This month’s report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that American ethanol producers supplied a record 13.948-billion gallons of ethanol in calendar year 2011. That is an increase from 13.231 billion gallons in 2010. Strong production in the ending months of 2011 helped push domestic ethanol production to record levels and outpaced the Renewable Fuel Standard requirement for renewable fuel of 13.2-billion gallons for 2011.

December production was a new monthly record of 29.772-million barrels. The Renewable Fuels Association previously reported the U.S. exported a record 1.19-billion gallons of denatured and undenatured ethanol in 2011. Bob Dinneen, President and CEO of RFA says – ethanol producers have clearly shown their ability to innovate and evolve to meet the renewable energy demands of the nation, and increasingly, the world.

Dinneen says – with increasing volumes of ethanol expected to come from additional sources like grasses, ag wastes, and garbage, we must commit to opening American fuel markets to higher level ethanol blends and giving consumers a truer choice at the pump.  According to Dinneen – blends like E15, as well as E20, E30, and E85 offer safe, cost-effective, and domestic opportunities to further reduce our reliance on imported oil.

NAFB News Service