Attorney General Bird Leads 13-State Lawsuit to Pull the Plug on Biden Electric Vehicle Handout and Defend Ethanol

(Office of Iowa Attorney General) Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird today led a 13-state coalition in a lawsuit to pull the plug on Biden’s electric vehicle handout and defend ethanol. -- In Biden’s most recent attack in the war on gas vehicles, he is creating a rule that overstates the efficiency of electric cars by more than six-times. Biden’s illegal boost to electric vehicles hurts car owners, car manufacturers, liquid-fuel producers, and the electric grid.

The rule manipulates a more than 30-year-old incentive for car manufacturers that design cars that run on gasoline, ethanol, biodiesel, or compressed natural gas. The benefit that was intended to support farmers and ethanol producers is now being exploited to harm them by giving handouts to electric vehicles. This rule favoring electric vehicles hurts car-owners, roads, and carbon emissions across the country.

“We’re pulling the plug on Biden’s electric vehicle handout,” said Attorney General Bird. “Biden has made it clear that he will take every avenue possible to wage war on gas-powered vehicles. And Iowa ethanol is getting caught in the crossfire. I’m leading the charge in court to combat Biden’s extremist anti-energy agenda and protect Iowa ethanol and farmers.”

The States make the case that the electric vehicle handout violates the Administrative Procedure Act and exceeds the Department of Energy’s authority.

Iowa led 13-states in the lawsuit, including Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and the American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce.

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YIELD – A 5-Letter Word for EARTH MONTH

Improving YIELD presents a VITAL opportunity for innovators in the new GREEN economy to be able to produce LARGE quantities of biofuels with FEWER inputs (energy, feedstock, or otherwise). 

Harvesting soybeans in Ohio
Photo: J.Ivancic

Whether it be genetically engineering the microbes that produce biofuels or new agricultural innovations, we must continue working on increasing the final product where possible as we SCALE-up the creation of sustainably sourced, non-fossil energy INPUTs. 

 

 

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Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Strongest-Ever Pollution Standards for Cars that Position U.S. Companies and Workers to Lead the Clean Vehicle Future, Protect Public Health, Address the Climate Crisis, Save Drivers Money

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  Final standards will expand consumer choice in clean vehicles and build on historic progress in U.S. auto manufacturing under President Biden’s Investing in America agenda -- Today, March 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced final national pollution standards for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty vehicles for model years 2027 through 2032 and beyond. These standards will avoid more than 7 billion tons of carbon emissions and provide nearly $100 billion of annual net benefits to society, including $13 billion of annual public health benefits due to improved air quality, and $62 billion in reduced annual fuel costs, and maintenance and repair costs for drivers. The final standards deliver on the significant pollution reductions outlined in the proposed rule, while accelerating the adoption of cleaner vehicle technologies. EPA is finalizing this rule as sales of clean vehicles, including plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles, hit record highs last year.

EPA projects an increase in U.S. auto manufacturing employment in response to these final standards, consistent with the broader Biden-Harris Administration commitment to create good-paying, union jobs leading the clean vehicle future. Strong standards have historically contributed to the U.S. leading the world in the supply of clean technologies, with corresponding benefits for American global competitiveness and domestic employment. Since President Biden took office, companies have announced more than $160 billion in investment in U.S. clean vehicle manufacturing and the U.S. auto manufacturing sector has added more than 100,000 jobs.

These standards will provide greater certainty for the auto industry, catalyzing private investment, creating good-paying union jobs, and invigorating and strengthening the U.S. auto industry. Over the next decade, the standards, paired with President Biden’s historic Investing in America agenda and investments in U.S. manufacturing, will set the U.S. auto sector on a trajectory for sustained growth. Additionally, the final standards will lower costs for consumers. Once fully phased in, the standards will save the average American driver an estimated $6,000 in reduced fuel and maintenance over the life of a vehicle.

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan will join President Biden’s National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi today at an event in Washington, DC to announce the final standards and how they build on President Biden’s historic climate and economic record. The event will be livestreamed starting at noon EDT.

“With transportation as the largest source of U.S. climate emissions, these strongest-ever pollution standards for cars solidify America’s leadership in building a clean transportation future and creating good-paying American jobs, all while advancing President Biden’s historic climate agenda,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “The standards will slash over 7 billion tons of climate pollution, improve air quality in overburdened communities, and give drivers more clean vehicle choices while saving them money. Under President Biden’s leadership, this Administration is pairing strong standards with historic investments to revitalize domestic manufacturing, strengthen domestic supply chains and create good-paying jobs.” 

“President Biden is investing in America, in our workers, and in the unions that built our middle class and established the U.S. auto sector as a leader in the world,” said President Biden’s National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. “The President’s agenda is working. On factory floors across the nation, our autoworkers are making cars and trucks that give American drivers a choice – a way to get from point A to point B without having to fuel up at a gas station. From plug-in hybrids to fuel cells to fully electric, drivers have more choices today. Since 2021, sales of these vehicles have quadrupled and prices continue to come down. This growth means jobs, and it means we are moving faster and faster to take on the climate crisis – all thanks to the President’s leadership.”

Statement from United Automobile Workers: “The EPA has made significant progress on its final greenhouse gas emissions rule for light-duty vehicles. By taking seriously the concerns of workers and communities, the EPA has come a long way to create a more feasible emissions rule that protects workers building ICE vehicles, while providing a path forward for automakers to implement the full range of automotive technologies to reduce emissions.”

Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicle Final Standards

The final standards announced today, the Multi Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles,” build on EPA’s existing emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2023 through 2026. The standards continue the technology-neutral and performance-based design of previous EPA standards for cars, pickups, and vans, and leverage advances in clean car technologies to further reduce both climate pollution and smog- and soot-forming emissions. EPA is finalizing the same standard proposed for MY 2032 while allowing additional time for the auto sector to scale up clean vehicle manufacturing supply chains in the first three years covered by the rule.

Annually, the net benefits to society for the light- and medium-duty final rule are estimated to be $99 billion. The final rule is expected to avoid 7.2 billion tons of CO2 emissions through 2055, roughly equal to four times the emissions of the entire transportation sector in 2021. It will also reduce fine particulate matter and ozone, preventing up to 2,500 premature deaths in 2055 as well as reducing heart attacks, respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, aggravated asthma, and decreased lung function.

EPA received extensive feedback on the proposed rule, including through written comments, testimony at public hearings, and other stakeholder engagements. The final standards were informed by the best available data in the public record and rigorous technical assessments. Like the proposal, EPA’s final rule gives manufacturers the flexibility to efficiently reduce emissions and meet the performance-based standards through the mix of technologies they decide is best for them and their customers. EPA’s analysis considers a broad suite of available emission control technologies, and projects that consumers will continue to have a wide range of vehicle choices under the final rule, including advanced gasoline vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and full battery electric vehicles.

Compared to the existing MY 2026 standards, the final MY 2032 standards represent a nearly 50% reduction in projected fleet average GHG emissions levels for light-duty vehicles and 44% reductions for medium-duty vehicles. In addition, the standards are expected to reduce emissions of health-harming fine particulate matter from gasoline-powered vehicles by over 95%. This will improve air quality nationwide and especially for people who live near major roadways and have environmental justice concerns.

Investing in America’s Clean Transportation Future

The final rule reflects the significant investments in clean vehicle technologies that industry is already making domestically and abroad, as well as ongoing U.S. market shifts and increasing consumer interest in clean vehicles. The Biden-Harris Administration is also directly supporting communities across America in moving towards a cleaner transportation future, including by building a national network of EV chargers and alternative-fuel stations; ensuring domestic manufacturers have the critical minerals and materials they need to make EV batteries; and funding clean transit and clean school buses, with priority for underserved communities. President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is focused on growing the American economy from the bottom up and the middle out – from rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, to creating a manufacturing and innovation boom, to building a clean-energy economy that will combat climate change and make our communities more resilient.

Here's what leaders are saying about the final rule:

“I’ve always said Michigan automakers are the best in the world. And this is their moment,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI). “I appreciate EPA’s commitment to engaging with our automakers and autoworkers to develop an ambitious but achievable final rule. It represents an opportunity for union workers to continue to build the vehicles of the future right here in the U.S. and tackle the climate crisis.”

