Crowded railroads caused ethanol-production drop, RFA's Cooper says

03/14/2014 | EENews.net (subscription required)

U.S. ethanol production sank by 25,000 barrels per day last week, down to 36.50 million gallons per day, according to the Energy Information Administration. Winter weather delays on railroads are to blame for the decrease, said Geoff Cooper, senior vice president of research and analysis for the Renewable Fuels Association. "We've had reports from a number of ethanol plants where they said their storage tanks on the plant are completely full and not able to move product out in a timely manner via rail because they can't get the tank cars there," Cooper said, adding that an increase in rail transport of oil has also affected shipments.

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