Tuesday, March 1, 2011

U.S. Ethanol Statistics 2010

According to the EIA:
  • The U.S. produced 863,000 barrels of ethanol per day (b/d) or 36.24 million gallons of daily production
  • 13.23 billion gallons were produced for the year (23% more than in 2009)
  • Imports were 9.7 million gallons
  • Ethanol Exports were 397 million gallons (about 400% higher than in 2009)
  • 270 million gallons (68%) were classified as denatured ethanol
  • 127 million gallons (32%) were undenatured, non-beverage
  • DDGs exports were 9 million metric tons
  • The volumetric ethanol excise tax credit known as VEETC reduces blenders’ taxes by approximately $6 billion per year
Corn production:
  • 80 million acres of land in the U.S. is used to produce corn
  • 37% of the U.S. corn crop is used to produce ethanol
  • Approximately 30 million acres for ethanol production
  • 4.9 billion bushels of corn were used to make ethanol in the U.S. in 2010
  • The U.S. is the #1 Corn exporter, exporting approximately 20% of our crop
  • 200% more corn now goes towards ethanol production than is exported
  • 15% of global corn production is now used to make ethanol in the U.S.


  1. Considering the exports, is it far to say that US taxpayers subsidize ethanol use by foreigners?
    That would be outrageous if true.

  2. Anon
    Apparently the exports are not eligible for VEETC.