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Long-idle ethanol plant in Michigan purchased by ZFS Riga

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By Erin Voegele

July 11, 2024

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ZFS Riga LLC, a new affiliate of Michigan-based Zeeland Farm Services Inc., has purchased an idle 55 MMgy corn ethanol plant located in Riga Township, Michigan, from Valero Energy. There are no immediate plans to resume ethanol production.

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on July 11 announced up to $36 million in funding to develop technologies to lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by 50% from the cultivation of corn and sorghum used for U.S. ethanol production.

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USGC staff and representatives traveled to Vancouver, Canada, in June to join Advanced Biofuels Canada in hosting a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) policy roundtable on the sidelines of a USDA agribusiness trade mission.

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The International Air Transport Association has called on South Africa to mobilize its experience, resources, and infrastructure to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 1% the week ending July 5, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 10. Stocks of fuel ethanol were up slightly while exports were up more than 73%.

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Growth Energy on July 10 celebrated another round of applications for the USDA’s Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), writing more than half of all applications submitted by site count.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration reduced its forecasts for 2024 and 2025 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released July 9. The forecasts for ethanol blending were maintained.

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Green Plains Inc. and joint venture partner Tharaldson Ethanol on July 9 announced that the world’s largest MSC system to date at Tharaldson’s 175 million-gallon biorefinery in Casselton, North Dakota is producing and shipping on-spec product.

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The U.S. exported 154.39 million gallons of ethanol and 1.01 million metric tons of distillers grains in May, according to data released by the USDA on July 3. Exports of both products were up when compared to the same period of last year.

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Eight of the nation’s top agricultural, biomass, and greenhouse gas (GHG) lifecycle scientists filed an amicus brief on July 3 that challenged the faulty assumptions underpinning a number of attacks on the RFS.

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Leading experts in agricultural economics and biofuels lifecycle analysis urged the D.C. Circuit Court last week to reject erroneous claims made by the Center for Biological Diversity in its lawsuit challenging EPA’s 2023-2025 RFS volumes.

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ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association, elected Antonio Vallespir as its new president for a two-year term. Vallespir, the CEO of Vertex Bioenergy, had previously served as ePURE’s vice-president.

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LanzaJet on June 25 announced an investment from MUFG.The investment enables LanzaJet to continue building its capability and capacity to deploy its proprietary ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) process technology.

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The U.S. Grains Council, in partnership with Iowa Corn, escorted a group of Vietnamese government officials and fuel industry professionals on a tour of the U.S. ethanol value during June to support the country’s growing demand for fuel ethanol

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Growth Energy on June 27 filed a motion to intervene in a case brought by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers against the U.S. EPA. The case aims to force EPA to lower the 2023 cellulosic biofuel blending obligations under the RFS.

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Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has acquired Archangel Inc., a company specializing in antimicrobials for fermentative biofuel production. The acquisition enhances Kemin’s portfolio of antimicrobial solutions.

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LanzaTech Global Inc. and LanzaJet Inc. are launching CirculAir, a new joint offering to convert waste, carbon, and renewable power into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and immediately accelerate decarbonization of the aviation industry globally.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production fell by 1% the week ending June 21, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 26. Ethanol stocks were also down approximately 1%, with exports down 5%.

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The USDA on June 26 awarded nearly $100 million in loans and grants to 473 projects under the Renewable Energy for America Program. Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC and Redfield Energy LLC were among those selected for grant awards.

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Aemetis Inc. on June 26 announced that its Aemetis Biogas subsidiary completed a key milestone of constructing and operating dairy digesters with a capacity to produce more than 300,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year.

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Summit Carbon Solutions LLC on June 25 achieved a major milestone with the Iowa Utilities Board’s approval of its baseline CO2 pipeline project. Several conditions must be met before Summit is issued a permit and construction can begin.

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The U.S. DOE on June 17 awarded funding to two bioenergy projects. One focuses on the use of organic acids captured from anaerobic digester broth and the other focuses on the integrated processing and hyrothermal pretreatment of corn stover.

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New Energy Blue and ARCO/Murray are partnering to build cellulosic ethanol plants across the American Midwest. The first project will be the flagship New Energy Freedom biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa, which is expected to break ground this year.

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SAF Coalition welcomes 10 new members

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By Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition

June 24, 2024

The Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Coalition has welcomed 10 new companies and organizations involved in the development and deployment of SAF into its membership, bringing its total count to more than 50.

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Production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members and other EU producers reduced greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by an average of 79.1% compared to fossil fuels in 2023, according to newly certified data.

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LanzaTech Global Inc. on June 20 announced an increase in its holdings of LanzaJet Inc., a leading sustainable aviation fuel technology provider and fuels producer. LanzaTech now owns approximately 36% of LanzaJet.

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U.S. fuel ethanol production expanded by more than 3% the week ending June 14, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on June 20. Ethanol stocks were up nearly 2% and exports were down 39%.

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BP on June 20 announced an agreement to acquire Bunge’s 50% interest in its BP Bunge Bioenergia S.A. JV. The company also said it is scaling back plans for the development of new SAF and renewable diesel projects at its existing sites.

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The U.S. EPA released updated RIN data on June 20, reporting that nearly 2.01 billion RINs were generated under the RFS during May, down from 2.11 billion generated during the same period of last year.

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The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on June 20, reporting that one new SRE petition has been filed under the RFS in the past month. A total of 39 SRE petitions are now pending.

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