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Stakeholders testify in support of Michigan bill to create SAF tax credit

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By Erin Voegele

March 19, 2024

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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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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s late 2023 guidance on carbon-intensity modeling is a potential step in the right direction for ethanol becoming a major feedstock for SAF. But many questions remain.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released a summary report following its Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) workshop held June 6-7, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Legislation currently pending in Washington state aims to require airport operators to make a minimum 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to private jets owned by individuals or businesses once certain conditions are met.

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Gevo Inc. on Jan. 24 released a business update indicating that the company’s proposed SAF project in South Dakota, Net-Zero 1, remains in the due diligence phase of the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program.

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Praj on Jan. 20 inaugurated its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) demonstration plant at its research and development center in Pune, India. The plant utilizes a propriety SAF production technology developed by the company.

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Biomass Magazine has announced the general session speakers for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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LanzaJet on Jan. 24 celebrated the grand opening of its ethanol-to-SAF biorefinery. The LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels facility, located in Soperton, Georgia, has the capacity to produce 10 MMgy of advanced biofuels,

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Sugar Valley Energy, a new 160-acre bioenergy campus under development by California Ethanol + Power in California’s Imperial Valley, intends to produce up to 61 MMgy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the airline industry.

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SAF Magazine, in collaboration with CAAFI, has announced the addition of an extra day to the 2024 North American SAF Conference & Expo. The event will now take place Sept. 11-13, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

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Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Jan. 22 introduced the Farm to Fly Act, a bill that aims to accelerate the production and development of SAF.

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Blue Biofuels Inc. and Vertimass LLC have formed VertiBlue Fuels LLC to employ Vertimass’ proprietary CADO technology to produce SAF and renewable propane and butane (rLPG) as coproducts from ethanol.

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