Skip to comments.U.S. became world’s top ethanol exporter in 2011
Posted on 01/18/2012 6:38:15 AM PST by thackney
The United States became the worlds leading exporter of ethanol in 2011, selling a record level of the biofuel into overseas markets, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
The nation has made a stunning about-face in its role in the global ethanol market. Just two years ago, the United States was a net importer of the fuel, which is blended into gasoline by federal mandate.
Through November, the United States exported 1.02 billion gallons of ethanol in 2011, in denatured and undenatured forms. Thats more than double the volume exported in all of 2010, about 400 million gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, the ethanol industrys trade group.
Prior to 2010, it was rare for the U.S. to export much ethanol at all. Then in 2011, it just exploded, said Geoff Cooper, vice president of research for the Renewable Fuels Associations. The U.S. is far and away the leading exporter of ethanol worldwide.
Brazil has long held that title, but its ethanol market has suffered from high prices and short supplies in recent years, Cooper said. Brazil produces its ethanol from sugarcane, which has been in short supply because of unfriendly weather. The shortage has made it a much more expensive ethanol feedstock compared to corn.
While Brazil has struggled to meet its own ethanol demand, the U.S. ethanol market has been saturated, making its price more attractive in the global market, Cooper said.
In fact, he noted, Brazil was the top destination for U.S. ethanol in 2011, followed by Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands.
Brazil has left a void on the world market and the U.S. has filled that void, Cooper said, adding that the new role likely will continue through 2012. We do expect continued strength in the export market because it is going to take Brazil some time to get back on its feet and be a leading exporter.
Kind of like leading the world in prostitution or murder....
Fuel Ethanol Exports by Destination
Isn’t it just grain alcohol with poison in it so you can’t drink it.. kind of like being in the bootleg business. That used to be good money.
You can still drink it, but it gets tough to keep drinking it.
I'll see if I can get one of my wifes cousins to try this at the next family reunion.
I’ve often thought the Gorebole types fascination with grain alcohol goes back to their daddy’s rum running days. Like they want to relive the 1920’s. Gangsters they definitely are! I think it’s ironic that because they ruin the stuff with poison, they get huge government subsidies to make it. Seems the economy of grain alcohol remains the same. One way or the other, it’s about $10 bucks a gallon.
Since gasoline in not a single molecular structure but a blend of multiple hydrocarbons, I suspect you may separate some but not all of the components.
Good idea to keep the testers to the other side of the family, assuming you don’t really get along.
Congress recently eliminated the production subsidy but kept the blend mandate.
Not sure how that will effect the export market.
I still have trouble comprehending
how adding 10% alcohol to my gasoline
which results in 10% less fuel efficiency
somehow translates into me consuming less gasoline.
Another stunning acheivement of US agriculture, our nation’s #1 industry and #1 exporter.
How much oil did it take to produce all this ethanol?
Growing corn, regardless of its end use, consumes petroleum, producing ethanol from corn doesn’t.
The remaining components are called “flavor enhancers”.
Benzene, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.
I don’t know about that. But even the growing of corn uses a lot of oil.
I’d like to see the total amount of oil (or other carbon based fuel) used to get ethanol, including growing, harvesting, transportation, processing, etc)
Depending upon tillage practices for a given year, I'll use maybe 5 - 10 gallons of diesel per acre to grow a corn crop and deliver it either to an elevator or ethanol plant. That acre of corn will yield 500 - 600 gallons of ethanol, 3,000 - 3,500 pounds of protein feed and enough forage for a cow and calf to winter.
Any clue as to what the foreigners are doing with it?
Since its denatured, they aren’t drinking it. ;-)
The biggest receiver lately of it is Brazil. They use a decent amount of ethanol for their passenger cars. Next is Canada, they also have mandates to use ethanol in their fuel. Then Netherlands, they have a biofuel minimum use mandate. UK is next which also falls under the European Union mandate.
The EU currently has a 5.75 percent renewable fuels mandate directive in place, and will move to 10 percent by 2020, but 30 percent of the target would be met by electric cars or trains, with the remainder to come from biofuels.
???? Jump to conclusions much?
WHERE did I say I suupported prohibiting farmers from raising crops?
The other stunning achievements are the subsidies and market protection they get from the government and taxpayer.