Corn ethanol production is getting more efficient, according to a recent report by Steffen Mueller of the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center and John Kwik of Dominion Energy Services. "Significantly more corn oil is separated at the plants now, which combined with the higher ethanol yields results in a slight reduction in [distillers dried grains] production and a negligible increase in electricity consumption," they wrote. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said the report is further evidence of the "evolving, innovating and improving the production process" in the ethanol industry.

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