US biodiesel production up slightly, imports spike in February

By Ron Kotrba | May 03, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its data on biodiesel production and import volumes for February. U.S. production of biodiesel in the second month of 2017 was 94 million gallons, according to EIA data collected through its monthly biodiesel production survey. This figure does not include domestic renewable diesel production.

U.S. biodiesel production in February was up 1 million gallons from January.

Combined U.S. imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel in February totaled more than 33.43 million gallons, according to EIA data, up more than 50 percent over January’s import volumes. Total biodiesel imports surpassed 23 million gallons in February, with more than 18.3 million gallons from Argentina—three times the volume from Argentina in January—and nearly 4.75 million gallons from Canada. Almost 10.4 million gallons of renewable diesel entered the U.S. in February from Singapore.

U.S. EPA’s EMTS production figures for February show slightly more than 139 million gallons of biomass-based diesel generating D4 RINs under the RFS program was manufactured domestically and abroad. When EIA’s combined production and import volumes for February, which total nearly 127.5 million gallons, is compared to EMTS figures, not much discrepancy exists between the two agencies’ data, considering EMTS data include renewable diesel produced from two plants in Louisiana and EIA domestic biodiesel production data do not. 


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