Monthly EIA report now tracks biofuel movements by rail

By Erin Voegele | April 06, 2016

On April 4, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced that it has begun to include new data on ethanol and biodiesel transported by railroads in its Petroleum Supply Monthly report. Moving forward, the EIA will report monthly rail movements for crude oil, ethanol and biodiesel.

According to the EIA, adding movements of ethanol and biodiesel by rail to existing movements between Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts by pipelines, tankers and barges provides more complete data on inter-PADD movements of biofuels. The administration also noted that incorporating ethanol and biodiesel movements into regional volumetric balances also improves supply estimates for finished motor gasoline and distillate fuel oil.

The EIA also indicated that is has updated movements and regional balances in interactive tables starting with data for January 2014. However, PDF tables were not updated for months prior to January 2015.

The April edition of the EIA’s Petroleum Supply Monthly, which includes data for January, can be downloaded on from the EIA’s website

The EIA plans to hold a webinar on the change on April 7 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Registration information is available on the EIA’s website.