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March 02, 2021

CLEAN Future Act includes RFS, renewable energy provisions

BY Erin VoegeleHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce democrats on March 2 introduced the CELAN Future Act, which sets a goal to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. The bill includes provisions related to the RFS and bioenergy. READ MORE

March 02, 2021

Bill funds tax credit that could benefit biofuel, CCS projects

BY Erin VoegeleSens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., on March 1 introduced the American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act of 2021, which aims to incentivize domestic manufacturing of advanced energy technologies. READ MORE

February 26, 2021

REG produces record 519 million gallons of biofuel in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group Inc. released third quarter financial results on Feb. 25, reporting the company produced a record volume of biofuel in 2020. Company officials also detailed adjustments it is making to correct an error related to fuel blending. READ MORE

February 26, 2021

Senate conforms Granholm as secretary of energy

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate on Feb. 25 voted 64 to 35 to confirm Jennifer Granholm as secretary of energy. Granholm, a former two-term governor of Michigan, was sworn in later that day. She is the second woman to lead the DOE. READ MORE

February 25, 2021

EPA: 1.4 billion RINs generated in January

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that more than 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month, down from 1.57 billion generated during the same month of 2020. READ MORE

February 25, 2021

Ethanol, biomass-based diesel RIN prices approach all-time highs

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration The prices of RIN credits—the compliance mechanisms used for the RFS program administered by the U.S. EPA—have been steadily rising in recent months and are approaching their highest nominal levels in the history of the program. READ MORE

February 24, 2021

CVR Energy: Construction underway on renewable diesel project

BY Erin VoegeleCVR Energy Inc. has confirmed construction is currently underway on a conversion project that will enable its refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to produce approximately 100 MMgy of renewable diesel and 6 MMgy of renewable naphtha. READ MORE

February 24, 2021

Cielo announces purchase commitment for renewable diesel

BY Cielo Waste Solutions Cielo Waste Solutions has announced its first significant sale of renewable fuels with a purchase commitment for 900,000 liters (238,000 gallons) of renewable diesel at CAD$1.67/liter for an aggregate purchase price of CAD $1.5 million. READ MORE

February 23, 2021

Refiners file brief in Supreme Court SRE case

BY Erin VoegeleAffiliates of HollyFrontier and Wynnewood Refining on Feb. 22 filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing their position against the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

February 23, 2021

NBB applauds Senate confirmation of Vilsack

BY Erin VoegeleTom Vilsack is once again leading the USDA. The Senate on Feb. 23 voted 92 to seven to confirm him as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack, a former two-term governor of Iowa, served as ag secretary during all eight years of the Obama administration. READ MORE

February 22, 2021

EPA changes position, supports Tenth Circuit Court’s SRE ruling

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Feb. 22 announced it now supports the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal’s January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). Representatives of the U.S. biofuels industry are applauding the agency’s new position. READ MORE

February 22, 2021

USDA predicts growth in biodiesel, renewable diesel and SAF

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA predicts that 8.6 billion pounds of soybean oil will go to biodiesel production annually by 2030, up from 8.15 billion pounds in 2021-'22, according to data released by the agency as part of its long-term agricultural projections. READ MORE

February 19, 2021

Biofuel groups urge EPA to deny RFS waiver requests

BY Erin VoegeleRepresentatives of the U.S. biofuels industry are urging the U.S. EPA to deny several petitions that have been filed with the agency seeking waivers of 2019 and 2020 RFS blending obligations, calling them unnecessary, illegal and unjustified. READ MORE

February 19, 2021

Johnson, Craig introduce RFS Integrity Act

BY Erin VoegeleReps. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., on Feb. 19 reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act, which aims to ensure transparency and predictability in the U.S. EPA’s administration of the SRE process. READ MORE

February 18, 2021

Illinois proposes to phase out biodiesel sales tax exemption

BY Erin VoegeleIllinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Feb. 17 proposed to accelerate the expiration of remaining sales tax exemptions for biodiesel as part of his FY 2022 budget proposal. The Illinois Soybean Growers Association is speaking out against the proposal. READ MORE

