The latest numbers from the government show that biodiesel production is still on a record pace for the year. Meanwhile, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says America is importing more of the green fuel while exporting less of it to other countries.
September’s figures put biodiesel production at 127 million gallons in September 2013, down just slightly fromm August’s numbers but still on a pace to reach about 1.7 billion gallons by year’s end, well above the Renewable Fuel Standard requirement of 1.28 billion gallons.
Biodiesel Magazine also reports that EIA numbers show the U.S, importing more biodiesel while sending less of it from our shores.
U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel in September nearly doubled August volumes, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Imports for September totaled 28.7 million gallons, up from August import volumes of just more than 15 million gallons. U.S. exports of biomass-based diesel, however, fell significantly in September from August. The U.S. exported only 15.9 million gallons of biomass-based diesel in September compared to nearly 29 million gallons in August.
More than half the U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel for September came from Argentina (11.6 million gallons) and Indonesia (nearly 7.1 million gallons), with imports from Germany (4.7 million gallons), Panama (3.36 million gallons), Canada (1.3 million gallons) and South Korea (630,000 gallons) trailing.
September U.S. exports of biomass-based diesel totaling 15.9 million gallons went to Canada (6.6 million gallons), Gibraltar (5.7 million gallons), Spain (nearly 3 million gallons), Peru (420,000 gallons), Australia (252,000 gallons) and Malaysia (42,000 gallons).