Ethanol Facilities' Capacity by State


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

As of February 2009, Nebraska has the nameplate capacity to produce 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol, which is 9 percent of the nation's capacity of 12.4 billion gallons.  Iowa has the largest nameplate capacity (2.9 billion gallons which is 23 percent of the nation's total), and Louisiana has the smallest nameplate capacity (1.5 million gallons).  Twenty-six states have ethanol facilities.

Nebraska has the production capacity to produce one billion gallons of ethanol, which is 10 percent of the nation's capacity of 10.5 billion gallons.  Iowa has the largest production capacity (2.9 billion gallons which is 27 percent of the nation's total), and Louisiana has the smallest production capacity (1.5 million gallons).  Twenty-six states have operating ethanol facilities.  Idled facilities are omitted in the total of each state's production capacity.

The ethanol section of the state energy office's energy statistics has more information.

See the archive for reports from prior months.


Ethanol Facilities
Nameplate Capacity and Production Capacity
Ranked by State

(Largest to Smallest Capacity as of February 2009)

Rank State Nameplate Capacity
(Million Gallons Per Year)
  Rank State Production Capacity
(Million Gallons Per Year)
1 Iowa 2,866.0   1 Iowa 2,866.0
2 Illinois 1,233.0   2 Illinois 1,233.0
3 Nebraska 1,169.0   3 Nebraska 1,001.0
4 South Dakota 906.0   4 Minnesota 837.6
5 Minnesota 861.6   5 South Dakota 799.0
6 Indiana 789.0   6 Indiana 697.0
7 Wisconsin 498.0   7 Wisconsin 498.0
8 Kansas 491.5   8 Kansas 411.5
9 Ohio 360.0   9 Missouri 261.0
10 Missouri 261.0   10 Ohio 246.0
11 Texas 250.0   11 North Dakota 233.0
12 North Dakota 243.0   12 Michigan 215.0
13 Michigan 215.0   13 Tennessee 167.0
14 Tennessee 167.0   14 Oregon 148.0
15 New York 164.0   15 Texas 140.0
16 Oregon 148.0   16 Colorado 125.0
17 California 139.5   17 Georgia 100.4
18 Colorado 125.0   18 California 99.5
19 Georgia 100.4   19 Arizona 55.0
20 Arizona 55.0   20 Idaho 54.0
21 Idaho 54.0   21 Mississippi 54.0
22 Mississippi 54.0   22 New York 50.0
23 Kentucky 35.4   23 Kentucky 35.4
24 New Mexico 30.0   24 New Mexico 30.0
25 Wyoming 6.5   25 Wyoming 6.5
26 Louisiana 1.5   26 Louisiana 1.5
  United States Total 12,375.4     United States Total 10,469.4

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

Note:  Totals may not equal the sum of the components due to independent rounding.

This table was updated on March 4, 2009.  Typically, there is one month between updates.

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