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Is this an accurate snapshot of the problems facing the biodiesel industry in North America?

Interesting post on Xeconomy blog looking at the situation at Imperium Renewables. While I’m not able to comment on the comapny’s situation, some of the issues facing the business of biodiesel in the US look pretty stark in the article. The most worrying is the quote from Michael Butler, chairman of Seattle-based Cascadia Capital and […]

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Ethanol plants recieve big subsidy cheques

A couple of plants in North Dakota have been heavily subsidised by the state in the past 18 months, according to the Grand Forks Herald and posted by Ron Steenblik onto Del.icio.us.For me the interesting thing is that the plants have only been in existence for around 18 months…

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The high cost of corn in the US is choking off demand from ethanol producers

The high cost of corn in the US is choking off demand from ethanol producers, according to a report in the Des Moines Register. The report goes on to add that around 1.6bn bushels of corn will be left from last year’s harvest compared to earlier forecasts of 1.4bn bushels. 

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Corn ethanol production economics

Robert Rapier over on the R-squared Energy blog has a pretty good look at the economics of ethanol production in the US at the moment. It is hard to disagree with his conclusion that As long as the ethanol mandates are driving up the price of corn andincreasing the demand for and cost of natural […]

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A salutory lesson in fuel efficiency

I’ve just been given a salutory lesson in fuel efficiency on my way back from a week’s holiday. I took the holiday after filming for a week in the US for my employer ICIS around the NPRA’s recent convention in San Antonio, Texas. You can see the output at ICIS TV. Granted that I got […]

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The US price of dried distillers grains

The price of dried distillers grains could have a significant impact on the economics of biofuels production, but its one of those commodities which are probably traded pretty locally to plants. I’ve found some guideline prices for dried distillers grains in the mid West. The distillers grains are spent grains from fermentation.

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How should you spend your Federal Stimulus package? On ethanol of course

How should you spend your slice of Bush’s Federal Stimulus package? On ethanol of course,that’s Burl’s top tip over on Cleanfuels. I’d be tempted to do the same thing only with a slightly different emphasis, but I don’t live in the states.

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Is the rising price of corn forcing up the price of food?

Is the rising price of corn forcing up the price of food? Despite the measured tones (and graph) in my previous post (Is the price of corn too low?),the price of bagels in New York seems to be more closely tied to the price of a bushel of wheat than I had previously imagined, at […]

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Is the price of corn too low?

Is the price of corn too low? Is the rising price of corn feeding through to inflation in the price of food. The answer may not be as clear cut as first appears, sure the price of corn has increased greatly, from a lowish base over the past couple of years, but some research done […]

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The FT has noticed that there’s a link between oil and palm oil prices

The FT has noticed that there’s a link between oil and palm oil prices in a piece in today’s edition. In as much of the article that the paper is making free, they say: The prospect of crude oil staying above $100 a barrel is pushing the price of palm oil to record highs as […]

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