U Nebraska study finds no observable negative effects from E30 use in non-flex fuel vehicles

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The University of Nebraska’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering recently released results of a study of 50 non-flex fuel vehicles from the State of Nebraska to determine the adaptability, economic feasibility, and environmental impact of using E30 (30% ethanol blend). million registered non-FFVs in Nebraska converted from E10 to E30, ethanol consumption would increase by 18.5

Nebraska Governor approves revised Keystone XL pipeline route through state

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Nebraska Gov. The governor sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, notifying them of the accepted Nebraska route. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s evaluation of the 194.5-mile proposed pipeline reroute determined that: The proposed reroute avoids the Sand Hills but would cross the High Plains Aquifer, including the Ogallala Group. Construction and operation of the pipeline would have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska.

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400 propane school buses ordered for Omaha, Nebraska

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The Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium and Student Transportation, Inc., (STI) STI) are collaborating to deploy more than 400 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses. The contract is the largest transportation agreement in STI’s history and is also the biggest single order to date of propane buses for Blue Bird.

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Aventine sends first unit-train shipment of ethanol from Nebraska to Alabama

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a leading producer, marketer and supplier of ethanol, announced its first BNSF unit-train shipment of ethanol produced at its two ethanol facilities in Aurora, Nebraska. In Aurora, Aventine operates the Aurora West 110-million-gallon Delta T facility and the Nebraska Energy LLC Vogelbusch 45-million-gallon dry mill plant. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.,

University of Nebraska-Lincoln leading $13.5M effort to improve sorghum for biofuel

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a $13.5-million, multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production. Funded by the US Department of Energy, this five-year grant takes a comprehensive approach to better understand how plants and microbes interact, and to learn which sorghum germplasm grows better with less water and nitrogen.

TransCanada altering proposed Keystone XL route, supporting Nebraska legislation to avoid the Sandhills

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TransCanada Corporation announced it supports proposed legislation within the State of Nebraska to move the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline to avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. I am pleased to tell you that the positive conversations we have had with Nebraska leaders have resulted in legislation that respects the concerns of Nebraskans and supports the development of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Nebraska and 6 other states file brief opposing enforcement of California LCFS

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The states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing enforcement of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Billion in ethanol sales from Nebraska alone, and untold billions across the Midwest. We will continue to fight California’s unconstitutional attempt to limit fuel markets by discriminating against Nebraska corn and ethanol producers.

TransCanada re-applies for Keystone XL Presidential Permit; alternative Nebraska route not yet determined

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TransCanada Corporation has submitted a new Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State (DOS) for the Keystone XL Pipeline from the US/Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. The application includes the already reviewed route in Montana and South Dakota; TransCanada will supplement its new application with an alternative route in Nebraska as soon as that route is selected.

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US EIA: Iowa produced more than one-quarter of all US-produced fuel ethanol in 2018

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Other Midwestern states that produced more than one billion gallons were Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota. In 2018, Iowa produced 4.21

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Megawatt charging for trucks, beef-fat biodiesel, BYD EV platform: Today’s Car News

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Biodiesel from beef fat will soon be mass-produced by a Nebraska joint venture. A Portland site is a template for big-rig fast-charging, and open for public use. And BYD gives a top-level preview of its third-generation platform for electric vehicles.

Bovine biodiesel: Love's and Cargill will mass-produce diesel from beef fat

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On Tuesday, the two companies announced a 50/50 joint venture called Heartwell Renewables, as well as plans for a factory in Hastings, Nebraska. Soon, truckers may be able to fill their stomachs and their trucks from the same source.

Monolith to collaborate with Goodyear on carbon black for its tire production; methane pyrolysis

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As part of the agreements, Monolith expects to collaborate with Goodyear on the development and potential use of clean carbon black produced at its expanding Olive Creek facility in Hallam, Nebraska. Monolith’s Olive Creek 1 facility in Hallam, Nebraska.

EIA: California drought will decrease hydropower, increase natural gas use and CO2 emissions

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Figure 1 data source: US Drought Monitor , jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Mitsubishi Heavy invests in Monolith Materials to support clean hydrogen production

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Olive Creek 1 in Hallam, Nebraska is Monolith Materials’ first commercial-scale emissions-free production facility designed to produce approximately 14,000 metric tons of carbon black annually along with clean hydrogen. Monolith Materials, Inc.

