US consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, according to the National Biodiesel Board. Kicking off the 2016 Biodiesel Conference and Expo in Tampa, Florida, Monday, industry leaders released the production data compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency. Biodiesel industry leaders said the year-end figures demonstrate biodiesel’s rising popularity and its continued success as America’s first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. The data shows fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel last year, up from 1.97 billion gallons in 2014.
The National Biodiesel Board did say however the figures show what it called a troubling trend in which imports are flooding the U.S. market and undercutting U.S. production. Domestic production remained mostly flat while imports jumped more than 25 percent in 2015 to 670 million gallons.