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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 8, 2022

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

Dollars in the Dirt: Big Ag Pays Farmers for Control of their Soil-Bound Carbon

by Rod Nickel and Karl Plume (Reuters)  The biggest global agriculture companies are competing on a new front: enticing farmers to join programs that keep atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide in the soil. Fertilizer producers Nutrien Ltd (NTR.TO) and Yara (YAR.OL), agribusiness giant Cargill Inc (CARG.UL), and seed and chemical dealers Corteva Inc (CTVA.N) and Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) are

October 25, 2021 Read Full Article

ADM, Gevo Sign MoU to Produce up to 500M Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Gevo) ADM (NYSE: ADM), a global leader in nutrition and agricultural origination and processing, and Gevo, Inc., (NASDAQ: GEVO), a pioneer in transforming renewable energy into low carbon, energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons, announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

October 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Feenstra Introduces Legislation to Study Electric Vehicle Costs, Biojet Fuel

(Office of Congressman Randy Feenstra (R-IA-04))  “These proposals aim to help consumers and taxpayers save money while also bolstering demand for corn, soybeans, and biofuels produced in the 4th District.”  —  In an effort to expand uses for biofuels, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) has introduced the Comparison of Sustainable Transportation (COST)

October 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Op-ed on Ethanol Badly Missed the Mark

by Cassidy Walter (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Iowa City Press-Citizen)  … Apparently (Jane) Yoder-Short doesn’t know that the growth of ethanol over the last 30 years was driven by ethanol replacing lead and other nasty octane enhancers in our gasoline. And while someone using tobacco is hurting their health, using ethanol

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Navigator Approved to Proceed With Development and Construction of Heartland Greenway System in Midwest

(Navigator Ventures/PR Newswire) Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC (“Navigator”) announced today that as a result of commitments received during its binding open season, it has obtained the necessary board approvals to proceed with its proposed carbon capture pipeline system, the Heartland Greenway. Based upon the substantial market reception for the project, Navigator is

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Industry Pushes for ‘All-the-Above’ Approach

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  Things are looking up, but they are also very much up in the air when it comes to ethanol this year. While ethanol production facilities have benefited from an improved national economy as the U.S. emerges from the economic doldrums of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry experts

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: Iowans Want and Need Rep. Cindy Axne to Help Pass Infrastructure, Reconciliation Measures

by Paula Martinez (Iowa Labor News)  These bills represent a once-in-a-lifetime investment in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing crises of our failing roads and bridges, climate change, and low wages.  READ MORE Rep. Axne on Delayed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Vote: “All-At-Once or Nothing is No Way

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Infrastructure Efforts Keep Expanding

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Significantly increasing the use of low-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol follows along different tracks. Legislatively, for example, there’s the bipartisan Clean Fuels Vehicle Act of 2021, which would provide incentives for automakers to build more flex-fuel vehicles that can run on higher blends like

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $146M Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Letter: Pipeline Effort ‘Critical’ for Area Corn Producers

by Kelly Nieuwenhuis (NWestIowa.com)  … Carbon capture and storage projects like the one being proposed by Summit Carbon Solutions is one of the primary ways we can achieve that goal. This $4.5 billion private investment is a partnership with more than 30 ethanol plants including Siouxland Energy Cooperative where I serve

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Collaborates with Iowa State University on Hydrotreater Pilot Plant

(ACROFAN) The two organizations celebrated a ribbon cutting at the facility on October 4, 2021 — Ames-based biofuels producer, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) (NASDAQ: REGI), joined Iowa State University (ISU) at the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the start of a new

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Your Letters: Carbon Removal Could, in Fact, Bring Great Benefits

by Robert C. Brown, Lisa Schulte Moore, and Tannon Daugaard (Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute/Ames Tribune) The recent guest column by Darryl Siemer suggesting that carbon sequestration benefits “crumble on examination” is premised on an oversimplified representation of the Earth’s carbon cycle, equating carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels with that from

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article
    B100 Biodiesel Technology Showcase     —   October 21, 2021   —   ONLINE; Presentation Recording on YouTube

B100 Biodiesel Technology Showcase — October 21, 2021 — ONLINE; Presentation Recording on YouTube

Join us on October 21, 2021 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. EST for a B100 Biodiesel Technology Showcase demonstrating how fleets can reduce 95 percent of their scope one and two greenhouse gas emissions, cost effectively today, utilizing B100 in their vehicles.  The showcase will feature testimonials from fleet managers across the country who have implemented

