As They Consider Reform, USGC Talks Ethanol With Mexican Policymakers

As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) staff there has been working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel.

Last year, Pemex announced its plan to introduce a first-ever pilot program to blend gasoline with ethanol. Since then, it has awarded a few contracts to local ethanol plants, though the relatively small-scale Mexican ethanol industry makes imports seem necessary to meet the country’s immediate fuel ethanol blending needs. This will likely create new opportunities for U.S. exports of ethanol to the market.

Renewable Fuel Standard Offers Stability For International Buyers

A U.S. ethanol production facility. Many are located in the Corn Belt, where a majority of the primary feedstock, corn, grows.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), established in 2005 by the United States government, requires U.S. energy companies to blend renewable fuels like ethanol into petroleum-based transportation fuel. The target amount of conventional renewable fuel blending for 2016 is set at 14.5 billion gallons (54.8 billion liters), more than triple the target blend mandated when the program originated.

Register Today For USGC/USDA Ethanol Export Financing Workshop

The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) have opened registration for free workshops in Chicago and Houston on how to use GSM-102 to facilitate the export of U.S. ethanol.

The programs were set up to assist the industry following the addition of U.S. ethanol to the list of commodities that can utilize the export credit guarantee program.


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