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Aventine installs $2.4M corn-oil separation system at ethanol plant

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has installed a $2.4-million Valicor corn-oil separation system (COSS) at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. High production levels and excess inventories nationally have led to tight margins, particularly in Nebraska. The grind reduction affects the two plants in Aurora, Nebraska, including a 30% reduction at the NELLC facility and a 50% reduction at the Aurora West facility. Aventine Renewable Energy Inc.

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USDA providing $700M to provide economic relief to more than 100 biofuel producers and 195 facilities

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The USDA funding will support biofuel producers in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided $700 million to help lower costs and support biofuel producers who faced unexpected market losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Union Pacific Railroad to purchase 20 battery-electric locomotives for testing in yard operations

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The locomotives will be used in rail yards in California and Nebraska, where they will be tested for performance in cold and warm weather, helping identify the locomotives’ capabilities and challenges for broader deployment. Union Pacific Railroad plans to purchase 20 battery-electric locomotives for testing in yard operations.

As states continue to use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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Nebraska. Nebraska. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. Battery electric vehicles are only as clean as the energy source used to generate the electricity that powers them. The calculated relative amounts of well-to-wheels emissions of greenhouse gases from eight different energy sources are shown in the table below. The calculations were based on the data developed by the Union of Concerned Scientists.)

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USDA invests $26 million in biofuel infrastructure to expand availability of higher-blend renewable fuels in 23 states

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The announcement includes investments in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states.

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center to launch 4 new system usability research projects

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The new projects will be undertaken in partnership with University of Michigan, Miami University, University of Nebraska, Texas Transportation Institute and State Farm.

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Urban Air Initiative-led coalition calls on EPA to recognize high-octane ethanol blends for fuel economy standards

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The Urban Air Initiative-led effort included the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition, Glacial Lakes Energy, Siouxland Ethanol, Prairie Horizons Agri-Energy, Little Sioux Corn Processors, South Dakota Farmers Union, and Nebraska Farmers Union.

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Obama Administration to delay Keystone XL Pipeline decision to sometime in 2013

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The US State Department today said that, “ particularly given the concentration of concerns regarding the environmental sensitivities of the current proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska ”, it needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska. The Obama Administration will delay a decision on approving the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada until sometime in 2013—i.e., after the US elections in November 2012.

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States with the highest and lowest truck traffic on interstate highways

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Nebraska. Nebraska. by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. This analysis examined truck traffic as the percentage of all traffic on interstate highways in the individual states and the District of Columbia. The calculations combined the percentages of vehicle distances traveled by single-unit trucks and combination trucks (but not light trucks) published by the Federal Highway Administration. The data are for 2019.

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center adds four new projects to latest five-year research phase

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CSRC will continue to collaborate with the University of Virginia, University of Michigan Medical School, University of California San Diego, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Iowa State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison through these new projects.

Georgia Tech team develops AI to read EV charging station reviews to find infrastructure gaps

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These communities are mostly located in states in the West and Midwest, such as Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, and Nebraska, along with Hawaii.

Love’s and Cargill joint venture to produce and market renewable diesel; ~80M gallons per year

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The joint venture is called Heartwell Renewables and will result in the construction of a new production plant and more than 50 jobs in Hastings, Nebraska. The Love’s Family of Companies, Cargill and their affiliates have entered into a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market renewable diesel. The plant will have the ability to produce approximately 80 million gallons annually of renewable diesel.

Researchers discover potential path to improving samarium-cobalt magnets

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The scientists, at the US Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory, in collaboration with the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska, identified orbital-moment quenching as the possible tool, and rationalized the quenching in terms of the dependence of electrical charge distribution in samarium atoms.

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Monolith receives conditional approval for a $1B loan from DOE

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Established via the Title XVII Innovative Energy Loan Guarantee Program, the loan will allow Monolith to expand its clean hydrogen and carbon black production facilities in Hallam, Nebraska. Methane pyrolysis technology company Monolith, a leader in clean materials production (e.g.,

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Nebraska EVA chapter works in tandem with the Sierra Club. Outreach event sponsored by Eastern NE EVA and the Nebraska Sierra Club. NE Nebraska EVA event. NE Nebraska EVA participation in parade.

