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December 01, 2017

MSU gets grant for power plant emission reduction, algae growth

BY PHYCO2 PHYCO2 will collaborate with Michigan State University under a $1 million U.S. DOE grant to develop technologies to transform the efficiency and operating costs to reduce power plant emissions of CO2 and create marketable chemicals. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

First RFS rule from Trump EPA a big disappointment for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA released its final rule for renewable volume obligations under the RFS Nov. 30, and the Trump administration's first final rule is a big disappointment for biodiesel producers. The rule stalls biodiesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

NBB members on Hill to urge reinstatement of biodiesel tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board Starting Nov. 28, nearly 100 members of the National Biodiesel Board are in Washington, D.C., to participate in their biannual fly-in to the nation's capital. NBB members plan to storm the Hill to encourage reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

US EPA officially maintains current RFS point of obligation

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has officially announced its denial of several petitions requesting the agency initiate rulemaking to change the point of obligation (POO) under the RFS. In 2016, several groups petitioned the EPA, asking that the agency shift the POO. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

Air Liquide to engineer, supply Cargill biodiesel plant in Kansas

BY Air Liquide Engineering & Construction Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has built six biodiesel plants for Cargill. Now, its leading-edge Lurgi biodiesel technology, which offers a complete oleochemical production chain, will be the heart of Cargill's new 60 MMgy Kansas plant. READ MORE

November 21, 2017

Deutz approves engines for use of alternative fuels

BY Deutz AG Electrification is gaining popularity, but for medium- and heavy-duty applications, there is no replacement for diesel power. Deutz has approved the latest generation of its entire TCD engine range for operation with renewable diesel and biodiesel. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

NJ school district achieves 20-year milestone with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Medford Township Public Schools in New Jersey is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of transitioning to cleaner-burning biodiesel in its school bus fleet. Medford is the U.S.'s longest continuous user of biodiesel in a student transportation fleet. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

US biodiesel leadership sends RFS letter to President Trump

BY Ron KotrbaExecutive leaders of the National Biodiesel Board have sent a letter to U.S. President Donald J. Trump on the 2018-'19 final rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which the White House Office of Management and Budget is currently reviewing. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Western Iowa Energy acquires 15 MMgy California biodiesel plant

BY Ocean Park Advisors Agron Bioenergy closed the sale of its biodiesel plant in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy. The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Discovery Channel documentary 'Hot Grease' spotlights biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board They've been following National Biodiesel Board workers and members around for almost two years. Now, finally, the story of biodiesel will be shared with a large, national audience as Discovery's Hot Grease makes its on-air debut Thursday, Nov. 16. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Pacific Biodiesel to supply fuel to new Schofield power plant

BY Ron KotrbaHawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies signed a three-year biodiesel supply contract for the new 50-MW Schofield Generating Station, 8-MW Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other Oahu generation facilities. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Diamond Green Diesel considers expanding production to 550 MMgy

BY Valero Energy Corp. Valero and Darling Ingredients announced they will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to analyze an additional project that would grow production at their Diamond Green Diesel renewable diesel facility in Louisiana to 550 MMgy. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

BDI to build RepCat biodiesel plant at Crimson Renewable Energy

BY Ron KotrbaOne year after Austrian biodiesel engineering firm BDI completed upgrades at Crimson Renewable Energy in Bakersfield, California, including process optimization and expansion, the company announced another milestone project at the same facility. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

EU vote shows Parliament strongly divided on crop-based biofuels

BY The EU Biofuels Chain The EU Parliament Transport Committee decision to reject MEP Bas Eickhout's opinion, and not to endorse the hardline Environment Committee position on biofuels, is yet another sign of the divisions over where EU biofuel policy should be heading. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

US upholds stiff duties in biodiesel imports subsidies case

BY The National Biodiesel Board The commerce department issued its final determination in the case of subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Importers must pay cash deposits of more than 70 percent for Argentine and 34 to 65 percent for Indonesian biodiesel. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