February 18, 2021

Calumet to produce renewable diesel at Montana refinery

BY Erin VoegeleCalumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. on Feb. 16 announced plans to produce renewable diesel at its petroleum refinery in Great Falls, Montana. The company is expected to discuss the project during its fourth quarter earnings call on March 3. READ MORE

February 18, 2021

EPA: 1 new SRE petition filed, 66 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated SRE data on Feb. 18, reporting that one new SRE petition has been filed for RFS compliance year 2020. A total of 66 SRE petitions are now pending, up from 65 that were pending as of Jan. 19. READ MORE

February 18, 2021

Renewable fuels – industry update – another gold rush?

BY Sam Carbis Solutions Group Sam Carbis Solutions Group can help biodiesel plants expand their operations while ensuring projects come in on time and on budget. The company has been involved with all aspects of product loading/unloading for over 45 years. READ MORE

February 17, 2021

Maire Tecnimont announces South American renewable diesel project

BY Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. Maire Tecnimont, through its subsidiary NextChem and Essential Energy USA Corp., on Feb. 15 executed a front-end engineering design contract as well as a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a renewable diesel plant in South America. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

Fulcrum announces plans to develop SAF biorefinery in the UK

BY Erin VoegeleFulcrum BioEnergy Ltd. on Feb. 16 announced plans to develop a 30 MMgy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant at Essar Oil (UK) Ltd.’s refinery near Liverpool, England. The project could be operational as soon as 2025. READ MORE

February 16, 2021

Grassley urges McCarthy to visit Iowa, see renewables in action

BY Erin VoegeleSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy on Feb. 16 inviting her to visit Iowa and learn about the state’s leadership in renewable fuel production and sustainable energy. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

Iowa biofuel standard would create jobs, grow economy

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation recently introduced in Iowa that aims to establish a state biofuels standard would create more than 3,500 new jobs and generate nearly $550 million in household income by 2026, according to a study released by the IRFA on Feb. 15. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

EIA predicts gradual increase in biofuel use through 2050

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) on Feb. 3, predicting that the consumption of biofuels as a share of the domestic fuel mix will gradually increase through 2050. READ MORE

February 15, 2021

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA Rural Development has announced it is now accepting applications for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements through the Rural Energy for America Program. Applications must be submitted by March 31. READ MORE

February 12, 2021

British Airways partners with LanzaJet on SAF

BY British Airways British Airways has announced plans to power future flights with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from sustainably-sourced ethanol, as part of a new partnership with sustainable jet fuel company LanzaJet. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

EIA: US biodiesel production at 151 million gallons in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration has released data showing U.S. biodiesel production reached 151 million gallons in November 2020, down 9 million gallons from the previous month, but up 24 million gallons from November 2019. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

Dickinson renewable diesel plant to reach full capacity in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleMarathon Petroleum Corp. has announced its renewable diesel facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, is currently ramping up operations and is on track to reach full production by the end of the first quarter. READ MORE

February 11, 2021

Walz urges Biden to support biofuels through 2 executive orders

BY Erin VoegeleGov. Tim Walz, chair of the Governors’ Biofuel Coalition, on Feb. 10 sent a letter to President Biden urging him to issue executive orders banning the use of aromatics in gasoline and adopting new Renewable Fuel Standard regulations. READ MORE

February 10, 2021

GREEN Act includes biofuel, bioenergy tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, on Feb. 5 announced the introduction of the GREEN Act, which includes several tax extenders that would benefit biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 10, 2021

NetJets invests in WasteFuel, commits to purchase of SAF

BY NetJets NetJets on Feb. 4 announced it has made an investment in WasteFuel, a waste to fuel company that aims to transform landfill waste into SAF. NetJets will also purchase a minimum of 100 million gallons of WasteFuel’s SAF over the next decade. READ MORE

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