Tag: blend wall

RFA: Data Show the So-Called “Blend Wall” is Crumbling

RFA: Data Show the So-Called “Blend Wall” is Crumbling

October 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration reports that gasoline supplied to the U.S. market last week contained an average of 10.4 percent ethanol, the second time in the last four weeks that the ethanol blend rate topped 10.0 percent, a level the oil industry has suggested could not be breached. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President […]

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It’s Time to End the Myth That High RIN Prices Prove Existence of the Blend Wall

It’s Time to End the Myth That High RIN Prices Prove Existence of the Blend Wall

October 4, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization; head, Industrial & Environmental Section Special to The Digest Almost everyone accepts without question that U.S. refiners encountered the so-called blend wall – defined as blending ethanol into gasoline at or above 10 percent – in 2013, when RIN prices began to rise. The oil refiners, […]

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ACE says blend wall media reports are incomplete and misleading

ACE says blend wall media reports are incomplete and misleading

April 8, 2014 |

In Washington, Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition for Ethanol has called media reports that the “blend wall” cost refiners approximately $1.35 billion last year “incomplete and misleading.” A recent Reuters article said that was the amount nine companies paid for renewable identification number (RINs), which are credits refiners provide to EPA […]

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The Renewable Fuel Standard: How markets can knock down walls

The Renewable Fuel Standard: How markets can knock down walls

February 14, 2014 |

By Philip K. Verleger, Jr. PKVerleger LLC with valuable contributions from The Brattle Group Most motorists don’t realize that they are the beneficiaries of a significant policy experiment that began several years ago during the Bush Administration, although they may have noticed signs at nearly all fuel pumps indicating that the gasoline contains up to […]

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Tear Down These Walls

Tear Down These Walls

February 13, 2014 |

Three Walls — product wall, blend wall, distribution wall — some built by the enemy as a form of siege warfare, some built by industry itself. What’s happens if you tear down these walls — and seek the sweeter life of energy freedom? The Digest looks at a new column, a new white paper and […]

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EPA sets final 2013 US renewable fuel mandate

EPA sets final 2013 US renewable fuel mandate

August 7, 2013 |

Cellulosic biofuels waived down to expected production; EPA says it will consider a broader waive-down in 2014 to address “E10 ethanol blendwall” concerns. In Washington, the U.S. EPA finalized the 2013 percentage standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be […]

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The US Renewable Fuel Standard and repeal, reform: The Digest’s 5 Minute-Guide

The US Renewable Fuel Standard and repeal, reform: The Digest’s 5 Minute-Guide

July 24, 2013 |

“You don’t have enough for repeal. You do have enough for some reforms. ” says key GOP lawmaker. 20-billion-plus requirement, with built-in flexibility proposed, as RFS opponents, supporters tangle on the Hill. Can the RFS survive? The Digest’s condensed guide helps you wade through the voices, the issues, and the outcomes. Background: Yesterday in DC, the […]

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Concerns regarding ethanol blend wall highlighted in Bloomberg article

Concerns regarding ethanol blend wall highlighted in Bloomberg article

May 6, 2013 |

In a Bloomberg article, ethanol’s fall was highlighted amongst concerns that the blend wall will dictate how much biofuel can be blended into petroleum, thereby capping the ethanol industry’s potential. If gasoline demand remains low, ethanol blending will also remain low, argued Jason Ward, an analyst at Northstar Commodity Investments. “The only thing that worries […]

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If you have the stones: the Ethanol blend wall, revisited

If you have the stones: the Ethanol blend wall, revisited

January 18, 2013 |

Impossible to cross? Or merely inconvenient to incumbents? In today’s Digest, we look at what the oil industry has termed the “ethanol blend wall” to find the stones with which it is constructed and the windows that might provide access to wonders on the other side. It was the last speech that John F. Kennedy […]

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EIA says ethanol blend wall reached; first-gen ethanol boom over

EIA says ethanol blend wall reached; first-gen ethanol boom over

December 6, 2011 |

In Washington, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says the U.S. has reached the ceiling of 14.2 billion gallons of annual ethanol production capacity, and the ethanol boom is essentially finished. There are more than 200 operational ethanol plants in the U.S. producing 14.2 billion to 14.7 billion gallons per year. Currently, the only major ethanol […]

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