US ethanol production sets new record in final week of 2016

By Erin Voegele | January 05, 2017

The U.S. ethanol industry closed out 2016 with a new production record. Production reached an average of 1.043 million barrels per day the week ending Dec. 30, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The new record replaces one set earlier in the month, when ethanol production reached an average of 1.04 barrels per day the week ending Dec. 9. 

The U.S. ethanol has repeatedly broken records for ethanol production in 2016. Prior to December, the record was set the week ending July 15, when production averaged 1.029 million barrels per day. That record was tied the week ending Aug. 12, when production again averaged 1.029 million barrels per day.

The U.S. ethanol industry has surpassed the 1 million barrel per day mark only 24 times, all since November 2015. Prior to November 2015, the ethanol production record sat at 994,000 barrels per day, which was set the week of June 19, 2015.