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August 29, 2016

Biox announces closing of CAD$1.8 million credit facility

BY Biox Corp. Biox Corp. announced that in connection with its acquisition earlier this year of a 50 million liter per year (13.2 MMgy) biodiesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, the company has obtained a CAD$1.8 million credit facility from Farm Credit Canada. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

No compromise of LCFS in new California climate bills

BY Ron KotrbaThe California State Senate and Assembly passed what are being hailed as a pair of groundbreaking climate bills, SB 32 and AB 197, which Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to sign. The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition said the bills keep the LCFS intact. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

An in-depth review of the National Advanced Biofuels Conference

BY Ron KotrbaThe National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo, co-located with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop, took place this summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This in-depth review covers the event's technical sessions on biojet, biogas and biodiesel. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

Speakers, agenda announced for the 2016 Energy Conference

BY The 2016 Energy Conference The 2016 Energy Conference, Sept. 19-21 in Des Moines, Iowa, will bring public and private entities together to discuss energy policy, climate change, and to network. Its purpose is to create profit-driven opportunities for energy independence. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

Texas A&M to host course on plant operations, process engineering

BY Texas A&M University The Process Engineering R&D Center at Texas A&M University is offering a hands-on short course in plant operations and process engineering for solvent and biofuel facilities Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. READ MORE

August 19, 2016

US EPA commits to meeting statutory RFS reporting requirements

BY Erin Voegele On Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding that two of the agency's offices have not complied with certain statutory reporting and analysis requirements concerning the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

August 18, 2016

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance seeks qualified auditors

BY Ron KotrbaTo help keep costs down, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance wants to develop a nationwide database of regional resources for certification candidates. The organization is requesting CVs from qualified auditors across the country to accomplish this. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

Truck stop association against redefining obligated party in RFS

BY Erin Voegele The National Association of Truck Stop Operators has issued a statement opposing efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to rack sellers, a position supported by oil lobby AFPM. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

New small device tests biodiesel percentage in 60 seconds or less

BY Ron KotrbaThe new Estercheck instrument by U.K.-based Stanhope-Seta Ltd. uses micro mid-range infrared built into a handheld measurement platform. With a three-step test procedure, results are gained in less than 60 seconds with accuracy down to 0.2 percent. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

BDI-BioEnergy International achieves considerable sales increase

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG Austria-based biodiesel technology provider BDI-BioEnergy International AG's implementation of major projects in Great Britain as planned, and a good financial result, made sure the company performed successfully in the first half of 2016. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

Sacramento County fleet to run on renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFollowing the California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Carlsbad, Sacramento County is also making the switch from petro to renewable diesel for its heavy-duty fleet. More than 400 public works and specialty vehicles are involved. READ MORE

August 09, 2016

Big Oil petitions US EPA to redefine obligated party under RFS

BY Erin Voegele Big Oil's industry association AFPM filed a petition for rulemaking with EPA asking the agency to move the point of obligation under the RFS to the owner of hydrocarbons at the rack, which is the same point where fuel excise taxes are are collected. READ MORE

August 08, 2016

US Navy completes sea trial with 100 percent renewable diesel

BY Applied Research Associates Inc. For the first time ever a Navy ship has operated on a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s Self Defense Test Ship completed final-phase testing of the renewable diesel branded ReadiDiesel. READ MORE

August 05, 2016

REG Q2 revenue up 49.4 percent, surpassing half a billion dollars

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Q2 revenue was $558.3 million. The company sold 150.1 million gallons of fuel, 56.2 percent more gallons of fuel than Q2 2015 resulting in an increase in revenue of 49.4 percent. It also increased ownership in Petrotec to more than 90 percent. READ MORE

August 03, 2016

Evonik increases sodium methylate production capacity in Alabama

BY Evonik Corp. Evonik recently completed a significant capacity expansion at its sodium methylate plant in Mobile, Alabama. The company has increased capacity from 60,000 to 72,000 metric tons per year through operational excellence and infrastructure investments. READ MORE

