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August 2015 Monthly Renewable Energy Report

Crude Oil Price Trends: Their Impact on Soybean Complex Prices and Biodiesel Economics

Lower diesel fuel prices decrease the price that can be expected for biodiesel.  These developments raise important questions for the biodiesel industry and for producers and processors of biodiesel feedstocks as well as users of soybean oil. In this article, we look at what’s behind these developments and their implications for biodiesel firms as well as soybean growers, soybean meal prices, and users of soybean meal.

Impact of California's Drought on its Agriculture

California consistently leads the nation in agricultural output.  However, the drought, currently in its fourth year, is taking its toll. Due to the water shortage, an estimated 542,000 acres of land will be idled. If the drought continues, agricultural production and employment will continue to decline.  So, how did this happen and what is the prognosis for the future?

PDF of the August 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

Monthly Power Sector Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reach 27-year Low in April

The electric power sector emitted 128 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMmt CO2) in April 2015, the lowest for any month since April 1988, according to the most recent estimates in EIA's Monthly Energy Review.

In any year, April is typically the month with the lowest carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector, mainly because of mild weather, as low heating and cooling demand are reflected in low overall electricity demand. Two fuels, coal and natural gas, account for almost all the carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector. In April 2015, electricity generation from both coal and natural gas fell from their March values, but because coal fell more than natural gas (18% versus 6%, respectively), generation from natural gas surpassed generation from coal in April. [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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