WASHINGTON - Biodiesel production reached 135 million gallons for the month of May, according to the latest EPA figures, putting the industry on target to once again exceed annual volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Biodiesel, an EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel that has surpassed RFS targets for two consecutive years, is reported under the Biomass-based Diesel category under the RFS. To view the figures, visit the EPA's website here.
The numbers show a total of nearly 140 million gallons of Biomass-based Diesel for May, but that total also includes production of renewable diesel. The biodiesel portion of the total was 135 million gallons - putting year-to-date biodiesel production through the end of May at nearly 504 million gallons.
Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach 1 billion gallons of production. It is produced in nearly every state in the country and is used in existing diesel engines without modification. In 2012 the biodiesel industry produced more than 1 billion gallons, supporting some 50,000 jobs across the country. The National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. biodiesel trade association.