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Richfield Drivers Win with E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up yesterday to educate drivers on the benefits of using Unleaded Plus (E15) during an hour-long promotion at a Winner station in Richfield. Drivers who fueled up with E15 during the promotion were rewarded with prizes such as

October 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Triton High School Tours Al-Corn Clean Fuel

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Seventeen students from Dodge Center’s Triton High School toured Al-Corn Clean Fuel yesterday to learn about ethanol production.  During the tour, the students, from grades 11 and 12, learned about several components of the ethanol production process including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain

October 15, 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

E15 Rewards For Golden Valley Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up on Sept 29 to educate drivers on the benefits of using E15 during an hour-long promotion at a Winner station in Golden Valley.  Drivers who fueled up with E15 during the promotion were rewarded with prizes such

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Governor Walz Announces Pathway to Reduce Impact of Transportation on Climate

(Office of Governor of Minnesota) Governor Tim Walz directed state agencies to explore ways to reduce climate change impacts from transportation fuels. Led by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Transportation, the process will engage a broad cross-section of stakeholders statewide to identify shared goals and opportunities that

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Senator Promotes Precision Ag Loan Bill

(AgNewsWire) U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced bipartisan legislation to create a program within USDA to provide loan financing to farmers and ranchers interested in purchasing precision agriculture equipment. Sen. Fischer spoke on the Senate floor Monday about the Precision Agriculture Loan (PAL) Act, highlighting the importance of

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota State University Students Tour Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Ten students from Minnesota State University, Mankato toured Guardian Energy yesterday to learn about ethanol production.  During the tour, the students learned about several components of the ethanol production process including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, ethanol storage and shipment.

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PRESENTERS:  Carbon Capture and Storage Summit   —   June 13, 2022   —   Minneapolis, MN    DEADLINE:  February 11, 2022

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Carbon Capture and Storage Summit — June 13, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: February 11, 2022

Capturing and storing carbon dioxide in underground wells has the potential to become the most consequential technological deployment in the history of the broader biofuels industry. Deploying effective carbon capture and storage at biofuels plants will cement ethanol and biodiesel as the lowest carbon liquid fuels commercially available in the

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article
    Carbon Capture & Storage Summit    —   June 13, 2022   —   Minneapolis, MN

Carbon Capture & Storage Summit — June 13, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN

Capturing and storing carbon dioxide in underground wells has the potential to become the most consequential technological deployment in the history of the broader biofuels industry. Deploying effective carbon capture and storage at biofuels plants will cement ethanol and biodiesel as the lowest carbon liquid fuels commercially available in the

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Summit  —   June 13-15, 2022   —   Minneapolis, MN      DEADLINE:  February 11, 2022

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Summit — June 13-15, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: February 11, 2022

The Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Summit is a forum designed for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers to learn about cutting-edge process technologies, new techniques and equipment to optimize existing production, and efficiencies to save money while increasing throughput and fuel quality. Produced by Biodiesel Magazine, this world-class event features premium

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article
    Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Summit  —   June 13-15, 2022   —   Minneapolis, MN

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Summit — June 13-15, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN

The Biodiesel & Renewable Diesel Summit is a forum designed for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers to learn about cutting-edge process technologies, new techniques and equipment to optimize existing production, and efficiencies to save money while increasing throughput and fuel quality. Produced by Biodiesel Magazine, this world-class event features premium

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS  Fuel Ethanol Expo & Workshop (FEW) — June 13-15, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN     DEADLINE:  February 11, 2022

CALL FOR SPEAKERS Fuel Ethanol Expo & Workshop (FEW) — June 13-15, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: February 11, 2022

Presentation abstracts will be accepted for the 2022 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo through February 11, 2022. Abstracts may be submitted in any of the following areas: Production and Operations Leadership and Financial Management Coproducts and Product Diversification Infrastructure and Market Development Carbon Capture and Storage Ethanol 101 Seminar (preconference) Now

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article
    Fuel Ethanol Expo & Workshop (FEW)   —   June 13-15, 2022   —   Minneapolis, MN

Fuel Ethanol Expo & Workshop (FEW) — June 13-15, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN

Now in its 37th year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the world—and the only event powered by Ethanol Producer Magazine. From its inception, the mission of

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

White Bear Lake Drivers Win with E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up on Sept 15 to educate drivers on a the benefits of using E15 during an hour-long promotion at a Holiday station in White Bear Lake.  Drivers who fueled up with E15 during the promotion were rewarded with

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

There at the Beginning: Randy Doyal

(Renewable Fuels Association)  … From cooking he eventually moved to distilling and then, when the second plant opened, he was on the startup crew. When the third plant was built, that was his to manage. The company was Mountain Development Corp. A short time later, Doyal learned of another, much

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

CHS Expands Soybean Oil Refining Capacity at Mankato Processing Plant: Renovation Driven by Strong Global Demand in Food and Energy Markets

(CHS)  CHS Inc., the nation’s leading agribusiness cooperative, today announced a major soybean refinery expansion and renovation project at the CHS Mankato, Minn., soybean processing plant, driven by global oil demand. The more than $60 million project is the second phase of CHS investments to capitalize on changing market dynamics and

September 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste to Acquire US Based Agri Trading to Strengthen Its Renewable Raw Material Trading and Sourcing to Serve Increasing Customer Demand for Renewable and Circular Solutions

(Neste)  Neste has agreed to acquire 100% of Agri Trading, one of the largest independent renewable waste and residue fat and oil traders in the United States, and its affiliate entities.The transaction is subject to the completion of customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. “This agreement supports our renewables growth strategy and

