WASHINGTON, DC â€“ U.S. ethanol production rose in May, according to information from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). May 2010 ethanol production averaged more than 846,000 barrels per day (b/d). That is up from 832,000 b/d in April.
Ethanol demand, as calculated by the Renewable Fuels Association, also reached an all time high at 847,000 b/d in May, up from 713,000 b/d a year ago.
EIA also reports fuel ethanol imports of 1.6 million gallons in May.
According to data from the Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau, and the Dept. of Agriculture Foreign Ag Service, the U.S. exported 17.1 million gallons of ethanol in May. This was a drop of 58% from April. Through May, the U.S. has exported 141.4 million gallons.
It is important to note export figures represent sum of â€œEthyl alcohol and other spirits, denatured, of any strengthâ€ and â€œUndenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80 percent vol. or higher.â€ Thus, the figures likely include ethyl alcohol exports for non-fuel industrial purposes. As such, RFA ethanol demand calculations are for domestic use only, providing a comparison to domestic ethanol production.
The RFA released the following statistics:
May 2010 Statistics
(mg = million gallons; b/d = barrels per day)
Source : Renewable Fuels Association