Weekly US ethanol production reaches near-record highs

By Erin Voegele | June 08, 2016

According to data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. ethanol industry produced fuel at near-record levels the week ending June 3, with production averaging 1.006 million barrels per day. This is slightly below the all-time record of 1.008 million barrels per day set the week ending Nov. 20, 2015.

The U.S. ethanol industry has surpassed the 1 million barrel per day mark only four times, all within the past year. The first was the recording-setting week of Nov. 20, 2015. Less than a month later, during the week ending Dec. 11, 2015, production reached an average of 1 million gallons per day. During the week ending Jan 8, 2016, production again topped the 1 million barrels per day mark, reaching 1.003 million barrels per day.

Prior to November 2015, the ethanol production record sat at 994,000 barrels per day, which was set the week of June 19, 2015. New records were also repeatedly set in 2014. 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.

Additional weekly ethanol production data can be found on the EIA website.