U.S. consumers show signs of warming to higher fuel ethanol blends
Americans just pumped a record percentage of fuel ethanol, and new reports show that DDGS exports — especially to Asian countries — are up across the board. Even New York City is making better use of bioenergy, replacing replacing a significant portion of its traditional heating oil with biodiesel. Get all the details in this week’s news roundup!
US DDGS exports up 6%
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest report on trade data showed exports of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to all countries are up 6% this marketing year, ending Aug. 30. If this pace continues, the export tally for the year should approach 12 million metric tons, near a record set during the 2013/2014 marketing year.
Southeast Asia as a region saw DDGS exports rise more than 50% this year with notable gains from Vietnam (up 76%), Thailand (up 29%) and Indonesia (up 42%). In fact, at 1.7 million tons so far, DDGS exports to Southeast Asia now exceed those to Mexico (up 18%).
The increased pace of exports is a positive development for overall demand of U.S. grains, particularly in light of the large corn crop nearing harvest and continued robust ethanol production figures. Learn more at the U.S. Grains Council.
Americans pump record amounts of ethanol
Ethanol’s share of the U.S. gasoline market reached a record 10.2% last week, according to a government report.
Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the sale of E15, or gasoline that contains 15% fuel ethanol, for cars built in 2001 or later. Last week’s increase in market share indicates that consumers are using higher fuel ethanol blends, such as E15 and E85, gasoline that contains 85% fuel ethanol.
The increase can also be partly attributed to the seasonal federal restriction on the higher blends that expired Sept. 15. Read more on this story at Bloomberg Markets.
New York City to increase use of biodiesel
The City of New York has passed legislation that will incrementally displace 20% of the heating oil sold within the city with biodiesel.
The bill increases the amount of biodiesel in heating oil in the City from the current 2% level to 5% by October 1, 2017. The blend level then moves to 10% in 2025, 15% in 2030 and 20% in 2034.
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) estimates that the increase from a 2% blend to 5% would reduce emissions equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road, with the increase to 20% being comparable removing more than a quarter of a million cars. Get the full story at Biofuels International.