EIA data illustrates 2014 ethanol production, consumption levels

By Erin Voegele | April 03, 2015

The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released the March 2015 edition of its Monthly Energy Review, which provides comprehensive ethanol production, consumption and trade statistics for 2014.

According to the report, the U.S. ethanol processed 1,969 trillion Btu (TBtu) of feedstock last year, up from 1,825 TBtu in 2013 and 1,814 TBtu in 2012. A decade earlier, in 2004, the U.S. ethanol industry processed only 484 TBtu of feedstock, and 13 TBtu in 1981, which is the first year of annual data listed by the EIA.

U.S. ethanol production reached 14.34 billion gallons last year, up from 13.293 billion gallons in 2013 and 13.218 billion gallons in 2012. According to EIA, production reached only 3.404 billion gallons in 2004, and was only 83 million gallons in 1981.

The U.S. consumed 13.467 billion gallons of ethanol last year, up from 13.216 billion gallons in 2013 and 12.882 billion gallons in 2012. In 2004, consumption was only 3.552 billion gallons, while only 83 million gallons was consumed in 1981.

Net imports were -18.454 million barrels last year, compared to -5.761 million barrels in 2013 and -5.891 million barrels in 2012. The net import level in 2004 was 3.542 million barrels in 2004. Net import data is not available for 1981.

Additional ethanol data is available here