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: Why I’ve Fought for Biofuels through Congress’ Infrastructure Debate

by Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA 3rd) (Agri-Pulse)  … Starting this spring, I made it my mission to help members of the Biden Administration, the Senate, and my own colleagues in the House understand the key advantages of biofuels – from the fact that it’s been proven to be more than

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE Biden Administration Mulls Big Cuts to Biofuel Mandates in Win for Oil Industry -Document

by Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is considering big cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending requirements, according to a document seen by Reuters, a move triggered by a broad decline in gasoline demand during the coronavirus pandemic. If adopted, the proposal would be

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Anaerobic Digester Resource Guide Now Available!

(EcoEngineers)  Guide gives Iowans a glimpse into emerging RNG industry and its opportunities  — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) have spent several years talking about and exploring biogas potential in the State of Iowa. Both groups remain committed to broadening Iowa’s renewable energy base, creating new job opportunities, and

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

IRFA Issues Open Letters to Sanders, Cruz on RFS, Ethanol

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on Aug. 27 issued open letters to Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The letter to Sanders urges him to rethink his support for the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act, while the letter to Cruz asks him to revisit his

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Feenstra Introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, on Aug. 24 introduced a bill that aims to establish a research, development and demonstration program for a commercially viable fuel cell system that uses biofuels as the main fuel source. The bill, titled the Biofuel Cell Research Act, or H.R.

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Repurposing Infrastructure Facilitates Food Waste Codigestion

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle Magazine)  The City of Muscatine, Iowa utilized ingenuity and existing infrastructure to transition its water pollution control plant into a Water & Resource Recovery Facility. — Jon Koch, Director of the City of Muscatine, Iowa Water & Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF), recalls that his path to

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

IUB Schedules Information Meetings Regarding Summit Carbon Pipeline

(Iowa Utilities Board)  Meetings to inform landowners about the proposed project —  On August 12, 2021, the Iowa Utilities Board issued a letter approving the locations, dates, and times for a series of public informational meetings to inform landowners about a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa by Summit Carbon Solutions, LLC. Summit

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Plains, Clean Sugar Tech, BioCampus: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may know Fluid Quip Technologies from their work in ethanol, corn wet milling and biochemical industry, but did you know they have a partnership with Green Plains, BlackRock and others? Get a look at their BioCampus, sugar market opportunities, an overview of their clean

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Buses Carry Cyclone, Hawkeye Football Teams

by Jerry Oster (WNAX/Radio Iowa) College football season opens in Iowa tomorrow (Saturday) and buses carrying two Iowa teams will also carry new branding. The Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Biodiesel Board are partnering with Windstar, the bus company that provides transportation for the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones. Iowa

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Watching Henry Ford’s Ethanol Vision Come to Life

by Mychal Wilmes (AgWeek) Some vehicle manufacturers in the 1920s favored adding lead to gasoline to increase octane and to reduce engine knocking. (Henry) Ford thought ethanol could do the same while also helping farmers. … In an interview with the New York Times in 1925, Ford said “the fuel

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Chicken and Cow Champions – Chevron, bp Dive into Poultry Poop and Dairy Doodoo for RNG

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) A double doozy came in the news with Chevron expanding their JV partnership with Brightmark on their dairy biomethane renewable natural gas work together, and then bp and Clean Bay Renewables’ new 15-year agreement where bp will buy RNG processed from poultry litter and sell

August 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Coproducts Revenue Rising

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) New benchmarking information points strongly toward a growing percentage of overall plant income streaming from ethanol’s ancillary outputs. Data from 65 participating facilities show revenue from coproducts averaged 27% of total plant revenue in Q1.  —  New data shows ethanol coproducts represent increasingly higher

August 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

(Emerging Markets Online)  New study! Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, August 2021) focuses on low-carbon feedstock availability, technology pathways for low carbon renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation production. Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) 2030  covers four key areas: 1) renewable diesel producer case studies

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Up and Towing with Biodiesel

by Steve Klein (Fuels Market News)  … While the job can be tough and challenging, Dustin Tapp, owner of the Ames-based company, wants to keep his fuel simple. He wants fuel that is readily available, cost-effective and performs well. He’s found all of that in biodiesel. “I’ve experienced the cost of my

