Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States totaled 16.9 billion gallons per year (gal/year) or 1.1 million barrels per day (b/d), as of January 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2019 U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report, released on August 26. Nameplate capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by 2%—more than 300 million gal/year—between January 2018 and January 2019 after increasing by more than 700 million gallons in the previous year.
The annual U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity report shows EIA’s most up-to-date data of the U.S fuel ethanol industry capacity by plant. Production capacity increased in the 2018 report because EIA contacted plants that were operating at levels higher than their listed production capacities and plants that were reporting different capacity values to EIA than those reported in industry trade journals.
Do you see this being an ongoing trend, or is this a blip in the radar?