greater climate risks going forward. Beyond actual temperature changes and extreme weather, the scientists also note farmers globally will also come under increasing pressure for land as well.
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What the IPCC really says about 1.5 C

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

The likely failure of the world’s most ambitious climate goal just went mainstream. Scientists have urged the world for nearly a decade to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which the planet is expected to face increasingly catastrophic climate impacts. Now, they’re warning — in the starkest tones yet — that the world is all but certain to overshoot that threshold. That’s the message of a dire new report released on Monday by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. [ read more … ]

Congress

4 energy takeaways from the House Republican retreat

By Kelsey Brugge, E&E News  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

Republicans have gathered here to refine their messaging on the economy, inflation and energy but are going into overtime while hashing out issues behind closed doors. “It’s always more challenging when you’re the majority, because you’re expected to put ideas forth and be able to pass them,” said House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) Monday. “And when you’re in a slim majority, it makes it that much more difficult.”
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Markets

Huge Phillips 66 biofuels project will test the industry’s green promises

By Laila Kearney, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

In the oldest refining town in the American West, Phillips 66 is promising a greener future as it moves to halt crude-oil processing and build a massive renewable diesel plant, leading a global trend.
That plan, announced in 2020, was initially welcomed by residents weary from a history of pollution and toxic leaks. But some have grown skeptical as the project’s details cast doubt on the environmental benefits of revamping the 127-year-old complex on 1,100 acres in Rodeo, California. [ read more … ]

EVs

8 things we learned on an EV road trip

By David Ferris, E&E NEWS  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

n 2019, E&E News took an electric vehicle road trip across the United States to document the state of EVs and charging in America. A few months ago, I took another one to answer a question: What has changed? The short answer: quite a bit, although not nearly enough to make long drives enjoyable and easy for most people. Many more EVs are populating the roads, a sign that the tens of billions of dollars that automakers are plowing into EV manufacturing is starting to pay off. But the charging network — except for some incremental improvements — remains sparse and glitchy. The inconveniences of yesteryear are still inconvenient, just a little less so. [ read more … ]

EV charger makers brace for slowdown as new Made In America rules kick in

By Abhirup Roy and Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters  •    •  Posted March 21, 2023

Manufacturers and operators of electric vehicle chargers in the United States are bracing for a slowdown in production and deployment as they scramble to comply with “Made in America” terms of a $7.5 billion federal program meant to accelerate the industry. Long-awaited rules laid out by the White House last month are part of President Joe Biden’s effort to build an electric-friendly highway system by 2030, tackling climate change and creating local jobs. [ read more … ]

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