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NEWS UPDATE May 14, 2015

Anti-hunger groups unhappy with senators’ support for strong RFS mandate 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted May 14, 2015

Environmental and anti-hunger groups are pushing back against senators who signed a letter urging U.S. EPA to set robust mandates for renewable fuels. ActionAid USA, the Clean Air Task Force, the Environmental Working Group and Oxfam America yesterday told some of those senators that expanded biofuel production brought on by the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program was having unintended consequences on the environment and worsening global hunger. [ read more … ]

Ethanol industry able to get more fuel per bushel of corn

By Farm Futures  •    •  Posted May 14, 2015

The Energy Information Administration said U.S. ethanol production reached its highest level ever in 2014, amounting to 14.3 billion gallons. The growth in U.S. fuel ethanol production also has outpaced growth in corn consumed as feedstock, EIA said. As the industry has grown, it has become more efficient, using fewer bushels of corn to produce a gallon of ethanol. [ read more … ]

Ethanol output for 2015 to hit 14.35 bil gal, biodiesel 1.24 bil gal: US EIA

By Herman Wang, Platts  •    •  Posted May 14, 2015

US ethanol production averaged 927,000 b/d in April, according to the Energy Information Administration, with full-year 2015 production expected to average 936,000 b/d, or 14.35 billion total gallons. US biodiesel output will average 81,000 b/d in 2015, or 1.24 billion total gallons, the EIA said in its May Short-Term Energy Outlook. [ read more … ]

US Ethanol Getting Exported to More Markets

By John Davis, Domestic Fuel  •    •  Posted May 14, 2015

A few years ago, almost all of U.S. ethanol went to Brazil, Canada and the European Union. But this article from the National Corn Growers Association says new information from the U.S. Grains Council shows just how wide the market has grown. Exports to the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and India experienced the strongest growth in 2014. While the UAE is largely importing U.S. ethanol to blend with its gasoline that is later re-exported, and India is importing for industrial purpose, the Philippines has a blend mandate in place. Domestic production in the Philippines has been unable to meet its 10 percent blend mandate making imports necessary. [ read more … ]

IEA: OPEC Battle for Oil Market Share Just Beginning

By Sarah Kent, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted May 14, 2015

A global battle for market share between OPEC and non-OPEC producers that has rocked oil markets and fed into the biggest price slump since the financial crisis is just getting started, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. Oil prices have plunged since June amid a glut in oil production driven by booming U.S. output and sluggish demand, a combination that threatened the market position of some of the world’s largest oil producers. [ read more … ]

U.S. corn production projected down, use up on plentiful supply

By Susanne Retka Schill, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 14, 2015

With spring planting progressing rapidly, USDA is projecting total U.S. feed grain supplies for 2015-‘16 will slightly exceed the record level of 2014-‘15 as larger beginning stocks more than offset lower expected production. The May World Agriculture Supply and Demand report is the agency’s initial assessment of U.S. and world crop supply and demand and U.S. prices for 2015-‘16. [ read more … ]

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