EIA publishes U.S. nameplate capacity data

By Erin Voegele | May 21, 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published new data that shows a slight increase in total ethanol operating capacity as of Jan. 1, when compared to the prior year. Most existing capacity is located in the Midwest (PAD District2).

As of Jan. 1, there were 193 ethanol plants in the U.S. The vast majority, 172, are located in PAD District 2. PAD District 5, located on the West Coast, is home to seven ethanol plants.  PAD District 3 (Gulf Coast) and PAD District 4 (Rocky Mountain region) each have five ethanol plants, while PAD District 1 (East Coast) has 4.

Total U.S. nameplate capacity is 13.852 billion gallons, with 12.598 billion gallons of that capacity located in PAD District 2. The five plants located in PAD District 3 have a combined capacity of 419 MMgy. PAD District 1, PAD District 4 and PAD District 5 have relative nameplate capacities of 360 MMgy, 190 MMgy and 285 MMgy.

Total nameplate capacity increased slightly from the 2012 level of 13.728 billion gallons. Capacity held steady in PAD District 4 and PAD District 5. Capacity in PAD District 2 increased from 12.488 billion on Jan. 1, 2012 to 12.598 billion gallons on Jan. 1 of this year. Capacity also increased in PAD District 1, from 316 MMgy to 360 MMgy. Nameplate capacity decreased from 449 MMgy to 419 MMgy in PAD District 3.

A total of 194 ethanol plants were in existence as of Jan. 1, 2012. PAD District 3 added one plant between Jan. 1, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013.