Tag: COVID-19

USDA GAIN report says pandemic will slash biofuel use by up to 10%

USDA GAIN report says pandemic will slash biofuel use by up to 10%

July 23, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, a new USDA GAIN report says the COVID-19 pandemic will slash European bioethanol and biodiesel use by approximately ten and six percent, respectively. EU biofuel demand is driven by the Renewable Energy Directives I and II, the former of which demand 10% renewable content in transportation by 2020 while the latter has […]

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Indiana ethanol plants running at maximum 65% production capacity post-COVID

Indiana ethanol plants running at maximum 65% production capacity post-COVID

July 23, 2020 |

In Indiana, Hoosier Today reports ethanol plants in the state are currently running at between 60% and 65% production capacity as they ramp back up after the COVID-19 pandemic slashed demand. There are still a lot of questions regarding how demand will respond as pandemic restrictions ease but mills are erring on the side of […]

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Malaysian palm oil industry suffering from labor crunch

Malaysian palm oil industry suffering from labor crunch

July 20, 2020 |

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that the government’s restrictions on foreign labor in response to COVID-19 has exacerbated the tight labor situation for the palm oil industry which could cut yields by as much 25%. The national palm oil association says the industry was already in need of 36,000 workers before COVID-19 and the associated travel […]

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Sens. Grassley and Ernst want ethanol industry included in next round of COVID recovery funds

Sens. Grassley and Ernst want ethanol industry included in next round of COVID recovery funds

July 20, 2020 |

In Washington, the Hagstrom Report says that as Congress begins to look at further economic stimulus to help the post-COVID-19 recovery, Iowa’s Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are looking for ways to ensure the ethanol industry is included. With corn prices low, the Senators want to find a way to help get ethanol producers […]

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Ethanol industry evolving in COVID-19 world – from biofuel to hand sanitizer, adapting is necessary

Ethanol industry evolving in COVID-19 world – from biofuel to hand sanitizer, adapting is necessary

July 19, 2020 |

Being flexible and adapting to a shifting environment is not just about Darwinism, but about survival in a changing world quickly. Just this week, Green Plains shifted one of their Nebraska facilities to make FCC grade alcohol to be used for producing hand sanitizer. Lactips developed a solution to produce water-soluble strips for sealing COVID-19 […]

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RFA says COVID-19 crisis cost ethanol industry $3.4 billion so far

RFA says COVID-19 crisis cost ethanol industry $3.4 billion so far

July 16, 2020 |

In Washington, the COVID-19 crisis has already led to more than $3.4 billion in lost revenues for the U.S. ethanol industry, according to an economic analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association. Based on the latest projections from the Energy Information Administration and the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, the RFA study also found […]

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Three Rivers Energy looking to restart soon

Three Rivers Energy looking to restart soon

July 13, 2020 |

In Ohio, even though Three Rivers Energy has been shut down since October, long before COVID-19 woes hit the industry, the company’s management believes that with improving margins it may be able to restart production soon. Originally the plant was meant to reopen in April, when corn supplies were expected to be in a better […]

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Ethanol margins recovering post-pandemic

Ethanol margins recovering post-pandemic

July 13, 2020 |

In Nebraska, DTN reports that ethanol margins continue to improve after sliding dep into negative territory on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic and sinking global fuel prices. States are reducing travel restrictions and summer driving is expected to pick up which will in turn boost ethanol demand. Production remains well below demand which is […]

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Bustos secures agriculture wins for rural America in $152B appropriations bill

Bustos secures agriculture wins for rural America in $152B appropriations bill

July 12, 2020 |

In Illinois, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) helped pass a comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development funding bill out of the powerful House Appropriations Committee that would deliver more than $152 billion in agriculture and rural support, including bolstering biofuels. Congresswoman Bustos successfully secured a number of provisions for Illinois and rural America including: Bolstering the use […]

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Edeniq slims down to just 10 people as it seeks to wait out COVID-19

Edeniq slims down to just 10 people as it seeks to wait out COVID-19

July 9, 2020 |

In California, the Visalia Sun Gazette newspaper reports that Edeniq has shut down its long-time headquarters and laboratory, moving to a much smaller facility with just 10 people on staff instead of 50. The COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed demand for the company’s products even though California requires low carbon intensity fuels. Its lab equipment has […]

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