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March 21, 2018

Scientists say California can get tougher on clean fuels

BY The Union of Concerned Scientists California can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher target for its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new analysis. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

BY World Energy LLC The purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage and pipelines. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

UK-based Vertas Group acquires waste management firm

BY Ron KotrbaVertas Group provides catering for approximately 400 schools and MMB Environmental—now being rebranded as Vertas Environmental—has been converting the used cooking oil into biodiesel since 2016. The company says it plans to continue this practice. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

10-day comment period on PES settlement agreement closes March 26

BY Ron KotrbaThe 10-day comment period opened after publication in the Federal Register on the proposed consent decree and environmental settlement agreement lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the PES bankruptcy case. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

BY Ron KotrbaAemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International The 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference taking place June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Powerful reasons to celebrate National Biodiesel Day March 18

BY Ron KotrbaWhile the biodiesel industry is celebrated by many people every day of the year for its creation of jobs, support of farmers, use of byproducts and waste for clean energy, and its important role in helping the environment, March 18 is special. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

2 new members join REG board of directors, 1 resigns

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. has appointed two new members, Debora Frodl and James Borel, to its board of directors. Frodl comes from General Electric and Borel from DuPont. Director Michael Jackson has resigned from the board after serving 12 years. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Biodiesel can help reduce injector deposit formation

BY Ron KotrbaModern diesel engines utilize high pressure common rail fuel systems whose small injector gaps are highly sensitive to deposits. New research from the University of Rostock in Germany has shown that biodiesel use can help minimize deposit formation. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Chinese researchers boost algae lipids, reduce peroxidation

BY Ron KotrbaResearchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biodiesel industry makes strong case for tax credit to Congress

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board member company AGP testified before a tax-writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives March 14 in support of the biodiesel tax incentive. Read the strong case AGP made for reinstating the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Biodiesel producer to testify at tax extenders hearing March 14

BY Ron KotrbaA ways and means tax policy subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing March 14 to discuss the importance of various tax extenders such as the biodiesel tax credit that were not addressed in the tax reform package. READ MORE

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

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