It's conventional wisdom that the domestic ethanol industry in the U.S. has suffered some setbacks recently, but did you know that more ethanol was made in the U.S. in November 2009 than in any previous month? So says the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which reported that U.S. producers made 761,000 barrels each day last November, 93,000 more barrels than November 2008. The U.S. imports around 12 million gallons of ethanol a month.
In part, all of this biofuel is needed because, as the Renewable Fuels Association notes, ethanol demand is up. Even with 761,000 barrels a day being made, the U.S. used 781,000 barrels last November. These aren't petroleum-level numbers – the U.S. uses 8,989,000 barrels a day, and that's just for gasoline, not for diesel or any other petroleum products – but it's more than we used to use.
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