According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, U.S. ethanol production averaged 1.019 million barrels per day which is 42.8 million gallons daily. That is down 35,000 b/d from the week before and stands as the lowest weekly production volume in 18 weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production dipped slightly to 1.04 million b/d for an annualized rate of 15.94 billion gallons.
Stocks of ethanol increased 1.7% from last week to a new record high of 23.7 million barrels—7% higher than year-ago levels. Average weekly gasoline demand declined 2.9% to 388.3 million gallons (9.245 million barrels) daily. Year-to-date gasoline demand is 3.0% below year-ago levels. Refiner/blender input of ethanol averaged 918,000 b/d, the highest rate of the year so far.