New EPA statistics released Thursday show the biodiesel industry has cracked the 1 billion gallon mark for the third consecutive year, with several months of production remaining, the National Biodiesel Board said.
Anne Steckel, NBB vice president, called the production levels a testament to the hard work of the biodiesel industry, noting the impact of the Renewable Fuels Standard in diversifying fuel supplies.
Biodiesel, the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide and 1 billion gallons of annual production, uses a mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats.
The latest production figures, which cover volumes reported through September, show that the industry produced 140 million gallons in September, for a year-to-date biodiesel total of nearly 1.1 billion gallons.
EPA's production volumes are reported under the Biomass-based Diesel category of the RFS. The monthly numbers show a total of nearly 167 million gallons under the Biomass-based Diesel category for the month of September. That total includes some 27 million gallons of renewable diesel.
For the year, total Biomass-based Diesel production under the RFS stands at more than 1.2 billion gallons, on pace to reach some 1.7 billion gallons by year's end, significantly exceeding the RFS requirement of 1.28 billion gallons, NBB said.