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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Diesel and DME

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) What’s up with the most exciting molecule in the bioeconomy as measured by capacity building? There are greenfield projects, refinery conversions, new technologies headed toward commercial, and the exciting arrival of DME at scale. What are the drivers, who are the players, what technologies are

September 23, 2022 Read Full Article

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

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

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Gevo

Net-Zero 1 will show the world that the leading edge of the energy transition is in the heartland of America, where farmers and facility technicians come together with airline customers, investors, and many others to lead the way forward.   — Gevo statement about defossilizing aviation fuel at new biorefinery through

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

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

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

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

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

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

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Glacial Lakes Energy Voices Support for Carbon Pipeline

by Sarah Parkin  (Dakota News Now) The Glacial Lakes Energy Plant in Mina held a media day Wednesday to provide information as to why they’re joining Summit Carbon Solutions’ carbon dioxide pipeline project. State representatives, emergency managers and press gathered at the Mina ethanol plant Wednesday to hear answers to the many

September 6, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 State of Advanced Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week on ABLC CONNECT, we looked at the world of Advanced ethanol – markets, players, technologies, policy. 2G ethanol, sugarcane, ethanol as an intermediate, and advanced yield opportunities. We were fortunate to be joined by two leaders in the field, Dave Rubenstein, CEO of

September 5, 2022 Read Full Article

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

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

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

ACE Scholarship Program Announces 2022 Winners

(American Coalition for Ethanol) As the new school year gets underway, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) congratulates the 2022 scholarship recipients Heath Huschitt, Tyler Robert and Mallorie Schultz. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s Scholarship Program to help further their collegiate education. “ACE wishes these bright, young students

August 30, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

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

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Quest for Feedstock: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week on ABLC CONNECT, we networked and exchanged information about the world of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and as part of the proceedings, we had the State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel presentation. The slides are here. READ MORE Recording:  THE STATE OF SAF – Markets,

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

City of Sioux Falls Commits to Sustainability, Using Biodiesel for Fleet Vehicles

(Dakota News Now)  The City of Sioux Falls announced it has been using a biodiesel blend in its fleet vehicles as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability. B20 is an 80/20 blend of diesel and biodiesel. Biodiesel is a cleaner, renewable fuel produced from diverse, sustainable feedstocks including vegetable oils like

August 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Gevo to Celebrate Net Zero 1 Groundbreaking in September

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

August 10, 2022 Read Full Article

The Business of Their Biology, the Biology of Their Business: 10 Years after IPOs, How Are Amyris, Gevo, Codexis Doing?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been more than 10 years since the celebrated IPOs of Amyris, Codexis and Gevo showed that the second wave of industrial biotechnology (after the first wave of ethanol companies) was producing mature companies of size and substance. Since then, the crash of oil prices in

August 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Brightmark, Chevron Announce First Gas at Athena Project

(Brightmark/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC – a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Brightmark LLC, the global waste solutions provider – delivered first gas at its Athena project in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. The project is

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

POET Acquires Savannah Transload Facility, Expands Global Network

(POET) POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels and a leading producer of bioproducts, announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Savannah Marine Terminal (SMT) to acquire its rail-to-container transload facility in Savannah, Georgia. The acquisition will include all equipment and real estate to operate the grain transload

August 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Gevo’s Jet Bet Bonanza: A Series of SAF Offtake Stunners from Denver’s Biofuels Broncos

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week we received the long-anticipated news that Gevo closed on the purchase of approximately 245 acres near Lake Preston, South Dakota for its first commercial scale sustainable aviation fuel facility, Net-Zero 1. The site was optioned for purchase by Gevo in December of 2020, and

August 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Gevo Closes on Net-Zero1 Production Facility Land in Lake Preston, SD and Plans Fall Groundbreaking

(Gevo)   Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) is pleased to announce closing on the purchase of approximately 245 acres near Lake Preston, South Dakota for its first commercial scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility, Net-Zero 1. The site initially optioned for purchase by Gevo in December of 2020, is very favorable for producing

