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August 10, 2017

Biox suspends Sombra plant upgrades until shareholder vote

BY Ron KotrbaBiox is postponing completion of upgrades at its Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel facility pending an upcoming shareholder vote Sept. 7. The vote would approve going private and selling all outstanding common shares to FP Resources and CFFI Ventures. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Researchers use waste tires as new biodiesel catalyst ingredient

BY Ron KotrbaResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have demonstrated that carbon from waste tires can be functionalized with sulfonic acid to catalyze esterification of oleic acid or a mixture of fatty acids into biodiesel. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Opinion: New Findings in Free Glycerin Research Point to Improved Fuel Quality Testing Procedure

BY Richard Heiden Contamination of diesel by heterophases is a not a new concern, but, in the case of free glycerin, this has been ignored. Adjustments to test methods will help restore confidence in test data, which will ultimately lead to more consistent quality. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

German biodiesel sales stagnate despite higher GHG quota

BY UFOP Despite Germany's GHG reduction requirement increase from 3.5 to 4 percent, biodiesel consumption has fallen this year compared to last. This can be explained by biodiesel's improved GHG reduction profile and a well-intended but misaligned policy. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Opinion: Application of America-first Approach to RVOs Well-intended, But Misses the Mark

BY Donnell Rehagen It will be up to our industry to make our voices heard during the comment period, with the administration, and through every avenue available until the rule is finalized later this year. It is clear that we have our work cut out for us. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

In Depth: Spotlight: Here to Serve the Biodiesel Industry

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies providing invaluable services, expertise and products that have helped build, grow and sustain the biodiesel manufacturing sector. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Opinion: 5 Tips to Attract the Right Buyer for Your Biodiesel Plant

BY Todd Taylor What should you do if a potential biodiesel plant buyer comes knocking on your door? Even more importantly, what should you do if you want to be an attractive target for your friendly neighborhood buyer? Here are some tips to help you get ready. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

North Dakota soy processing, biodiesel plant moving forward

BY Ron KotrbaA letter of intent was signed to advance development of North Dakota Soybean Processors' $287 million soybean crush and biodiesel refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota. The North Dakota Farmers Union also recently invested $500,000 in the project. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

REG's 2017 financials best ever if retro tax credit reinstated

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30. Interim CEO Randy Howard said if the biodiesel tax credit were reinstated retroactively, both Q2 and the first half of 2017 would be the best in REG history. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

State officials say Minnesota ready to move to B20 next year

BY Ron KotrbaMinnesota, the first U.S. state to mandate biodiesel use in 2005, is making history once again as state officials have determined that the increase from 10 to 20 percent biodiesel content in diesel fuel will take effect as planned May 1, 2018. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Biodiesel advocates provide convincing testimony at RFS hearing

BY The National Biodiesel Board The U.S. EPA held a public hearing on the proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard Aug. 1. The National Biodiesel Board had several witnesses testify before the EPA staff and advocate for higher volumes of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EBB: There is no reason EU should act now to lower import duties

BY The European Biodiesel Board EU member states are to decide on the European Commission's proposal to radically lower the antidumping duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The European biodiesel industry warns of the dramatic impact that this decision may have. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

CARB certifies new ADF-compliant biodiesel additive

BY The National Biodiesel Board The new additive ensures compliance with the Jan. 1, 2018, implementation of CARB's Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. A 20 percent blend of biodiesel with VESTA 1000 reduced NOx by 1.9 percent and PM by 18 percent compared to CARB diesel. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Preliminary agenda announced for Biofuels Financial Conference

BY BBI International Produced by Christianson PLLP and taking place Sept. 27-28 in Minneapolis, the event focuses on the best ways for biofuels producers to become more familiar with the latest financial options in today's ethanol and biodiesel industries. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

REG celebrates completion of upgrades at German biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. marked the completion of upgrades at its Emden, Germany, biorefinery July 19 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. REG invested €2.5 million for the installation of a new biodiesel distillation column and a thermal oil heater. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

