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SAF study finds Midwest economy would be taken to new heights

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

January 11, 2024

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A study released by Decision Innovation Solutions on Jan. 11 shows the Midwest stands to benefit greatly if the SAF goal of 35 billion gallons by 2050 is met, as two of the most likely SAF feedstocks would be soybean oil and corn.

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Vilsack honored with Lifetime Champion of Renewable Fuels award

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By Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

January 11, 2024

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on Jan. 11 honored Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with the “Lifetime Champion of Renewable Fuels” award at the 2024 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona, Iowa.

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Brussels Airport Co. has announced it will be granting a special financial contribution to promote the use of SAF. The SAF will be available to all airlines for all flights taking off from Brussels Airport in 2024.

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Fully committed to the reduction of its environmental impact, Air France-KLM aims to lead the way in the incorporation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to support the development of SAF production capabilities around the world.

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Growth Energy has filed two petitions for rehearing with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the Court’s 2023 decision on small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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The Renewable Fuels Association on Jan. 8 filed a petition with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting a rehearing related to a November 2023 court decision on small refinery exemptions (SREs) filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Comstock Inc. on Dec. 19 announced that its biointermediate refining technology partner, RenFuel K2B AB, was awarded a Swedish Energy Agency grant to demonstrate an enhancement of RenFuel’s patented catalytic esterification processes to produce SAF.

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A new government report focuses on advancing biotechnology; improving U.S. data infrastructure and accessibility; and sustainably growing the bioeconomy across the nation's climate, energy, biomanufacturing, health, agricultural, and environment sectors.

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CN to acquire Iowa Northern Railway

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By Canadian National Railway Co.

January 05, 2024

CN has signed and closed an agreement to acquire Iowa Northern Railway, which operates approximately 275 track miles in Iowa connecting to CN’s U.S. rail network. The transaction is subject to a pending regulatory review by the STB.

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Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and most environmentally sustainable airline globally, has invested £5 million in a biofuel company, Firefly. This is Wizz Air’s first equity investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) research and development.

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Comstock Inc. on Dec. 28 announced execution of agreements with RenFuel K2B AB to advance its first commercial biorefinery, which is planned for development in Sweden and will produce a biointermediate used to make SAF and renewable diesel.

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U.S. operable biofuels production capacity expanded in October, with gains for both renewable diesel and biodiesel, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 29. Feedstock consumption was also up.

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Jet Aviation announced on Dec. 22 that it has signed an agreement with World Fuel Services to secure and offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on-site at its FBOs in Bozeman, Montana, and Scottsdale, Arizona, effective immediately.

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Ara Partners on Jan. 2 announced that it has acquired a majority interest in USD Clean Fuels LLC (USDCF), a developer of logistics infrastructure in North America for the renewable fuels value chain.

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Inside Clean Fuels Alliance America

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By Clean Fuels Alliance America

December 23, 2023

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More than 1.99 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in November, up from 1.95 billion generated during the same period of last year. Total RIN generation for the first 11 months of 2023 reached 21.55 billion.

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CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange on Dec. 14 released a report focused on forces that will shape the U.S. rural economy next year. The report predicts that both ethanol producers and soybean crushers will benefit from rising demand for biofuels in 2024.

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Neste has completed the strategic study launched in September 2022, and begins a gradual transformation of its crude oil refinery in Porvoo, Finland into a leading renewable and circular solutions refining hub.

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Thai Airways operated its first flight using Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel on Dec. 13. A Thai Airways Boeing 777 was refueled with blended SAF at Phuket Airport in Thailand for the return flight to Bangkok International Airport.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada and Leonardo on Dec. 7 announced the successful completion of the first flight for an AW139 helicopter powered by the PT6C-67C engine using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Vietjet and Novus Aviation Capital on Dec. 4 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the supply of SAF in Vietnam alongside SAF One, Novus’s established and dedicated SAF platform.

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Hawaiian Electric’s proposal to replace six fossil-fuel generators at its Waiau Power Plant with efficient flex-fuel units that can be fueled with biodiesel, renewable gas or hydrogen will advance to the next phase of an energy procurement process.

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SAF Magazine in collaboration with CAAFI, has announced the 2024 North American SAF Conference & Expo will take place Sept. 11-13, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event is accepting abstract submissions through May 10.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America has announced Scott Fenwick, technical director, has been awarded the prestigious Sydney D. Andrews Scroll of Achievement by ASTM International in recognition of his contributions to the D02 Committee.

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GE Aerospace has completed testing on its tenth engine model using 100 percent SAF since 2016, confirming the company and its joint ventures have one of the most expansive programs for testing the alternative fuel in the industry.

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The California Air Resources Board has identified the Low Carbon Fuel Standard as a critical program to help California achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and to improve air quality in the state, according to the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition.

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Neste has partnered with Coleman Oil Company, a leading provider of fuels, biofuels, lubricants, and related products, to enable cities and businesses to have easier access to Neste MY Renewable Diesel in the state of Washington in the U.S.

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The U.S. exported 63,518.4 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater in October, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Dec. 6. Biodiesel imports were at 165,390.1 metric tons for the month.

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Repsol on Dec. 5 announced that it has begun supplying SAF to Atlas Air for use in all its flights with its customer Inditex from Zaragoza Airport (Spain). Beginning in November, Atlas Air is initially incorporating 5 percent SAF in all its flights.

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