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Ethanol Facilities' Capacity by State

Nebraska has the second largest ethanol nameplate capacity and the second largest ethanol operating production in the country, based on the latest federal figures.

As of May 2017, Nebraska has the nameplate capacity to produce 2.2 billion gallons of ethanol, which is 14 percent of the nation's capacity of 16.1 billion gallons. Iowa has the largest nameplate capacity (4.1 billion gallons which is 25 percent of the nation's total), and Florida has the smallest nameplate capacity (8.0 million gallons). Twenty–eight states have ethanol facilities.

Nebraska's operating refineries are producing 2.2 billion gallons of ethanol, which is 14 percent of the nation's capacity of 15.7 billion gallons. Iowa has the largest operating production (4.0 billion gallons which is 26 percent of the nation's total), and Kentucky has the smallest operating production (36 million gallons). Twenty–five states have operating ethanol facilities. Idled facilities are omitted in the total of each state's operating production. A reduction in production is not reported.

The ethanol section of the state energy office's energy statistics has more information as well as the reports Ethanol Production Facilities and Nebraska Ethanol Plants.

See the archive for reports from prior months. Starting with the June 2010 report, states are ranked so that equivalent gallons are ranked at the same level.

Ethanol Facilities
Nameplate Capacity and Operating Production
Ranked by State

(Largest to Smallest Capacity as of May 2017)

Rank State Nameplate
Capacity
(Million Gallons
Per Year)
1 Iowa 4,072.0
2 Nebraska 2,222.0
3 Illinois 1,785.0
4 Minnesota 1,215.0
5 Indiana 1,173.0
6 South Dakota 1,069.0
7 Kansas 552.0
8 Ohio 548.0
9 Wisconsin 547.0
10 North Dakota 480.0
11 Texas 390.0
12 Michigan 362.0
13 Missouri 271.0
14 Tennessee 225.0
15 California 223.75
16 New York 176.0
17 Oregon 150.0
18 Colorado 127.0
19 Georgia 120.0
20 Pennsylvania 110.0
21 Virginia 60.0
21 Idaho 60.0
21 North Carolina 60.0
22 Mississippi 54.0
23 Arizona 50.0
24 Kentucky 36.0
25 Wyoming 10.0
26 Florida 8.0
United States Total 16,100.0
Rank State Operating
Production
(Million Gallons
Per Year)
1 Iowa 4,046.0
2 Nebraska 2,169.0
3 Illinois 1,747.0
4 Minnesota 1,175.0
5 Indiana 1,173.0
6 South Dakota 1,069.0
7 Ohio 548.0
8 Wisconsin 547.0
9 Kansas 502.0
10 North Dakota 480.0
11 Texas 390.0
12 Michigan 362.0
13 Missouri 256.0
14 Tennessee 225.0
15 California 218.75
16 New York 176.0
17 Colorado 127.0
18 Georgia 120.0
19 Pennsylvania 110.0
20 Idaho 60.0
20 Virginia 60.0
21 Mississippi 54.0
22 Arizona 50.0
23 Oregon 42.0
24 Kentucky 36.0
25 North Carolina 0.0
25 Wyoming 0.0
25 Florida 0.0
United States Total 15,657.0

Sources: Renewable Fuels Association, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.

Notes: Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to independent rounding.
The United States' totals are the Renewable Fuels Association's totals for the United States. Adding states' capacity or production produces totals that may not equal the Renewable Fuels Association's total for the United States. This is due to the following process: When companies only report their totals, individual plant capacity, production, and construction are researched and estimated.

Organizations, groups, companies, or individuals in the agency's linked pages are for information only and are not an endorsement by the State of Nebraska or the Nebraska Energy Office and its management or staff.

This table was updated on June 2, 2017.
Typically, there is one month between updates.