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Pipelines Seek to Hit Net-Zero Ethanol– Carbon Pipelines Offer Ethanol Lower Carbon Footprints and Tax Credits

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)   After years of battles over oil pipelines, two companies are pitching carbon dioxide pipelines that would crisscross six states and combine to sink as much as 24 million metric tons of carbon emissions into geologic formations — if they can convince landowners and others their

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: The Sustainable-Energy Future Has Room for Biofuels as Well as Electric Vehicles

by Matt Russell and Robert Leonard (Fern’s Ag Insider) … The GOP has framed the shift Biden seeks as a zero-sum game, pitting ethanol and the petroleum industry against electric vehicles. If Biden and Democrats are for electric vehicles, their argument goes, they must be against biofuels. “President Biden’s short-sighted stance

August 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Biofuels Tour Makes New Stop at Verbio RNG Plant

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) Today (August 17, 2021) nearly 30 Congressional staffers visited the Verbio renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Nevada as part of the 12th Annual Iowa Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour – marking the first time RNG has been featured on the tour. “We are proud to showcase

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo to Sell Renewable Natural Gas to bp

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), is extremely pleased to announce today that its wholly-owned dairy manure-based renewable natural gas (“RNG”) project company located in northwest Iowa, Gevo NW Iowa RNG, LLC (“NW Iowa RNG”), has signed binding, definitive agreements with BP Canada Energy Marketing Corp. and BP Products North America Inc.

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

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

by Mike Bunge (KIMT) 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 binder. “Our Iowa project can keep one million tons of

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Amendment Holds Slow Senate Infrastructure Bill’s Progress: Delays May Push Debate into the Weekend, Frustrating Hopes to Finish This Week

by Jessica Wehrman, Lindsey McPherson, and Joseph Morton (Roll Call) … The bill already includes language requiring a study on the “cradle to grave environmental impact” of electric vehicles. But Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, wants tighter language and has an amendment to require a study on the “emissions of the full lifecycle of

August 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Grassley Says Electric over Ethanol Vehicles a Climate Religion for Many in Infrastructure Bill

(National Association of Farm Bureaus/NewsDakota.com)  A Midwest Senator claims the pending infrastructure bill’s heavy emphasis on electric over ethanol-powered vehicles has several root causes, ranging from climate change to ethanol’s continued reliance on blending with gasoline. Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley was asked why the big imbalance in the pending Senate infrastructure

August 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Axne Wants More Biofuels, Broadband Funding in Infrastructure Compromise

by Katie Akin (Iowa Capital Dispatch)  U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne said Tuesday that passing an infrastructure proposal without biofuels funding would be “short-sighted.”  A bipartisan group of senators came to a compromise proposal last week on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal. The deal includes $550 billion in new spending, but

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Board Launches RFS Ad Campaign

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) The National Biodiesel Board launched an ad campaign calling on President Biden to maintain his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ads will air on more than 200 radio stations in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin on the Brownfield Ag News Network. “As

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Burying CO2 Deep in ND’s Geology May Combat Climate Change. Is It Financially Feasible?

by Adam Willis (Forum News Service/Twin Cities Pioneer Press) For some of North Dakota’s legacy industries, like coal power, the future could depend on the capacity of companies to deliver on bold promises around carbon capture. The pricey and so far sparsely used technology has nonetheless elevated the ambitions of North

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Vilsack Speech in Iowa Launches U.S. Grains Council Hybrid Summer Meeting

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) brought members together in person Wednesday for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, launching its summer annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, and online through a virtual meeting platform. Joining for his first in-person meeting since taking on his role

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

North Dakota Carbon-Capture Pipelines Offer Climate Aid; Activists Wary

by Stephen Groves (Associated Press) Two companies seeking to build thousands of miles of pipeline across the Midwest are promising the effort will aid rather than hinder the fight against climate change, though some environmental groups remain skeptical. The pipelines would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois, potentially transforming the Corn

July 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Connector: The Summit Carbon Solutions’ Pipeline

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Summit Carbon Solutions’ pipeline, a visionary multi-billion dollar project in the making representing about 15% of the U.S. ethanol industry, will allow producers to permanently sequester their carbon dioxide and cut their CI scores in half. Stretching across five states and collecting carbon