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

South Dakota Ethanol Producer Calls for Wider State Use of E30 after Nebraska Study Demonstrates Feasibility

by Hunter Dunteman (Mitchell Republic) After one year, researchers in Nebraska found vehicles were able to adjust to E30 and that the higher ethanol content had “no observable negative effect on overall vehicle performance.” A South Dakota ethanol producer is calling on the state to convert the state fleet to an

July 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Forget Saudi Arabia — Biden Should Have Gone to South Dakota: Letters to the Editor for July 17

by Doug Sombke (South Dakota Farmers Union/Argus Leader/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) President Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil seems unnecessary to us — he could have saved himself a long trip by coming to see what is being done right here in South Dakota. Sky high gas prices

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Moving Stepwise toward State Clean Fuel Standards

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) From Minnesota to Nebraska, discussions around performance-based fuel standards are bringing a broad range of stakeholders together. Progress requires coalition building and compromise. Movement towards state clean fuel standards in the Midwest inspired by a broader regional vision continues, albeit slowly. Brian Kletscher,

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Anniversary Book: Funding, Organizational Growth, and Feedstock Wars

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

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

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

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

July 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Proposed Beef and Bison Processing Facility near Rapid City Hoping to Include Biodiesel Connection

by Jody Heemstra (DRG News) In addition to its proposed one million square foot, next-generation beef and bison processing facility project near Rapid City, Western Legacy Development Corporation is hoping to also establish a bio-diesel supply line and/or facility President/CEO Megan Kingsbury says they’ve attracted global attention as they focus on

July 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Understanding Why the Carbon Intensity Score Is Important for Ethanol

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

June 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Purdue Northwest Process to Turn Food Waste into Sustainable Hydrogen Is Licensed to Energy Company

(Purdue Northwest) The Purdue Research Foundation recently completed a licensing agreement with an international energy company for the commercialization of a new process discovered at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) for the biological production of hydrogen from food waste. A second licensing agreement with a company in Indiana is under negotiation. This

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Offer Simultaneous Economic, Environmental and National Security Benefits

by Reid Detchon and Bart Ruth (United Nations Foundation and Solutions from the Land, respectively) Why are drivers in Watertown, S.D., paying 60 cents a gallon less to fill up their gas tanks than we are? Because 30 percent of their fuel is ethanol. When Russian President Vladimir Putin sent tanks into Ukraine, President Biden acknowledged that

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

ACE Introducing Carbon Intensity Calculator at FEW (along with Simplified Version for Illustration)

(AgNewswire) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is introducing a new carbon intensity (CI) calculator to the industry this week during the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Minneapolis. The CI calculator was developed as a tool to help producers understand the carbon intensity (CI) of their farms and ethanol operations. There is also a simplified

June 13, 2022 Read Full Article

Ohio Asks EPA for Permanent E15 Change

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

June 13, 2022 Read Full Article

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

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

June 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Minnesota PUC Confirms Authority to Regulate CO2 Pipelines

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

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

1 Billion Gallons Per Year by 2030: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo Carbohydrates to SAF

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In addition to new hot technologies, Gevo has a goal of 1 billion gallons per year of capacity or more by 2030. How can they achieve this? What is the status with Net-Zero 1 and its expected operation in 2025? What are the feedstocks?

May 23, 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

Seventeen States Sue EPA for Letting California Set Vehicle Standards

by Zack Budryk (The Hill) Seventeen Republican state attorneys general on Friday announced a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allowing California to set its own vehicle emissions standards.  The lawsuit alleges EPA Administrator Michael Regan violated the Constitution’s doctrine of equal sovereignty by allowing California an exemption from the Clean

May 16, 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

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

Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC Calls on Congressional Delegation to Double up on E15

(Great Lakes Energy)  Says E30 Blends Can More than Offset the loss of Russian Oil, No RVP Waiver Needed — – Opening the door to 30% ethanol blends would save consumers billions of dollars at the gas pump and reduce imported oil by as much as one billion barrels per

