Ethanol Production Outpaces MTBE

According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), U.S. ethanol production was higher than U.S. MTBE production for the second straight month in February, the first two months in history for this to occur.

Washington, D.C. – March 26, 2003 [] February ethanol production set a record for the month of 169,000 barrels per day (b/d), according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Production for the month was up 39 percent compared to last February when 122,000 b/d of ethanol were produced. Meanwhile, U.S. MTBE production was 167,000 b/d in February. “With new markets like California opening, the ethanol industry continues to expand production to meet the demand for clean, renewable fuels,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA president. “Now more than ever, ethanol has become a vital high-octane, clean-burning component of the U.S. gasoline supply.” The ethanol industry is expected to produce more than 2.6 billion gallons in 2003, up from a record annual production of 2.13 billion gallons in 2002. Currently, 70 ethanol plants have the capacity to produce over 2.75 billion gallons annually. Ten additional plants are under construction.
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