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol to Electrons: Beyond Transportation Fuel, Ethanol Could Contribute to Greener Electricity.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond transportation fuel, ethanol could contribute to greener electricity. From large-scale power generation to support the grid to small and decentralized applications that provide renewable energy for remote electric vehicle charging. Electrification may just be part of ethanol’s future—and not necessarily in competition

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Frontline BioEnergy Delivers Plant Modules to Stine Seed Farms in Joint Pyrolysis Project

(Frontline Bioenergy)  On June 8th, Frontline BioEnergy delivered the final module of the Stine pyrolysis plant to the project site in Redfield, Iowa. The Stine pyrolysis project, a collaboration between Stine Seed Farms and Frontline BioEnergy, will transform biomass into biochar and bio-oil. Frontline took the project from conception through detailed

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Setting the Record Straight on Renewable Fuels

(Office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-I)) Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Setting the Record Straight on Renewable Fuels  — Many bills that get introduced in the Senate won’t go anywhere. They are simply messaging documents. I usually do not care to comment on these bills. It simply isn’t

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Manchester United Teams Up with Renewable Energy Group to Create a More Sustainable Future

(Renewable Energy Group/Manchester United/Business Wire) Manchester United (NYSE:MANU) has reinforced its commitment to environmental sustainability through a global partnership with Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI), a leading producer of renewable fuels, with a shared mission to tackle climate change and create a cleaner world. Dedicated to providing high-quality and easy-to-use

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

New Energy Freedom Refinery to Produce Carbon-Negative Fuel from America’s Ag Wastes

(New Energy Blue/PR Newswire) New Energy Blue announced its planned construction in Iowa of a biomass refinery designed to produce renewable carbon-negative automotive fuel, which replaces gasoline. “Our Iowa project can keep one million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year–like taking 200,000 cars off the road,” says Thomas Corle,

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers Captured, Stored Carbon before It Was Cool, Industry Learder Says: Farmers and Ethanol Plants Can Benefit from Reducing Carbon Use.

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … After years of research into the data about farming’s contribution to carbon emissions, that’s the conclusion reached by Ron Alverson, a South Dakota corn farmer and ethanol plant director, who spoke Wednesday at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW), which wraps up today at

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Infrastructure Can Support Iowa, Save Planet, Says Axne

Cindy Axne (D-IA-3rd) Key funding would help reduce carbon emissions and reliance on foreign energy while investing in Iowa’s rural communities  — Investments in biofuels infrastructure represent the best of all worlds as we chart a path to an energy economy that allows us to reduce carbon emissions and be less

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Congressman Becoming “Very Concerned” about EPA’s Regan

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  Iowa Republican Randy Feenstra tells Brownfield he had a great conversation with Administrator Michael Regan a few weeks back when Regan visited his district. … Feenstra is also worried about biofuels under Regan’s watch. “When he talks, it’s always about having renewable fuels for

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Bill Aims to Clarify Congressional Intent on ‘Extension’ of SREs

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) Reps. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on July 2 introduced the Small Refinery Exemption Clarification Act of 2021, a bill that aims to clarify the definition of “extension” in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 25 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). The

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Rep. Axne Proposes Bipartisan Tax Credit to Expand Use of Low-Carbon Renewable Fuels, Incentivize Higher Blends of Biofuel

(Office of Rep. Cindy Axne (R-IA-03) The Low Carbon Biofuel Credit Act was introduced today with Rep. Adrian Smith, Senators Klobuchar and Thune  —  Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand the use of low-carbon renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a new

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Urge President Biden to Keep Biofuels Promises

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A group of six U.S. senators, led by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), are holding President Biden accountable for the promises he made on the campaign trail to support biofuels producers and farmers in light of recent reports about his consideration of favors to the oil industry. In a letter,

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Cindy Axne

“Over the past few months, I’ve spoken to many of my colleagues here in Congress about the immediate impact that biofuels could have in the fight to lower carbon emissions.  … I will have strong reservations about supporting infrastructure legislation that reaches the House if there is not also a

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Axne Urges Lawmakers to Address Biofuels in Infrastructure Bill

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, is encouraging House and Senate leadership to include provisions to help increase the use and production of biofuels in the final language of the upcoming infrastructure legislation. Axne on June 25 sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Big Day on The Hill

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) will unveil a package of bills today with two of her Republican colleagues to boost biofuels infrastructure. Klobuchar and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) will introduce the Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Expansion Act of 2021 to provide grants for activities that expand the

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article
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