2015 was a good year for the ethanol industry for both production and blending.According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), U. ethanol producers increased their production 3.4 percent to 14.81 billion gallons in 2015, and refiners and blenders consumed 13.69 billion gallons (2.7 percent more), adding it to the U. gasoline supply.[i] (See Table below.) That consumption amounted to roughly 893,000 barrels of ethanol per day. Such rules will likely create serious problems for motorists, fuel retailers and refiners, with no benefits for the environment. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required refiners to blend biofuels into gasoline and diesel sold in the U. The EPA recently finalized rules that effectively raise the ethanol portion of gasoline above the current 10 percent level.Further, smaller engines in boats and lawn mowers are already having problems with a 10 percent ethanol level, requiring additives to deal with the corrosive properties of ethanol.Ethanol, however, is about a third less efficient than gasoline, and, as a result, it is a more expensive fuel for consumers of motor fuels.
The United States is now the world’s leading energy producer.Corn use by ethanol plants is projected to increase by 1.7 billion bushels in 2007 and by at least another 900 million bushels in 2008.Corn acreage in 2008 will have to increase by at least three million acres above 2007 intended levels just to keep up with demand. farmers to produce about 14 billion bushels of corn.Ethanol is blended with gasoline in various amounts for use in vehicles. E15 is a low-level blend composed of 10.5%-15% ethanol and gasoline.E10 is a low-level blend composed of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline. In 2011, EPA approved E15 for use in model year 2001 and newer light-duty conventional vehicles.