Iowa Biodiesel Production Sets Record in 2011

2010 was a tough year for Iowa’s biodiesel producers, but the industry roared back to life in 2011 and set a new production record.
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According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), ten of Iowa’s 13 biodiesel plants operated during 2011 and produced a combined 169 million gallons. With plants restarting throughout the year, the rate of biodiesel production in December reached over 250 million gallons (annualized).

Iowa produced 48 million gallons of biodiesel in 2010. The previous record production was 85 million gallons in 2009.

“2011 has been a banner year for Iowa biodiesel,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “The reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit combined with the renewable fuels standard (RFS) helped demand and Iowa was quick to respond. Yet challenges remain in front of us. Congress will once again allow the biodiesel tax credit to lapse at the end of 2011. With the RFS firmly in place, we do not expect the industry to completely shut down as it did in 2010. But the uncertainty of reinstatement will undoubtedly depress demand. Congress must act quickly in 2012 to extend the tax credit.”

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