EIA data shows US imports of biomass-based diesel spiked in March

U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel skyrocketed at the end of the first quarter as the nation imported more than eight times the volume in March over February, according to new EIA data. Gross U.S. imports jumped to 17.3 million gallons in March.
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Average wait time for EPA pathway ruling exceeds 16 months

As U.S. EPA opened comments for its proposed rule establishing new pathways for advanced biofuels under RFS2, University of Illinois researchers published an analysis of the long waits companies face when petitioning the agency for approval.
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Oil-rich yellow-green algae found in Rockies thrives in low temps

A new strain of yellow-green algae, heterococcus sp. DN1, has been discovered in the snow fields of the Rocky Mountains. The alga grows at temps near freezing and accumulates large intracellular stores of lipids. It could be ideal for biodiesel.
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United Airlines, AltAir Fuels execute biofuel purchase agreement

AltAir Fuels will retrofit part of an existing petroleum refinery to become a 30 million gallon advanced biofuel facility near Los Angeles, Calif. Beginning in 2014, United Airlines will buy 15 million gallons of biojet over a three-year period.
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Europe sets provisional duties on Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel

According to Regulation 490/2013, provisional dumping margins on various Argentine biodiesel exporters range from 6.8 to 10.6 percent. For Indonesian biodiesel exporters, the provisional dumping margins range from zero to 9.6 percent.
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60 MMgy Idaho ethanol plant begins distillers corn oil extraction

Pacific Ethanol Inc. has begun commercial production of distillers corn oil at its 60 MMgy ethanol plant in Magic Valley, Idaho. The company is using ICM Inc.'s trademarked Advanced Oil Separation System to extract the oil from the plant's backend.
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Gadsden, Ala., switches 146 city diesels to B20 saving $5K a year

The city of Gadsden, Ala., has switched to B20 for many of its garbage trucks, dump trucks, tractors and other heavy equipment. B20 biodiesel currently costs 1 cent less per gallon than straight diesel, saving the city more than $5,000 a year.
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Apache tank donation preps students for bioengineering careers

Madison Area Technical College engineering students presented their class project, a biodiesel blending system, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison May 8. Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. donated the stainless storage tank used in the project.
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Arizona State University student creates algae-inspired art

Making green slime artistic may seem difficult, but Arizona State University student Phillip Carrier is using the tiny plants as inspiration for an art installation project as a Master of Fine Arts student from the Herberger Institute School of Art.
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3 Minneapolis students win statewide biodiesel contest

The contest, open to all 5th and 6th grade classes in Minnesota, sought demonstration of how biodiesel helps protect clean air and our health. All three winners were in Leif Vanhala's 6th grade science class at Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis.
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