August 02, 2016

New Zealand's first commercial biodiesel plant prepares to open

BY Ron KotrbaZ Energy, a $26 million biodiesel processing facility in New Zealand, has begun the commissioning phase at its 5.3 MMgy plant in Wiri, Auckland. On Aug. 2, the company received its first feedstock delivery. Production is expected by month's end. READ MORE

August 02, 2016

Albertsons Companies increases biodiesel use for truck fleets

BY Albertsons Companies Since 2010, some of Albertsons Companies' Safeway, Vons and Pavilions stores in California have been recycling used cooking oil by converting it to biodiesel to fuel its truck fleets. Its biodiesel use has increased 50 percent in the past five years. READ MORE

August 01, 2016

New certified reference material developed for biodiesel CP, CFPP

BY The European Commission's Joint Research Centre Scientists at the EC's Joint Research Centre have developed and produced a new certified reference material for the cold filter plugging point (CFPP) and cloud point (CP) temperatures of biodiesel, which are important parameters for biodiesel use. READ MORE

August 01, 2016

370 million D4 RINs, 1.7 billion total RINs, generated in June

BY Erin Voegele Nearly 370 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs were generated in June, bringing the net total for the first six months of the year to 1.63 billion. Most, 1.32 billion, have been generated for biodiesel, with 319.46 million for renewable diesel. READ MORE

August 01, 2016

German biodiesel quality at best it's ever been

BY Ron KotrbaAGQM released its annual report on the biodiesel quality of its members for 2015. The organization stated that, for the first time in its history, all biodiesel samples analyzed were on spec and met the requirements of DIN EN 14214. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

40 US senators call for higher biodiesel targets in RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board Forty U.S. senators from across the country called on the EPA July 21 to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal. The EPA proposed 2.1 billion gallons for 2018, but the senators are pushing for 2.5 billion. READ MORE

July 20, 2016

Enzymatic biodiesel plant in St. Joseph, Missouri, sold

BY Ron KotrbaOcean Park Advisors announced July 20 that its client, Terra Biodiesel Holding LLC, closed the sale of its biodiesel plant located in St. Joseph, Missouri, to an undisclosed strategic buyer. OPA acted as exclusive advisor to Terra Biodiesel Holding. READ MORE

July 19, 2016

Biodiesel catalyst supplier commissions L-lysine plant in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaSpecialty chemicals company and biodiesel catalyst supplier Evonik Industries AG has commissioned a new fermentation plant in Brazil to produce 80,000 metric tons of its Biolys-branded L-lysine, an amino acid used as an animal feed additive. READ MORE

July 18, 2016

Canadian, Quebec governments invest $76.5M in bio-oil facility

BY Ron KotrbaThe governments of Canada and Quebec announced in July they will provide a combined $76.5 million in funding to AE Cote-Nord Bioenergy Canada Inc. for the production of renewable fuel oil from forest residues at its Port-Cartier facility. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

1st sustainable flight in Africa fueled by tobacco-based biojet

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials On Boeing's 100th anniversary, South African Airways celebrated Africa's first sustainable biofuel flight. The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used biojet fuel produced from Sunchem's nicotine-free tobacco plant. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil

BY Ron KotrbaIn a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups is challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

US DOE awards $15M to advance algae-based biofuels, bioproducts

BY DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy The U.S. DOE announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. The three recipients are Global Algae Innovations Inc., Algenol Biotech LLC and MicroBio Engineering Inc. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Record year in store as June biodiesel imports highest since 2013

BY Will Martin On June 29, the Ardmore Seahawk delivered its second load of Argentine biodiesel to Jacksonville, Florida. The shipment of1.47 million gallons capped off an unusually active June in what is shaping up to be an unusually active year for imports. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

Bill intro'd in Senate to reform, extend tax credit through 2019

BY Ron KotrbaA bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate to extend the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and restructure the incentive from a blenders credit to a domestic production credit. The bill mirrors House legislation introduced in May. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

NBB's RFS comments: Proposal fails to build on industry's success

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. EPA is significantly underestimating biodiesel's capacity to deliver more advanced biofuel to U.S. consumers in the coming years, the National Biodiesel Board said in public comments on a pending renewable fuels proposal. READ MORE

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