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February 2015 Monthly Renewable Fuels Report

Impact of Crude Oil Price Collapse on Corn Starch Ethanol

From late September 2014 to late January 2015, global crude oil prices fell by 51%. Declining crude oil prices triggered a sharp decline in gasoline prices, with a resulting sharp decline in ethanol prices. Since U.S. ethanol is produced primarily from corn starch, these dramatic price changes raise important questions for ethanol producers, livestock farmers, industries that provide inputs to corn production, the transport sector, the petroleum industry, motorists, and other users of petroleum and biofuel products. In this article, we address these questions. 

Impact of Declining Oil Prices on the Future of Solar Energy

The recent sudden and precipitous drop in crude oil prices caught the energy industry and the world in general by surprise.  The price decline has resulted in a reevaluation of both short and long-range plans by the world’s oil industry.  While, the impact of declining crude oil prices on biofuels will be discussed in other articles in the Monthly Renewable Energy Report, the impact on solar energy will be discussed here.

PDF of the February 2015 Monthly Report

 

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.

Featured Ethanol Chart
Iowa annual ethanol and corn price index - (1970 to present).

More Information on Ethanol Profitability

 

 

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

Soybean Balance Sheet
A detailed assessment of production, usage, carryover and prices of soybeans.

More Information on Biodiesel Profitability

 

 

 

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