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Last Thursday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released ethanol production for the month of October and, once again, makers of the corn-based fuel set a record high. For October, U.S. production of ethanol shot up to 27,410,000 barrels, beating the 26,061,000 barrels made in September and shattering the previous record of 26,963,000 barrels produced back in August 2010.

On top of certifying plug-in vehicles with mpg and mpge ratings (Chevy Volt, 93 mpge; Nissan Leaf, 99) and delaying E15 decisions, the EPA is also tasked with figuring out the 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards. Today, the agency finalized the 2011 percentage standards for the four categories of fuel – cellulosic biofuel, biomass-dericed diesel, advanced biofuel and renewable fuel – that make up the agency's renewable fuel standard program, known as RFS2.

How many barrels of ethanol do U.S. producers make every day? More than they used to.

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