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July 30, 2015

UPS makes deals with Neste, REG, Solazyme for renewable diesel

BY UPS UPS announced on July 29 agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

NBB to EPA: 2017 biodiesel standard should be 2.7 billion gallons

BY The National Biodiesel Board On July 27 the National Biodiesel Board called on the U.S. EPA to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under RFS. In extensive comments submitted to the agency on the pending RFS rule, NBB cited compelling benefits of increased production. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Winners announced in Minnesota biodiesel essay contest

BY Ron KotrbaWinners have been announced for the 2015 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship open to Minnesota high school seniors. Brianna Bredeson, a recent graduate of Willmar Senior High, took first place. Sydney Benson of Burnsville placed second. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

B100 available at Root Fuel's Wallisville Road station in Houston

BY Ron KotrbaSix months after opening its Wallisville Road fuel station in Houston selling B20, Root Fuel is now offering B50 and B100 at the same location. CEO Justin Heller said he is selling B100 for $2.399 a gallon, 20 cents less than his B20 blends. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

San Francisco mayor says city fleet to use renewable diesel

BY The Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced his city will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions by phasing out use of petroleum diesel in the city fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by year's end. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Senate committee passes 2-year biodiesel tax credit extension

BY Ron Kotrba and Erin Voegele The Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package that includes a two-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The committee also accepted an amendment that changes the incentive from a blenders credit to a production credit. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

State-of-the-Art Algae Photobioreactors

BY Ron KotrbaPhotobioreactor manufacturers, including Algae Systems LLC, Algenol LLC and Heliae Development LLC, detail their latest designs and performance metrics and provide project updates from around the globe. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Bipartisan group of 36 US senators calls for biodiesel growth

BY The National Biodiesel Board Thirty-six U.S. senators from across the United States urged the Obama administration July 20 to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending RFS proposal from the EPA. A letter was signed by senators on both sides of the aisle from 24 states. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

REG announces $31M upgrade to Danville, Illinois, biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced it will invest $31 million to upgrade and enhance the company's 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Danville, Illinois. The upgrades will include distillation, pretreatment capacity improvements and other optimizations. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

Biodiesel equipment scheduled for online auction ending Aug. 18

BY Maas Companies Maas Companies will auction surplus biodiesel process equipment from Green Gallons Solutions of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Aug. 18 via a timed online auction. The process equipment is being sold as one lot to be moved, with two tanks to be sold piecemeal. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

Utah-based biodiesel firm launches crowdfunding campaign

BY Ron KotrbaLogan, Utah-based Argo Fuels announced it is launching an Idiegogo crowdfunding campaign July 21 to raise money for the purchase of feedstock and preparation for large-scale biodiesel production using its NanoCatalyst fuel processor. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopts ILUC biofuel rules

BY Erin Voegele The Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union has officially adopted the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The directive was accepted by the European Parliament in late April. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, Big Island Biodiesel unite

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Members of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies and Big Island Biodiesel decided unanimously to combine the companies, making BIB a wholly owned subsidiary of PBT. This unites all members in the company's effort to expand biodiesel production in Hawaii. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Pacific Northwest Nat'l Lab to help small, 'green' businesses

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL and four other national labs have been chosen to lead the DOE's new Small Business Vouchers Pilot to help clean-energy firms get tech assistance. With $2.7 million, PNNL will support small businesses in bioenergy, water power and buildings. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

IncBio to supply 22.5 MMgy biodiesel plant to Colombia

BY Ron KotrbaPorto, Portugal-based IncBio has secured an agreement to design and build a 75,000-ton-per-year (22.5 MMgy) biodiesel plant for Biocosta Green Energy S.A. in Santa Marta, Colombia. Production is expected to begin by next May. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

Germany's obligation to reduce GHGs drives competition

BY UFOP With biofuels possessing an average GHG reduction of 60 percent compared to fossil fuels, the competition for the highest GHG efficiency is starting, confirmed the first quarterly report by the German Federal Office for Food and Agriculture. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

US DOE injects $18 million into algae technology development

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced July 9 that six projects will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. Read more to learn which projects are involved. READ MORE

July 09, 2015

Methes Energies raises $1.25 million in direct stock offering

BY Ron KotrbaMethes Energies announced July 6 that it has closed on a $1.25 million registered direct placement of common stock with a small group of institutional investors. Chardan Capital Markets LLC acted as the sole placement agent for the transaction. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Vast majority of Canadians support renewable fuels industry

BY The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association According to a new national survey, 88 percent of Canadians believe more renewable fuels should be produced in Canada and that government should do more to promote the industry. The online poll surveyed 1,750 Canadians ages 18 and up. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

Company to develop $175 million waste-to-diesel plant in Florida

BY BioPower Operations Corp. BioPower Operations Corp. announced its wholly owned subsidiary Green3Power will build a Fischer-Tropsch synthetic diesel plant at the St. Lucie County Solid Waste Management Facility in Florida. G3P is working with Vanderweil Engineering. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

Volkswagen renewable diesel evaluation program completed

BY Volkswagen of America Inc. Volkswagen of America announced completion of its Renewable Diesel Evaluation Program in collaboration with Solazyme and Amyris. VW measured environmental impacts from use of precommercial renewable diesel formulas with TDI Clean Diesel technology. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Major changes to USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program in new rule

BY Erin Voegele The program is now open to renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturers. Also, the requirement that the majority of the biorefinery production must be an advanced biofuel to be eligible has been removed, in addition to more changes. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Atlantic Biodiesel celebrates opening of 45 MMgy plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaAtlantic Biodiesel officially opened its 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario, June 25. The former Great Lakes Biodiesel plant gained new ownership after GLB lender Heridge S.a.R.L. won the assets from a bankruptcy auction early this year. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Italian firm ready to license glycerin-to-bioplastics technology

BY Ron KotrbaItalian intellectual property company Bio-on S.p.A. announced a recent advancement in development of technology for making polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from glycerol. The company says it is ready to grant licenses for this new technology. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Biodiesel supporters to press EPA on renewable fuel standard

BY The National Biodiesel Board Two dozen biodiesel representatives are slated to testify at an EPA hearing June 25 on the agency's latest proposal establishing volumes under the RFS. They plan to thank EPA for increasing volumes in the proposal while calling for further growth. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Iowa fuel tax savings kicks in for biodiesel blends July 1

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board As of July 1, diesel blended with at least 11 percent biodiesel (B11) will enjoy a tax exemption of 3 cents a gallon compared to regular diesel, a legislative victory celebrated by the Iowa Biodiesel Board and its supporters. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Boeing expands 757 testing to improve environmental performance

BY Boeing Boeing announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing June 19, including the first flight with U.S.-made green diesel and two new environment-related technologies. The program's mission is to improve aviation's environmental performance. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

EPA management of RFS program scrutinized at US Senate hearing

BY Anna Simet U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 Senate hearing held to discuss the agency's management of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

June 19, 2015

Illinois economists examine long-term trajectory of proposed RVO

BY Sue Retka Schill What would the long-term implications be if the U.S. EPA maintains the policy trajectory outlined in the May 29 proposed renewable volume obligations? University of Illinois economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good recently analyzed that question. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Biodiesel producers take RFS advocacy to Congress

BY The National Biodiesel Board Nearly 120 biodiesel producers and other industry leaders from California to Florida are visiting Washington, D.C., this week calling on lawmakers to push for a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS) as the U.S. EPA finalizes a long-awaited rule. READ MORE

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