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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Policymakers and energy security hawks love fuel, but consumers love renewable chemicals that power the everyday applications in their lives — resins, solvents, nutraceuticals, intermediates to make fabrics, nylons, plastics, and more. There’s a dizzying array of candidates — hydrogen for chemistry, methanol ammonia, PLA,

September 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Miller-Meeks: Biochar: A Brighter Future

by Mariannette Miller-Meeks (The Iowa Torch) Mariannette Miller-Meeks: Biochar has the incredible potential to help sequester carbon in our agricultural economy and we must promote this innovative tool. —  Biochar is produced by burning forest or agricultural residue (organic material) at very high temperatures with limited oxygen into a condensed black

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

As Farmers Split from the GOP on Climate Change, They’re Getting Billions to Fight It

by Scott Neuman (NPR) …  The government’s conservation programs are meant to bolster farmers’ response to climate change, as (Iowa farmer Robb) Ewoldt and others like him are forced to confront worsening droughts on the one hand, and unprecedented rainfall and flooding on the other. But even with billions more in

September 21, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Agriculture Selects Gevo’s Climate Smart Farm-to-Flight Proposal with a Funding Ceiling of $30MM

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected Gevo’s Climate-Smart Farm to Flight proposal for funding with an award ceiling of up to $30 million. Gevo’s project was one of the 70 projects selected by the USDA under the first pool of

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

GEVO Breaks Ground on Its First Commercial-Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel Facility, Net-Zero 1, in Lake Preston, South Dakota

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of its first commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility, Net-Zero 1 (NZ1). Gevo’s management team was joined today by government officials, representatives from partner companies and customers, business leaders, local farmers, and members of the media to ceremoniously break ground.

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Soy’s Stake in Renewable Fuels

by Bethany Baratta (Iowa Soybean Association) … As a feedstock used in producing biodiesel and renewable diesel, the soybean industry and its farmers stand to gain from this increased demand. Panelists discussed this opportunity during a recent event at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Panelists included: Grant Kimberley,

September 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Fundraising Ramps up to Continue Development of Direct-Ethanol Fuel Cells for Vehicles

by Marcus Traxler (Mitchell Republic) Iowa Corn, the advocacy organization for Iowa corn growers, is leading a drive to raise funds to continue advancing technology in order to help get direct-ethanol fuel cells, or DEFC, to the point where they can realistically use corn products to turn from ethanol to

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

SfL’s Vision for Scaling Climate Smart Agriculture Solutions Is Taking Root

(Solutions from the Land) … SfL’s vision for how farmers can bring agricultural solutions to climate challenges has begun to be realized by yesterday’s  announcement by Secretary Vilsack that USDA is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities Projects . This is a remarkable and historic accomplishment

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Of German Fries and French Fries: Chevron REG Begins to Expand Again

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … CREG has broken ground on the expansion of its Emden, Germany biorefinery , located where the River Erns meets the sea on the extreme northwestern German coast. … The expansion includes the addition of a pretreatment system at the facility, which is expected to

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Pipeline Company Takes Unwilling Iowa Landowners to Court

by Jared Strong (Successful Farming/Iowa Capital Dispatch)  Navigator CO2 Ventures, one of three companies that have proposed liquid carbon pipelines in Iowa, recently sued four sets of landowners to gain access to their properties to survey the land, according to court records. The company filed petitions in August for injunctive relief

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

1.3-Million-Mile Evaluation Proves 100% Biodiesel is Effective at Decarbonizing Heavy-Duty Trucking

(Optimus Technologies)  ADM conducts a 16-month field trial equipping Class 8 Mack trucks with Optimus Technologies Vector System  —   The Vector System is an advanced fuel system technology that enables heavy-duty diesel engines to reduce carbon emissions by using 100% biodiesel (B100). Already running on commercial and government fleets from

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Touring the Roots of Ethanol Sustainability in Iowa

by Mikayla McKenna (Renewable Fuels Association) … Each year, the tour gives farmers, ethanol producers, and renewable fuels advocates like me an excellent opportunity to show policymakers and regulators who we are and what we do. Staffers from around the country, including House and Senate offices and the Environmental Protection

September 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Grassley: Attacks on Ethanol Could Result in Job Loss

(RFD TV)  Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley recently fielded questions from reporters this week regarding ethanol production in the U.S. as the current administration pushes for more electric vehicles.  He calls the Biden Administration’s climate plans unfeasible, saying if the U.S. were to follow California’s plan to ban internal combustion engines,

September 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $29.5 Million for Improved Bioenergy Resource Recovery and Conversion Systems

( U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $29.5 million to 15 projects to improve the current science and infrastructure for utilizing waste streams, often disproportionately located in underserved communities, and support the development of improved organisms and inorganic catalysts for the production of valuable biofuels and bioproducts

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Clean Energy Continues to Decarbonize Transportation with New Fuel Contracts, Blazes Ahead with Renewable Natural Gas Development

(Clean Energy Fuels Corp./Business Wire)  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE), the largest provider of the cleanest fuel for the transportation market, announced new supply deals for renewable natural gas (RNG), as it forges ahead with development projects to meet the growing demand for the sustainable fuel made from organic waste. “As

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel around the World 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Many countries are now active with Sustainable Aviation Fuel — but how much where, and when, and what? The bulk of activity continues to come from the US — however, the EU has been gaining momentum, and Asia of late has been highly active. Several technologies

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Siouxland Ethanol Plant Part of Record-Breaking Settlement for Toxic Releases

by Ariel Pokett (Siouxland Proud/KCAU)  An ethanol manufacturer agreed to pay a $1.7 million settlement with the EPA for allegedly releasing toxins at four plants, including one facility in Siouxland. Andersons Marathon Holdings LLC agreed to pay the settlement after a total of 131 violations were reported at four facilities in Indiana, Michigan,

August 30, 2022 Read Full Article

USGC Promotes Ethanol and DDGS Exports

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) organized a mission to Brazil last week to learn about the market potential Brazilian corn ethanol has domestically and globally and about logistics faced by U.S. ethanol exporters to Brazil at the main ports situated in the northeastern part of the country. The team

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Rhythms of Reinvention: FEW General Session Highlights

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  At the 2022 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the world’s largest biofuels conference, producers, industry stakeholders and vendors gathered to connect and learn in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  —  The 38th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo welcomed producers, suppliers, innovators and policy experts

