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January 05, 2021

RFA, Growth Energy demand transparency in SRE process

BY Erin VoegeleIn a court filing on Jan. 5, the RFA and Growth Energy continued to call on the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to release the names and locations of refineries granted exemptions from their RFS blending obligations. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

Missouri bill aims to establish B20 mandate

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation pre-filed with the Missouri Senate in late November aims to create a biodiesel blend mandate for all diesel transportation fuel sold with the state. The blend requirement would ramp up to 20 percent in 2024. READ MORE

January 04, 2021

EPA issues proposed consent decree related to SRE court challenge

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Jan. 4 published a notice of a proposed consent decree that would require the agency to issue a decision regarding a 2019 SRE petition filed by United Refining Co. by Feb. 19. A public comment period is open through Feb. 3. READ MORE

December 30, 2020

Neste supplies DHL Express with SAF at San Francisco airport

BY Neste Neste has signed an agreement to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to DHL Express, the express service arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group. Through this agreement Neste has commenced supply of SAF with immediate effect to DHL Express at SFO. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

Haldor Topsoe to supply technology to proposed Grön Fuels plant

BY Erin VoegeleHaldor Topsoe announced in December that Grön Fuels has selected its HydroFlex renewable fuels and H2bridge bio-hydrogen technologies with bio-carbon capture and storage (bio-CCS) option for its proposed $9.2 billion biorefinery in Louisiana. READ MORE

December 29, 2020

B20 Club of Indiana launched

BY Indiana Soybean Alliance Four diesel fleets in Indiana were recently inducted as inaugural members of the newly-formed B20 Club of Indiana, a collaboration between the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the American Lung Association. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Trump signs COVID-19 relief, tax extenders package

BY Erin VoegelePresident Trump on Dec. 27 signed a legislative package that includes tax extenders, $900 billion in COVID-19 relief, and government funding, averting a government shutdown and providing potential COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers. READ MORE

December 28, 2020

Manitoba increases ethanol, biodiesel blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleThe Manitoba government on Dec. 22 announced that it will step up its ethanol and biodiesel blending requirements over the next two years, requiring E10 and B5 blends of gasoline and diesel by the start of 2022. READ MORE

December 23, 2020

EPA: 1.61 billion RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released data showing that more than 1.61 billion renewable identification number (RINs) were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in November, up from 1.58 billion generated during the same month of 2019. READ MORE

December 22, 2020

CVR moves forward with renewable diesel conversion project

BY Erin VoegeleCVR Energy Inc. on Dec. 21 announced it has received approval from its board of directors to move forward with a conversion project that will allow its refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to produce renewable diesel. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

House, Senate pass $900B COVID-19 relief package, tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate voted to approve a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package on Dec. 21. The legislation, which includes ag relief that could benefit biofuel producers, is expected to be signed by President Trump. READ MORE

December 21, 2020

Canada publishes proposed Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleThe government of Canada on Dec. 18 published proposed regulations for its Clean Fuel Standard. Final regulations are expected to be published next year, with the CFS scheduled to come into force on Dec. 1, 2022. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

PMSS: Near miss reporting for SIF reduction

BY Lisa Gibson Documenting, communicating and resolving near misses can help reduce incidents that cause serious injury or death. Jacob Hencke, with PROtect, emphasized this in his presentation during the Plant Maintenance and Safety Summit, Dec. 16 and 17. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

USDA to open 30-day application period for HBIIP on Dec. 21

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has announced it will open a new 30-day application period for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive program on Dec. 21. The RFA, Growth Energy and ACE say they are ready and willing to help retailers apply for the program. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

EPA: 66 SRE petitions now pending

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 17 reported five additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency seeking exemptions of RFS blending requirements. The status of three other SRE petitions appear to have been changed from “denied” to “pending.” READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Biden to nominate Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegelePresident-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Michael Regan as his nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S EPA. Representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing hope that Regan will bring a change in philosophy to the agency. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

Past NFU presidents urge Biden to advance ag, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFour former presidents of the National Farmers Union sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 15 urging his administration to blaze a new trail in harnessing the power of U.S. agriculture to protect our planet for future generations. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

Neste opens 2 new renewable diesel stations in California

BY Neste Neste has opened two new fueling stations in central California, providing greater accessibility to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The number of Neste MY Renewable Diesel fueling stations in California has more than doubled since 2019. READ MORE

December 16, 2020

PMSS: Classification, organization and documentation

BY Lisa Gibson It’s important to be aware of different safety and inspection requirements for different piping classifications, according to Jay Beckel, of PROtect. And don’t rely on your nondestructive testing (NDT) provider to keep track of it, he added. READ MORE

December 15, 2020

DOE announces $35 million for bioenergy R&D

BY U.S. Department of Energy On Dec. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. Concept papers are due Feb. 1, with full applications due April 5. READ MORE

December 14, 2020

OMB updates timelines for 2021 RFS, E15 label rules

BY Erin VoegeleInformation released by the White House Office of Management and budget indicates the a proposed rule to set 2021 RVOs under the RFS could be released soon. A rulemaking is also underway to alter E15 labeling requirements. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

WASDE maintains outlook for soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its 2020-’21 forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Dec. 10. The forecast for soybean crush was increased, with the outlook for ending stocks lowered. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Biden to nominate Vilsack as ag secretary

BY Erin VoegelePresident-elect Joe Biden has announced he will nominate Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years of the Obama-Biden administration. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

EPA changes how it considers costs, benefits of CAA rules

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 9 released a final rule that changes the way the agency will consider the costs and benefits of all significant Clean Air Act rulemakings. The EPA said the impacted rulemakings will be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Gevo supplies Avfuel with SAF for Pacific Northwest region

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo announced on Dec. 10 that its customer and global fuel supplier, Avfuel Corp., delivered SAF to Leading Edge Jet Center, a provider of business aviation services throughout the Pacific Northwest. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

Ames grows sustainable fleet with partners REG, Optimus

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The City of Ames, Iowa, is adding seven new dump trucks to its fleet that have the Optimus Technologies advanced fuel system integrated into their new vehicle specification. The vehicles will be fueled with B100 produced by Renewable Energy Group. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

Gunvor closes $540 million biodiesel loan

BY Erin VoegeleThe Gunvor Group on Dec. 4 announced it has successful closed a new available credit facility of $540 million to support the company’s biodiesel trading. The credit facility is structured around the company's biofuel inventory positions. READ MORE

December 09, 2020

EPA: Supreme Court should not review lower court’s SRE ruling

BY Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and American Coalition for Ethanol In a filing submitted on Dec. 8, the Department of Justice recommended against Supreme Court review of the Tenth Circuit Court’s ruling earlier this year that invalidated several small refinery exemptions issued by U.S. EPA under the RFS. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

Biofuels coalition files brief challenging 31 SREs in 2018

BY Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, National Biodiesel Board, American Coalition for Ethanol, and National The RFA, Growth Energy, NCGA, NBB, ACE, and NFU on Dec. 8 filed a brief challenging EPA’s August 2019 decision to exempt 31 small refineries from their obligations to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2018. READ MORE

December 08, 2020

ADB to help improve advanced biofuel production in India

BY Asian Development Bank The Asian Development Bank has approved a $2.5 million technical assistance (TA) to support advanced biofuel development in India. The TA will support the development of advanced bioethanol, bio-compressed natural gas, and biodiesel plants. READ MORE

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