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UNICA: Sugarcane harvest impacted by rain in late April

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By Erin Voegele

May 26, 2023

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that sugarcane processing and ethanol production slowed during the second half of April due to intense rainfall. Ethanol sales were also down during the two-week period.

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Iowa awards $800,000 in renewable fuel infrastructure grants

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By Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

May 26, 2023

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Board approved 15 project applications and 11 supplemental grant requests for a total of more than $800,000 during its quarterly board meeting on May 9.

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A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 15 aims to allow corn ethanol to qualify as an advanced biofuel under the RFS. It would also require the U.S. EPA to use the GREET model to determine the GHG emissions profile of biofuels.

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Summit Agricultural Group has announced the creation of Summit Next Gen, a sustainable aviation fuel production platform. Summit Next Gen will utilize Honeywell's ethanol-to-jet processing technology to convert ethanol into SAF.

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Carbon intensity scores determine, in part, the value producers get for each gallon of ethanol they produce. Today's CI calculations don't factor in low-carbon farming practices, but industry leaders like Brian Jennings are determined to change that.

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In April, the U.S. Grains Council held the 2023 U.S. DDGS Trade Promotion Conference in Seoul, South Korea, that offered information on U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and its benefits, among other topics.

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The RFA, Growth Energy and ACE and are calling on the U.S. EPA to recognize the carbon reduction benefits of ethanol in its proposed rule to set multi-pollutant emissions standards for MY 2027 and later light-duty and medium-duty vehicles.

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In conjunction with the USDA's Agricultural Trade Mission that took place during April in the Netherlands, the USGC organized an ethanol policy and infrastructure assessment mission to discuss the country's current ethanol policy.

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In April, USGC ethanol staff traveled to British Columbia, Canada, to meet with provincial government officials, fuel suppliers and fuel retailers about the province's updated low-carbon fuel standard and increasing ethanol blends to E15.

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Fueled by Nebraska, a partnership of Nebraska biofuels organizations, and the Nebraska Soybean Board, is celebrating Renewable Fuels Month with giveaways, student contests, radio interviews, fuel promotions, and more.

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The U.S. EPA on April 28 issued an emergency waiver that will allow E15 sales to continue through the summer 2023 driving season nationwide. Representatives of the U.S. ethanol industry are applauding the agency's decision.

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ICM announced Element LLC was placed into receivership due to market-based disruptions that have impacted profitability, including high corn basis and reduce LCFS values. ICM technologies installed at the plant, however, exceeded expectations.

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The European Commission announced on April 26 that a political agreement has been reached on the REFuelEU Aviation proposal, which creates a mandate requiring the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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USGC Chairman Josh Miller joined USGC staff to share the benefits of U.S. ethanol at the Seoul Mobility Show in Seoul, South Korea. The USGC's Korea office also held various events for the nearly 4,000 attendees at its booth this year.

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Transitioning to E15 from E10 in Minnesota would contribute $1.06 billion to Minnesota's GDP, according to a new study by ABF Economics. The move to E15 would increase ethanol demand, benefits consumers and the economy, and reduce GHG emissions.

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The U.S. Grains Council's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) office had two opportunities to promote distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in March, including at an event in Turkey and a tour of three Saudi Arabian cities.

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Representatives of the U.S. ethanol industry urged the U.S. EPA to take immediate action to make E15 available during the summer 2023 driving season in comments submitted to the agency on April 20 as part of its Midwest E15 rulemaking.

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A new analysis by the RFA indicates that since the beginning of 2022 American drivers saved an average of more than 25 cents per gallon when using the E15 fuel blend, which contains 15 percent low-carbon ethanol, compared to regular E10 unleaded.

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European ethanol producer CropEnergies on April 17 issued a statement indicating the company expects to experience a significant reduction in revenues, EBITDA and operating profit for the first fiscal quarter of 2023.

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Members of the House Ag Committee grilled EPA Administrator Michael Regan on the agency's low proposed RFS RVOs for biomass-based diesel, delays in implementing year-round E15 waivers, and GHG tailpipe emission standards during an April 19 hearing.

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In advance of a Senate subcommittee hearing on April 17 on the importance of cleaner vehicles, the RFA stressed the importance of renewable fuels like ethanol in providing “an effective and immediate solution for reducing carbon emissions."

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A report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Information Network on April 11 discusses Colombia's March 15 decision to extend its existing 20-cent-per-gallon duty on U.S. ethanol for the next five years.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data indicating sugarcane processing by mills in the south-central region of Brazil was up 5 percent during the 2020-'23 harvest season. Ethanol production was also up 5 percent.

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Despite seasonally lower ethanol demand, U.S ethanol production and profitability were in line with long-term averages during the first quarter of 2023, according to CoBank Knowledge Exchange's latest quarterly report, released April 6.

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RFA: E15 now available in New York

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By Renewable Fuels Association

April 13, 2023

E15 is now available to drivers in New York state for the first time, according to the RFA. Dandy Mini Mart and Travel Plaza in Nichols has become one of the first retailers in the state to offer E15. New York approved use of the fuel blend in 2019.

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Michigan lawmakers on April 12 introduced the Clean Energy Future Plan, a bill package that aims to implement a wide range of clean energy provisions, including a clean fuel standard (CFS) and a clean energy standard.

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Industry experts and ethanol producers explain what caused markedly high production margins in 2022—strong markets, exciting policy and good prices—while analyzing the first couple months of 2023 and predicting what's to come. Ethanol producers are coming off an undeniably strong year. 2022 was not devoid of challenges, but it was replete with landmark policy and marketplace dynamics that, on balance, allowed the vast majority of U.S. ethanol producers to do quite well financially. Mirroring that financial success this year would be like a pro baseball pitcher throwing back-to-back perfect games—it doesn’t happen—and, sure enough, the last quarter of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023 already reflect that. But this year’s margins may not disappoint, with at least some of last year’s margin-making factors still in play. 

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The EU does not have to choose between its climate, energy and food security goals when it has a pragmatic, proven, homegrown solution that is already delivering results and could do much more with the right approach.

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Green Plains is developing new technologies and coproducts. CEO Todd Becker talks about the company's various projects related to protein, corn oil, clean sugar and carbon, as well as a newly announced joint venture in SAF.

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It comes as no surprise that the lowest-cost fuel in California is also the state's fastest-growing liquid fuel, the RFA said April 11 at an event in Sacramento spotlighting the importance of the lower-carbon E85 flexfuel blend.

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