August 26, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Net Zer0 1 – sound exciting., And it is! A company that remade itself as it saw the decisive shift in biofuels from lower carbon light duty to super low carbon heavy duty. They’re thought of everything to get the carbon score lower and are

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Red Rock Biofuels, Frontline BioEnergy Successfully Gasify Residual Woody Biomass into Syngas for Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Red Rock Biofuels/Business Wire)  Red Rock Biofuels LLC, a next-generation producer of low-carbon biofuels, and Frontline BioEnergy, a leading provider of waste and biomass gasification solutions, announce that they have successfully tested their innovative technology that gasifies Red Rock’s residual woody biomass feedstock into high quality syngas for production of

August 19, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Andersons

The company aims to be “ the Most Nimble and Innovative North American Ag Supply Chain Company,” and has operations in the purchase and merchandising of grain, ethanol and plant nutrients (suppling  primary nutrients; strong warehouse and farm center network in Eastern Corn Belt). This up to date presentation covers

August 18, 2022 Read Full Article

California’s E85 Market Is Booming and That’s Paying off for U.S. Corn Farmers

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News) California is the country’s largest domestic market for E85 fuel and the state’s largest ethanol distributor says that’s good news for farmers. Jeff Wilkerson with Pearson Fuels says retailers in California are buying ethanol at a record pace to meet the state’s low carbon fuel

August 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Earm Cash by Filling up with Biodiesel

by Cassidy Walter (Successful Farming) Today the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced a statewide program for farmers to earn cash for choosing to power their operation with biodiesel. Iowa farmers can earn 50¢ per gallon of B20 and 25¢ per gallon of B11 purchased for on-farm use up to a maximum

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Restaurant Technologies and Chevron Renewable Energy Group Create a Circular Economy to Reuse Restaurant Cooking Oil as Fuel

(Restaurant Technologies) Restaurant Technologies and Chevron Renewable Energy Group fuel fleet vehicles with used restaurant cooking oil. Together they converted more than 300 million pounds of used cooking oil into biofuel in 2021 alone. Restaurant Technologies both collects the oil and uses the biofuel in its own fleet, creating a

August 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Gevo to Celebrate Net Zero 1 Groundbreaking in September

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Gevo Inc. plans to host a groundbreaking ceremony in September to kick off the initial site work phase at its proposed Net Zero 1 facility under development in Lake Preston, South Dakota, according to comments made by CEO Patrick Gruber during a second quarter earnings call

August 10, 2022 Read Full Article
27th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium   —   August 8-9, 2023   —   Des Moines, IA

27th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium — August 8-9, 2023 — Des Moines, IA

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August 3, 2022 Read Full Article

#Welcome To EartH2, with NextChem: The Digest’s Multi Slide Guide to Green and Low Carbon Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The world is short on hydrogen for all its ambitions in renewable energy and transformative chemicals and materials — and especially in green and low carbon hydrogen. Fortunately, new technology and carbon strategies have emerged to meet the market opportunity, and we looked into the

August 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Senators Introduce Bill to Expand Use of High-Octane Fuels Including Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  With gasoline prices still at historically high levels, a group of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would expand demand for ethanol by establishing high-octane certification test fuels containing 20% to 30% ethanol and requiring automobile manufacturers to design and warranty their vehicles to

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Chevron to ZEVron: CVX’s Acquisition of Renewable Energy Group Powers Its Search for Net Zero

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … This summer, the Iowa-Chevron tie has been revived with Chevron’s acquisition of Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group, which now becomes Chevron Renewable Energy Group. They might as well have named it The Ambition Division — the company has set a goal of 100,000 barrels per day of advanced biofuels

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Lawmakers Are Urging EPA to Get RFS Back on Track

by Currey McCullough (RFD TV) Just this morning (July 19, 2022) on a call with ag reporters, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar are sending a letter urging the EPA to increase volumes of biodiesel and renewable diesel. “Adding more homegrown fuels to the nation’s

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Wind Expansion Hindered by ‘Messy’ Local Dynamics

by Jeffrey Tomich (Politico Pro) Zoning restrictions could jeopardize as much as 77 percent of potential wind development areas in Iowa, according to a new study. The findings raise questions about how the nation can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. … Zoning restrictions and opposition to wind energy pose a

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Anniversary Book: Funding, Organizational Growth, and Feedstock Wars

(Clean Fuels Alliance America) As the 1990s dawned, more than a decade of renewed research had been performed on various straight vegetable oils and esterified varieties by a number of individuals and universities both in the U.S. (North Dakota State, Idaho, Illinois, etc.) and globally. “Carroll Goering at the University of

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA: California Takes Big Step toward E15 Approval with Release of Emissions Study

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The state of California took an important step toward approving the use of cleaner, lower-cost E15 today (July 15, 2022) by releasing the results of a multi-year study of the fuel’s emissions impacts. The results of the study, which tested 20 vehicles, show that shifting from E10 to

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

ADM Ethanol Markets Lawsuit Dismissed

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Federal Judge Dismisses Ethanol Lawsuit Against Archer Daniels Midland —  A federal court in Illinois dismissed one of three ethanol market lawsuits against Archer Daniels Midland this week, outlining in an order that six ethanol companies in Iowa and Wisconsin were unable to prove antitrust

July 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Green Impact Partners Announces Material Expansion of North American RNG Projects

(Green Impact Partners/Newsfile) Green Impact Partners (TSXV: GIP) (“GIP” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on three of its advanced renewable natural gas (“RNG”) projects. “With the upcoming commissioning of our GreenGas Colorado facility, the expansion of our Iowa and Future Energy Park projects, and over $2

July 14, 2022 Read Full Article

ANL: Can Farms Produce to the Max and Still Reduce GHG Emissions?

by Kristen Mally Dean (Argonne National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … With new practices, farmers can make farms a net sink of CO2, helping the U.S. reach its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Sustainable intensification is a two-prong approach many think could help. It tries to optimize land use and

July 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Feenstra Focused on Energy Title of Next Farm Bill

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  A member of the House Agriculture Committee wants to strengthen the energy title in the next farm bill. Iowa Republican Randy Feenstra tells Brownfield there are so many opportunities for biofuel production and use in Title IX. “Right now to me it’s all about the

July 6, 2022 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — President Joe Biden

“And you simply can’t get to net zero by 2050 without biofuels.” –U.S. President Joe Biden in Remarks  on Lowering Energy Costs for Working Families

June 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Can Farms Produce to the Max and Still Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

by Kristen Mally Dean (Argonne National Laboratory) Decarbonizing agriculture is critical for the U.S. to reach net zero emissions by 2050. A new data-driven approach looks at practices that are good for the earth and profitable for farmers. — The world relies on American farmers to do much more than