Hero BX hosts terminal event, unveils new branded Bioheat trucks

BY Hero BX Lake Erie Biofuels, dba Hero BX, celebrated one year of business at its blending and distribution terminal in North Hampton, New Hampshire, in grand style by hosting an open house and appreciation event Nov. 2 for customers and the community. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

US biodiesel coalition to testify at ITC imports hearing Nov. 9

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. International Trade Commission will hold a hearing Nov. 9 concerning biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Members of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition will testify, as well as two U.S. senators. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

REG Q3 meets guidance despite $25 million risk management loss

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Revenues in Q3 were $627 million on 151.5 million gallons of fuel sold. Q3 revenues were essentially flat with the prior year period despite the lapse of the biodiesel tax credit. Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $11.4 million. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance biofuel production

BY The University of Pennsylvania The lustrous cells on the surface of the clam scatter bright sunlight, efficiently converting it into fuel. Using what they learn from these giant clams, the University of Pennsylvania researchers hope to improve future production of biofuel. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Biodico introduces Master Community Design technology

BY Biodico Inc. Biodico introduced its Master Community Design technology at the Zero Net Energy Farm Summit hosted at Red Rock Ranch in Five Points, California. The tech connects farms and surrounding communities with clean, affordable energy and local jobs. READ MORE

November 06, 2017

Germany consumed more UCO biodiesel last year than RME

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has published an evaluation and progress report for 2016 in which it shows that, for the first time, consumption of biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCO) exceeded that of rapeseed biodiesel (RME). READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Canada's 2017 Renewable Industries Forum deemed a success

BY Ron KotrbaThe 2017 Renewable Industries Forum took place in Ottawa in October. The 14th annual event brought more than 100 experts from government, industry and academia together to address Canada's priorities in climate change mitigation and adaptation. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Biodiesel helps fuel Tow Trucks for Tots in Illinois

BY The Illinois Soybean Association The Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program is partnering with Tow Trucks for Tots to help bring toys to needy children, while educating tow truck drivers on the benefits of B20 biodiesel fuel. The annual event will take place Nov. 12. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Final 2018-'19 RFS rule sent to White House OMB for review

BY Erin Voegele The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the U.S. EPA's final rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume obligations, along with the 2019 volume for biomass-based diesel. The move marks a final step before public issuance. READ MORE

November 01, 2017

ExxonMobil, REG report progress in cellulosic biodiesel research

BY ExxonMobil ExxonMobil and REG announced Nov. 1 that by utilizing REG's patented fermentation technology, the companies' joint research program has demonstrated the ability to convert sugars from a variety of nonedible biomass sources into biodiesel. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

NBB on US negotiations with Argentina: Market distortion must end

BY The National Biodiesel Board Ahead of a meeting Nov. 1 between the U.S. and Argentine governments on biodiesel imports, the National Biodiesel Board's CEO Donnell Rehagen said unless Argentina puts an end to its harmful differential export taxes, there is nothing to negotiate. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

Hero BX to host open house at New Hampshire biodiesel terminal

BY Hero BX Hero BX will celebrate one year of business at its blending terminal in North Hampton, New Hampshire, by hosting an open house and appreciation event on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers, the community and media are invited to attend. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

EU parliament committee denies prospects for domestic biofuels

BY UFOP The recent EU committee vote concerning reforms in biofuel policy from 2020-'30 would completely phase out RME by 2030. UFOP now places high expectations on the industrial committee, which is responsible for the RED II biofuel policy reforms. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

Evonik increases price of potassium methylate biodiesel catalyst

BY Ron KotrbaEvonik Performance Materials GmbH recently announced a global price increase of 4 percent for its potassium methylate solution alkoxide, KM32, effective Nov. 1. The company stated, however, that all existing contracts will be honored. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Inside NBB: National Education Campaign Supports Critical Policy Efforts

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB continues to spearhead the only comprehensive national education campaign designed to promote biodiesel. The effort reaches audiences from national opinion leaders to local fleet managers, but a main component focuses on D.C. thought leaders. READ MORE

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