Washington--The market for fuel ethanol in the United States remains unconcentrated, with 164 firms nationwide either producing ethanol or likely to be in production in the next 12 to 18 months, according to the Federal Trade Commission's 2011 report on the state of U.S. ethanol production.
The FTC report is the agency's seventh annual report on ethanol market concentration. The FTC calculated market concentration for the ethanol production industry using different measures and concluded that as of September 2011, there were only four more ethanol producers in the U.S. than at the time of the FTC's 2010 report. The largest ethanol producer's share of capacity decreased slightly to 11.5 percent of domestic ethanol production capacity—below the 12 percent share in 2010, and remaining below the largest producer's capacity share between 2005 and 2007, which ranged from 26 percent in 2005 to 16 percent in 2007.
The annual FTC reports are required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.