Congress proposes reinstatement of biodiesel blender's tax credit

Congressional leaders sought reinstatement of the expired biodiesel blender's tax incentive in the tax and spending proposal released Dec. 15. Voting is expected later this week. NBB says it will continue pushing for a producer's credit.
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Finnish court says UPM not infringing on Neste patent

The Finnish Market Court has ruled in an infringement suit filed by Neste against UPM. According to the court's decision, the process used at the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is not within the scope of Neste's patent (FI 100248).
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Oregon joins Calif., BC in climate fight with clean fuels program

Oregon's DEQ commission voted Dec. 9 to finalize its clean fuels program. Oregon becomes the third jurisdiction on the West Coast—following California and British Columbia—to implement a comprehensive low carbon fuels policy for transportation.
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RINs behavior after EPA rule shows ethanol-biodiesel relationship

EPA's final RFS rule was a shock to the RIN markets. D4 biomass-based diesel RINs went up 30 percent and D6 RINs, dominated by corn ethanol, increased more than 90 percent. University of Illinois economists Irwin and Good examine the recent trends.
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German biodiesel consumption continues to decline

At around 50 million gallons, the use of biodiesel in blends was down about 15 percent from the same month the previous year. By contrast, demand for petroleum diesel is brisk, rising 1 percent in the wake of low crude oil prices, according to AMI.
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Lagosur, Alianza Pacifco partner in Latin America biodiesel sales

Miami-based Lagosur Corp. has announced a collaboration with Alianza Pacifco to sell biodiesel to the mining and transportation industries in Chili, Peru and Mexico. The company announced its plan to export biodiesel to Latin America last July.
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Volvo Trucks North America approves use of renewable diesel

After conducting truck and engine lab testing, Volvo Trucks North America approved the use of renewable diesel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines. Volvo noted multiple benefits to using renewable diesel as a commercial transportation fuel.
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Biodico's innovative 20 MMgy biodiesel plant opens in California

Biodiesel producer and technology developer Biodico is opening its 20 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Five Points, California. The facility, called Biodico Westside, incorporates several renewable energy aspects into its novel design.
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Army engineers at Picatinny Arsenal cook up new biofuel recipe

Picatinny engineers have partnered with Algenol Biotech LLC to harness algae's photosynthesis ability to develop a safe, cheap, fast and environmentally friendly way to recycle aging M6 artillery round propellant and create algae-oil-based biofuel.
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NREL to host free BioEnergy Atlas webinar Dec. 16

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will host a free webinar Dec. 16 demonstrating how to use the BioEnergy Atlas tools, which include the BioFuels and BioPower Atlases. The webinar will review the data source and date of bioenergy data layers.
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