Tag: oil prices

Crude Volatility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the oil and gas price outlook

Crude Volatility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the oil and gas price outlook

April 19, 2017 |

In our March Madness series, we’ve been covering emerging markets and technological pathways and market access – what about market pricing? Specifically, the price of the incumbemt that’s oil and gas. That was the subject of this slide presentation by Dr. Paul Bryan, former DOE Biomass Program manager and a before that VP for Biofuels at Chevron […]

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Oil Instability Giving New Life to Biofuels?  

Oil Instability Giving New Life to Biofuels?  

March 1, 2017 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” Special to The Digest Robert McNally, the author of the new, critically-acclaimed book, “Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices”, believes that global oil markets are entering an epic, structural shift to a protracted new era of wildly fluctuating crude prices. The reason is […]

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Biodiesel prices rise on the back of higher crude and heating oil futures

Biodiesel prices rise on the back of higher crude and heating oil futures

May 19, 2016 |

In New York state, heating oil futures have reversed their weak trend during the last several days and are instead following crude oil prices higher in part due to a wildfire raging near Canadian oil sand areas. Those higher prices are in turn supporting biodiesel prices to a 14-month high in the Midwest and Gulf […]

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Roiling the markets: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oil Price Volatility and Prospects

Roiling the markets: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oil Price Volatility and Prospects

May 3, 2016 |

With oil prices continued to roil markets, this deck on the oil price environment for 2016, presented by Raymond James senior vice-president Pavel Molchanov at the 2016 ABLC meeting, is both instructive and timely.

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Low oil prices weigh on Canadian biofuels demand but producers seek higher blend

Low oil prices weigh on Canadian biofuels demand but producers seek higher blend

February 11, 2016 |

In Canada, low oil prices are hitting demand for ethanol, with the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association only expecting refiners to blend the mandated 5% rather than up to 7.5% as they have done in the past. It expects biodiesel to only be blended at the mandated 2% as well but is lobbying for the mandate […]

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Lufthansa continuing aviation biofuel program despite low oil prices

Lufthansa continuing aviation biofuel program despite low oil prices

February 3, 2016 |

In Germany, low fuel prices aren’t deterring Lufthansa from continuing to develop aviation biofuels, some it describes as a long-term strategy and not one that is swayed but a tough year or two. Though the company doesn’t continually communicate new initiatives, it is still working to find biofuel solutions, and that won’t change when fuel […]

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The Petrified Forest, or Who Moved my $80 Oil?

The Petrified Forest, or Who Moved my $80 Oil?

December 6, 2015 |

$80 oil. Seems like almost everyone in biofuels wants it, and is scared silly by today’s low-price environment. Are high prices good for renewable fuels? The hard data actually goes the other way. The Digest investigates. There’s a persistent theory going around in advanced biofuels circles that what the industry needs is a return to […]

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European biodiesel premiums soar as oil hits six-year lows

European biodiesel premiums soar as oil hits six-year lows

August 25, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, as oil prices continue to fall to new six-year lows, the premiums for biofuels rise, as is the case with RED-compliant FAME that saw its premium hit a new record of $427/mt last week, the highest since Platts started tracking RED FAME prices in February 2012. Analysts expect oil prices to remain […]

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South Africa revamps biofuels policy in wake of low oil prices

South Africa revamps biofuels policy in wake of low oil prices

August 13, 2015 |

In South Africa, the government has had to adjust its biofuel subsidy plans in light of lower oil prices. The new subsidy plan will now be on a competitive bidding basis, not far from the mechanism for contracting solar power, a move that local project developers are concerned may not work. The idea of a […]

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Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol in Q2, but falling oil prices hit margins

Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol in Q2, but falling oil prices hit margins

July 30, 2015 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol reported Net sales of $227.6 million, Gross profit of $6.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $5.4 million for Q2 2015, and reported record total gallons sold of 140.7 million.  Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated: “We closed our stock-for-stock acquisition of Aventine Renewable Energy, establishing Pacific Ethanol as the […]

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