June biodiesel production numbers hold strong

The U.S. EPA's biodiesel production numbers for June show that 84.5 MMg was produced as tracked under the RFS2 program.
By Ron Kotrba | August 10, 2011

The U.S. EPA’s June biomass-based diesel production numbers are out, and they continue to show an upward trend in biodiesel production.

June’s tally is 84,507,318 million gallons, representing a modest 2.3 percent increase over the previous month’s 82,623,007 gallons.  If June’s numbers were annualized, the volume would surpass the billion gallon mark.

The 2011 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel is 800 million gallons, and after the subpar early start to the year, the industry has a bit of catching up to do. Here’s how the biomass-based diesel production numbers break down for the first half of this year:

January - 37,484,669

February - 43,078,114

March - 70,118,667

April - 74,101,642

May - 82,623,007

June - 84,507,318

Total – 391,913,417

To hit the 800 million gallon mark, the industry must average 68 million gallons a month for the remainder of the year, which should not be an issue.