Weekly U.S. ethanol production ties previous record

By Erin Voegele | June 15, 2015

The U.S. ethanol industry has tied its previous record for weekly ethanol production, with the U.S. Energy Information Administration reporting an average of 992,000 barrels per day of production the week of June 5. The current record of 992,000 barrels per day was set late last year for the week of Dec. 19.

U.S. ethanol producers repeatedly broke the record for ethanol production last year. The week of June 13, 2014, the U.S. produced 972,000 barrels per day of ethanol, breaking a production record set several years earlier in late 2011. The week of Nov. 21, the record was again broken with 982,000 barrels per day of ethanol production. In December, new records were set three consecutive weeks in a row, with average daily production of 988,000 barrels per day the week of Dec. 5, 990,000 barrels per day the week of Dec. 12, and 992,000 barrels per day the week of Dec. 19.

The EIA’s most recent Short-Term Energy Outlook, which was released in early June, predicts ethanol production will remain near current levels this year, averaging 936,000 barrels per day. Last year, production averaged 935,000 barrels per day. In 2016, ethanol production is currently expected to fall slightly, averaging 933,000 barrels per day.