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Plans for Hydrocarbon-Process Pilot Unit at Luverne Facility

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), announced that it plans to install an alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process pilot unit at its facility located in Luverne, Minnesota (the “Luverne Facility”). The pilot unit is being designed to produce market development quantities of sustainable aviation fuel (“SAF”), renewable premium gasoline, other renewable fuel products, as well

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Pennycress 2.0 – Improved Oil, Protein: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bunge, REG and Bayer helped CoverCress raise a total of $22 million including $8 million in Series B in 2021. What does that mean for this low carbon cash cover crop and for growers? What is their commercial track? How are the harvest and oil

September 2, 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

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

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

Minnesota Lawmakers Look to Low-Carbon Fuel Standards as a Way to Address Transportation Emissions

by Walker Orenstein (MinnPost)  Unlike the Clean Cars regulations — a controversial mandate from Gov. Tim Walz’s administration — the low-carbon fuel standard is noteworthy for its broader political support. — Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol: “Since California enacted the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in 2011,

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Net-Zero Renewables: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you imagine 100% reduction in GHG emissions? Where 100% of agricultural feedstock nutritional value is returned to the food chain? Check out this illuminating slide guide highlighting Gevo’s Cradle to Cradle Lifecycle actions and plans for transportation fuels and net-zero products.   READ MORE Learn

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Colorado-Based Biofuel Maker Eyes Faster Growth Due to Booming Demand

by Greg Avery (Denver Business Journal) Its first corn-to-fuel production is three years away, and customers want more — a lot more, the CEO says.  READ MORE Biofuel maker Gevo’s shares soar Tuesday (Denver Business Journal) Gevo publishes IMPACT sustainability report (Biofuels International)   Excerpt from Denver Business Journal:  Perhaps

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo Reopens Luverne Plant after 15-Month Shutdown to Make Jet Fuel Ingredient

by Mike Hughlett (tar Tribune)  The company will continue make the corn-derived ingredient for jet fuel, but has ended ethanol production. — Gevo reopened its Luverne, Minn., biofuel plant this week after a 15-month shutdown, though it will focus only on aviation fuel, nixing ethanol production. Englewood, Colo.-based Gevo closed the

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Clay Norrbom Tells Us All about Their Groundbreaking Wind + Biofuels Project in Albert Lea, MN

 (Clean Energy Economy MN)  … For the past three years, maybe longer, we’ve been working with REG on a corporate level to identify where there are opportunities to build onsite renewable energy projects at their biodiesel production facilities. We are finding the best ways to lower their carbon intensity in a

August 5, 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

E15 Rewards For New Hope Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up on July 28 to educate drivers on a the benefits of using Unleaded 88 (E15) during an hour-long promotion at a Holiday in New Hope.  Drivers who fueled up with E15 during the promotion were rewarded with

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article
    Upcoming Fuel Promotions in Minnesota   —   August and September   —   Various Locations

Upcoming Fuel Promotions in Minnesota — August and September — Various Locations

(Minnesota Clean Cities) A series of fuel promotions took place in June and July in the cities of Little Falls, Litchfield, and Trimont. These events featured discounts on low- and high-level ethanol fuel blends, with $0.85 off each gallon of E85 fuel. At Trimont Town Center, 483 gallons of E85

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
    American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Annual Conference   —   August 18-20, 2021   —   Minneapolis, MN

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Annual Conference — August 18-20, 2021 — Minneapolis, MN

ACE Conference to Cover Role Higher Ethanol Blends Can Play in Decarbonizing U.S. Transportation Sector (Grainnet) This year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual conference Aug. 18-20 in Minneapolis offers a collection of general sessions that address the industry’s most timely topics, including a presentation from University of Illinois at Chicago’s Dr. Steffen Mueller, Principal Economist

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Its Time to Make Long-Lasting and Transformative Investments in Biofuels

by Representative Angie Craig (D-MN 2nd) (The Hill)  … I’m a supporter of biofuels. Biofuels offer predictability for farmers, drive economic growth and investment in rural America and decrease the carbon intensity of our transportation sector. These benefits are why I am pushing for immediate policy and budget changes to

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota Is Officially the First Clean Car State in the Midwest

(Sierra Club)  Governor Walz announced that Minnesota’s clean car standards have been filed in the state register, marking the end of the rulemaking process and making Minnesota the 15th clean car state in the nation, in addition to the District of Columbia, and the first in the Midwest. The standards

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

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 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Governors Ask Biden Administration to Expand the Market for Higher-Octane Gasoline in New Fuel Economy Rule

(Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  High-Octane Ethanol Should Replace Carcinogenic Gasoline Aromatics   — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sent a letter to the Biden Administration pointing out the role that higher-octane ethanol could play in meeting the Administration’s climate and public health goals. Governor Walz is the chair and Governor

July 23, 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

St Paul Drivers Win With E15

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM rewarded drivers who fueled up with E15 (Unleaded 88) at the Highland Service Minnoco station in St Paul during an hour-long promotion on July 14. “Using E15 benefits the environment, strengthens Minnesota’s economy and makes us more energy independent,”

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Representataives Angie Craig, Adrian Smith Lead Bipartisan Effort from Congressional Biofuels Caucus in Introducing Legislation to Allow Year-Round E15 Sales

(Office of U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN 2nd)  Craig and Smith’s Legislation has been endorsed by Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the National Corn Growers Association  —  Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) led Co-Chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in introducing the Year-Round Fuel Choice

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

California’s LCFS Is Successfully Proliferating. Is It Also Successfully Decarbonizing Transport?

by Kendra Seymour (Stillwater Associates) As explained in our LCFS 101 Beginner’s Guide and LCFS 101 Update articles, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) by reducing the average carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels that are used in California. Overall program compliance is generally achieved through the

