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February 13, 2002

U.S. Ethanol Fuel Industry Sets Production Record in 2001

The U.S. ethanol fuel industry achieved a record production of 1.77 billion gallons in 2001. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced in late January that production in 2001 increased to nearly 10 percent above 2000 production levels. Construction began on nearly 20 new ethanol plants in 2001, in part to meet an increase in demand for ethanol in California, which is phasing out its use of MTBE as a gasoline additive and is required to replace it with ethanol. See the RFA press release.

The RFA also called attention on Monday to a DOE report that shows "no major infrastructure barriers exist" for a greatly expanded ethanol industry. The report examines the infrastructure impacts of producing and using more than 5 billion gallons of ethanol in the United States each year. See the RFA press release, with a link to the full report.