According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. ethanol production reached yet another all time high in December of 2009 at 787,000 barrels per day. That's an increase of 131,000 from one year earlier. For calendar year 2009, ethanol production exceeded 10.75 billion gallons.
The Renewable Fuels Association calculated that ethanol demand fell to 750,000 barrels per day during December as fuel ethanol imports totaled 504,000 gallons during the month. The United States enjoys a 22.3 day reserve of ethanol.
Despite trying economic circumstances, RFA President Bob Dinneen says that once-idled facilities are restarting and new biorefineries are coming online to ensure that the volumes of ethanol called for in the Renewable Fuels Standard are met by domestic supplies.