U.S. ethanol producers continue setting new records for production, as demand for renewable alternatives to gasoline grows. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), American ethanol facilities produced 728,000 barrels/day in July 2009. That is up 114,000 barrels/day from a year ago.
Ethanol demand, as calculated by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), continues to outpace production. According to RFA calculations, demand was 748,000 barrels/day in July, up from 635,000 b/d a year ago.
EIA also reports fuel ethanol imports of 42.4 million gallons in July.
The RFA released the following statistics:
July 2009 Statistics (mg = million gallons; b/d = barrels per day)
Fuel ethanol production: 948.2 mg; 728,000 b/d
Fuel ethanol use: 974.2 mg; 748,000 b/d
Fuel ethanol stocks: 600.3 mg; 19.1 days of reserve
Fuel ethanol exports: 0.0 mg
Fuel ethanol imports: 42.4 mg