“My priority will always be to protect American jobs and our environment, keep the United States at the forefront of automotive manufacturing, technology, and innovation, and keep our domestic industry strong and competitive,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06). “The EPA has worked with all stakeholders to reach this final rule that includes hybrid and electric vehicles, and ensure these goals are achievable. It’s important to protect vehicle choice – the number of available models has doubled in the last three years, and in the last year sticker prices are down 20%. We need to continue to work on making sure that these vehicles are affordable to everyone, that we have the infrastructure in place to make them accessible and practical for consumers, and bring jobs back to the U.S. The bottom line is that the future of the industry must be created in America and driven by American workers, and we are all committed to working together toward that future.”

“The future is electric. Automakers are committed to the EV transition – investing enormous amounts of capital and building cutting edge battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, traditional hybrids and fuel cell vehicles that drive efficiency and convert petroleum miles to electric miles,” said John Bozzella, President and CEO, Alliance for Automotive Innovation. “Consumers have tons of choices. But pace matters. Moderating the pace of EV adoption in 2027, 2028, 2029 and 2030 was the right call because it prioritizes more reasonable electrification targets in the next few (very critical) years of the EV transition. These adjusted EV targets – still a stretch goal – should give the market and supply chains a chance to catch up. It buys some time for more public charging to come online, and the industrial incentives and policies of the Inflation Reduction Act to do their thing. And the big one? The rules are mindful of the importance of choice to drivers and preserves their ability to choose the vehicle that’s right for them.”

“This is a day to celebrate American achievement. The step EPA is taking today will slash climate pollution and air pollution,” said Amanda Leland, Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund. “It will bring more jobs for workers, more choices and more savings for consumers, and a healthier future for our children. The U.S. has leapt forward in the global race to invest in clean vehicles, with $188 billion and nearly 200,000 jobs on the way. Jobs in communities across the country, in places like Michigan, Nevada, and Kentucky. These clean car standards will help supercharge economic expansion and make America stronger.”

“These standards make clear that securing America’s global leadership in manufacturing and securing a better future are 100% aligned,” said Albert Gore, Executive Director of the Zero Emission Transportation Association. “We have everything we need today to meet and exceed this standard, and that means more of the vehicles sold in America will be made in America.”

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Excerpt from Renewable Fuels Association: By failing to recognize and appropriately credit the benefits of ethanol, the 2027-2032 tailpipe emissions standards finalized today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency disregard an obvious near-term opportunity for achieving significant vehicle efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.

“While we share the Biden administration’s vision for reducing carbon emissions and increasing energy efficiency, today’s final rule certainly isn’t the best way to accomplish that goal,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Clearly, the substantive concerns raised by automakers, ethanol producers, fuel suppliers, consumer groups, and many others went unheard by the White House and EPA. Today’s final rule effectively forces automakers to produce more battery electric vehicles based on the false premise that they are ‘zero-emission vehicles.’ At the same time, the regulation would strongly discourage manufacturers from pursuing other technologies—like flex fuel vehicles and engines optimized to operate on high-octane, low-carbon ethanol—that could achieve superior environmental performance at a lower cost to American consumers.”

Throughout the rulemaking process, RFA strongly encouraged EPA to abandon its de facto EV mandate and instead adopt a technology-neutral, full lifecycle analysis approach for assessing the true greenhouse gas impacts of various transportation options. Unfortunately, EPA’s final rule continues to ignore the significant upstream emissions related to electricity generation, as well as the substantial emissions involved in battery mineral extraction and processing.

RFA initially urged EPA to reconsider its emissions standards proposal with testimony at a hearing in May 2023, and also took part in a joint letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan in July. In its extensive comments submitted to EPA that month, RFA noted that multiple studies show ethanol significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is on the way to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner.

“If our nation is to reach its goal of net-zero GHG emissions by mid-century, we’ll need both cleaner, more efficient cars and cleaner, more efficient fuels,” RFA said in those comments. “And we’ll need to account for their emissions honestly using a full lifecycle approach. Focusing only on emissions from the vehicle—while ignoring emissions related to the extraction and production of the fuel used to power the vehicle—will almost certainly result in falling far short of the administration’s overall climate goals.”

RFA noted that voters are expressing increased concerns about the potential impact of EPA’s tailpipe regulations on future vehicle choices and prices. In a nationwide survey of 1,991 registered voters conducted last week, 68 percent said they oppose policies that mandate EVs, up from 63 percent when the same question was asked in September 2023. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of voters responding support policies that expand the availability of high-octane mid-level ethanol blends and flex fuel vehicles.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Growth Energy: Today, Growth Energy, the nation’s largest biofuels trade association, expressed disappointment in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule on Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles.

“Since this rule was proposed last April, the Biden administration has heard loud and clear that it would be a mistake to ignore biofuels – a proven, abundant, and American-made solution to reduce emissions,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “The final rule offers automakers some limited flexibility, but it fails to include any meaningful changes to ensure we’re not leaving biofuels on the sidelines.

“Experts worldwide agree that EVs alone cannot get us to a net-zero future. We need carbon savings within liquid fuels, and that requires a bigger role for American bioethanol. It’s baffling to see EPA accept a false choice between only two paths forward – fossil-fuel-only vehicles or mass adoption of EVs. Neither outcome reflects reality, and we’ll continue to work with our allies in Congress and across the heartland to demand a course correction that harnesses the full power of America’s low-carbon bioeconomy.”

Background

In April 2023, EPA released its Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles. Growth Energy responded to the initial proposal and then, in May, testified at a public hearing hosted by EPA on its tailpipe emissions proposal.

Growth Energy specifically called on EPA to:

  • Accelerate the deployment of E15 nationwide;
  • Approve and adopt high-octane, midlevel bioethanol blends like E30;
  • Expand access to Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) in conjunction with use of E85; and
  • Conduct a complete lifecycle analysis for EVs and internal combustion engine vehicles using the Argonne GREET model.

In formal comments to the agency, Growth Energy called on EPA to address its failure to leverage the role that biofuels continue to play in decarbonizing the transportation sector and to ensure that the lifecycle GHG emission profiles of all relevant technologies potentially governed by the rule are accurately determined.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from ABC News:  Amid a contentious election year debate over the future of U.S. auto manufacturing, the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced new vehicle emissions standards that will pressure the industry to make more electric vehicles.

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"Three years ago, I set an ambitious target: that half of all new cars and trucks sold in 2030 would be zero-emission," President Joe Biden said in a statement.

"I brought together American automakers. I brought together American autoworkers.Together, we’ve made historic progress. Hundreds of new expanded factories across the country. Hundreds of billions in private investment and thousands of good-paying union jobs," he said. "And we’ll meet my goal for 2030 and race forward in the years ahead."

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In a press call on Tuesday, League of Conservation Voters vice president of federal policy Matthew Davis explained that the Biden administration is also mindful of releasing these standards during an election year and insulating them from possible rollbacks.

"We certainly have had conversations with the Biden administration and they are crystal clear about the importance of getting rules out to make sure that they withstand both legal challenges from the fossil fuel industry and any congressional attacks should Republicans take over the Senate and the White House," Davis said.

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The Trump administration previously rolled back Obama-era standards that were meant to affect vehicles manufactured through 2025.

The announcement of new standards also comes just days after former President Donald Trump criticized Biden's handling of the transition to electric vehicles at a campaign event for Ohio Senate candidate Bernie Moreno.

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Despite the contentious rhetoric around EVs and car manufacturing in the U.S., environmental groups say it's important to characterize the rules correctly, noting that they don't call for a ban on traditional gas-powered cars.

"It's important to underscore that EPA standards -- they're performance based. They don't require manufacturers to sell any particular type of vehicle," Peter Zalzal, associate vice president of clean air strategies for the Environmental Defense Fund, told ABC News. "You can see the standards being met by improvements in internal combustion engine vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery electric vehicles, so it's really about more choice."