California legislators extend LCFS, cap-and-trade programs

BY Ron KotrbaWith a bipartisan, two-thirds supermajority vote, California legislators passed AB 398, extending the cap-and-trade and LCFS programs from their initial end date in 2020 through 2030. The extension will help foster greater biodiesel growth. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Solfuels USA joins the National Biodiesel Board

BY The National Biodiesel Board The NBB welcomes the new membership of SolFuels USA. Through a partnership with Agritrade Resources, Solfuels recently completed the retrofit of an Arkansas biodiesel plant, which will produce 3 million gallons per month at full capacity. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Bill intro'd to extend, phase out biodiesel blenders tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaUnder the proposed legislation to extend and phase out the biodiesel blenders tax credit, the value for the incentive would be $1 per gallon in 2017-'18, 75 cents in 2019, and 50 cents in 2020-'21. The tax credit would sunset Dec. 31, 2021. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Europe's largest algae omega-3 plant uses Schott glass tubes

BY Schott North America Inc. After 18 months of testing, microalgae manufacturer ecoduna has selected Schott's glass tubes for a new photobioreactor site in Vienna, Austria, that will be Europe's largest plant dedicated to the harvest of omega-3 fatty acids from microorganisms. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

American Soybean Association CEO nominated as deputy ag secretary

BY Ron KotrbaAmerican Soybean Association CEO Steve Censky has been nominated by U.S. President Trump to serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at USDA. Censky has led the ASA as CEO since 1996. Censky worked at USDA under Reagan and Bush in various roles. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

US EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal for Aug. 1

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released proposal to set 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

US biodiesel fair trade coalition files new claim in imports case

BY The National Biodiesel Board The critical circumstances provision in antidumping and countervailing duties laws allows for imposition of duties on imports that enter the U.S. prior to preliminary determinations of subsidization and dumping. NBB filed a new claim on this basis. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

EBB: Unfair Polish biodiesel exports must be stopped

BY The European Biodiesel Board Unfair biodiesel exports from Poland have caused damage to the EU internal market. Exploiting a loophole in the Polish biofuels legislation, fuel market players have caused significant financial damage to biodiesel production chains in EU countries. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

REG applauds Illinois lawmakers for extending biodiesel incentive

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The Illinois House followed earlier action by the Senate to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a tax package extending the excise tax exemption for B11 and higher biodiesel blends through 2023. The incentive was set to expire at the end of 2018. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Whole Energy receives grant to research estolides from biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWest Coast biodiesel distributor and glycerin refiner Whole Energy Fuels Corp. has been awarded a federal SBIR grant for $100,000 to study whether a lower-cost pathway is possible to manufacture estolides, a type of lubricant, from biodiesel. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Oh resigns from REG, Howard appointed interim president, CEO

BY Ron KotrbaLongtime leader of Renewable Energy Group Inc., Daniel J. Oh, resigned from his position as president and CEO July 3. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with newly appointed interim president and CEO Randy Howard on Oh's departure and REG's new leadership. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

RFS proposal limits US biodiesel from full potential

BY Ron KotrbaThe 2018 biomass-based diesel RVO was set last year at 2.1 billion gallons, precisely where EPA proposes to keep it for 2019. EPA also proposes to lower the advanced biofuels category from 4.28 billion gallons this year to 4.24 billion in 2018. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

4 biodiesel stabilizers added to AGQM's no-harm list

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's AGQM has added four biodiesel oxidation stabilizers to its no-harm list of additives following completion of its 11th no-harm test round. The four antioxidants added to the list are Xtendra BL100 and BL200, Baynox Ultra, and Pachem-BL. READ MORE

July 03, 2017

Made in the USA biodiesel supports jobs, Fourth of July values

BY The National Biodiesel Board American-made biodiesel is powering fleets across the country and supporting more than 64,000 jobs throughout the supply chain. There are countless real-life examples of biodiesel supporting America's economic independence and jobs on this July 4th. READ MORE

June 29, 2017

North Dakota oil refinery plans to co-process renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaA Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction is planned for October with start-up in December. READ MORE

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