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Cane bagasse-based cogen output for sale to the national grid is expected to reach approximately 23,000 GWh in 2020. This is around 1% higher than the previous year. The marginal increase in growth is related to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the industry group Unica.
Covid-19 pandemic triggers fall in global ethanol production by almost 15% in 2020 [Full subscriber]
Strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 crisis, global ethanol production is anticipated to contract 14.5% to 98 billion litres in 2020 – from 115 billion litres in 2019. Around 80% of the y-o-y fall in output is in the key markets of Brazil and the United States, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The data on September 25 by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate a drop in ethanol production by 13% in 2020 fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring.
Widespread rain across key cane- growing regions – up to 800mm recorded in parts of north-east Australia – has strengthened yield prospects for the incoming 2020 crush, says Rabobank in its Q1 report. Though the risk of cyclones and floods cannot be discounted.