Cutting Carbon, Fueling Economies

Biodiesel is a winning checkoff story, not only for farmers whose soybeans serve as a major feedstock for biodiesel production, but for all Wisconsinites.

For farmers, biodiesel adds value to a bushel of soybeans. By using biodiesel to grow crops, Wisconsin soybean farmers contribute to the reduction of harmful emissions.

B20, or 20 percent biodiesel blended with 80 percent petroleum diesel, is estimated to add 63 cents to the value of a bushel of soybeans, or $31.82 per acre, based on the average yield of 50.5 bu/acre with the average farmer using 6 gallons of diesel per acre.

According to the Clean Fuels Alliance America, using renewable diesel instead of petroleum-based fuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% on average.

Biodiesel Quick Hits

The City of Madison partnered with Optimus Technologies to outfit 15 heavy-duty vehicles to run on 100 percent biodiesel year round.

Madison’s commitment to biodiesel goes deeper. City officials estimate a reduction of 5.97 million pounds of carbon emissions since 2018.

Wisconsin produces 25 million gallons of biodiesel at two plants, REG Madison in DeForest and Walsh BioFuels in Mauston.

Biodiesel is the nation’s first domestically produced, commercially available advanced biofuel.

Recent study shows a 4% overall reduction in diesel prices because of our fuels.

The use of biodiesel over petroleum-based fuels reduces hydrocarbon emissions by 67%.