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Tours Hormel Institute

by Mike Stoll (Austin Daily Herald)  … During the tour, Klobuchar (Senatory Amy Klobuchar D-MN) learned of the Institute’s research into the role biofuels play in reducing the risk of cancer. A recent study, which was a collaboration between The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, and the Energy Resources Center, University

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

With Assistance, Agriculture Can Help with Climate Change

by Collin Peterson (Minneapolis Star Tribune/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  …  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), agriculture accounts for just 10% of U.S. CO2 emissions, with livestock accounting for just 4%. On a net basis, agriculture and forestry actually eliminate more emissions than they produce, removing some 729 million metric tons

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Microbes in Cow Stomachs Can Help Recycle Plastic

by Nicoletta Lanese (Live Science) Microbes fished from the stomachs of cows can gobble up certain kinds of plastic, including the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in soda bottles, food packaging and synthetic fabrics. Scientists uncovered these microbes in liquid that was drawn from the rumen, the largest compartment of a ruminant’s stomach;

July 6, 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

E15 Rewards For Plymouth Drivers

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and KS95 FM teamed up yesterday (June 23) to reward drivers who fueled up with Unleaded 88 (E15) at a Holiday station in Plymouth during an hour-long promotion. “It was great to be out once again with our friends at KS95 to

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota Bill Would Allocate $6M to Biofuel Infrastructure

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Minnesota House of Representatives on June 19 voted 112 to 20 to pass an omnibus agriculture bill that includes $6 million to support the development of biofuel infrastructure to supply E15 blends of fuel. The bill aims to allocate $3 million in 2022 and

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Skor Highlights Biofuels’ Ability to Drive Economic Growth at Senate Subcommittee Hearing

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor participated in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy hearing titled “Renewable Energy – Growth and Opportunities for our Rural Economies”. In the hearing, Skor spoke on biofuels’ ability to drive economic growth using data from a

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE Farm Belt Lawmakers Push for Biofuel Investment and Tax Credits in New Bills

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters/AgWeb) Billions of dollars in federal investments and tax credits to boost demand for U.S. biofuels will be part of two bills that Democratic lawmakers will introduce to the U.S. Congress, two sources familiar with the plans said.  Congress members from rural states will introduce bills in coming

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting It Renewable Ready

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine)  As renewable diesel producers source an array of low-quality, low-carbon inputs, they’re tapping biodiesel’s seasoned pretreatment technology providers for customized feedstock preparation solutions, both on and offsite. From used cooking oil (UCO) and distillers corn oil (DCO) to tallow and choice white grease, these low-CI—and

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Readers Write: Border-to-Border Route, Ethanol, Electric Vehicles

by Jim O’Connor and Tim Waibel (Star Tribune) ETHANOL: Products change, but corn endures — A recent commentary (“Life after ethanol: Are we prepared?” Opinion Exchange, June 6) suggests a near future with limited ethanol demand due to “unprecedented acceptance of electric vehicles” and diminished market options for our state’s corn farmers

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Former Owner of Buffalo Lake Biofuels Charged with Felony Theft

by Tom Cherveny (West Central Tribune) A criminal complaint alleges that the former owner of the defunct Buffalo Lake Biofuels site in Buffalo Lake directed the removal and sale of four transformers at the site owned by the McLeod Power Cooperative. The protracted cleanup of the defunct Buffalo Lake Biofuels site in

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Navigator Announces Momentum Building Larger Carbon Capture Project

(Navigator CO2 Ventures/CISION) Successful non-binding open season of Midwest carbon capture and sequestration project complete; pipeline project would benefit agricultural, liquid fuels and other industrial emission sources —  Navigator CO2 Ventures (“Navigator”) announced today the successful conclusion of the non-binding open season of its carbon capture pipeline system (“CCS”). The proposed

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Jeanne McCaherty’s Testimony to MN House Conference Committee on the Future Fuels Act

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) …  Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy and board member of MN Bio-Fuels, testified in support of the Future Fuels Act to the Minnesota House Conference Committee.  Here’s her testimony in full: … Specifically, we have discussed strategies that can harness the power of our region’s rich agricultural,

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Erasing Emissions: Minnesota Soybean Showcases Biodiesel’s ‘Heroic’ Environmental Impact

(Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council/KROX) Over the course of two decades, biodiesel has proven to be nothing short of heroic in helping to clean Minnesota’s air. Starting this week, the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotional Council (MSR&PC) is debuting a super-powered campaign that highlights the wonder of biodiesel. For

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Worthington High School Students Learn About Ethanol Production

(Minnesota Bi0-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Highwater Ethanol hosted a virtual plant visit for 11 students from Worthington High School on May 6.  During the virtual plant visit, the students were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on the ethanol industry, and shown videos

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

More Research to Back the Bills: University of Nebraska Researchers Have Proven E30 Is Safe

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) University of Nebraska Researchers have proven E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles. The findings could bolster the push for state- and federal-level low-carbon fuel legislation.  —  Two researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are eager to continue sharing their results

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Invests $35 Million to Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (May 14, 2021) announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities, and labs across nine states and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota ‘Clean Cars’ Rules May Move forward, Administrative Law Judge Says

by Greg Stanley (Star Tribune)  Judge says governor can bypass GOP opposition. — More electric vehicles could soon be for sale on Minnesota car lots after an administrative law judge ruled Friday that the Walz administration can set new emissions standards without the OK of lawmakers. The ruling by Judge Jessica

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol: Minnesota’s Future Fuels Act Legislation Is Model For Clean Fuel Policy Everywhere