Davis echoed that sentiment, saying, "There are a variety of pathways to meet the standards, and any messaging indicating that this is a fossil fuel car ban is just misinformation from the fossil fuel industry and should be treated as such."  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Inside Climate NewsThe regulations, designed to be “technology-neutral,” do not mandate that automakers increase EV sales. Instead, they require them to cut greenhouse gas pollution from an estimated fleet average of 186 grams per mile in model year 2026 to 85 grams per mile by model year 2032, a reduction of 54 percent. That’s slightly less stringent than the original EPA proposal unveiled last year, which sought a 56 percent cut, to 82 grams per mile, by 2032. The rules also would impose the cuts more gradually, and include a variety of credits and other options for automakers that the EPA anticipates will mean a bigger role for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. 

Toyota, which introduced the hybrid gas-electric vehicles to the market with its Prius in 1997, has lagged in all-electric drive but now offers hybrid versions of most models. Plug-in hybrids like the Ford Escape SUV, which travel solely on electric power for a certain number of miles before switching to gas, have proven popular and manufacturers are adding them to their lineups.

Several automakers, including Ford and GM, have said in recent months that hybrids will be an important part of their lineups going forward, an emphasis that responds to requests from dealers and signs of rising demand for the models.

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At least one stakeholder does not think the changes that EPA made in its proposal will weaken it at all: the oil industry. “At a time when millions of Americans are struggling with high costs and inflation, the Biden administration has finalized a regulation that will unequivocally eliminate most new gas cars and traditional hybrids from the U.S. market in less than a decade,” said a joint prepared statement by American Petroleum Institute President Mike Sommers and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President Chet Thompson. “As much as the President and EPA claim to have ‘eased’ their approach, nothing could be further from the truth.” They called on Congress to overturn the regulation; failing that, they said their organizations would challenge it in court. 

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The pleas to ease the stricter regulations came from both the auto industry and the United Auto Workers in an election year when winning Michigan is seen as essential to Biden’s re-election chances; he trails Trump in most recent polls. Trump has made anti-EV rants a standard part of his stump speeches, and over the weekend, to clarify his prediction of “a bloodbath” if he is not re-elected, he posted on the social media platform Truth Social that he was referring to the election’s impact on the auto industry.

But Biden is going into the election with the endorsement of the United Auto Workers, after becoming the first sitting president to walk a picket line when he supported the union’s strike against automakers last fall. UAW President Shawn Fain appeared as Biden’s guest at his State of the Union address earlier this month.

In a briefing with reporters Tuesday, senior administration officials repeatedly stressed their engagement with labor on the vehicle emissions rules. In its comments to the EPA last year, the UAW voiced concern that the EV transition could lead to “an erosion of job quality” in the auto industry, with jobs shifting to lower-paid, non-union plants.   READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Fox News/Office of Tim Walberg (R-MI 5th):  Additionally, a wide range of Republican lawmakers immediately blasted the regulations and vowed to take action to overturn them before they are implemented.

"The Biden administration’s approval of an EPA rule that essentially forces Americans to buy electric vehicles is just another example of the president’s reckless and misinformed regulatory agenda," Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, told Fox News Digital. "I strongly urge President Biden to reverse this misguided decision and allow American families to decide which vehicle is best for them. The free market — not government mandates — must prevail."

Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, recently led a letter of more than 130 Republican lawmakers calling on the Biden administration to back off EV mandates.

Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., who, along with Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., introduced the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act in July, also ripped the regulations. The CARS Act, which would nix EPA's tailpipe regulations, passed in a House vote of 221-197 in December, but it has yet to receive a Senate floor vote.

"Top-down government edicts cannot change the demand of consumers overnight, yet this is exactly the Biden administration's plan," said Walberg. "This rule restricts the choices of American consumers and will price millions out of the market, eliminate American jobs, and forever link our auto industry with the Chinese Communist Party."

Additionally, Sens. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, both members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, vowed to introduce new resolutions blocking the regulations finalized Wednesday. They said in a joint statement that the plan is "delusional" and would require an act of Congress to move forward.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from National Public Radio: The EPA expects that under the new rules, EVs could account for up to 56% of new passenger vehicles sold for model years 2030 through 2032, meeting a goal that President Biden set in 2021.

The regulations are a cornerstone of the Biden Administration's efforts to fight climate change.

Combined with investments the U.S. is making in battery and electric vehicle manufacturing, the auto regulations will help shift the U.S. away from relying on fossil fuels for transportation, a senior administration official said during a call with reporters.

"Three years ago, I set an ambitious target: that half of all new cars and trucks sold in 2030 would be zero-emission," Biden said in a statement, adding that the country will meet that goal "and race forward in the years ahead."

Biden added that U.S. workers "will lead the world on autos making clean cars and trucks, each stamped 'Made in America.'"

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The EPA rules are not written as an EV mandate or a ban on the sale of gas cars, like some states and other countries have adopted. Instead, the EPA sets standards that apply across an entire fleet — meaning an automaker still can make vehicles with higher emissions, as long as they also make enough very low or zero-emission vehicles that it averages out.

That means over the next decade, automakers can continue to offer a range of vehicle types, but the "menu" that's available to consumers will shift to be cleaner overall.

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Of course, the auto industry is not a monolith. All-electric automakers like Tesla and Rivian encouraged the EPA to set even more stringent rules.

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The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, which has spent millions on ads against the EPA rules and other policies, also criticized the EPA for not considering the environmental impact of manufacturing a giant battery or charging an EV. A large body of research has found that even with those impacts factored in, EVs are still vastly better for the planet than comparable fossil fuel vehicles. It's true, however, that larger, less efficient EVs have a bigger environmental footprint than smaller ones.

But the oil industry's opposition goes even further. The attorney general of Texas has previously filed a lawsuit challenging the EPA's authority to set rules designed to promote electric vehicles. Multiple oil trade groups backed Texas in the case. The auto industry sided with the EPA, noting that carmakers are investing billions in going electric and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a "national priority."  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Reuters: Automakers won separate relief on Tuesday when the Energy Department softened and opted to phase in new rules that will reduce the mileage rating of EVs. That will help the Detroit Three avoid billions of dollars in fines for not meeting fuel efficiency standards through 2032.

Shares in General Motors, Ford and Stellantis rose on Wednesday, with Ford up the most, up 3.5 % in afternoon trading. Investors and analysts have been urging the Detroit automakers to slow investments in money-losing electric vehicles. The Biden administration rules give them more leeway to do that.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from CNN: Automakers like Toyota, who are favoring hybrids and plug-in hybrids and moving slowly on EVs, could be big benefactors of EPA’s new rule.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is among the companies that aggressively pushed back against the Biden administration’s original proposal.

In a memo sent in the fall of 2023 to car dealers across the US, Toyota Motor North America group vice president of government affairs Stephen Ciccone described the EPA’s original EV proposal as a “mandate” and “draconian,” CNN recently reported. Ciccone wrote the proposal had caused an “existential crisis” in the industry and suggested an option giving automakers more choice.

“Toyota’s position is that the best way to reduce carbon is by giving consumers a choice of powertrain options, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel cells, fuel efficient ICE vehicles, and BEVs,” Ciccone wrote.

That flexibility is what the EPA finalized on Wednesday. But Toyota continued to characterize EPA’s rule as a “regulatory mandate” that will force it further into the EV game than it’s currently positioned.

The rule “requires a precipitous shift from around 8% market share of battery electric vehicles today to more than half by 2032 – an aggressive, sixfold increase over just eight years,” said Toyota spokesperson Edward Lewis in a statement. “Toyota will continue to lead the industry and comply with regulations, but serious challenges around affordability, charging infrastructure, and supply chain will need to be addressed before this mandate is realized.”

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But political battle lines are being drawn around the EV transition. Former President Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election, has railed against EVs in his speeches. He recently characterized EVs as “all” being made in China, even though Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act has pushed a new EV manufacturing and assembly to the United States.

With the new standard giving automakers more flexibility, EPA administrator Michael Regan denounced the characterization that the agency was setting an EV “mandate.”

