EIA proposes mandatory biodiesel survey

By Timothy Charles Holmseth | June 17, 2008
Web exclusive posted June 24, 2008 at 2:59 p.m. CST

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is proposing a mandatory biodiesel survey in response to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which directed the administration to collect information on biofuels. The survey would collect data on biodiesel and coproduct production, sales and tax credits, and feedstocks. "The survey is given to all registered biodiesel producers," said Marie LaRiviere, Energy Information Administration spokeswoman.

The survey would be the first of its kind, although similar information has been gathered by the EIA in the past. "EIA has, in the past, estimated some of the data we will be collecting based on, among other things, program reports collected by the [USDA] Commodity Credit Corporation," LaRiviere said, who added that the CCC program ended in 2005. "This survey will provide a more complete statistical picture of the biodiesel industry and provide it on a regular monthly basis."

A one-time supplement that would collect historical data is also proposed.

For information on the survey, visit
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