(American Coalitin for Ethanol/GrainNet)  Legislation designed to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuel in the state of Minnesota, the Future Fuels Act, was introduced this legislative session. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings reiterated ACE’s support for the bill as ethanol producers shared why passage of the bill would

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Total Cray Valley and Gevo to Further Scale Up Development of Renewable Isoamylene from Fusel Oil

(Gevo) Total Cray Valley and Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today the successful completion of phase 1 of their Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to upgrade fusel oils into renewable isoamylene. The companies are now seeking to advance to Phase 2 of the JDA, which will allow for scale up of Gevo’s

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota’s First Biomethane Plant Will Produce Low-Carbon Vehicle Fuel

(OPAL Fuels) OPAL Fuels LLC, previously known as Fortistar RNG and TruStar Energy, and NextEra Energy Marketing, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC will build the first renewable natural gas production facility in Minnesota. The project will be located at a landfill owned by Republic Services, Inc. and

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article
    Export Exchange 2022   —   October 12-14, 2022   —   Minneapolis, MN

Export Exchange 2022 — October 12-14, 2022 — Minneapolis, MN

The biennial event is co-sponsored by the US Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy and they are planning to host the event next year Oct. 12-14, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. “COVID dictated we cancel Export Exchange in 2020, and sadly, we have officially canceled

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

OPAL, NextEra Energy Building Minnesota’s First RNG Production Facility

by Michael Bates (NGT News) OPAL Fuels LLC and NextEra Energy Marketing LLC have unveiled plans to build the first landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) production facility in Minnesota.  The project will be located at a landfill owned by Republic Services Inc. and interconnect with a pipeline owned by Xcel Energy Inc. “Our agreement with NextEra Energy

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) today celebrates 10 years of representing Minnesota’s ethanol industry. “We are very happy to reach an important milestone in celebrating our 10-Year anniversary as an organization in Minnesota. MN Bio-Fuels was formed to represent Minnesota’s ethanol and other renewable fuel producers. We

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

4 Years of B20 Biodiesel in Minnesota

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) This month, Minnesota entered the fourth year of its groundbreaking B20 biodiesel fuel standard, which requires No. 2 diesel fuel sold in the state to contain 20 percent biodiesel during the warmer months of April through September. In the colder months of October through March,

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota Corn Commits $1 Million to Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association)  The Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council (MCR&PC) and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced a commitment of $1 million to a future state biofuels infrastructure grant program today. The program, to be administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, would expand access to higher blends of

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Governor Walz Visits New Hope to Push for Biofuels Legislation

by Delane Cleveland  (CCX Media) … Now Governor Walz is looking to help the ethanol producers by urging state lawmakers to pass new grant funding to help gas stations dispense a wider variety of ethanol blends. In the process, the governor says it would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions “It’s

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Data Collection Project to Help Farmers Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Leslie Reed (University of Nebraska–Lincoln/Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute/Nebraska Today) University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers affiliated with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute have received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better quantify carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions connected with corn production

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Low-carbon, drop-in fuels with a pathway to “net zero” is what Gevo is all about. Capturing renewable energy and transforming it into energy dense, liquid hydrocarbons that can be drop-in fuels is a game changer, especially with net zero GHG footprint. How they do it,

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, CVEC Host Virtual Plant Tour For Ridgewater College Students

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) hosted a virtual plant visit for 20 students from Ridgewater College on April 1.  During the plant visit, the students, from the college’s Animal Nutrition class, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Groups, States File Amicus Briefs in SCOTUS SRE Case

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Advanced Biofuels Association, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the National Biodiesel Board and a group of eight states on March 31 filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to affirm the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Brian Ross

“Holy moly. How on Earth are you going to get people not coming with pitchforks and tar to these siting meetings?” Brian Ross, a vice president at the St. Paul, Minn.-based Great Plains Institute upon reviewing a map representing the required renewable power growth for an “electrify everything” future. Quoted

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Feedstock Development, Production, Management: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA’s Feedstock Innovations

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From switchgrass, sorghum or sugarcane, feedstock development, genomics, and crops improvement abound with USDA’s help at the Biomass Research Center. Rob Mitchell, Research Leader and Research Agronomist at USDA ARS, shares all about the latest ethanol and biofuel feedstock innovations in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden’s Dilemma: Land for Renewables

by Peter Behr and Jeffrey Tomich (E&E News) Picture an area of land equal to the combined territories of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. That’s the space that could be required to site the massive deployments of renewables needed to fulfill President Biden’s clean energy

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Two States Tax Some Drivers by the Mile. Many More Want to Give It a Try.

by Ian Duncan (Washington Post)  … Widespread production of hydrogen-powered cars has not come to pass, but GM is eyeing an all-electric fleet by 2035 with the backing of the Biden administration. That has lawmakers in state capitals across the country and in Washington increasingly confronting the question that troubled Starr

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Group Reports Milestone in Tracking the Benefits of Renewable Gas Investments

by Frank Jossi (Energy News Network)  A company that tracks renewable energy transactions announced its first exchange involving its new thermal energy certificates. A company whose platform helps track renewable electricity transactions says it’s achieved an important milestone in developing a similar market for renewable natural gas and hydrogen. M-RETS,

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Valero and BlackRock Partner with Navigator to Announce Large-Scale Carbon Capture and Storage Project

(BusinessWire)  Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, “Valero”) and BlackRock Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Fund III announced today (March 16, 2021) that they are partnering with Navigator Energy Services (“Navigator”) to develop an industrial scale carbon capture pipeline system (“CCS”). The initial phase is expected to span more than 1,200 miles

