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NEWS UPDATE April 7, 2015

U.S. Ethanol Exports in 2014 Reach Highest Level Since 2011

By Sean Hill, Energy Collective  •    •  Posted April 7, 2015

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33% more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013. Similarly, U.S. imports of ethanol, which totaled approximately 377 million gallons during 2013, fell by 81% to a total of 73 million gallons in 2014, their lowest annual level since 2010. As a result, the United States was a net exporter of fuel ethanol for the fifth consecutive year and exported the fuel to 37 different countries in 2014. [ read more … ]

RFA Reports February Ethanol Export Record

by Cindy Zimmerman, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted April 7, 2015

The Renewable Fuels Association reports that U.S. ethanol exports reached a new record in February, based on an analysis of the latest government data. According to RFA Research Analyst Ann Lewis, U.S. exports of denatured and undenatured ethanol in February totaled 85.2 million gallons, up 24% from January, the highest February export volume on record. Year-to-date exports at 153.9 million gallons are in line with exports during the same period last year. [ read more … ]

California Air Resources Board holds workshop on LCFS re-adoption

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted April 7, 2015

Today’s California Air Resources Board (CARB) workshop on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) reinforces sugarcane ethanol is the most environmentally friendly biofuel supplying today’s market. CARB’s revision of indirect land-use change (ILUC) modeling resulted in reduced penalties for Brazilian sugarcane ethanol and the lowest overall number in the LCFS, confirming it as the lowest-carbon biofuel available at commercial scale today. This is due to the sugarcane industry’s innovative sustainability efforts including reducing deforestation, requiring a double-crop system in production, and expanding mechanized harvesting instead of pre-harvesting burning techniques. [ read more … ]

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad: The Digest interview

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted April 7, 2015

Much is happening, in biotech, agriculture and in pharmaceuticals. When I first came to office, we were a big energy importing state. Now, we are #1 in ethanol, a leading biodiesel producer, and we are only behind states like Texas and California in wind. But as a percentage of our power usage we’re way ahead, with almost 30% of our power from wind. And there are the new cellulosic plants like POET-DSM, and in Nevada, DuPont is going to open one before the end of the year.
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