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NEWS UPDATE September 9, 2013

Ethanol producers: Industry may plateau

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted September 9, 2013

Ethanol producers say they are running up against market and regulatory pressures that are putting a crimp on the industry’s future, despite lower prices for a key commodity to produce the fuel. The ethanol industry is distilling enough product to satisfy the government mandate for blended fuels, usually about 10 percent ethanol. But without increased demand or mandate for more ethanol content in fuels, the industry has hit a so-called “blend wall” that is forcing small, higher-cost plants to close. [ read more … ]

Mileage Gains Using Ethanol Seen 20% Higher Than EPA Says

By Mark Drajem – Sep 6, 2013 3:55 PM CT, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted September 9, 2013

A tweak to an automobile’s engine software can improve by as much as 20 percent the estimated fuel efficiency when using gasoline with ethanol or methanol, according to a non-profit group pushing gasoline alternatives.
A Fuel Freedom Foundation study showed that setting the engine to run at an optimal setting for the higher octane in so-called alcohol fuels can cut the greenhouse gases emitted on average by 17 percent to 20 percent, making it better for the environment than estimated by independent analysts and the Environmental Protection Agency. [ read more … ]

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