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Amp Americas Brings Fourth RNG Production Facility Online

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Amp Americas, a company that specializes in renewable transportation fuel, says its fourth biogas facility producing renewable natural gas (RNG) from dairy waste is now operational and has begun delivering RNG into the Alliance natural gas pipeline to be used as transportation fuel.  Located in Morris, Minn., near

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Broad Coalition Supports MN Clean Fuels Standard

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) A broad coalition representing automakers, biofuel producers, farmers, electric vehicles, and conservation advocates is endorsing new legislation that would implement a clean fuels standard statewide in Minnesota, which would be the first for a Midwestern state. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) are both members

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Tobacco Had to Pay $206B. Is Big Oil Next?

by Maxine Joselow (E&E News) In 2006, a federal judge issued a scathing ruling that would reverberate across the country. “Over the course of more than 50 years, Defendants lied, misrepresented and deceived the American public,” Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote in a

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, CVEC Host Virtual Plant Visits For Benson High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) hosted virtual plant visits for two classes at Benson High School on March 4.  During the plant visits, the students, from grades 9 to 12, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Triton High School Students Learn about Ethanol Production

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Al-Corn Clean Fuel hosted two virtual plant visits for students from Triton High School last week.  During both virtual visits, the students, from grades 11 and 12, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on the ethanol industry

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Company Plans to Capture Midwest Ethanol Plants’ Carbon Dioxide, Store It Underground

by Katie Piekes (National Public Radio/Harvest Public Media) A new business in Iowa wants to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from ethanol plants. It would pave the way for biorefineries in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas to deliver carbon-neutral fuel to the market. Summit Carbon Solutions, a business platform

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel, Not Electric, Buses May Join Metro Transit Fleet

by Janet Moore (Star Tribune)  … A proposal to spend $122 million for 143 new biodiesel buses will be considered by the Metropolitan Council next week. The deal represents about 15% of Metro Transit’s fleet of 900 buses. This has exasperated many groups that applauded Metro Transit’s commitment to electric buses

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

More States Follow California’s Lead on Vehicle Emissions Standards

by Rachel Frazin (The Hill) An increasing number of states are looking to follow the precedent set by California and adopt stricter vehicle emissions standards as the Biden administration appears poised to green light those efforts. The Virginia legislature this past week passed legislation to toughen its emission rules, and similar

March 1, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, Heartland Corn Products Host Virtual Plant Visit for Central High School Students

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Heartland Corn Products hosted a virtual plant visit for 11 students from Central High School in Norwood Young America on Feb 23. The students, from grades 10 to 12, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on the

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

4 More States Propose Harsh New Penalties for Protesting Fossil Fuels

by Alexander C. Kaufman (Huffington Post)  Industry-designed bills to silence climate protests are under consideration in Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota and Montana. More are likely to come. …  (Dawn) Goodwin was at this river crossing near Palisade, Minnesota, to protest the construction of the energy company Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, a

February 22, 2021 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol Shares E15 Equipment Compatibility Expertise During Virtual Hearing

(Grainnet) In testimony presented during a virtual Minnesota Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy Committee hearing on S.F. 944, American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty used his fuel retailing experience and expertise to share insights on E15 equipment compatibility with existing infrastructure. The bill would increase Minnesota’s minimum biofuel

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Change Education: Ask an Expert

by Seth Spencer (Climate Generation) When tackling global issues like climate change, it takes a diverse network. Networks allow educators and professionals to connect to a wide range of people across ethnic, language, and socio-economic divides to produce community-based solutions to complex issues. They connect local experts, parents, professionals, and community members

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Carper Dishes on Climate, Environment Landscape

by Zach Coleman (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Even if Biden’s regulations fall short of environmentalists’ wishes, the U.S. is poised for success reducing greenhouse gas emissions given the trajectory of “market forces” in the power and utility sectors, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.) tells Pro’s Anthony

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Crushing Ethanol’s CO2 Footprint: Summit Carbon Launches 10MT Carbon Capture & Storage Monster; Green Plains Is in

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sometimes, as the song says, you gotta bury your troubles, and when your trouble is the cost of carbon dioxide emission, and you’re in the ethanol business, you were stymied until a few minutes ago, when news crossed the wires that Summit Carbon Solutions is building

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Study: Despite Pandemic, Ethanol Industry Generated $35 Billion in GDP, Supported Over 300,000 Jobs in 2020

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Even after experiencing a sudden drop in demand due to the COVID pandemic, the U.S. ethanol industry still had a significantly positive impact on the U.S. economy in 2020, according to the annual ethanol industry economic impact study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association. The economic analysis

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Governor Walz Sends Biofuels Letter to President Biden

(Red River Farm Network)  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz sent a letter to President Biden on Wednesday asking him to support the biofuels industry and reverse the Trump administrations actions in supporting small refinery exemptions. Walz wants the Biden administration to issue an executive order to ban the use of aromatics

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Land O’Lakes Sustainability Business Truterra Launches TruCarbon™, the First Farmer-Owned Carbon Program

(Truterra/PR Newswire) TruCarbon Promises Streamlined Experience for Farmers; Novel Approach for Buyers to Incentivize Change at Scale; TruCarbon Launching With Microsoft as First Secured Buyer — Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business and subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives, today announced the launch of TruCarbon, a transformational new carbon program that will help farmers generate

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels in Canada Have Untapped Potential New Study Shows

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN News)  New Jobs, Growth and Net Zero Emissions — A new third-party study by the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota at Duluth concludes that the biofuels industry in Canada could double in size by 2030 and produce over 20,000 new jobs and $10

