A U.S. record 119 million gallons of Biomass-based Diesel were sold during the month of September, the EPA reported. That marks the sixth consecutive monthly record and is an 8 percent increase over the previous high of 110 million gallons in August. Biodiesel makes up the vast majority of the EPA's Biomass-based Diesel category under the Renewable Fuel Standard program, representing about 95 percent of the volume this year. Through September, biodiesel sales total 686 million gallons for 2011. To view the EPA's numbers visit the EMTS website here.
Biodiesel is America's first Advanced Biofuel — a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that is creating good-paying jobs, reducing U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum and improving our environment. It is produced in nearly every state in the country and will support more than 31,000 U.S. jobs in 2011 while replacing nearly 1 billion gallons of petroleum diesel. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats, it is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA's definition as an Advanced Biofuel. Biodiesel can be used in existing diesel engines and meets strict specifications of ASTM D6751.