“When you look at the differences between the proposal and final, you will see that there is absolutely no mandate,” Regan told reporters, adding his agency was staying “well within the confines of the law.”

It’s not just Trump; the jump to EVs has some of Biden’s political allies worried, too. The United Auto Workers, a powerful union that has endorsed Biden, has also expressed concerns about what the shift to EVs could mean for their workers, who believe battery-powered cars require less labor to build.   READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Associated Press: The Supreme Court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, has increasingly reined in the powers of federal agencies, including the EPA, in recent years. The justices have restricted the EPA’s authority to fight air and water pollution — including a landmark 2022 ruling that limited the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that contribute to global warming.

At the same time, the Democratic president needs cooperation from the auto industry and political support from auto workers, a key political voting bloc.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Detroit Free Press:  

A year ago in April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shocked the auto industry and heartened environmentalists by proposing tailpipe emissions standards so strict that, by model year 2032, automakers would virtually be required to ensure that two-thirds of all new cars and light-duty trucks sold were electric vehicles (EVs) or potentially face stiff fines.

The final standards released Wednesday didn't back off that ambitious 2032 target in terms of the fleetwide reduction in greenhouse gases, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and others that are considered dangerous to human health and contribute to climate change.

But they did change the amount by which those reductions occur beginning with model year 2027, making them somewhat less strict compared with the current standards in the first couple of years, before ramping them up more steeply later. And while the original proposal — which was always technology-neutral in theory, meaning automakers could sell any cars and light-duty trucks they wanted as long as they hit the fleetwide reductions — noted that the likely and least costly path toward hitting them meant an enormous growth in the sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), which accounted for only a portion of the 9% of new car sales last year, the final rule outlined several pathways that could work.

For instance, the EPA said, under one likely pathway, the percentage of light-duty trucks and cars powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs) could drop from 64% of new vehicle sales in model year (MY) 2027 and 58% in MY 2028, to 29% in MY 2032; while the percentage of battery-only electric vehicles (BEVs) could increase from 26% in 2027 and 31% in 2028, to 56% in 2028, with other EVs — pure hybrids and plug-in hybrids — making up the difference.

In the proposed rule last year, however, the pathway foresaw BEVs needing to account for 36% of new cars in 2027 and 45% in 2028 — a much steeper sales curve.

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President Joe Biden, whose administration worked with environmentalists, the automakers and the UAW in reaching the final rule — and who has been chastised by Republicans and former President Donald Trump for implementing what they have called an EV "mandate" — issued a statement saying he's following through on a promise to try to make half of all new cars and trucks sold by 2030 be zero-emission.

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Ford also issued a statement, calling the rule "ambitious and challenging" and saying it will "take close public-private cooperation" to achieve. But the automaker said it was committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions while offering its customers a full range of choices.

Stellantis, which was formerly Chrysler, also said, "While the later-year targets remain aggressive, the final rule improves on the proposal by better reflecting the expected trajectory of market demand and enabling infrastructure."

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House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, issued a statement saying Biden "needs to abandon his crusade against American energy and gas-powered vehicles."

In issuing the rule, the EPA noted that, in the second half of last year, some industry analysts suggested a drop in EV demand and that some automakers might be less interested in investing in EV production than they had been previously. It also remarked on Ford's temporary pause on construction of a battery plant in Marshall, which was also downsized, and GM's indication it would make more plug-in hybrids than initially believed.

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The EPA's final rule also set tough new standards for medium-duty vehicles like vans and both sets of standards still need to be coordinated with fuel economy standards — generally set in terms of miles-per-gallon of fuel and their equivalent for electric vehicles — set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is expected to happen in the next several months.

But the administration is clearly looking to coordinate those upcoming mpg standards with the EPA's rule and other agencies involved in setting fuel standards: This week, the Energy Department changed another proposed rule on how agencies translate EV performance to mpg standards when determining fleetwide compliance that, as originally written, could have cost U.S. automakers billions, instead phasing the new regulations in over some years.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from DTN Progressive Farmer:  While the new standards give automakers some flexibility in how they reduce emissions, the standards do little to use ethanol and other biofuels to reduce pollution.

The final rule requires 67% of new light-duty vehicles and 46% of medium-duty vehicles sold to be electric by 2032.

Agriculture and biofuels groups expressed disappointment.

The National Corn Growers Association said the standards will harm farmers and ranchers and their rural communities.

"The plan still relies almost exclusively on the use of electric vehicles, requiring that a majority of the specified fleets are electric in less than a decade," the NCGA said in a statement.

"A decision of this magnitude will have long-lasting negative implications for the rural economy because it ignores the benefits of ethanol."

NCGA President Harold Wolle said the EPA essentially chose to "ignore the readily available solution" that biofuels like ethanol provide.

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"This decision will not only severely hamper the administration's ability to reach its own climate goals, but it will also hurt family farms and rural communities that rely heavily on the sale of biofuels," he said.

"On top of that, it will remove consumer choice from the market."

NCGA said since about 33% of corn has been used in ethanol production annually, loss of corn demand will be harmful.

NCGA has been front and center in urging Congress to pass the "Next Generation Fuels Act," which would further promote the use of ethanol and other biofuels.

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In a nationwide survey of 1,991 registered voters conducted last week, 68% said they oppose policies that mandate EVs, up from 63% when the same question was asked in September 2023. Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of voters responding support policies that expand the availability of high-octane mid-level ethanol blends and flex-fuel vehicles.

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said in a statement the Biden administration should turn to nationwide E15 availability to curb vehicle pollution.

"The Biden administration's revised standard responds to a slowdown in sales as Americans realize not just the cost and unreliability of electric vehicles, but also the dirty truth behind this supposedly 'clean' technology," she said.

"Continuing to force EVs on automakers and the public will only exacerbate their serious environmental, safety and human rights concerns. More practical, market-driven changes like allowing the year-round sale of E15 ethanol would help achieve environmental goals for America's vehicle fleet."

U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, said the administration should "reverse this misguided decision and allow American families to decide which vehicle is best for them. The free market -- not government mandates -- must prevail."  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from The Hill:  

“This rule is delusional. This is the Biden administration’s attempt to get rid of the internal-combustion engine without congressional authority. Together, we will be introducing Congressional Review Act legislation to overturn Biden’s EV mandate,” said a joint written statement from Sens. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). 

Their effort is unlikely to be successful, as such action requires either presidential approval or a two-thirds majority from Congress. 

And the oil industry lobby groups have threatened to sue over the rule.

“Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, Congress has to make a decision whether to protect consumer choice, U.S. manufacturing workers and our hard-won energy security by overturning this deeply flawed regulation. Short of that, our organizations are certainly prepared to challenge it in court,” Chet Thompson, CEO of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and Mike Sommers, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API), said in a joint statement.

But, it received praise from the auto industry lobby, which praised the short-term slowing of the rules, saying it gave automakers more time to adjust.

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The rule, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is technically not a mandate for electric vehicles or any specific vehicle technology. 

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Officials said that the estimate the EPA gave in last year’s rule only looked at electric vehicles and did not model hybrid vehicles.   READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Times Republican: To put it simply, folks, when the rubber meets the road, Biden’s EV fantasy just doesn’t work.

Luckily, there is a clear off-ramp to escape this road to nowhere: homegrown Iowa biofuels.

Throughout my (Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)) time in Congress, I’ve been a strong advocate for biofuels and higher ethanol blends like E15. Iowa farmers already feed the nation, and with wider use of biofuels, they have the ability to help sustainably fuel the nation, too. However, the Biden administration continues to stifle biofuels at every turn.

For years, the use of E15 has been banned during the summer – the season in which we see the highest numbers of drivers on the roads. A special emergency waiver must be granted by the administration each year to allow for its use.

Finally, after continued advocacy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced they will allow year-round E15 sales in Iowa and seven other Midwestern states. I applaud Governor Kim Reynolds for leading this effort and securing permanent sales of E15. However, this change won’t actually be implemented until 2025.

