US EPA proposes numerous revisions to RFS regulations

On Oct. 3, the U.S. EPA released its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, which aims to enhance the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and related fuel regulations to support the growth of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.
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Minnesota prevails in lawsuit over state biodiesel mandate

In a Sept. 29 ruling by the United States District Court, a judgment has been issued in the lawsuit against four Minnesota state officials regarding implementation of the state's biodiesel mandate. The verdict is a victory for biodiesel.
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NYC passes legislation to increase biodiesel in heating oil

The bill, which passed 47-3 on Sept. 28, will increase the amount of biodiesel in New York City's heating oil from 2 to 5 percent by Oct. 1, 2017. The blend level then moves to 10 percent in 2025, 15 percent in 2030, and 20 percent in 2034.
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Louis Dreyfus Company inaugurates Claypool glycerin refinery

Louis Dreyfus Company LLC announced Sept. 28 the official inauguration of the new glycerin refinery at its subsidiary’s soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, sized to produce 80 million pounds of USP-grade kosher glycerin a year.
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Chemoil to retire more than $71M in RIN credits under settlement

U.S. EPA and the Department of Justice allege that San Francisco-based Chemoil Corp. exported at least 48.5 million gallons of biodiesel from 2011 to 2013, but failed to retire the more than 72 million RINs that were generated for the exported fuel.
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10-year anniversary videos offer unique glimpse inside REG

Renewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being released to commemorate the company's—and the biodiesel industry's—significant growth and maturation over the past decade.
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Biodiesel tax credit positioning intensifies as expiration nears

With a contentious election and the end of the legislative year looming, stakeholders are stepping up measures and urging Congress to renew or reform key tax incentives. U.S. biodiesel producers want reform while others support the status quo.
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Will changing the point of obligation improve the RFS?

Moving the point of obligation would not change RIN supply and demand fundamentals. There may be a better way to improve the ride: EPA should reconsider allowing biofuel producers to separate the RIN from the physical gallon.
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DC Water taps into biodiesel's sustainability benefits

Sustainability is more than a buzzword at DC Water. Ingrained throughout the agency, sustainability is in high gear at DC Water's fleet division where biodiesel fuel powers all 230 diesel vehicles, and emissions are closely monitored.
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Renewable Energy Group expands line of credit to $150 million

Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced Oct. 4 that it has signed an agreement with Wells Fargo Bank Capital Finance, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, and Fifth Third Bank to expand the company's line of credit to $150 million from $60 million.
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Agenda, experts set for Biofuels Financial Conference Oct. 17-18

Produced by Christianson & Associates and organized by BBI, the event, taking place in Minneapolis, focuses on the best ways for biofuels producers to become more familiar with the latest financial options in today's ethanol and biodiesel industries.
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Eaton launches new hoses for high-percentage blends of biodiesel

Unlike standard fuel hoses that only last one to two years, Eaton's GH100 and GH101 solutions are engineered for maximum performance in systems with a variety of fuel types, featuring a unique polymer that more effectively resists degradation.
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Lame duck Missouri Gov. Nixon pulls a dine-and-dash on biodiesel

Missouri's biodiesel fund is currently $9.6 million in arrears. The legislature had fully funded repayment during the springtime legislative session, but Gov. Nixon's budget cuts this summer and again in September turned that black ink back to red.
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ISU, Chevron team up to develop solvent liquefaction pilot plant

This latest pilot plant at Iowa State's BioCentury Research Farm is a joint project with Chevron U.S.A. The technology converts biomass such as wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and biochar that can enrich soil.
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