EIA: U.S. Biodiesel Production and Ethanol Export Numbers


This 4-year chart from the EIA shows us that corn ethanol export amounts have fallen off in 2013 as compared to recent years:



When you look at the following graph through July 2013, you can see how much biodiesel production has been increasing over the past year. I found it interesting that 11 percent of the biodiesel feedstocks used in July were from corn and that 25 percent of the biodiesel feedstocks were from lesser sources.

• U.S. production of biodiesel was 128 million gallons in July 2013. This was an increase from production of 113 million gallons in June 2013. Biodiesel production from the Midwest region (Petroleum Administration for Defense District 2) was 64% of the U.S. total. Production came from 111 biodiesel plants with operable capacity of 2.1 billion gallons per year.

• Producer sales of biodiesel during July 2013 included 87 million gallons sold as B100 (100% biodiesel) and an additional 40 million gallons of B100 sold in biodiesel blends with diesel fuel derived from petroleum.

• There were a total of 978 million pounds of feedstocks used to produce biodiesel in July 2013. Soybean oil was the largest biodiesel feedstock during July 2013 with 480 million pounds consumed. The next three largest biodiesel feedstocks during the period were corn oil (108 million pounds), yellow grease (97 million pounds), and tallow (45 million pounds).

source: EIA


Also, in recent news, the Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack has announced a new $181 million in loan guarantees to build refineries or to retrofit existing biorefineries to produce advanced biofuels.

4 thoughts on “EIA: U.S. Biodiesel Production and Ethanol Export Numbers

      1. Jason

        That’s generally how I think of doing it too. And it is probably “good enough” but your stat on corn oil for biodiesel and hearing reports of wheat going for ethanol too got me wondering.

        1. K. McDonald Post author

          I’ve seen an ag economist state that using soybean oil as biodiesel creates a demand for oil for eating which increases the demand for palm oil. So, as you mention the other items, these answers can never be simple as there are domino effect complexities. So we must generalize. Coming up with a global acreage number would be especially difficult and is beyond the scope of my human resource and funding department.


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