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Carbon Utilization Bill Could Create Value for CO2 Emissions

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by Tim Albrecht (Biomass Magazine)  Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced three bills this week to boost rural economic opportunities by expanding USDA funding eligibility for clean energy projects. This funding would help improve electric grid security, create more energy choices for businesses, and advance the development and deployment of low-carbon, clean energy technologies—all in rural communities throughout the country.

The bills include the bipartisan Promoting Cybersecurity for Rural Electric Utilities Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; the Energy Storage for Rural America Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley. D-Ore.; and the Carbon Utilization Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

The Carbon Utilization Act, co-sponsored by Bennet and Whitehouse, would allow new carbon utilization technologies, such as carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) and biogas production, to access USDA loan guarantees, research programs and rural development loans. The bill also would create education initiatives and encourage inter-agency collaboration to advance these technologies.

Biofuels has a history of adding value to byproducts of ethanol production and DDGS are a good example of creating extra value out of the original core business of ethanol production, Crabtree (Brad Crabtree, Carbon Capture Coalition co-director and Great Plains Institute vice president for fossil energy) says. “Carbon dioxide produced through fermentation can provide a similar opportunity to both create revenue and in this case solve an environmental problem at the same time.”

According to Crabtree, there are three ethanol operations in the U.S. that are already capturing their CO2 and storing it geologically. There are two plants in Kansas that capture CO2 and transfer it via pipeline to oil fields where the oil is produced and the CO2 is stored in the process. Also, ADM is capturing just over 1 million tons of CO2 a year at its Decatur, Illinois, facility, and injecting and storing it in a saline formation. “So, they’re not producing any oil in the process, but they’re storing it geologically. As a result, ADM significantly reduces the carbon intensity of the ethanol they’re producing, which in turn can make them eligible to sell into low-carbon fuel markets.”   READ MORE

U.S. utilities balk at expanded carbon-capture subsidy (Reuters)

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