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Model Predicts Lane Changes, Could Inform Driver-Assist Systems

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Originally published by University of NEBRASKA–LINCOLN by Scott Schrage | University Communication It’s a high-speed, high-stakes hazard familiar to anyone who’s spent time driving on the interstate.

Department of Interior awards initial $560M to 24 states to plug, cap and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells

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Nebraska. The Department of the Interior awarded an initial $560 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 24 states to begin work to plug, cap and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells. Eligible states have indicated that there are more than 10,000 high-priority well sites across the country ready for immediate remediation efforts, with more lined up for future action. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $4.7-billion to plug orphaned wells.

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DOT and DOE announce nearly $5B over 5 years for new national EV charging network; $615M in FY2022

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Nebraska. The US Departments of Transportation and Energy announced nearly $5 billion that will be made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to build out a national electric vehicle charging network. The program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System.

ADM, Gevo sign MoU to produce up to 500M gallons of sustainable aviation fuel

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About 900 million gallons of ethanol produced at ADM’s dry mills in Columbus, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as its Decatur, Illinois, complex, is expected to be processed utilizing this technology, resulting in approximately 500 million gallons of SAF and other renewable hydrocarbons. ADM and Gevo signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other low carbon-footprint hydrocarbon fuels.

California gas vehicle ban faces pushback from 17 states

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Louis Post-Dispatch , the Missouri State Attorney General, along with Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia have sued to prevent CARB from banning new ICE vehicles after 2035.

State Department issues Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline: climate change impacts

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The US Department of State (DOS) has released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in response to TransCanada’s May 2012 application for the Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada’s oils sands in Alberta to Nebraska. The pending application proposes a new route through Nebraska. That deadline did not allow sufficient time to prepare a thorough, rigorous and transparent review of an alternative route through Nebraska.

Coalition requests judicial review of EPA limits on higher ethanol blends

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of Nebraska and the chain of Jump Start stores have pumps would be affected. Joining UAI, NFU, SDFU, FUE, Jackson Express, and Jump Start on the petition are the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, the Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition, Big River Resources, LLC, Fagen, Inc.,

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State Department providing more time for agency feedback on Keystone XL

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The State Department said that the agencies needed additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state. TransCanada subsequently filed a new application, including proposed new routes through the state of Nebraska.

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NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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Nebraska Nanoscale Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PI: David Sellmyer. To advance research in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites and a coordinating office as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

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Battelle, Rare Earth Salts team on DOE project to recover rare earth oxides from coal ash

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RES began commercial production of rare earth oxides at its Nebraska-based facility earlier this year with a standard purity of 99.9%. Battelle is teaming with Rare Earth Salts ( RES ) on a project, “Recovery of High Purity Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Coal Ash via a Novel Separations Process,” to produce valuable rare earth oxides from coal fly ash, converting them to the high purities necessary for a saleable product.

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Novozymes inaugurates $200M biofuels enzyme plant in US

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Novozymes inaugurated its $200-million enzyme plant in Blair, Nebraska ( earlier post ), which will supply enzymes to some of the first advanced cellulosic biorefineries, as well as to the existing industry. In 2012-13, several advanced biofuel plants will open around the world, including Shengquan in China, Beta Renewables in Italy, GraalBio in Brazil and Fiberight in the United States.

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TransCanada to re-apply for Keystone XL cross-border permit; proceeding with Cushing-to-Gulf portion as a discrete project with White House support

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TransCanada Corporation has informed the US Department of State (DOS) that it plans to file a Presidential Permit application (cross-border permit) in the near future for the Keystone XL Project from the US/Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Nebraska. TransCanada would supplement that application with an alternative route in Nebraska as soon as that route is selected. .

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UNL study finds non-flex fuel vehicles can adapt to E30 gasoline without performance compromise; fuel efficiency comparable to E15

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A team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has investigated the long-term adaptability and economic feasibility of non-flex-fuel vehicles—vehicles designed to use fuel blends containing 85% ethanol (E85) or less—to consume a 30% ethanol (E30) fuel blend.