EIA: Ethanol production down 1%, stocks down slightly

By Erin Voegele | January 27, 2021

U.S. ethanol production fell by more than 1 percent the week ending Jan. 22, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Jan. 27. Stocks of fuel ethanol were down slightly.

U.S. ethanol production averaged 933,000 barrels per day the week ending Jan. 22, down 12,000 barrels per day when compared to the 945,000 barrels per day produced during the previous week. When compared to the same week of last year, production was down 96,000 barrels per day.

Production of fuel ethanol has stabilized in recent months after falling to historic lows in the spring of 2020 due to market impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ethanol production hit a low of 537,000 barrels per day the week ending April 24, but began to recover in May and June as travel restrictions associated with the pandemic began to ease and demand for transportation fuels started to recover. Production levels since July have been maintained at a level above 900,000 barrels per day, but are down roughly 10 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Weekly ending stocks of fuel ethanol fell to 23.602 million barrels the week ending Jan. 22, down 26,000 barrels when compared to the 23.628 million barrels of stocks reported for the previous week.

Stocks of fuel ethanol trended down for several months after reaching a record high of 27.289 million barrels the week ending April 17 and remained at levels below those reported for the same period of 2019 through mid-November. Ending stocks, however, trended higher through mid-January. When compared to the same week of last year, ethanol stocks for the week ending Jan. 22 were down 642,000 barrels.