Americans are buying more ethanol at the pump — and that’s a good thing, especially considering the October Pink Out promotion that’s raising funds for (and awareness of) breast cancer. This story and more in your weekly bioenergy news roundup!


US market sees highest recorded ethanol blend rate

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reported that gasoline supplied to the U.S. market last week contained an average of 10.4% ethanol, the second time in the last four weeks that the ethanol blend rate topped 10%.


EIA data show that an average of 8.798 million barrels per day (mbpd) of gasoline were supplied to the market last week. Ethanol blending averaged 0.915 mbpd, meaning gasoline contained an average of 10.4% ethanol. This is the highest weekly blend rate on record, topping the 10.21% rate reported just three weeks earlier.


For more on this story, visit Biofuels Digest.


Sheetz selected as MobileCARE award winner

Convenience store and fuel retailer chain Sheetz was selected as a recipient of a MobileCARE award from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.


The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have successfully reduced transportation-related emissions, promoted fuel diversity and encourage efficiency through clean transportation technologies.


Sheetz specifically received the award for their distribution of E15/E85 across the state of North Carolina. Recently, Sheetz has also been in the news for offering E15 — gasoline that contains 15% ethanol — at 61 of its North Carolina locations, and also, along with several other retailers, for donating a portion of each E15 sale during the month of October to organizations fighting breast cancer.


BIO asks Congress to extend biofuel tax incentives

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits that are currently set to expire at the end of the year.


The letter urges a multi-year extension of a variety of biofuel-related tax credits, including the second generation biofuel producer tax credit, the special depreciation allowance for second generation biofuel plant property, the biodiesel and renewable diesel fuels credit and the alternative fuel vehicle refueling property credit.


In the letter, BIO says that, to encourage further growth, the advanced biofuels industry will require additional support and greater policy certainty moving forward. But, the letter also notes that the U.S. biofuels industry creates $184.5 billion of economic output, 852,056 jobs, $46.2 billion in wages and $14.5 billion in taxes each year.


For more details, check Ethanol Producer Magazine.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

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.