US EPA releases March, Q1 2015 RIN generation figures

The U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March. More than 191 million D4 biomass-based diesel RINs (128 million gallons) were generated in March, bringing the net total for Q1 2015 to 472.28 million RINs.
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Cima Green's Joseph Furando pleads guilty to biodiesel RIN fraud

Joseph Furando, together with two companies he operated in New Jersey, pleaded guilty April 15 for their parts in an Indiana-centered scheme with e-Biofuels to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives.
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EPA to finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS rules by November

The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, will be finalized by Nov. 30.
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UK energy department releases 2014 liquid biofuel data

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional annual energy statistics for 2014, reporting that biodiesel accounted for 3.4 percent of total diesel last year while ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of gasoline.
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Total to convert oil refinery to renewable diesel production

To curb financial losses, French oil company Total announced plans to invest $216 million to convert its La Mede oil refinery in southern France to a renewable diesel facility that will produce up to 500,000 tons per year (more than 160 MMgy).
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European biofuels cap 1 step closer to parliamentary approval

On April 14, the environment committee of the European Parliament voted to endorse a deal struck earlier this year that aims to cap the use of first-generation biofuels at 7 percent. Germany's UFOP and other EU organizations provide their take.
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UC employs synergistic approach to AD, algae and biodiesel

University of Cincinnati researchers developed a breakthrough synergistic technology that uses anaerobic digestion to turn nutrient-rich food waste into biogas and fertilizer while using the CO2 fraction of biogas to grow algae for biodiesel.
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State report: Biodiesel use continues to grow in Iowa

A report from the state's revenue department showed that biodiesel sales (B100) increased by more than 15 percent over 2013 to an all-time-high of 33.3 million gallons. In turn, biodiesel now accounts for 4.6 percent of Iowa's total diesel supply.
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Industry Events

106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases

May 3-6, 2015
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, Florida

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 1-4, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

October 26-28, 2015
Hilton Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

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