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China Scales Back Ethanol Use Goals

Just as hopes were high for resuming ethanol exports to China under the Phase One deal to be signed this week, China is suspending its national E10 ethanol blending plan which was to be in effect in 2020. While the E10 goal was never realistic – USDA’s FAS post in China estimated mid-way through last year the blend rate in 2019 would be about 2.5 percent - export prospects are now uncertain as China backs off its general aspirational goals on promoting ethanol use.   At least for 2020, China’s ethanol policy will remain a patchwork of local and provincial programs. Domestic production is capped by a number of factors in addition to available feedstock, including a lack of funding for continued subsidies to build...

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