U.S. biodiesel production in May 2013 reached a record level of 111 million gallons, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on July 30.
Production came from 116 active biodiesel plants with operable capacity of 2.2 billion gallons per year. Production for the first five months of 2013 was 449 million gallons, an increase of 17 million gallons from the same period in 2012. There were 3,427 million pounds of feedstocks consumed for biodiesel production during the period from January-May 2013, giving a ratio of 7.6 pounds of feedstock per gallon of biodiesel produced. Of the total biodiesel feedstocks, 1,838 million pounds (about 54%) were soybean oil.
Most biodiesel fuel is blended with diesel fuel derived from petroleum and is used in the transportation sector. Biodiesel accounted for less than 2% of U.S. distillate fuel oil product supplied (used as a proxy for consumption) of 3.9 million barrels per day during the first five months of 2013.