Ethanol consumption continues to trend higher

By Erin Voegele | December 27, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the December issue of its Monthly Energy Review, reporting ethanol production, import and consumption data for the first nine months of the year.

According to the report, the U.S. produced 1.074 billion gallons of ethanol in September. Production was up from 1.024 billion gallons in September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013, the U.S. ethanol industry produced 9.729 billion gallons of fuel, down from 10.055 billion gallons during the same period of last year.

Net imports for September were -584,000 barrels, compared to -52,000 barrels the month prior. In September 2012, the net import volume was 699,000 barrels. During the first nine months of 2013, the net import level was -3.009 million barrels, compared to -7.437 million barrels for the same period of 2012.

Ethanol consumption was down slightly in September when compared to August. The U.S. consumed 1.088 billion gallons in September, down from 1.11 billion gallons the prior month. In September 2012, the U.S. consumed 1.022 billion gallons of the fuel. For the first nine months of the year, consumption was 9.798 billion gallons, up from 9.672 billion gallons during the first nine months of 2012.

The EIA’s most recently weekly ethanol production numbers indicate U.S. producers manufactured 928,000 barrels per day of ethanol the week of Dec. 13, down slightly from 944,000 barrels the prior week.