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July 2015 Monthly Renewable Energy Report

Caution Signs in Feedstock Costs for Biofuels
The largest costs of producing biofuels by far are the costs of the feedstocks.For that reason, changes in corn and soybean market conditions can have a major impact on biofuels net returns. In this article, we review crop conditions by state in late July and compare them with last year.  

Declining Corn and Ethanol Prices Change the Profitability Picture
Since late 2012 and early 2013, the corn ethanol industry has gone through a period of rapidly declining cost and revenue. Profitability has been tracked with the Iowa State University Extension ethanol production model that represents a typical 100 million gallon Iowa corn-ethanol facility selling ethanol and dry distillers grain with stillage. Late 2012 and early 2013 was an unprecedented rough economic time for corn ethanol producers.     

PDF of the July 2015 Monthly Report

Monthly Profitability of Ethanol Production

More Information on Ethanol Profitability

Corn/Ethanol Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices for corn and ethanol.

Distillers Grains Balance Sheet

A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices for corn and ethanol.

Feature of the Month

How to Convert U.S. to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

It's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy, experts say. A new report is the first to outline how each of the 50 states can achieve such a transition by 2050. The 50 individual state plans call for aggressive changes to both infrastructure and the ways we currently consume energy, but indicate that the conversion is technically and economically possible through the wide-scale implementation of existing technologies. An interactive map summarizing the plans for each state is available at http://www.thesolutionsproject.org. [Read Full Article]


Monthly Profitability of Biodiesel Production

More Information on Biodiesel Profitability

Soy/Oil Biodiesel Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices of soy/oil and biodiesel.

Biodiesel Usage and Soybean Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of biodiesel usage projections and soybean production, usage, carryover and prices.


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