Corn ethanol could be the solution to the sugarcane off-season that Brazil has been looking for. Plus, more fuel choices are in store for Texas’ Dallas-Fort Worth region. Keep reading for these stories and more in your weekly bioenergy news roundup!

QuikTrip to expand E15 availability in Dallas-Fort Worth

QuikTrip, the Oklahoma-based chain of convenience stores, has joined major retailers selling E15 by announcing it will sell the fuel at 44 of its locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area in Texas.

QuikTrip joins Family Express, Kum & Go, MAPCO, Minnoco, Murphy USA, Protec Fuels, RaceTrac, Sheetz and Thorntons in offering their customers expanded fuel choices at the pump. Approved for use in all vehicles 2001 and newer, E15 is a high-octane fuel that burns cleaner and cooler than traditional gasoline, giving consumers improved vehicle performance and savings of up to 10 cents per gallon, while contributing to a greener environment.

To find their nearest E15 station, Dallas-Fort Worth residents should go to GetEthanol.com.

Brazil’s corn ethanol production to double by 2018

Because Brazil’s number one raw material for ethanol production faces seasonal issues, biofuel producers are turning to corn as a more reliable source.

Sugarcane plants historically face a major problem: a shortage of raw material to produce biofuel during sugarcane’s off-season. During this period, the sugar energy sector would lay essentially dormant for four months. However, in the past five years, plants have found a solution in corn, given that it can produce ethanol uninterruptedly all year-round.

Experts now predict that the corn ethanol segment will grow at a rapid pace, with new plants being built and corn production expected to double next harvest. Read more about this story at Agriculture.com.

RFA releases 2017 Ethanol Industry Outlook

The Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) released its annual Ethanol Industry Outlook, providing readers with statistics, insight and analysis on the latest facts of the U.S. ethanol industry.

Some examples of those facts include:

  • The production of 15.25 billion gallons of ethanol supported 74,420 direct jobs in renewable fuel production and agriculture in 2016, as well as 264,756 indirect and induced jobs across all sectors of the economy.
  • One-third of every bushel of grain that enters the ethanol process is enhanced and returned to the feed market, most often in the form of distillers grains, corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal.

Learn more in RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen’s Ethanol Producer Magazine column or download a copy of the handbook from the RFA website.

Geoff Hayward

Communications Writer 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.