Biodiesel and the Ever-changing Political Landscape

Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice of Data Availability.
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Short 15-day comment period opens on NODA to reduce RFS volumes

The U.S EPA published in the Federal Register Oct. 4 its Notice of Data Availability concerning potential reductions in volume requirements for the 2018-'19 RFS, officially opening the 15-day comment period. Comments are due Oct. 19.
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38 senators urge Pruitt to issue strong 2018 RFS volumes

On Oct. 5, a bipartisan group of 38 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to ensure the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements promote growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and the U.S. economy.
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Republican governors express concern to Trump over EPA actions

Four Republican governors sent a letter to President Trump Oct. 16 with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America's Renewable Fuel Standard, urging the president to keep his promises to rural America to support the RFS.
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Senators again urge EPA to abandon effort to undermine biodiesel

U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, Patty Murray, D-Washington, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, led a bipartisan group of 29 other senators urging the U.S. EPA to abandon its effort to reduce biofuel production in 2018.
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Biodiesel Industry Mobilizes to Respond to Proposed RFS Cuts

U.S. EPA's NODA requested comments on the possibility of deeper cuts to the RFS than the levels in its July 21 proposed rule and triggered a new 15-day comment period that closes Oct. 19. Go to NBB's Fueling Action Center today to submit comments.
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State associations launch online petitions to stop EPA proposal

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and the California Biodiesel Alliance have launched online petitions to facilitate submitting comments to U.S. EPA to let the agency know it must grow, not cut, biodiesel volumes in the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Grassley, farmers, biodiesel producers speak out on EPA proposal

Two weeks after calling U.S. EPA's notice announcing potential cuts to biodiesel volumes under the RFS a bait-and-switch, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, spoke Oct. 10 at REG's Newton, Iowa, plant, directly with those the proposal would harm.
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Industry in Full Court Press on DC Priorities

Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, discusses policy priorities in his column from the Inside NBB section of our Fall 2017 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine.
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As Argentine imports loom, France's Saipol cuts biodiesel output

Major French biodiesel producer Saipol, a subsidiary of Avril, is cutting biodiesel production and rapeseed crushing activities in the wake of a recent decision by the EU to drastically lower antidumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports.
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Biodiesel Magazine 2018 outlook webinar available free OnDemand

Biodiesel Magazine's 2018 Editorial Outlook Webinar, recorded Oct. 11, is available OnDemand, and registration is free of charge. Registrants are eligible for an exclusive advertising discount only available through this special offer.
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BDI to construct innovative algae production plant in Austria

Internationally renowned company BDI-BioEnergy International, known for development and construction of biodiesel plants, takes the first step into implementation of an in-house developed algae technology, with its subsidiary BDI-BioLife Science.
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PNNL researchers thermochemically produce biocrude from algae

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous thermochemical process that produces useful biocrude from algae. The process takes just minutes and PNNL is working with a company that has licensed the technology.
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Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs

Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the international trade of low carbon feedstock.
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Nordic oil firm signs Haldor Topsoe for renewable diesel plant

Nordic energy firm St1 plans to produce renewable diesel alongside petro-diesel at its oil refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, by 2020. St1 signed an engineering design package and license deal with Haldor Topsoe for a renewable diesel production unit.
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Biodiesel industry helps drive American manufacturing

Manufacturing Day 2017, the first Friday in October, is an appropriate time to reflect on the biodiesel industry's economic contributions, as it is a driving force in America's manufacturing sector supporting more than 64,000 clean energy jobs.
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