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November 26, 2012
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  • Report: Ethanol production margins fell again in October
    U.S. ethanol producers in October lost an average of 12 cents per gallon, the worst in four months, as the fuel's market price dropped about 4% from September, according to an Iowa State University analysis. Average feedstock costs fell to $7.51 per bushel in October from $7.63 in September. Revenue from distillers dried grains with solubles slipped to $271 per metric ton from $280 the month before, the report showed. Platts (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • U.S. ethanol output declined in mid-November
    U.S. ethanol output averaged 811,000 barrels a day in the week that ended Nov. 16, down 1.6% from the week before and the lowest since Oct. 19, according to the Department of Energy. Supplies of the fuel rose 6% to 18.9 million barrels, the largest weekly gain in nearly two years, the agency said. Meanwhile, ethanol imports slumped to 6,000 barrels per day, down 90% from the prior week and the lowest since the week that ended Sept. 28, the agency reported. Bloomberg (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dinneen: Ethanol helped Thanksgiving drivers save cash
    An estimated 39 million Americans were on the road for Thanksgiving, according to AAA, and they can thank ethanol for lowering their fuel costs, said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. "The average American family will save $29.13 because ethanol helps lower the price of each and every gallon of gasoline. Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard are also helping to reduce this country's dependence on foreign oil, thus creating a stronger country and a stronger economy," Dinneen said. (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group issues guide to stainless steel for biofuel equipment
    A guide for helping biofuel producers and developers choose the appropriate grade of stainless steel for their facilities has been published by the Nickel Institute. Although stainless steel is more expensive than other piping or tank options available to the industry, it is more reliable, requires less maintenance and lasts longer, the group said. (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Va. city moves forward with plans to sell idled ethanol plant
    The shuttered Appomattox Bio Energy barley-to-ethanol plant will be put on the auction block to help the city of Hopewell, Va., recover more than $1.6 million in lost tax revenue from the failed project. The auction could happen early next year, said Stefan Calos, an attorney representing the city. (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slumping U.S. ethanol output sets back energy independence
    The historic drought is cutting into the margins of ethanol producers, adversely affecting the country's efforts toward energy independence, according to a report from shipbroker Poten & Partners. The drought-induced decline in U.S. ethanol production has opened the way for more Brazilian ethanol and reversed the U.S. role as a net exporter of ethanol, the report showed. Bloomberg (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Pentagon should focus on developing feedstock capacity
    The Pentagon should focus first on securing affordable supplies of feedstock for advanced biofuels rather than investing in advanced-biofuel production capacity, writes Jim Lane. The federal government in the 1910s reserved some oil fields in Wyoming and California for military and aviation use, something that could be replicated today for biomass supplies, Lane notes. Once an affordable supply of feedstock is in place, "we have little doubt that based on the downstream demand in aviation, and the history of financing in biofuels that the production capacity would be built," Lane states. (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • 38 U.S. senators express support for Pentagon's biofuels plan
    A group of 38 senators wrote a letter to the Senate leadership, seeking the elimination of provisions in the defense spending bill that would curtail the Department of Defense's ability to invest in renewable fuels. "Alternative fuels will not supplant fossil fuels entirely; however, replacing even a fraction of the fuels consumed by DOD with domestic alternative fuels has the potential to advance U.S. national security, improve strategic flexibility and insulate the defense budget against spikes in the cost of fossil fuels," the lawmakers wrote. Roll Call (free content) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • India to begin rollout of ethanol-blended gasoline
    The Indian government's decision to allow a percentage of ethanol in the country's gasoline supply will help boost the sugarcane industry, especially in the state of Maharashtra, observers said. The government has asked oil distribution firms to agree with ethanol producers on a price and to submit their orders by Saturday. The rollout of ethanol-blended gasoline will likely begin in 13 states next week. The Times of India/TNN (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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