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April 25, 2019

Jury finds Keystone Biofuels owners guilty of fraud, false claims

BY U.S. Department of Justice Following a 14-day jury trial in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Keystone Biofuels owners Wootton and Miner were found guilty of making false statements to the EPA, conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and aiding the filing of a false claim with the IRS. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Biodiesel advocates plan tax credit rally May 1 on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaThe National Biodiesel Board will host a press conference May 1 at 9:30 am Eastern with legislators and biodiesel industry stakeholders to discuss the status of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit, which lapsed Dec. 31, 2017. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Soy Innovation Campus for NW Minn. gaining traction in Saint Paul

BY The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel plant in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a new bill. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

US EPA: 40 SRE applications now pending for compliance year 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions April 18, reporting that there are now 40 pending SRE applications for compliance year 2018, up from 39 pending as of March 28. No other changes were made to the data. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel eyes California as federal, local support wanes

BY Ron KotrbaAs the U.S. biodiesel sector pushes forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel find it necessary to operate outside their norm to continue operations. Pacific Biodiesel is considering shipping fuel to California. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Neste expands partnership with city of Oakland, California

BY Ron KotrbaNeste announced an expanded partnership with the city of Oakland, California, in which waste oil from the city is being collected and shipped overseas to Singapore for processing into renewable diesel, after which Neste will ship the biofuel back. READ MORE

April 16, 2019

Biodiesel more cost competitive under Canada’s new carbon tax

BY Ron KotrbaCanada’s federal government implemented a carbon pollution tax on fuels this month, and while the tax means consumers and truckers will pay more for fossil fuels at the pump, it also means higher biodiesel blends are becoming more cost competitive. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

Alabama governor awards Auburn University grant to study carinata

BY The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs A $39,757 grant awarded by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. READ MORE

April 12, 2019

US EPA seeks comments on SRE portion of proposed REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA announced April 12 that it will reopen the comment period on one aspect of proposed rule issued in 2016 in an effort to “expand transparency surrounding the small refinery exemption program and provide further opportunity for input.” READ MORE

April 10, 2019

BASF to expand sodium methylate production capacity in Brazil

BY BASF BASF will increase the production capacity for its sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30 percent, from 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come online in 2020. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims

BY The Renewable Fuels Association A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Inside NBB: National Biodiesel Conference & Expo Fuels 2019 with Industry ‘Engagement’

BY The National Biodiesel Board America’s largest celebration of biodiesel returned to California in January for a record sixth visit. More than 800 biodiesel producers, distributors, retailers and other industry advocates gathered in San Diego to immerse themselves in biodiesel. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Opinion: Balancing Act

BY Ron KotrbaIn his Editor’s Note from the Spring 2019 print edition, Kotrba discusses the writing process as it relates to development of his most recent feature article on biodiesel feedstock—“Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?” READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Inside NBB: NBB Grows Washington, DC, Staff Team

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board is rounding out its staff in Washington, D.C., this year through the hiring of Kate Shenk as director of regulatory affairs and David Cobb as director of federal affairs. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Bipartisan extension of biodiesel tax credit intro’d in US House

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, introduced the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act, a two-year extension of the biodiesel incentive, April 4. Congress had previously extended the tax credit retroactively for 2017 but left it expired for 2018 and beyond. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

In Depth: Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

BY Ron KotrbaSpotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Wheeler addresses SREs, RVO reallocation during recent hearings

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told federal lawmakers in early April it would be difficult for the agency to reallocate biofuel volumes waived by small refinery exemptions (SREs), even if Congress provided a legislative mechanism to do so. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Air Liquide, Samsung Engineering partner for methanol plant study

BY Air Liquide Engineering & Construction Air Liquide Engineering & Construction is partnering with Samsung Engineering for the front-end engineering and design study of a methanol plant for Sarawak Petchem, a state-owned oil and gas firm owned by the government of Sarawak, Malaysia. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

UK biodiesel consumption hits new record in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleEthanol consumption increased 2.6 percent, from 753 million liters in 2017 to 773 million liters in 2018. Biodiesel consumption increased by 65 percent, from 697 million liters in 2017 to 1.152 billion liters in 2018—a new record high. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

In Depth: Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

BY Ron KotrbaAs a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

Panalpina Singapore goes green with biodiesel trucks for L’Oréal

BY Panalpina Singapore Panalpina Singapore debuted new biodiesel trucks to serve its global customer L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific in alignment with L’Oréal’s sustainability program—Sharing Beauty with All. L’Oréal’s suppliers must participate in the program by 2020. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

Inside NBB: Federal Affairs Efforts Remain Key Focus in 2019

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board continues to work closely with its members and allies to advocate federal policies that support growth of the industry. Securing an extension of the expired biodiesel tax credit is an urgent priority. READ MORE

April 01, 2019

Opinion: Thank You, Biodiesel Industry

BY Donnell Rehagen Thank you to all of everyone who helped make our industry a success last year. We may have a lot on our plate this year, but we are prepared to lead the challenge and work alongside all of you to advocate for American biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

Opinion: Eye on the Editor

BY Joe Jobe Ron Kotrba, your editor of Biodiesel Magazine since 2009 who’s been writing for the publication since 2005, was recognized with NBB’s 2019 Influence Award. It seemed this was a good opportunity for his many readers to get to know more about him. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

Nat’l Biodiesel Board asks EPA to reform SREs at public hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board Representatives from NBB and its member companies testified at U.S. EPA’s public hearing March 29 on the proposed modifications to fuel regulations to provide flexibility for E15, and to elements of the RIN compliance system. READ MORE

March 29, 2019

US EPA approves another 2017 small refinery exemption to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleData released March 28 by U.S. EPA indicate the agency has approved another small refinery exemption under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2017, bringing the total number of approved waivers for the compliance year to 35. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

Registration open for annual AGQM, FAM biodiesel round robin test

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality association AGQM and the mineral oil and fuel standardization committee FAM launched this year’s round robin tests for biodiesel, vegetable oil and used cooking oil. The tests have been conducted for more than a decade. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Grants available for Minn. bioenergy/biochemical pilot projects

BY Ron KotrbaApplications are being accepted in Minnesota for the AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant to provide funding for advancing a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond bench or proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

73 biodiesel cos., stakeholders ask Congress to extend tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board, its member companies and stakeholder organizations delivered a letter to House leaders, urging them to make a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive an urgent priority. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

US soy leaders push for trade, biodiesel on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaAlthough lawmakers were not in session, soy growers met with legislative staff on Capitol Hill to push for completion of the USMCA trade agreement, implementation of the Farm Bill and reinstatement of the lapsed biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

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