Ethanol production drops 48% from last year

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The EIA released its Weekly Petroleum Status Report for the week ending in April 24, which continued to reflect the impact the ethanol industry is feeling due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production scaled back by 4.6%, the lowest level since the EIA began reporting ethanol production statistics in 2010.

Ethanol stocks contracted for the first time in five weeks, dropping 4.9% from last week’s record high to 26.3 million barrels. Stocks lowered across all PADDs, with larger movement in the Gulf Coast (PADD 3) and West Coast (PADD 5) regions-down 9.5% and 10.1%, respectively.

The volume of gasoline supplied to the U.S. market, a measure of implied demand, grew 10.3% to 5.860 million b/d (89.83 bg annualized) yet was 37% lower than a year ago.

Refiner/blender net inputs of ethanol followed, jumping 11.5% to 583,000 b/d, equivalent to 8.94 bg annualized but 37% below the year-earlier level.

There were no imports of ethanol recorded for the seventh straight week. (Weekly export data for ethanol is not reported simultaneously; the latest export data is as of February 2020.)