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August 21, 2019

Biodiesel, soybean leaders ask Trump for meeting on RFS waivers

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen and American Soybean Association President Davie Stephens requested a meeting Aug. 21 with President Donald Trump to discuss small refinery exemptions and the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 21, 2019

Reynolds, Naig urge EPA to honor Trump’s promise to US farmers

BY Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig sent a letter Aug. 21 to U.S. EPA Secretary Andrew Wheeler outlining the damaging effects of the 31 new small refinery waivers (SREs) undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 16, 2019

RFS waivers by Trump’s EPA push World Energy to close 3 plants

BY World Energy World Energy is closing three biodiesel plants in Georgia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania as a direct result of the Aug. 9 decision by Trump’s EPA to grant 31 new small refinery waivers from the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard to oil companies. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Petroleum companies ramp up HVO production in Europe

BY UFOP Production of hydrotreated vegetable oil in the EU has picked up pace since 2012. The key reason is the iLUC regulation introduced in 2015 permits biofuels from waste to be counted double. Also, pressure on feedstock prices has increased globally. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Neste introduces IMO 2020 fuel, announces new US partnership

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Corp. announced it will introduce a new fuel, Neste Marine 0.5, in the fourth quarter of this year, helping shippers comply with the IMO 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 percent. The company also announced a partnership with McCall Companies in Oregon. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

The EPA continues to undermine biodiesel … and we’ve had enough

BY Donnell Rehagen Trump vowed to protect and defend American farmers. He calls them patriots. But his actions will put the biodiesel producers those same farmers depend on for their market, out of business. It’s having a devastating impact on rural communities. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

Gevo, Air Total enter into biojet fuel purchase, sale agreement

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced Aug. 13 that Air Total International SA and Gevo have entered into a partnership agreement to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel for use and distribution in France and other parts of Europe. READ MORE

August 10, 2019

Biodiesel industry condemns EPA’s grant of 31 new RFS exemptions

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board condemned the U.S. EPA’s granting of 31 retroactive small refinery exemptions for 2018 as a fundamental failure to uphold the RFS. The Trump administration’s actions represent a fundamental betrayal, according to the NBB. READ MORE

August 09, 2019

UFOP: Planned antisubsidy duties on palm biodiesel ineffective

BY UFOP Germany-based UFOP has drawn the conclusion that the preliminary antisubsidy duties of 8 to 18 percent on Indonesian biodiesel will not reduce imports of palm methyl esters. The organization calls on the EU Commission to impose higher tariffs. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

Renewable Energy Group reports Q2 financial results

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG’s revenues for the second quarter were $560.6 million on 197.4 million gallons of fuel sold. The company sold nearly 15 percent more fuel in Q2 this year compared to Q2 2018. Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter was negative $42.3 million. READ MORE

August 07, 2019

California approves B20 biodiesel in underground storage tanks

BY The National Biodiesel Board Through an effort lasting more than 10 years, the NBB, several member companies and the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance provided the state water board with data necessary to demonstrate B20 compatibility in underground storage tanks. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Brazil’s ANP approves B15, raises minimum biodiesel level to 11%

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced Aug. 6 it has approved the sale and use of B15 and that, come Sept. 1, it is increasing the minimum biodiesel content required in diesel fuel from 10 to 11 percent. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Finnair offers biofuel flights from San Francisco to Helsinki

BY Finnair On both Aug. 5 and Aug. 7, the Finnair flight departing San Francisco Airport bound for Helsinki, Finland, will be flown with a biofuel mix of 12 percent, reducing the total C02 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

JBS to more than double biodiesel output with new plant in Brazil

BY JBS Global food company JBS announced it is building a new biodiesel plant in Brazil. JBS is investing approximately $48 million through Seara Alimentos to build and operate a biodiesel factory in Mafra. The plant will be operated by JBS Biodiesel. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

NBB asks US EPA to raise 2020 RFS and 2021 biodiesel volumes

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board executives criticized the EPA proposal for the 2020 RFS and 2021 biodiesel volumes in testimony at a hearing hosted by EPA in Michigan, emphasizing that the agency is sending a negative signal to the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Neste hosts foundation stone ceremony for Singapore expansion

BY Neste Corp. Neste held a foundation stone ceremony July 31 to officially mark the €1.4 billion expansion of its renewable products production capacity in Singapore. Construction began early this year. The project is expected to come online in 2022. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

IBB implores US EPA to raise biodiesel gallons under RFS

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board At a July 31 hearing in Michigan, the chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board and a farmer leader from the Iowa Soybean Association requested U.S. EPA to reconsider its proposed requirements for biodiesel under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE

July 30, 2019

Comment period officially opens on 2020-’21 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set Renewable Fuel Standard 2020 RVOs and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel in the Federal Register July 29, officially opening a public comment period. Comments can be filed through Aug. 30. READ MORE

July 30, 2019

Neste reports strong Q2 financial results for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleNeste released financial results July 25 for the first half of 2019, reporting increased earnings for its renewable products segment, a new quarterly sales record for renewable products, and a high utilization rate of its renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

REG closing 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. is closing its 15 MMgy biodiesel plant in New Boston, Texas, which the company acquired in 2012. REG is closing the multifeedstock facility due to challenging business conditions and continued federal policy uncertainty. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

UFOP: France bans palm oil from biofuels, Germany should follow

BY UFOP France is tightening up regulations on the use of palm oil as a feedstock in biofuels production. However, this only applies to palm oil eligibility within France. As a result, biofuels produced in France could push their way onto the EU market. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

‘Indomitus’ making its final appearance at Bandit Big Rig Series

BY The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council After more than a year in the North Star State, “Indomitus,” the truck built by the stars of Discovery’s Diesel Brothers, is returning to the DieselSellerz. Before the truck departs Minnesota, Indomitus is taking a final victory lap July 27. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

IHS Markit to deliver Canada’s carbon credit, tracking solution

BY IHS Markit IHS Markit announced July 23 it will deliver Canada’s federal carbon credit and tracking solution. The solution will reinforce Canada’s federal measures to mitigate emissions under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Australian biodiesel plant reopens under new ownership

BY Ron KotrbaThe former Australian Renewable Fuels plant in Barnawatha, Victoria, a 13.2 MMgy biodiesel facility, has restarted operations under the new ownership of Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. ARF shut down the plant and filed bankruptcy more than three years ago. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

First REG fueling station opens in Seneca, Illinois

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Construction on the around-the-clock, fully-automated station began earlier this year. Diesel customers from trucking fleets to local diesel vehicle owners will be able to fill up with biodiesel-blended fuel to conveniently reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

Ocean Park advises on sale of Atlantic Biodiesel to Verbio

BY Ocean Park Advisors LLC Atlantic Biodiesel Corp. recently closed on the sale of its Canadian biodiesel plant to Verbio Diesel Canada Corp. Ocean Park acted as exclusive financial advisor to Atlantic Biodiesel on the transaction. The deal was first announced in May. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Opinion: Job No. 1

BY Ron KotrbaIn his editor's note from the Summer 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the contents of the issue and the importance of fuel quality. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

In Depth: Diesel’s Fuel Quality Imperative

BY Ron KotrbaAdvancements in diesel engine technology require a critical look at diesel fuel quality issues. READ MORE

July 14, 2019

Inside NBB: Ad Campaign Turns up the Volume on Biodiesel Impact

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual advertising campaign hit the airwaves in May with biodiesel education aimed to influence key decisionmakers on the many benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

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