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U.S. Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity

Release Date:  June 29, 2016   |  Next Release Date: June 2017

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This is the sixth release of the U.S. Energy Information Administration data on fuel ethanol production capacity. EIA first reported fuel ethanol production capacity for January 2011 on November 29, 2011. This new report contains production capacity data for all operating U.S. fuel ethanol production plants as of January 1, 2016.

Detailed nameplate capacity of fuel ethanol plants by Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD District) are available in XLS.

U.S. Nameplate Fuel Ethanol Plant Production Capacity as of January 1, 2016
PAD District Number of Plants 2016
Nameplate Capacity
2015
Nameplate Capacity
(MMgal/year) (mb/d) (MMgal/year) (mb/d)
PADD 1 5 506 33 464 30
PADD 2 174 13,556 884 13,151 858
PADD 3 5 439 29 442 29
PADD 4 4 200 13 190 12
PADD 5 7 285 19 510 33
U.S. Total 195 14,986 978 14,757 962

Nameplate Capacity:  is the volume of denatured fuel ethanol that can be produced during a period of 12 months under normal operating conditions.

Note:  In previous ethanol capacity reports, EIA included data on maximum sustainable production capacity. In 2013, EIA decided that nameplate production capacity is a sufficient measure of available ethanol production capacity. The collection and publication efforts for the maximum sustainable data value were discontinued on Form EIA-819M Monthly Oxygenate Report.

Source: Form EIA-819M Monthly Oxygenate Report