Tag: gasoline

Ethanol, oil, corn duke it out in “The Battle of the Benjamins”

Corn producers, ethanol producers and crude oil refiners: locked in a rollercoaster of commodity prices, and a battle for market share and profits.  As the EPA readies to unleash its view of the future volumes of renewable fuels — who’s winning, who’s losing the “Battle of the Benjamins”? In their 1987 album release Document, the alternative […]

June 12, 2014 More

Wisconsin promotes RCCI engine, which can run on gas and diesel together

In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is promoting a new vehicle engine that incorporates anti-emissions technology. The new engine boosts fuel economy by 20 percent while cutting nitrogen oxide (NOx) and soot emissions by record margins. Called reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI), the base technology uses multiple injections of differing fuel types, including […]

May 19, 2014 More

Ethanol’s premium over gasoline hits two-year high

In Illinois, the premium for ethanol over gasoline hit its highest level in two years on Monday with 13 cents dividing the two fuels. Ethanol futures for April delivery hit $2.988 per gallon, the highest premium seen since November 2011, while the “at the rack” price paid by blenders hit $3.447 per gallon, up more […]

March 25, 2014 More

If you can’t join em, beat ‘em: The day that Gasoline went Clean, and got Whacked. Part II

In 1970, an oil company launched the first major ad campaign around environmental benefits of a new fuel formulation. Then, a radical shift in gasoline pricing occurred just as those remarkable ads went off the air. What were lessons that industry learned about alternative fuels? How might it be still impacting us today?  The Digest […]

March 18, 2014 More

Hydrogen, gasoline, solar panel hybrid or cellulosic ethanol: what’s better, what’s best?

As a flurry of coverage on Toyota’s hydrogen cars and Ford’s solar hybrid floods the airwaves, here in Digestville we look at the hard data. And we find that, sometimes, there is less than meets the eye. This past week, we’ve had the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto […]

January 13, 2014 More

Ethanol discount to gasoline widens as stocks continue to grow

In Illinois, ethanol prices are falling thanks to production above 900,000 barrels per day every week since October 25. More supplies have led to increased inventories, helping to increase the price spread between ethanol and gasoline. Ethanol futures prices have fallen 11% so far this year.

December 25, 2013 More

Is the U.S. Military Fighting Straw Men?

Are supporters of the oil industry grasping at straws to keep the U.S. military addicted to oil? By Brent Erickson, executive vice-president, Biotechnology Industry Organization; head, Industrial & Environmental Section Achieving energy security is critical not only for civilians, but also for U.S. military readiness and national security reasons. Our reliance on foreign oil has […]

March 4, 2013 More

“Has biofuels led to major land use changes in the US?”

Today on Twitter: NebraskaLong: “US ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices combating prices at the pump! paultanger: Has biofuels led to major land use changes in the US? energynenvironm: What do you think? “Biofuels Are a Loser, Despite the Hope and Hype”: EnergyCollectiv: “No amount of genetic engineering can overcome the fundamental limitations of trying to […]

February 22, 2013 More

US ethanol production falls to 9.25% of gasoline demand

In Washington, the RFA’s Geoff Cooper reports that, according to EIA data, ethanol production averaged 824,000 barrels per day – or 34.61 million gallons daily.  That is down 3,000 b/d from the week before.  The 4-week average for ethanol production stood at 819,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 12.56 billion gallons. Overall, gasoline demand […]

November 16, 2012 More

Ethanol futures losses finally cut; gasoline premium reaches 31.18 cents

In Illinois, ethanol futures have cut the longest streak of losses in six weeks as gasoline’s premium to biofuel reached 31.81 cents on the Chicago Board of Trade. The widening of the ethanol discount to gasoline made biofuel far more alluring to refiners. Cash market trading has ethanol unchanged in New York at $2.45 per […]

October 29, 2012 More