2006 U.S. biodiesel production triple that of 2005, ethanol up by 20 percent

Perhaps that prediction of a biodiesel glut will come true. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is certainly reporting we're making a lot more biodiesel, with the recent announcment that U.S. biodiesel production will likely triple in 2006, to 250 million gallons. Government incentives are the main reason for this growth, the NBB said, and the trend is expected to continue in 2007.
Over on the other side of the biofuel aisle, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) recently announced that the ethanol industry in the U.S. is on track to increase its production by more than 20 percent in 2006. Percentage-wise, that's a lot less than triple, but we make heaps more ethanol here than biodiesel. The expected U.S. ethanol production for 2006 is 4.7 billion gallons.

So, we're making a lot more biofuels. How can we sell and use it all? If international organizations can come together and develop some standards for biofuels, then the (clean) sky's the limit.

[Source: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)]

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