EIA data shows U.S. ethanol consumption continues to grow

By Erin Voegele | April 01, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the March edition of its Monthly Energy Review, which features final 2013 data for ethanol production, imports and consumption.

The U.S. produced 1.24 billion gallons of ethanol in December 2013, up from 1.07 billion gallons during the same month of 2012. According to the EIA, more than 13.31 billion gallons of ethanol was produced in 2013, up from nearly 13.22 in 2013. Last year’s production, however, was still below the 2011 production level of 13.93 billion gallons.

EIA data shows net ethanol imports were -1.24 million barrels in December, compared to -79,000 barrels during the same month of 2012. The net import level for 2013 was -7.51 million barrels, compared to -5.89 million barrels in 2012. In 2011, the net import level was -24.37 million barrels.

U.S. ethanol consumption continued its increase last year. Nearly 1.14 billion gallons of ethanol were consumed in December, up from 1.06 billion gallons during the final month of 2012. Full year 2013 consumption reached 13.18 billion gallons, up from 12.88 billion gallons in 2012 and 12.89 billion gallons in 2011.

The EIA’s most recent weekly ethanol production numbers indicate production averaged 885,000 barrels the week of March 21, down from 891,000 barrels the prior week. The most recent export data shows the U.S. exported more than 2.05 million barrels of ethanol in January, up from 1.54 million barrels the prior month.