The EPA’s unnecessary year-long delay punishes American families and farmers who have already faced record inflation, skyrocketing fuel prices, and uncertainty in the market thanks to this administration. As if that wasn’t enough, we now await another annual emergency waiver to allow E15 sales this upcoming summer.

This lack of urgency from the Biden administration hurts our consumers at the pump and our farmers in the fields. Biofuels are an essential part of our state’s economy. They are key to strengthening our rural communities and keeping gas prices low. That’s why we need a nationwide, permanent solution now – one that delivers E15 sales across the entire country, not just eight states in the Midwest.

I’ve been calling for this since 2017, and I’m not about to hit the brakes now. I’ll keep the pedal to the metal on the Biden administration until they give the green light to unleash the full potential of our homegrown biofuels – sooner rather than later.  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Office of U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.):  U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the below statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its finalized rules that impose burdensome new emissions standards on American-made vehicles.

“With the final electric vehicle rules announced today, the Biden administration is deciding for Americans which kinds of cars they are allowed to buy, rent, and drive. Ironically, this is all coming at a time when the EPA is simultaneously forcing the closure of power plants that provide the baseload electricity these vehicles will rely on. These regulations represent yet another step toward an unrealistic transition to electric vehicles that Americans do not want and cannot afford, which threatens America’s electric grid and increases our reliance on China for critical minerals. I appreciate EPW Committee members Senator Ricketts and Senator Sullivan leading the congressional effort to overturn this harmful rule.”

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Capito also questioned how an ambitious pace of electric vehicle expansion could square with strains on the nation’s power grid. She called that “unsustainable.”

“It’s really sort of unbelievable how on the one hand they can say ‘You need to have all these EVs’ and on the other hand they can say ‘We don’t have the power. Make sure you don’t turn your heat on during the day’ and all of these kinds of things that have gone on from time to time,” she said.

Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., also expressed criticism of the EPA rule in a statement this week.

“The federal government has no authority and no right to mandate what type of car or truck Americans can purchase for their everyday lives,” Manchin stated.

“This reckless and ill-informed rule will impose what is effectively an EV mandate without ensuring the security of our supply chains from nations like China and without a realistic transition plan that addresses our domestic infrastructure needs.”

Congressman Alex Mooney, a Republican candidate for Senate, also knocked the EPA rule.

“President Joe Biden’s radical EPA is at it again,” Mooney said, adding that the “announcement of new tailpipe emission standards is death by regulation for gas-powered cars.

“West Virginians love to drive and are dependent on gas powered vehicles to navigate our great state. President Biden continues to act as a dictator — forcing an extreme left-wing mandate by executive fiat. I will oppose any effort by the Biden Administration to morph our country into a socialist utopia of overregulation run by nameless bureaucrats in Washington.”

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican candidate for governor, also distributed a statement that was critical of the federal standard, describing “radical EV policies.”

“This is an attack on rural America and rural Americans who are working really hard to make ends meet who are going to get bludgeoned by this rule,” Morrisey stated.

“And this comes in a time when the Biden administration is plotting to destroy whatever is left of our energy production through regulations that would effectively shut down coal- and gas-fired power plants—the backbone of the nation’s power generation.”  READ MORE

 

Excerpt from Washington Post/George Will: The Biden administration’s costly and coercive crusade to replace internal combustion vehicles (ICVs) with electric vehicles (EVs) is disproportionate to its minuscule climate impact. The American Enterprise Institute’s Benjamin Zycher says the EPA’s own assumptions project that the new regulations will mitigate global warming by 0.023 degrees Celsius by 2100. Because the standard deviation of the Earth’s surface temperature record is 0.11 degrees Celsius, “that effect would not be detectable.”

Each half-ton battery for “clean” vehicles requires, reports Mark P. Mills in City Journal, digging and processing 50 to 250 tons of earth for copper, nickel, aluminum, graphite and lithium, the prices of which will increase (as will the vehicles’ prices) when the easily accessed supplies decrease. All existing and planned mines can meet “only a small fraction” of the needed increase of those materials. The International Energy Agency says hundreds of huge new mines will be needed, each taking a decade or more to open.

EPA emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks will require more of them to be EVs (currently, 99 percent are not). Electric semis are heavy (because of their batteries), damage roadways and generate particulate-matter pollution from roads and their necessarily special tires. The Wall Street Journal reports that “an electric semi consumes about seven times as much electricity on a single charge as a typical home does in a day.” They require frequent recharges (95 minutes to charge the battery from 25 percent capacity to 93 percent), as well as multiple time-consuming, load-delivering trips because their weight limits load sizes.

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Consumer Reports finds that EVs have 79 percent more problems than ICVs.

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Tesla’s complex electronics make them substantially more expensive than ICVs to repair.

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Vehicle manufacturers, which are losing serious money on every EV they build, are compensating by raising prices on the ICVs that customers actually want.

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Businesses relying on electric pickup trucks find that time (which is money) is squandered on charging.

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Winter is unkind to EVs: Cold slows the batteries’ chemical reactions. 

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 Hot weather, too, makes the chemical reactions less efficient.  READ MORE

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Aemetis Allocated $10.5 Million IRA Section 48C Tax Credits by DOE and IRS for Biofuels Plant Efficiency Projects

(Aemetis/Globe Newswire) Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on low and negative carbon intensity products, today announced that it received an allocation of $10.5 million of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) tax credits by the

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Farmers Edge and Gevo Enter Collaboration on Climate-Smart Farm-to-Flight Project

(Farmers Edge/Business Wire) The companies will work with growers spanning three states to track and quantify the carbon intensity impact of climate-smart practices helping to accelerate the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and low-CI ethanol Farmers Edge Inc. a pure-play digital

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Conversion to E85 Super Ethanol: a Revolution for Yachtsmen --- April 13, 2024 --- Marseille, France

by François-Xavier Ricardou (Boat News) Following the installation of a super ethanol E85 pump on Marseille's Old Port last March, the Ethabox company is organizing a demonstration of its products at this location on April 13, 2024, to explain the keys

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Ethanol Industry on EVs: The Infrastructure Isn’t There and Consumers Aren’t All In

by Currey McCullough (RFD TV) The ethanol industry is raising concerns over the Biden Administration’s adamant approach for an all-electric vehicle fleet, saying it is on a collision course with reality. As policymakers and industry leaders navigate this shifting landscape, voices from the

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UC-Davis Analysts Warn of Significant Soybean Acreage Requirements for SAF

(Pro Farmer/Ag Web) Two UC-Davis analysts in a report highlighted that satisfying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) goals would require a significant increase in soybean plantings, almost by 50%. Conversely, relying solely on corn ethanol would necessitate a lesser increase in land

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TopSoil Webinars , Including Carbon Intensity Series

(Continuum Ag) TopSoil Webinars are an opportunity for you to educate yourself as Mitchell and other Continuum Ag Representatives sit down with industry leaders to dig into the hottest topics in Agriculture including Carbon Intensity, Soil Health & Precision Ag. One of

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PILOT SCALE – TWO 5-Letter Words for EARTH MONTH

PILOT SCALE - As scientists and researchers develop new ‘GREEN’ technologies and work to SCALE-up certain projects towards commercialization, the transition from laboratory SCALE to PILOT SCALE, to demonstration SCALE and beyond may take JOINT efforts from many different contributors

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What Are Solid Oxide Fuel Cells? How Do They Work?

by Eric Loewen (Stanford Advanced Materials) The third generation of fuel cells includes the solid oxide fuel cell (also known as SOFC), an all-solid-state device that efficiently and sustainably transforms chemical energy stored in fuel and oxidant into electrical energy at

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Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa --- May 14, 2024 --- Paris, France

The IEA is convening global leaders for a Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa to make 2024 a turning point for progress on ensuring clean cooking access for all. Today, nearly four in five Africans still cook their meals over open

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Pivot: Global Bioethanol Coalition Clean Cooking Podcasts

(Pivot) Expanding knowledge around bioethanol and clean cooking is critical to engaging with government, private sector, and individuals in ways that spur actual change.  Pivot is dedicated to building awareness and educating in a variety of ways to ensure that bioethanol

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Iowa Farmers Encouraged to Try Higher Biodiesel Blends

