EIA data indicates slight increase in U.S. ethanol consumption

By Erin Voegele | February 03, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently published the January issue of its Monthly Energy Review, which features fuel ethanol production, trade and consumption statistics through October 2103.

The U.S. ethanol industry produced 1.176 billion gallons of ethanol in October, up from 1.074 billion gallons the prior month and the 1.049 billion gallons reported for October 2012. Total production for the first 10 months of 2013 reached 10.905 billion gallons, down from the 11.104 billion gallons of production reported for the same period of 2012.

Net imports for October measured -1.042 million barrels compared to 614,000 barrels in October 2012. Net imports for the first 10 months of last year were -4.051 million barrels. The net import level for the same period of 2012 was -6.823 million barrels.

U.S. ethanol consumption continued its upward trend in October, reaching 1.143 billion gallons, up from 1.129 billion gallons in October 2012. Consumption for the first ten months of last year equaled 10.941 billion gallons, up from 10.801 billion gallons for the same period of last year.  

The most recently weekly EIA data indicates ethanol production averaged 900,000 barrels per day the week of Jan. 24, down slightly from the previous week, when production averaged 905,000 barrels per day. 

Monthly EIA export data indicates ethanol exports increased to 1.964 million barrels in November, up from 1.267 million barrels in October. EIA data does not indicate any ethanol was imported in January.