This week’s new roundup features encouraging trends and statistics for the U.S. renewable fuel industry, including a new addition to the Prime the Pump initiative.

Renewable fuel grows, sets records

Supply and demand of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel are expected to continue their rise this year despite continued challenges and uncertainties. Executives from organizations representing U.S. renewable-fuel producers recently provided insights into the opportunities and challenges ahead.

The U.S. ethanol industry produced a record 15.3 billion gallons of the fuel in 2016. And production reports through the first quarter indicate that 2017 will likely be another record-breaking year.

Rachel Gantz, communications director for the Renewable Fuels Association, said about 700 fuel stations in 29 states across America now offer E15. Meanwhile about 3,870 fuel stations are selling E85 in more than 2,250 cities.

And those numbers are consistently growing—just this week, fuel retailer and convenience store chain Kwik Trip announced they would be joining Prime the Pump and offering E15 in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Learn more about these renewable fuel trends and predictions at Agri-View, and read about Kwik Trip’s Prime the Pump news at Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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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.