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March 12, 2018

NBB and Cummins have some fun with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The rugged growl of an old diesel engine and the steady purr of newer diesel models could be heard across the Missouri River as NBB's Director of Sustainability Don Scott joined a group from Cummins Inc. for some high-powered diesel fun. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

New Valtra tractors factory-filled with renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Corp. has announced that tractor manufacturer Valtra, part of AGCO Corp., is factory-filling its new tractors with Neste MY Renewable Diesel made from waste and residues. Valtra will use approximately 185,000 gallons a year of renewable diesel. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

Oil industry study shows plan to undermine RFS

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa's renewable fuel groups held a press conference March 9 to discuss a just-revealed oil industry study that shows a RIN price cap would decimate current demand for biofuels. Another RFS meeting at the White House is expected to be held March 12. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

Bill aims to dismantle RFS, limit biofuel blending

BY Erin Voegele On March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, and Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional and advanced biofuels, including biodiesel. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

Cap on ethanol RINs would reduce biodiesel market significantly

BY The National Biodiesel Board A new analysis by the National Biodiesel Board and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services found that capping the price of conventional biofuels' RINs will significantly harm the production of biodiesel and related industries. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

REG reports Q4, full-year financial results for 2017

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. For the full year, biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group sold 19.6 million more gallons and revenue increased by 6 percent compared to 2016. Adjusted net income increased by 313 percent, and adjusted EBITDA increased by 125 percent over 2016. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

March Madness: NBB releases field of 'Elite 8' biodiesel schools

BY The National Biodiesel Board As March Madness nears, the very best of college basketball will be showcased. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board has released its own bracket of colleges and universities upping their game with biodiesel research, production and education. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Biofuel producers ask Trump to defend RFS as oil workers storm DC

BY Ron KotrbaAs 30 workers from more than a dozen independent oil refineries converged on Capitol Hill this week to discuss RFS reform with lawmakers, managers from 150 biofuel plants across the U.S. sent a letter to President Trump urging him to stand strong. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

Biodiesel group honors California clean fuel leader

BY The National Biodiesel Board California skylines are greener thanks to one industry leader's contributions. At the California Advanced Biofuel Alliance annual conference on March 1, the National Biodiesel Board honored that leader, Celia DuBose, with the Climate Leader Award. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

2017 German biodiesel exports up 4.4 percent from 2016

BY UFOP German biodiesel exports amounted to around 1.61 million metric tons, or more than 483 million gallons, in 2017. Exports exceeded the previous year's level by 4.4 percent and are a major support for rapeseed oil demand in Germany. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

California biofuel event showcases dynamics of evolving industry

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance The California Advanced Biofuels Conference was held March 1 in Sacramento. The one-day event focused on various regulations and legislation in the Golden State, including AB 1745, which some are calling a ban on internal combustion engines. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Brazil implements B10 mandate a year ahead of schedule

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil's nationwide biodiesel mandate has increased from 8 to 10 percent on March 1, according to an announcement from the Ministry of Mines and Energy. The National Energy Policy Council approved the increase in December, one year ahead of schedule. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

US EPA approves new fuel pathway for REG Geismar

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA approved a fuel pathway for the Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery that will allow the facility to generate D5 advanced biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) for naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

Biodiesel’s role in RFS not at issue in White House discussions

BY Ron KotrbaOn March 1, a second meeting was held at the White House to discuss possible reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard with stakeholders, legislators and administrators. REG's CEO Randy Howard said no one in the room had an issue with biodiesel. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

CARB approves Targray's NOx mitigating biodiesel additive

BY Targray The California Air Resources Board has announced the certification of a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive solution developed by BQ-9000-certified biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the latest requirements of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

National Biodiesel Board adds 4 new members

BY Ron KotrbaFour companies have recently become new members of the National Biodiesel Board, the 25-year-old U.S. trade association representing biodiesel’s entire value chain. The firms are EcoEngineers, Eagle Transport, WWS Trading and All-Line Equipment. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

No deal reached at White House RFS meeting; follow-up set March 1

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba No deal on Renewable Fuel Standard reform was reached during a Feb. 27 meeting at the White House. President Trump has requested to meet with representatives of the biofuel and oil industries March 1 to continue the talks on possible RFS reform. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

US Senate finally confirms Northey for USDA leadership position

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Feb. 27 as USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Northey was nominated in September, but his confirmation was held up for months by Ted Cruz. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

US DOE grants $10.6M to produce more biodiesel, biojet fuel

BY Claire Benjamin, Steve Long Lab The U.S. DOE awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel. The new research project, ROGUE, kicked off Feb. 25. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

Diesel Bros. to show off new biodiesel truck at Commodity Classic

BY Ron KotrbaThe stars of Discovery's Diesel Brothers will be at the Commodity Classic exhibit hall Feb. 27 at the convention center in Anaheim, California, to show off their latest creation—a custom-built Ford F550 6x6 fueled by biodiesel. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

Neste touts more GHG reductions, new rank on the Global 100 list

BY Ron KotrbaWeeks after Neste landed second place on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world, the oil refiner and renewable diesel maker stated its renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions by 8.3 million metric tons last year. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Revived Calif. plant celebrates low-carbon biodiesel production

BY Western Iowa Energy LLC An open house and ribbon-cutting Feb. 21 drew supporters from the Midwest to the West Coast to celebrate the reopening of Agron Bioenergy, a 15 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Watsonville, California, recently acquired by Western Iowa Energy. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

US Department of Commerce issues final antidumping determination

BY The National Biodiesel Board The commerce department found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia are sold into the U.S. below fair value, and the cash deposit requirements on imports from these countries will be updated based on the final amount of dumping found. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Hawaii legislature considers 10 percent biofuel mandate

BY Ron KotrbaHawaii Sen. Lorraine Inouye introduced SB2019 requiring fuel to contain 10 percent biofuel. The bill passed a second reading in the Senate transportation and energy committee, and moves to the ways and means committee Feb. 23 for decision-making. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Off-road engines, aftertreatment systems perform well on B100

BY AGQM University of Rostock research shows off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel. Special attention was given to the operational stability of exhaust gas aftertreatment systems. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Lanxess acquires Belgian firm's South Carolina chemical complex

BY Ron KotrbaLanxess, a supplier of ion exchange resin technology for biodiesel purification and the Baynox line of antioxidants for biodiesel fuel, has completed acquisition of the phosphorus chemicals business from Belgian chemicals group Solvay. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Biodiesel supporters 'share the love' at Iowa Capitol

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board On Valentine's Day, members and supporters of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took to the state Capitol building to proclaim the virtues of biodiesel, and to ask leaders to fight for programs that keep biodiesel at the heart of economic development. READ MORE

February 13, 2018

American Soybean Association hires new CEO to replace Censky

BY Ron KotrbaThe American Soybean Association has hired Ryan Findlay as its new CEO to replace Stephen Censky, who is now the deputy secretary at the USDA. Findlay, a Michigan native, has worked for the global ag company Syngenta for the past four years. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

NBF offers students $2,000 through new Beth Calabotta grant

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation Student scientists can quality for up to a $2,000 award through the new Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant. The National Biodiesel Foundation established the grant to help students interested in research and biodiesel sustainability. READ MORE

February 09, 2018

Retroactive biodiesel tax credit signed into law for 2017 only

BY Ron KotrbaThe 11th-hour deal, unfortunately, does not include a forward-looking extension of the credit through this year, as so many biodiesel advocates had hoped. Trump signed the funding bill Feb. 9 just hours after its passage through Congress. READ MORE

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