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June 05, 2017

Proactive biodiesel blending practices help improve performance

BY Paul Nazzaro, Advanced Fuel Solutions Inc. As biodiesel continues to emerge as a blending component for distillates in the Northeast and beyond, a study commissioned by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association highlights why it's imperative that those handling the fuel educate themselves. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Trump pulls US out of Paris Climate Agreement

BY Anna Simet In what he described as a move to fulfill his duty to protect America and its citizens, President Trump has officially begun the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Trump announced the decision June 1 at a press conference. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Airbus offers regular customer delivery flights with biofuel

BY Airbus Showing its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new jets using a blend of sustainable jet fuel. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Quality survey shows German biodiesel is hitting the mark

BY AGQM In 2016, 64 biodiesel samples from AGQM members in Germany were taken and analyzed in four campaigns. Overall, 1,152 parameters were measured and only three limit violations were found that lay outside of the specification of EN 14214. READ MORE

May 25, 2017

Aemetis, BP Singapore sign 3-year biodiesel supply contract

BY Aemetis Inc. California-based Aemetis Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has signed a three-year biofuels supply agreement with BP Singapore Pte Ltd., the regional trading arm of BP Plc, which has an expanding biofuels portfolio. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Steckel testifies on Indonesian imports at trade deficit hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB testified last week in a hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce on significant biodiesel trade deficits with Indonesia. The hearing was held in response to an executive order calling for an omnibus report on significant trade deficits. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force to meet June 9 on B20 mandate

BY Ron KotrbaMinnesota's Biodiesel Task Force is scheduled to meet June 9 in the capital city of Saint Paul to discuss whether statutory conditions have been met in order to move Minnesota's biodiesel mandate from 10 to 20 percent on May 1, 2018. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Biodiesel in Minnesota: 15 years in the blink of an eye

BY Tom Slunecka Minnesota Soybean Growers Association CEO Tom Slunecka pens a heartfelt recount of the state's trailblazing journey to a biodiesel mandate, from B2 to B5, then B10 to B20 next year. He says Minnesotans are on the right path and are not turning back. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds new governor of Iowa

BY Ron KotrbaFormer Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a longtime champion for biofuels who has served the state as its chief since 2011, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be Iowa's 43rd governor. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

California forecasts robust growth in biodiesel, feedstock demand

BY Graham Noyes ARB's models project California biodiesel demand in 2020 at 265 million gasoline gallons equivalent under three scenarios. In later years, biodiesel demand increases most rapidly under the business-as-usual scenario, reaching 791 million GGE in 2025. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

REG sells 25 percent more fuel in Q1 vs. same period last year

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. In its Q1 2017 financial results, Renewable Energy Group Inc. reports its revenues were $418.9 million on 122.1 million gallons of fuel sold. This is 24.6 percent more gallons compared to Q1 2016, resulting in an increase in revenue of 40.6 percent. READ MORE

May 19, 2017

UFOP: Biodiesel potential to reduce GHGs not being exhausted

BY UFOP Demand for biodiesel is stagnating in Germany compared to 2015, according to UFOP, because the German government's stipulated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions quota is set too low while biodiesel's GHG efficiency continues to increase. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

SunPower Biodiesel plant, retail stations to be auctioned off

BY Ron KotrbaAn auction will be held mid-June that includes a 3 MMgy biodiesel plant and equipment, and other related items. Maas Companies will be holding the auction June 15 at 10 a.m. at the former SunPower Biodiesel LLC site in Cumberland, Wisconsin. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

Trump order prompts biodiesel advocates to submit comments to EPA

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel advocacy groups such as the National Biodiesel Board and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association submitted comments to the U.S. EPA in response to an executive order by President Donald J. Trump aimed at reducing burdensome regulations. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

US EPA sends 2018-'19 RFS proposal to OMB for review

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard and 2019 biomass-based diesel volume proposal under RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. OMB review marks a final step before public release. READ MORE

May 15, 2017

Iowa Gov. Branstad signs bill for biofuels infrastructure funding

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill (HF 643), which provides $3 million to fund the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program. The program is designed to encourage fuel retailers to offer biofuels at the pump. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

New ag secretary Sonny Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin Voegele Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. USDA says the changes ensure rural America always has a seat at the table. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Aemetis wins biodiesel supply contract with India gov't oil cos.

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc.'s Universal Biofuels subsidiary has won its first contract to supply biodiesel to the India government-owned Oil Marketing Companies in a public tender process. The supply contract is worth about $6 million, according to the company. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Enzymatic biodiesel project under development in Georgia

BY Ron KotrbaTactical Fabrication LLC and The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, have formed a biodiesel joint venture, Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, to retrofit an existing, idled biodiesel production facility in Laurens County, Georgia, with enzymatic technology. READ MORE

May 08, 2017

Western South Dakota welcomes new biodiesel blending facility

BY Ron KotrbaThe South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council announced that a new biodiesel blending facility has opened in Box Elder, South Dakota, near Rapid City, which will make using biodiesel much easier in the western part of the state. READ MORE

May 05, 2017

US House bill to reform, renew biodiesel tax credit through 2020

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB applauded introduction of a bipartisan biodiesel tax credit bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would convert the blenders credit for biodiesel to a $1-per-gallon production credit for fuels produced in the U.S. for years 2017-'20. READ MORE

May 05, 2017

US moves one step closer to tariffs on biodiesel imports

BY Ron KotrbaThe USITC announced May 5 it has made unanimous affirmative determinations in its preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, meaning the investigation will move forward. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

REG to purchase Geismar land, looks at renewable diesel expansion

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group will purchase the land it has leased for its 75 MMgy Geismar operations, as well as more than 61 adjacent acres, which it plans to improve and utilize to support existing production capacity and future expansion opportunities. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

2 Keystone Biofuels officers indicted on conspiracy charges

BY U.S. Department of Justice Pennsylvania-based Keystone Biofuels and two of its officers, Ben Wootton and Race Miner, have been indicted on conspiracy and false statements charges for participating in a scheme that generated more than $10 million in U.S. EPA RIN credits. READ MORE

May 03, 2017

US biodiesel production up slightly, imports spike in February

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. biodiesel production in February was up 1 million gallons from January, according to EIA data. Combined U.S. imports of biodiesel and renewable diesel totaled more than 33.43 million gallons, up more than 50 percent over January's imports. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

French researcher honored with 2017 Glycerine Innovation Award

BY Ron KotrbaChristophe Len, full Professor at the Université de Technologie Compiègne – UTC (France), has won the 2017 Glycerine Innovation Award, sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute and National Biodiesel Board and presented at the AOCS annual meeting. READ MORE

May 02, 2017

REG closes financing on $24M upgrade to Ralston biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group secured financing of up to $20 million from First Midwest Bank for the $24 million capacity-expansion project at the company's Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel refinery. The expansion will more than double capacity from 12 to 30 MMgy. READ MORE

April 30, 2017

Pacific Biodiesel prepares for first harvest at Maui biofuel crop

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies After hosting an Earth Day community event to celebrate the first blooms in its Maui sunflower biofuel crop, Pacific Biodiesel delivered its combine harvester to the crop site to prepare for the first harvest, expected to begin in the next month. READ MORE

April 30, 2017

Senate bill introduced to extend, reform US biodiesel tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, introduced a bipartisan bill to renew the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit for three years and to reform it from a blenders incentive to a domestic producers tax credit. READ MORE

April 30, 2017

NBB argues for higher advanced biofuel volumes in appeals court

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit April 24 regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014-'16. The NBB challenged the U.S. EPA's interpretation and use of its waiver authority under the RFS statute. READ MORE

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