Chromatin signs pact with POET to use South Dakota-grown sorghum in ethanol production

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has entered into an agreement with POET, LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, for the use of sorghum grown in South Dakota in the production of ethanol. Chromatin said the agreement covers up to 4,400 acres of sorghum grain that will be grown in South Dakota. Chromatin said South Dakota growers are attracted to sorghum as a grain source because it is easy to grow, has low fertilizer and water needs and is tolerant to both heat and drought conditions.

2016 Billion Ton Report shows US could sustainably produce at least 1B tons biomass by 2040 for bioeconomy

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TransCanada re-applies for Keystone XL Presidential Permit; Trump wants permitting determination in 60 days

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The pipeline would cross the US border near Morgan, Montana and continue through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it would connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, Nebraska for onward delivery to Cushing, Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast Area.

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations. A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin.

New USGS oil and gas assessment for Bakken and Three Forks formations boosts estimates of recoverable oil two-fold, natural gas three-fold

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The geological foundation that underpins the assessment was facilitated by data provided by the North Dakota Geological Survey, North Dakota Industrial Commission, Montana Board of Oil and Gas, and multiple industry groups working in this region.

DSM and POET form major JV for cellulosic bioethanol; POET to decline $105M DOE loan guarantee

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DSM and POET will each hold a 50% share in the joint venture, which will be headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In November, 2008, the company started operating a cellulosic bio-ethanol pilot plant at its research center in Scotland, South Dakota.

US State Department issues Presidential Permit to TransCanada for Keystone XL

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The pipeline will cross the US border near Morgan, Montana and continue through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, where it will connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, Nebraska for onward delivery to Cushing, Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast Area. TransCanada said it will continue to engage key stakeholders and neighbors throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to advance this project to construction.

Obama's cabinet drunk on ethanol?

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Vilsack from Iowa at Agriculture, Salazar from Colorado at Interior, Daschle from South Dakota at HHS and likely Transportation nominee Ray LaHood are all big ethanol boosters. Obama's cabinet is looking very friendly toward ethanol, The Hill reports. Chu at Energy, while critical of corn ethanol, has been an advocate for cellulosic. I can't help but wonder who will be sitting at the table who understands and believes in transportation electrification.

Nebraska provides TransCanada with map identifying Sandhills Regions to be avoided in designing alternative route for Keystone XL pipeline

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TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL project is designed to carry oil from Canada across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada also has proposed connecting it to the Bakken oil field in Montana and North Dakota.

VG Energy and DAK Renewable Research to conduct field trials of LipidMax to boost corn oil yield

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DAK Renewable Research, headquartered in Brandon, South Dakota, brings agricultural innovations together with investors. DAK is providing twelve 2,000 ft 2 plots in South Dakota to measure the effect of LipidMax in corn oil production and test the robustness of LipidMax in field conditions. VG Energy, an agricultural biotech company, entered a strategic alliance with DAK Renewable Research to conduct field trials using LipidMax to increase corn oil yield.

USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

POET Reduces Cellulosic Ethanol Production Cost from $4.13 to $2.35/Gallon in First Year of Pilot Operation; <$2.00/Gallon Target for Commercial Start

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Over the first year of operations of its pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in South Dakota ( earlier post ), POET has reduced its per gallon production cost from $4.13

EIA: new drilling technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

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The Powder River Basin encompasses more than 43,000 square miles and is located primarily in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana, along with small areas of South Dakota and Nebraska.

USDA announces state finalists for $100M Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership for pumps with higher ethanol blends

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North Dakota. South Dakota. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive $100 million in grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers in the US. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the US. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) received applications requesting more than $130 million, outpacing the $100 million that is available.

E15 now available in North Dakota

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E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota’s larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. The others are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and other ethanol backers announced the availability of E15 at the Petro Serve USA’s Bismarck fueling and retail store on Divide Avenue.

DOE Joint Genome Institute approves 41 projects for 2012 Community Sequencing Program; climate, environment and bioenergy feedstocks

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South Dakota State University. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has approved 41 projects from 152 submitted (culled from the 188 letters of intent originally received) for the 2012 Community Sequencing Program (CSP).

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).

New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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The 36 other states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher, are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Researchers Exploring Methods for Immobilizing Enzymes for Re-Use in Cellulosic Ethanol Processes

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A South Dakota State University professor is exploring ways to re-use enzymes in processes such as making cellulosic ethanol. In addition to the enzymes provided by Novozymes, the federal Department of Energy and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council help support Dalaly’s research though grants. Working with enzyme company Novozymes, Dr. Basil Dalaly and his graduate student, Pavani Mandali, have evaluated several chemical methods to attach enzymes to beads.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee EPA is requesting proposals between): EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $1,900,000. Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming): EPA is requesting proposals between $300,000 and $1,500,000.

US State Department to hold 6 additional public meetings on Keystone XL oil sands pipeline

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During the first 30 days of this 90-day review period, the State Department plans to host public meetings in each of the five states through which the proposed pipeline would pass, namely Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. The US Department of State plans to hold six additional public meetings as part of the permit review process for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Earlier post.).

