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January 20, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin Voegele On Jan. 19, President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead USDA. The nomination, subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump's final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-'11. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

As EPA administrator Pruitt vows to fulfill congressional intent

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

Biodiesel industry honors year of achievements, industry growth

BY The National Biodiesel Board This year's National Biodiesel Board industry awards highlight champions who've had a major impact on biodiesel use. Clean air champions, policy drivers, fleet vehicle influencers, and lifetime biodiesel advocates were all honored in San Diego. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

90 MMgy Houston biodiesel plant begins operating at full capacity

BY Ron KotrbaWorld Energy Biox Biofuels, a joint venture between World Energy and Biox, has completed commissioning of its 90 MMgy biodiesel facility in Houston. The plant was purchased by the JV in summer 2016 and began operating at full capacity in December. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Automakers fuel US market with more biodiesel-capable models

BY The National Biodiesel Board Several automakers' new 2017 diesel models were featured at the San Diego Convention Center as part of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase event is presented by NBB and General Motors Fleet. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Underdog industry rallies for continued growth at annual event

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel has spent most of its existence fighting as the underdog and often winning against the odds. This year will be no different, as the story was told by industry leaders at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

In Depth: REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement

BY Anthony HulenThe U.S.'s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single plant, single feedstock origins to a multifeedstock, multinational business. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

In Depth: Biodiesel Renaissance

BY Ron KotrbaFrom the Winter 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, this cover article dives into the past year's resurgence in U.S. biodiesel project expansions, upgrades, imports and M&As. It was a time unlike any in recent history. But what will 2017 bring? READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Hero BX offers branded Bioheat distributor program

BY Ron KotrbaHero BX's new program offers heating oil retailers the opportunity to carry the Hero BX brand and supporting technical and marketing benefits in exchange for Bioheat supply contracts. Hero BX has biodiesel plants in Pennsylvania and Alabama. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

In Depth: A 20-Year-Old Startup

BY Gene GebolysFrom the Winter 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Gene Gebolys, the founder and president of World Energy, takes us on his and World Energy's fantastic journey through the ups and downs of biodiesel over the past 20 years. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Inside NBB: NBB Programs Lay Foundation for Industry Growth

BY National Biodiesel Board From the Winter 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, this article from the National Biodiesel Board discusses how the organization uses its funding to strengthen biodiesel's position in the U.S. market through a variety of programs. READ MORE

January 12, 2017

Opinion: Behind the Scenes

BY Ron KotrbaNo matter a biodiesel plant's scale and irrespective of what pretreatment, reaction and purification techniques are employed, the utilization, selection and positioning of key equipment—often ignored in the press—are critical to efficient operations. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

In Depth: Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview

BY Will SmithFrom the Winter 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Will Smith, the owner of Springhouse Consulting, reviews available lower-quality biodiesel feedstocks and the commercial processes employed for successful biodiesel conversion. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Opinion: Maintaining Effective Patent Portfolios in the Biodiesel Industry

BY Benjamin C. Spehlmann From the Winter 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Banner & Witcoff attorney Benjamin C. Spehlmann provides his legal perspective on the complex but important topic of patent protection in the area of biodiesel technology. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

Pilot-scale project to produce fuels from wastewater sludge

BY The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation A consortium led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation has been selected by the U.S. DOE for award negotiations to begin Phase 1 design and planning for a pilot plant to produce hydrocarbon fuels at a municipal wastewater treatment facility. READ MORE

January 10, 2017

100 percent waste-based renewable diesel hits market in Finland

BY Ron KotrbaNeste has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues under the brand name Neste MY Renewable Diesel at select service stations in Finland's Helsinki region Jan. 9. Neste has also signed use contracts with two firms. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

In Depth: A Proven Biodiesel Process Technology Track Record

BY Ron KotrbaOn BDI-BioEnergy International's 20-year anniversary, Biodiesel Magazine takes a look back at the company's beginnings, accomplishments and biodiesel production technology. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

Midwestern senators meet with Trump's pick to lead US EPA

BY Erin Voegele Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, hosted a meeting with several Midwest senators and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Topics discussed included the rule of law. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

Opinion: Far-reaching Impacts of Biointermediate Feedstocks on the Biodiesel Industry

BY Karyn JonesThe issuance of U.S. EPA's proposed REGS rule has spurred many questions about what the final rule will look like, and what it will mean for the biodiesel industry. The final definition of biointermediate feedstock will have a significant impact. READ MORE

January 06, 2017

Opinion: Biodiesel Industry Continues Growth through Unified Efforts, Challenges Remain

BY Donnell RehaganThe newly appointed CEO of the National Biodiesel Board Donnell Rehagen provides his perspective on what 2016 meant for the U.S. biodiesel sector, where 2017 may take it, and how the organization is helping accomplish the industry's goals. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Genscape's ability to verify RINs under RFS may be revoked

BY Ron KotrbaOn Jan. 4, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of intent to revoke Genscape's ability to verify RINs as a third-party auditor under the RFS Quality Assurance Program. EPA is doing this to hold Genscape accountable for verifying millions of fraudulent RINs. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has extended the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the RFS. The new deadlines are Feb. 16 and Feb. 22, respectively. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

German biodiesel exports increase slightly

BY UFOP German biodiesel exports in Jan.-Oct. 2016 slightly exceeded those of the same period in 2015. The significant drop in demand from the majority of European trading partners was offset by an increase in shipments to Poland and the Netherlands. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

Statement from Iowa Renewable Energy on recent plant fire

BY Iowa Renewable Energy LLC At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Dec. 24, a small fire began in a single piece of equipment at the Iowa Renewable Energy biodiesel facility in Washington, Iowa. Ron Lutovsky, the plant's CFO and COO, issued a statement on the accident. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

Iowa's 2016 biodiesel production tops prior year by 23 percent

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Iowa's 2016 biodiesel production reached a recording-breaking total of 297 million gallons, surpassing 2015's total 242 million gallons by 55 million gallons. This 23 percent increase is largely attributed to federal policy certainty. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Neste buys Netherlands biodiesel plant for pretreatment, storage

BY Neste Corp. Neste has signed an agreement with Electrawinds ReFuel B.V. on the acquisition of a former biodiesel plant in Sluiskil in the Netherlands. Neste intends to use the Sluiskil plant for the storage and pretreatment of renewable raw materials. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

USDA data show food costs decline as biodiesel market soars

BY The National Biodiesel Board The Consumer Price Index for grocery store items is 2.3 percent lower than the last year, according to USDA's Food Price Outlook, all while biodiesel production is higher than ever. Biodiesel decreases soy protein meal prices by up to $40 per ton. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Lux Research: FOG-based biodiesel remains significant opportunity

BY Lux Research The new generation of policies is based on carbon-intensity metrics, and biomass-based diesel and conventional electricity lead the race to meet new emissions reduction goals. Diversified energy companies are well-placed, according to Lux Research. READ MORE

December 26, 2016

377 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released RIN generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 377.15 million D4 RINs, bringing 2016's net total D4s through November to 3.47 billion. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

BDI-BioEnergy Int'l delisting effective Dec. 22

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG announced it was notified by the Frankfurt Stock Exchange that, upon application from the company on Dec. 7, the admission of its shares to trading on the regulated market of the FSE was revoked. READ MORE

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