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US biodiesel production capacity declines in 2019

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

According to the most recent data, annual US biodiesel production capacity decreased by 2%, or 49 million gal., between January 2019 and January 2020, reports the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

As of January 2020, biodiesel production capacity in the US totalled 2.5 billion gal./yr, or 164 000 bpd, according to the EIA’s annual ‘US Biodiesel Plant Production Capacity’ report, released on 23 October 2020.

At the start of 2020, 91 biodiesel production facilities were located in the US. More than half of the nation’s biodiesel production capacity is in the Midwest (Petroleum Administration for Defense District, or PADD, 2), mainly in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois.

Of the top 15 biodiesel-producing states, nine are located in the Midwest, and they have a total nameplate capacity of 1.5 billion gal./yr.

Most other regions have at least a dozen biodiesel production facilities, except for the Rocky Mountain region (PADD 4). As of January 2020, only one biodiesel plant operated in the Rocky Mountain region, and it had a production capacity of less than 0.5 million gal./yr.

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