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is once again offering the statewide On-Farm Biodiesel Credit Program that offers farmers who buy a biodiesel blend up to 50 cents per gallon. “This is a great opportunity for farmers to try higher blends of

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Algae Biomass Summit Student Travel Grants Available

(Algae Biomass Organization) The Mary Rosenthal Memorial Student Travel Grant from the Algae Foundation was initiated to provide support for students presenting a poster or oral presentation at the Algae Biomass Summit.   READ MORE

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2024 Algae Biomass Summit --- October 20-22, 2024 --- Houston, TX DEADLINE May 10, 2024

The annual Algae Biomass Summit is the largest gathering of algae and seaweed professionals. Join the Summit to connect with technology and business leaders and discover the latest:     •    Research advances and technology     •    New products and services     •    Networking

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2024 Algae Biomass Summit --- October 20-22, 2024 --- Houston, TX

The annual Algae Biomass Summit is the largest gathering of algae and seaweed professionals. Join the Summit to connect with technology and business leaders and discover the latest:     •    Research advances and technology     •    New products and services     •    Networking

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World Fuel Gets International Sustainability Approval

by Charles Alcock (Aviation International News) New certifications cover North America, Europe and Singapore -- World Fuel Services this week achieved key approvals to meet international standards for carbon reduction measures and services. Today (April 5, 2024), the company announced it has

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HMM to Collaborate with SIPG on Clean Marine Fuel Supply

by Ajsa Habibic (Offshore Energy) South Korean shipping company HMM and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), the exclusive operator of all the public terminals in China’s Port of Shanghai, have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on clean marine

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Innovating SAF Production via the Power of Green Electrons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Reverse Water-Gas Shift has long been a process converting hydrogen and carbon dioxide into a syngas for fuels production, but as the world shifts from conventional fuels to electrofuels, producers need to know that their operations

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AI is Accelerating Materials Science Discovery and Synthesis Exponentially

by Kent Goeking (LEC Partners/Biofuels Digest) One of the key barriers to the economic and technical success of many advanced energy technologies is the sub-optimum performance of critical inorganic materials used as catalysts, electrodes, dielectrics, and photovoltaics.  Oxide materials in particular,

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Ramstad: The Debate over Ethanol's Future Stalls Push for Less-Harmful Gasoline in Minnesota

by Evan Ramstad (Star Tribune)  Environmentalists who favored a low-carbon fuel standard in the past now think its time has gone. -- In mid-February, a dozen environmental groups wrote a letter to Minnesota legislators urging them not to adopt a low-carbon fuel

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EV Policy on Collision Course With Reality

by Jesse Allen (American Ag Network)  The ethanol industry says the Biden Administration’s push for an all-electric vehicle fleet is on a collision course with reality. The Renewable Fuels Association says at some point tax policies, infrastructure shortcomings, and tough new

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Five Major Issues for EPA and Farmers EPA Administrator Highlights $4 Billion in 'Green Fund' for Rural Communities

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Friday spotlighted rural investments in new green funds while saying the Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies (GREET) model update is coming in the "very near future"

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EMPTY – A 5-Letter Word for EARTH MONTH

EMPTY – The drawdown of the strategic petroleum reserve emptied LARGE SWATHs of oil from storage and put it into the broader market while the government continues to certify EMPTY promises of the battery electric revolution and its associated infrastructure. Although

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ALIGN – A 5-Letter Word for EARTH MONTH

ALIGN – From LOCAL family FARMS to companies such as NESTE, all cylinders of the sustainable global economy must be firing in ORDER for us to push forward. From increasing the percentage of biofuel in fuel products such as ethanol and

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Exclusive: Biden Administration's Initial SAF Subsidy Model to Raise Climate Hurdle for Ethanol

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) The Biden administration will release a preliminary climate model for its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) subsidy program in the coming weeks that is more restrictive than what the corn-based ethanol industry had expected, two sources familiar with

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17 New Partnerships Receive $6.5 Million in Funding from P4G for Innovative Climate Solutions

(World Resources Institute) WRI’s Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals (P4G) initiative will provide grant funding and technical assistance to help these partnerships become investment ready Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2024) — Today, Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel technologies from Chevron Lummus Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digeist) Built on the strength of Chevron and Lummus technology, CLG offers innovative hydroprocessing and bottom-of-the-barrel technologies for lower carbon fuels and premium base oils, and world-class renewable fuels & circular products for the energy transition powered

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AEGEAN Expands Its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Uplift Program in Main European Airports

(AGEAN Air) AEGEAN marks another important step towards reducing its environmental footprint by expanding its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) uplift program in main European airports. AEGEAN is joining forces with one of the world's leading aviation fuel suppliers, Shell. Through its

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Malaysia Poises to Lead in Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply in Asia-Pacific, says Air NZ

(Bernama/The Sun)  Malaysia has the potential to become a leading supplier of feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the Asia Pacific region, given its diverse range of feedstock and biomass available in the country, according to Air New Zealand. Its chief

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CapCO2 and Adkins Energy Are Building the Largest Green Methanol Network

by Violet George (Carbon Herald) Carbon capture company CapCO2 Solutions has teamed up with Illinois ethanol producer Adkins Energy to build what is currently the world’s largest network for green methanol.  In addition to making methanol more environmentally friendly, CapCO2 boasts the unique advantage

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Cargill Enters Biofuel Fray in Fresh Blow to GrainCorp Growth Plans

by Brad Thompson (Financial Review) Cargill and CBH Group are working together on plans for a large-scale oilseed crushing plant south of Perth as they look to cash in on growing demand for biofuels. The Minnesota-headquartered commodities trader is in talks with

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Preparing SAF Projects for Take-off, by Bechtel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Beginning with technology selection, adding piloting and reference data, proceeding to robust cost estimating, scheduling, offtake and feedstock agreements and site selection. Bechtel’s Helen Atkinson gave this overview of the road from concept to commissioning for

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Al-Corn Clean Fuel Host Triton High School Students

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-four students from Triton High School toured Al-Corn Clean Fuel on March 27 to learn more about renewable fuel production. “We appreciate students from Triton High School’s integrated science classes taking time out of their schedules to learn about

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Ridgewater College Visits CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eighteen students from Ridgewater College in Willmar toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant on March 20 to learn more about ethanol production and its co-products.  “It’s always a pleasure to welcome students from Ridgewater College’s Animal Nutrition

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Owatonna High School Tours Al-Corn Clean Fuel

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-two students from Owatonna High School toured Al-Corn Clean Fuel today (March 6, 2024) to learn about ethanol production. “We were excited to welcome students from Owatonna HS to our facility. These tours give us an opportunity to showcase

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China Releases List for a Biofuel Pilot Scheme to Boost Domestic Consumption

by  Samyak Pandey and Aditya Kondalamahanty (S&P Global)  Major biodiesel exporter faces weak local demand; Government urges demonstrations to support consumption; Loans and carbon profits fall short in driving demand sufficiently -- The Chinese government unveiled a plan for a biodiesel pilot scheme in

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CYCLE – A 5-Letter Word for EARTH MONTH

Life-CYCLE analysis / Carbon CYCLE – Research is required in order to determine how much fossil carbon any particular GREEN solution can displace within a GIVEN market application. In the years following the 1970’s oil SHOCKs, FIRST generation biofuels have been

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Formula E Inks 'Multi-Year' Biofuel, Solar, and Battery Deal with Aggreko

by Stuart Stone (Business Green)  World's first fully-electric global racing series announces cleantech deal to help decarbonise events in its season calendar Formula E has inked a "multi-year" deal with global energy solutions provider Aggreko to power its race calendar with biofuel

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2023 Billion-Ton Report: An Assessment of U.S. Renewable Carbon Resources Informational Webinar --- April 16, 2024 --- ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will host a virtual informational webinar from 1:30pm – 2:30pm ET, on April 16, 2024, on the recently released 2023 Billion-Ton Report (BT23), an

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS The ACE - Biofuels Conference --- August 14-16, 2024 --- Omaha, NE DEADLINE unclear

