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USGC: Ethanol mission to Ottawa focuses on enhancing blending

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By U.S. Grains Council

April 05, 2024

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In March, USGC representatives Isabelle Ausdal, regional ethanol manager for the EU, U.K. and Canada, and Growth Energy’s Chris Bliley, senior vice president of regulatory affairs, visited Ottawa, Canada, to promote increased ethanol blending.

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The U.S. exported 139.02 million gallons of ethanol and 986,337 metric tons of distillers grains in February, according to data released by the USDA on April 4. Exports of both products were up when compared to February 2023.

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The U.S. Grains Council is soliciting applications for its seven Advisory Teams (A-Teams) to serve the 2024-2026 term. One of the A-Teams focuses exclusively on ethanol. Applications are due April 30.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing during the first half of March was up significantly when compared to the same period of last year. Ethanol production and sales were also up.

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Legislation introduced in the Illinois Senate aims to create a technology-neutral clean fuel standard (CFS) that would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 20% by 2038.

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U.S. Grains Council staff recently traveled to Maputo, Mozambique and met with high-ranking government officials from the U.S. and Mozambique to discuss the country’s intention to implement a 10 percent ethanol fuel blend by August.

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Reps. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, and Darin LaHood, R-Ill, led two letters to the Biden administration urging greater action in developing new markets for biofuels exports and calling on officials to work toward the repeal of Brazil’s ethanol tariffs.

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The Michigan Senate Committee on Energy and Environment on March 14 held a hearing to consider legislation introduced last year that aims to create a tax credit to support the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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At the Commodity Classic in Houston, USGC staff members and leadership highlighted USGC programming being conducted to increase exports and build on the organization’s mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives.

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Annual E15 sales in Minnesota hit a new record on 2023

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By Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association

March 14, 2024

Annual E15 sales in Minnesota reached a new milestone in 2023 with 127.56 million gallons reported sold, according to the latest data by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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The record use of lower-cost E85 in California saved the state’s drivers $99 million in 2023, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 370,000 metric tons, a new analysis from the Renewable Fuels Association shows.

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Growth Energy has welcomed the release of new data from the California Air Resources Board showing that sales of E85 set a new record in the state in 2023. The organization is also calling on California to fast track approval of E15.

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The EU’s ambitions to be a world leader in the fight against climate change are admirable but daunting—which makes it all the more vital for policymakers to take a pragmatic approach that uses every available sustainable emissions reduction technology.

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The U.S. exported 149.97 million gallons of ethanol and 902,376 metric tons of distillers grains in January, according to data released by the USDA FAS on March 7. Exports of both products were up when compared to January 2023.

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Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. On March 5 announced that it has developed a stationary, bio-ethanol-fueled system capable of high-efficiency power generation. Trials of the system have begun at Nissans Tochigi Plant in Japan.

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The U.S. Grains Council, in partnership with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Jakarta and other key USDA cooperators and local stakeholders, recently organized a series of seminars aimed at bolstering Indonesia’s dairy sector.

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 5 signed legislation to establish a technology-neutral clean transportation fuel standard (CTFS) that aims to reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels by at least 30% by 2024.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that sugarcane processing during the first half of February was up when compared to same period of the previous year. Ethanol production and sales were also up significantly.

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The government of Singapore has unveiled an action plan that aims to decarbonize the country’s aviation sector. The program will, in part, require flights departing Singapore to be fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) starting in 2026.

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The U.S. Grains Council’s Latin America office recently collaborated with several other groups to organize the “Sustainable Mobility: Opportunities of Ethanol in Guatemala” conference in Guatemala City.

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Raízen, an integrated energy company, and Wärtsilä, the global leader in power system technologies for marine and energy markets, signed a decarbonization agreement in order to advance decarbonization of the marine sector.

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The U.S. exported 155.64 million gallons of ethanol and 992,827 metric tons of distillers grains in December, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Feb. 7. Exports of both products were up.

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According to new statistical reports released on Feb. 8 by the Renewable Fuels Association, the value of the U.S. ethanol industry’s exports soared to a record level of just over $7.1 billion in 2023.

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Legislation currently pending in Washington state aims to require airport operators to make a minimum 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to private jets owned by individuals or businesses once certain conditions are met.

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Legislation introduced in the New Jersey Senate on Jan. 29 aims to establish a low-carbon transportation fuel standard (LCTFS) that would reduce the average carbon intensity (CI) of gasoline and diesel by 10% below a 2019 baseline by 2030.

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies announced on Jan. 17 that it has completed the first sale of its FuelAdaptive truck to Vander Haag's Inc., which will use ClearFlame's truck to deliver parts to its 11 locations in multiple states.

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The U.S. EIA expects average U.S. retail gasoline prices to decrease in 2024 because of increased inventories related to increased refinery capacity. In 2025, slightly reduced gasoline consumption is expected to further decrease prices.

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The RFA showcased the world's first plug-in hybrid electric flex fuel vehicle at the Washington, D.C. Auto Show. The vehicle is a converted 2022 Ford Escape that combines the benefits of an FVV with a battery electric vehicle (BEV).

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Legislation introduced in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Jan. 3 aims to establish a technology-neutral clean transportation fuel standard that would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by at least 30 percent by 2040.

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The International Energy Agency released a new report on Jan. 11, Renewables 2023, predicting that global biofuel demand will expand by 38 billion liters (10.4 billion gallons) between 2023 and 2028.

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