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Infrastructure Bill Can Bring Us Closer to E15 Standard

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) In the past few weeks, we have been working with state lawmakers to advance a bill that would provide partial funding for fuel retailers to make the necessary infrastructure upgrades to offer E15. This initiative holds the potential to strengthen market signals to speed

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Gov. Reynolds Plans to Build ‘Relationships’ with President Biden to Protect Biofuels

by John Steppe (The Gazette/SoutherMinn.com)  Gov. Kim Reynolds is looking forward to “building those same relationships” with President Joe Biden and his Environmental Protection Agency staff that she had with the Trump administration to protect biofuels, Reynolds said during Tuesday’s virtual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. … “I will hold this

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa’s Governor Calls for E10, B11 to Be Offered from All New Fuel Pumps

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Governor Kim Reynolds says any new fuel pumps installed in Iowa should be able to dispense gas with at least a 10 percent blend of ethanol and the governor says B11 — 11 percent biodiesel — should be the standard for diesel pumps. …

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy-Dense Liquids, Drop-in Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Tying in with today’s top story, this is one slide guide you don’t want to miss from Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO who recently shared this with investors. From the latest in market traction and demand for Gevo fuels, their first world scale project in South

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Soaring Gevo Rocks to $2B Valuation – What Happened? How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The management kept costs trimmed, laid out a plan for deployment, and waited for the storms to pass. And as was said in Casablanca, “waited and waited and waited.” The stock dipped to just 49 cents a share last summer, after a series of dilutions,

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

A Muted Year for Biofuels M&A Activity: 2020 Review and Outlook

by Bruce Comer and Frank Kim (Ocean Park Advisors/Biofuels Digest)  COVID-19 further plagues the already challenged North American biofuels M&A market, while capital investments thrive. — Biofuels merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in North America remained sluggish in 2020. For the second consecutive year, no large-scale, operating biofuels plant changed

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

BioMADE Manufacturing Scale-up Accelerator, Top 10 Predictions for ’21

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, a look into the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem (BioMADE), a Manufacturing USA Institute working to build a sustainable, domestic end-to-end bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem. And, the Digest’s Top 10 Predictions and Markets for 2021. We were joined by Patrick Rose of the US Department

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) — July 13-15 2021 — Minneapolis, MN     DEADLINE:  March 12, 2021

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo (FEW) — July 13-15 2021 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: March 12, 2021

Now in its 37th year, the FEW provides the global ethanol industry with cutting-edge content and unparalleled networking opportunities in a dynamic business-to-business environment. The FEW is the largest, longest running ethanol conference in the world—and the only event powered by Ethanol Producer Magazine. From its inception, the mission of the

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Biodiesel Production Technology Summit — July 13-15, 2021 — Minneapolis, MN     DEADLINE: March 12, 2021

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Biodiesel Production Technology Summit — July 13-15, 2021 — Minneapolis, MN DEADLINE: March 12, 2021

The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit is a new forum designed for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers to learn about cutting-edge process technologies, new techniques and equipment to optimize existing production, and efficiencies to save money while increasing throughput and fuel quality. Produced by Biodiesel Magazine, this world-class event features premium content

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article
    Biodiesel Production Technology Summit   —   July 13-15, 2021   —   Des Moines, IA

Biodiesel Production Technology Summit — July 13-15, 2021 — Des Moines, IA

The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit is a new forum designed for biodiesel and renewable diesel producers to learn about cutting-edge process technologies, new techniques and equipment to optimize existing production, and efficiencies to save money while increasing throughput and fuel quality. Produced by Biodiesel Magazine, this world-class event features premium

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Senators Ask Biden to Restore the Integrity of the RFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A group of six democratic senators sent a letter President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 11 urging his administration to support U.S. farmers and the biofuels industry by restoring the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter, signed by Sens. Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill.; Amy Klobuchar,

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Net-Zero Project Concept

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (“Gevo”) (NASDAQ: GEVO), announces the concept of Net-Zero Projects for the production of energy dense liquid hydrocarbons using renewable energy and Gevo’s proprietary technology. The concept of a Net-Zero Project is to convert renewable energy (photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas, biogas) from a variety of sources into energy

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Supreme Court to Hear Small-Refinery Exemption Appeal

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The Supreme Court will review a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver that found EPA mishandled the small-refinery exemptions program in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The 10th Circuit ruling in January 2020 led the EPA to reject more

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association Files Lawsuit over Emission Standards

(KROXAM) On Wednesday, January 6, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association (MADA) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court alleging Minnesota lacks the authority under the Federal Clean Air Act to regulate motor vehicle emissions and is preempted under federal law from moving forward with its rules to adopt California vehicle emissions

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

DigestData DeepDive into Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable Energy Group is the largest operator of renewable diesel and biodiesel plants in the US, with 12 refineries and a fast-growing capacity, especially in red-hot renewable diesel. In today’s Digest, we take a DigestData DeepDive™ with Actionable, Relational, Granular, Global Hard Data on REG’s Bioeconomy

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. Get the latest up to the minute new information on the Canada Clean Fuels Standard as well as a

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

MCGA Offering Four $5,000 Scholarships to Future Ag Leaders — DEADLINE: January 8, 2021

(Minnesota Corn Growers Association)  The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is providing four $5,000 scholarships to students located statewide who are pursuing a career in agriculture. The number of scholarships available doubled from last year, as Minnesota’s corn farmers increased their investment in the next generation of agricultural leaders. “Our

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Released Its 2020 Annual Report

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  The report outlined the steps we and our producer members took to keep Minnesota’s ethanol industry moving in the right direction through the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically, the report details our efforts in advocacy, communications and fuel supply in 2020 and our plans for 2021. Excerpts from Minnesota

