North America’s Advanced Biofuel Industry Produced 800 Million Gallons In 2014

Jan 07, 2015

North America’s advanced biofuel industry reached a production capacity of more than 8 00 million gallons in 2014, up from the previous year and almost double the capacity in 2011, according to a new market report unveiled today by the national nonpartisan busine ss group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

This is the highest capacity since E2 released its first ad vanced biofuels market report in 2011 , and it’s more than the 787 million gallons produced in 2013 . It’ s roughly enough to fill an entire lane of Interst ate 5 from Seattle to San Diego with nothing but large tanker trucks filled with advanced biofuel .

The report, “ E2 Advanced Biofuel Market Report 2014 ,” projects that by 2017 , as many as 180 companies are expected to produce 1.7 billion gallons of advance d biofuel, doubling current capacity. The report shows how advanced biofuels are on track to meet targeted emission reductions for clean fuels standards in both California and Oregon , according to E2 . It also offers the latest evidence that Washington state should quickly move forward with a clean fuels standard of its own , something Gov. Jay Inslee indicated he was prepared to do in his recently announced carbon plan , according to E2.

The complete report is available at or directly through this link. E2 members on the West Coast , biofuel industry execut ives, and E2 Western states advocate/report co - author Mary Solecki are available for phone interviews. Infographics are available f or download here and here.

“The advanced biofuel industry is meet ing the growing demand for clean er - burning transportation fuels,” said Solecki . “Americans who want more local job s, cleaner air, and more homegrown energy should demand elected officials enact policies , right now, that will promote the growth of advanced biofuel.”

E2 defines advanced biofuel as liquid fuels made from non - petroleum sources that achieve a 50 - percent reduction in carbon intensity compared to a petroleum - fuel baseline. Advanced biofuel companies included in the report range from small biodiesel business es like Beaver Biodiesel in Oregon, which produces about 1 million gallons annually, to POET, which at facilities in South Dakota and Iowa produces more than 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol an nually using corn stover, or waste from corn cr op s, as a primary feedstock.

“If state and federal le aders want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil – and support American farmers, businesses, and entrepreneurs – they should ensure this clean, cutting - edge industry can expand,” Solecki said .

The report com es at a time when various initiatives, especially in the Pacific Northwest and in California, are in the works or are under review :

  •  In Oregon, the state’s Environmental Quality Commission meets in Portland Jan. 7 - 8. DEQ staff will present proposed rules for Phase 2 of the Clean Fuels Program. Later in the year the legislature will decide whether or not to remove the sunset date for the Clean Fuels Program, which is expected to create as many as 29,000 jobs and save Oregon consumers and businesses up to $1.6 billion in fuel costs. “The DEQ report should make it clear that clean fuels work. If our state legislature wants to create good jobs, save consumers money, and improve public health, it should waste no time removing the sunset date for the Clean Fuels Program,” said Chris Dennett, a consultant for Portland - b ased management consulting firm ACME Business Consulting and an E2 Pac ific Northwest chapter director .
  • In Washington state , Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the state’s Department of Ecology to recommend a proposed clean - fuel standard that, through executive order, would increase the use of advanced biofuel , creating local jobs and keeping hard - earned money in - state by reduc ing the billions of dollars Washington spends annually on out - of - state oil. 
  • In Califor nia, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) has been in place since 2009 and has lowered carbon emissions since 2011 , but last year during a re - adoption period the LCFS was frozen at 2013 levels , forcing several promising facilities to delay or id le production . E2 partnered in the release of this report showing how the LCFS is both achievable and growing the state’s economy. E2 also co - authored this report on the biodiesel value chain in California . 
  • In Washington, D.C., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015 is expected to finalize federal renewable fuel r equirements , after delay ing its announcement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (R F S) throug h last year . The regulatory uncertainty caused by the delay reined in 2014’s production capacity and investment levels , according to the report
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