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

USDA Awards $1.6 Million Biofuel Infrastructure Grant to Royal Farms to Expand Access to Higher-Blend Renewable Fuels for People in Rural Delaware and Maryland

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Funding Will Add 40 million Gallons of Biofuels to the Market Annually — United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is awarding a $1.6 million biofuel infrastructure grant to Royal Farms to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels

April 25, 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

USDA Announces Efforts to Boost Homegrown Biofuels

(U.S. Department of Agriculture/Ethanol Producer Magazine) On April 12, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced steps the USDA is taking to implement President Biden’s plan to enable energy independence by boosting homegrown biofuels. “President Biden understands that by expanding our ability to meet our energy needs with homegrown biofuels, we can ensure a more

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Global Food Crisis Coming and Changes to GHG Modeling for Biofuels

(KIT) …Two Senate Ag Committee members recently urged the EPA to update its greenhouse gas modeling for biofuels.  Senators John Thune, of South Dakota, and Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, asked the EPA to adopt the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation, or GREET model. The lawmakers

April 16, 2022 Read Full Article

What’s Next for E15 after Biden’s Announcement?

by Jacqui Fatka (Farm Progress)  … It is hard to predict the demand picture under the expanded E15 scenario, but lower estimates of a continued status quo indicate at least 300 million gallons of additional ethanol could be used by consumers with the year-round use of E15. “But (if you

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Thune, Klobuchar Urge EPA to Update Biofuel Emissions Modeling

(KLGR) Two Senate Ag Committee members recently urged the Environmental Protection Agency to update its greenhouse gas modeling for biofuels.  Senators John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, and Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, asked the EPA to adopt the Argonne National Lab’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation,

April 7, 2022 Read Full Article

ACE to EPA: Adopt GREET Model and Recognize Ethanol’s Low Carbon Value

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In South Dakota, The American Coalition for Ethanol submitted feedback to the Environmental Protection Agency’s request for comment on the current scientific understanding of greenhouse gas modeling of land-based crop biofuels. ACE CEO Brian Jennings and ACE Board Director Ron Alverson contributed to the feedback after attending

April 4, 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

World Events Underscore the Need to Expand Renewable Fuel Production

(Solutions from the Land)  … The news of increased fuel costs comes as the Biden administration is considering a relaxation of federal requirements calling on blenders to mix specific amounts of ethanol or biodiesel when producing the nation’s petroleum-based fuel supply. To even consider backing away from the statutory obligation to

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

Ethanol Versus Oil in Global Crisis: Biofuels Backers, POET Executive Point to Advantages Ethanol Offers in Conflict, Climate

by Chris Clayton (DTN Progressive Farmer)  With oil reaching its highest price in nearly 11 years and OPEC nations opting not to increase production, the biofuels industry is clamoring for attention in the U.S. and calling on the Biden administration to support it. At the National Farmers Union annual meeting this

March 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Gevo Discusses Plans for Ethanol-to-SAF Production

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo Inc., provided an update of the company’s plans to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other renewable hydrocarbons from ethanol during a fourth quarter earnings call held Feb. 24. Gruber referenced the October 2021 agreement Gevo announced with Axens North America

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

ACE Corrects Misrepresentations of RFS Environmental Outcomes

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In South Dakota, the American Coalition of Ethanol said a report released recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences by Tyler Lark and others brought to life several misrepresentations of the environmental outcomes of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and refutes three key

February 21, 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

South Dakota Soybean Processors to Build New Multi-Seed Crush Plant

(Biobased Diesel Daily) South Dakota Soybean Processors LLC announced plans Feb. 9 to construct a multi-seed processing plant near Mitchell, South Dakota. The plant will have the capacity to process 35 million bushels of soybeans annually, or the equivalent 1 million tons of higher-oil crops. Gary Kruggel, SDSP board chairman, said

