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December 6, 2012
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  • Analysis: RFS waiver isn't likely to dent refiners' demand for ethanol
    Little can be gained from a Renewable Fuel Standard waiver because refiners have grown to depend on ethanol as an oxygenate and gasoline extender, write Daryll Ray and Harwood Schaffer, director and research assistant professor, respectively, at the University of Tennessee's Agricultural Policy Analysis Center. Moreover, refiners have adapted their distribution systems to take advantage of ethanol, Ray and Schaffer note. "Without a reduction in demand for ethanol by refiners, little would be gained by granting the waiver," they write. Southwest Farm Press (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, ethanol post gains; NYMEX oil slips
    March corn closed at $7.5775 per bushel Wednesday, up 5.75 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. January light sweet crude dropped 62 cents to settle at $87.88 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. December denatured ethanol rose 0.3 cents to expire at $2.427 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg (12/5), MarketWatch (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RFA asks EPA to update corn, sugarcane ethanol GHG analyses
    The Renewable Fuels Association asked the Environmental Protection Agency in a letter to revise analyses of greenhouse gas emissions from corn and sugarcane ethanol, which it considers to be obsolete. "[N]ew reports and data show that the corn ethanol process is far less carbon intensive than assumed by EPA. Corn ethanol is offering real and significant GHG savings today," RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen said in the letter. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Urbanization presents opportunity for waste-to-fuel systems
    The global trend toward urbanization presents a lucrative opportunity for technologies aimed at converting municipal solid waste into fuels, writes Mackinnon Lawrence, a senior research analyst at Pike Research. Projections by Pike Research indicate nearly 3 billion tons of solid waste will be generated globally by 2022. However, scaling up waste-to-fuel technology has so far been hampered by technical issues and market barriers such as low landfill tipping fees in most of the U.S., Lawrence notes. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EIA: Biofuels to account for 5.8% of liquid-fuels market by 2040
    Biofuel use is projected to increase from 1.3 quadrillion BTUs in 2011 to 2.1 quadrillion BTUs in 2040, according to the Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook. Biofuels will account for 5.8% of overall liquid-fuel consumption by 2040, down from last year's outlook due to weaker-than-expected adoption of flex-fuel vehicles, a smaller gasoline pool and a reduced outlook for cellulosic-biofuel output, EIA said. "If smart, market-based policies like the RFS are maintained, advanced biofuels will continue to succeed and grow," said Novozymes North America President Adam Monroe in response to the report. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Oil prices will rise faster than expected
    In 2040 dollars, gasoline prices will reach $8.62 per gallon and oil will hit $268 per barrel by 2040, according to the latest projections from the Energy Information Administration. The price of gas will jump 25% by 2040, while diesel will increase by 37%, using 2011 dollars, according to the report. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New video shows benefits of advanced biofuels in military operations
    The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate has launched a video that shows the value of the Department of Defense's biofuels program. With its ability to invest in advanced biofuels, the department -- the world's biggest user of liquid fuels -- will go a long way toward lessening the country's reliance on imported oil while promoting development of next-generation biofuels, the Pew Project said. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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