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Farmers Edge, Gevo collaborate on climate-smart Farm-to-Flight Project

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By Farmers Edge

April 11, 2024

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Farmers Edge Inc. and Gevo Inc. will work with growers spanning three states to track and quantify the carbon intensity impact of climate-smart practices helping to accelerate the production of SAF and low-CI ethanol,

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California Ethanol + Power on April 3 announced that Booker Tate Ltd. will help guide sugarcane cultivation plans for Sugar Valley Energy, a proposed bioenergy project in California that is expected to produce ethanol, biogas, power and SAF.

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Avina has announced plans to develop a 120 MMgy SAF facility in the Midwest that will utilize alcohol-to-jet production technology. The company has already entered into long-term supply agreements for low-CI ethanol.

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A sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project in the U.K. under development by LanzaTech U.K. Ltd., a subsidiary of LanzaTech Global Inc., is moving forward following an approval issued by the Neath Port Talbot Council’s Planning Committee on March 26.

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The RFA is urging federal officials to use a 30-year time frame to account for LUC emissions as they work to complete the upcoming 40BSAF-GREET model, which will be used to calculate emissions reductions for the SAF tax credit.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration on April 1 opened a $269 million funding opportunity under its Airport Improvement Program. SAF infrastructure projects are among those eligible for the funding.

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Southwest Airlines Co. has acquired SAFFiRE Renewables LLC as part of the investment portfolio of its wholly owned subsidiary Southwest Airlines Renewable Ventures LLC. SAFFiRE expects to produce cellulosic ethanol for conversion into SAF.

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Blue Biofuels Inc. announced it has successfully producing its first batch of cellulosic ethanol, utilizing the cellulosic sugars created from biomass on its CTS pilot line. The company has also embarked on a funding process for SAF capacity with Vertimass.

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Computational Science Center are hard at work enabling the conversion of biomass to fuels and products at industrial scale.

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Aemetis Inc. has announced approval by USCIS for $200 million of EB-5 program investment for the Riverbank SAF production plant, the dairy RNG project, the carbon sequestration project, and energy efficiency upgrades to the Keyes ethanol plant.

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US farm, biofuel leaders seek certainty on SAF

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By Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association

March 21, 2024

A multi-state coalition of biofuel leaders and farm advocates called on President Biden’s Treasury Department to swiftly resolve any questions standing in the way of efforts to scale up U.S. production of SAF.

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The Michigan Senate Committee on Energy and Environment on March 14 held a hearing to consider legislation introduced last year that aims to create a tax credit to support the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Dave Rubenstein, president and CEO of California Ethanol + Power, discusses development of the company’s proposed Sugar Valley Energy project, a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility under development in California’s Imperial Valley.

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Ethanol Producer Magazine announced this week the preliminary agenda for the 2024 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) taking place June 10-12, 2024 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Aemetis Inc. released fourth quarter financial results on March 7, reporting the company achieved important milestones in its biodiesel, RNG, ethanol, SAF and carbon capture business segments last year.

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Gevo Inc. has reported that efforts are continuing to secure a U.S. DOE loan guarantee to support the construction of its proposed SAF facility. Gevo also reported that its RNG project in Iowa operated at 91% capacity during Q4.

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The U.K. government has opened a public comment period as part of its effort to avoid market manipulation caused by overlapping domestic and international incentives for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other low carbon fuels.

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Aemetis Inc. on March 5 announced receipt of the Authority to Construct air permits for its planned sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) production plant in Riverbank, California.

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FS has received the ISCC international certification attesting that its production process meets international requirements for the production and supply of ethanol and corn oil for the production of SAF.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on March 1 announced a short-term delay in the release of the GREET model for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), citing the need to get calculations for climate-smart agriculture right.

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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack expressed confidence that the U.S. EPA will issue an emergency waiver to allow E15 to remain available this summer and discussed the USDA’s ongoing efforts with regard to SAF during a Feb. 28 congressional hearing.

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Sugar Valley Energy, a new 160-acre bioenergy campus planned in California’s Imperial Valley has added New York-based TerraNova Capital Equities, Inc. to its finance team to lead marketing and placement of equity capital for the $1 billion project.

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Southwest Airlines Co. has launched Southwest Airlines Renewable Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary dedicated to creating more opportunities to obtain scalable SAF. The carrier also announced a $30 million investment in LanzaJet Inc.

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American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings on Feb. 27 sent a letter to members of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Interagency Working Group regarding the GREET Model for SAF Lifecycle GHG Emissions under Section 40B of the IRA.

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The government of Singapore has unveiled an action plan that aims to decarbonize the country’s aviation sector. The program will, in part, require flights departing Singapore to be fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) starting in 2026.

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The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA on Feb. 22 released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), entitled, “Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels,” for up to $9.4 million for the development of advanced biofuels.

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European renewable ethanol producers have launched a new legal challenge, now directed to the EU’s RefuelEU Aviation Regulation, charging that it improperly excludes crop-based biofuels from the effort to reduce GHG emissions from air transport.

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Growth Energy commended a large bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers on Feb. 15 for urging the Biden administration to finalize its revisions to the U.S. DOE’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model.

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Growth Energy continued to urge the Internal Revenue Service to follow the science, and the law, when developing GHG lifecycle analysis models used to assess eligibility for tax incentives under the biofuels provisions of the IRA.

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The RFA on Feb. 15 thanked a bipartisan group of 43 lawmakers who sent a letter to the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Lifecycle Analysis Interagency Working Group, asking them to meet their March 1 deadline for updates to the GREET model.

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