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January 11, 2021

USDA: US ethanol exports at 114 million gallons in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, BusinessThe U.S. exported 113.62 million gallons of ethanol in November and 927,604 metric tons of distillers grains according to data released by the USDA FAS on Jan. 7. Exports of both products were down when compared to the previous month. READ MORE

January 07, 2021

OPINION: USDA HBIIP 2020 year-end free money clearance!

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure and Incentive Program has some money left over, and the agency is offering fuel retailers a rare second chance to submit applications. The current application period is open through Jan. 19. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

USGC promotes ethanol’s air quality, human health benefits

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerAs the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 push air quality and climate issues to center stage, the U.S. Grains Council is continuing its work to demonstrate the environmental benefits of ethanol to global stakeholders. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

ORNL: Co-Optima research develops roadmap for biofuels design

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Markets, BusinessResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel will perform in engines designed for light-duty vehicles. READ MORE

December 30, 2020

Canadian Hutterites investigate US DDGS value in swine diets

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, CoproductsCapitalizing on successful virtual engagement with the Mennonite community in Southeast Mexico, the USGC recently began promotion of the nutritional and economical value of U.S. DDGS with Hutterite swine producers in western Canada. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Manitoba increases ethanol, biodiesel blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe Manitoba government on Dec. 22 announced that it will step up its ethanol and biodiesel blending requirements over the next two years, requiring E10 and B5 blends of gasoline and diesel by the start of 2022. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

CoBank: 2021 outlook for ethanol is stable but guarded

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, BusinessCoBank on Dec. 17 issued a report on the year ahead, predicting the 2021 outlook for ethanol is stable but guarded, with considerable growth and margin opportunities favoring ethanol coproducts versus fuel. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

In Depth: 45Q - The Drive to Qualify

BY Alex Tiller Found In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe road to qualifying for the 45Q tax credit can be confusing, with strict limitations on project phases and what constitutes start of construction. But, navigated properly, the credit is a promising opportunity. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

Canada publishes proposed Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe government of Canada on Dec. 18 published proposed regulations for its Clean Fuel Standard. Final regulations are expected to be published next year, with the CFS scheduled to come into force on Dec. 1, 2022. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

Brazil’s 20% tariff on ethanol devastating to US biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyU.S. ethanol exports to Brazil are once again subject to a 20 percent tariff after the two countries failed to reach a trade agreement during a short-term extension of Brazil’s tariff-rate quota (TRQ) that expired in mid-December. READ MORE

December 14, 2020

RFA: Ethanol industry needs support, COVID-19 losses near $4B

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyA new analysis released by the RFA shows that U.S. ethanol producers had lost $3.8 billion as result of COVID-19 by the end of November. With new travel restrictions and the resulting loss of fuel demand, those losses will continue to grow. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

EIA maintains 2021 forecast for fuel ethanol production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Energy Information Administration slightly increased its forecast for 2021 fuel ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Dec. 8. The forecast for 2020 ethanol production was maintained. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

USDA: US ethanol exports at 127 million gallons in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Coproducts, BusinessThe U.S. exported 126.52 million gallons of ethanol and 951,500 tons of distillers grains in October, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Dec. 4. Exports of both products were up when compared to October 2019. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

Report: E15 poised to fast-track climate progress

BY Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerGrowth Energy has released a new report examining the potential climate benefits of a nationwide transition from the standard 10-percent ethanol blended fuel (E10) to a 15-percent ethanol blend (E15). READ MORE

December 03, 2020

UNICA: Ethanol exports remain high in early November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessUNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced the production of hydrous ethanol was down during the first half of November. Ethanol exports and the production of corn ethanol, however, continued to trend higher. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

OPINION: 2020 hindsight

BY Ron Lamberty, senior vice president, American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWe learned in 2020 how valuable convenience store owners, operators, and workers are to all of us. The ethanol industry owes a debt of gratitude to everyone who went to work everyday and sold our products, according to ACE's Ron Lamberty. READ MORE

