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January 28, 2004

Ethanol Production Hits Record as MTBE Bans Take Effect

The U.S. ethanol fuel industry had its best year yet in 2003, producing a record 2.81 billion gallons of fuel, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The record ethanol production in 2003 is about 32 percent more than the industry produced in 2002. The ethanol market has been growing steadily in recent years as gasoline suppliers switch to ethanol to replace MTBE as an additive. Due to concerns about groundwater pollution, MTBE bans took effect in California, Connecticut, and New York on January 1st. See the RFA press release.

RFA is sponsoring the 9th Annual National Ethanol Conference, from February 16th to 18th in Miami Beach, Florida. See the conference announcement.