The ethanol market in the U.S. is still unconsolidated, with 154 companies making or likely to begin making the fuel within the next 12 to 18 months, slightly below the 164 firms last year, according to a report from the Federal Trade Commission. The biggest producer's share of domestic capacity is pegged at 11.1 percent, "a slight decrease from its 11.5 percent share in 2011 and below its 12 percent share in 2010," the FTC said. "Actual ethanol production increased this year even as production capacity decreased slightly, reflecting greater utilization and more efficient use of existing capacity," the FTC reported.

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