Where the Grassroots of Ethanol Come Together -- One of the centerpieces of ACE’s service to the industry is our annual conference, which brings together ACE members and leaders in ethanol from every corner of the country. Held every August, the

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The ACE - Biofuels Conference --- August 14-16, 2024 --- Omaha, NE

Where the Grassroots of Ethanol Come Together -- One of the centerpieces of ACE’s service to the industry is our annual conference, which brings together ACE members and leaders in ethanol from every corner of the country. Held every August, the

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Bangchak and Sumitomo Corporation Forge Alliance to Advance UCO-to-SAF Supply Chain, Championing Environmental Sustainability

(Bangchak) Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited, a leading transnational energy conglomerate, and Sumitomo Corporation, a Chemical Solution Group, based in Japan, have joined forces in a strategic partnership through a framework agreement for the purchase and sale of used cooking oil

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ResourceWise (Formerly Prima Markets) Partners with ENGINE for Bio-Bunker Indexes, Now Available on Prima CarbonZero Platform

(ResourceWise/CISION) ResourceWise, formerly Prima Markets, expands its coverage of low-carbon fuels into marine biofuels with this strategic data partnership.   — In an inspiring stride towards greener marine operations, ResourceWise and ENGINE have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the marine industry's decarbonization

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Technip Energies and LanzaTech Selected by the US Department of Energy to Receive $200M Investment for Breakthrough, Replicable Decarbonized Ethylene Commercial Facility

(LanzaTech) Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: LNZA) were selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to begin award negotiations for up to $200 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding as

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Solarig to Develop One of the Most Innovative Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Plants in the World

(Solarig) • Solarig has reached an agreement with SOMACYL (Sociedad Pública de Infraestructuras y Medio Ambiente de Castilla y León) to acquire 116,000 square metres to the project called ‘NUMANTIA SAF’ in Parque Empresarial del Medio Ambiente (PEMA) located in Soria

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Altens Launches a New, More Environmentally Friendly B100

(Altens (Google Translation))  Altens, a leading player in the decarbonization of transport, is strengthening its activity in biofuels with the launch of the low-carbon PUR100. This alternative fuel, produced from French rapeseed, has a greater power to reduce greenhouse gases than

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Lineas Presents Its New FAME Locomotive, a Milestone in Sustainable Transportation Innovation.

(Lineas) Lineas, Europe’s largest private rail freight operator, is proud to present its new FAME locomotive. With this locomotive, the company highlights its commitment to finding sustainable solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. -- FAME, short for Fatty Acid

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Sequestering CO2 in Plastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There are a number of possible routes to convert emissions into polymers. Plastics contain carbon for the entire duration of their useful life and during the time which they are not degrading in a landfill. Since

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MOSTI Explores Hydrogen Technology in Mobility Sector

(The Sun) The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) is exploring the potential use of hydrogen technology, particularly in the mobility sector. In a statement, the ministry said it will hold discussions with relevant ministries and agencies to raise the adoption level

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PONANT and FARWIND Energy Partner to Develop Green Hydrogen Refueling Solutions

(Ponant/Farwind)  In the ongoing quest to find ways to decarbonize and thus play its part in the maritime industry’s energy transition, PONANT is collaborating with the Nantes-based startup FARWIND Energy. Under study: innovative solutions for ship refueling with renewable hydrogen. PONANT’s ship

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3M Invests in Hydrogen Electrolyzer Manufacturer EVOLOH

(3M/PR Newswire) Scaling electrolyzer manufacturing supports the hydrogen economy and helps move the planet towards a clean energy transition -- 3M (NYSE: MMM) has invested in EVOLOH, a cleantech company that's working to scale up manufacturing of its electrolyzers to make green hydrogen affordable

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AtkinsRéalis Awarded Engineering and Design Services Contract to Develop Leading Hydrogen Hub in Quebec

(AtkinsRéalis)  AtkinsRéalis [SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.] (TSX: ATRL), a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, has been awarded a contract by TESCanada H2 Inc. (“TESCanada”) to provide front end engineering and design services for their

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JGC Awarded FEED Contract for Green Hydrogen/MCH Production Plant in Malaysia

(JGC) JGC Holdings Corporation (Representatve Director, Chairman and CEO Masayuki Sato) announced today that JGC Corporation (Representative Director and President Farhan Mujib) which operates the overseas engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) business of the JGC Group was awarded the Front End

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Helen to Invest in Helsinki’s First Green Hydrogen Production Plant

(Helen)  Helen will build a green hydrogen production plant in Vuosaari, Helsinki. This is Helen’s first hydrogen project with which the company will increase its expertise to meet the needs of large-scale hydrogen production and enhance the flexibility to the entire

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House Republicans Call for Better Support of U.S. Biofuel Exports

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Two Republicans in the U.S. House are urging the Biden administration to take greater action to boost U.S. biofuel exports. Randy Feenstra of Iowa tells Brownfield sustainable aviation fuel could be a game changer for commodity

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COACH – A 5-Letter Word for EARTH MONTH

COACH – From Vancouver to the British ISLES, COACH BUSES have the ability to transport TROVEs of people from one destination to the next and back. LARGE vehicles that rely on diesel are difficult to convert to battery operation because batteries

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BINGO! Words to Live By from ABLC 2024

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Key players in the renewable fuels community gather twice/year at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conferences—ABLC 2024 took place in Washington, DC last week; and the ABLC Next gathering will be in San Francisco in

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How Carbon Dioxide Removal Is Critical to a Net-Zero Future

by Chris Dickert (Visual Capitalist) Meeting the Paris Agreement temperature goals and avoiding the worst consequences of a warming world requires first and foremost emission reductions, but also the ongoing direct removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. We’ve partnered with Carbon Streaming to take a

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Funding the Future: The Impact of Federal Clean Energy Investments --- April 12, 2024 --- ONLINE

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to a briefing highlighting the impacts of the latest Department of Energy (DOE) research and innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation. In particular, the briefing will focus on Office of

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Biodiesel Producing Plant in Newarthill Set to Close with over 70 Jobs at Risk

by Michael Pringle (Daily Record) Argent Energy has already entered into a period of consultation with staff -- A plant producing biodiesel in Newarthill is set to close its doors with the loss of over 70 jobs. Argent Energy has already entered into

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New Law Encouraging Higher Biodiesel Blends Takes Effect in Illinois

(Illinois Soybean Association/Biobased Diesel Daily) Implementation of a bipartisan bill to encourage the use of higher blends of biodiesel took effect April 1.  Illinois Soybean Association Chairman Ron Kindred and other supporters call the new law a landmark statute that will benefit

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Saudi Arabia’s Only Biofuel Producer Is Tripling Refining Capacity by 2025

by Sowmya Sundar (Zawya Projects)  The Biofuel Company, which operates the GCC’s largest biofuel refinery, prioritises domestic needs in capacity expansion -- The Biofuel Company, Saudi Arabia’s first and only biofuel producer, is on course to triple its refining capacity by 2025, the

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The White House Advances Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Leadership with the Launch of the National Bioeconomy Board

by Sarah Glaven (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)   Biotechnology harnesses the power of biology to create new services and products, which provide opportunities to grow the U.S. economy and workforce and improve the quality of our lives and the

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CCS/Decarbonization Project Development, Finance & Investment Summit --- July 23-25, 2024 --- Houston, TX

The Deepest Dive into the Economic and Regulatory Factors Driving the Success of the CCS/CCUS Project Development Landscape  --  Spurred by billions in government funding and support from the IIJA, and billions more in tax credits from the IRA, the carbon

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Understanding Low Carbon Liquid Fuels and Infrastructure Grants --- April 11, 2024 --- ONLINE

Retailers and fleets can discover the benefits of providing higher blends of ethanol to lower carbon emissions today. Sign up for the 30 minutes event.bJoin us as we discuss what biofuels are, their ability to lower carbon emissions in today's

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2023 Billion-Ton Report

(U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy KDF) The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO's) 2023 Billion-Ton Report (BT23) is an assessment of renewable carbon resources potentially available in the United States. BT23 explores these resources in terms of quantity, price,

