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% 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 methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as an additive. Because of concerns about groundwater pollution, MTBE bans took effect in California, Connecticut, and New York on January 1. See RFA's January 22 press release.