Nearly 108 million gallons of biomass-based diesel were sold during the month of November, continuing a record year of production, according to figures released by the EPA. Biodiesel makes up the vast majority of the EPA’s biomass-based diesel category under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, representing about 95 percent of the volume this year.
In a news release from the National Biodiesel Board, biodiesel production specifically had reached an all-time high 908 million gallons through the end of November. The previous annual record for biodiesel production was 690 million gallons in 2008.
Biodiesel is produced in nearly every state in the country and is on pace to support more than 39,000 U.S. jobs in 2011 while replacing roughly 1 billion gallons of petroleum diesel. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats, it is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA’s definition as an advanced biofuel. Biodiesel can be used in existing diesel engines and meets strict specifications of ASTM D6751.