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Committee Urges Government to Hold Aviation Industry Accountable for Emissions Reductions

(U.K.  Environmental Audit Committee)  The Environmental Audit Committee has urged the Government to hold the aviation industry accountable for its proposed  emissions reductions, as it publishes the Government’s response to its report on net zero aviation. -- The Government’s plans for delivering net

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Avina Unveils Plans for Cutting-Edge Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant in the Midwest, Forges Alliance for Low-Carbon Ethanol Supply

(Avina/Globe Newswire) Avina, a leading developer of clean hydrogen and derivative fuels solutions, is thrilled to announce plans for a cutting-edge Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) plant in the Midwest region set to commence operations in 2027. The facility, engineered to produce 120

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Village Farms International Announces Start Up of Renewable Natural Gas Facility

(Village Farms International) Delta RNG Project Will Immediately Contribute Incremental Cash Flow and Profitability to Village Farms -- Village Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VFF) today (April 3, 2024) announced that operations have started at the Delta (British

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Norsk e-Fuel and Carbon Centric Sign Supply and Distribution Agreement for Biogenic and Liquid CO2

(Norsk e-Fuel) Norsk e-Fuel and Carbon Centric have entered into a landmark agreement for CO2 Supply and Distribution, where Carbon Centric will be responsible for the production and delivery of CO2 to Norsk e-Fuel's Alpha plant in Mosjøen in Northern Norway.

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Farmers, Ethanol Industry Workers Call for Summertime E15 Waiver

(Renewable Fuels Association) Nearly 1,000 farmers, ethanol industry workers and other supporters from across the country sent a letter to President Biden today calling on his administration to take action to allow continued access to E15 throughout the upcoming summer driving season. E15

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LIMIT – A 5-Letter Word for EARTH MONTH

LIMIT – Although LIMITations are typically viewed as negative, a broader application WOULD invite us to understand the feedback mechanism a LIMIT provides. Currently the sale of fuel BLENDs such as E15 have LIMITed availability over the summer MONTHs due to

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Gevo Unveils Deep Dive Deck on Net-Zero 1

(Gevo) We're thrilled to unveil our newest Deep Dive Deck on Net-Zero 1.  Explore the deck now

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GSBN, Cosco Complete Blockchain-Based Biofuel Certification Pilot

by Jenny Messenger (Global Trade Review)  Hong Kong-based consortium Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) has concluded a pilot project with Cosco Shipping to issue blockchain-based certificates for biofuel purchases. GSBN’s Hi ECO product uses its blockchain-enabled network to establish a link between

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Agriculture & Environment Summit --- April 17-18, 2024 --- Washington, DC

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is hosting the first-ever BIO Agriculture & Environment Summit on April 17-18, 2024, a chance to discuss the role of biotech in addressing climate change and sustainable farming, among other topics. The event will take place in Washington,

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS tcbiomass --- September 10-12, 2024 --- Itasca, IL DEADLINE May 15, 2024

tcbiomass2024 focuses on the science of thermochemical conversion of biomass and municipal solid waste to renewable gas, liquid fuels, and chemicals. This international event draws attendees from around the world, with past conferences including representatives from Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, India,

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Biomass Magazine's Podcast Series: A Mission to Commercialize Wood to Gasoline

(Biomass Magazine) This week's Biomass Magazine podcast features Luca Pandolfi, Founder at Woodland Biomass Innovations. Interviewed by Anna Simet, editor of Biomass Magazine.  READ MORE (includes transcript)/LISTEN

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Gasum and NLF Collaborate to Promote the Use of Biogas in Norway's Green Transition

(Gasum) Gasum and the Norwegian Road Transport Association (NLF) have entered into a cooperation agreement to highlight biogas as one of several green energy solutions for the green transition. This will be done through the promotion of biogas and its benefits

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Desert Jet Partners with TITAN Aviation Fuels to Offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at Its KTRM FBO

(Desert Jet) DESERT JET, the leading full-service business aviation company in Greater Palm Springs, California, announces its latest sustainability initiative. The company has partnered with TITAN Aviation Fuels to establish the supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at its flagship FBO, Desert

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Global Business Jet Market 2024-2027 Sees Sustainability as Top Priority

(Travel and Tour World) The recently published “Comparative SWOT & Strategy Focus, 2024-2027” analysis now available on ResearchAndMarkets.com features an in-depth look at the leading five enterprises within the worldwide business jet sector: Gulfstream Aerospace, Bombardier, Dassault Aviation, Textron Aviation, and

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Due Diligence for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Projects and Technologies --- April 8-9, 2024 --- ONLINE

Technical and strategic due diligence of sustainable aviation fuel projects and technologies: Bankability, maturity, and technical maturity The aviation sector has set itself ambitious targets to decarbonise by 2050. In order to reach these goals, innovative new technologies will need to

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Celanese Achieves ISCC CFC Certification for Low Carbon CCU Methanol

(Celanese) Newly Certified Methanol Demonstrates a Greater than 70% Reduction in Carbon Footprint -- As part of its Fairway Methanol joint venture with Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global specialty materials and chemical company, today announced that the

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Hybrids vs EVs: Why Hybrids Are Surging as EV Sales Slow

by John Matarese (Scripps News)  Electric vehicles have received all the hype in recent years, but now sales are slowing as hybrids appear to be en vogue. -- ... But as the spring 2024 car buying season begins, hybrids that use gas and

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Biden’s EPA Can Justify His New EV Rules Only by Cooking the Books

Benjamin Zycher (American Enterprise Institute/The Hill) Before federal regulations are implemented, they must be justified with an extensive analysis of costs and effects. The new Environmental Protection Agency rule forcing a massive shift toward electric vehicles is no exception. Weighing in at 1,181

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RFA Urges SAF Interagency Working Group to Use a 30-Year Time Period for LUC Calculations

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Renewable Fuels association is urging federal officials to use a 30-year time frame to account for land use change (LUC) emissions as they work to complete the upcoming 40BSAF-GREET model, which will be used

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to BioVeritas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) BioVeritas uses some of the same technology with different market goals as the famed Terrabon of days gone by — carboxylic acids made from waste biomass, with fuel precursors and a slew of interesting renewable chemical

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FERRY – A 5-Letter Word for EARTH MONTH

FERRY – Maritime fuel presents a GRAND opportunity to de-fossilize TRADE transportation between nations separated by the sea or OCEANs of our blue planet. Hybrid FERRY. photo: Stena Line From Stena Line's NewMax hybrid FERRY to Japan’s FIRST biodiesel and hydrogen vessel, the

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Now Hiring: The Bioenergy Technologies Office Seeks to Fill Three Vacancies!

Are you interested in joining a dynamic team that advances clean energy research, creates cutting-edge technologies, and contributes to a low-carbon U.S. bioeconomy?  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)  Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is seeking individuals to join the Renewable Carbon Resources (RCR) and the Data,

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FAA Offers Funding for SAF Infrastructure Projects at Airports DEADLINE May 2, 2024

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration on April 1 opened a $269 million funding opportunity under its Airport Improvement Program. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) infrastructure projects are among those eligible for the funding.  The

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Biden-Harris Administration Invests in Clean Energy and Fertilizer Production to Strengthen American Farms and Businesses as Part of Investing in America Agenda

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Projects Funded by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act Will Lower Energy Costs and Create Revenue for Rural Business Owners and Farms --   U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is investing $124 million

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Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, Global Transport Solutions Group Extend SAF Collaboration

(Air France KLM Martinair Cargo/Biobased Diesel Daily)  Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) and the Global Transport Solutions Group, encompassing Marinetrans and Best Global Logistics, announced March 28 the extension of their collaboration on AFKLMP’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) program. This collaboration

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Agreement Signed by 6 Companies to Collaborate on Biofuels, Feedstocks between Japan, South Korea

(Eneos/Biobased Diesel Daily) DS Dansuk Co. Ltd., Eneos Corp., HMLP Co. Ltd., Nomura Jimusho Inc., Yoshikawa Yushi Co. Ltd. and Sapporo Yushi Co. Ltd. announced March 22 that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this year designed

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