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Corn prices force 2-week shutdown at Windsor ethanol plant

Windsor Now -- When it comes to the issue of ethanol production, manufacturers of the corn-based biofuel and the livestock industry often sit at opposite ends of the table.

But the two sides have at least one thing in common these days: Their bottom lines are suffering.

Dan Sanders Jr., general manager at Front Range Energy in Windsor, said the local ethanol plant shut down its production for two weeks in August — not long after corn prices skyrocketed.

With the cost of the commodity hitting all-time highs, the plant couldn’t make a profit.

It was the first such halt in operations at the plant in its six-year history.

The wide-spread drought is expected to diminish corn production this year across much of the U.S. — including the vital Corn Belt of the Midwest, and the anticipated tightened ...


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Submitted Sep 02, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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flagtown25
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:08:16 PM

No more Ethanol
bston
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 2:20:23 PM

Yuck; ethanol!
VomVom
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 11:22:46 AM

It wold be wise for the EPA to suspend the ethanol mandate at least for a year; but ideally forever. Switch to non food based biofuel.

[Edited by: VomVom at 9/4/2012 1:23:35 PM EST]
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 9:29:21 AM

Does anyone want to buy an ethanol plant? Cheap?
MeiThink
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 9:18:08 AM

Get rid of ethanol!!!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2012 6:44:01 AM

Down with ethanol.
zwsn01
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 2:17:03 PM

corn is for food, not for gas.
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 10:37:31 AM

kill it
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 9:56:02 AM

Ethanol is crap.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 9:38:06 AM

End the ethanol program now.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 9:18:54 AM

Funny how the market corrects itself
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 9:14:21 AM

Good and maybe the next step is to actually shut down the plant.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 8:55:55 AM

SHut down Ethanol garbage plants OR convert them to a "NON FOOD Bio".
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 8:14:12 AM

Ban ethanol!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 5:24:03 AM

They can close that ethanol plant
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 5:16:01 AM

Sop ethanol completely
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 2:16:03 AM

Boohoo..
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 12:30:33 AM

The RFS has a fixed target for ethanol which likely is not achievable with the current drought situation. So, to give ethanol production demand for corn as a percentage of the corn produced doesn't make sense. To actually meet the target, ethanol producers could bid the price of corn so high that it would be cheaper to buy and import the corn from a foreign source like Brazil. This defeats the intent of the RFS which was to make the US less dependent on foreign sources of energy.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 12:15:29 AM

Ethanol sucks for our cars
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 12:12:12 AM

The problem with American ethanol plants is that their customer base is insulated from prices. It doesn't matter what they charge oil companies because of the federal mandated use, so the ethanol plants here will continue to operate and make money - providing dividends and equity gains to all the legislators and Congressmen who invested in them way back when.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 12:06:34 AM

American ethanol plants need to follow suit. This whole program has been fraught with dubious economic benefits, grossly subsidized costs, and rampant damage to older auto engines, small engines, and marine engines, while the feds do nothing but advance their "green energy" agenda at our expense.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2012 12:02:34 AM

This drought could be God's way of telling the EPA that they are overstepping their boundaries. It's obvious the EPA doesn't listen to anyone else
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:59:54 PM

Well somebody's experiment went sideways....of course the guys with the corn are laughing all the way to the bank!
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:59:05 PM

I'm not going to say, "I told you so."
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:58:47 PM

Yayyyy....
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:55:10 PM

Serves them right. Not only has the demand made food prices too high but the Ethanol demand for the corn priced themselves out of the market. Ethanol is bad & worse. The public needs to demand gov. stop the Ethanol mandates before it kills all of us. Even the major environmentalist now agree Ethanol has worsened pollution. It saves zero gasoline & starves people as well due to land use for ethanol crops instead of food crops.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:52:28 PM

Bummer. Can't say I'm too upset about this.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:52:01 PM

That's inevitable.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:51:48 PM

Food supply must come first. Shut down ethanol.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:48:56 PM

Oops!
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:48:24 PM

The price of popping corn is going up too!
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:48:20 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:47:57 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:46:30 PM

Brazil and shell know Ethanol.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:46:30 PM

As long as they make the gasoline without the ethanol, that'd be alright.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:42:10 PM

Eat corn don't destroy it. Abolish ethanol.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:39:28 PM

I presume this is some other Windsor.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:37:48 PM

Get corn out of the gas tank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We could save a lot of money in fuel and repair costs in the blink of the eye.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:35:37 PM

Corn is for FOOD!!!!!!
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Save the corn for food.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:27:08 PM

Why aren't they shut down?
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:27:06 PM

Seems like a no brainer.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:26:47 PM

Ban ethanol.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:26:39 PM

Wow. The market place at work. High prices stop ethanol production. People gotta eat.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:23:56 PM

Shut them down until these parasites aren't sucking blood from the taxpayers!
dave12
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:21:00 PM

How about shutting it down for good!


[Edited by: dave12 at 9/3/2012 1:21:28 AM EST]
lovinguy71
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:20:55 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:18:54 PM

Shut them all down if you want more MPG in our vehicles...
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Blah...blah...blah
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:17:22 PM

I'm with you rd2000
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2012 11:17:14 PM

Shut down ethanol requirements for a few weeks too.
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