February 15, 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

POET – Portland Completes Construction On Renewable CO2 Addition

by Jody Heemstra  (DRG News)  POET completed construction on an addition to its POET Bioprocessing facility in Portland, Indiana, facility. This addition allows the facility to capture renewable CO2, a co-product of POET’s bioethanol production process, to be sold for commercial use. POET’s renewable CO2 is a part of the

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

Charlie Hoffman: The Key to Ethanol’s Success in South Dakota Is Carbon Capture

by Charlie Hoffman (Aberdeen News) As a state representative in District 23, it is my mission to ensure our farmers have the support they need to continue feeding and fueling the world. I pay close attention to the trends affecting the industry and listen intently to the concerns of corn

January 18, 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

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2021

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) As we wrap up 2021 this week, The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides from this past year – with key themes like carbon upcycling, ethanol to hydrogen, renewable diesel and jet fuel, enzyme tech and microbes. So what did you click

December 30, 2021 Read Full Article

1 Billion Gallons Per Year by 2030: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Why they do what they do, what net-zero fuels really means, how agriculture and land management plays a role in carbon sequestration, how to track carbon across the business system, how they are working towards 1 billion gallons of low fossil carbon hydrocarbons or

December 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Net Zero Fuels and Products: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo’s Chief Carbon and Innovation Officer, Paul Bloom, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC in San Francisco recently and is one you won’t want to miss. From feedstocks, land management practices, yields, lowering the carbon intensity of corn, decarbonizing manufacturing, net zero products, and

December 2, 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

South Dakota Senator Expresses Disappointment over Biofuel Blending Obligations

(RFD TV)  Speculation is growing about what’s going on behind the scenes at the EPA as they continue to extend their own deadline for biofuel blending mandates. “I think part of it is because they are focusing on electric vehicles, and they seem really intent on going down the path

November 23, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Bioproducts Institute Breaks Ground

(South Dakota State University) POET, a global leader in the production of bioproducts, South Dakota State University and South Dakota Mines held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the POET Bioproducts Institute at the Research Park at SDSU. The institute will serve as an innovation center for the development of low-value agricultural

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo Investing in Corn-Based Aviation Fuel, Including Restart of Minnesota Plant

by Jeff Beach (AgWeek)Gevo’s Luverne, Minnesota, plant is again making isobutanol and next year will be converting into a hydrocarbon facility to make sustainable aviation fuel. — After shutting down in March 2020 in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gevo’s Luverne plant is again making isobutanol and next year will

November 9, 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

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

POET Completes First On-Site Solar Farm

(POET) Today (October 12, 2021) POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuel, announced the completion of its first POET Solar Farm, which will help power the company’s corporate headquarters in Sioux Falls and showcase its ability to construct similar projects for others. The solar farm’s completion comes in the wake

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

USDA Aims at Ag Woes in $3B Package: USDA Announces Funds for African Swine Fever, Drought, Climate Program

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  … The agency announced on Wednesday plans to tap funds from the Commodity Credit Corp. as part of what USDA calls a “comprehensive investment package.” The $3 billion package is aimed at supporting drought resilience and response, animal disease prevention, market disruption relief and purchase

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Investing $75 million in Partner-Led Projects with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Equity in Program Delivery

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. This year, projects funded by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) focus on climate-smart agriculture and forestry and other conservation

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

UGI Partners with California Bioenergy and Sevana Bioenergy to Develop RNG Dairy Digester Projects in South Dakota Through MBL Bioenergy

(Business Wire) MBL Bioenergy, LLC (“MBL Bioenergy”) announced today(September 16, 2021) that it has entered into definitive agreements to develop several clusters of dairy farm digester projects to produce renewable natural gas (“RNG”) from multiple farms in South Dakota. MBL Bioenergy is a joint venture funded by UGI Energy Services, LLC

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Several South Dakota Farms Chosen as Future RNG Dairy Digester Project Sites

by Emily Holbrooke (Environment + Energy Leader)  MBL Bioenergy has entered into definitive agreements to develop several clusters of dairy farm digester projects to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from multiple farms in South Dakota. … RNG projects have gained popularity and prominence recently. In 2020, construction began on a