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Minnesota Announces Rule-making, Making It the First State in the Midwest to Adopt Clean Car Standards

(Sierra Club) Today (December 18, 2020), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced it will publish its draft Clean Car Standards on Monday, which would require new cars sold in the state to emit less climate-disrupting pollution. The rule also regulates that an increasing percentage of new cars sold in the state

December 22, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Reasons Clean Fuel Standards Are the Secret Key to Decarbonizing Transportation

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists) Clean Fuel Standards like the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) have been around for more than a decade but have not attracted the attention of more narrowly targeted policies promoting electric vehicles, biofuels, or renewable power. Recently, however, Clean Fuel Standards are enjoying something of

December 16, 2020 Read Full Article

California Ethanol + Power Finalizes Exclusive Purchase & Marketing Agreement With CHS for Imperial County Project

(California Ethanol + Power)  Minnesota Firm to Market and Sell 68 Million Gallons Annually of Essential EthanolTM to Be Produced at Sugar Valley Energy Campus near Brawley, CA — California Ethanol + Power announced today an exclusive 15-year contract was awarded to CHS Inc. to market and sell the 68

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Minnesota Clean Transportation Pilot Program Letters of Interest Due December 7, 2020

(Minnesota Department of Transportation) MnDOT’s Clean Transportation Pilot Funding Program provides up to $2 million annually in grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 to pilot, test, and increase adoption of clean transportation technologies, especially where cost is a barrier to implementation. The overall program goal is to demonstrate the potential of

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Confirms Contribution of Bioenergy to Climate Change Mitigation

by Elton Alisson (Agência FAPESP) … Some argue, for example, that biofuels are not sustainable because the conversion of non-agricultural land to grow energy crops could lead to a significant initial decrease in carbon storage, creating what is known as a “biofuel carbon debt”. A study by a cross-border group of

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Applauds Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act of 2020

(Growth Energy) Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act of 2020 to encourage low-carbon fuel production and increase production of cellulosic biomass into renewable fuels. This legislation would expedite the approval process at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for low-carbon biofuel

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Bold’ Ag Innovation Campus Breaks Ground in Crookston, Minnesota

(Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council/Biobased Diesel Daily) No small amount of grit, forward-thinking ideas or farmer leadership helped lead to a momentous day in Crookston, Minnesota, recently as ground was broken for the long-awaited Ag Innovation Campus’ small crush facility. “This is exciting―there are opportunities here,” said Tim Walz, the

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Michelle Fischbach Ousts Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s Seventh District

by Briana Bierschbach (Star Tribune) Republican Michelle Fischbach ousted DFL Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s Seventh District on Tuesday, ending a three-decade career in Congress and toppling Democras’ powerful chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Fischbach, a former lieutenant governor and state senator from Paynesville, benefited from President Donald Trump’s popularity

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Governor’s Council on Biofuels Submits Recommendations for Growing Industry

(Minnesota Department of Agriculture)  Report aims to help Minnesota meet renewable energy goals  — The Governor’s Council on Biofuels has given Gov. Tim Walz its consensus report on the steps needed to grow Minnesota’s biofuels industry and get the state back on track to meet renewable energy goals. Walz charged the

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Column: There’s a Burning Mandate for Change, Green Jobs

by George Miller (Columbus Dispatch)  … From geothermal steam in Nevada to the low-carbon biofuel feedstocks harvested across Ohio, carbon savings are available through the labor and ingenuity of green energy workers in every community. We’ve seen this strategy work in California, where the clean energy industry already supports 475,000 jobs

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Win Could Be Net Positive for Metals and Mining, Observers Say

by Jacob Holzman and Gaurang Dholakia (S&P Global Platts)  … As a result, observers have predicted that producers of battery and base metals such as lithium and nickel could benefit from a Biden victory. … The benefits to metals producers from a Biden win could stretch beyond the boundaries of

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Trump Administration Invests Up to $100 Million to Increase American Biofuel Sales

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $22 million out of the up to $100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales. These funds were made available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Award of Excellence Recipient Doug Tiffany Knows ‘Rural Values’

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The prolific career of Doug Tiffany, recipient of the 2020 Award of Excellence, is indelibly linked to his connections to agriculture and farmland. Ethanol and its coproducts have been a frequent point of focus for the University of Minnesota production economist. … While seemingly

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

A Plug-In Flex Fuel Hybrid for the Nation

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) What would it take to cut petroleum use by at least 85 percent in the near term? What vehicle powertrain can use two renewable sources of energy and on one fill provide a range greater than 450 miles? It’s the plug-in flex fuel hybrid vehicle. As

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Drop-In Transportation Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s a new generation of low carbon, drop-in transportation fuels and Gevo is targeting jet fuel, gasoline blendstocks, diesel and more with their “Whole Gallons, Net Zero” vision. Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, shared this illuminating presentation at ABLC Digital 2020 that looked at the impact

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Ag Policy Blog: House Democrats Get Aggressive on Biofuels

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) …What did become clear was Democrats in both the House and the Senate are paying more attention to biofuels at the moment. And yet, given that Congress is going to pass a temporary funding bill, and then go campaign, it’s probably going to take

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Craig Recognized by Growth Energy for Her Support of Biofuels

by Mark Dorenkamp  (Brownfield Ag News)  Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig has again been recognized by Growth Energy for her support of biofuels. CEO Emily Skor says the first-term Democrat didn’t waste a minute before jumping into the fight to defend the integrity of the RFS, which is why Craig is being presented

