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Gevo Wins Bid to Supply Renewable Gas to Seattle
Minnesota Ag Connection - 11/05/2019

Gevo, Inc., a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced Monday it has made the winning bid in a competitive process conducted by the City of Seattle to provide renewable gasoline to its fleet vehicles. Gevo has been awarded a four year contract, with three (3) two-year extensions, to supply at minimum 200,000 gallons/year of renewable isobutanol and 600,000 gallons/year renewable isooctane ("renewable gasoline") to Seattle to displace fossil-based gasoline. The bidding process was part of Seattle's Green Fleet Action Plan (GFAP) authored by Philip Saunders, Seattle's Green Fleet Program Manager, to tackle its fleet emissions aggressively.

The city has stated that in the Puget Sound region, transportation accounts for over 60 percent of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Therefore, it's acutely focused on reducing emissions from the citywide fleet in support of its Climate Action Plan. Seattle has made "greening the fleet" part of its GFAP, a significant effort over the last ten years and has clearly articulated two simple and measurable goals: 1. Reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2025. 2. Use only fossil-fuel-free (F3) fuel by 2030.

"The City of Seattle is making a measurable difference, and together, we can reach the goals of its Green Fleet Action Plan. The city is again illustrating what is possible; to break away from fossil-based fuels and to reduce CO2 and particulate emissions, as well as other related pollution," stated Patrick Gruber, chief executive officer of Gevo. "These volumes are a great initial starting point to make some real change. Gevo will again supply isobutanol then migrate into our renewable gasoline through the use of isooctane, once the Luverne plant is expanded up to 10-12MGPY."

For this program, Gevo has partnered with certified veteran and minority-owned small businesses, Scooter J Logistics and Small and Sons Oil Distribution Company, to deliver the final blended renewable gasoline products. These businesses will coordinate the blending, logistics, and delivery of the final product to Seattle.

Gevo is a next-generation "low-carbon" fuel company focused on the development and commercialization of renewable alternatives to petroleum-based products. Low-carbon fuels reduce the carbon intensity, or the level of greenhouse gas emissions, compared to standard fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. The most common low-carbon fuels are renewable fuels. Gevo is focused on the development and production of mainstream fuels like gasoline and jet fuel using renewable feedstocks that have the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions at a meaningful scale and enhance agricultural production, including food and other related products. In addition to serving the low-carbon fuel markets, through Gevo's technology, Gevo can also serve markets to produce chemical intermediate products for solvents, plastics, and building block chemicals.

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