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Lower oil demand hits ethanol hard

Jim Parkin iStock ethanol plant with corn field in the front
U.S. ethanol sales in 2020 could fall by more than $10 billion and production fall by 3 billion gallons.

Gasoline demand, and with it ethanol consumption, has fallen by more than 50% with the recent stay-at-home orders and dramatic drop in usage. Roughly half of the ethanol industry capacity is offline, and it does not appear it will ever go back to previous levels.

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