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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

April 30, 2017

Optimus Technologies receives award for B100 conversion system

BY Optimus Technologies Pittsburgh-based Optimus Technologies was awarded the 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence from Pennsylvania's DEP for its B100 conversion system, which was installed in 25 city vehicles to optimize performance and emissions reductions. READ MORE

April 30, 2017

Nat'l Oilheat Research Alliance releases biodiesel use survey

BY National Oilheat Research Alliance The National Oilheat Research Alliance recently released the results of a survey from 139 respondents on the usage and potentials benefits and issues associated with the blending of traditional heating oil with renewable biodiesel for home heat use. READ MORE

April 21, 2017

NBB set to argue advanced biofuel mandate in RFS should be higher

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board will speak during oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit April 24 regarding the 2014-’16 RFS. NBB challenged U.S. EPA's interpretation and use of its waiver authority. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

Biodiesel helps UConn gain green rating at all 8 dining halls

BY Stephanie Reitz, UConn Communications UConn's accomplishments include eliminating the use of Styrofoam in its facilities, operating a comprehensive recycling program, recycling grease to result in biodiesel fuel, and saving water and energy by using high-efficiency sprayers. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

German biodiesel exports for 2016 revised up slightly

BY Ron KotrbaGerman biodiesel exports in 2016 increased by 4.8 percent over the previous year, to 1.56 million metric tons, according to German government data. This is up from the export tally originally announced in March, which was 1.54 million tons. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

Amerigreen opens 2nd annual energy solutions video essay contest

BY Amerigreen Energy Students are invited to express their views on energy solutions for the future in a 30-second video. The contest begins April 17 and is open to students in grades 6-12, and undergraduate college students in Amerigreen Energy's fuel dealer regions. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

Court rules against CARB on LCFS, preserves 2017 status quo

BY Joshua T. Bledsoe and Max Friedman, Latham & Watkins LLP While POET succeeded in forcing ARB to conduct further CEQA analysis, this opinion was far from a total loss for ARB. Indeed, this opinion represents something of a best-case-scenario for ARB, and for the biodiesel industry, under the circumstances. READ MORE

April 17, 2017

UFOP welcomes EU vote to exclude palm oil for biofuel use

BY UFOP The European Parliament supports the move to exclude palm oil as a raw material for energetic use from 2020, at the same time acknowledging the sustainability of biofuels made from oil plants (rapeseed and sunflower) grown within Europe. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

US biodiesel industry testifies on illegal trading at ITC hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. Commerce Department announced April 13 initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. U.S. producers testified on the same date to the International Trade Commission. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

D3MAX pilot test results at Ace Ethanol even better than expected

BY BBI International With pilot test results at Ace Ethanol exceeding expectations, D3MAX, a bolt-on technology to convert corn fiber to cellulosic ethanol, plans to begin designing the first commercial-scale plant this summer with construction expected to begin by fall. READ MORE

April 10, 2017

NJ feedstock processor sentenced for conspiracy to commit fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice The owner of a New Jersey feedstock collector and processor was sentenced April 7 for his role in a scheme that generated more than $7 million in fraudulent tax and RIN credits connected to the purported production of biodiesel. READ MORE

April 06, 2017

Scientists engineer cane to produce 13 percent oil, more sugar

BY Claire Benjamin, Steve Long Lab A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois has proven sugarcane can be genetically engineered to produce oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. Surprisingly, the modified sugarcane plants also produced more sugar. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

EU calls for clampdown on unsustainable palm oil imports

BY The European Parliament On April 4 the European Parliament voted 640 to 18 to pass a resolution to introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU, in order to counter the impacts of unsustainable palm oil production, particularly in Southeast Asia. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

California ethanol mill to build novel biodiesel refinery on-site

BY Ron KotrbaPixley, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels has received a notice of proposed award from the CEC to help fund construction of a supercritical biodiesel plant on-site. Calgren Renewable Fuels is working with technology company Jatrodiesel Inc. READ MORE

April 05, 2017

California appellate court hears oral arguments in Poet LCFS case

BY Celia DuBose, the California Biodiesel Alliance California's 5th District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments March 23 in the case of Poet vs. California Air Resources Board pertaining to the LCFS. The case is now in the hands of the court, which should render a decision in the next 90 days. READ MORE

April 04, 2017

More Iowa fuel retailers carrying higher blends of biodiesel

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board A new state government report shows more than half of Iowa’s fuel retailers carried biodiesel in 2016, increasing six percent over 2015. The report showed twice as many gallons of 11 to 20 percent biodiesel (B11-B20) were sold than of lower blends. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

EIA releases US biodiesel production, import data for January

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Energy Information Administration released its data on biodiesel production and import volumes for January. U.S. production of biodiesel in the first month of 2017 was 93 million gallons. January imports approached 22 million gallons. READ MORE

April 03, 2017

Biodiesel plant manager launches petition to reform US tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaPhillip Harden, a biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi, is doing his part to bring attention to the need for reinstating the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and for reforming the incentive so that only domestic producers are eligible. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Spectro Scientific granted US, Australian patents

BY Spectro Scientific Spectro Scientific was awarded U.S. patent 9,448,112 B2 for a method to measure two key vehicle fluids. The patent for multifunctional fluid meter and method for measuring coolant, biodiesel, gas-ethanol and DEF has also been granted in Australia. READ MORE

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