US ethanol production again hits 1 million barrels per day

By Erin Voegele | December 17, 2015

For the second time in history, the U.S. ethanol industry’s daily average ethanol production has reached 1 million barrels per day. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, ethanol production averaged 1 million barrels per day the week ending Dec. 11.

The achievement comes less than a month after the U.S. set a new record of 1.008 million barrels per day the week ending Nov. 20. 

The new record replaced the one set the week of June 19, when production averaged 994,000 barrels per day. U.S. ethanol producers repeatedly broke the record for ethanol production in 2014. 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, 2014 the record was again broken with 982,000 barrels per day of ethanol production. In December 2014, 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, 2014; 990,000 barrels per day the week of Dec. 12, 2014; and 992,000 barrels per day the week of Dec. 19, 2014. The week of June 5, 2015, the industry tied the 992,000 barrels per day record.