June 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Understanding Why the Carbon Intensity Score Is Important for Ethanol

by Kellan Heavican (Brownfield Ag News) The head of the world’s largest biofuel producers says carbon intensity scoring is critical to expanding ethanol production. POET President Jeff Lautt tells Brownfield it’s used as a benchmark to determine greenhouse gas emissions. “All of the carbon scoring it takes to extract oil out,

June 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Why is E85 Almost $2 Cheaper Than Other Blends of Gasoline?

by Tyne Morgan (AgWeb) … E85 is priced significantly less than other blends of fuel across the country, even $2 below at some locations. “We’re talking about a 30% to 40% discount in many cases,” says Geoff Cooper of Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). “The reason for that is because the main

June 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Miller-Meeks, Hinson, Ernst Support New Industry Producing Carbon-Negative Cellulosic Biofuels

(Ripon Advance News Service) U.S. Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) joined U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and their Iowa Republican colleagues in urging the Biden administration to address two ongoing rulemaking processes that could end production of bio-oil, cellulosic sugar and biochar. Iowa State University has developed an

June 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Biochar Teams Sweep 4 of 15 XPRIZE $1 Million Climate Innovation Awards

(U.S. Biochar Initiative/EIN Presswire) “It [Biochar] is being newly embraced as a true carbon removal solution at scale.”–Microsoft — On Earth Day 2022, XPRIZE and the Musk Foundation announced the 15 milestone winners of $1,000,000 each to continue their work on atmospheric carbon dioxide removal (CDR).  Four (27%) of the

June 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Beyond Ethanol: How 3 International Companies Are Finding Success in Iowa

by Mark Laurenzo (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  Iowa has a well-documented history in the ethanol business. We’re the United States’ leader in renewable fuel production with 41 ethanol refineries (capable of producing more than 4.5 billion gallons per year) and 11 biodiesel facilities (with annual production capacities of 410 million

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Fuels Institute Explores Carbon Benefits of Biofuels

(NACS) The white paper will help spark conversation on finding an answer to reducing emissions from all vehicles. — The Fuels Institute has published a new white paper that explores the carbon benefits of using biofuels, according to a news release. The paper, “Assessment of Biofuels Policy: Effectiveness of Emissions Reductions,”

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Ohio Asks EPA for Permanent E15 Change

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) List of Midwest States Seeking E15 Rulemaking Grows to Nine With Ohio Request — Add Ohio to a list of Midwest states that are asking the EPA to make a permanent change to allow year-round E15 sales beginning in 2023. The state’s governor on Friday

June 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Inside Biden’s Frustration with Soaring Prices

by Tyler Pager (Washington Post) Biden vented to aides after an ethanol announcement designed to ease gas prices, questioning the policy’s effectiveness — President Biden seemed upbeat when he visited an Iowa biofuels plant in April to talk about bringing down gas prices, standing before a large tractor as he declared

June 13, 2022 Read Full Article

POET Hopes Pipeline Partnership Will Speed Ethanol Climate Goals

by Leah Douglas (Saltwire/Reuters) POET LLC, the world’s largest ethanol producer, said it hopes to meet some of its climate goals early as a result of a new partnership it announced this week with a Midwest carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline. POET LLC’s decision to partner with Navigator CO2 Ventures

June 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: E15 Will Provide a More Affordable Domestic Fuel Option All Summer Long

by Cindy Axne (D-IA 3rd)(Agri-Pulse) As families continue to feel the crushing weight of rising gas prices – a problem without a one-size-fits-all solution – I am grateful that an environmentally friendly, homegrown fuel that’s produced in my home state of Iowa will provide a more affordable fuel option this summer. 

June 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Navigator CO2, POET Sign Letter of Intent to Capture, Transport, and Store Five (5) Million Tons of CO2 Annually

(Navigator CO2/PR Newswire) Navigator to provide CCUS services for POET’s facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota — Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC (“Navigator”) announced today that they have signed a Letter of Intent to provide carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) services to POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuel and

June 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Minnesota PUC Confirms Authority to Regulate CO2 Pipelines

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on May 19 unanimously voted that the organization has existing authority to permit the siting of carbon dioxide pipelines, including the two multi-state pipelines currently under development that will sequester CO2 from numerous ethanol plants. According to the PUC, Minnesota

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Southwest Airlines Invests in Sustainable Aviation Fuel Pilot Project Supported by the Department of Energy

(Southwest Airlines/PR Newswire) Carrier’s first-of-its-kind investment supports the development of technology intended to commercialize sustainable aviation fuel —  Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (“Southwest” or the “Company”) today announces an investment into SAFFiRE Renewables, LLC (SAFFiRE), a company formed by D3MAX, LLC (D3MAX), as part of a Department of Energy (DOE)-backed project

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa DOT Achieves Near-Zero Emissions with 100% Biodiesel Trucks

(Iowa Department of Transportation/Work Truck)  The Iowa DOT committed to a lower carbon footprint through the use of B-100 in its snowplow truck fleet. — This past winter, the Des Moines, Iowa, area got pummeled with over two feet of snow. While most residents stayed bundled inside, ten Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT)

May 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Panamanian Delegation Learns about US Ethanol

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.Agwired.com) Panamanian stakeholders were in the United States last week to learn more about the economic and environmental benefits of implementing ethanol blend policies and to become familiar with the various aspects of the ethanol industry and the opportunities to complement local ethanol production with imports. Led

May 20, 2022 Read Full Article

New Ethanol Law Could Spark Regional Trend, Biofuels Exec Says

by Jared Strong (Iowa Capital Dispatch) A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

May 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Summit Carbon Solutions Launches Radio Ad

(Summit Carbon Solutions/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Summit Carbon Solutions announced May 12 the start of a new five-state radio ad campaign highlighting how the company’s proposed carbon capture and storage project will open new economic opportunities for ethanol producers and strengthen the marketplace for farmers across the Midwest. “Summit Carbon Solutions launched

May 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Summit Carbon Solutions Equity Campaign for 5-state Carbon Capture Project Reaches $1 Billion in Commitments

(Forum News Service/Dickinson Press)  Summit Carbon Solutions is proposing to build the world’s largest carbon capture and sequestration project. Ethanol plants in Atwater and Granite Falls, Minnesota, are part of the project. — Summit Carbon Solutions announced Wednesday that it has completed an equity fundraising campaign for its carbon capture and