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Cases Put Big Oil’s Behemoth Trade Group in Bull’s-Eye

by Ellen M. Gilmer (BloombergLaw) American Petroleum Institute named in state, local suits; Legal approach could pay off for plaintiffs, attorneys say —  State and local governments taking Big Oil to court over climate change have a new target: the American Petroleum Institute—an approach that could pay off for plaintiffs

September 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Report Quantifies Impact of the Minnesota Bioincentive Program

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota has released the results of a new analysis that shows Minnesota’s Bioincentive Program is working to generate significant economic and job benefits for the state’s biobased industrial product companies. The Minnesota Bioincentive Program was enacted during the 2015 legislative season and

September 11, 2020 Read Full Article

From Americas to EU, Asia, Africa, Who’s Got What?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuel Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, biobased mandates around the world. Where are the markets you can count on, how much can you count on? 65 countries in all, We’ll be focusing especially on new information out of Argentina, Brazil, Britain after Brexit, Canada, the European Union, China, India, Indonesia,

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

How Farming Has Changed in Every State the Last 100 Years

(Houston Chronicle)  Using current and past Census data, Stacker tracks the way the American farming industry has changed over the past century.  Over the past century, American farming has changed dramatically. Crops with long histories like tobacco are still prevalent throughout the South, while many farmers across the country are now

September 5, 2020 Read Full Article

WIU School of Agriculture Part of Second Pennycress Research Grant

(Western Illinois University)  Just 12 months after Western Illinois University Agriculture Professor Win Phippen announced the award of a $10 million federal grant to investigate the use of Pennycress as a commercial cash crop, a second grant has been awarded that dovetails into the initial grant and helps ensure a

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG’s Growing Role in Decarbonization Strategies

by Sam Lehr, David Cox and Mike Alaimo (RNG Coalition/Biomass Magazine) Renewable natural gas (RNG) has become an increasingly important part America’s push toward clean energy sources and technology.  —  … Renewable natural gas (RNG) has become an increasingly important part of this future as a proven way to reduce

August 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Cash Cover Crop: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CoverCress

The Digest recently reported on CoverCress and why the U.S. Department of Energy’s $13 million grant for new high-value feedstock, pennycress, is so key. For an in-depth visual guide on how CoverCress is delivering new farm income and low carbon intensity feedstocks while producing cover crop benefits, how it fits between

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

NBB Launches Ad Campaign Urging President to Reject “Gap” SRE Petitions

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB encourages farmers, biodiesel producers to ask President Trump to keep his promise — The National Biodiesel Board today launched a radio advertising campaign in six Midwestern states, urging President Donald Trump to keep his promise on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The ads will run for two weeks

August 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo’s Historic $900 Million Offtake Deal with Trafigura Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Colorado, Gevo entered into a long term, take or pay Renewable Hydrocarbons Purchase and Sale Agreement with Trafigura Group, the largest contract in Gevo’s history. Trafigura is one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies with over $171B and over $54B in revenue and

August 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Democrats Turn to Rural Issues: Rural, Midwest Democrats Promote Infrastructure and Divergent Strategy From Trump Years

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer) Democratic leaders put a heavy emphasis on rural broadband and health care while criticizing the Trump administration and President Trump directly on trade, biofuels, climate change and the pandemic response. A western Pennsylvania soybean and hay farmer who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 spoke

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Parsing the Climate Message

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention featured a lengthy 11-minute take on Joe Biden’s climate and clean energy strategy that hammered home some of his big themes rather than the wonky details (which you can read here). The segment was heavy on optimism and

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

17 Projects with 4 Billion Gallons, 9 Fast Emerging Players: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to California’s Green Rush

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At DigestConnect this past Thursday, we talked about the latest the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, how the LCFS relates to the Renewable Fuel Standard and energy values, we compared the value stack for 5 popular transport molecules – gasoline, diesel, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and renewable

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

DFL Leader Responds to President Trump’s Mankato Visit

by CJ Baumgartner (FOX 21 Local News) … One DFL senator has criticism on the president’s policies toward farmers. Assistant Minnesota Senate Minority Leader and District 19 Senator Nick Frentz says he’s glad to have any president come to the area to talk about key issues, including issues facing corn and

August 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Earnings Season – 5 Companies Remain Strong in Wild 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 2020 is a doozy for many biofuel and bioeconomy companies but here are 5 companies – several that were voted for The Digest’s Hot 50 companies – that are taking 2020 by the reins and succeeding through all the challenges thrown their way. In today’s

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Gevo Looks to Acquire Two Additional Plant Sites

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber indicated on Aug. 10 that duress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may offer an opportunity for the company to acquire additional ethanol plant sites needed to meet expected demand for its renewable hydrocarbon products. Gruber discussed the issue during a second

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Building a Biobased Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BIO in a Post-COVID-19 World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Digital in July, Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President of the Industrial & Environmental Section at Biotechnology Innovation Organization shared this illuminating slide guide on how BIO is advocating for a resilient future, promoting LCFS in states and sustainable fuels at the federal level, advanced

August 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Peterson Working to Make Sure HEROES Act Ag Provisions Make It in Final Bill

by Mark Dorenkamp (Browfield Ag News) House Ag Committee chairman Collin Peterson says he and his colleagues are working to make sure ag provisions included in the HEROES Act are put in the next round of coronavirus relief. “Currently being negotiated now between the White House, the House, and the

August 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Project Led by John Sedbrook Awarded $13 Million from DOE

by Rachel Hatch  (News Illinois State University) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $13 million grant to a nationwide project led by Illinois State University. Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook will head up the project aimed to genetically strengthen a plant for use in sustainable energy efforts. “We’re

August 4, 2020 Read Full Article
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