Renewable Energy Report

February 2018 Monthly Renewable Energy Report

Brought to you by the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and Decision Innovation Solutions.


U.S. Corn Usage for Ethanol, Dry Mill Ethanol Co-Products Production, and Ethanol Yields Update

In this month’s report, we provide an annual summary update on the amount of corn consumed in dry and wet mill ethanol production, as well as monthly production of co-products. A previous update covered the U.S. corn crush for ethanol from October 2014 to October 2016 (January 2017 Report). 

This analysis work is based on data within the Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report published by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS). This analysis is based on the NASS data published from February 19, 2015, to February 1, 2018. 



Quantifying the Volume of U.S. Corn for Ethanol Use in Declining Gasoline Consumption

Based on data from the Annual Energy Outlook 2018 published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), this report presents expected U.S. corn use in ethanol consumed in U.S. motor gasoline and E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline blend) for the 2018 to 2028 calendar years.



The Feature of the Month - February 2018

According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), U.S. ethanol exports accounted for approximately 8.7% of U.S. ethanol production in 2017, compared to 7.6% in 2016. Take a look a closer look at 2017 exports through this descriptive statistical summary published by RFA.

Prices and Profitability Models

The spreadsheets listed below provide data and trends for various components of the renewable energy industry. These files are updated with new information each month. Energy prices and their grain feedstock prices are commodity prices that are vulnerable to large swings over time.