Grassley-Conrad bill would extend ethanol tax credits through 2016

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US Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) introduced a bill—the Domestic Energy Promotion Act of 2011— that would extend, through 2016, at descending levels, the volumetric ethanol excise tax credit, or VEETC, which is also known as the blenders’ credit.

POET and Agrivida sign cellulosic ethanol technology joint development agreement

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In November, 2008, the company started operating a cellulosic bio-ethanol pilot plant at its research center in Scotland, South Dakota. POET Research Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of POET LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, and Agrivida, Inc., a developer of biotechnology platforms for feedstock and feedstock processing, signed a technology collaboration joint development agreement in the field of cellulosic ethanol.

USDA awards $5.6M to 220 biofuel producers

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South Dakota State University (SDSU) received $2.3 The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers (awards of less than $500 not listed) to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy.

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

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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. Bakken Marketlink, using facilities which form part of the proposed project; currently has firm, long-term contracts to transport 65,000 bbl/d of Bakken crude oil from the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana.

Midwestern Governors Urge EPA to Increase Ethanol Blend Level to E15

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Jennifer Granholm, Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association; South Dakota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; North Dakota Gov. Ten Midwestern governors recently wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting that ethanol blending levels be increased to 15% (E15). The letter comes as the EPA considers this change to federal rules. Under current EPA regulations, the blend limit is 10%.

NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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The team, which includes researchers from Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, seeks to identify a framework of carbon mitigation strategies that would minimize conflicts with food security and clean energy production priorities. Center for a Sustainable Water, Energy, and Food Nexus (SusWEF) SusWEF initiates a strategic research and education partnership between researchers in Puerto Rico and South Carolina to address problems at the nexus of food, energy and water systems.

VeraSun Obtains $280M “Stalking Horse” Bid from Valero for Six Ethanol Facilities; Seeking to Sell All Assets

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VeraSun Energy Corporation, one of the US’ largest corn ethanol producers, has signed an agreement with Valero Energy Corporation, one of the US’ largest petroleum refiners, to sell substantially all of the assets relating to five VeraSun ethanol production facilities—Aurora, South Dakota; Charles City, Fort Dodge, and Hartley, Iowa; Welcome, Minnesota—and a development site in Reynolds, Indiana. The “Marion Group” consists of the production facility in Marion, South Dakota.

NDPC study finds Bakken crude similar to other light sweet crudes, no greater rail transport risk

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Bakken crude is similar to other North American light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other transportation fuels, according to a study recently completed by Turner, Mason & Company for the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC). The first compared the quality of the crude as loaded in North Dakota to the quality at discharge, more than 1,500 miles (2,414 km) away.

USGS to update Bakken Formation oil assessment based on new geological information; potential for greater recovery

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The US Geological Survey will update its 2008 estimate of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the US portion of the Bakken Formation, an important domestic petroleum resource located in North Dakota and Montana.

POET Joins Magellan Midstream Partners to Assess Dedicated Ethanol Pipeline; Buckeye Drops Out

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The proposed common carrier pipeline system would gather ethanol from production facilities in Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to serve terminals in major Northeastern markets. Magellan Midstream Partners, LP has signed a joint development agreement with POET to continue assessing the feasibility of constructing a dedicated ethanol pipeline.

Converting wastepaper to biocrude and hydrogen

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A pair of researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology have demonstrated homogeneously catalyzed subcritical aqueous phase reforming (APR) of wastepaper to produce biocrude and hydrogen.

UT Austin researcher awarded $15M for switchgrass traits studies

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As glaciers and climate change occurred, their populations were pushed south. For the study, switchgrass plants will be grown in 14 test sites ranging north to south across the continent, from South Dakota to central Mexico. A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin will receive two grants totaling $15 million to study switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum ), with a focus on how it can become a sustainable source of bioenergy.

ARB staff posts five more LCFS fuel pathways: biodiesel, RD, ethanol

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POET Biorefining Chancellor (Chancellor) produces ethanol from corn and sorghum at a dry mill plant in Chancellor, South Dakota; the plant can produce up to 120 million gallons of undenatured ethanol per rolling twelve-month period. California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has posted five new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications to the LCFS public comments website: two for biodiesel, one for renewable diesel, and two for ethanol.

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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Our application will include the already reviewed route in Montana and South Dakota.

Transcanada restarts Keystone oil sands pipeline operations

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The Keystone pipeline is approximately 1,316 miles in length and transports crude oil from the US-Canadian Border in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois and includes an extension running from Jefferson County, Nebraska to Cushing, Oklahoma.

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

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The pipeline would cross the US border near Morgan, Montana and continue through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska where it would connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, Nebraska for onward delivery to Cushing, Oklahoma and the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Harmonizing Low Carbon Fuel Standards

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The Midwestern Governor’s Association represents Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

DOE Regional Partnership Begins Core Sampling for Large-Volume Carbon Sequestration Test

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The project is one of two large-volume tests that the PCOR partnership is undertaking in the development phase of the DOE partnerships program, which focuses on large-volume carbon storage; the second test is planned for the Williston Basin in North Dakota.

DOE Regional Partnership Initiates CO2 Injection in Lignite Coal Seam

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A US Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) team of regional partners has begun injecting CO 2 into a deep lignite coal seam in Burke County, North Dakota, to demonstrate the economic and environmental viability of geologic CO 2 storage in the US Great Plains region.