May 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Gevo Reports Progress with RNG, Net-Zero 1 Projects

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Officials at Gevo Inc. discussed progress with the development of the company’s renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Iowa and the proposed Net-Zero 1 refinery under development in South Dakota during a first quarter earnings call, held May 9. Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, said

May 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Carbon Pipeline Opponents See Lessons in Dakota Access Fight

by Dan Haugen (Energy News Network/The Gazette)  Coalition organizing earlier than those opposing oil pipeline six years ago — In Iowa, though, a coalition similar to the one that took a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 is emerging to fight a proposed interstate carbon dioxide pipeline network,

May 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Circular Sourcing for Materials Transition: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With over 2,000 issued and pending patents/applications, Genomatica is on a role with a pipeline with $30 billion direct TAM, according to their recent ABLC presentation. From commercial-scale bio-butanediol to renewable nylon, and HMDA, find out how Genomatica is partnering with Cargill, Covestro, lululemon, and

May 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Navigator CO2, Big River Resources, and Big River United Energy Execute Letter of Intent for the Capture, Transportation, Storage, and Value Optimization of up to 1,000,000 Metric Tons of CO2 per Year, for Twenty (20) Years

(Navigator CO2 Ventures/PR Newswire) Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC (“Navigator”) announced today a long-term agreement with Big River Resources, LLC and Big River United Energy, LLC (“Big River”) to provide turnkey carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) services on Navigator’s Heartland Greenway system, to capture, transport and utilize or permanently store CO2 from

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Verbio Launches $115 Million Renewable Natural Gas, Ethanol Plant in Nevada; Touts Bigger Plans

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) Calling the technology at a central Iowa biorefinery a game changer, corporate and elected officials marked the start of commercial production of renewable natural gas and ethanol at a $115 million central Iowa biorefinery Friday. “This is a special day for Iowa and for the renewable fuels

May 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa’s Democratic U.S. Senate Hopefuls Differ on Foreign Policy, Ethanol

by Erin Murphy (Sioux City Journal) …Differences over a hard line on when to send U.S. troops to Ukraine and over ethanol policy were among the few contrasts to emerge during a televised debate Saturday night between the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Iowa. … The candidates also had

May 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Opinion: Ethanol Helps Cut Toxic Emissions

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Washington Post)  Americans should be thanking President Biden for allowing the continued sale of lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 this summer (letters, “No more ethanol in gas,” April 22). E15 is saving drivers as much as 30 cents per gallon, cutting the typical U.S. household’s annual fuel bill by

May 4, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. EPA Issues Waiver to Allow Temporary Sales of Summertime Higher-Ethanol Fuel

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an emergency waiver for a higher-ethanol gasoline blend on Friday, allowing summertime sales of the fuel in an attempt to help lower gasoline prices at the pump. The move represents a temporary win for the biofuels industry and corn farmers, as

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Governors Seek to Expand Sales of Higher-Ethanol Gasoline Blend

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters) U.S. governors from eight Midwest states, many of which are major corn producers, asked the Biden administration on Thursday to apply rules that would allow gasoline blended with a higher level of ethanol to be sold year-round in their states. Governors from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota said

April 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Gov. Reynolds Issues Statement on Bipartisan Passage of Biofuels Bill

(Office of Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA)) Gov. Reynolds released the following statement today in response to the legislature passing HF2128:  “This is a historic win for Iowa families, for our agriculture and biofuels industry, and for Iowa’s entire economy. By increasing access to more affordable, homegrown biofuels made right here in Iowa,

April 27, 2022 Read Full Article

ISU Team Receives XPRIZE Carbon Removal Milestone Award for Innovative Vision to Remove Carbon from the Atmosphere

(Iowa State University)  An Iowa State University research team that helped develop a demonstration-scale pyrolyzer capable of sequestering thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year has received a prestigious milestone award from XPRIZE Carbon Removal, it was announced on Friday.  The milestone prize provides $1 million to the carbon

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

New Study Shows Summit Carbon Solutions Will Drive Economic Growth Across the Midwest

(Summit Carbon Solutions/PR Newswire)  A new study shows that Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed carbon capture, transportation, and storage project will create jobs, generate new tax revenue for local communities, support local suppliers, and strengthen the Midwest regional economy. Ernst & Young, a global leader in accounting and professional services, conducted the

April 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Says Aviation Will Need SAF to Reach Net Zero

by Devansh Mehta (Simple Flying)  While on tour at a bioprocessing facility in Menlo, Iowa, President Biden talked about the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in commercial aviation. He said SAFs would be instrumental in achieving the ambitious goal of net zero carbon emissions. While speaking at POET Bioprocessing, POTUS

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Grassley Doesn’t Mince Words as Food Versus Fuel Debate Ramps Back up

by Mark Dorenkamp (Browfield Ag News)  U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is dismissing the food versus fuel debate that seems to be reemerging after the Biden administration announced it will allow summertime sales of E15. The Iowa Republican tells Brownfield without ethanol farmers wouldn’t grow as much corn, so the impact on

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article
National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo   —   November 8-9, 2022   —   Des Moines, IA

National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo — November 8-9, 2022 — Des Moines, IA

The National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo is a two-day event designed specifically for companies and organizations advancing technologies and policy that support the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from all sources, including fossil fuel-based power plants, ethanol production plants and industrial processes, as well as directly from the atmosphere. The

April 14, 2022 Read Full Article
REQUEST FOR SPEAKERS: National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo   —   November 8-9, 2022   —   Des Moines, IA     DEADLINE:  July 15, 2022

REQUEST FOR SPEAKERS: National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo — November 8-9, 2022 — Des Moines, IA DEADLINE: July 15, 2022

The National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo is a two-day event designed specifically for companies and organizations advancing technologies and policy that support the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from all sources, including fossil fuel-based power plants, ethanol production plants and industrial processes, as well as directly from the atmosphere. The

April 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden to Announce Plan to Ease Gas Prices as Inflationary Pressures Persist

by Jeff Stein and Evan Halper  (Washington Post) The EPA plans to issue a national, emergency waiver to allow use of blended biofuels over the summer hours after report is expected to show inflation keeps surging  — The White House plans to roll out new policies Tuesday aimed at curbing

April 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Chip Flory: Green Fuel Drives the Future of Soybeans

by Chip Flory (AgWeb) The soybean industry continues to prep for what’s expected to be demand growth for renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), “green” marine fuels and higher blends of biodiesel in home heating in the eastern U.S. Here are a few numbers for perspective:  Soybean oil use for biofuels