December 03, 2020

OPINION: Changing the retail landscape for higher blends

BY Cassie Mullen, director of market development, Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerFuel retailers are beginning to implement a range of infrastructure projects across the country. This comes as USDA’s HBIIP is being fully implemented, something farmers and the ethanol industry helped make happen, according to RFA's Cassie Mullen. READ MORE

December 02, 2020

EIA: Ethanol production down 2%, stocks increase by 2%

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, BusinessU.S. fuel ethanol production fell by nearly 2 percent the week ending Nov. 27, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Dec. 2. Weekly ending stocks increased by 2 percent. READ MORE

December 01, 2020

RFA: Automakers approve E15 in nearly all 2021 vehicles

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerAn annual analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the RFA reveals that while nearly all new 2021 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15 gasoline, far fewer models are being offered as FFVs. READ MORE

November 30, 2020

Iowa provides COVID-19 relief to 167 biofuel retail locations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship on Nov. 30 announced that 101 ethanol projects and 137 biodiesel projects at 167 fuel retail locations have been awarded COVID-19 relief under the Renewable Fuels Retail Recovery Program. READ MORE

November 30, 2020

OPINION: Growth Energy highlights Casey’s Unleaded 88 offerings

BY Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development at Growth Energy Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerRetail offerings of higher ethanol blends has been steadily on the rise, with preliminary data for the year showing a 10 percent growth in retail stores in 2020 alone, according to Mike O’Brien, vice president of market development at Growth Energy. READ MORE

November 30, 2020

Ontario to require 15% renewable content in gasoline by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Policy, RetailerThe government of Ontario announced on Nov. 26 it has amended its clean fuels regulations and will ramp up its requirement for renewable content in gasoline to 15 percent by 2030. The change is will boost demand for biofuels, including ethanol. READ MORE

November 29, 2020

In Depth: Security of Scale

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, CoproductsAs one of America’s largest biorefiners moves forward with two more installations of Fluid Quip Technologies’ 50% protein technology, critical production redundancy is in hand. Products with even higher protein levels are already in the pipeline. READ MORE

November 29, 2020

Opinion: Global Trade Looks Different Now, But for Better or For Worse?

BY Andrea Kent Found In:Markets, Business, PolicyThe global economy is going to look different for a while. Our industry’s reliability under pressure, coupled with open supply and trade links, and sound policy, will continue to be ethanol’s advantage in the global marketplace. READ MORE

November 27, 2020

Opinion: Could Ethanol Be a ‘Net-Zero’ Hero?

BY Geoff Cooper Found In:Markets, Policy, RetailerAlready contributing to decarbonization, ethanol is a phenomenal low-carbon molecule that will continue to play an instrumental role in the transition to net-zero emissions. And because it is here today, there is no need to wait until 2035 to act. READ MORE

November 27, 2020

In Depth: Opportunity Around The Globe

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyMany of the key players in ethanol’s export markets will hold their places into 2021, but policies, tariffs and demand for industrial ethanol could make waves. Making sure ethanol is treated as a here-and-now climate change solution will be critical. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

Report: Japan’s ethanol blend rate expected at 1.9% in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Business, PolicyJapan achieved an average ethanol blend rate of 1.6 percent in 2019. The blend rate is expected to increase to 1.9 percent this year due to an estimated 8 percent decrease in gasoline demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

November 25, 2020

USGC promotes fuel ethanol during Chinese expo

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, BusinessThe U.S. ethanol industry has much to offer as China develops its own regulatory framework on biofuels. The USGC and its U.S. partners recently promoted increased ethanol use during the third China International Import Expo. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Pink at the Pump campaign supports breast cancer awareness

BY North Dakota Ethanol Council Found In:Markets, Business, RetailerBy choosing Unleaded88, a higher-octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, drivers across North Dakota helped raise $1,600 for breast awareness as part of the 2nd annual Pink at the Pump campaign. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Opinion: Ethanol is Not a Bridge— We Are a Main Road

BY Dave VanderGriend Found In:Markets, Business, Policy, RetailerWith 250 million cars on the road, and 15 million or more being sold annually, the internal combustion engine will remain predominant for decades to come. High-octane, low-carbon ethanol makes liquid transportation fuels clean and efficient today. READ MORE