Posts Tagged ‘gasoline’

Will the US’ ‘M’ gasoline be dead like the mummy? Some say yes

Me: “Let’s talk about prices at the pup.”

My many critics: “Don’t you really mean prices at the ‘pump,’ doofus?”

No, in this case I really do mean prices at the pup. Why? No “M.”

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California’s contrarian gasoline market reverses trend again for 2016

The US West Coast market is strange. Disconnected from the rest of the US, it’s a bit of a red-headed stepchild, especially for gasoline.

While the Gulf Coast can send refined products up to the Midwest or Atlantic Coast via pipeline, creating natural, obvious arbitrages, no infrastructure extends westward past the Rocky Mountains. This isolation (and strict environmental mandates in California) makes the West Coast one of the most volatile gasoline markets in the world.

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US ethanol seems to resist the siren song of low gasoline prices

US ethanol’s recent pursuit of gasoline’s nosedive has reminded me of the Gin Blossoms classic, “Follow You Down.” In the chorus of that 1996 hit, the band sings, “Anywhere you go, I’ll follow you down. I’ll follow you down, but not that far.”

That’s basically where US ethanol prices are at right now: Looking at gasoline prices, saying, “I’ll follow you down, but not that far.”

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The Oil Big Five: What news is good news for oil in 2016?

Welcome to the first version of The Oil Big Five for 2016, when we round up some of the biggest news and trends from the global oil industry and think to ourselves: Wow, things sure have changed since our first post.

But then, that’s oil for you: Things are always changing, and yet some things remain the same. We asked our oil editors and analysts around the world for what they think are outstandingly important drivers in the markets, and these are items they chose, in no particular order.

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Australian biofuel use to plummet despite Queensland ethanol mandate

A decision by the Queensland government to mandate the use of ethanol in regular unleaded gasoline sold in the state may provide a small uptick in demand for the blendstock. But it will not put a dent in a forecast crash in Australia’s overall use of biofuels, mainly expected due to falling biodiesel imports.

The parliament of Queensland, in Australia’s northeast, passed legislation on December 1 mandating that ethanol make up 3% of regular gasoline sales in the state from July 1, 2017, rising to 4% on July 1, 2018. The Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol and Other Biofuels Mandate) Amendment Act 2015 also requires biodiesel and renewable diesel to make up 0.5% of total diesel sales in Queensland from mid-2017.

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The ‘M’ word in fuel marketing is not ‘mileage.’ It’s ‘millennials’

Millennials are today’s low-hanging fruit for a joke. I’m guilty. A few weeks ago at a party, discussion turned to their sense of entitlement. The office gets pizza. The millennial gets a salad. The office gets the local donut chain. The millennial wants Krispy Kreme. A friend who, like me, is about 20 years older than the people we were unfairly criticizing behind their backs noted, “It’s all the trophies.” I laughed. We all did.

The reality is that millennials are very much no joke to US marketers, who so desperately want to separate them from their cash.

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What a difference a year makes for European ethanol

The European ethanol community gathered in Budapest over the first week of November to look at the current challenges and opportunities facing the ethanol, and wider biofuels, markets. As the dust settles and the excitement wanes, we take a look at the overarching messages and opinions coming from the biofuels, and in particular, ethanol industry.

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The Oil Big Five: Already looking at changes for 2016 and beyond

We’re speeding toward the end of 2015, which means that our monthly oil feature, The Oil Big Five, is increasingly focused on topics that could shape the global oil industry into 2016 and beyond.

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Indonesia energy reforms look like a lost cause: Fuel for Thought

Indonesia’s continuing attempts to sort out fuel subsidies and how to best reform various parts of the energy industry is now having an effect on upstream business, Mriganka Jaipuriyar explains in this week’s Oilgram News column, Fuel for Thought.

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Look to Mexico for some of the best oil market story lines through 2020

“Reform” is one of those words that means anything you want it to mean. It’s been deployed in so many political fights, it has really lost its meaning in most contexts. I suppose some people still say a teen car thief is sent off to “reform school,” but I doubt it.

Here in Mexico City, that word is loaded. I’m writing this 12 floors up from the Paseo de la Reforma, the grand boulevard named for the civil war between liberals and conservatives here in the 1850s and 1860s.

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