US biodiesel production reached record high in May

US production of biodiesel reached 111 million gal in May, according to the US Energy Information Administration. This was an increase from production of 106 million gal in April.

US production of biodiesel reached 111 million gal in May, according to the US Energy Information Administration. This was an increase from production of 106 million gal in April.

Biodiesel production from the Midwest region (Petroleum Administration for Defense District 2) was 67% of the US total, EIA said. Production came from 116 operating biodiesel plants with operable capacity of 2.2 billion gal/year.

Feedstocks consumed for biodiesel production were 3.4 billion lb during January-May, with a ratio of 7.6 lb of feedstock per gallon of biodiesel produced. Soybean oil accounted for 54% of the total biodiesel feedstocks.

Under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, the US Environmental Protection Agency sets annual targets for the use of biodiesel and other biofuel categories, such as advanced and total biofuels, which can also be satisfied through additional biodiesel use.

Contact Conglin Xu at conglinx@ogjonline.com.

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