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

E15 Sales Reach Record Levels in 2021; Future Growth Threatened by Summertime Restrictions

(Renewable Fuels Association) Sales of E15, a gasoline blend containing 15 percent ethanol, hit a record 814 million gallons in 2021, according to a new analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association. The 2021 volume represented a 62 percent increase over the prior year and was nearly double pre-pandemic sales volumes in 2019. However,

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Green Impact Partners Provides an Update on its RNG Project in Iowa

(Green Impact Partners) Green Impact Partners (“GIP” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the signing of definitive agreements for its partnership in a dairy renewable natural gas (“RNG”) project located in Iowa (the “Iowa RNG Project”). The Iowa RNG Project has secured long-term feedstock agreements with two dairies located in close proximity,

April 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Three States Ask for Waiver to Allow E15 Sales to Continue Come June 1

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Attorneys general in Iowa, Kansas and the governor of Minnesota asked the EPA for a waiver to allow E15 sales to continue in their states when those sales are set to end starting on June 1, the start of the summer driving season. In recent

April 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Central to Build New Biofuels Lab: Casey’s Donates Property in Western Fort Dodge

by Bill Shea (The Messenger)  Iowa Central Community College will build a new biofuels testing lab on the west side of Fort Dodge using land donated by Casey’s General Stores and the owners of the former Colonial Inn site. Construction could begin late this summer. ”Iowa Central Community College continues to

April 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Reps Question Lack of Biofuels in Budget

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Representatives from Iowa questioned Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young Tuesday on the lack of biofuels in the $6 trillion White House budget unveiled this week. Reps. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) both pressed Young on why there was no mention of biofuels in

March 31, 2022 Read Full Article

REG Unveils EnDura Branded Fuels Suite in Bid to Shake-up Heavy-Duty Transport

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group introduced its EnDura Fuels line of renewable fuels solutions. This branded product launch supports Renewable Energy Group’s ongoing efforts to help the transport industry meet its sustainability and business growth objectives, while strengthening the Company’s position in the marketplace. The EnDura

March 31, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA’s Snyder: E15 Work Underway EPA Ag Adviser Tells Ethanol Producers Agency Working with States to Restore E15

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  With the start of the summer driving season fast approaching and year-round E15 sales no longer an option, EPA’s Rod Snyder said on Thursday the agency continues to work to restore those sales. Snyder, who is the ag adviser to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and

March 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s New Ground Game

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine) With three CO2 pipelines in development, carbon capture and sequestration is poised to become a transformative force in ethanol production. The industry’s quest for net-zero emissions, in part, depends on it. — Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is arguably the hottest subject in ethanol

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On Day 2 of ABLC in Washington, DC, The Digest announced the 50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022. This year, the focus was on advanced bioeconomy manufacturing sites, completed or in development, at pilot, demonstration or commercial scale for intermediates or finished products, rather

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Bill Would Block Carbon Pipeline Developers from Using Eminent Domain Power for a Year

by Stephen Gruber-Miller (Des Moines Register) Iowa lawmakers are seeking to block carbon pipeline developers from using eminent domain to secure land for their projects until next year. House lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday through an unusual maneuver — filing an amendment to an unrelated piece of legislation, replacing that proposal with language blocking any carbon pipelines

March 17, 2022 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Selection of 11 Organizations to Receive $2 Million to Help Tackle the Climate Crisis Through Food Diversion

(Environmental Protection Agency) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the selection of 11 organizations expected to receive a total of approximately $2 million in funding to divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity nationwide. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a process in which microorganisms break down organic materials, such as food

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Grassley and Ernst Call on Biden to Unleash Iowa Biofuel Immediately as Gas Prices Hit Record High, U.S. Bans Russian Oil

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA))  Iowa senators introduce bipartisan legislation to open up the use of clean, American-made renewable fuels that are available right now to replace banned Russian oil  — As gas prices hit all-time record highs, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) are calling on Pres. Joe

March 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Some Siouxland Ethanol Farmers in Favor of Carbon Capture Pipeline

by Dillon Adams (Siouxland Proud) One of Siouxland’s largest ethanol producers spoke on how much they would benefit from a carbon capture pipeline Friday. Siouxland Energy Cooperative set out on a mission to create high-quality biofuel more than two decades ago and now are looking to continue their success with help from

March 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Nova Pangaea, Aemetis, World Energy, Gevo, USA BioEnergy, Sherdar Australia Bio Refinery, DG Fuels, and Sweetwater Commercialization

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Nova Pangaea Technologies, the UK cleantech company at the heart of the drive to Net Zero, started the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for its first commercial plant in the UK. Aemetis, Gevo, USA BioEnergy, DG Fuels and others have also announced feedstock deals, loans,

March 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Ernst Presses Buttigieg on Admin Prioritizing EVs Over Clean Biofuel

by AJ Taylor (KIOW) At a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) hearing this morning, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) pressed Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, about the Biden administration’s concerning agenda in prioritizing electric vehicles (EV) over clean renewable fuels, stressing that their plan “will only

March 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Five Tips to Improve Winter Biodiesel Performance

by Bethany Baratta (Iowa Soybean Association) Dave Walton relies on biodiesel to power his tractors and machinery year-round. The farmer from Wilton likes biodiesel because of its dependability and increased lubricity. It’s also a homegrown product, made primarily from soybeans like those grown on his eastern Iowa farm. … Walton

March 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Biofuel Stakeholders Pack State Capitol Building to Support Biofuels Access Bill

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Biobased Diesel Daily) More than 200 biofuel advocates from around Iowa packed the State Capitol rotunda to show support for the Iowa Biofuels Access Bill. House File 2128 passed the Iowa House in February by a strong bipartisan vote of 82 to 10 and is now pending in

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Chevron Agrees to Acquire Renewable Energy Group in $3.15 Billion All-Cash Deal

(Renewable Energy Group/Biobased Diesel Daily) Chevron Corp. and Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced Feb. 28 a definitive agreement under which Chevron will acquire the outstanding shares of REG in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.15 billion, or $61.50 per share. The acquisition combines REG’s growing renewable fuels production and leading feedstock

February 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Ethanol Leader, Farmer Says Fuel Production Is More Sustainable than Years Ago

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News) Modern technology and practices are helping produce more with fewer inputs, and it’s not just in the farm field.  Dave Sovereign with Golden Grain Energy in Iowa says ethanol production practices have advanced dramatically since the plant opened in 2004. “Our efficiencies have changed so

February 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Platinum Crush Mulls Renewable Diesel Feedstock Deals with Oil Refiners, but May Forgo Option

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Platinum Crush LLC, a $350 million soybean-crush project under development in Buena Vista County, Iowa, is prepared to start moving dirt next month for its 38.5-million-bushel-per-year facility after receiving an award worth more than $10 million in tax abatements and incentives Feb. 18 from

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Midlands Voices: Carbon Capture Storage Will Provide Economic Boost to Rural America

by (Julius Schaaf) Omaha World-Herald) … Almost every business sector has green initiatives being put forward by industry leaders to tackle the changing environment. Lowering carbon emissions is a noble cause and one that would have a tremendous impact on leaving a better Earth to live for the next generation.

