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March 31, 2021

EIA releases first Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update

BY Erin VoegeleThe EIA on March 31 issued the first edition of its monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update, reporting that 20.431 billion gallons of operable U.S. biofuel production capacity was in place as of January. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

Biofuel groups, states file amicus briefs in SCOTUS SRE case

BY Erin VoegeleThe ABFA, RNG Coalition, NBB and a group of eight states on March 31 filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to affirm the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2020 ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). READ MORE

March 31, 2021

Biden releases $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan

BY Erin VoegelePresident Biden on March 31 released a $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, officially titled the American Jobs Plan. Biofuel/bioproducts and carbon capture and storage (CSS) are each briefly addressed in the plan. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

REG, Optimus Technologies deliver biodiesel to fleets nationwide

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG fleet customers in Iowa, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts are ramping up the use of B100 in their fleets. Through a partnership with Optimus Technologies, REG is helping fleets achieve their sustainability goals and reach near-zero emissions. READ MORE

March 31, 2021

RSB, Bioledger launch biofuels blockchain case study

BY RSB RSB and Bioledger on March 12 launched a case study on the potential of a blockchain database to support traceability of biofuel and its feedstocks and overcome the vulnerabilities identified in securing the supply of sustainable renewables. READ MORE

March 30, 2021

Avfuel now supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center

BY Avfuel Corp. Avfuel Corp. has announced it is supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel on a consistent basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, California. The FBO received its first load of the fuel on March 11. READ MORE

March 29, 2021

UK launches Green Fuel, Green Skies competition to support SAF

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government on March 16 announced the launch of its £15 million ($20.65 million) Green Fuel, Green Skies competition to support the development facilities that can convert household waste, waste wood, and excess electricity into SAF. READ MORE

March 29, 2021

Oil state senators urge EPA to waive RFS blending requirements

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 13 republican oil state senators on March 25 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to use its general waiver authority to reduce Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements. READ MORE

March 26, 2021

EPA: 1.26 billion RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleMore than 1.26 billion renewable identification numbers were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in February, down from 1.54 billion reported for the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. EPA in mid-March. READ MORE

March 26, 2021

EIA to release new monthly biofuels data

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced March 25 that it will release expanded monthly biofuels data through a new report—the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update. The first edition of the report will be published March 31. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Senators ask USDA to update biodiesel emissions study

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 10 senators led by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on March 18 sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the USDA to complete a full lifecycle assessment of soybean oil-based biodiesel. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Bill includes Clean Cities funding to support alternative fuels

BY Erin VoegeleLegislation introduced by the 32 democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 11 could provide federal funding to support the development of alternative fuel infrastructure and expanded use of alternative fuel vehicles. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

First ‘cash cover crop’ edges closer to commercialization

BY CoverCress Inc. CoverCress Inc. has raised another $8 million to fund its final stage of crop development and scale up for its first commercial planting for the fall of 2022. The new winter oilseed crop can be used as a biofuel feedstock. READ MORE

March 25, 2021

Covenant Energy prepares to meet new demand for renewable diesel

BY Covenant Energy Covenant Energy has completed initial pre-FEED engineering and feedstock studies, as well as a marketing, demand, and pricing study for its proposed biorefinery in Saskatchewan. Production is scheduled to begin in 2023. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

EPA issues final rule to extend RFS compliance deadlines

BY Erin VoegeleThe EPA on March 23 published a rule extending the RFS compliance and attest engagement deadlines for 2020. The attest engagement deadline for 2021 was also extended, along with the 2019 compliance and attest engagement deadlines for small refiners. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

USDA to provide COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA on March 24 announced its intent to provide COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers as part of its USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, which aims to distribute relief resources more equitably. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

Evonik completes sodium methylate capacity expansion in Alabama

BY Evonik Corp. Evonik Corp. has completed a significant capacity expansion of its sodium methylate production facility located in Mobile, Alabama. With the expansion, the production unit will now be capable of producing up to 90,000 metric tons per year. READ MORE

March 24, 2021

Biofuels coalition files brief in Supreme Court SRE case

BY Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Corn Growers Association and National Farmers Union The RFA, ACE, NCGA, and NFU, working together as the Biofuels Coalition, on March 24 filed their response brief in the Supreme Court case case HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC, et al., v. Renewable Fuels Association, et al. READ MORE

March 22, 2021

CSL to test second generation biodiesel on half its fleet

BY The CSL Group Louis Martel, president and CEO, The CSL Group, on March 22 announced that CSL will be testing second generation biodiesel on half of its fleet over the course of the 2021 navigation season—a first for the Great Lakes shipping industry. READ MORE

March 22, 2021

Aviation leaders launch in-flight 100% SAF emissions study

BY Airbus Airbus, German research centre DLR, Rolls-Royce and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste have teamed up to launch the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100 percent SAF on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. READ MORE

March 18, 2021

DOE to issue funding opportunity for aviation, advanced biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy on March 10 announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity this spring that aims to accelerate the production of low-carbon aviation fuels, renewable marine fuels, and other advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 18, 2021

EPA: No new SRE petitions filed in past month

BY Erin VoegeleData released by the U.S. EPA on March 18 shows that no new small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions have been filed in the past month. The agency has also not taken any action on the 66 SRE petitions that have been pending since mid-February. READ MORE

March 18, 2021

Iowa names recipients of 2021 Renewable Fuel Marketing Awards

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig in February announced Burlington, Iowa-based Reif Oil Co., and Omaha, Nebraska-based Sapp Bros Inc. have been named the recipients the state’s 2021 Renewable Fuel Marketing Awards. READ MORE

March 18, 2021

NBB unveils industry vision for growth on National Biodiesel Day

BY National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board on March 18 celebrated National Biodiesel day by unveiling a plan to grow to over 6 billion gallons by the year 2030, and, with advancements in feedstocks, 15 billion gallons by 2050. READ MORE

March 18, 2021

Iowa Soybean Association recognizes Reynolds with award

BY Iowa Soybean Association The Iowa Soybean Association honored Gov. Kim Reynolds in January with its Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Reynolds for her unwavering support of Iowa agriculture and dedicated advocacy on behalf of soybean farmers. READ MORE

March 17, 2021

ABFA, NEFI support heating oil industry’s net-zero goal

BY Advanced Biofuels Association The National Energy & Fuels Institute and the Advanced Biofuels Association are partnering to promote government policies and industry initiatives designed to support the use of environmentally-sound advanced biofuels in the home energy market. READ MORE

March 17, 2021

Senate unanimously confirms Tai as US trade representative

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Senate on March 17 voted unanimously to confirm the nomination of Katherine Tai as U.S. trade representative. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative leads international trade negotiations and oversees the resolution of disputes. READ MORE

March 17, 2021

Aemetis: India biodiesel plant supplies fuel to APSRTC for busses

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. announced March 16 that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary located in the Andhra Pradesh state of India was selected by the APSRTC to supply approximately 800,000 gallons per month of biodiesel to fuel public transport busses. READ MORE

March 16, 2021

USDA to hold a lender forum on OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleUSDA Rural Development has announced it will hold a feedback forum at 1:30 EDT on March 17 for lenders who have applied or are interested in applying to programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative. READ MORE

March 16, 2021

Neste selects Rotterdam as location for proposed biorefinery

BY Neste Neste has announced plans to develop new renewable products production capacity in Rotterdam in the Netherlands rather than Porvoo, Finland. A final investment decision is expected to be made in late 2021 or early next year. READ MORE

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