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EIA: US fuel ethanol plant production capacity creeps up to 17.4B gallons per year

The US Energy Information Administration released its annual fuel ethanol production capacity report, with data for all operating US fuel ethanol production plants as of 1 January 2020.

According to the EIA, total nameplate capacity for 2020 has creeped up to 17.378 billion gallons per year, up 2.8% from 16.908 billion gallons in 2019. That equates to 1.135 million barrels per day in 2020, up from 1.103 million barrels per day in 2019.

Nameplate capacity of operable ethanol plants increased by 2%—more than 300 million gal/year—between January 2018 and January 2019 after increasing by more than 700 million gallons in the previous year.

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Comments

SJC

Make some of that into jet fuel.

gryf

SJC,
Good idea! Sustainable Drop-in Jet Fuel can be made from Ethanol. Maybe as EV and PHEV take over all but long range trucking and jet travel this could replace almost 100% of that demand.
American farmers have been turning most of their Corn production into Ethanol, i.e. Whiskey, for over 400 years. Once the Corn Starch is removed, the remaining part is used for high protein cattle feed. It is difficult to change their habits.

SJC

Lots of ways to make renewable jet fuel,
combine that with hybrid turbo fans to use less.

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