February 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Another 250M Gallons per Year: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to REG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here’s a look at how Renewable Energy Group’s biobased diesel compares to petroleum-diesel, their work with GoodFuels in marine shipping and Ruan in trucking, their planned expansions and additional capacity for renewable diesel, where they see sales of biodiesel and renewable diesel blends going, and

February 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Pipeline Plans See Pushback: Eminent Domain Debate Heats Up in Iowa as Carbon Pipeline Projects Stack Up

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) … An Iowa state senator’s bill would take away the companies’ ability to use eminent domain. The bill introduced by state Sen. Jeff Taylor, a Republican from northwest Iowa, would limit the use of eminent domain to public utilities and double the annual fee paid

February 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Other Voices: Remember Facts with Carbon Capture Projects

by Jeff Altena (Sioux City Journal)  … At Siouxland Energy, we chose to partner with Summit Carbon Solutions to decrease our carbon emissions and increase our member returns. Once our process is retrofitted with the needed infrastructure for carbon capture, our ultra-low carbon footprint allows us to compete in the

February 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets) Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, September 2021) provides a detailed analysis and outlook for low-carbon feedstock availability, and a feasibility assessment for technology commercialization pathways in sustainable aviation fuels and low-carbon renewable diesel production. INTRODUCTION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

$375M Soybean Crushing Plant to Be Built in Norfolk, Company Says

by Matt Olberding (Lincoln Journal Star) … “Soybean oil is one of the main feedstocks in biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel,” Ritzman said. “As more states continue to pass low-carbon fuel standards, these clean and drop-in alternative fuels are meeting a new demand.” Just since last fall, plans for

February 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Dioxide Pipelines Planned for Minnesota Fall into Regulatory Black Hole

by Mike Hughlett (Star Tribune)  … Right now, the CO2 pipelines don’t require approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). But the PUC in December opened a proceeding on whether it should change state regulations to deem CO2 pipelines as hazardous. The Minnesota Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, Commerce and

February 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa House Passes Bill Aimed at Expanding Biofuels Markets

(The Messenger/Associated Press) The Iowa House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that expands the biofuels market in Iowa by requiring gas stations to sell fuel with higher blends of ethanol unless they obtain an exemption because of inadequate equipment. The bill passed 81 to 10 with nine House members absent.

February 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Soybean Farmers, Biodiesel Producers Urge Action to Expand Biofuels Access

(Iowa Biodiesel Board/Biobased Diesel Daily) The Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Biodiesel Board are urging the passage of House File 2128, also known as the Governor’s Biofuel Access Bill. It would improve access to and incentivize the production of homegrown biodiesel in Iowa. “It’s time to act,” said ISA President Robb

February 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Gevo Begins Startup of Its Renewable Natural Gas Project in Northwest Iowa on Schedule

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) is pleased to announce today that it has begun the process of bringing its wholly owned dairy manure-based renewable natural gas (“RNG”) project online. Located in northwest Iowa, the project is known as Gevo NW Iowa RNG, LLC (“NW Iowa RNG”), and it is expected

February 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Gov. Kim Reynolds Renews Effort to Require Higher Ethanol Blends at Iowa Pumps

by Stephen Gruber-Miller (Des Moines Register) …  Fuel retailers like gas stations would be required to offer gasoline with 15% ethanol, known as E15, beginning in 2026. That would greatly expand the availability of E15, which is currently available in a fraction of Iowa’s gas stations and truck stops. But,

January 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Year-Round E15: There’s More than One Way to Peel a Banana

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Recognizing this, the governors of seven Midwest states sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan in early November seeking guidance from the agency on how best to pursue a specific—and little known—provision of the Clean Air Act that allows independent

January 27, 2022 Read Full Article

IRFA Summit Focuses on Policy, Future Market Opportunities

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, provided an overview of political and regulatory issues impacting the biofuels sector, stressing that Iowa’s biofuel industry is “fed up but fired up.” The industry entered 2021 with renewed optimism, he said. “Vaccines were

January 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Keep You Enemies Closer: Lawmakers Traditionally on Opposing Sides of the Renewable Fuels Standard Debated Joined Forces

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) Lawmakers traditionally on opposing sides of the Renewable Fuels Standard debate joined forces Monday in a letter to Biden. The letter, signed by 50 Republican lawmakers, opposes an executive order that Biden signed in December directing the federal government to procure 100 percent zero-emission vehicles

January 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Ag Group Wants Mandatory Use of Biofuels at All Iowa Pumps

by TOM (KIWA Radio) The head of Iowa’s largest agricultural organization is urging state lawmakers to reconsider a measure which would mandate the use of renewable fuels in Iowa that are produced in-state. Iowa Farm Bureau president Brent Johnson says the Iowa Biofuels Standard was narrowly defeated in the legislature in 2021.

January 25, 2022 Read Full Article

White House Will Recruit Rural Land for New Clean Energy Projects, Could It Create Too Much Competition for Land?

by Tyne Morgan (Farm Journal AgWeb) The Biden Administration is ramping up its efforts to deploy clean energy infrastructure across the country. The White House announced this week plans to utilize public lands and rural America for wind, solar and other clean energy projects, but admits it will be a balance to ensure

January 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Biodiesel Board Applauds Governor’s Call for Improving Statewide Access to B20

(Iowa Biodiesel Board) Kicking off the 2022 Iowa legislative session with her Condition of the State address on January 11, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a promising call for passing biofuels legislation this year. She said she is introducing new legislation that will improve access to both 20% biodiesel (B20) and 15%

January 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Wolf Carbon Solutions, ADM Announce Partnership to Advance Decarbonization of Ethanol Production

(ADM) Wolf Carbon Solutions US LLC (Wolf Carbon Solutions) and ADM (NYSE: ADM), a global leader in nutrition and agricultural origination and processing, today announced that they have signed a Letter of Intent paving the pathway toward further decarbonization of ADM’s footprint via construction of a pipeline – developed, owned and

January 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Department Of Energy Announces $13.4 Million Investment to Combat Plastic Waste and Reduce Emissions Across The Plastics Industry

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $13.4 million to seven projects for research and development of novel recycling processes and technologies that that will cut plastic waste and reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of single-use plastics at every stage of their lifecycle.   Single-use plastics – plastic bags, wraps, and films – are incredibly energy-intensive to make. In

January 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Important to Iowa

(The Messenger)  Keeping industry strong is a top priority — The evolving renewable fuels industries – ethanol and biodiesel – are important contributors to our state’s prosperity. A recent study conducted by ABF Economics, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, concludes that the state’s ethanol and biodiesel producers have a major impact.

