RFA acquires E85prices.com
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) acquired E85prices.com, a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels — including E15 — from thousands of stations across the country. In addition to E85prices.com, RFA acquired 11 new websites and a new mobile app to provide up-to-the-minute information on the availability and pricing of E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels.
E85prices.com and E85vehicles.com are the most visited of the 12 new sites now owned by RFA, with E85prices.com receiving approximately 4 million hits last year. The website also maintains a station locator, a database of all existing E85 stations and blender pump locations, and an online forum. Meanwhile, E85vehicles.com helps consumers locate or identify a flex-fuel vehicle (FFV).
Robert White, vice president of industry relations at the RFA, touted the sites, noting, “As the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) continues to be discussed in Congress, and the 2014–2016 RFS requirements remain under consideration at Environmental Protection Agency, we believe it is more important than ever to provide concrete information to decision-makers about E85, E15, and other flex-fuels. At the same time, consumers are looking for more information on renewable fuels, and these websites have provided that service to millions of unique visitors each year. The RFA intends to further strengthen the usefulness and reliability of these websites and ensure the appropriate resources are dedicated to advance all of them into the future.”
Weekly ethanol, co-products report
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released ethanol production data for the week ending Feb. 20:
Ethanol production: 39.8 million gallons/day. The four-week average for ethanol production calculates to an annualized rate of 14.64 billion gallons. Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production was 10.62%.
Corn used: 14.36 million bushels/day
DIstillers grains production: 94,222 metric tons/day
Distillers dried grain prices
Regional distillers dried grain prices for Feb. 25, from the USDA Market News/National Feedstuffs Market Review. Prices are $/ton, and reflect changes from previous week.
Eastern Corn Belt: 2 to 5 lower from 165-203
Chicago area: 20 lower from 170-180
Lawrenceburg, IN: not available
Nebraska: mixed 4.50 lower to 2 higher from 170-185
Minnesota: steady to 5 lower from 160-170
Kansas: steady to 5 lower from 180-200
Iowa: steady from 160-185
Northern Missouri: steady to 3 lower from 186-210
South Dakota: 2 to 4.50 lower from 156-168.50
St. Louis: 5 to 13 lower from 180-197
Wisconsin: steady from 175-190
California (rail delivered): steady to 4 lower from 230-247