September 17, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050

(POET)  POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels and a leading producer of bio-based products, is proud to announce the release of its inaugural sustainability report, which outlines the company’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. POET established several ESG goals, including the achievement of net-zero carbon at

September 15, 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

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

ACE Unveils Never before Demonstrated Hybrid Flex Fuel Vehicle Project at Conference

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  With the push to net-zero vehicles over the next 10 to 30 years, and with “net zero” being understood as electric vehicles (EVs), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) unveiled a vehicle demonstration project at its conference last week to disrupt this narrative and timeline by

August 30, 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

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

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

Ethanol Roars again into Sturgis

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association is once again partnering with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 81st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled for today (August 6, 2021) through Aug. 15 in Sturgis, S.D. As part of its work at Sturgis, RFA will once again host “Free Fuel Happy Hours”

August 9, 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

Thune, Farm-State Colleagues to Biden: Biofuels Noticeably Absent From Your Agenda

(Office of Senator John Thune R-SD) U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today led several of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden requesting a meeting with him and representatives of his cabinet to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard and promote biofuels as a key solution for America’s energy and climate agenda. The

July 29, 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

New Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Digester Costs for US Farmers

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bipartisan legislation has been introduced by US Senators to encourage investment in biodigester and nutrient recovery systems while establishing a new market for farmers. The Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Act, a bill brought forward by US Senators John Thune and Sherrod Brown, will help expand the market for renewable biogas

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

Groups Urge EPA to Propose Higher Octane Fuel Standard

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  South Dakota Farmers Union is among a coalition of agriculture and biofuel groups urging the administration to propose a higher octane fuel standard as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updates its greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles and light duty trucks. “It’s been a long-standing position

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2021 so Far

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the first half of 2021 was a bit more refreshing and uplifting than 2020. The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides so far from 2021. We sure learned how to turn

July 19, 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

Blocked By EPA, Biofuels Group Asks OMB For Octane Limit In Vehicle Rule

by Stuart Parker (Inside EPA/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) A coalition of biofuels and farm groups, led by former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), is poised to press White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials to include a high-octane standard to boost fuel economy in EPA’s upcoming light-duty vehicle rules

July 13, 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

Auto Alliance Underlines Importance of High Octane Low Carbon Fuels

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) Commends Daschle HOLC Alliance Fight for National Higher Octane Gasoline Standard in SAFE-2 Rule —  The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) called a recent letter from automakers in support of high octane low carbon fuels further validation that ethanol has a key

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Tom Daschle

“What I do know is — for the foreseeable future, and I would say several decades yet to come — the internal combustion engine is still going to play a role and will be part of the transportation landscape. We see E30 and high-octane, low carbon fuel as a segue

June 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Daschle: New Administration Could Put Ethanol into ‘Orbit’

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek)  Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., talks about corn ethanol opportunities in the Biden administration and reflects on the recent passing of Orrie Swayze, a farmer and former Marine fighter pilot from Wilmot, S.D., who Daschle described as a “mentor” in his passion for an

June 15, 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

Switching to Switchgrass: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Feedstocks in Midwest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bioenergy switchgrass feedstock – can it be the next-generation feedstock we’ve been looking for in the Midwest? University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking at perennial bioenergy feedstock production on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. What did they find? What had the highest-yield?

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

POET+FHRe=HUGE: POET in ‘Exclusive Discussions’ to Buy FHR’s 800m Gallon Portfolio: Advanced Biorefining, Economies of Scale in Focus

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) From South Dakota, The Digest has learned that POET is in exclusive discussions with Flint Hills Resources over the possible acquisition of their biofuels business. Flint Hills Resources is the nation’s fifth-largest bioethanol producer, and this acquisition would include all six of their bioethanol production

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Cenex to Offer E15 through Rock Rapids Terminal, Making It More Accessible to Cenex Retail Locations

by Scott Van Aartsen (KIWA Radio)  An area pipeline terminal will be helping to get more E15 fuel into our part of northwest Iowa.  CHS, formerly known as Cenex-Harvest States is expanding access to higher ethanol blend fuels by offering E15 through 10 additional fuel terminals starting soon. In early 2021, CHS

