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Biofuel Industry in the United States 2018

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  • 145 Pages
  • April 2018
  • Region: United States
  • Aruvian Research
  • ID: 4496078

Biofuels are liquid, solid, or gaseous fuels derived from renewable biological sources. Biomass can be burned directly for thermal energy or converted to other high-value energy sources including ethanol, biodiesel, methanol, hydrogen, or methane. Currently, ethanol from corn grain and biodiesel are the only biofuels produced in the United States on an industrial scale.

In 2017, the new US Renewable Fuels Standard came into effect as part of the revised Energy Bill, setting new and higher goals for the US biofuels industry. The revised bill calls for increasing the production of biofuels in the US to 36 billion gallons yearly by 2022. The focus will primarily be on ethanol and biodiesel, with advanced biofuels accounting for 21 billion gallons. 16 billion gallons is also expected to come from cellulosic biofuels. With this substantial push for biofuels, the landscape of the US biofuel industry is likely to witness great changes in the coming years.

US production of biodiesel in the month of January 2018 stood at 124 million gallons. The production of ethanol averaged 1.02 million barrels per day in the first six months of 2017. Looking at these figures, experts are questioning how realistic the new biofuel targets are. The biggest challenge facing the US biofuel industry at present is to expand the biofuel market beyond the farm states.

The Research brings an in-depth coverage for this industry in the United States in its latest research report – Biofuel Industry in the United States 2018. This 100+ page report looks at the basics of biofuels, the critical factors influencing demand and supply scenarios in the US, the regulatory policy initiatives in the US including a historical perspective on subsidies for ethanol and biodiesel, and the current and proposed production capacity of biofuels in the United States. We also take a look at the newly revised Renewable Fuels Standard and what it means for the biofuel industry.

The report helps assess the feasibility of production of biofuels and the potential of biofuels in the US. Strategies undertaken by the US industry to make biofuels viable enough to deploy them to the pump are discussed in great details in the report. We also analyze several of the leading biofuel industry players in this in-depth in the report

Read on to the table of contents for the wide range of contents focused on in This comprehensive coverage of the Biofuel Industry in the United States 2018.

Table of Contents

A. Executive Summary
B. Basic Information on Biofuels
B.1 What are Biofuels?
B.2 Historical Perspective of Biofuels
B.3 Major Types of Biofuels Available
B.4 Myriad Uses of Biofuels
B.5 What are Direct Biofuels – A Brief Profile
B.6 Peaking of Oil Supplies & Role of Biofuels
C. US Biofuels Industry
C.1 Industry Production & Capacity Utilization
C.2 Industry Structure & Concentration
C.3 Ethanol: Market Overview
C.4 Tax Incentives for Ethanol
C.5 Corn – The Largest Feedstock in US Ethanol Production
C.6 Regulatory Policies Promoting Ethanol Production & Use
C.6.1 Renewable Fuel Standard
C.6.2 State Waivers
C.6.3 Ethanol Provisions
C.6.4 MTBE
C.6.5 Renewable Energy
C.6.6 Biomass Funding
C.7 Outlook for Ethanol
D. Ethanol Production by State
D.1 Markets for Ethanol By-Products
D.2 Case in Point – Expanding Biofuels Production in Indiana
E. Biodiesel: Market Overview
E.1 Profile
E.2 Biodiesel Continues to Grow Despite Challenges
E.2 Biodiesel Initiatives by State
E.2.1 Case in Point – Indiana
E.3 Outlook for Biodiesel – Potential Impact of President Trump
F. Opportunities & Issues in the US Biofuel Industry
F.1 High Fuel Prices
F.2 Government Support
F.3 Upward Pressure on Corn Prices
F.4 High Competition
G. Will the US meet the 2022 Biofuel Target?H. Economic Impact of Advanced Biofuels Production in the US
I. Looking at Subsidies for Ethanol & Biodiesel
I.1 Development of Federal Regulations
I.2 Historical Perspective
I.3 Present-Day Subsidies
I.3.1 Support Based on Market Output
I.3.2 Subsidies Based on Production Factors
I.3.3 Regulations Impacting Price of Intermediate Inputs
I.3.4 Subsidies Based on Consumption
I.4 Conclusion
J. Making Biofuels Viable in the US - The Journey to the Pump
J.1 How to Make Biofuels Affordable & Sustainable
J.1.1 Increased Investment in R&D
J.1.1.1 Impact of Increased Investment
J.1.2 Increased Investment in Deployment
J.1.2.1 Promoting Deployment Incentives
J.1.2.2 Impact of Increased Investment
J.1.3 Policies Catering to Building Market Infrastructure
J.1.3.1 Concentrating on Renewables Fuel Standard
J.1.3.2 Renewable Fuels & Air Pollution
J.1.3.3 Production of Sustainable Biofuels
J.1.3.4 Protecting Water Quality
J.1.3.5 Building Flex Fuel Vehicles
K. Leading Industry Players
K.1 A2BE Carbon Capture, LLC
K.2 Abundant Biofuels Corporation
K.3 Accelergy
K.4 Aemetis Inc.
K.5 Agribiofuels LLC
K.6 Allegro Biodiesel Corporation
K.7 Amereco Biofuels Corporation
K.8 Arizona Biodiesel
K.9 Benefuel Inc.
K.10 Big River United Energy
K.11 Bio-Blend Fuels
K.12 BioCat Fuels LLC
K.13 Blue Marble Energy
K.14 Desert Sweet Biofuels
K.15 Diversified Energy Corporation
K.16 DuPont Danisco
K.17 Energy Derived
K.18 Gevo
K.19 Global Clean Energy Holdings
K.20 Green Plains
K.21 Green Plains Partners
K.22 GreenBiofuels
K.23 Imperium Renewables
K.24 Pacific Ethanol
K.25 PetroSun
K.26 Renewable Energy Group
K.27 REX American Resources
K.28 Sapphire Energy
K.29 Verde Biotrailors
K.30 XL Renewables

L. AppendixM. Glossary of Terms

Companies Mentioned

  • A2BE Carbon Capture, LLC
  • Abundant Biofuels Corporation
  • Accelergy
  • Aemetis Inc.
  • Agribiofuels LLC
  • Allegro Biodiesel Corporation
  • Amereco Biofuels Corporation
  • Arizona Biodiesel
  • Benefuel Inc.
  • Big River United Energy
  • Bio-Blend Fuels
  • BioCat Fuels LLC
  • Blue Marble Energy
  • Desert Sweet Biofuels
  • Diversified Energy Corporation
  • DuPont Danisco
  • Energy Derived
  • Gevo
  • Global Clean Energy Holdings
  • Green Plains
  • Green Plains Partners
  • GreenBiofuels
  • Imperium Renewables
  • Pacific Ethanol
  • PetroSun
  • Renewable Energy Group
  • REX American Resources
  • Sapphire Energy
  • Verde Biotrailors
  • XL Renewables