According to the Renewable Fuel Association, as of May 2017 there were 213 ethanol plants in the US capable of producing 15.8 Billion Gallons of Ethanol per year.
72% of the production capacity is concentrated in six states in the Midwest while, the majority of the blended gasoline is consumed in the Northeast, California, Texas and Florida.
The Renewable Fuel Standard II has been set at 15 billion gallons in 2017. 1.04 Billion Gallons of ethanol were exported in 2016.
HIGHER ETHANOL BLENDS
As of May 2017, E15 is been offered in over 800 gas stations across 29 states. Major retailers continue converting pumps to E15, offering a higher octane fuel at a lower price than E10.
To gain perspective, blending an average of 11% ethanol would result in an annual demand of 15.8* billion gallons, exhausting annual production capacity in the US.
11% BLEND RATE = DOMESTIC ETHANOL CAPACITY
*Based on 143.3 billion gallons of gasoline annual consumption.
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