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Study Shows Higher Ethanol Blends Reduce CO2 Emissions

by Lura Roti (SDPB Radio) Results from a recent University of Nebraska Study could dramatically increase demand for ethanol. This is optimistic news for South Dakota corn farmers, ethanol manufacturers and family farm advocates. Redefining Renewable Fuels was a year-long study conducted by researchers from the University of Nebraska Department of Chemical

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

OPINION: Infrastructure that Makes a Difference

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association) … At the same time—flying under the radar—has been the latest round of grants approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, also known as HBIIP. This is an important effort begun last year by the USDA to

April 2, 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

CHS Grows Access to High Ethanol Blend Fuels

(CHS) High ethanol blend E15 gasoline is available at about 50 Cenex locations and that number is expected to grow.  — In early 2021, CHS announced it had taken steps to make E15 fuels more accessible to the company’s Cenex® branded retail locations by registering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

E30 Safe for Non-flex Fuel Vehicles & Cuts CO2 Emissions According to University of Nebraska Study

(South Dakota Farmers Union) If 10 percent of Nebraskans fueled up their non-flex fuel vehicles with 30 percent ethanol, CO2 emissions would decrease by 64,000 tons per year. This is according to results of a year-long University of Nebraska Study, Redefining Renewable Fuels, released February 2021. If these same Nebraskans fueled

March 22, 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

Gevo Selects Polynaphtha TM Technology and Engineering from Axens for its Net-Zero 1 Project in South Dakota for Renewable Gasoline and Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Chemical Engineering) Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France) today announces that Gevo, Inc. (Englewood, Colo.) selected its Polynaphtha oligomerization technology for its Net-Zero 1 project in Preston, South Dakota. Axens scope will include technology license, basic engineering, and catalyst supply for the conversion of renewable olefins into a flexible slate of renewable gasoline and jet fuel. “As

March 8, 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

SDFU Calls for Repeal & Replace of Fuel Economy Rule to Include Octane and Higher Ethanol Blends

by Rusty Halvorson (KFGO) Speaking at the National Farmers Union National Convention February 26, 2021, South Dakota Chapter President Doug Sombke said ethanol advocates need to prioritize support for a high octane standard in the new fuel economy rule that could triple demand for ethanol over the next decade. Sombke and NFU

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo and Scandinavian Airlines System Amend Agreement to Increase Off-Take of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Valued at over $100 Million

(Gevo/Globe Newswire) Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), announced today (February 22, 2021) that it and Scandinavian Airlines System (“SAS”) have signed an amendment to increase SAS’s minimum purchase obligation to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (“SAF”) to 5,000,000 gallons per year. Gevo and SAS signed the original fuel sales agreement in October

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Contribute Now to a Cleaner Energy Future

by Tom Daschle (Roll Call/The Daschle Group) Smart agriculture policy that has a role for ethanol can help advance Biden’s agenda on all fronts — Growing up in South Dakota, agriculture has always been in my blood. For nearly three decades, I had the honor of representing South Dakota — where

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Urges Biden Climate Team to Grasp E15 Philosophy

(Biofuels International)  POET has urged the new Biden administration to embrace E15. The world’s largest biofuels producer, based in Sioux Falls in South Dakota, has also welcomed the new President’s leadership in making climate a top priority. … Rob Walther, vice president of Federal Advocacy at POET, said each member

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Brightmark RNG Holdings Aims to Expand U.S. Biomethane Offerings

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News) Brightmark LLC, a global waste solutions company, and Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., have expanded their previously announced joint venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, to own projects across the U.S. to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG). … Brightmark

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

50 Renewable Diesel Projects and the Technologies Behind Them

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable diesel, all 9 billion gallons built, under construction, in planning – Take a deep dive into the latest hot renewable diesel news and a special Digest presentation that asks will all of these billions of gallons fleet get built? If not, who are the potential

