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UNICA: Ethanol production up 5% for 2022-'23 harvest season

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By Erin Voegele

April 18, 2023

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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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The U.S. Energy Information Administration has maintained its forecast for 2023 ethanol production in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released April 11. The outlook for 2024 ethanol production was reduced slightly.

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The “E” Is Silent

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By Ron Lamberty

April 10, 2023

When EPA examined concerns about removing the 1-pound RVP waiver during the high-ozone season to facilitate year-round blending of E15, it gave zero consideration to the negative economic impact a "gap year" would have on retailers of the blend.

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Metacon has announced Switzerland-based WattAnyWhere (WaW) has ordered its second ethanol-to-green hydrogen reforming system from Metacon subsidiary Helbio. Deliver of the system is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.

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The U.S. Grains Council on April 6 announced it is now accepting applications to join its seven Advisory Teams (A-teams), including the Ethanol A-team, for the 2023-2025 term. Applications are due April 30.

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The U.S. ethanol industry can't allow Brazil to game the system to steal markets away from our producers. We need to correct outdated models of lifecycle emissions and take an unapologetic approach to challenging patently unfair trade practices.

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The U.S. EPA should use its authority under the Clean Air Act to provide consumers with continued access to low-cost, low-emission E15 during the summer months, according to a letter sent on April 4 from corn grower leaders to the agency.

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The U.S. exported 104.03 million gallons of ethanol and 764,494 metric tons of distillers grains in February, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on April 5. Exports of both products were down.

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The American Coalition for Ethanol hosted its annual Washington, D.C., fly-in March 29-30. During the event, 60 ACE members held approximately 100 meetings with federal lawmakers to advocate for legislation that supports the U.S. ethanol industry.

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USTR: Japan's new policy increases market for US ethanol exports

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By Office of U.S. Trade Representative

April 05, 2023

Following extensive engagement by the USTR, the USDA, and U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan published a new biofuels policy on March 31 that will allow the United States to capture up to 100 percent of Japan's on-road ethanol market.

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Growth Energy, RFA, NCGA, NSP, AFBF and NFU on April 5 sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging his administration to issue an emergency waiver allowing E15 sales this summer. Such a waiver was implemented ahead of the summer 2022 driving season.

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With the summer driving season less than two months away and fuel prices again on the rise, the RFA stepped up its campaign calling for quick action by the White House to ensure the lower-cost E15 gasoline blend is available this summer.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing ethanol production was up during the first half of March, with a significant increase in corn ethanol production. Ethanol sales for the two-week period were down.

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Growth Energy has announced a new ad campaign calling on President Biden's U.S. EPA to ensure uninterrupted access to cleaner, more affordable E15 fuel during the fast-approaching summer driving season.

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on March 30 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Regan requesting the agency issue an emergency waiver allowing the sale of E15 products to continue through the summer 2023 driving season.

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As EU policymakers set about determining the definition of CO2-neutral fuels in the coming months, ePURE says they should take into account the significant GHG-reduction score of EU renewable ethanol.

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Japan issues new rule on ethanol

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By Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association and U.S. Grains Council

March 31, 2023

Growth Energy, USGC and RFA have released a joint statement applauding the Japanese government for issuing a new rule that will allow U.S. ethanol producers more access to the Japanese biofuel market.

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Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, and 19 cosponsors on March 30 reintroduced the Next Generation Fuels Act, which aims to establish a high-octane, fuel standard. Companion legislation was introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on March 22.

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To identify opportunities to increase corn and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports to Nicaragua, U.S. Grains Council staff in Latin America (LTA) recently met with relevant beef and poultry producers.

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U.S. Trade Representative Katherine C. Tai confirmed her office is working to get Brazil to end its import tariff on U.S. ethanol imports during a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on March 23 focused on U.S. trade policy agenda.

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office on March 27 issued a report that includes recommendations on how three federal agencies can track progress related to the Biden administration's Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge.

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As the Biden administration and Congress consider taking action to allow continued sales of lower-cost E15 this summer, a new poll shows overwhelming support among voters for ensuring the popular fuel blend remains available year-round.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a hybrid meeting on April 4 in Washington, D.C.

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