Solid Production Numbers

May biodiesel output strong
By Ron Kotrba | August 16, 2011

The U.S. EPA’s moderated tracking system (EMTS) data came out in early July, and the numbers show that in May, 82.29 million gallons of biomass-based diesel (including biodiesel and nonester renewable diesels) were produced. The nonester biomass-based diesel portion of that number, however, is very small. The Census Bureau’s methyl ester numbers for May, however, are significantly lower at 58.45 million gallons, down slightly from April’s 60.2 million gallons.

To highlight the difference in these numbers, January through May Census Bureau numbers tally up to 225.64 million gallons of methyl ester biodiesel production whereas EPA’s EMTS data from the same period show the volume of biodiesel produced was 297.4 million gallons. Total biomass-based diesel production, according to EMTS data in the same period, was 307 million gallons, so only about 9.6 million gallons of nonester renewable diesel has been produced under the RFS2 system this year.

By the time June numbers come out, the U.S. industry will have already surpassed its biodiesel production volume for all of last year.

—Ron Kotrba

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