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Thune, Shaheen Reintroduce Bill to Advance Renewable Fuel Technologies

(Office of Senator John Thune (R-SD)) Bill would require EPA to approve proven technologies, expedite review of others — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations that have gone without approval by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) despite the fuels already being

February 5, 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

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

Oil Refineries See Profit in Turning Kitchen Grease into Diesel

by Clifford Krauss (New York Times)  Used cooking oil is one of the ingredients in renewable diesel, which generates far less emissions than conventional diesel and allows refineries to take advantage of federal and state incentives. —  … Companies that refine crude oil into fuel are increasingly using such putrid

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Heats up with Slurry of 2020 Deals, Big Players Involved, Chevron, BP, Brightmark, Aemetis, Verbio, Greenlane Renewables

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Brightmark and Chevron just formed a joint venture to own projects across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane. Greenlane Renewables signed a $5.8 million contract with Brightmark. Construction started in Ohio on a $33 million RNG project. Verbio’s RNG facility slated to

October 12, 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

Farmers Business Network to Spin Out New Venture to Track Carbon Footprints of Crops And Help Farmers Make More for Low-Carbon Ones

by Amy Feldman (Forbes) Agtech unicorn Farmers Business Network is spinning out a new sustainable farming company, called GRO Network, that will track and score the carbon footprint of specific crops down to the bushel and allow farmers to make more for their crops that have lower carbon footprints. In a

September 4, 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

ACE: Legislation Would Require EPA to Update GREET

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Today (August 6, 2020), Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduced the Adopt GREET Act, which would require U.S. EPA to update its decade-old greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling for ethanol and biodiesel. American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement in support of

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Axne: Fossil Fuel Companies Shouldn’t Receive Covid Relief Funds

(KMA Land/Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  … During a virtual forum with the Iowa Farmers Union on Wednesday, Third District Congresswoman Cindy Axne was asked whether fossil fuel companies should be eligible for pandemic relief funds. “Listen, my personal belief is no,” Axne said. “Our fossil fuel companies have been getting handed

August 8, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Promoting Ethanol at 80th Sturgis Rally

(AgNewsWire) The 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets underway in South Dakota this weekend, and the Renewable Fuels Association will be setting up once again at the legendary Buffalo Chip Campground to spread the good news about ethanol and motorcycles. “We know things will look a little different at Sturgis this year, thanks to COVID,

August 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Leaders Urge Noem, Trump to Open Door to “E30 by 2030”

(South Dakota Farmers Union)  Compliance with Existing Law Would Inject $8 Billion Per Year into South Dakota Economy  —  In a Rapid City Journal ad, a Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial, and a letter to Governor Kristi Noem, South Dakota ethanol leaders said that a transition to “E30 by 2030 Nationwide” would more than double

August 5, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Doug Sombke and Jim Seurer

“For many years now, South Dakota has led the way in proving that E30 blends can be used effectively in any vehicle. In fact, our Watertown E30 Challenge conclusively proved that E30’s high octane and more complete combustion improves vehicle performance, enabling more power, emitting less pollution, and saving consumers

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Turbocharging South Dakota’s Economy while Making Americans Healthier

by Doug Sombke and Jim Seurer (South Dakota Farmers Union/Glacial Lakes Energy/Argus Leader) During President Trump’s Fourth of July visit to Mount Rushmore, our organizations sponsored an ad in the Rapid City Journal that urged the President to “tear down the wall” that his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unlawfully erected to

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Letter: ‘It Should Have Never Happened’

by Orrie Swayze (Aberdeen News) … A similar “it should never have happened” that unnecessarily kills or maims millions costing trillions of dollars today was the move from Ford’s Model Ts ethanol fuel to the forbidden fruit or Rockefeller’s “cheap gasoline.” All can be reversed profitably as already demonstrated in

