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U.S. Biodiesel Breaks 1 Billion Gallon Mark

January 28, 2012 in Biodiesel by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

“The U.S. biodiesel industry reached a key milestone by producing more than 1 billion gallons of fuel in 2011,” the National Biodiesel Board said late last week, citing year-end numbers released by the U.S. EPA on Friday.

'SFGreasecycle' truck took part in an National Biodiesel Board event in connection with NBB'€™s annual meeting in San Francisco in February 2009.

“The total volume of nearly 1.1 billion gallons is by far a record for the industry and easily exceeded the 800 million gallon target required under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard,” or RFS, NBB said, noting that the previous record for biodiesel production was about 690 million gallons, in 2008.

This year will be more challenging, as the U.S. Congress has again allowed the key $1-per-B100-biodiesel-gallon tax incentive to expire, and new reports question the overall greenhouse gas impact of some conventional biodiesel types.

At least one report says that the “biofuels’ effect on climate could be as bad as oil from Canadian tar sands.”

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NBB (Washington), Ben Evans, 202-737-8801 or 202-997-1919; [email protected]; www.biodiesel.org

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