Ethanol consumption increased in April

By Erin Voegele | August 02, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the July issue of its Monthly Energy Review, including ethanol production, use and export statistics through April. According to the report, the U.S. produced 1.078 billion gallons of ethanol in April, and a combined 4.155 billion gallons during the first four months of the year.

April production was nearly equal to the 1.079 billion gallons produced in March. When compared to the same month of the prior year, production was down. The U.S. ethanol industry produced 1.107 billion gallons of ethanol in April 2012.

While production was down slightly month over month, consumption of ethanol increased. The U.S. marketplace consumed 1.109 billion gallons of ethanol in April, up from 1.094 billion gallons the prior month. When compared to April 2012, consumption was also up from 1.067 billion gallons. During the first four months of this year, the U.S. consumed 4.194 billion gallons of ethanol. During the same period of 2012, the nation consumed only 4.104 billion gallons.

Net imports of ethanol equaled -559,000 barrels in April, compared to -264,000 barrels the prior month. In April 2012, the net import level was -1.549 million barrels. During the first four months of the year, net imports measured -2.096 million barrels. During the same period of 2012, the U.S. had a net import level of -7.652 million barrels.