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Monthly Biodiesel Production Report

Highlights

Production - U.S. production of biodiesel was 92 million gallons in March 2012. Biodiesel production from the Midwest region (Petroleum Administration for Defense District 2) was 71% of the U.S. total. Production came from 104 biodiesel plants with operable capacity of 2.1 billion gallons per year. Biodiesel production during the first quarter of 2012 was 241 million gallons, which was up from production of 135 million gallons during the first quarter of 2011.

Sales - Producer sales of biodiesel during March 2012 included 73 million gallons sold as B100 (100% biodiesel) and an additional 32 million gallons of B100 sold in biodiesel blends with diesel fuel derived from petroleum.

Feedstocks - Soybean oil was the largest biodiesel feedstock during March 2012 with 387 million pounds consumed. The next three largest biodiesel feedstocks during the period were canola oil (117 million pounds), yellow grease (54 million pounds), and corn oil (44 million pounds).

U. S. monthly biodiesel production 2010 - 2012JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0255075100125million gallonsU.S. Energy Information Administration, Forms EIA-22M and EIA-22S Biodiesel Monthly Surveys.201020112012

Background

The Monthly Biodiesel Production Report provides data on operations of the U.S. biodiesel industry as part of EIA's response to section 1508 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which directed EIA to publish information on renewable fuels including biodiesel. Data are provided for the U.S. and in selected cases by state and region.

The source of data is Form EIA-22M Monthly Biodiesel Production Survey, used to collect the following information from registered producers of biodiesel.

  • plant location, operating status, and annual production capacity
  • production of 100% biodiesel (B100)
  • biodiesel coproduct production
  • stocks
  • feedstock, alcohol input, and catalysts used in biodiesel production
  • sales of B100 and blended biodiesel from producing plants
  • sales of biodiesel to end-users

Form EIA-22M provides data necessary to monitor growth of the biodiesel industry in order to allow Congress to assess whether objectives of Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and Section 1508 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 are being achieved.

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