New data released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that 25 states broke through the E10 “blend wall” in 2015, adding to evidence that the figurative wall is crumbling. But that wasn’t the only ethanol-related news this week. Read on for your weekly Think Bioenergy news roundup!

US ethanol production sets new record

The U.S. ethanol industry set a new weekly production record the week ending Dec. 9, with production reaching an average of 1.04 million barrels per day, according to information published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The U.S. ethanol has repeatedly broken records for ethanol production in 2016. The previous record was set the week ending July 15, when production averaged 1.029 million barrels per day. That record was tied the week ending Aug. 12, when production again averaged 1.029 million barrels per day.

Visit Ethanol Producer Magazine for more on this story.


DOE says 25 states and DC gas broke the blend wall in 2015

Recent data from the DOE shows that gasoline consumed in 25 states and the District of Columbia contained more than 10% percent ethanol on average in 2015, demonstrating that the so-called E10 “blend wall” continues to crumble.

The national average ethanol blend rate was 9.91% according to the DOE data. According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the data completely undermine legislation proposed by Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) that suggests the gasoline market cannot withstand more than 9.7% ethanol content.

RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen said the DOE data underscore that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is working as intended to drive increased use of ethanol and other biofuels.

Get more on this story, including state-by-state breakdowns, at the Renewable Fuels Association.


85% of voters say shifting RFS compliance would harm consumers

A new survey has found that a majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the RFS from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and hard-working Americans.

The survey, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), found that 86% of voters believe that changing the compliance requirements under the RFS, which is intended to reduce emissions and increase the use of ethanol and other renewable fuels, would increase gasoline and diesel prices at the pump.

The findings also revealed that 81% of voters are concerned that shifting the cost from refiners who make fuel to wholesalers and retailers who sell it would increase fraud and the cost of overseeing the system.

For more details on the survey, visit PR Newswire.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.