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March 7, 2013
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  • U.S. ethanol output fell last week; supplies dipped again
    After four successive weeks of gains, U.S. ethanol output slipped to 805,000 barrels per day in the week ending March 1, down 0.9% from the previous week and the lowest since Feb. 15, the Energy Information Administration said. Stocks of the biofuel dropped for the fifth consecutive week, settling at 19.4 million barrels, the lowest since Nov. 30, the EIA said. The U.S. did not import any ethanol last week, compared with 32,000 barrels per day the week before, the agency said. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Update 
  • CBOT corn, NYMEX oil, ethanol futures post losses
    March corn settled at $7.08 per bushel Wednesday, down 24 cents, on the Chicago Board of Trade. Light sweet crude for April delivery fell 39 cents to close at $90.43 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. April denatured ethanol shed 3.7 cents to end at $2.40 per gallon on the CBOT. Bloomberg (3/6), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Paper offers insights into key issues for biofuel industry in 2013
    Bloomberg New Energy Finance has issued a white paper on eight issues it believes could shape the biofuel industry this year. On cellulosic biofuels, BNEF expects the U.S. to produce 22 million gallons this year, up from the Environmental Protection Agency's prediction of 14 million gallons. On Brazilian ethanol, BNEF expects U.S. imports of about 660 million gallons, 6 million gallons below the EPA's projection. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pilot program shows strong public interest in algae-based fuel
    Propel Fuels and Solazyme have unveiled the results of a customer survey in their month-long, pilot-scale algae-based biofuel retail program in California. According to the results, 92% of customers said they would be more likely to buy algae-based fuel because it is good for the environment, while 70% said they would buy a fuel more frequently if it were made from algae. Nearly 40% said they would pay more for algae-based fuel. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Scientists study biofuel potential of duckweed
    A scientist at Princeton University and his colleagues are looking into the biofuel potential of duckweed, according to a report in the journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. The fast-growing aquatic plant can grow in wastewater, isn't used for human consumption and can be collected more easily than algae, the researchers said. A small-scale duckweed facility could yield a cost-competitive fuel if the price of crude oil is $100 per barrel, while a bigger biorefinery could achieve competitiveness at $72-per-barrel crude oil, the researchers stated. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers suggest tightening oversight on bioenergy crops
    A researcher at Virginia Tech and his colleagues completed an analysis, published in BioScience, suggesting ways to improve regulatory oversight for ensuring that crops grown for bioenergy production do not become noxious or invasive species. "According to our analysis, current noxious weed laws do not provide adequate protection to prevent invasions in natural areas, and we have a shared responsibility for proper stewardship of these landscapes," said the study's lead author. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Global Agenda 
  • Australian group reports progress in advanced-biofuel project
    Australia-based Agritechnology has identified a site in New South Wales for a demonstration-scale advanced biofuel plant. The planned facility is expected to turn sweet sorghum, native grasses and sugarcane into renewable fuels, the company said. "We are a long way off but ultimately we'd like to provide an opportunity for farmers to have a market for feedstocks that can be used in this production," said Derek Robinson of Agritechnology. (U.K.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thai official wants new buses to run on E85
    Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Thailand's deputy prime minister and finance minister, has suggested that the nation's new public buses should run on locally made E85 instead of natural gas. "Natural gas is limited and will eventually disappear. If we increase its use, it must be imported. In Thailand, sugarcane and cassava can be made into ethanol and then gasohol," he said. Thailand's state-owned oil company PTT said it can supply enough E85 if the switch is made. Bangkok Post (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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