January 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Negative Biofuels Can Build Soil and Rural Prosperity

by Chuck Hassebrook, David Laird and Jill Euken (The Gazette)  … That pathway is the Pyrolysis-Biochar-Bioenergy Platform, which produces biofuel and biochar by heating crop residue, grass, wood or other forms of biomass in the absence of oxygen. Biochar is a form of charcoal that lasts hundreds to thousands of years

January 10, 2022 Read Full Article

RFA: EPA Moving in Right Direction on RFS, but Must Reconsider Retroactive Cut to 2020 RVO

(Renewable Fuels Association) In a virtual hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed renewable volume obligations for 2020 through 2022, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper noted that EPA’s proposal marks “an important and long-awaited step toward restoring order, integrity and stability to the Renewable Fuel Standard program.”

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article
2022 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit   —   January 25, 2022   —   Des Moines, IA

2022 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit — January 25, 2022 — Des Moines, IA

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit is the Midwest’s largest biofuels policy conference! Drawing from over a dozen states, attendees represent every sector of the biofuels industry and beyond – including biofuels producers and supporters, policy experts, elected officials, and media. Register today to secure your spot at this can’t-miss event! The

January 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Largest Biofuels Producer Focuses on Sustainability

(POET/Farm Progress) A 40% increase in biofuel production capacity, an on-site solar farm, and a company roadmap to net carbon neutrality highlighted a year focused on sustainability for POET. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, POET is the largest biofuels producer in the world.  “Every person, every business has a responsibility to keep

December 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Shipley Expects Iowa Lawmakers to Discuss Ethanol Mandate

(Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network/KIWA Radio) The 2022 Iowa Legislative Session is just around the corner and state lawmakers are expected to reintroduce Governor Kim Reynolds’ proposed renewable fuel mandate that failed to pass the legislature last session. During the 2021 session, Governor Reynolds offered a bill that would require all gasoline

December 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Producer Bets on Camelina as Low-Carbon Feedstock

by Amy Mayer (Agri-Pulse) A minor oilseed may be poised to take on a larger role as climate-smart policies emphasize low carbon fuels and the soil health benefits of cover crops. Camelina is seen by some as a cover crop that recoups a farmer’s investment because it can be harvested instead

December 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Constellation Announces RNG Supply Agreement

(Constellation/Biomass Magazine) Constellation, a leading competitive energy and energy solutions provider, announced on Dec. 14 a 10-year agreement in which it will provide renewable natural gas (RNG) to American Natural Gas LLC to supply its compressed natural gas (CNG) stations nationwide. The deal is made possible through a separate long-term offtake

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Deere Pairs with Start-up to Swap Diesel for Ethanol in Its Engines

by Herb Trix (WVIK/Radio Iowa) Iowa’s largest manufacturing employer is partnering with a Chicago-area company to reduce harmful emissions from its equipment by replacing diesel fuel with ethanol. Quad Cities-based John Deere is working with ClearFlame Engine Technologies of Geneva, Illinois, where CEO B.J. Johnson says their initial work was on

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

In Defense of the Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline ‘Unprofitable Refineries Whine because Biofuels Take away Market Share,’ Writes Sen. Chuck Grassley

(Wall Street Journal)  As an avid reader of the Journal, I feel compelled to respond to the editorial board following last week’s release of renewable volume requirements by the Environmental Protection Agency (“Biden Raises the Ethanol Gas Tax,” Review & Outlook, Dec. 16). Gasoline needs an additive to help it

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Verbio Commences Operations at Iowa Biorefinery

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Verbio announced on Dec. 8 it has commenced production of renewable natural gas (RNG) at its biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa. The company acquired the former cellulosic ethanol plant from DuPont in 2018. The facility is producing RNG from corn straw using Verbio technology. “Our biorefinery plant

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Cummins High-Horsepower Diesel Generator Sets Approved for Use with HVO

(Cummins/Biobased Diesel Daily) Cummins Inc. announced Dec. 6 approval of its entire line of diesel generator sets for use with paraffinic fuels (EN 15940), including hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), when used in standby applications. This announcement comes as part of Cummins’ overall commitment to develop innovative solutions that enable decarbonization, and

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Construction to Start in 2022 on New Ethanol Plant near Mason City

by Mike Bunge (KIMT3) A new ethanol plant is planned for construction near Mason City.  New Energy Blue says the biomass refinery would be on a 155-acre site and convert 275,000 tons of cornstalks and wheat straw into 20 million gallons of ethanol and 95 tons of lignin, a solid biofuel and natural

December 13, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces $3.1 Million in HBIIP Awards

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The USDA on Dec. 3 awarded a combined $3.1 million to eight recipients under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Inventive Program. HBIIP aims to increase the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding renewable fuels infrastructure. The HBIIP awards were announced

December 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Hinson Says Bill Would Protect Ethanol Blends

by Dar Danielson (Radio Iowa) Iowa Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson says two Democrats are co-sponsoring a bill with her dealing with ethanol. “There are a lot of rumors circulating that the EPA might retroactively reduce the biofuels blending requirements for 2020. So, I felt it was imperative that we had to act,”

December 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Biologists Find Genetic Variation that Can Improve Ethanol Production

by Richard C. Lewis (Iowa Now) Single-celled fungus yeast is essential to humans, a linchpin in the production of bread, beer, wine, and biofuels, among many applications. Now, biologists at the University of Iowa have found that a new type of genetic variation in yeast can improve ethanol production. In a recent

December 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Summit Carbon Solutions Announces Significant Carbon Storage Project Milestones

