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October 20, 2017

US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt backs off biodiesel cuts in RFS

BY Ron KotrbaIn a letter to U.S. senators, U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced two important biodiesel-related developments in RFS rulemaking: cuts to biodiesel will not happen; and the agency will officially deny moving the point of obligation. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

NBB holds firm in request for 2.5 billion gallons of biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board On Oct. 19 NBB responded to EPA's NODA, focusing on the advanced biofuel standard for 2018 and the 2019 volume for biomass-based diesel under the RFS. Late that day, EPA also released a letter providing assurances on different aspects of RFS. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

New York City submits strong comments to EPA supporting biodiesel

BY NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services New York City's Department of Citywide Administrative Services submitted comments to U.S. EPA protesting any rollback of national renewable fuel standards and announced further expansion of its biodiesel use for city fleets and buildings. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

In Depth: The Biodiesel Confidence Builders

BY Ron Kotrba Biodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies integral to boosting biodiesel markets through expert RIN management, proficient regulatory guidance, project consulting, customer-oriented maintenance and quality production. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Inside NBB: State Policy Successes Build Valuable Markets for Industry

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board's state policy program is a key piece in advancing biodiesel markets and relies heavily on coordination with members and regional stakeholders.The industry saw a number of state policy milestones achieved in 2017. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Industry in Full Court Press on DC Priorities

BY Donnell Rehagen Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, discusses policy priorities in his column from the Inside NBB section of our Fall 2017 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

BDI to construct innovative algae production plant in Austria

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG Internationally renowned company BDI-BioEnergy International, known for development and construction of biodiesel plants, takes the first step into implementation of an in-house developed algae technology, with its subsidiary BDI-BioLife Science. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Opinion: Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs

BY Niamh Boyle Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the international trade of low carbon feedstock. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

Republican governors express concern to Trump over EPA actions

BY The National Biodiesel Board Four Republican governors sent a letter to President Trump Oct. 16 with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America's Renewable Fuel Standard, urging the president to keep his promises to rural America to support the RFS. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

Senators again urge EPA to abandon effort to undermine biodiesel

BY The Office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, Patty Murray, D-Washington, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, led a bipartisan group of 29 other senators urging the U.S. EPA to abandon its effort to reduce biofuel production in 2018. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

In Depth: Biodiesel and the Ever-changing Political Landscape

BY Ron KotrbaIndustry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice of Data Availability. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Industry Mobilizes to Respond to Proposed RFS Cuts

BY The National Biodiesel Board U.S. EPA's NODA requested comments on the possibility of deeper cuts to the RFS than the levels in its July 21 proposed rule and triggered a new 15-day comment period that closes Oct. 19. Go to NBB's Fueling Action Center today to submit comments. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine 2018 outlook webinar available free OnDemand

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine's 2018 Editorial Outlook Webinar, recorded Oct. 11, is available OnDemand, and registration is free of charge. Registrants are eligible for an exclusive advertising discount only available through this special offer. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

PNNL researchers thermochemically produce biocrude from algae

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous thermochemical process that produces useful biocrude from algae. The process takes just minutes and PNNL is working with a company that has licensed the technology. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

State associations launch online petitions to stop EPA proposal

BY Ron KotrbaThe Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and the California Biodiesel Alliance have launched online petitions to facilitate submitting comments to U.S. EPA to let the agency know it must grow, not cut, biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Grassley, farmers, biodiesel producers speak out on EPA proposal

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Two weeks after calling U.S. EPA's notice announcing potential cuts to biodiesel volumes under the RFS a bait-and-switch, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, spoke Oct. 10 at REG's Newton, Iowa, plant, directly with those the proposal would harm. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Nordic oil firm signs Haldor Topsoe for renewable diesel plant

BY St1 Nordic energy firm St1 plans to produce renewable diesel alongside petro-diesel at its oil refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, by 2020. St1 signed an engineering design package and license deal with Haldor Topsoe for a renewable diesel production unit. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

As Argentine imports loom, France's Saipol cuts biodiesel output

BY Ron KotrbaMajor French biodiesel producer Saipol, a subsidiary of Avril, is cutting biodiesel production and rapeseed crushing activities in the wake of a recent decision by the EU to drastically lower antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

38 senators urge Pruitt to issue strong 2018 RFS volumes

BY Erin Voegele On Oct. 5, a bipartisan group of 38 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to ensure the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements promote growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and the U.S. economy. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Biodiesel industry helps drive American manufacturing

BY The National Biodiesel Board Manufacturing Day 2017, the first Friday in October, is an appropriate time to reflect on the biodiesel industry's economic contributions, as it is a driving force in America's manufacturing sector supporting more than 64,000 clean energy jobs. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Short 15-day comment period opens on NODA to reduce RFS volumes

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S EPA published in the Federal Register Oct. 4 its Notice of Data Availability concerning potential reductions in volume requirements for the 2018-'19 RFS, officially opening the 15-day comment period. Comments are due Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Censky confirmed as new USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

BY Ron KotrbaLongtime CEO of the American Soybean Association, Steve Censky, was confirmed by the Senate Oct. 3 as the new Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at USDA. Censky, who has led the ASA as CEO since 1996, was nominated by President Donald Trump in July. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Biofuel groups implore Trump to stop EPA from harming US workers

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB joined other leading biofuels advocates to send a letter to President Trump, urging the White House to act quickly to prevent actions at the U.S. EPA that threaten jobs in rural America and undermine energy security goals of the RFS program. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Iowa Biodiesel Board urges Trump to stop EPA from gutting RFS

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board The Iowa Biodiesel Board is urging President Trump to stop the U.S. EPA from slashing biodiesel volumes under the RFS program. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's actions are unprecedented and driven by oil interests, said the state trade association. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

EU biodiesel industry to launch antisubsidy case vs. Argentina

BY The European Biodiesel Board The European Biodiesel Board is preparing to launch an antisubsidy case against Argentinean biodiesel imports, following the recent decision by the European Union to significantly lower the antidumping duties for the country. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Minnesota biodiesel essay scholarship winners announced

BY Ron KotrbaFirst- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2017 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Grassley floor speech criticizes EPA proposal to reduce biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleOn Sept. 26, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the Senate expressing his disappointment in recent action taken by the U.S. EPA proposing reductions in 2018 and 2019 volume requirements for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

EPA blindsides biodiesel industry with 'outrageous' proposed cuts

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Data Availability Sept. 26 to provide public notice and opportunity to comment on potential reductions in biodiesel and overall advanced biofuel categories, after the comment period for its RFS proposal already closed. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

Federal grant to help MSU researchers boost camelina oil yields

BY Michigan State University Michigan State University will lead a $10 million U.S. DOE grant to explore ways to boost oil yields in camelina. The research team's end goal is to achieve up to a 300 percent increase per acre in oil production for the nonfood oilseed crop. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

Solfuels USA begins loading railcars, trucks with biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaSolfuels USA, a newly retrofitted 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Helena, Arkansas, is now making commercial sales of biodiesel. In September the plant loaded its first trucks and railcars of fuel, and discharged its first barge of soybean oil. READ MORE

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