EIA: US Ethanol Capacity Up In 2023

  • Friday, 08 September 2023 09:55

Ethanol Producer Magazine

Sep 7, 2023

U.S. ethanol production capacity increased by 18 MMgy between Jan. 1, 2022, and Jan. 1, 2023, despite five fewer production facilities being in existence, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration in August. 

The EIA data indicates the U.S. had 187 ethanol plants as the beginning of this year, down from 192 reported for the same time last year.

Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD) 2, which is located in the Midwest, contains the highest number of ethanol plants at 173, down from 177 last year. PADD 1, located along the East Coast, has three facilities, unchanged from last year. PADD 3, located along the Gulf Coast, also has three ethanol plants, while PADD 4, the Rocky Mountain Region, has four ethanol plants, both unchanged from 2022. The number of facilities in PADD 5, which includes the West Coast, dropped from five in 2022 to four in 2023.

Total ethanol plant capacity was at 17.663 billion gallons per year as of Jan. 1 of this year, up from 17.38 billion gallons per year at the same time of 2022. Capacity in PADD 2 increased by 323 MMgy, while capacity in PADD 4 increased by 20 MMgy and capacity in PADD 5 fell by 60 MMgy. Capacity was unchanged in PADD 1 and PADD 3. 

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