(Summit Carbon Solutions/PR Newswire)  Summit Carbon Solutions is pleased to announce it has commenced drilling multiple stratigraphic test wells, a key milestone in its development of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project. The test wells and Summit’s permanent geologic storage sites are in North Dakota, where Summit has formed relationships

December 2, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Misses Statutory Deadline to Release Renewable Volume Obligations under RFS

by Mark Dorenkamp (1430WCMY)  The EPA will miss its statutory deadline of November 30th to release Renewable Volume Obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.  U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says not meeting the RVO compliance deadline for 2019 or 2020, as well as failing to release a proposal for 2021, is

December 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Plains Launches 2 Monarch Fueling Station Projects

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Green Plains Inc. announced plans to establish Monarch Fueling Stations on-site at their plants in Shenandoah and Superior. The site in Shenandoah is 1.75 acres and seeding is expected to take place in the spring of 2022.   “We’re happy to contribute to this statewide project,” said

November 30, 2021 Read Full Article

AGP Announces Soybean Processing Facility Expansion

(Ag Processing, Inc.) Ag Processing Inc a cooperative (AGP) announced its plan today to make a significant investment to expand the crush capacity of its soybean processing facility in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Chairman of the Board Lowell Wilson stated, “The project is aligned with our strategic plan of continued growth of

November 30, 2021 Read Full Article

What We Know about Two Carbon Capture Pipelines Proposed in Iowa

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  … Two companies — Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator CO2 Ventures — want to build pipelines that will be used to move carbon dioxide captured from ethanol, fertilizer and other agricultural industrial plants. The companies plan to use pressure to liquify the carbon dioxide, transport it and then

November 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Giant Pipeline in U.S. Midwest Tests Future of Carbon Capture

by Leah Douglas (Reuters) … The project, dubbed the Midwest Carbon Express, had ambitions to become the world’s largest carbon dioxide pipeline, moving climate-warming greenhouse gases from Midwest biofuels plants to North Dakota for permanent storage underground. … The 65-year-old is among dozens of landowners along the route who are

November 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Bill Targets Retroactive Changes to RVOs

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A bipartisan group of Midwestern lawmakers is taking aim at the potential for EPA to retroactively lower biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Reps. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced the Defend the Blend Act on Tuesday that would prevent the agency from

November 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Ashley Hinson: The Clear Case for Investing in Ethanol, Iowa’s Clean Energy Fuel Source

(Office of Representative Ashley Hinson (R-IA 1st) The Biden administration should respect current law and uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. — In just 10 months in Congress, I’ve seen my fair share of shattered promises and absurd policies in Washington. But the aggressive and unfounded attacks on

November 22, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Monte Shaw

“It is absolutely perplexing why the Biden EPA would delay and potentially plan to undermine the only federal law that is designed to reduce carbon emissions. To do so now, at a time of high gasoline prices, makes this action doubly confounding.”  — Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Company REG Is Helping Others Meet Sustainability Goals with Its Biofuel Innovations

(Renewable Energy Group/Ag Funder News) As companies and organizations around the world look to reduce their environmental footprint and meet sustainability goals, a growing number are leveraging custom-made renewable fuel solutions from Iowa-based companies. Renewable Energy Group (REG) in Ames, Iowa, is one such company providing innovative solutions to government and industry. It

November 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Refiners Relationship with Ethanol Continues to be Faithful

by Jenna Hoffman (AgWeb) BioUrja Ethanol Trading Manager Jordan Fife shared blending insights with AgriTalk’s host Chip Flory earlier this week. Fife says when you pull up to the pump, 10% ethanol blended fuel is going to be cheaper than straight gasoline, even if they’re both at the 87 percent octane. He

November 18, 2021 Read Full Article

House Hearing Focuses on Biofuels, the Renewable Economy

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit on Nov. 16 hosted a hearing on the renewable economy to help inform development of the next Farm Bill. The event featured testimony on the importance of biofuels, the Renewable Fuel Standard, year-round E15, and

November 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Axne Touts Biofuel Incentives: Congressman Cindy Axne Touted Tuesday How Agriculture Can Benefit in the Latest Federal Bill Proposed by Democrats Set to Be Debated Next Week.

by Jennifer Nichols (Atlantic News Telegraph)  … (Congressman Cindy) Axne, along with USDA’s Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small visited Elite Octane Tuesday morning, and said the bill includes $2 billion for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to provide grants to farmers and small

November 10, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Ethanol Maker Eyes Low-Carbon Sugar as Its ‘Moonshot’

by Kim Chipman (Bloomberg Green) …Shares of Green Plains Inc. rebounded to a seven-week high after the U.S. ethanol maker touted progress in its attempt to transform into a powerhouse of high-value ingredients made from corn. At the top of the list is so-called clean sugar technology, which involves making

November 5, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Applauds Midwest Governors for Proactively Pursuing Year-Round E15 Fix

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today thanked a bipartisan group of seven Midwestern governors for their efforts to explore what actions can be taken to allow the year-round sale of E15 in their states. In a letter sent to EPA Administrator Michael Regan today, the governors seek guidance from the agency

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: The Importance of Investing in Carbon Capture and Sequestration

by Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA-01) (Agri-Pulse) Iowa’s farmers have led the way in driving innovation and improving sustainability for generations. Just look at the evolution of corn production in Iowa and the growth of ethanol – an abundant, clean energy source that can be used to power America. Now, through new

November 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: Ahead of UN Climate Conference, Here’s Why Biden Must Embrace Biofuels

by By Rep. Randy Feenstra (Agri-Pulse)  … As gasoline prices skyrocket and President Biden and congressional Democrats are increasingly compelled to reduce carbon emissions, the facts paint a clear picture: Now is the time for Biden to embrace biofuels. Iowa leads the nation in biofuels production, and it is a critical

October 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Farmers Say Electric Vehicles, Biofuels Should Work Together

by Natasha Keicher (The Daily Iowan)  Some Iowa farmers say biofuels and electric vehicles shouldn’t be pitted against each other, and instead should work together to reduce emissions. … Steve Swenka, a farmer and rancher of Double G Angus Farms in Tiffin, Iowa, said car manufacturers changing to electric vehicle

October 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Thune, Farm-State Colleagues Renew Request to Advocate for Commonsense Biofuel Policy

(Office of Senator John Thune (R-SD)) “Biofuels are a readily available energy solution that deserve full consideration.” — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today led several of his colleagues in requesting a meeting with President Biden and representatives of his cabinet to

October 27, 2021 Read Full Article
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