2012 data shows US capacity at 2.881 billion

A few tidbits of information from the 2012 U.S. and Canada Biodiesel Plant Map.
By Ron Kotrba | December 21, 2011

The Biodiesel Magazine team has just recently completed its data collection and updates for the 2012 U.S. and Canada Biodiesel Plant Map.

We attempted to reach more than 280 projects, including existing plants, projects under construction and ones we classified as defunct last year.

Interestingly, last year when we embarked upon this project, which is no small feat, the $1 per gallon tax credit had been lapsed for almost an entire year. In fact, shortly after we finished data collection a year ago, the credit was reinstated retroactively through this year.

Here is a little bit of information I’d like to share with our readers about the 2012 Biodiesel plant map.

For the U.S., we have 190 plants in existence with a combined annual production capacity of 2.881 billion gallons. U.S. plants under construction number 14, with a combined production capacity of 402.5 MMgy.   

In Canada, we show 10 existing biodiesel plants with a total production capacity of 183.4 million liters per year (MMly). Four plants are under construction whose combined production capacity equals 131 MMly.

The map will be printed soon and will be distributed with the January/February 2012 issue of Biodiesel Magazine. It will also be for sale, and one of our representatives at would be happy to place your order for you. 


1 Responses

  1. Tony Rosado



    What effect would you expect that the dissappearance of the $1/gallon tax credit at the end of December 2011 will have on production? The voluntary switching to BioHeat in our area has been slow and an increase in costs will push away even those that have migrated to BioHeat. There are mandated programs requiring bio Diesel that are due to start in 2012 "forcing" marketers to purchase BioDiesel for blending. If the $1/gallon credit drop forces a reduction in production, the mandates will "increse" demand artificially maybe causing prices to go even higher further incresing the costs to the consumer who is already saddled with high fuel costs the way it is. Is there anything that can be done to avoid this?

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