US ethanol industry opens 2017 with record-setting production

The U.S. ethanol industry opened 2017 with a new weekly production record. Production reached an average of 1.049 million barrels per day the week ending Jan. 6, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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Elite Octane to break ground on corn ethanol plant in Iowa

Construction on a new corn ethanol plant in Cass County, Iowa, could begin as soon as this month, with commissioning expected to kick off 18 months later. The 120 MMgy project is under development by Elite Octane.
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USDA report demonstrates GHG benefits of corn ethanol

On Jan. 12, the USDA released a report showing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with U.S. corn ethanol are currently approximately 43 percent lower than gasoline when measured on an energy equivalent basis.
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China takes action against US DDGS, ethanol imports

On Jan. 11, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced it will subject U.S. distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. According to information released by the ministry, the duties will be levied beginning Jan. 12.
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EIA: Ethanol production expected to increase slightly in 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the January edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook, predicting ethanol production will average 1 million barrels per day in 2017, increasing slightly to 1.02 million gallons in 2018.
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Crushings analysis shows increases in corn oil, DDGS production

Corn distillers oil production was up a whopping 15 percent in the first 10 months of 2016 compared to the same period a year earlier, according an analysis of the USDA Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report.
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Corn prospects from ethanol production appear strong for 2017

Corn consumption for ethanol production is very likely to surpass the most recent USDA projection of 5.3 billion bushels and the prospect already is impacting the corn market, according to the weekly outlook by Todd Hubbs published in FarmDoc Daily.
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DOE, USDA open FOA to support integrated biorefinery optimization

The U.S. Department of Energy and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently opened a $22.7 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries.
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Genscape responds to EPA’s plan to revoke its QAP registration

Genscape has responded to a notice from the U.S. EPA indicating the agency may revoke the ability of Genscape to verify renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) quality assurance program.
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USDA: November corn consumed for fuel ethanol up compared to 2015

The USDA recently published the January edition of its Grain Crushings and Co-Products Production report, indicating total corn consumed for fuel alcohol was at 452 million bushels in November.
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Gevo releases operational update, achieves EPA pathway approval

On Jan. 9, Gevo Inc. published an update describing fourth quarter operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery. In addition, the U.S. EPA recently approved a fuel pathway for the plant regarding the production of butanol from corn and sorghum.
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WASDE: Corn supplies down, ethanol use up

USDA ratcheted down corn supplies for the 2016-’17 crop year, lowering corn ending stocks by 48 million bushels from last month’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand report. Corn production is estimated at 15.148 billion bushels.
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RDA set to deliver affordable ethanol for Australia

Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd. is fast approaching the delivery of the first of its planned five large scale bioethanol farms and production facilities to supply ethanol for the Australian and export markets.
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Poll: Most Trump voters in battleground states favor ethanol

A new post-election survey released Jan. 10 shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey was conducted by Quadrant Strategies in December.
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Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production

Today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year. However, current research shows dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce biofuels nine months of the year, increasing profits by as much as 30 percent.
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Syngenta grows Enogen corn footprint

Syngenta recently announced that it has reached agreements with ethanol plants, from Arizona to Ohio, with a combined total capacity of nearly 2 billion gallons.
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Lesaffre inaugurates a new yeast drying facility in Alabama

On Jan. 10, Lesaffre inaugurate the new Lesaffre Yeast Corp. drying facility in Headland, Alabama, and celebrate the launch of Leaf’s new bioengineered yeast for ethanol production.
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