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Pivotal Research Discovers Practices, Technologies Key to Sustainable Farming

by Anna Marie Tomczyk (Argonne National Laboratory/Phys.Org)  … The practices that grain farmers use to produce their crops—managing fertility, tillage practice and crop rotations—influence the overall carbon footprint of U.S. agriculture.  By using sustainable practices, farmers could substantially reduce their carbon footprint and become a vital partner to the biofuel

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Prophet Tilts at Petroleum

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek)  South Dakota ethanol promoter Orrie D. Swayze likes to hear promotions for 30% ethanol blends in gasoline but thinks 50% would be better for the environment and human health.  —  …  Swazey, 76, … became worried about Middle Eastern oil imports, and thought ethanol made from

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Ad Urges Visiting Trump to ‘Tear down That (Blend)’ Wall’

by Mikkel Pates (Ag Week)  Ethanol proponents try to make some political hay with President Donald Trump when he visits Rapid City. They ask that he “tear down that wall” of 10% ethanol blends, and allow ethanol to climb to 30% blends. They say the Environmental Protection Agency should do

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Farming, Biofuels, Health Groups Challenge EPA on SAFE Rule

(Morning Ag Clips/South Dakota Farmers Union) Broad coalition challenges the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Rule;  In response to EPA’s failure to credibly consider and advance mid-level ethanol fuel blends as an alternative to conventional fuels, the groups filed a petition for review in the Superior Court of the District

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

52 Petitions Filed by Refineries Seeking RFS Exemptions

(Renewable Fuels Association/National Biodiesel Board/Farm Progress)  Renewable Fuels Association, National Biodiesel Board critical of these petitions, say refiners are trying to circumvent court ruling.  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today disclosed that 52 new petitions have been received from small refineries seeking retroactive exemptions from their Renewable Fuel Standard requirements

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Bill Would Push Biofuels Innovation

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) Sen. John Thune (R-SD) has introduced legislation, together with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), to approve some advanced biofuel pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which have been delayed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the legislation, EPA would also be required to render a decision within 90 days on

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

The Standoff for E30

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy may be just a block or two apart on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., but they are miles apart on their long-term outlook for ethanol. Seemingly disparate objectives make E30s future less clear. The good: The

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Thune Introduces Bill to Support Hand Sanitizer and Ethanol Production By Extending FDA Guidance

(Office of Senator John Thune (R-SD)) U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced legislation that would extend for two years The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency.” Extending the FDA’s guidance will grant additional certainty for ethanol operations

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Newest Projects – Who’s Got What Underway?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) While the world may be at a standstill,there are still many projects going on and moving forward. But where are these projects? Who’s involved? How far along are they? What are they working on? From VTT BioFlex in Finland working on fuels oils and plastics

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Great Plains Institute’s Latest Report: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  The Midwestern Clean Fuels Initiative, facilitated by the Great Plains Institute, is a broad coalition of fuels producers and marketers, nonprofit and research organizations, scientists and engineers, and agriculture and industry stakeholders. The coalition works to create economic benefits for the region through policy,

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Today’s Corn Farmers Leave A Zero Carbon Footprint

(South Dakota Farmer’s Union) In addition to feeding and fueling the world, farmers across the Corn Belt are helping sequester carbon by raising corn for ethanol, livestock feed and Fourth of July barbecues.  “Corn is one of only a handful of grasses (C4) which are superior at extracting carbon dioxide from the

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Celebrating the Women of the Ethanol Workforce

by Jessica Bennett (Renewable Fuels Association) RFA works hard every day to represent all of our members and the hard-working men and women that make these companies, and our industry, successful. More than ever before, representing our industry also means representing women in the renewable fuels industry. The number of women working

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

South Dakota’s First Dairy Renewable Natural Gas Project under Construction

(Brightmark/NGV Journal) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies, Boadwine Farms, Inc. and Mooody County Dairy Limited Partnership, to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert it into renewable natural gas. The

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Brightmark to Build Dairy RNG Project in South Dakota

(Brightmark Energy/Biomass Magazine) Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced Feb. 5 that it has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies, Boadwine Farms Inc. and Mooody County Dairy Limited Partnership, to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

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