EIA data shows increased ethanol production, consumption

By Erin Voegele | July 02, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration published fuel ethanol production and use statistics for the first quarter of 2013. According to the report, production increased significantly in March, reaching more than 1.09 billion gallons. The U.S. ethanol industry produced only 951 million gallons in February. 

During the first three months of 2013, the U.S. produced nearly 3.08 billion gallons of ethanol. During the same period of 2012, approximately 3.5 billion gallons was produced. 

Consumption also increased in March, reaching more than 1.09 billion gallons, an increase compared to the 1.08 billion gallons consumed during the same period of last year. On a quarterly basis, consumption held relatively steady, equaling nearly 3.085 billion gallons during the first quarter of this year. The respective consumption levels for the first three months of 2012 and 2011 were 3.088 billion gallons and 3.087 billion gallons. 

During the first quarter of 2013, about 3.085 billion gallons of ethanol were consumed. This is nearly equal to the 3.088 billion gallons and 3.087 billion gallons reported for the same period of 2012 and 2011, respectively. 

Net imports for March equaled -264,000 barrels, compared to -727,000 barrels the month prior. During the first three months of the year, the net import level was -1.54 million barrels, compared to -5.2 million barrels and -4.79 million barrels for the same quarter of 2012 and 2011.