US sets new weekly ethanol production record

By Erin Voegele | November 25, 2015

The U.S. ethanol industry set a new weekly production record the week ending Nov. 20 with production averaging 1.008 million barrels (42.34 million gallons) per day. The Renewable Fuels Association noted this is the first time weekly production has surpassed the 1 million barrel-per-day mark.

Production averaged 975,000 barrels per day the week of Nov. 13 and 982,000 barrels per day the week ending Nov. 6.

The new record replaces 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 last year. 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.